The Southeast European Prosecutors Advisory Group is a judicial mechanism for international cooperation, having the mission to facilitate and speed up the cooperation in serious trans-border crime investigations and cases. The Southeast European Prosecutors Advisory Group is functioning under SELEC umbrella.
SEEPAG was developed as a bridge between SELEC and judicial authorities, having in mind that the Center is an important instrument in combating trans-border organized crime at the law enforcement level.
SEEPAG was constituted by the Declaration of the Prosecutor representatives at the first meeting of the Southeast European Prosecutors Advisory Group on 11th – 12th of December 2003, in Belgrade/ Republic of Serbia.
A well known professional prosecutor or judge is appointed by each Member State as its contact point, thus forming the SEEPAG structure.
ADVANTAGES OF SEEPAG:
- IT IS OPERATIONAL
- By linking together experienced prosecutors and judges, SEEPAG seeks to fill in a critical gap in the region by promoting the timely exchange of necesary information and evidence, whether through the proper execution of mutual legal assistance requests, or through more informal channels of communication.
- IT IS COMPLEMENTARY
- The work of the SEEPAG Members complements the activities of the national competent authorities, by facilitating and speeding up the issuance and execution of assistance.
- IT IS BASED ON MUTUAL TRUST
- The formal and informal cooperation among its Members is largely based on the personal contacts developed over time, relationships which also foster collaboration between experienced prosecutors and judges.
- IT IS EFFICIENT
- SEEPAG enhances cooperation and coordination between national investigating and prosecuting authorities thereby improving the effectiveness of all law enforcement agencies in addressing trans-border crime. This close cooperation achieves a swifter outcome for those facing criminal charges.
- IT HAS NO HIERARCHY
- SEEPAG’s organizational structure is quite simple and practical; it possesses a horizontal character with no hierarchical components.
- There is one contact point, the SEEPAG Member, a well known professional prosecutor or judge, appointed from each Member State.
- SEEPAG Members’ primary function is to ensure the necessary coordination at the national level.
- The Chairmanship of SEEPAG rotates in alphabetical order of the Member States and it is for a term of 1 year. The rotating chairmanship is offering the opportunity for all Member States to give their input and further refine and develop the SEEPAG network.
- SEEPAG’s Secretariat and budget are managed by SELEC, the Secretariat being based at SELEC’s Headquarters in Bucharest/ Romania.
- COMMUNICATION AND COOPERATION ARE ALSO INFORMAL
- The requests for assistance are exchanged directly between the Prosecution Offices, through SEEPAG contact points.
- The communication is also supported by SELEC’s secure channels and the forum of SEEPAG’s website.
- SEEPAG offers increased quality and speed in addressing trans-border cases.
For more information about SEEPAG, please visit: www.seepag.info