During the meeting, there were raised general issues concerning the police and customs cooperation in Southeast European region as well as the Italian contribution in the cooperation, stressing that Italy had recently been granted Operational Partner status with SELEC.
Bucharest, November 20, 2013 - Through the European Judicial Training Network exchange programme, a group of eleven prosecutors from Bulgaria, France, Romania, Slovakia and Spain visited SELEC Headquarters in Bucharest/ Romania.
Representatives of SELEC and SEEPAG Secretariat made an extensive overview about both organizations' objectives, structure and activities, underlining the successful operations carried out under SELEC and SEEPAG auspices and the benefits of such law enforcement and judicial cooperation in the Southeast European region.
It was also mentioned that at the last SEEPAG meeting, besides the SEEPAG Members, representatives from all SELEC partners were invited to attend with a view to further develop the collaboration at prosecutorial level.
SEEPAG has developed its good relations with European Judicial Network as the cooperation between judicial networks is essential in tackling more efficiently transnational organized crime.
7th Meeting of the Council of the Southeast European Law Enforcement Center (SELEC)
Bucharest, November 14, 2013 - The 7th Meeting of the SELEC Council was organized in Bucharest at SELEC premises, bringing together about 60 delegates from all Members States and partners (EUBAM, INTERPOL, Italian Republic, the Netherlands, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Ukraine and United States of America).
On this occasion, important issues such as the Annual Action Plan for 2014, the Operational Rules and Procedures of SELEC and the amendments to the Rules of Procedure of the Council related to the correspondence session were examined and approved by the SELEC Council.
One of the significant topics on the agenda was the approval of the Cooperation Agreement between SELEC and the Public Security Department of the Italian Interior Ministry. The Council members endorsed the document and granted Operational Partner status to the Public Security Department of the Interior Ministry of the Italian Republic, making Italy the first operational partner of SELEC.
Mr. Paolo Sartori, Italian representative to SELEC, declared: “We are proud and honored to be the first country which applied and received the Operational Partner status to the new SELEC. Italy is a reliable partner for SELEC and we are committed to enhance and strengthen our cooperation with the Center in order to combat terrorism and organized crime in general.”
The session was chaired by Mr. Sashko Kocev, the representative of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.
In 2014, the chairmanship of the Council will belong to Hellenic Republic and the vice chairmanship to Republic of Moldova.
Workshop addressing the links between Terrorism and Organized Crime
Antalya/ Republic of Turkey, November 4-5, 2013 - An workshop having the topic “The links between Terrorism and Organized Crime” took place in Antalya/ Republic of Turkey on 4th - 5th of November 2013. The event was jointly organized by United Nations Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED), Southeast European Law Enforcement Center (SELEC), Turkish National Police, Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) and RACVIAC Centre for Security Cooperation.
The workshop brought together the representatives of South-East European and Central Asian law enforcement agencies, as well as international, regional and sub-regional organizations and partners. SELEC was represented by Mr. Gürbüz Bahadir, Director General, and Ms. Snejana Maleeva, Director for Legal and Internal Affairs.
The purpose of the workshop was to provide a forum in which the representatives of Southeast European countries, international and regional organizations and mechanisms discussed regional trends regarding the links between terrorism and organized crime and shared good practices and challenges in that regard, with the overall aim of enhancing regional cooperation in this area.
OPERATION “LEASE CAR II” – a joint operation in the field of vehicle crime
Between 29th - 31st of October 2013, the Operation «Lease Car II» was carried out with the participation of all Members States of SELEC. EUBAM, Slovakia and Ukraine also joined the operation while GIE ARGOS provided technical assistance by deploying expert teams to some of the participating countries.
The main purposes of the operation were to hinder the activity of stolen vehicle traffickers, as well as the trans-border activity of the perpetrators („leasing fraud”, „duplication”) and to start criminal proceedings against them for vehicle-related crimes (theft, fraud, receiving etc.). Beside the mentioned goals, the regional operation will serve as a tool for gathering intelligence regarding possible links of individuals and/or companies to criminal activities. The decision to implement the operation in the second part of October 2013 was taken at the 10th Meeting of the Stolen Vehicles Task Force, held on 10th of April 2013, in Bucharest/ Romania.
Mr. Gabor Liczkai, Hungarian Police Liaison Officer and coordinator of the mentioned above Task Force, emphasized that “the information exchanged during the Operation «Lease Car II» was intensive, this also proving the active involvement of the participating countries and organization. Thousands of checks, many seizures, detections of stolen vehicles or vehicle parts were reported during the operation”.
Referring to this kind of criminal activity, Mr. Cristian Duta, Director for Operations of SELEC, underlined that all actions organized by the Center in this area are meant to fight the phenomenon of trafficking of stolen vehicles, to discover the frauds in due time and to dismantle the organized crime groups.