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1 SECI Center: An Efficient Regional Tool for Combating Organized Crime Developments in Justice and Home Affairs in Romania - Panel Discussion - - Panel Discussion - Vienna, October 15-16, 2004 SECI Center: An Efficient Regional Tool for Combating Organized Crime Developments in Justice and Home Affairs in Romania - Panel Discussion - - Panel Discussion - Vienna, October 15-16, 2004 SOUTHEAST EUROPEAN COOPERATIVE INITIATIVE Regional Center for Combating Transborder Crime

2 HISTORY  In April 1998, at the meeting in Geneva, the SECI Agenda Committee adopted a Romanian proposal for establishment of the Regional Center in Bucharest;  First negotiation meeting among the member countries in May, 1998 - representatives from customs and police  On May, 26, 1999 signing the Agreement on Cooperation to Prevent and Combat Trans-border Crime  June 1999 - October 2000 - process of ratification of the Agreement  November 2000 - the SECI Center became operational

3 12 MEMBER COUNTRIES Albania Bosnia Herzegovina BulgariaCroatiaGreeceHungaryMoldova FYRO Macedonia Romania Serbia Montenegro SloveniaTurkey

4 Police and Customs working together Working methods - information exchange - specialized Task Forces Task Force activities - regional operations - coordinated investigations - strategic analysis - trainings ADVANTAGES

5 1. Trafficking in Human Beings 2. Anti-Drug 3. Financial and Computer Crime 4. Anti-Smuggling and Anti-Fraud 5. Stolen Vehicles 6. Anti-Terrorism 7. Trafficking of Small Arms and Light Weapons 8. Trafficking of Weapons of Mass Destruction SECI Centers’ TASK FORCES

6 IndicatorsMirage 2003Mirage 2004 Victims – identified - assisted - repatriated 463 70 62 601 102 138 Traffickers – identified - charged 595 207 545 302 Information exchanged92120 RESULTS - OPERATIONS MIRAGE

7 CONTAINMENT I – 2002 - Operation Containment CONTAINMENT II – 2003 - Operation Orient Express - Operation Route E 70 - Operation Speedway CONTAINMENT III – 2004 - Operation Safe Haven Anti - Drug REGIONAL OPERATIONS

8 Drug Type Containment I (2002) Containment II (2003) Heroin584 kg124 kg Marijuana1829 kg188.9 kg Amphetamines250,000 tablets63 kg Several Drug Trafficking Networks were dismantled and 110 persons were arrested during Containment I and II SEIZURES – CONTAINMENT I and II

9 Vehicles seized Investigations initiated Offenders identified Value of vehicles seized (Euro) 15010470 891,500 STOLEN VEHICLES Operation ROAD SHOW 2003 Operation ROAD SHOW 2004

10 Cooperation between law enforcement and judicial authorities – essential for an efficient fight against trans-border crime Cooperation between law enforcement and judicial authorities – essential for an efficient fight against trans-border crime South East European Prosecutors’ Advisory Group (SEEPAG) established in 2003 South East European Prosecutors’ Advisory Group (SEEPAG) established in 2003 Working groups to be set up in the near future in order to implement better legal solutions Working groups to be set up in the near future in order to implement better legal solutions PROSECUTORS’ ADVISORY GROUP (SEEPAG)

11 Extension of the SECI Center model for GUUAM countries (Georgia, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan and Moldova) GUUAM – Virtual Law Enforcement Center Inter-agency co-operation in the field of drug trafficking Anti-Drug Center in Tashkent (6 months) with the participation of GUUAM, Central Asia and Russia Close co-operation with the SECI Center SECI CENTER - MODEL for GUUAM

12 European Commission assessment on the SECI Center Recognized positive achievements and great potential European Union support for the SECI Center Recommendations on short, medium and long term SECI Center – Regional EUROPOL Office in the future EU ASSESSMENT MISSION

13 Romania – initiator, member and host country More than 4 million US dollars invested in SECI Center Coordinator of two Task Forces: Trafficking in Human Beings Weapons of Mass Destruction Engine of information exchange in SEE Future coordinator of two Task Force Sub-Groups: Plastic Card Frauds Cyber-Crime Role of ROMANIA

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