PCC SEE Chairmanship
Pursuant to the decision of the Committee of Ministers from 17 November 2009 chairmanship of the Convention for six-month periods was introduced. It is performed on rotation basis following alphabetical order as of 1 January 2010 in accordance with the EU practice. It was decide to exclude Albania and Bosnia and Herzegovina from the first rotation considering that they have undertaken enough commitments to the Convention so far. Thus, the first official chairmanship was undertaken by Bulgaria.
Bulgarian Chairmanship (1 January 2010 – 30 June 2010)
The main objective of the Bulgarian chairmanship was to contribute to encouraging the practical implementation of the Convention, for introducing modern standards of cooperation and for improving the police interaction in the region with the objective to gradually achieve compliance with EU standards in all the Western Balkan countries.
The main priorities of the Bulgarian Chairmanship during the first half of 2010 were, as follows:
– accelerating the process of practical implementation of the separate aspects of the Convention (signing implementation agreements; possible start of mutual evaluations in the field of data protection);
– conducting harmonized training on Convention related matters;
– financing part of the activities under the Convention through development of projects in the framework of the European financial instruments;
– organising the Third Meeting of the Committee of Ministers.
Priorities and calendar of the events in the framework of the Bulgarian Chairmanship declared in January 2010
Report on the results achieved during the Bulgarian Chairmanship
Macedonian Chairmanship (1 July – 31 December 2010)
The main priorities of the current Macedonian Chairmanship-in-office are as follows:
- Improving the conditions in the area of data protection;
- Fostering the project on Joint Investigation Teams;
- Facilitating the negotiations and signing of bilateral and multilateral implementation agreements envisaged in PCC SEE, particularly Articles 14 and 15 (cross-border surveillance and controlled deliveries);
- Facilitating the negotiations of the content of the Road Map for the implementation of PCC SEE for the period from 2011 – 2015;
- Fostering the Cross-border Surveillance and Controlled Delivery Exercise;
- Organising, with the support of the Secretariat, of a specialised training for the national central units for information exchange;
- Establishing a long term sustainable system for the exchange of information and cooperation among the Contracting Parties in the area of fake and forged travel documents;
- Conducting meetings of the Expert Working Group and the Committee of Ministers.
Updated on at Monday, October 11, 2010