Currently SELEC implements the following projects:

Project FAIT (Fight Against Illegal Trade)

Financed by PMI IMPACT – a global grant initiative by Philip Morris International to support projects dedicated to fighting illegal trade and related crimes.

Over the recent decades, illicit trade has constantly increased in profitability for organized crime groups, subsequently causing significant financial loses for states’ revenue systems, especially those situated in the EU. As this illegal activity became more profitable in terms of financial benefits, it might risk the financial stability of EU and non EU markets. The project aims at increasing the operational capacity of SELEC and its Member States in order to create an efficient response in fighting against smuggling phenomena.

The objectives of the project are:

  • Setting up state-of-the-art SELEC Operational Centre Unit (OCU) in order to increase the operational capacity of the LEAs against illegal trade
  • Training for 120 specialists on the latest technology, special techniques and special investigative methods for better results in the fight against smuggling of goods
  • Social-media awareness campaign against smuggling activities

ECOFIT- Options for Enhancing Investigative Tool in the area of Firearms Trafficking

A project with a duration of 18 months implemented by UCSC-TRANSCRIME, having as partners SELEC and the Tilburg University. The objective is enhancing operational law enforcement cooperation between EU Member States and the Southeast European Countries in the fight against firearms trafficking through the development of more effective and efficient investigative tools.

Joint Collaboration for Dismantling Drugs Distribution and Illicit Laboratories -JCO3DIL

SELEC is a partner in this project which has as a primary objective to dismantle storage and production facilities of methamphetamine through the strengthening of the international drug investigation cooperation, enhancing and intensifying the exchange of operational information, knowledge gathering and enhancing of investigation capacity of the drug law-enforcement authorities. The lead partner in this project having a duration of 24 months is the Police of the Czech Republic, the partners are Bulgaria, Poland, Serbia and Slovakia and the supportive organizations: DEA, Europol, Interpol and SELEC.

Strengthening cooperation against transborder organized crime

The project, to be developed with the financial assistance of Danube Transnational Programme, aims at enhancing cooperation in the region by assuring a common approach in the fight against trans-border crime. In the same time the project will focus on facilitating cooperation and share of good practices by bringing together experts from law enforcement authorities at regional level, international organisations and private sector.

Activity 1  – Organizing a conference related to Financial and Computer Crime – the first year

Activity 2 – Organizing a conference related to the Antidrug Trafficking – the second year

Activity 3 – Organizing a conference related to the Countering Trafficking in Human Beings and Illegal Migration – the third year

The conferences will assume joint cooperation and participation of SELEC Member States and Danube region law enforcement representatives, aiming to share information, best practices and effective crime-fighting and prevention tools in the region.

ATHENA 2- Addressing Threat assessment through an European Network of Law Enforcement Agencies

The project supports coordinated evaluation of joint activities (patrols, investigation teams, cross-border surveillance) managed by beneficiaries (Bulgaria, Italy, Latvia, Malta, Romania, Slovenia, SELEC) and their neighboring countries. 24 cross border observations, 24 joint operations, 12 joint investigations, 24 joint patrols and 6 thematic workshops will be managed, with approx. 300 officers involved. 24 bilateral meetings focusing on planning, coordinating and evaluating operational joint activities will be also organized.

One of the working package will be dedicated to training for SPOC (single point of operational contact) and on field officers, in cooperation with CEPOL, in order to grant ad-hoc training for joint operations. Dedicated SPOC platform, established on CEPOL website, will support this activity. A mobile app for supporting joint operations will be also designed along with an analysis tool to be integrated in national Case Management Systems.

IMOBEX- Improving enforcement at the intersection of mobile banditry and exploitation

Project IMOBEX, with a duration of 24 months,  shall enhance EU policies and operational law enforcement actions in the 27 EU Member States and 7 Southeast European third countries, to combat property crimes at the intersection of mobile banditry and human trafficking.

The activities to be conducted within the project, which include gathering up-to-date information on criminal activities of itinerant criminal groups involved in property crimes, organising a workshop in which enforcement practitioners and other experts develop innovative intervention strategies and a road map for reducing barriers caused by insufficient legal options and applying a state of the art organised crime field lab to train enforcement experts in the application of innovative interventions, will benefit a wide range stakeholders by improving and disseminating knowledge about modi operandi and enforcement problems at the intersection of mobile banditry and human trafficking, developing creative and feasible interventions for enforcement agencies and promote, in the long-term, preventative effects of better inclusion of the socially and economically deprived communities from which itinerant criminal groups often originate.