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“Awareness”: The Impact of Interoperability on Police Cooperation and Daily Work – May 12th, 2021

On May 12th, 2021 from 9 AM to 5 PM the project CSC WB will organise the first of three online workshops on SPOC – Single Point of Contact(s) – and Interoperability, entitled Awareness: The Impact of Interoperability on Police Cooperation and Daily Work.

This workshop is organised in the framework of the project component 7, dealing with interoperability and information exchange aiming to improve the interoperability of databases and information systems among the Western Balkans beneficiary police services and  their systems with relevant EU and INTERPOL systems and databases. It will contribute to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of information-sharing tools by ensuring the implementation of technical processes, standards and tools that allow EU and non-EU information systems to work better together.

Each Western Balkans beneficiary has been invited to designate a representative and possibly a Head of SPOC, who are the key addressees of this workshop, together with other parties involved. The SPOC is defined as a “one stop shop” for all international law enforcement cooperation requests dealt with at national level.

As stressed by Mr. Antonio Montanaro, deputy Project Leader of the CSC WB on behalf of the Italian Ministry of Internal Affairs, this workshop will create an unique opportunity for an in-depth discussion on preventive and enforcement issues of common interest with regard to specific geo-criminal areas. It aims at identifying solutions that can facilitate direct and effective cooperation among the countries. Establishing analysis platforms and targeted task forces, with the support of participating EU agencies and international organisations, is oriented towards tackling current threats from criminal groups exploiting migratory flows of epic proportions, from terrorist groups or profit-driven crime syndicates.

Mr. Carlo Verdiglione, the project leader of CSC WB on behalf ot the Italian Ministry of Internal Affairs added that, in the near future, effectiveness of common security strategies will depend on our ability to renew partnerships in the form of a constructive dialogue, which is one of the objectives of the upcoming workshop.

The workshop flyer and the agenda provide further information about the workhop:

CSC WB_Workshop Awareness Flyer

CSC WB_ Workshop Awareness Agenda

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