01.10.2010
The project on Joint Investigation Teams (hereinafter referred to as “JITs”) has been awarded to DCAF Ljubljana with a grant (reference JLS/2009/JPEN/OG/0729) by the European Commission. The project will contribute to a more efficient fight against organised crime and other forms of cross-border crime. Consequently, this will have a direct impact on internal and external security in the Southeast European region. The project is supported by Europol and Eurojust.


01.10.2010
First Workshop on Joint Investigation Teams (JITs) took place in Ljubljana between 30 September and 1 October 2010. The Workshop was chaired by Mr. Anton Travner and Mr. Thomas Pepper, as experts participated Mr. Steve Harvey and Mr. Bart De Buck from EUROPOL and Ms. Patricia Rosochowicz from EUROJUST. The Workshop was attended by representatives of the Ministries of Interior (Police Department) and prosecutors of the Prosecutor’s Offices from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia and observers from Slovenia.


01.10.2010
The Ministry of the Interior and the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Serbia organized the Ministerial Conference “Strengthening regional and trans-national cooperation as a pre-condition for the successful fight against organized crime in Southeastern Europe”, that took place in Belgrade, form 4-5 October 2010, at the Palace “Serbia”.


01.10.2010
In the framework of the project on JITs financed by the European Commission (reference JLS/2009/JPEN/OG/729) the second Workshop on Joint Investigation Teams (JITs) was organised. The workshop was attended by representatives of the Ministries of Interior and the Prosecutor’s Offices from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, and experts from PCC SEE Secretariat/DCAF (Mr. Anton Travner and Mr. Thomas Pepper), EUROPOL (Mr. Bart de Buck, Mr. Steven Ryder and Mr. Steve Harvey) and EUROJUST (Mr. Dimitar Hadzhiyski).


01.10.2010
From 23 – 25 November in Vienna, Austria, the third Workshop on Joint Investigation Teams (JITs) took place. The Workshop was the last in the series of the workshops, organised in the framework of the project on JITs, financed by the European Commission (reference JLS/2009/JPEN/OG/729).


01.10.2010
EU-Western Balkans Ministerial Forum on Justice and Home Affairs took place on 23-24 November 2010 at the Council of the European Union, in Brussels, under the Belgian Presidency and in close cooperation with the European Commission. At a two-day ministerial forum on justice and home affairs participants discussed the Western Balkan countries' co-operation with Europol and Frontex, visa liberalisation dialogue and migration issues, as well as the fights against weapons traffickers, human trafficking and money laundering. Other topics included reforms in the judiciary and judicial co-operation.