History

On 26 May 1999, twelve countries from Southeast Europe signed the Agreement on Cooperation to prevent and combat trans-border crime (SECI agreement). The countries that signed and ratified the SECI agreement were Republic of Albania, Bosnian and Herzegovina, Republic of Bulgaria, Republic of Croatia, Greece, Hungary, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Republic of Slovenia, Serbia and Montenegro and Republic of Turkey.

In response to the needs expressed by the SECI Center Management and other stakeholders consulted and, in furtherance of the findings of the SECI Center Assessment conducted by the European Commission in 2004, a new Draft Convention was produced in 2006.

In July 2009 the text of the Convention was finalized, being approved by the Joint Cooperation Council- the supreme decision making body of SECI Center.  JCC empowered the same Expert Working Group to continue the negotiations in order to finalize the text of the Protocol on Privileges and Immunities that accompanies the SELEC Convention.

On 9th of December 2009, the Convention of the Southeast European Law Enforcement Center (SELEC) was signed by the representatives of the 13 Member States: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Hellenic Republic, Hungary, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia and Turkey.

The negotiations on the text of the Protocol on Privileges and Immunities were finalized at the beginning of 2010. The final text was endorsed by the JCC and the member countries high officials signed the document in November 2010. The Protocol followed the same procedure like the SELEC Convention, being ratified by the countries.