The 14th session of the SELEC Council took place on May 30th 2017, at SELEC Headquarters located in Bucharest/Romania, with the participation of high-level representatives from SELEC Member States, Operational Partners and Observers, as well as from Republic of Belarus, Europol, Regional Cooperation Council, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and SEEPAG.
As the Chairmanship of the Council for the year 2017 belongs to Montenegro, Mr. Dejan Djurovic, Head of International Police Cooperation within the Ministry of Interior of Montenegro, chaired the meeting, being supported by the Croatian Vice-Chairman, Mr. Dalibor Juric, Head of Sector for Support of Criminal Police from the Ministry of Interior of Republic of Croatia.
The agenda, consisting mainly in items related to budgetary matters, projects’ applications, activities’ reporting and applications for Observer status, were presented by the Director General of SELEC, Mr. Toni Jakimovski, who also briefed the participants about the latest developments in SELEC.
The Annual report, reflecting the achievements of SELEC during 2016, was endorsed by the Council members, while the Action and Working Plan of SELEC for the year 2018 was approved unanimously.
Among the financial matters discussed, the Council approved SELEC’s Revised Budget for 2017, the Budget for 2018 and the Five-Year Financial Plan 2017-2021, documents needed for the proper execution of all activities of the organization and for assuring appropriate funding for the operational activities which represent the main goal of SELEC.
Following the decision of the Council, Republic of Belarus and GCC- Criminal Information Center to Combat Drugs joined SELEC as Observers, summing up to 20 the number of countries and organizations that were granted the Observer status with SELEC.
During the meeting, Europol’s representatives mentioned that Europol is ready to collaborate with SELEC, to share its expertise and offer its support, so as to join the efforts of both organizations in ensuring the security in the region.
The next Council session is tentatively planned to be held in the second half of November 2017.