OSCE: Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia against organized crime

ZLATIBOR – The OSCE Mission to Serbia launched a project aimed at strengthening police capacity of Serbia, Macedonia and Montenegro in the fight against organized crime at a joint meeting of officials of the countries’ interior ministries on Friday.

Head of the OSCE Mission to Serbia Peter Burkhard underlined that the project aims to develop police capacities to assess organized crime threats in line with the Europol standards.

The goal is to establish strategic capacities in the area of organized crime threat assessment in Serbia, Macedonia and Montenegro and compose a regional report on threat analysis. The current information exchange and trust between police services in the region should be promoted, Burkhard told Tanjug on Mt. Zlatibor, western Serbia.

The project will bring Serbia, Macedonia and Montenegro closer, and they are expected to create a well-organized network in the fight against organized crime, Burkhard underlined in a statement for Tanjug after the meeting.

The project entitled “Enhancing Capacities for Strategic Analysis and Strategic Assessment in the Criminal Investigation Directorates of the Serbian, Montenegrin and fYROM Ministries of Interior” is financially supported under the Swiss Regional Police Co-operation Programme in the Western Balkans (SPCP) by the Swiss Agency for Development and Co-operation (SDC).

The project is worth EUR 334,754, and it is realized by the OSCE Missions to Serbia, Macedonia and Montenegro in cooperation with Europol.

Source: InSerbia News (Montenegro)