SELEC and SEEPAG represented at the Annual Meeting of the Black Sea Prosecutors Network
The Director General of SELEC, Mrs. Snejana Maleeva, was invited as a speaker to the first annual meeting of the Black Sea Prosecutors Network (BSPN) that was held in Bucharest/Romania during 11-12 December 2018.
Considering its important role in the region, SELEC was invited to share its expertise in preventing and combating trans-border organized crime in Southeast Europe, with a focus on drug trafficking. During her intervention Mrs. Maleeva presented the latest successful investigations developed in the framework of SELEC, underlining also that next year SELEC will celebrate 20 years of successful law enforcement cooperation.
The Southeast European Prosecutors Advisory Group (SEEPAG) was introduced to the participants by Mrs. Narcisa Kelemen, Romanian SEEPAG Member, who briefed about the mechanism, the informal way of functioning and the benefits of the prosecutorial network of SEEPAG. SEEPAG was established in 2003 and is functioning under SELEC’s auspices, having the same eleven Member States.
The objective of the BSPN network, supported by EU-ACT, is to build trust, facilitate the exchange of information to speed up mutual legal assistance processes, and promote joint transnational investigations of drug trafficking.
The 29th SEEPAG Conference on the New mechanisms of investigating and prosecuting smuggling of persons.
The 29th SEEPAG Conference having as theme “New mechanisms of investigating and prosecuting smuggling of persons” organized by SELEC in the framework of the Serbian Chairmanship was held in Belgrade on 8 of May 2018 with the participation of the Minister of Justice of Republic of Serbia, Republic Public Prosecutor of Republic of Serbia, Director General of SELEC as well as experts of the Member States and Partners’ prosecution offices, and representatives of Center for International Legal Cooperation, European Investment Bank, Regional Cooperation Council and US Department of Justice.
Opening remarks were addressed by Serbian Minister of Justice, Ms. Nela Kuburovic, Republic Public Prosecutor, Ms. Zagorka Dolovac, Director General of SELEC, Mrs. Snejana Maleeva and SEEPAG Chairperson, Mr. Tomislav Kilibarda.
The Minister of Justice mentioned the legislative and institutional changes made by Republic of Serbia in order to ensure a more effective fight against transnational organized crime, stating that a close cooperation among the countries is a prerequisite for combating illegal migration in the region. Republic Public Prosecutor of Republic of Serbia referred to the benefits of SEEPAG and that international and regional cooperation are of utmost importance in combating transnational organized crime.
The Director General of SELEC briefed about the main operational activities developed by SELEC during the previous year, with a focus on the number of the exchanges of information and joint investigations related to migrants’ smuggling and the support offered by SELEC to its Member States in organizing operational meetings and the annual Task Force meeting on countering trafficking in human beings and illegal migration.
The 28th SEEPAG Conference on collecting evidences in terrorism related offences
In the framework of the Romanian Chairmanship of SEEPAG, the 28th SEEPAG Conference having as a topic “Collecting evidences in terrorism offence investigations” was held on 26 September 2017, in Sinaia/Romania, with the participation of prosecutors from SEEPAG countries, Kingdom of Belgium, Italian Republic, USA and several organizations, such as Eurojust, European Judicial Network and Regional Cooperation Council.
The Conference was organized jointly by the Southeast European Law Enforcement Center (SELEC) and the Romanian Public Ministry, Directorate for Investigating Organized Crime and Terrorism (DIOCT), being chaired by the Romanian SEEPAG Member, Ms. Narcisa Kelemen, Prosecutor within the Office for International Cooperation of DIOCT.
The Prosecutor General of Romania, Mr. Augustin Lazar, the Head of the Directorate for Investigating Organized Crime and Terrorism, Mr. Daniel Constantin Horodniceanu and Ms. Snejana Maleeva, Acting Director General also attended the event.
The representatives of the prosecution offices from the participating countries addressed legal and practical matters regarding investigating terrorism related offences, an issue of worldwide concern.
Visit of the prosecutors within European Judicial Training Network
Bucharest, May 11th 2017 - In the framework of the experience exchange programme organized by the European Judicial Training Network (EJTN), the representatives of SELEC and of the SEEPAG Secretariat welcomed the visit of a group of prosecutors from Republic of Bulgaria, Federal Republic of Germany, Italian Republic and Republic of Moldova.
The prosecutors were briefed about SELEC and SEEPAG, their mission, mechanism of functioning, activities and roles in the law enforcement and prosecutorial cooperation in the region.
These visits are part of the EJTN programme, developed in Romania with the support of the Supreme Prosecution Office, with the purpose to learn about the countries’ judicial system through direct contacts.
Visit of prosecutors within EJTN programme
On 8th of November 2016, the SELEC Management received at SELEC Headquarters the visit of a group of prosecutors from Federal Republic of Germany, Republic of Moldova, Poland and Kingdom of Spain, in the framework of the experience exchange programme organized by European Judicial Training Network (EJTN).
