8th Meeting of the Council of the Southeast European Law Enforcement Center (SELEC)

Bucharest, May 29, 2014 – Over 60 representatives of the law enforcement authorities from SELEC Member States and guests from INTERPOL, Italian Republic, RCC, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, United States of America and UNODC attended the 8th Meeting of the SELEC Council organized in Bucharest at SELEC premises.

The session was chaired by Mr. Odysseas Pylalis,the representative of the Hellenic Republic, with the support of Vice Chairman, Mr. Fredolin Lecari, the representative of Republic of Moldova.

On this occasion, the SELEC Council examined and approved important issues, such as the Annual Activity Report for 2013, Audit Report for 2013, as well as the Budget for 2015.

The most significant topics on the agenda of the meeting were on the one hand the draft Cooperation Agreement between SELEC and the United States of America, and on the other hand the Cooperation Agreement between SELEC and International Criminal Police Organization – INTERPOL.
The Council members granted the Operational Partner status both to USA and INTERPOL and mandated the Director General of SELEC to sign the agreements.

Ambassador Patricia Moller, Deputy Chief of Mission, U.S. Embassy Bucharest, highlighted the importance of strengthening the cooperation in preventing and combating trans-national organized crime, while Mr. Ridvan Gunaydin, Regional Specialized Officer at INTERPOL, shared his belief that the agreement will enhance the existing cooperation.

On behalf of SELEC Management, Mr. Gürbüz Bahadir, Director General, expressed satisfaction for successful outcomes of the meeting and congratulated all participants for their efforts, mentioning that the new agreements will constitute a steady progress and an enrichment of international cooperation in the region.