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Participation in the conference organized by the Romanian National Agency against Trafficking in Persons

Bucharest, April 20th, 2016 - The Director for Operations of SELEC, Mr. Romulus Nicolae Ungureanu, participated at the Closing Conference of the Project “Model of Good Practices in providing assistance services to victims of Trafficking in Human Beings”, event organized by the Romanian National Agency against Trafficking in Persons (ANITP).

During his intervention, Mr. Ungureanu affirmed that SELEC sustains any initiative, project or action that aims enhancing and/or consolidating the capacities of assisting the victims of trafficking in human beings. In the framework of the Task Force Mirage on Countering Trafficking in Human beings and Illegal Migration, SELEC supports and coordinates trans-border joint investigations, throughout the previous year 24 related joint investigations being organized under SELEC’s umbrella.

The conference gathered experts in the field, representatives of the Council of Europe and other main actors actively involved in combating trafficking in persons.

Mr. Ungureanu stated that: “The assistance of victims of human beings trafficking, from the moment of identification until finalizing the judicial procedures, represent a component of the fight against trafficking in persons and an expression of public policies’ sustainability”.

Participation at the Intellectual Property Crimes Training

Bucharest, April 15th, 2016 - The Director for Legal and Internal Affairs of SELEC, Mrs. Snejana Maleeva, participated as a speaker at the training “Investigation and Prosecution of Internet- Facilitated Intellectual Property Crimes” organized by the Embassy of United States of America in Bucharest.

Mrs. Maleeva made an overview of SELEC and SEEPAG, highlighting the activities and results achieved by SELEC in 2015 including in the framework of the Financial and Computer Crime Task Force, presenting also the joint investigation SIMBOX awarded by SELEC.

The training gathered investigators and prosecutors from all SELEC Member States and partners, as well as representatives from the private sector.

Unites States of America is SELEC’s Operational Partner from 2014.

Visit of Commander of the Turkish Coast Guard

Bucharest, April 12, 2016 - The Director General of SELEC, Mr. Gürbüz Bahadir, welcomed at the SELEC Headquarters a delegation of officers headed by the Commander of the Turkish Coast Guard, Mr. Hakan Üstem. The group was also accompanied by representatives of the Romanian General Inspectorate of Border Police and by Mr. Murat Caliskan, Turkish Liaison Officer at SELEC.

Mr. Bahadir presented the activities carried out by the Center for fighting with trans-border organized crime in the Southeast European region, mentioning the results from last year with respect to the number of exchanges of information, joint investigations and regional operations conducted by SELEC Member States with the support and under the coordination of SELEC.

The 6th meeting of the Anti-Terrorism Task Force

Bucharest, April 7th, 2016 - On 5 - 6 of April SELEC organized the 6th meeting of the Anti-Terrorism Task Force at its headquarters in Bucharest/Romania. The meeting brought together experts and decision makers of SELEC Member States and its Partners (EUBAM, EUROPOL, INTERPOL, Italy, Spain, The Netherlands, United Kingdom, Ukraine and United States of America - FBI).

In the context of the terrorist events in the last period of time, I appreciate that, now, more than ever, we should focus on improving and enhancing the process of exchanges of information, mobility and operational capacity in order to better respond and, more important, to prevent such events“ stated Mr. Romulus Nicolae Ungureanu, SELEC Director for Operations, as chairman, emphasizing the importance of operational and strategic cooperation and reassuring SELEC Member States and Partners of the Center’s permanent support in the common fight against terrorism. The actions of SELEC within the Anti-Terrorism Task Force were presented by Mr. Murat Caliskan, Task Force Manager, who was co-chairing the meeting.

The meeting provided a forum for discussions on practical approaches in preventing and countering terrorism, with the overall goal of enhancing cooperation in this area and setting the common directions to be followed. Participants acknowledged the current situation in this field, shared good practices, success stories, challenges and lessons learned and agreed that only an enhanced cooperation will lead to an efficient fight against terrorism.

The Task Force meeting also provided the framework for the Member States representatives to bilaterally exchange information and intelligence on ongoing joint investigations

Representatives of academia and private sector also participated in a dedicated open session (Tilburg University, RARTEL, Datanet Systems, CISCO and Vodafone), where they had the opportunity to share their latest studies, innovations and tools which can be supportive for Law Enforcement authorities in their fight against terrorism and organized crime.

As a response to new emerging terrorist threats and in line with the Convention provisions and ideas expressed by the representatives of the Member States, SELEC will further increase and diversify the operational support provided to the law enforcement agencies in their fight against terrorism.