Inter-Agency Meeting on Networking the Networks
Istanbul/ Republic of Turkey, December 12-13, 2013 - A meeting having the topic “Networking the Networks - an inter-regional drug control approach to stem drug trafficking” was organized by UNODC on 12th - 13th of December 2013 in Istanbul, with the participation of representatives from international and regional law enforcement organizations. The two-day conference was hosted by the Turkish Government to discuss greater coordination of efforts against drug trafficking and other types of trans-border organized crime.
The main purpose of this inter-agency meeting was to identify ways to leverage the combined strengths of various regional networks by creating a “network of networks”, aiming to establish links among these entities and act as a force multiplier in the fight against illicit trafficking.
7th Meeting of the Council of the Southeast European Law Enforcement Center (SELEC)
Bucharest, November 14, 2013 - The 7th Meeting of the SELEC Council was organized in Bucharest at SELEC premises, bringing together about 60 delegates from all Members States and partners (EUBAM, INTERPOL, Italian Republic, the Netherlands, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Ukraine and United States of America).
On this occasion, important issues such as the Annual Action Plan for 2014, the Operational Rules and Procedures of SELEC and the amendments to the Rules of Procedure of the Council related to the correspondence session were examined and approved by the SELEC Council.
One of the significant topics on the agenda was the approval of the Cooperation Agreement between SELEC and the Public Security Department of the Italian Interior Ministry. The Council members endorsed the document and granted Operational Partner status to the Public Security Department of the Interior Ministry of the Italian Republic, making Italy the first operational partner of SELEC.
Mr. Paolo Sartori, Italian representative to SELEC, declared: We are proud and honored to be the first country which applied and received the Operational Partner status to the new SELEC. Italy is a reliable partner for SELEC and we are committed to enhance and strengthen our cooperation with the Center in order to combat terrorism and organized crime in general.
The session was chaired by Mr. Sashko Kocev, the representative of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.
In 2014, the chairmanship of the Council will belong to Hellenic Republic and the vice chairmanship to Republic of Moldova.
Workshop addressing the links between Terrorism and Organized Crime
Antalya/ Republic of Turkey, November 4-5, 2013 - An workshop having the topic “The links between Terrorism and Organized Crime” took place in Antalya/ Republic of Turkey on 4th - 5th of November 2013. The event was jointly organized by United Nations Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED), Southeast European Law Enforcement Center (SELEC), Turkish National Police, Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) and RACVIAC Centre for Security Cooperation.
The workshop brought together the representatives of South-East European and Central Asian law enforcement agencies, as well as international, regional and sub-regional organizations and partners. SELEC was represented by Mr. Gürbüz Bahadir, Director General, and Ms. Snejana Maleeva, Director for Legal and Internal Affairs.
The purpose of the workshop was to provide a forum in which the representatives of Southeast European countries, international and regional organizations and mechanisms discussed regional trends regarding the links between terrorism and organized crime and shared good practices and challenges in that regard, with the overall aim of enhancing regional cooperation in this area.
During the meeting, there were raised general issues concerning the police and customs cooperation in Southeast European region as well as the Italian contribution in the cooperation, stressing that Italy had recently been granted Operational Partner status with SELEC.
Bucharest, November 20, 2013 - Through the European Judicial Training Network exchange programme, a group of eleven prosecutors from Bulgaria, France, Romania, Slovakia and Spain visited SELEC Headquarters in Bucharest/ Romania.
Representatives of SELEC and SEEPAG Secretariat made an extensive overview about both organizations' objectives, structure and activities, underlining the successful operations carried out under SELEC and SEEPAG auspices and the benefits of such law enforcement and judicial cooperation in the Southeast European region.
It was also mentioned that at the last SEEPAG meeting, besides the SEEPAG Members, representatives from all SELEC partners were invited to attend with a view to further develop the collaboration at prosecutorial level.
SEEPAG has developed its good relations with European Judicial Network as the cooperation between judicial networks is essential in tackling more efficiently transnational organized crime.