Flexible technical assistance in the making – first TAF selection round completed

Flexible technical assistance in the making – first TAF selection round completed

The project’s Technical Assistance Facility (TAF) offers flexible support to partner institutions, who apply jointly from at least two Western Balkan countries, submitting operational ideas linked to serious and organised crime as well as to counter terrorism.

During the first submission round which ended in mid-October, partner institutions from the police, Ministry of Justice, Public Prosecution Office and the Committee for Countering Violent Extremism and Counter-Terrorism from four Western Balkan countries made use of the opportunity and submitted six proposals.

The Kosovo* police contributed an especially promising proposal, on preparing investigations on complex drug trafficking cases jointly with Albania and North Macedonia, involving police and prosecution, potentially making use of a JIT. The goal is to strengthen long-term cooperation and coordination on these matters. EU representatives and the project also deemed four other proposals promising. For these, further conceptual work will be done.

Implementation will start as soon as COVID restrictions allow. Based on the lessons learnt and feedback received during this first round, the team is currently revising the TAF process and accompanying materials. We thank all involved for their contributions!

* This designation is without prejudice to positions on status and is in line with UNSCR 1244/1999 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo Declaration of Independence

Project Steering Committees– First round of meetings in 2020 successfully held

Project Steering Committees– First round of meetings in 2020 successfully held

The project Embedded Country Teams (ECTs) have sucessfully organised the first round of the Project Steering Committee meetings. Together with project beneficiaries, relevant local and international projects, the ECTs have presented the project scope and the approach for the upcoming period. Together with our beneficaries we have discussed what we want to achieve, complemented by the views of the local and international stakeholders. To improve our impact, the project Countering Serious Crime in the Western Balkans – IPA 2019, co-funded by the European Commission, the BMZ and the Italian Ministry of Interior, analyzed possible synergies and synchronizing of activities with other projects in the WB6 countries. The participants have expressed a high level of satisfaction in working with the project, describing it as a „unique project with a hands-on approach“.

Why our work matters – the echo in Germany: Members of a criminal call center in Kosovo* arrested with support of our project work

Why our work matters – the echo in Germany: Members of a criminal call center in Kosovo* arrested with support of our project work

In close cooperation with authorities in Kosovo*, other partners and members of the project Countering Serious Crime in the Western Balkans, the criminal police offices in Trier and Dresden have successfully broken up a criminal call center in Kosovo*.The criminal group has probably acted for years in the area of the “false lottery winning promises” and cheated primarily older victims. There is a suspicion that the detainees are responsible for a number of frauds throughout the Federal Republic of Germany and have caused high-volume damage, mainly oriented towards cheating on senior citizens in Germany.

This action was welcomed and echoed in the German media: https://www.polizei.bayern.de/news/presse/aktuell/index.html/321936

https://www.donaukurier.de/nachrichten/bayern/Kriminalitaet-Deutschland-Rheinland-Pfalz-Kosovo-Callcenter-Betrueger-sollen-Senioren-abgezockt-haben;art155371,4718766


* This designation is without prejudice to positions on status and is in line with UNSCR 1244/1999 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo Declaration of Independence.