SIGNING OF A HEADQUARTERS AGREEMENT BETWEEN SELEC AND ROMANIA
BUCHAREST, July 22, 2015 - The ceremony for signing of the Headquarters Agreement between the Southeast European Law Enforcement Center (SELEC), represented by Mr. Gürbüz Bahadir, Director General, and Romania, represented by Mr. George Ciamba, Secretary of State for European Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, took place on 22nd of July 2015, at SELEC premises.
HUGE INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION TO TACKLE ORGANIZED CRIME
Bucharest/Romania, July 1, 2015 - Having in mind the excellent results of previous SELEC operations and taking into consideration that the Balkans region is one of the priority areas of the fight against serious and organized crime coordinated by EUROPOL, on the ground of the initiative of the Hungarian National Police, a new regional operation was proposed to fight against illicit trafficking of vehicles with the active involvement of SELEC, EUROPOL (as part of the EMPACT Joint Action Days series) and INTERPOL. The new operation code-named “Operation HIT 2 - Joint Action Day BLUE AMBER” was carried out during 1st – 3rd of June 2015, with the participation of 11 SELEC Member States and of SELEC partners.
New initiative to protect Romanian children from travelling UK sex offenders
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)
Mrs. Snejana Maleeva, Director for Legal and Internal Affairs of SELEC, attended the 44th Plenary Meeting of the European Judicial Network, which took place in Riga/ Latvia on 28th – 30th of June 2015, under the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, gathering more than 120 participants.
SEEPAG network is part of the Vilnius Memorandum adopted in 2013 which envisages the need for enhancing the collaboration and improving the interconnection between the European Judicial Network and similar judicial cooperation networks in criminal matters.
During the meeting, the discussions also emphasized that the fight against transnational crime, and organized crime in particular, can only be tackled through global, coordinated action which requires close judicial cooperation between countries, including through efficiently working judicial networks.