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The Common Threat Assessment on Organized Crime for South East European region, OCTA-SEE, is the first strategic, future-oriented analysis prepared by SECI Center, in the effort to reveal the current threats and expected new trends of organized crime from South East Europe, aiming to help decision-makers at national and international level in better setting up strategies for fighting organized criminality.

In order to fill in the intelligence gap of the EU in relation to SEE region, with a focus on Western Balkans, at the 7th Ministerial Conference at Brdo (Slovenia), on 4th of October 2007 (Brdo Process), the Slovenian EU Presidency proposed the development of a Common Threat Assessment on Organized Crime for the South East European Region (OCTA-SEE).

SECI Regional Center for Combating Transborder Crime was identified as the appropriate regional organization which to deal with the preparation of such document, having Europol as main support institution and also one of the beneficiaries of the OCTA-SEE, along with the involved countries.

On 5 of June 2008, the Slovenian EU Presidency representative exposed to the SECI Center Joint Cooperation Committee (JCC), the OCTA-SEE Project in terms of initiative, background and way ahead.

Recognizing the importance for the SEE countries and for the European Union of a common threat assessment of the organized crime for the SEE region, the JCC members unanimously agreed on the SECI Center involvement in producing the OCTA-SEE, and expressed the willingness of all SECI countries (not only Western Balkans) to bring contribution to the OCTA-SEE. Accordingly, all 13 SECI Member countries cooperate with SECI Center along this process.

Following the recommendation of the representative of the EU presidency and in alignment with Europol, as beneficiary and main support institution, the SECI Center was tasked to prepare the detailed plan, as well as the questionnaires submitted to the countries, that represent the base for the analytical document.

Conclusions of the first OCTA-SEE, were discussed at the political level at the Brdo Process in 2009.

In 2010, SECI Center’s Analytical unit continued to write the OCTA-SEE based on the information submitted by the member countries, the last one being drafted in 2012 and finalized in 2013.

The SELEC Council decided that the elaboration of the Organized Crime Threat Assessment for the South East European Region will be done for a four (4) years period, the next one being for the period 2013 - 2016.