Informal Coordination Meeting of the IPAII 2017 Regional Programme

Organised by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), funded by the EU, the Informal Coordination Meeting of the IPAII 2017 Regional Programme is going to take place on 12 April in Vienna, Austria. The purpose of the meeting is to present work results of 2018 and planned activities in the Western Balkan region in 2019 by IPA II partners and to coordinate IPA work programmes from 2020 onward.

2nd Technical Meeting of the National Project Focal Points of the joint UNODC&CEPOL Project

Between 16-17 July UNODC and CEPOL are organizing the “Second Technical Meeting of the National Project Focal Points on the Implementation of the Joint UNODC/CEPOL Project on Capacity Building on Financial Investigations in South Eastern Europe“. The latter will be the second partnership meeting held in the framework of the recently launched joint CEPOL and UNODC two-year capacity building initiative on financial investigations in South Eastern Europe. The project is funded by the European Commission and constitutes an integral part of the Integrative Internal Security Governance (IISG) process, namely its Pillar II on the Western Balkans Combatting Serious and Organized Crime initiative (WBCSCi). The initiative is also part of the UNODC Regional Programme for South Eastern Europe. Whereas the purpose of the first meeting was to inform the regional participants of the project activities and to raise awareness and enhance the visibility of the project’s activities on the ground, in addition to the dissemination and exploitation of the prospective project results, the aim of this meeting will be to introduce the newly recruited project team members and inform about the recent developments, as well as to present project activities scheduled for the upcoming September.

Training on financial investigations in Pristina

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

Training on financial investigations in Sarajevo

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

Inter-Regional Meeting between South Eastern Europe and West and Central Asia on Building Partnerships in Countering Illicit Financial Flows

Between the 28-29 June, UNODC is organizing an Inter-Regional Meeting between South-Eastern Europe and West and Central Asia on Building Partnerships in Countering Illicit Financial Flows, in Zagreb, Croatia.

As the West and Central Asia and Southern East Europe are significantly affected by the drug economy that thrives around opium cultivation and heroin production in Afghanistan, which is smuggled to West and Central Europe through different routes across these regions, with a growing importance of the Balkan route, UNODC together with relevant national, regional and international actors aims with this meeting to appose the Heads of Drug Control Agencies/Offices and Heads of Financial Intelligence Units of the Regional Programme for Afghanistan and Neighbourig Countries and the Regional Programme for South Eastern Europe. The event will allow officials of these regions to meet as a group for the first time and address challenges and prospects for inter-regional cooperation, with a particular emphasis on illicit financial flows, in line with the 2016 UNGASS Outcome document, especially as regards South-South and Triangular cooperation.

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

Measuring and assessing organised crime in the Western Balkans: supporting evidence based policy making

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is currently implementing a project, entitled “Measuring and assessing organised crime in the Western Balkans: supporting evidence based policy making”, funded by the European Commission.

The overall objective of the Action is to contribute to the strengthening of the rule of law through the fight against organised crime in the beneficiary countries and territories. In specific, the beneficiaries are Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, and Kosovo*. This Action will help address the aforementioned challenges with respect to enhancing the understanding of the nature and evolution of organised crime.

For more information visit the project website here.