Participants were briefed about SELEC and SEEPAG, their mission, mechanism of functioning, activities and role in the law enforcement and prosecutorial cooperation in Southeast Europe.
The main objective of the EJTN programme is to learn practical issues about the countries’ judicial systems through direct contacts, exchange of views, experiences and expertise.
27th SEEPAG Confence on Joint Investigation Teams
The 27th SEEPAG Conference on "Joint investigation teams" held in Podgorica, during 20-21 September, under the 2016 Chairmanship of Montenegro, was jointly organized by the Supreme State Prosecutor’s Office of Montenegro, the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) and the Southeast European Law Enforcement Center (SELEC).
Mr. Ivica Stankovic, the Supreme State Prosecutor of Montenegro, Mrs. Sonja Boskovic, SEEPAG Chairperson, Mrs. Ivana Goranic, RCC Expert on Justice and Home Affairs and Mrs. Snejana Maleeva, SELEC Director for Legal and Internal Affairs, opened the meeting and addressed the participants. (more)
Visit of prosecutors within European Judicial Training Network programme
Bucharest, September 23th, 2016 - In the framework of the experience exchange programme organized by European Judicial Training Network (EJTN), a group of prosecutors from Germany, Latvia, Republic of Moldova, The Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and Sweden visited SELEC, being welcomed by Mr. Toni Jakimovski, Director General of SELEC, who briefed the participants about SELEC’s mission, structure, activities and results and mentioned about the role of prosecutors in conducting criminal investigations and the contribution of the SEEPAG Members to the Member States’ investigations supported by SELEC.
Visit of the Prosecutor General of Romania to SELEC
Bucharest, September 15th, 2016 - The Director General of SELEC, Mr. Toni Jakimovski, received today the visit of Mr. Augustin Lazar, General Prosecutor of the Prosecutor’s Office attached to the High Court of Cassation and Justice of Romania.
Mr. Jakimovski presented the Center, its mission and way of functioning, the current activities developed in the framework of its eight Task Forces as well as mentioned about SEEPAG and the involvement of the SEEPAG prosecutors in the investigations conducted by the SELEC Member States, with SELEC support.
Within the visit, the Prosecutor General also met the Director for Legal and Internal Affairs, Mrs. Snejana Maleeva, who presented more in details the structure, functioning and achievements of SEEPAG and the contribution of Romania to this prosecutorial network.
46th Plenary meeting of the European Judicial Network
The Director for Legal and Internal Affairs of SELEC, Mrs. Snejana Maleeva, participated at the 46th Plenary meeting of the European Judicial Network, Workshop on judicial cooperation between the EU and the candidate/associated/third countries, that was held during 7-9 June 2016, under The Netherlands Presidency of the Council of European Union.
During her intervention, Mrs. Maleeva stated that SEEPAG is a good example of effective judicial cooperation between EU and non- EU states, operating in the Southeast European region since 2003. Having regard the topic related to joint investigation teams, Mrs. Maleeva mentioned that in order to promote and facilitate the establishment of joint investigation teams between European Union countries and other non-EU countries, the next SEEPAG Conference, to be held in September 2016, will be dedicated to this subject.
Visit of prosecutors within European Judicial Training Network programme
||Bucharest, June 1st 2016 - In the framework of the experience exchange programme organized by European Judicial Training Network (EJTN), a group of prosecutors from France, Germany and The Netherlands visited SELEC, being welcomed by Mrs. Sonia Schachter, Legal Officer and SEEPAG Secretary, and Mr. Robert Patrancus, Criminal Analyst, who briefed the delegation about SELEC and SEEPAG role in regional cooperation, emphasizing the way of functioning, the support provided to the Member States, the law enforcement and prosecutorial collaboration among the countries, through the Liaison Officers and the SEEPAG Members.
Improving International Cooperation on Cybercrime
Tbilisi/ Georgia, 14-16 of December, 2015 - Mrs. Snejana Maleeva, Director for Legal and Internal Affairs of SELEC, participated in the Second International Meeting organised by the Council of Europe in the framework of the project CyberCrime@EAP II on Improving International Cooperation on Cybercrime in the Eastern Partnership region.
The meeting brought together more than 40 criminal justice officials and experts on cybercrime. The main goal of the meeting and of the project is to support countries of the Eastern Partnership region in developing stronger institutional structures and improved capacity for handling police-to-police cooperation and mutual legal assistance, in line with the provisions of the Council of Europe Convention on Cybercrime.
Mrs. Snejana Maleeva made an extensive presentation about the role, structure and functions of SEEPAG and SELEC, underlining that SEEPAG is a successful example of judicial cooperation in the Southeast European region for more than twelve years. Mrs. Maleeva also mentioned the activities and results of SELEC in the framework of its Financial and Computer Crime Task Force.
