Consultations between SELEC and United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)

On 27th of February 2013, SELEC and UNODC officials held a consultation meeting in Vienna on the implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by the two organizations on 4th of December 2012 in Bucharest, Romania. The purpose of the meeting was to agree on the practical steps for cooperation, in particular in the area of countering trans-border trafficking.

Ms. Snejana Maleeva, SELEC Director for Legal and Internal Affairs, presented the Center’s mission and activities, main thematic areas, capacity and existing cooperation mechanisms on regional and international level.

The organizations agreed to continue regular contacts and ensure close coordination in order to avoid any duplication of action. The organizations will ensure a constant flow of information on ongoing and future initiatives in the region of South Eastern Europe with the goal of assisting the countries of the region in a complementary manner. UNODC may also consider supporting SELEC in establishing a stronger inter-regional link between the Balkans and the countries and law enforcement institutions from West and Central Asia towards a more comprehensive response to illicit trafficking in Afghan heroin through the region.