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20 SEP 2016

Joint investigation teams as a tool in fighting organised crime

Participants and representatives of The Southeast European Prosecutors Advisory Group (SEEPAG), Southeast European Law Enforcement Center (SELEC) and Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) at the Conference on the Joint Investigation Teams held in Podgorica, Montenegro on 20 September 2016. (Photo: SELEC/Sonia Schachter)

Participants and representatives of The Southeast European Prosecutors Advisory Group (SEEPAG), Southeast European Law Enforcement Center (SELEC) and Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) at the Conference on the Joint Investigation Teams held in Podgorica, Montenegro on 20 September 2016. (Photo: SELEC/Sonia Schachter)

Ivana Goranic, Expert on Justice and Home Affairs at the Regional Cooperation Council, presenting RCC's activities at 27th SEEPAG Conference on Joint Investigation Teams held in Podgorica, Montenegro on 20 September 2016. (photo : SELEC/Sonia Schachter)

Ivana Goranic, Expert on Justice and Home Affairs at the Regional Cooperation Council, presenting RCC's activities at 27th SEEPAG Conference on Joint Investigation Teams held in Podgorica, Montenegro on 20 September 2016. (photo : SELEC/Sonia Schachter)

Podgorica – A conference introducing the topic of joint investigation teams organised by The Southeast European Prosecutors Advisory Group (SEEPAG), Southeast European Law Enforcement Center (SELEC) and Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) kicked-off in Podgorica, Montenegro, today.

Underlining the necessity of Joint Investigation Teams as a tool in fighting organized crime, RCC’s Expert on Justice and Home Affairs, Ms. Ivana Goranic, said that „conditio sine qua non of successful fight against coordinated criminal organisations is mutual trust as a base for the exchange of information and close cooperation between law enforcement and prosecutors at national, regional and global level”.  

RCC as a SEE hub for all regional activities related to judicial trainings or mediation will support activities in forming the common instrument for combating organized crime through interlinked activities and workshops of joint investigation teams in order to enhance direct contacts and exchange of experiences, aiming at identifying common approach in combating organized crime. The SEE Judicial Training Institution (JTI) Network, established by the RCC’s Working Group on Justice, will „serve as a platform for the common seminars and trainings of prosecutors and the police aiming to boost cooperation between the police and prosecutors”, said Goranic.  

Furthermore, RCC will continue to cooperate with international and regional organisations and networks in order to identify tools and instruments and narrow or eliminate existing gaps in regional cooperation in the fight against serious and organised crime. 

The two-day Conference will continue with presentations and discussion on establishment of a regional network of focal points in the field of combating money laundering and terrorism financing.

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