SELEC’s Director General visit in Republic of Albania

At the invitation of the Albanian law enforcement authorities, in the period 7-8 February 2018, Mrs. Snejana Maleeva, Director General, met with the Minister of Interior of Albania, Mr. Fatmir Xhafaj, the General Director of the Albanian State Police, Mr. Ardi Veliu and the Director for Investigating Narcotics and Illicit Trafficking, Mr. Sokol Selfollari. During the visit, the Director General of SELEC mentioned about the benefits of the regional cooperation in the framework of SELEC and the support offered to its Member States, including Republic of Albania, in the information exchanges and assistance requests’ process, as well in conducting joint investigations and regional operations, with the common aim of preventing and countering organized crime in Southeast Europe.

The parties agreed to further strengthen the cooperation at operational level in order to combat more efficiently the trans-border organized criminality in the region. Regional cooperation should focus on challenges that can be best tackled through common approach, enhanced cooperation and strengthened partnership.

Mrs. Maleeva expressed appreciation for the active involvement of the Albanian authorities in the work of SELEC, this fact being reflected in the results obtained. On this occasion, in the presence of high level officials from the Albanian Police and the case officers, Mrs. Maleeva handed over the Certificates of Honour for two successful awarded joint investigations conducted within SELEC’s framework in 2017, Operation Koordinimi and Alias, both related to illegal drug trafficking.

During the visit in Republic of Albania, Mr. Bilbil Mema, Director of the Police Academy received the visit of the Director General of SELEC. Mrs. Maleeva used this opportunity to introduce SELEC, its mission, activities and achievements to the students of the Police Academy.