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First Prize granted to Romania and Republic of Moldova for Operation “La Piovra del Patron”

On 20th of March 2014, SELEC granted awards to those cases which proved to be successful in fighting trans-border organized crime, for the second semester of 2013.

The awards are granted twice per year and represent a recognition of outstanding law enforcement activities carried out by Police and Customs Authorities of SELEC Member States in fighting trans-border organized crime. The goal of the awards is to provide not only a material prize, but also to motivate the law enforcement authorities to use cooperation avenues available through SELEC for fighting trans-border organized crime in Southeast Europe.

On this occasion, Romanian Border Police, together with the authorities from Republic of Moldova, was awarded the first prize for the joint operation „LA PIOVRA DEL PATRON”.

Operation “LA PIOVRA DEL PATRON” was a case in the field of cigarettes production and smuggling, money laundering, brand piracy, fraud etc., involving Republic of Moldova and Romania, which led to the arrest of 38 persons in both countries and detection and seizure of 1 clandestine factory for production of non-filter cigarettes, 1 clandestine cigarettes packing line, 1 improvised installation for alcohol beverages counterfeiting, 382,129 packs of counterfeit cigarettes, 13,911 kg cut tobacco, 2,334,200 paper blanks for “Plugarul” cigarettes brand packs, 2,841,000 MD fiscal stamps, different raw materials for clandestine process of cigarettes manufacturing, 14 vehicles, 110,000 EUR cash, 800 liters counterfeit alcohol, fire weapons, side arms and ammunition, 118 mobile phones, 10 grams of cannabis etc. Estimated value of seizures was 3.5 million EUR and the estimated budget loss for Romania was over 4 million EUR.

Festive delivery of the Certificate of honor was organized today, 11th of April 2014, at the Romanian Border Police Headquarters in Bucharest, with the participation of the representatives from Romanian authorities (Mr. Liviu Galoş, Deputy General Inspector General, Mr. Bodgan Budeanu, Chief of Department for Combating Illegal Migration, and Mr. Flavius Onofrei, Police Chief Superintendent, Territorial Service of Border Police of Iasi) as well as from SELEC (Mr. Cristian Duţă, Director for Operation, and Mr. Eliodor Tanislav, Romanian Police Liaison Officer).

Handing over the award, Mr. Cristian Duţă declared: “This recognition of the activities developed by the Romanian Border Police represent a confirmation of the excellent cooperation with visible outcomes existing between SELEC and Romanian authorities – Police, Border Police and Customs. The basic principle of this cooperation is the mutual support in the fight against organized criminality, including cigarettes smuggling, and in this regard I would like to mention that a Task Force addressing the issues of smuggling and customs frauds exists in the frame of SELEC since 2003 and has a remarkable activity. On this special occasion, I would like to congratulate the colleagues from the Romanian Border Police for their perseverance, professionalism and commitment in successfully finalizing the Operation < La Piovra del Patron >. Our colleagues dismantled a very dangerous organized crime group, which caused considerable damage to the Romanian state”.

Organized Crime Group dismantled in the frame of Joint Operation "AVANTI"

The Operation “AVANTI” was initiated by the Criminal Investigations Directorate, Service for Combating Organized Crime from the Serbian Ministry of Interior in cooperation with the Border Police Directorate, police officers of regional police administrations of Subotica, Novi Sad, Belgrade and Kikinda. Parallel police investigation was conducted together with the National Investigation Bureau of Hungarian Police and with the coordination and valuable support of SELEC.

During the operation, 9 persons, including the leader of the organized crime group, were charged for the suspicion that, in the period between the end of December 2013 and 5th of March 2014, they committed criminal offence of illegal migrants smuggling and human trafficking.
An organized criminal group was established with the aim to facilitate illegal crossing of borders, illegal stay or illegal transit through the territory of Republic of Serbia to Hungary and other EU countries for illegal migrants - Turkish, Syrian, Afghan citizens, as well as Serbian citizens of Albanian ethnicity.
At the same time, 2 handguns, 33 mobile phones, dozens of SIM cards, 4 computers, one camera, 2,200 EUR, and other objects were seized from the suspects.

11th Meeting of Stolen Vehicles Task Force

Banja Luka, March 27, 2014 - Under the auspices of the Southeast European Law Enforcement Center (SELEC), over 45 experts from SELEC Member States - Republic of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Republic of Bulgaria, Republic of Croatia, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Hellenic Republic, Hungary, Republic of Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Republic of Serbia and Republic of Turkey, and also partners - EUBAM, EUROPOL, IAATI-EB, Kingdom of Spain and USA, gathered today in Banja Luka  for the 11th Meeting of the Stolen Vehicles Task Force. The event is hosted by the Republic of Srpska Ministry of Interior, one of the law enforcement authorities from Bosnia and Herzegovina. (more)

News and Events

Visit of the Albanian Delegation

Bucharest, April 4, 2014 - A delegation from Republic of Albania, consisting of Mr. Gjovalin Loka, Director for Public Security, and Mr. Adriatik Ago, Legal Advisor, General Directorate of Albanian Police, paid a visit  to SELEC Headquarters, being hosted by Mr. Gürbüz Bahadir, Director General of SELEC.   

The guests were briefed about the activities of the Center and practiced ways of police and customs cooperation in the region. (more)

Working Visit

Bucharest, April 2, 2014 - In the frame of the EU/IPA 2010 Project “Fight against organized crime and corruption: strengthening the prosecutors’ network”, a group of 18 prosecutors from Republic of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Republic of Croatia, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Kosovo*, Montenegro, the Netherlands, Romania and Republic of Serbia, paid a visit to SELEC premises, being welcomed by Mrs. Snejana Maleeva, Director for Legal and Internal Affairs, and Mr. Cristian Duta, Director for Operations of SELEC.

The participants were briefed about SELEC and SEEPAG's objectives and structure, as well as about the successful activities carried out under SELEC and SEEPAG auspices and the benefits of such law enforcement and judicial cooperation in the Southeast European region.

* This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244/1999 and ICJ Advisory opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence. (more)

Study Visit

Bucharest, March 25, 2014 - SELEC hosted today a group of 23 Romanian Customs Officers attending the Schengen Coursers organized by the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Romania.

The discussions focused on the Center’s role in the region and its activities in the law enforcement field. Mr. Cristian Duta, Director for Operations of SELEC, briefed the guests on the SELEC’s institutional building and operational activities, as well as on the achievements of the organization, mentioning several success stories that proved once again the efficient cooperation between police and customs authorities of the Member States under the Center’s auspices. 


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