OSCE Conference on „Enhancing Cross-border Co-operation of the Criminal Justice System in Combating Transnational Crime in the OSCE Area”
Vienna/ Austria, 17 - 18 June 2014 - Mrs. Snejana Maleeva, SELEC Director for Legal and Internal Affairs and SEEPAG representative, participated at the OSCE Annual Police Experts Meeting, held in Vienna, on 17th - 18th of June 2014.
The event addressed the topic of direct cross-border co-operation between police and other elements of the criminal justice system, such as border and customs agencies, prosecutors and judges, aiming to provide a platform for national authorities to exchange views as well as to improve the inter-ministerial mechanisms of cooperation in view of speeding up the joint responses against transnational criminal activities.
The meeting was dedicated to the different forms and possibilities of cross-border co-operation. On the basis of concrete examples, best practices of co-operation mechanisms involving law enforcement agencies, prosecutors and judges were presented and the challenges of such co-operation discussed.
Mrs. Maleeva delivered a comprehensive presentation about the successful functionining and activity of the prosecutors’ network SEEPAG, under SELEC auspices, mentioning the benefits of such law enforcement and judicial cooperation in the Southeast European region.
During the meeting, the excellent collaboration between SELEC and SEEPAG, aiming to obtain greater efficiency and optimization of the investigative activities, was presented as a good example of cooperation in order to prevent and combat trans-border criminality.
Bucharest, May 7, 2014 - On 7th of May 2014, through the European Judicial Training Network exchange programme, a group of eight prosecutors from Germany, Italy, Poland and Romania paid a working visit to the SELEC Headquarters in Bucharest/ Romania being welcomed by the SELEC Management and by the SEEPAG Secretariat.
Mrs. Snejana Maleeva, Director for Legal and Internal Affairs, briefed the participants about SEEPAG, its activities, meetings, benefits and external relations, whilst Mr. Cristian Duta, Director for Operations, informed about how the SELEC Center works, and about its latest successful operations and projects.
During the visit, it was highlighted the development of SEEPAG, as it is a more operational judicial network, its visibility being significantly increased, and the participation in its bi-annual conferences was enlarged by inviting representatives of the prosecution services of the SELEC’s partner states, as well as from Eurojust and European Judicial Network.
According to the previous practice, these kind of study visits organized in the framework of the European Judicial Training Network programme take place twice per year, so that the next visit is expected to take place in the Autumn of 2014, by this more practitioners having the opportunity to learn about SELEC and SEEPAG, their functioning in the Southeast European region for more than a decade.
24th Conference of SEEPAG focusing on Protection of the witnesses and of the official members in criminal proceedings
Budapest/ Hungary, 28 - 29 April 2014 - The “Protection of the witnesses and of the official members in criminal proceedings” was discussed during the last Conference of SEEPAG, which was held in Budapest on 28th – 29th of April, under Hungarian Chairmanship, with the participation of the General Prosecutor of Hungary.
Mr. Péter Polt, General Prosecutor of Hungary, declared : „We are very honoured to assume the role of the SEEPAG’s Presidency in 2014 and host this conference. In the most recent years SEEPAG has become an important factor in Europe in the field of judicial cooperation. Lots of European and international documents make reference to this organization. SEEPAG could play an important role in this field since we know that the basis of the good judicial cooperation is always good personal relationships.”
Besides SEEPAG Members, Partner’s representatives from Belgium, The Netherlands, United States Department of Justice, European Judicial Network and Eurojust attended the meeting.
Mrs. Snejana Maleeva, SELEC Director for Legal and Internal Affairs, welcomed the participants, thanked the hosts, and informed about the activities and latest developments in SELEC. Among them, Mrs. Maleeva, mentioned the Project on Cross-border Deployment of Undercover Officers and Informants, which resulted into a Manual, a helful instrument for the law enforcement and judicial authorities. Mrs. Maleeva stated that: „The aim of the project was to create an interactive network of respective units in the SELEC Member States providing training exercises and organizing regional workshops that brought together experts in this field. At the end of the project It was agreed that the adopted Manual on Cross-border Deployment of Undercover Officers and Informants to be disseminated among the SEEPAG Members, being available for law enforcement and judicial use only.”
During the two days’ conference, the SEEPAG Members presented their national legislation and practices, procedures and cases related to the important topic of witness protection.
The invited representatives of Belgium, The Netherlands and United States of America had a short introduction regarding their national judicial structure and legislation related to the topic. SELEC Partner’s representatives were invited to the SEEPAG Conference with a view to increase the effectiveness of the common judicial collaboration and to support their work in the field of international cooperation.
The National Member of Hungary to Eurojust was also present during the event, Mr. László Venczl briefed the participants on the newest developments in Eurojust.
The representative of the European Judicial Network, Ms. Ele-Marit Eomois informed the participants about the adoption at the 41st EJN Plenary meeting, in 2013, of the Memorandum on the need for enhancing the collaboration and improving the interconnection between the European Judicial Network and similar judicial cooperation networks in criminal matters, document which includes the cooperation with SEEPAG. Ms. Eomois also presented the benefits offered by the tools contained by the EJN website (the Compedium, the Atlas, Fiches Belges, European Arrest Warrant, a/o).
As the project came to an end, representatives of the IPA 2010 Project Fight against organised crime and corruption: Strengthening the Prosecutors´ Network present informed about the outcome of the project, including the development of a website offering useful tools for practitioners in the SEE region.
It was decided to have the next SEEPAG Conference under the Chairmanship of Mrs. Eszter Mária Köpf, Prosecutor, Head of Department for International and European Affairs, Office of the Prosecutor General of Hungary, in the Autumn of 2014.
Bucharest, April 2, 2014 - In the frame of the EU/IPA 2010 Project “Fight against organized crime and corruption: strengthening the prosecutors’ network”, a group of 18 prosecutors from Republic of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Republic of Croatia, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Kosovo*, Montenegro, the Netherlands, Romania and Republic of Serbia, paid a visit to SELEC premises, being welcomed by Mrs. Snejana Maleeva, Director for Legal and Internal Affairs, and Mr. Cristian Duta, Director for Operations of SELEC.
The participants were briefed about SEEPAG and SELEC's objectives and structure, as well as about the successful activities carried out under SEEPAG and SELEC auspices and the benefits of such law enforcement and judicial cooperation in the Southeast European region.
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.