18.11.2009, 16:09

2nd meeting of the Committee of Ministers


The 2nd meeting of the Committee of Ministers was convened in Brussels on 17 November 2009 on the margins of the EU-Western Balkans Ministerial Forum. The meeting was attended by the Ministers and delegations of Contracting Parties from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Montenegro, Moldova, Romania and Serbia.

The highest representatives from international organisations Eurojust, Europol, Frontex, General Secretariat of the European Union Council, SECI Center, and supporting countries and institutions of Austria, Slovenia, Switzerland, Sweden, DCAF, RCC, were also present at this gathering which offers an opportunity to appraise the achievements and opens the discussion about the future actions regarding the full implementation of the Convention.

     

The following documents prepared by the PCC SEE Secretariat and the Expert Working Group were adopted or endorsed:
• Adopted Committee of Ministers Rules of Procedure
• Endorsed Action Plan
• Endorsed Work Programme for the Secretariat of the Convention for 2010
• Endorsed Communication Strategy for the Contracting Parties
• Adopted decision on the rotation of the Chairmanship of the Convention
• Adopted decision on Mutual Evaluation in the area of Data Protection

The Ministers also agreed on the recognition of the Common Threat Assessment on organized Crime for South East European Region as implementation of Article 7 of the Convention and supported the Romanian proposal on the development of a partnership between the Contracting Parties by accesing financial instruments such as grants.

• Participants were informed on the state of play of:
o The setting-up of the Police Cooperation Convention Manual
o The adoption of the implementation agreements and arrangements
o The implementation of the Convention in the area of establishment of the National Central Units
o The establishment of Common Centres
o The Conduction of standardized training on Convention related matters
o The progress of the PCC SEE Secretariat

The next meeting of the Committee of Ministers will be convened under the Bulgarian Presidency of the Convention in the first half of 2010.