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Countering Trafficking in Human Beings and Illegal Migration Task Force Meeting

Bucharest, May 24th, 2017 - The 24th†Task Force Mirage on Countering Trafficking in Human Beings and Illegal Migration was held on 23 May 2017, at the SELEC premises in Bucharest/Romania, with the participation of law enforcement experts in the field from all SELEC Member States, as well as from Partner states and organizations.

Opening remarks were addressed by Mr. Romulus N. Ungureanu, Director for Operations and by Mr. Eliodor Tanislav, Mirage Task Force Manager, Romanian Liaison Officer posted at SELEC, who mentioned about the migration phenomenon that affected the region and about the potential connections to terrorist organizations, as emerged from the countries’ recent experiences.

SELEC support to its Member States and Partners in countering trafficking in human beings and smuggling of migrants was highlighted by Mr. Ungureanu, who encouraged the Member States to use SELEC channel and capabilities for the swift exchange of information, for the support in organizing joint investigations and regional operations and for the analytical products that are developed (read more) .

Course on heroin trafficking

During May 16-18, 2017, SELEC hosted at its training center, the course on heroin trafficking organized by CEPOL with the participation of law enforcement officers and prosecutors from EU and non-EU states.

Mr. Romulus N. Ungureanu, Director for Operations of SELEC, welcomed the participants and addressed opening remarks, providing a brief introduction of SELEC and its role, way of functioning and activities.

SELEC representatives delivered presentations, as speakers, introducing the key findings of the Report on Drug Seizures in Southeast Europe and presenting SELECís cooperation mechanism, as well as the successful joint investigations conducted within SELECís framework.

The Director General visit in Republic of Turkey

On May 5th, 2017 the Director General of SELEC, Mr. Toni Jakimovski, met with the Head of Istanbul Police Directorate, Mr. Mustafa†«aliskan and the Head of Istanbul Custom Regional Directorate, Mr. Halil Ibrahim Bozkus.

During the visits, Mr. Jakimovski †stated that SELEC puts together the resources of Police and Customs of both EU and non-EU countries, being a unique law enforcement organization that facilitates the swift exchange of information and coordinates joint investigations and regional operations in Southeast Europe.

The representatives of Turkish authorities and the representative of SELEC underlined the importance and the support of the Liaison Officers, and agreed to further enhance the cooperation in the framework of SELEC.

SELECís Annual Meeting of the Anti-Terrorism Task Force

The latest terrorist attacks in Europe and worldwide impel for a coordinated and effective response requiring enhanced cross-border cooperation among the Member States.

Considering that SELEC countries are developing a wide range of activities against terrorism and are adapting their national systems to better respond to these new threats, the Southeast European Law Enforcement Center (SELEC) organized on 4th of May 2017, the 7th Meeting of the Anti-Terrorism Task Force, in Istanbul/ Republic of Turkey.


The Director General of SELEC, Mr. Toni Jakimovski, The Director for Operations, Mr. Romulus N. Ungureanu and the Task Force Manager, Mr. Murat Caliskan, addressed opening remarks and presented the activities recently developed in the framework of this Task Force, as well as highlighted SELECís support in the fight against terrorism.

The purpose of the meeting was to provide a forum in which experts from the Member Statesí law enforcement institutions can discuss regional trends in preventing and countering terrorism, and share their good practices and challenges encountered, which can be developed in areas for improvement for future actions.

The Anti-Terrorism Task Force was established by SELEC in 2003 and its being coordinated by Republic of Turkey.

U.S Department of Justice representatives visited SELEC

On April 27th 2017, the Director General of SELEC welcomed the visit of the U.S Department of Justice delegation consisting of Deputy Director of the Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance and Training (OPDAT), Mr. Erick Peterson, †the Regional Director of the Central and Eastern Europe Office of OPDAT, Mr. Paul Vaky, and Deputy Assistant Director of the International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program (ICITAP), Mr. Stephen Fields.

The members of the delegation were interested about the latest developments in SELEC and the current activities of the prosecutorial network of SEEPAG, with a focus on the support provided by SELEC to the countries of the Southeast European region in their endeavors in fighting recent organized crime threats.