The project Cybercrime EAP II implemented by the Council of Europe aims to optimize the regional and international cooperation on cybercrime and electronic evidence in the participating countries, namely Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Republic of Moldova and Ukraine.
European Judicial Network plenary session
The 45th plenary meeting of the European Judicial Network (EJN) took place in Luxembourg, in the period 18-20 November 2015, with the participation of EJN contact points from the EU Member States, EU associated and candidates’ countries, as well as representatives from Eurojust, the European Commission, the General Secretariat of the Council of the EU and partner organizations, including SEEPAG, which was represented by Mrs. Snejana MALEEVA, Director for Legal and Internal Affairs.
The main topic of the meeting was “Procedural rights in judicial cooperation in criminal matters”. Furthermore, practical matters on the so-called ABC Directives: Directive on the Right to Interpretation and Translation in Criminal Proceedings (2010/64/EU), Directive on the Right to Information in Criminal Proceedings (2012/13/EU), and Directive on the right to have access to a lawyer in criminal proceedings and the right to communicate upon arrest (2013/48/EU) were discussed during the session.
The European Judicial Network is a network of national contact points. The role of the network is to improve, facilitate and speed up international judicial cooperation and ensure the proper execution of mutual legal assistance and mutual recognition requests, as well as to assist in establishing direct contacts between competent judicial authorities.
Visit of the participants to the European Policy for Security and Defense Course
Bucharest, October 28, 2015 - In the framework of the training course organized by the Romanian National Internal Affairs College jointly with the European College of Security and Defense a group of 45 participants paid a visit to SELEC Headquarters being welcomed by Mr. Gürbüz Bahadir, SELEC Director General.
The participants from EU Member States, EU institutions and third states included in European Neighborhood Policy were briefed about the work and achievements of SELEC, its mission and functioning, as well as about SEEPAG, its role and structure, during the meeting being underlined the fact that SELEC is a unique organization that brings together police, customs and the judiciary.
ICMPD Lebanon delegation’s visit
Bucharest, October 27, 2015 - A delegation from International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) Lebanon paid a study visit to SELEC Headquarters within the project “Integrated Border Management- IBM Lebanon”. The participants were provided with an extensive description of SELEC’s structure and activities, as well as about the involvement of the prosecutors from SEEPAG in the successful and efficient functioning of SELEC.
Having in view that the mandate of ICMPD is related to the migration phenomenon, the discussions were focused on the SELEC operations and results obtained in the framework of the Task Force Mirage on Countering Trafficking in Human Beings and Illegal Migration which is coordinated by Romania.
The International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) is an international organization created with the purpose to promote innovative, comprehensive and sustainable migration policies and to function as a service exchange mechanism for governments and organizations.
Bucharest, September 15, 2015 - A GCC-Criminal Information Center to Combat Drugs’ delegation consisting of 4 representatives (Brigadier Saqr Rashid Al Meraikhi, Director of the GCC-CICCD, Mubaruk Bin Hawial Al Merry, Adviser to the Director, Lt. Colonel Yaqoub Saleimeen Al Habsy, Liaison Officer from Sultanate of Oman, and Saeed Musleh AlDubiea, Head of the Arab and international cooperation unit) paid a visit to SELEC Headquarters on 15th of September 2015, being welcomed by Mr. Gürbüz Bahadir, Director General of SELEC, and Ms. Snejana Maleeva, Director for Legal and Internal Affairs.
GCC - Criminal Information Center to Combat Drugs was set up in 2007 with its headquarters located in Doha, State of Qatar. The Center was established in recognition of the serious threats resulting from the illicit trafficking of drugs in the region and complying with the aspirations of the member states for upgrading and unifying their systems of information exchange.
The mission of the organization is to develop and enhance cooperation and coordination between member states in combating drugs and psychotropic substances and chemical precursors and related crimes. The member states are: United Arab Emirates, Kingdom of Bahrain, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Sultanate of Oman, State of Qatar and State of Kuwait.
On this occasion, the guests were briefed about SELEC and SEEPAG successful activities, including discussions on future enhancement of the cooperation between the two organizations on fields of common interest.
44th Plenary Meeting of the European Judicial Network
Riga/Latvia, June 28-30, 2015 - Mrs. Snejana Maleeva, Director for Legal and Internal Affairs of SELEC, attended the 44th Plenary Meeting of the European Judicial Network, which took place in Riga/ Latvia on 28th - 30th of June 2015, under the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, gathering more than 120 participants.
SEEPAG network is part of the Vilnius Memorandum adopted in 2013 which envisages the need for enhancing the collaboration and improving the interconnection between the European Judicial Network and similar judicial cooperation networks in criminal matters.
During the meeting, the discussions also emphasized that the fight against transnational crime, and organized crime in particular, can only be tackled through global, coordinated action which requires close judicial cooperation between countries, including through efficiently working judicial networks.