19.03.2015, 10:50

5th Meeting of the TWG on Exchange of Information regarding Forged and Fake Travel Documents within PCC SEE

Budapest, Hungary - The fifth meeting of the Thematic Working Group on Exchange of Information regarding Forged and Fake Travel Documents within the PCC SEE was organized under the auspices of the Hungarian Chairmanship in Office, with support from the PCC SEE Secretariat. This meeting provided a platform for the exchange of expertise on a wide array of issues, including biometric passports, possibilities for organizing ad hoc exchange of information on persons and documents stored in national databases, new forms of forgery and relevant forensic approaches. Additionally, participating states continued with the good practice of exchanging national document specimens, which are essential for determining whether a document is genuine. The ongoing dissemination of warning messages on forged and fake travel documents in the region contributes to a swifter operational response at border crossings in an effort to stem criminal activity along the Balkan route. The sharing of detailed technical information on detected documents helps uncover patterns of their use and supports the development of national forensic capacities.