31.05.2010, 11:38

39th ICPO-INTERPOL European Regional Conference

For Europe to remain strong in facing the threat of transnational crime and terrorism, the region must look to better integrate with the world, the region’s police chiefs heard on the opening day of the INTERPOL European Regional Conference, at the three-day meeting (26-28 May) in Budva, Montenegro.

One of the key messages to senior law enforcement delegates was that it is essential in the evolution of global policing in an increasingly borderless society, linking European regional policing platforms with their counterparts in Africa, Asia and America. 

Opening the conference, Prime Minister of Montenegro Milo Djukanovic said contemporary challenges are complex and require a united and global response, particularly in the fight against organized crime. This puts an additional emphasis on the importance of being a member, and taking an active part in the work of INTERPOL, which due to its unique structure, operational services and databases, effectively co-ordinates international police co-operation in preventing and suppressing crime.

According to Mr Khoo Boon Hui, Interpol President, the strong spirit of co-operation and close co-ordination are key elements to the success of law enforcement in the European region needed to be built upon globally to be able to evolve the future challenges, seize opportunities and exploit their potential. A model for this is the development of anti-crime initiatives such as Project Pink Panthers, created by INTERPOL at the request of European member countries, and which has resulted in a series of key arrests.

The issue of ‘borderless’ crimes, particularly those involving the Internet, was also high on the meeting’s agenda, with identity theft, cloud computing and the online supply of fake and illegal medicines and drugs were the subject of panel discussions for the 125 delegates from 48 countries.

PCC SEE Secretariat attended at the conference in order to share experience in enhancing the police cooperation in the area of Southeast Europe.