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

Project ECOFIT – Options for EnhanCing Operational instruments in the area of Firearms Trafficking is a research project co-funded by the European Union’s Internal Security Fund – Police (ISFP-2018-AG-OC-FIRE). It aims to improve operational cooperation between law enforcement agencies in the area of firearms trafficking investigations.

Project ECOFIT is carried out by an international consortium coordinated by Transcrime – Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (Italy). The other partners are: Tilburg University and SELEC – Southeast European Law Enforcement Center.

The geographical scope of the project includes 27 EU Member States and 7 non-EU SELEC Member States (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia and Turkey).

In particular, Project ECOFIT has 4 main objectives:

  • To identify the existing gaps across EU MSs and 7 non-EU SELEC MSs in relation to the five operational instruments
    taking into account 5 selected instruments, regarded as indicators of operational cooperation;
  • To define policy objectives in order to maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of the operational instruments;
  • To realize an Impact Assessment of available policy options that could achieve these results;
  • To propose recommendations to the EU and guidelines to LEAs for implementing the best policy option(s) identified.

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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.