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New initiative to protect Romanian children from travelling UK sex offender

Bucharest/ Romania, June 29, 2015 - The National Crime Agency (NCA), in conjunction with the British Embassy Bucharest, is launching a new weapon to combat the exploitation and abuse of children in Romania by travelling British child sex offenders.

The International Child Protection Certificate (ICPC) has been developed to target British nationals and residents who may be seeking to travel and work overseas in order to sexually abuse children.

An ICPC can only be issued following checks made against police information and intelligence databases. It aims to provide reassurance that staff employed in schools and voluntary organisations do not have a UK criminal record that makes them unsuitable to work with children.

The launch of the ICPC in Romania is the culmination of months of close co-operation between the United Kingdom’s National Crime Agency (NCA) and Romanian partners.

The certificate is already being used in 74 countries worldwide and has been officially launched in Kenya, Thailand, Vietnam, the Philippines, Cambodia, Ukraine, Spain, India and Poland. To date, a total of 13,000 applications have been received by the NCA’s CEOP Command.

Alongside the launch, the National Crime Agency’s CEOP Command will be hosting a Safeguarding Workshop for social workers and school counsellors from across Romania to share advice on protecting children in their care.

Law enforcement and prosecution representatives from Romania and 10 neighbouring countries will also attend a 5-day regional conference hosted by the National Crime Agency at the Southeast European Law Enforcement Center (SELEC) in Bucharest on 29 June - 3 July 2015. They will share best practice and knowledge around tackling the issues of online child sexual abuse and exploitation and cyber enabled crime, which often span borders. (more)

Workshop on Dual Use Commodities for Prosecutors and Investigators

Bucharest/Romania - June 23-24, 2015 - The Southeast European Law Enforcement Center (SELEC) in cooperation with U.S. Department of Energy/ International Nonproliferation Export Control Program (INECP) jointly organized a Workshop on Dual Use Commodities for Prosecutors and Investigators on 23rd - 24th of June 2015 at SELEC premises.

The aim of the workshop was to bring together law enforcement authorities and prosecutors from SELEC Member States to have discussions that would emphasize the value of strategic trade control systems and practical factors that make such systems effective.

The event was a two-day activity: first day included a mix of presentations on dual use commodities, global overview and current situation in the field in the Member States, while in the second day, a practical exercise based on dual-use goods fictive scenario was carried out.

The participants agreed that these kind of meetings have a powerful role for increasing the awareness of the investigators and prosecutors from the Member States with a view to prevent and fight more efficiently the illicit trafficking of dual use goods.   (more)

22nd Meeting of Task Force Mirage on Countering Trafficking in Human Beings and Illegal Migration

Bucharest, June 18, 2015 - Over 40 representatives of the law enforcement authorities from SELEC Member States and partners (French Republic, Kingdom of Spain and OSCE) attended the 22nd Meeting of Task Force Mirage which took place at SELEC premises on 18th of June 2015. The meeting was chaired by Mr. Cristian Duţă, Director for Operations of SELEC, together with Mr. Eliodor Tanislav, Romanian Police Liaison Officer.

The aims of the meeting were the evaluation of the regional situation on trafficking in human beings and smuggling of migrants for the year 2014, discussions on trafficking in persons’ related issues and planning future operational activities.

On this occasion, the 2014 Regional Evaluation Report on Trafficking in Human Beings and Migrant Smuggling was discussed and successful joint investigations in the field of migrants smuggling, such as “ANIMA”, “AVANTI”, “OSKAR”, “M5”, “THE ADVISER”, awarded by SELEC Bi-Annual Awards Committee in 2014, were presented.

Mr. Duţă emphasized that “The results of the 2014 Regional Report shows growing trends of illegal migration in the region, which increased considerably in the last years due to the current sensitive situation in some African and Middle East countries. The organized crime groups go beyond borders and include citizens of many countries that organize, facilitate and carry out the migrants from their country of origin to the final destination, the SELEC Member States being used as transit countries on the Balkan route towards the Western Europe. One of the prerequisites in preventing and combating illegal migration and human smuggling is the cooperation of all law enforcement authorities involved in tackling this phenomenon.

The representatives of the Member States presented also other successful cases in the field, highlighting new trends, modus operandi, routes and investigative methods.

The Task Force Mirage is one of the oldest SELEC’s task forces, being established in 2000 and coordinated by Romania.(more)

News and Events

Working Visit

Bucharest, June 10, 2015 - Through the European Judicial Training Network exchange programme, a group of 9 prosecutors from Federal Republic of Germany, Italian Republic, the Netherlands, Republic of Poland, Portuguese Republic, Romania and Kingdom of Spain visited SELEC Headquarters in Bucharest/Romania.

Mr. Robert Patrancus, Assistant Criminal Analyst, briefed the participants about how the SELEC works, its latest successful operations and projects, while Mrs. Sonia Schachter, Legal Assistant and SEEPAG Secretary, made an overview about the activities of the prosecutors’ network SEEPAG and its efficient functionining under SELEC umbrella, mentioning the benefits of such law enforcement and judicial cooperation in the Southeast European region.

Official visit

Bucharest, June 8, 2015 - Mr. Okechukwu Fidelis Muoh, Ambassador of Federal Republic of Nigeria in Bucharest, paid today a courtesy visit to SELEC premises, being welcomed by Mr. Gürbüz Bahadir, Director General of SELEC. The Nigerian delegation was accompanied by Mr. Liviu Muresan, President of EURISC Foundation – European Institute for Risk, Security and Communication Management.

During the meeting it was discussed about the Center’s role in providing law enforcement cooperation in the region, especially in respect to the possibility of forming such a platform for combating trans-border criminality, terrorism in particular, in Western Africa. Mr. Bahadir encouraged the guests to be free in their further contact with the Center in this issue, giving the example of the Center’s involvement in the UN activities in establishing a similar cooperation mechanism in South Eastern Asian region.

Working Visit

Bucharest, May 20, 2015 - A group of 6 prosecutors from Germany, Spain and Romania, visited SELEC Headquarters on 20th of May 2015, in the framework of an experience exchange programme in Romania coordinated by the European Judicial Training Network. The guests were welcomed by SELEC representatives: Mrs. Snejana Maleeva, Director for Legal and Internal Affairs, Mr. Cristian Duta, Director for Operations, and Mrs. Sonia Schachter, Legal Assistant and SEEPAG Secretary.

During the meeting, the successful activities of the prosecutors’ network SEEPAG functioning under SELEC auspices aiming to facilitate the judicial cooperation in trans-border crime investigations and cases were presented to the foreign magistrates. At the same time, a comprehensive presentation regarding the SELEC’s main goals, successful operations and achievements was delivered to the audience.

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