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Meeting within the Framework of SEECP

SEECPFrom 9 to 10 May 2011, the Meeting of the South-East Europe Cooperation Process (SEECP) Directors of National Institutions and Agencies for Combating Corruption and Organised Crime convened in Bečići (Budva), Montenegro.

Under the Montenegrin Chairmanship-in-Office of the SEECP, the gathering was organized through the mutual cooperation of Directorate of Anti-Corruption Initiative (DACI), Regional Anti-Corruption Initiative (RAI) Secretariat and Regional Cooperation Council (RCC). The SEECP is a regional framework of cooperation consisting of 12 Member States, which purports to strengthen good neighbourly relations and thus promote security and stability in the region.

The meeting was opened by the Minister of Interior Affairs of Montenegro, Mr. Ivan Brajović. He informed the plenary about recent developments in the field of anti-corruption and emphasized the need to intensify cooperation among authorities in charge of preventing and fighting corruption. After the opening remarks, the first panel, chaired by Mr. Edmond Dunga, Head of RAI Secretariat, dealt with the issue of "Preventive Anticorruption Policies and Mechanisms in South-Eastern Europe". The afternoon session was chaired by Mr. Goran Klemenčič, Chief Commissioner at the Commission for the Prevention of Corruption of the Republic of Slovenia. The five panellists discussed with the audience "Institutional Anticorruption Framework in South-Eastern Europe: Experiences and Good Practices”.

The second day of the meeting was opened by Ms. Vesna Medenica, President of the Supreme Court of Montenegro. In her presentation she relayed the ways in which the judiciary is taking up challenges in fighting corruption. The third panel under the theme "Law Enforcement and Judicial Cooperation in South-Eastern Europe in Preventing and Combating Corruption” was chaired by Mr. Georgi Rupchev, State Expert, Directorate of International Cooperation & European Affairs, Ministry of Justice of Bulgaria. Four panellists shared their views and experiences in this area with the participants. At the end of this event, Ms. Vesna Ratković, Director of DACI, underlined the importance of close collaboration with authorities and other relevant international bodies and organizations dealing with corruption, e.g. the International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA) and EPAC.

EPAC was represented by Mr. Robert Jones (Senior Manager, Anti-Corruption Unit, Operational Services Department SOCA, United Kingdom) and the EPAC/EACN Secretariat. We would like to once again express our gratitude to the organisers for their warm hospitality.

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