Having regard the long-term partnership with U.S.A, the subject of further enhancing the cooperation at operational level was reviewed.

SELEC awards the Montenegrin law enforcement officers

On April 21st 2017, at the Montenegrin Police Headquarters, Mr. Enes Bakovic, Deputy Director of Montenegrin Police Directorate, Chief of Sector for Criminalist Police handed over the certificates of honor to the case officers involved in the successful finalization of joint investigation ROVER conducted in the SELEC framework.

Operation ROVER, which targeted an organized criminal group dealing with smuggling of stolen vehicles, was carried out between Albanian and Montenegrin Police, with significant assistance and exchange of information with Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbian and Croatian Police. The case succeeded with 11 persons arrested and 21 vehicles seized in Republic of Albania, whilst in Montenegro 8 persons were arrested and 28 vehicles seized.

Albanian law enforcement officers prized for the successful joint investigation ROVER

On April 19th 2017, at the Albanian State Police Headquarters in Tirana, the ceremony for granting the awards for the successful Operation ROVER was held in the presence of the General Director for Investigating Organized Crime and Serious Crimes, Mr. Ardian Cipa, the Director for Investigating Narcotics and Illicit Trafficking, Mr. Idajet Faskaj and the Albanian Police Liaison Officer posted at SELEC, Mr. Ervin Dervina.

With SELEC’s support,joint investigation ROVER, developed by Republic of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro, which targeted an organized criminal group dealing with smuggling of stolen vehicles and other criminal acts connected with motor vehicles, succeeded with 11 persons arrested, 21 vehicles seized in Republic of Albania and 28 vehicles seized in Montenegro.

Bosnian officers prized by SELEC for a successful joint investigation concerning illegal migration

On April 18th, 2017, at the Headquarters of the Border Police of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Sarajevo, the ceremony for granting the awards for the successful Operation KABATAS was held in the presence of the Director of†Border Police, Mr. Zoran Galic, the Deputy Director of†Border Police, Mr. Zijad Srabovic and the Bosnian SELEC Liaison Officer, Mr. Eldar Jahic.

Operation KABATAS targeted an organized criminal group, dealing with migrants ‘smuggling. Taking advantage of the free visa regime and with the support of partners from various countries from Southeast Europe linked to the organized criminal group, 168 migrants illegally crossed the borders, with forged documents, in order to reach Western European countries.

Based on the platform provided by SELEC for an effective cooperation and rapid exchange of information, the operation was successfully finalized, the Bosnian law enforcement authorities involved being awarded by SELEC, as an appreciation for the outstanding joint collaboration and the results obtained.

Significant quantities of drugs seized by Albanian authorities

With SELEC’s support and based on the swift information exchange through the SELEC channel, on April 11th, 2017, the Albanian law enforcement authorities successfully finalized Operation ALIAS that targeted dismantling an organized criminal group dealing with drug trafficking. The joint investigation involved competent authorities from Republic of Albania, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Hellenic Republic.

Using the green border, the organized criminal group was trafficking cannabis from Republic of Albania directly to Hellenic Republic or through The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

The joint investigation succeeded with 31 persons being arrested and 244,818 kg cannabis, 425 cannabis seeds, 1,3 kg heroin, 247, 3 gr cocaine being seized.

SELEC awards the Bulgarian law enforcement officers

On March 21st, 2017 the case officers that conducted the successful joint investigations Morning Star 2, Danube and Odza were awarded during the ceremony that took place during the annual activity evaluation of the Bulgarian General Directorate for Combating Organized Crime, in the presence of the Deputy Secretary General and all heads of departments from all county regions.

SELEC provided tailored support to the competent Bulgarian authorities during the above-mentioned prized operations, so that Operation Morning Star 2 succeeded with the seizure of 80 kg of heroin destined for Western Europe, Operation Danube finalized with the dismantling of an organized criminal group dealing with illegal production of tobacco and cigarettes smuggling, whilst during Operation Odza a quantity of 108 kg of marijuana was detained.

As a recognition of the significant results obtained through the efficient joint cooperation and swift exchange of information through SELEC’ secure channel, SELEC awards bi-annually several joint investigations conducted within SELEC’s framework.

