Signing of the SEEPAG Basic Documents
The 4th SEEPAG Conference was held in Belgrade on December 14-15, and brought together the SEEPAG delegates as well as representatives of the various international institutions. The Conference had two main results:
It confirmed that the main international actors in the field of judicial cooperation, such as SECI Center, the United States, EUROJUST, and the European Judicial Network support the SEEPAG initiative. The SEEPAG is perceived as a counterpart that should have an important role in the wider international response to the trans-border crime challenge.
The SEEPAG basic documents were adopted, which resulted in institutionalising of the SEEPAG as an international mechanism, and clarification of its tasks and competence. The approved concept of the SEEPAG involves two closely related but conceptually distinct functions. First, a network of experienced prosecutors with the task to facilitate the rapid exchange of information and evidence in trans-border investigations has been officially set up. The SEEPAG’s second function is to provide guidance, assistance, and feedback to lawmakers in the region on justice and law enforcement issues. By capitalising the unique knowledge and concrete operational experience of criminal prosecutors, the SEEPAG should provide a critical link between the conceptual framework of laws and their affect at an operational level.