Ambassador Llesh Kola - Executive Manager in PERMIS in charge of the Working Group on Combating Crime
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Romania is the Country Coordinator for the Working Group on Cooperation in Combating Crime from 1 January 2018 until 31 December 2020.
The key priorities for the BSEC activity in the area of cooperation on Combating Crime, in Particular in its Organized Forms are defined by Goal 16 “Combating Organized Crime, Illegal Trafficking of Drugs and Weapons, Terrorism, Corruption and Money Laundering” of the “BSEC Economic Agenda Towards an Enhanced BSEC Partnership” adopted in 2012.
The main activities are carried out by the BSEC Working Group on Combating Crime, in Particular in its Organized Forms, with the aim of enhancing cooperation among the BSEC Member States, in combating organized crime activities, such as the trafficking of human beings, drugs, weapons and radioactive materials, corruption, smuggling of motor vehicles and cyber-crime, as well as money laundering and illicit financial activities.
The Working Group meets in regular meetings, at least once a year, and its activities are based on the implementation of the Plan of Action. The Working Group studies the contributions of the Members States to the “Annual Review on the Trends of Transnational Crime in the Black Sea Region”, the “Regional Action Plan for Strengthening the Criminal Justice Response to Trafficking in Persons in the Black Sea Region” and the “Action Plan on Regional Efforts in Preventing and Combating Corruption”.
The basic documents are:
- “Agreement among the Governments of the BSEC Participating States on Cooperation in Combating Crime, in particular in its organized forms” (Corfu, 1998);
- “Additional Protocol to the Agreement among the Governments of the BSEC participating States on Cooperation in Combating Crime, in particular in its organized forms” (Kiev, 2002);
- “Additional Protocol on Combating Terrorism to the Agreement among the Governments of the BSEC participating States on cooperation in combating crime in particular in its organized forms” (Athens, 2004).
The Kiev Additional Protocol set up a “Network of Liaison Officers on Combating Crime” and its meetings are organized under the guidance and back to back with the of the relevant Working Group. One of its recent priorities is strengthening cooperation among the border law enforcement and immigration agencies of the BSEC Member States, aiming to achieve integrated border management by establishing and maintaining direct channels of communication.
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