Financial Consultative Group meeting

Bucharest, April 12th, 2017 - The 6th Meeting of the SELEC Financial Consultative Group, held at the SELEC Headquarters on 12 of April 2017, was attended by experts from Republic of Bulgaria, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Hellenic Republic, Romania, Republic of Serbia and Republic of Turkey.

Opening remarks and presentation of the main issues related to SELEC’s budget were addressed by Mrs. Snejana Maleeva, Director for Legal and Internal Affairs of SELEC, who also briefed the participants about the execution of the Budget 2016 and the conclusions of the Audit Commission, as provided in the Audit Report for the year 2016.

The discussions of the expert meeting were related to the revised budget for the year 2017, the budget proposal for 2018 and the Five-year Financial Plan 2017 - 2021.

The documents presented by SELEC’s Financial Unit were endorsed by the members of the Financial Consultative Group following to be presented for approval at the upcoming Council meeting.

Turkish law enforcement officers awarded by SELEC

On March 16th 2017, the ceremony for granting the bi-annual awards, as an appreciation for the successful joint investigations conducted by the Turkish law enforcement officers, took place at the Headquarters of the Turkish National Police General Directorate, in Ankara/ Republic of Turkey.

The case officers that conducted Operation Morning Star 2 and Operation Kabatas, investigations supported by SELEC, were prized in the presence of Mr. Selami Altinok, Police General Director, Mr. Metin ÷zkan, Head of Foreign Relations Department and Mr. Murat Caliskan, Turkish Police Liaison Officer posted at SELEC.

Operation Morning Star 2 targeted drug trafficking from Republic of Turkey, via Republic of Bulgaria, with destination Western European countries, while Operation Kabatas targeted dismantling an organized criminal group involved in various factions of terrorist organizations, dealing with migrants’ smuggling.

Successful joint investigations awarded by SELEC

SELEC awarded the successful joint investigations carried out in the framework of SELEC, by the law enforcement authorities of its Member States, as an appreciation for the excellent cooperation and significant results obtained.

For the second semester of 2016, on the first place were prized Operation MORNING STAR 2, targeting drug trafficking and Operation ROVER, targeting smuggling of stolen vehicles; on the Second place, Operation KABATAS, targeting migrants’ smuggling and Operation DANUBE, targeting illegal production of tobacco products and cigarettes smuggling, and on the Third Place, Operation ODZA, targeting drug trafficking and Operation PESTA, targeting migrants’ smuggling. (read more)

7th meeting of the Environment and Nature Related Crimes Task Force

In the continuous efforts to strengthen the regional cooperation in this field, the Southeast European Law Enforcement Center (SELEC) organized on 5th of April 2017, in Bucharest, Romania, the 7th meeting of the Environment and Nature Related Crimes Task Force with the participation of representatives from SELEC Member States and partners.

The meeting was opened by the Director General of SELEC, Mr. Toni Jakimovski, the Director for Operations of SELEC, Mr. Romulus Ungureanu and the Task Force Manager, Mr. Endre Hosszu.

The current situation and the activities developed in the past year in the framework of the Environment and Nature Related Crimes Task Force were presented by Mr. Ungureanu, who also mentioned that the most common environmental crimes encompassing organized criminality are the trafficking in illicit waste and the trafficking of endangered species.

The main objective of the meeting was to provide a platform for presenting the national situations, discuss regional approaches in preventing and countering environment and nature related crimes and exchanging experiences in this field. (read more)

The Head of the Police Cooperation Convention for Southeast Europe Secretariat meets the Director General of SELEC

Bucharest, April 4th 2017 - Mr. Ottavio Bottecchia, Head of the Police Cooperation Convention for Southeast Europe Secretariat, visited SELEC Headquarters, being welcomed by the Director General of SELEC, Mr. Toni Jakimovski.

Having in view the distinct status and objectives of both SELEC and PCC Secretariat, Mr. Jakimovski and Mr. Bottecchia agreed on further enhancing the cooperation between the two organizations, within their field of competences.

As a basic framework for partnership, in 2010 SELEC concluded a Letter of Intent with PCC Secretariat, thus the prospective of concluding an agreement was considered during the meeting.