Support to the Implementation of the Police Cooperation Convention for Southeast Europe
Project Partner: The Secretariat of the Police Cooperation Convention for Southeast Europe (PCC SEE)
Project Period: May 2013 – June 2016
The Secretariat of the Police Cooperation Convention for Southeast Europe (PCC SEE) currently runs the project to support the implementation of the PCC SEE. The PCC SEE has been signed by Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Bulgaria, Austria, Hungary and Slovenia. The Convention envisages modern forms of cooperation among the Contracting Parties, such as joint threat analysis, liaison officers, hot pursuit, witness protection, cross-border surveillance, controlled delivery, undercover crime investigationsand prevention of criminal offences, transmission and comparison of DNA profiles and other identification material, technical measures for facilitating trans-border cooperation, border search operations, mixed analysis working groups, joint investigation teams, mixed patrols along the state border and cooperation in common centres. The main goal of the project is the full operationalisation of the PCC SEE as a tool for regular police cooperation in the region of the PCC SEE membership to fight serious and organised cross-border crime.
The project plans to reach the following outcomes:
- Enhanced national capacities of the PCC SEE Contracting Parties to apply cross-border police cooperation;
- Developed regional networks at expert level, aimed at facilitating cross-border cooperation and networks at the police practitioner level, in order to conduct cross-border operations;
- The activity of the PCC SEE statutory bodies to fulfil their mandate, including planning and monitoring of the PCC SEE implementation, is supported;
- The knowledge about the PCC SEE is fostered both inside and outside the PCC area and the implementation process is coordinated with regional initiatives conducted by other actors in view of an improved monitoring of the implementation progress.
Overview of activities funded by the SPCP:
- Increasing the PCC’s physical presence in the signatory countries to give on-spot support and help facilitate national processes;
- Training courses, workshops, practical field visits, ad hoc specialist meetings and study visits for senior police experts, MoI experts, legal experts, heads of national central units and police officers at the operational level for regional capacity building;
- Preparation of awareness raising materials and support materials such as factsheets and brochures to inform law enforcement officers on the procedures for cooperation in the framework of the PCC SEE;
- Meetings of national police directors to foster their understanding of the implications of PCC SEE on regional police cooperation and to form sustainable national policies built upon, inter alia, lessons learnt, EU recommendations and best practices and methods identified in the area of practical and legal application at operational level;
- Exchange of expertise on cross-border surveillance and hot pursuit, undercover investigations, cooperation in common centres, exchange of information on forged and fake travel documents; and support to PCC signatories in developing Joint Investigation Teams;
- Support in convening meetings of the Committee of Ministers and of each of the expert-level Networks/Working Groups (namely, the Ad Hoc Network/Working Group on Data Protection, Thematic Network/Working Group on Police Training, on Exchange of Information regarding Forged and Fake Travel Documents, JIT Expert Network for Southeast Europe, Cross-Border Surveillance Expert Network for Southeast Europe, and the Ad Hoc Expert Network/Working Group on Harmonisation and Improvement of Telecommunications among the Contracting Parties) and at least one expert meeting, upon request of the Contracting Parties, for specific areas not covered by the existing working groups
- Organisation of way-ahead meeting with relevant security actors and implementation partners to ensure regular communication flow, avoid overlap and seek possible areas for cooperation.