Meeting addressing the international judicial cooperation in criminal matters
The 41st Plenary Meeting of the European Judicial Network (EJN) was held in Vilnius on 19th - 21st of November 2013, under the Lithuanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
SEEPAG was represented at the meeting by Ms. Snejana Maleeva, Director for Legal and Internal Affairs of SELEC, who also briefed the participants about the successful functioning, under SELEC auspices, of the prosecutors’ network.
The main purpose of the EJN Plenary meeting was to provide a forum for discussions on legal cooperation in criminal matters with third countries, including Eastern partnership countries, in order to enhance collaboration and coordination between EJN, other judicial networks and similar structures and third countries.
During the meeting there was presented and discussed the Memorandum on the need for enhancing the collaboration and improving the interconnection between the EJN and similar judicial cooperation networks in criminal matters, SEEPAG being included in the mentioned Memorandum, as one of the prosecutorial network with which EJN wants to further develop the cooperation.
Working Visit to the SELEC Premises
Bucharest, November 20, 2013 - Through the European Judicial Training Network exchange programme, a group of eleven prosecutors from Bulgaria, France, Romania, Slovakia and Spain visited SELEC Headquarters in Bucharest/ Romania.
Representatives of SELEC and SEEPAG Secretariat made an extensive overview about both organizations' objectives, structure and activities, underlining the successful operations carried out under SELEC and SEEPAG auspices and the benefits of such law enforcement and judicial cooperation in the Southeast European region.
It was also mentioned that at the last SEEPAG meeting, besides the SEEPAG Members, representatives from all SELEC partners were invited to attend with a view to further develop the collaboration at prosecutorial level.
SEEPAG has developed its good relations with European Judicial Network as the cooperation between judicial networks is essential in tackling more efficiently transnational organized crime.
Joint meeting focusing on co-operation in the field of justice and home affairs
Bucharest, November 12, 2013 – The Moldavian authorities organized today at SELEC premises a joint meeting addressing the co-operation in the field of justice and home affairs with foreign partners, including Southeast European countries and international organizations, in order to fight more efficiently trans-border organized criminality.
The Police and Customs Liaison Officers from Republic of Albania, Republic of Bulgaria, Hellenic Republic, Hungary, Republic of Moldova, Montenegro, Romania and Republic of Serbia, as well as representatives of Kingdom of Belgium, Czech Republic, French Republic, Italian Republic, Federal Republic of Germany, the Netherlands, Romania, USA and SEEPAG attended the meeting.
Mr. Cristian Duta, Director for Operations of SELEC, welcomed the participants and underlined that the meeting was an excellent occasion to exchange ideas and discuss about the implementation of the driven reforms and benchmarks, particularly those set out in the EU-Moldova Visa Liberalization Action Plan.
23rd Conference of SEEPAG
Athens/ Hellenic Republic, October 21 - 22, 2013 - The second meeting under Greek Chairmanship having as a topic “New trends in the crimes of terrorism in the framework of the current global changes” was held in Athens/Hellenic Republic, on 21-22 October 2013.
The conference was chaired by Mr. Nikolaos Ornerakis, Public Prosecutor of Court of First Instance in Athens and by Mrs. Snejana Maleeva, SELEC Director for Legal and Internal Affairs.
Mr. Charalampos Athanasiou, the Greek Minister of Justice, Transparency and Human Rights and Mr. Nikolaos Kanellopoulos, Secretary General of the Ministry participated at this event, having opening speeches and addressing the topic.
During the conference the participants presented their legislation and institutional capacity for combating terrorism, the international legal instruments ratified and implemented in their domestic legislation and also discussed and exchanged views regarding the instruments and best practices with such cases.
Representatives of SELEC partners, Ukraine and United States of America, attended the event with a view of developing the cooperation with SEEPAG Member States. They participated at the discussions, and also introduced their judicial structures and national legislation.
According to the alphabetical rotation principle provided by SEEPAG’s General Guidelines, the Chairmanship was transferred from Hellenic Republic to Hungary, following that Dr. Eszter Mária Köpf, Head of Department for International and European Affairs, Office of the Prosecutor General of Hungary, to take over the SEEPAG Chairmanship for the year 2014.
Working Visit to the SELEC Headquarters
Bucharest, October 16, 2013 - A group of 10 prosecutors from Bulgaria, Germany, Italy, Romania, Slovenia and Spain visited the SELEC premises, being welcomed by Mr. Cristian Duta, Director for Operations, and Mrs. Snejana Maleeva, Director for Legal and Internal Affairs. This visit was included in the experience exchange Program organized for the prosecutors in Bucharest and coordinated by the European Judicial Training Network.
The foreign magistrates were informed about SELEC and SEEPAG, the briefing providing an overview in terms of organization’s main goals, resources, how they are structured and managed, successful cases and achievements.
Mr. Duta highlighted the advantages and benefits for any country or international organization and body to become an observer or operational partner of SELEC and to cooperate with the Center in order to prevent and combat trans-border crimes.
Seminar on Mutual Legal Assistance in South East Europe
Bucharest, June 20, 2013 - The Seminar on Mutual Legal Assistance in South East Europe: Cases, Instruments, Practical Tools was organized by the Academy of European Law in cooperation with the General Prosecutor’s Office of Romania, being attended by prosecutors from Hungary, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Republic of Serbia and Ukraine.
The seminar aimed to contribute to better cross-border cooperation in criminal matters in the area of Southeast European region.
SELEC was represented at the seminar by Ms. Snejana Maleeva, Director for Legal and Internal Affairs, who briefed the participants on SEEPAG and SELEC’s mission,
activities, perspectives and goals, emphasizing the Center’s crucial role in the international law enforcement environment.
Working Visit to SELEC Headquarters
Bucharest, May 16, 2013 - A group of 25 judges and prosecutors from Republic of Turkey paid a working visit to SELEC premises, being welcomed by Mr. Gürbüz Bahadir, Director General, and Mrs. Snejana Maleeva, Director for Legal and Internal Affairs.
The participants were briefed about SELEC and SEEPAG, their missions, goals and functioning, also providing concrete examples of successful joint operations conducted within SELEC. It was highlighted that the cooperation between the law enforcement authorities and prosecutors represents an important mechanism for combating trans-border organized criminality, to the benefit of the Member States.
22nd Conference of SEEPAG
Corfu/ Hellenic Republic, May 8, 2013 - Under Greek Chairmanship, the representatives of the Member States of SEEPAG gathered for their bi-annual meeting, having as a topic “Smuggling of migrants in the frame of organized crime” on the 8th of May 2013, in the Island of Corfu/ Hellenic Republic.
The conference was chaired by Mr. Nikolaos Ornerakis, Deputy Public Prosecutor in Athens’ Court of First Instance, who opened the meeting and welcomed the participants, along with Mrs. Snejana Maleeva, SELEC Director for Legal and Internal Affairs.
During the presentations of the SEEPAG Members, national legislation, best cases and cases’ practical information were shared among the participants. The next SEEPAG meeting was scheduled to take place in October 2013, in Athens/Hellenic Republic.