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High Level Visit

Bucharest, March 20, 2015 - SELEC Management welcomed on 20th of March 2015 a German delegation headed by Mr. Lorenz Caffier, Deputy Prime-Minister, Minister of Interior and Sport of the German State of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.

During the meeting, general issues related to fight against illegal immigration, human and drug trafficking were discussed. The guests were also briefed about the operational activities of the Center, its latest successful operations and projects, as well as about its future prospective role in combating trans-border criminality in the Southeast European region, including the recent issue of foreign fighters.

The meeting was organized within the visit planning by the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Romania.

Official Visit

Bucharest, March 12, 2015 - The Ambassador of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Mr. Pande Lazarevski, paid today a visit to SELEC premises being welcomed by Mr. Gürbüz Bahadir, Director General of SELEC. The Ambassador was accompanied by Mr. Hanif Dauti, Counselor, and Mr. Goran Ristovski, Macedonian Police Liaison Officer.

Mr. Bahadir briefed the guest about the latest development in SELEC, operational plans and achievements, mentioning also the contribution of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia to the Center’s activities. (more)

Official Visit

Bucharest, February 25, 2015 - The Ambassador of Hellenic Republic, Mr. Grigorios Vasilokonstantakis, paid a visit to Mr. Gürbüz Bahadir, Director General of SELEC, at the Center’s premises. The Greek Ambassador was accompanied by Mr. Nikolaos Karalekas, Secretary of the Embassy, and Mr. Dimitrios Ontos, Greek Police Liaison Officer.

During the discussions, there was mentioned the SELEC’s role in enhancing the police and customs cooperation in the Southeast European region as well as the contribution of the Hellenic Republic to the Center’s activities.

Press Releases

SELEC’S AWARDS GRANTED TO LAW ENFORCEMENT AUTHORITIES FOR THE SECOND SEMESTER OF 2014

Bucharest, March 4, 2015 - SELEC Bi-annual Awards Committee decided to grant the following awards to the law enforcement authorities from the SELEC Member States for the second semester of 2014, as an appreciation for the successful cases using Center’s cooperation channels and involving at least two Member States:

First Prize

- Operation PHOENIX/BRUNO, a case in the field of drug trafficking, involving the law enforcement authorities from Republic of Bulgaria and Romania, which led to the arrest of 5 persons and seizure of 55.625 kg of cocaine. Arrest warrant was issued for the main organizer, while the vehicle used for smuggling has been confiscated.

- Operation OSKAR, in the field of migrants smuggling, between Hungary and Republic of Serbia which succeeded with the arrest of 19 perpetrators, including the organizer, and temporary seizure of a large amount of money, significant number of communication devices and several pieces of weapons. Five migrants working for the organized crime group were apprehended in Austria.

Second Prize

- Operation MAVROVO
, a drug trafficking case developed by the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Republic of Serbia which conducted to the arrest of 4 persons and seizure of 168 kg of marijuana.

- Operation JOKER, a case in the field of cigarettes smuggling, involving Bosnia and Herzegovina and Republic of Croatia, which led to the arrest of 21 persons and seizure of 1,694,300 pieces of cigarettes, different brands, 2.672 tons of tobacco, 108 bags of tobacco, two machines with equipment and materials for the manufacture of cigarettes, 3 cars, 46.7 grams of marijuana, three handguns, 40,165 EUR, 2,600 USD and 7,000 KM.

Third Prize

- Operation M5
, a case in the field of migrants smuggling, among Republic of Bulgaria, Hungary and Romania, with the following results: arrest of 1 person in Republic of Bulgaria, arrest warrant issued for the second perpetrator (identified based on DNA and fingerprints analysis), 140 illegal migrants detected, 7 perpetrators under investigation, new modus operandi detected.

- Operation VIBER, adrug trafficking case developed by Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro, which led to the arrest of 53 persons and seizure of 33.9 kg of cannabis, 657.3 grams of heroin, 1.35 kg of amphetamine, 12 grams of cocaine, 2 automatic rifles, 5 handguns, 1 crossbow, large quantity of ammunition and 5.000 EUR cash.

Hungarian authorities receiving the Certificate of Honor for the Operation “M5” Hungarian Liaison Officer at SELEC Gabor Liczkai handing over the Certificate of Honor to the Hungarian authorities for Operation “OSKAR”
EU-Western Balkans Justice and Home Affairs Ministerial Forum

Belgrade/Republic of Serbia, December 12, 2014 - The EU - Western Balkans Justice and Home Affairs Ministerial Forum was hosted by Republic of Serbia in Belgrade on 12th of December 2014, with a focus on the recent progress and reforms carried out by the Western Balkans countries in the JHA policy areas. SELEC was represented at this event by Mr. Gürbüz Bahadir, Director General.

The meeting was held under Italian Presidency of the Council of the European Union and attended by Ministers of Justice and Home Affairs from Republic of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Kosovo*, Montenegro, Republic of Serbia and Italian Republic, as well as EU Justice and Home Affair Commissioners and Heads of regional and international organizations.

During the meeting, issues such as illegal immigration and human trafficking, foreign fighters and small arms smuggling were discussed. In his taking ground, Mr. Bahadir pointed out the fact that the situation emerged in Syria and Iraq was relatively a recent one, and expressed his expectation on increased cooperation in these issues in respect to the figures in information exchange and joint investigations. There are flexible tools of cooperation and legal grounds such as multinational conventions and bilateral security cooperation agreements. The countries’ participation in multinational cooperation is more clear comparing to the past. Mr. Bahadir also pointed the necessity of coordinating activities and avoiding duplication among the variety of international initiatives.

*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

Conference on Illicit Financial Flows

Bucharest, November 27-28, 2014 - Over 50 law enforcement experts gathered and discussed on the topic of illicit financial flows during a Conference jointly organized by SELEC, in the framework of the Financial and Computer Crime Task Force, and UNODC on 27th - 28th of November 2014 in Bucharest, at SELEC Headquarters.

The meeting was chaired by Mr. Cristian Duta, Director for Operations of SELEC, and Mr. Oliver Gadney, UNODC Global Programme.

The aim of the Conference was to bring together law enforcement representatives of the SELEC Member States  and partners - Georgia, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Spain, USA and UNODC, as well as from Iran and Transcrime - Joint Research Centre on Transnational Crime, to discuss on the current situation in the field of countering money laundering and on assumptions and data to be used in UNODC’s upcoming study on estimating illicit financial flows, under the overall goal to enhance cooperation between countries along the Balkan route of heroin trafficking.

On this occasion, Mr. Duta stated: “It is widely recognized that the illicit financial flows represent the biggest impediment to sustainable development and economic stability and prosperity. According to the UNODC reports, about US$80 billion a year turned out from opium trafficking, while the amount of US$13 billion represents the part from the Balkan route. By extending and intensifying the law enforcement cooperation in the field of smuggling and money laundering and implementing long-term solutions, our success will increase considerably and the organized crime activities related to illicit financial flows will not continue to pose such a large threat to the stability and security of the Balkan region.

The participants recognized the value of the conference organized under SELEC and UNODC auspices in establishing and developing an effective network of experts within SELEC and with neighboring regions, as well as in finding ways to continue supporting the Member States’ law enforcement authorities in their common fight against trans-national organized criminality.
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