EU Support to Regional Security of the Western Balkans

EU Support to Regional Security of the Western Balkans

EU Delegations and National Coordinators of the Western Balkans on Counter-Terrorism and Violent Extremism

The Regional Network of National Counter-Terrorism / Countering Violent Extremism Coordinators of the Western Balkan 6 focused during the meeting on 12.11.2020 on questions of resocialisation, rehabilitation and reintegration activities towards returning foreign terrorist fighters and their families. These topics were discussed during the regular meeting of the Network, which is a regional platform chaired by the EU Regional Counterterrorism/ Security advisor and facilitated by the European Union. Together with the local authorities all relevant EU services are participating in the network: EEAS, DG HOME, DG NEAR and the EU CT Coordinator Office. This operational forum meets twice a year with the aim of strengthening the regional exchange and coordinated response on counter-terrorism and violent extremism, closely cooperating with the EU law enforcement agencies. As of 2020, this platform will be supported by the project Countering Serious Crime in the Western Balkans – IPA 2019, which is co-funded by the EU, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the Italian Ministry of Interior.

New Resident EU Prosecutor introduced in Tirana

New Resident EU Prosecutor introduced in Tirana

As part of the so-called Embedded Country Teams of the project Countering Serious Crime in the Western Balkans – IPA 2019, experienced EU prosecutors are deployed as advisers in the beneficiary countries, including Albania. When going from the previous project phase into the current one, the previous Resident EU Prosecutor announced her departure from the project. The Countering Serious Crime team is very grateful for all dedication and hard work of the previous Resident EU Prosecutor to Albania. At the same time, the project welcomes the new Resident EU Prosecutor to Albania – started his assignment in the last week of October 2020. Besides having a first meeting with the colleagues from the Embedded Country Team Albania, the Resident EU Prosecutor – accompanied by the legal advisor and one of the members of the Management Team of the project – visited the SPAK (Special Anti-Corruption Structure), Ministry of Justice and General Prosecution Office. At the General Prosecution Office, Prosecutor-General Mr. Olsjan Cela used to opportunity to also introduce the designated Liaison Prosecutor to Eurojust Ms. Fatjona Memcaj. All representatives of the Albanian institutions expressed the wish to have a cooperation with the new Resident EU Prosecutor as fruitful as with his predecessor.