The 3rd meeting of the IISG Board will take place on 26th February 2019 in Skopje, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. The ministerial event will be hosted by H.E. Mr Oliver Spasovski, Minister of Internal Affairs. It will be co-organised by the IISG Support Group and the hosting framework – the annual Brdo Process Ministerial Conference led by H.E. Mr Boštjan Poklukar, Minister of the Interior of the Republic of Slovenia.

The meeting will be chaired by H.E. Mr Maciej Popowski, Deputy Director-General, DG for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, European Commission.

Training on financial investigations in Skopje

26-29 June 2018, Skopje, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia; 3-6 July 2018, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina; 10-13 July 2018, Pristina, Kosovo under UNSCR 1244: UNODC organized the first series of national four-day trainings on financial investigations for some 20 experts from the law enforcement institutions and the judiciary involved in combating serious and organized crime. These trainings are part of the comprehensive UNODC train-the-trainers programme designed to strengthen the capacities of the law enforcement sector and the judiciary to effectively detect, investigate, prosecute and recover the proceeds of crime. The participants had the chance to work with the international experts on the real case studies, be involved in the simulation exercises, had the opportunity to strengthen the interagency cooperation, and share their experience and knowledge with the peers. At a later stage, the knowledge obtained in these courses will be utilized by the national experts to develop national curricula on financial investigations, which currently does not exist in the Western Balkans jurisdictions. The trainings were organized within the Western Balkans Integrative Internal Security Governance initiative (IISG), the recently launched EU funded joint UNODC and the European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Training (CEPOL) capacity building project on financial investigations in SEE.

Source: UNODC work in South Eastern Europe: Newsletter # 26

Strengthening the Institutional Capacities of the National Committee for Countering Violent Extremism and Countering Terrorism

Between 21-22 May, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) is organizing a regional conference, entitled “Strengthening the Institutional Capacities of the National Committee for Countering Violent Extremism and Countering Terrorism”, in Skopje. The purpose of the event is to provide an overview of the situation regarding the prevention and counteracting of violent extremism in the Southeast Europe region. Special emphasis will be given to practical cases when addressing P/CVE, and the role of various stakeholders, as well as their collaboration for the efficient implementation of National Actions Plans for Countering Violent Extremism and Terrorism.