Regional Conference of the Financial Intelligence Units

Between 3-4 October, UNODC is organising the Regional Conference of Financial Investigations Units, in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina, hosted by the State Investigation and Protection Agency (SIPA) BiH. The event takes place in the framework of the IPAII2017 Multi-Country Action “Support to Integrative Internal Security Governance”.

Twelfth Biennial International Conference, Criminal Justice & Security in Central and Eastern Europe: From Common Sense to Evidence-based Policy–making

Between 25-27 September 2018, the University of Maribor, Faculty of Criminal Justice and Security is organizing the Twelfth Biennial International Conference on Criminal Justice & Security in Central and Eastern Europe, in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Starting in 1996 and reconvening for its twelfth session in 2018, the Conference has focused on and dealt with a wide variety of topics related to security issues. Based on the principles of collaboration and information exchange among different levels and types of stakeholders, the conference will strive to address contemporary challenges in the field of criminal justice and security and to highlight new ideas, theories, methods, and findings in a wide range of research and applied areas relating to policing, criminology, security issues, and social control issues.

As each Biennial International Conference on Criminal Justice & Security in Central and Eastern Europe theme differs, this year’s theme is entitled “From Common Sense to Evidence-based Policymaking“. Defense, security and foreign policy, has due to recent events that challenged internal security in Europe, pressed the need for “substantive evidence to underpin policy formulation to ensure the best use of limited resources when dealing with significant challenges”[i]. With this in mind, this year’s conference will emphasize the need for academic expertise in policymaking. By prioritizing research finding, data, analytics, evaluation of new innovations in policy decisions at every level of government, as well as at various points in the policymaking process, the evidence-based policymaking approach aims to improve the effectiveness of governments programs or policies. Based on four principles (i. rigorous evidence, ii. program monitoring, iii. improvement/scale/redirection of programs, and iv. innovation and test of new approaches), the evidence-based policymaking scope is to encourage transparency and accountability by clearly defining the policy/program goals, and executing independent ex-post evaluations, to identify whether those goals were achieved[ii].

The conference is co-organized by IISG (with the financial support of the European Commission within the IPA II 2016 regional action entitled “Support to Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism in the Western Balkans”), hosted by DCAF Ljubljana. For more information about the conference, please visit their website here.

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[i] Benedict Wilkinson, Maria Giulia Amadio Viceré & Erin Montague (2017) Navigating the Unknown: Barriers to Evidence-Based Defence and Security Policy in the European Union, The International Spectator, 52:1, 88-99

[ii] Urban Institute (2016) Principles of Evidence-Based Policymaking. Available at: http://www.evidencecollaborative.org/principles-evidence-based-policymaking

Ministerial Conference on High-Tech Crime and Information Security “Connect securely!”

The Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Serbia is organizing a Ministerial Conference on high-tech crime and information security under the slogan “Connect Securely!” in Belgrade, on 20th and 21st September 2018. The Conference is supported through the project Enhancing Cybersecurity Governance in the Western Balkans, implemented by the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF).

The conference aims to establish a political dialogue in the region on growing threats in cyberspace, to promote the role of international and regional cooperation, as well as cooperation with the private sector, with a view to achieving a higher level of information security and advancing the fight against high-tech crime.

2018 OSCE-wide Counter-Terrorism Conference

The 2018 OSCE-wide Counter-Terrorism Conference on “The Reverse Flow of Foreign Terrorist Fighters (FTFs): Challenges for the OSCE Area and Beyond” will be held from 10 to 11 May 2018 in Rome.

The OSCE-wide Counter-Terrorism Conference will focus on the following topics:
– Trends and Dynamics of Returning or Relocating FTFs: Exchange of Views on National Experiences and International Co-operation
– Managing the Return/Relocation of FTFs: Strengthening Border Security and Information Sharing
– Addressing the Potential Threat of Returning and Relocating FTFs and their Affiliates: Rehabilitation and Reintegration Programs Within and Outside the Criminal Justice System
– Addressing Accompanying Family Members of FTFs: Legal Gaps, Juvenile Justice, Engaging with Civil Society.

