Sofia/ Bulgaria, 21-22 January 2016 - The Director for Legal and Internal Affairs of SELEC, Mrs. Snejana MALEEVA, participated in the Ministerial Conference on Combating Terrorism in the Danube region organized in Sofia in the framework of the Priority Area 11 “Security” of the European Strategy for the Danube Region.
Ms. Rumyana Bachvarova, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior of Republic of Bulgaria, Mr. Philip Gounev, Deputy Minister of Interior and Mr. Dimitar Georgiev, Chairperson of the State Agency for National Security attended the conference, along with the Ministers responsible for home affairs and authorized representatives of the respective Ministries of the Danube Region countries.
SELEC’s activities and efforts for enhancing the cooperation in countering terrorism in the Southeast European region were presented by Mrs. Snejana Maleeva, during her intervention. Mrs. Maleeva also mentioned that, having regard the importance of this topic, in 2000 SELEC established the Anti-Terrorism Task Force, coordinated by Republic of Turkey. The Anti-Terrorism Task Force meetings are regularly held, at least once per year, with the participation of experts from all SELEC Member States and Partners.
Besides the Task Force meetings, SELEC developed projects, held workshops and, in 2011, developed together with the Turkish authorities a Manual on Counterterrorism Experiences of its Member Countries, which was considered a very useful tool for practitioners. The Manual covers, among others, the extent of terrorism problem in each country, the modus operandi of the terrorist organizations, the counter terrorism approaches and experiences in each SELEC Member State, legislation, strategies, programs and responsible authorities dealing with this crime in each country.
It was concluded that countering terrorism, by addressing its links to organized crime, requires a multidisciplinary and comprehensive approach, as well as strong, flexible regional and international cooperation. In this respect, a Joint Declaration was adopted regarding the commitment of all countries in countering terrorism in the Danube region.
Banja Luka/ Bosnia and Herzegovina, 16 of December 2015 - A press conference was held at Headquarters of Police of Republic of Srpska with the occasion of awarding the competent Law Enforcement authorities from Bosnia and Herzegovina for the success of Operation SKIPER/TOWER and Operation MASKA, two joint investigations developed by using the SELEC channels.
Operation SKIPER/TOWER and Operation MASKA are two joint investigations regarding the criminal activities performed in the field of drug trafficking, investigations that involved the competent law enforcement authorities from Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro.
The effective cooperation between the Bosnian and Montenegrin agencies was facilitated by SELEC, with the support of the Bosnian Liaison Officer posted to SELEC, Mr. Adnan Mahmutovic.
On behalf of SELEC, Mr. Mahmutovic offered the Certificates of Honor to the representatives of the Ministry of the Interior of Republic of Srpska, Mr. Darko Culum, Deputy Director General of the Police of Republic of Srpska and Mr. Radomir Domuzin, Head of Department of Criminal Police.
The Bi-annual Awards Committee of SELEC grant awards twice per year to the law enforcement authorities from SELEC Member States, as an appreciation for the successful joint investigations conducted through SELEC.
The Southeast European Law Enforcement Center, based in Bucharest, is an international law enforcement organization having 12 Member States, established for providing support to its Member States, and to enhance the coordination in preventing and combating crime, including serious and organized crime, where such crime involves or appears to involve an element of trans-border activity.
SELEC’s operational activities are conducted within the framework of eight Task Forces addressing issues of drugs and human beings trafficking, financial and computer crime, smuggling and customs fraud, terrorism, container security, stolen vehicles and environment and nature related crime.
Bucharest, 8th of December 2015 - Mr. Romulus Nicolae UNGUREANU, SELEC Director for Operations, addressed opening remarks at the International Conference held in the framework of the Project “National approach regarding the compensation of the victims of illegal trafficking” organized by the Romanian National Agency Against Trafficking in Persons. The conference took place in the period 8-9 December 2015, in Bucharest/ Romania, with the participation of representatives from EU and Non- EU states, representatives of the civil society, international organizations and other major actors involved in the fight against illegal trafficking of human beings.
The project, implemented by the Romanian National Agency Against Trafficking in Persons and the Council of Europe, envisages the improvement of the cooperation between the competent authorities and other interested parties in offering financial and legal assistance to the victims of trafficking in human beings.
In order to have a synergy of the actions of all SELEC Member States in fighting against this kind of crime, SELEC established in May 2000 the Task Force Mirage on Countering Trafficking in Human Beings and Illegal Migration coordinated by Romania. During the previous year 17 joint investigations in this field were supported and conducted succesfully through SELEC.