The meeting, financed by the PCIB Grant by Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, will be carried out under the framework of DCAF Border Security Programme, in cooperation with the Border Police Division of the Slovenian Police, and will bring together high-level national representatives involved in the daily work and cooperation from several PCCCs established in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo*, North Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia, as well as national PCCC coordinators.
The aim of the meeting is to define the way forward for strengthening regional cooperation among PCCCs in the Western Balkan region in the fight against all forms of crime, especially cross-border crime, facilitating an effective exchange of information among PCCCs in the Western Balkan region in line with existing multilateral and bilateral agreements; and preparing recommendations for their work.
The meeting will serve as an opportunity to facilitate the exchange of working information on the PCCCs in the Western Balkan region and exchange examples of good/bad practices in the European Union. On the final day, the participants will also have a study visit to the PCCC Thörl Maglern in Austria, where they will be given presentations by representatives from Austria, Italy and Slovenia.
*This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244/1999 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.
The Workshop “Enhancing Cooperation with the Western Balkans within the EU Policy cycle – Synergies, Challenges and Ideas”, co-organised by the IPAII2017 Multi-Country Action – component “Countering Serious Crime in the Western Balkans”, the IISG Support Group hosted by DCAF Ljubljana, and Europol will take place on 5-6 September in Belgrade, Serbia.
Based on the Western Balkan Counter-Serious Crime Initiative (WBCSCi) Integrative Plan of Action 2018-2020, endorsed by the ministers of the interior at the 2nd IISG Board Meeting (Brdo pri Kranju, Slovenia, 16 March 2018), the meeting is going to address a concrete objective set by the IISG Partnership – to explore the possibilities to enhance the cooperation and engagement of the Western Balkan authorities in the EU Policy Cycle 2018-2021 implementation. The workshop is expected to result in concrete recommendations and will be followed-up within the IISG partnership, particularly in cooperation with Europol and relevant regional partners.
Between 5-6 April 2018, the Centre for European Perspective (CEP) is organizing a meeting with the State Prosecutor General of the Republic of Macedonia Mr. Ljubomir Joveski, within the framework of Slovenia’s Development Cooperation with the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and the project “Support to Macedonia in accession to the EU in the Chapter 24 – financial investigations”.
The meeting will be attended by Mr. Drago Šketa, the State Prosecutor General of the Republic of Slovenia, Mr. Harij Furlan, Head of the Group of state prosecutors for the prosecution of organized crime at the Office of the State Prosecutor General of the Republic of Slovenia, and Ms Andreja Dolničar Jeraj, Programme Director at the CEP, as well.
For more information please visit CEP website here.
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.
The conference was held in Tirana on 11th November 2016, and was organized by RCC Sarajevo, PCC SEE Secretariat, First Line project and the Albanian Ministry of Internal Affairs. It brought together the members of the three regional platforms, operating under the auspices of the WBCTi and representing the political level (incl. external dimension), policy level (law enforcement and intelligence), and police operatives, respectively: the RCC Group of National Focal Points on Countering Radicalization and Violent Extremism leading to Terrorism and Foreign Terrorist Fighters in South East Europe (NFP CVE-FTF Group); the Police Cooperation Convention for South East Europe (PCC SEE) Counter-Terrorism Network, and the operational-level network of the Slovenian-led Counter-Terrorism Initiative (CTI). The conference was also attended by the European Commission, the US, OSCE, UNODC, UNDP, SELEC, Europol, Interpol and some other important actors in this area of security cooperation. The WBCTi Chair Rajko Kozmelj made a presentation on the current state of play, and future actions envisaged within the scope of the initiative. He also referred to the WBCTi Integrated Plan of Action 2015-2017, emphasizing the importance of better coordination, communication and prioritization of actions within the three different levels of the WBCTi policy management: political (RCC), strategic (PCC SEE) and operational (CTI).
Joint Meeting of the SEE Cooperation Networks in the Area of CT and CVE under the auspices of WBCTi, Tirana, 11 Nov 2016 – (Photo: RCC Sarajevo)