Technical Assistance Facility now receives proposals on a rolling basis

Technical Assistance Facility now receives proposals on a rolling basis

The Technical Assistance Facility (TAF) is an operational mechanism providing support to Western Balkan security institutions in response to joint proposals related to the fight against serious and organised crime and/or terrorism.

Following the identification of needs and adequate proposals, the TAF can provide support through joint exercises, practice-oriented exchange and networking opportunities, as well as capacity building events. It can facilitate the provision of EU-wide expertise on countering serious and organised crime and/or counter-terrorism through a methodology based on interactive learning by-doing and exchange formats.

All Western Balkans security institutions including law enforcement authorities, with a mandate in “Judiciary and Fundamental Rights and/or Justice, Freedom and Security” (EU Acquis Chapter 23 and/or 24) can apply on a rolling basis, based on five criteria. For more information, please have a look at the updated “Guide to applicants”.

What has recently changed is that it is no longer necessary to submit proposals until a certain deadline. Proposals can now be submitted on a rolling basis.

If you belong to the list of institutions named above and have a proposal in mind, please get in touch with the respective GIZ Legal Advisor, as named in the guide to applicants.

We look forward to hearing from you!

IMoI project leader CSC WB meets authorities of North Macedonia

IMoI project leader CSC WB meets authorities of North Macedonia

On March 16 and 17, 2021 the CSC WB project leader of the Italian Ministry of Interior, Mr. Carlo Verdiglione, is visiting the Republic of North Macedonia, meeting the Minister of Interior Mr. Spasovski, the Chief of Police Mr. Tasevski and other Macedonian stakeholders involved in the project. The eminently operational nature of the project was highlighted, aimed at strengthening the capabilities of the Macedonian police and the whole region, also in terms of interoperability and enhancement of international police cooperation mechanisms.

Change of Resident EU Prosecutor to Serbia

Change of Resident EU Prosecutor to Serbia

As part of each Embedded Country Team, prosecutors from EU member states are deployed in each country in the region as Resident EU Prosecutor within the project Countering Serious Crime in the Western Balkans IPA/2019 (CSC WB). In January 2021, the Resident EU Prosecutor to Serbia left the project after an almost 10 years involvement in the project. She started as a resident expert to North Macedonia and during the last 6 years served in Serbia. The entire project team owes her a lot of gratitude for this dedication over these years. At the same time, the project would like to welcome the new Resident EU Prosecutor to Serbia. Taking up his position in Belgrade the new Resident EU Prosecutor, in presence of a member of the Management Team, responsible for the teams of Resident EU Prosecutors, and the National Legal Advisor in Serbia met with various Serbian authorities on 8 and 9 March 2021. Warm words of welcome, wishes to continue the fruitful cooperation and appreciation for the project were spoken by Republic Public Prosecutor of Serbia Ms. Zagorka Dolovac and Acting Assistant Minister of Justice Mr. Nikola Naumovski, two long-standing project partners of the project CSC WB.” 

Visit of CSC WB experts in Albania aiming at improving interoperability and SPOC establishment

Visit of CSC WB experts in Albania aiming at improving interoperability and SPOC establishment

On 02. March 2021 a delegation of experts from the project Countering Serious Crime in the Western Balkans – IPA 2019 (CSC WB) begun the round of visits aimed at improving the beneficiaries’ abilities in the field of interoperability and the establishment of a SPOC (Single-Point-Contact)  in the region.

Despite the shortcomings related to the COVID 19 pandemic, it has been possible to realize the meetings in Albania, especially due to the determination of the local authorities to introduce the delegation to all the interested parties as well as the stakeholders.

In this regard, Albania is the first country to be visited and the in-depth analysis will last from 01 – 05 March 2021.


Operational Meetings Montenegro: Countering big smuggling of migrant case and further cooperation on ongoing cases in drugs trafficking

Operational Meetings Montenegro: Countering big smuggling of migrant case and further cooperation on ongoing cases in drugs trafficking

One of the indispensable values of the project Countering Serious Crime in the Western Balkans – IPA 2019 (CSC WB) is the organization and facilitation of the operational meetings between the Western Balkans, the EU and international counterparts, aiming at supporting highly complex operations.

Following this approach, the Montenegrin Embedded Country Team of the project has organised two operational meetings. The operational meeting held on February the 25th and 26th 2021 in Gioia Tauro, Italy focused on further information exchange regarding ongoing cases involving drugs trafficking. Participants of the meeting were representatives from Countering Drugs Unit, Police Directorate of Montenegro, Italian Guardia di Finanza, United States Drugs Enforcement Administration, US. Customs and Border Protection from U.S. Department for Homeland Security and Distrectural Directorate for Antimafia and Reggio Calabria Court.

The main topic of the second operational meeting was big smuggling of migrant case, which was held at the Special Police Unite of Montenegrin Police Directorate on February the 23rd 2021. The participants from the Special Police Unit and Sector for Trafficking of Human Beings and Migrations, Liaison Officer from Italy in Montenegro, one representative of the project CSC WB and a representative from the Italian Office for Fight Against Migrations and Trafficking of Human Beings took part in the meeting.

At both meetings the participants agreed direct communication and more trustful cooperation to more efficiently fight the organised crimes.