For more information about the conference please visit OSCE website here and for the concept paper here.

Regional Expert Workshop and Conference “Countering online radicalization in the context of cyber security”

Between 17- 18 April 2018 the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) is organising a two-day regional workshop and conference, entitled “Countering online radicalisation in the context of cybersecurity” in Belgrade, Serbia.

The event will be divided into four panels, during which experts and participants from the region and the European Union, will address questions and share experiences related to online terrorist and violent extremist propaganda, fake news and hate speech, cyber-attacks and other.

For more information please visit RCC website here.

Regional Conference on Strengthening Cooperation in the Field of Asset Recovery

On 28th March, The Regional Anti-corruption Initiative (RAI) and the Advice on Individual Rights in Europe (AIRE) Centre are organizing a Regional Conference on Strengthening Cooperation in the Field of Asset Recovery,  in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Conference is part of the project “Combating corruption in the Western Balkans and Strengthening Regional Cooperation in the field of Asset Recovery”, which is being implemented with support from the British Government and from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).

The objective of the Conference is to present the findings of the Study prepared by the AIRE Centre and the RAI Secretariat concerning search, seizure and confiscation of illegally obtained assets, with emphasis on final court judgments in corruption cases in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo*, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia. For more information about the conference, please visit RAI website here.

EU-Western Balkans JHA Ministerial Conference

Ministers of Interior/Security from the Western Balkan countries discussed the WBCTi Interim Report at the EU-WB Ministerial Meeting under the auspices of the Slovak Presidency of the Council of the EU held at Brdo pri Kranju, Slovenia, between 15 –16 December 2016. The document outlines the main achievements in the 1st year of implementation based on the objectives identified in late 2014. The achievements outlined clearly show how the activities on part of all WBCTi partners, including those of EU Member States and EU agencies, directed toward the joint set of objectives, have contributed to the optimization of resulting outcomes and bring synergies.

2nd Regional Coordination Conference in the area of CT, P/CVE in South East Europe

On 29 – 30 November 2017, the Slovenian Chairmanship-in-Office of the South East European Cooperation Process (SEECP), the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC), and the Western Balkans Counter-Terrorism Initiative (WBCTi) will be organizing the Second Regional Coordination Conference for Counter-Terrorism (CT) and Prevention and Countering Violent Extremism (P/CVE) in South East Europe (SEE). The later represents a functional follow-up of the first Regional CT and P/CVE Coordination Conference, held in Tirana on 11 November 2016.

The purpose of this high level event is to engage relevant actors and stakeholders in the area of counter-terrorism, prevention and countering violent extremism in South East Europe in general, and the Western Balkans in particular. Participants will therefore be encouraged to discuss, share their experiences, and best practices.

In complaint with the WBCTi Process, the conference will be divided in separate session for the three SEE regional CT and P/CVE networks, namely the RCC Group of National Focal Points for Prevention and Countering Violent Extremism in South East Europe (NFP P/CVE Group), PCC SEE CT Network, representing strategic level of cooperation and the Counter- Terrorism Initiative (CTI) which represents operational cooperation on the CT/P-CVE policy in the region.

The event will take place in Slovenia, hosted by  the Slovenian Ministry of Home Affairs.

Regional Conference on Preventing and Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism

Between 17th – 18th May 2017, DCAF, the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies and the Slovenian Ministry of Interior – Police are co-organising an important regional conference, which will bring together senior policy-makers from law enforcement and intelligence, academics and relevant international and regional security actors in the area of CT and P/CVE policy in the Western Balkans. The conference will identify requirements to improve CT and P/CVE policies in the Western Balkans, and recommend priorities for the next multi-annual WBCTi Integrated Plan of Action that will enter into force in early 2018, based on Beneficiaries needs and relevant threat assessments.

For more information on the Conference, please see: CT – PCVE Conference AAR May 2017