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Recommendations for Establishing the Prosecutorial Focal Points

1. Introduction

Efficient combat against trans-border crime, especially organized, calls for more effective cooperation between prosecutors in the region.

In order to improve cooperation, we propose the establishment of the Regional Network of the Prosecutorial Focal Points (PFP). The relevant information concerning the PFP shall be kept by the SEEPAG Chairman’s Office, and periodically updated.

At national level, it is recommended close cooperation between PFP and the National Focal Point, established under the Agreement on Cooperation to Prevent and Combat Trans-border crime.

2. Tasks of the Prosecutorial Focal Points
  • Receiving crime reports and other documents, as well as answering and disseminating such documents as needed
  • Case monitoring in the prosecutor’s office / PFP
  • Consulting in pre-trial, pre-criminal, and criminal proceedings
  • Providing remedies and suggestions
  • Communicating with the National Bureau of Interpol, Europol, National Focal Points ( SECI Center)
3. Structure

There is no model to apply and is up to each country to decide, in accordance with its national legislation, the organization and structure of the PFP at the domestic level. If the PFP is not organized in some other manner, each member of the SEEPAG represents the PFP by himself/herself.

4. Capabilities:

Ability to:

  • Receive and answer requests via secure means
  • Register requests
  • Analyze requests and information for proper dissemination (arranging for translation if required). Authorities should delegate to PFP the authority to pass or request information in both directions. If a country so requires, information copies should be sent concurrently to other prosecutors, but the PFP should have authority to directly disseminate domestically, as well as to send responses to the SEEPAG members
  • Distribute to the appropriate authorities through the SECI NFP, if needed
  • Receive responses
  • Record responses
  • Translate into English
  • Transmit to the requesting SEEPAG member, or other requesting authority, via secure means