Romania signs SELEC Convention

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Romania’s representative along with the officials of the other 12 member states of the Southeast European Cooperative Initiative (SECI) Center signed the Southeast European Law Enforcement Convention (SELEC) stipulating the change of the SECI Center into the SELEC Center, after the document was ratified in Bucharest.

Interior Ministry State Secretary Marian Tutilescu pointed out the importance of signing the new document and expressed his confidence that through its ratification it would be capitalized new means of regional cooperation among the SELEC member states.

US Ambassador in Bucharest, Mark H. Gitenstein, praised the activity the SECI Center to increase the zonal and the international confidence and trust in the fight against the organised crime. The US dignitary wished success to the new organization (SELEC), able to contribute to the growth of the stability in the area through flexible policies in the field.

Sweden’s Ambassador in Bucharest, Mats O. Aberg expressed his hope that after the Convention is signed, the member states set off implementing its provisions , as soon as possible.
EUROPOL Director Rob Wainwright stated his willingness to cooperate also in the future, with the SELEC member states to supply the citizens’ safety and security.
Also attending the event were ministers and state secretaries of the member states representatives of the Customs Police and Administrations, ambassadors accredited in Bucharest.

The SECI Center for Combating Cross-border Crime, the single regional of this kind permanently based in Romania, celebrated, in 2009, ten years since the Cooperation Accord was signed. The first cases solved early this millennium were aimed at wide networks of trafficking in young women, in the region. In parallel, it also cooperated in combating trafficking in drugs or the first IT crime cases.

The joint investigations coordinated by SECI number 150, after ten years, the number of the exchanged messages growing constantly from 315 in 2001 to 9,196 in 2008.
The organization currently numbers 13 states, namely Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Greece, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia and Turkey.

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