Southeast European Law Enforcement Center (SELEC)
WHAT IS SELEC
The Southeast European Law Enforcement Center (SELEC) is a law enforcement organization, gathering Police and Customs from eleven Member States, created to provide support for its Member States and to enhance coordination in preventing and combating transnational organized crime in Southeast Europe.
Republic of Bulgaria is a founding Member of SELEC, a treaty-based organization having as founding document the SELEC Convention which entered into force on 7th of October 2011.
SELEC inherits the long-term expertise and operational and strategic capabilities of the former SECI Center that was established in 1999.
From an operational perspective, SELEC maintains flexibility and operational effectiveness, while enhancing the analysis capacity with a broader information system and an adequate level of protection of personal data in line with EU standards. The new Convention provides an international legal personality to the Center and also defines and sustains cooperation with other major international law enforcement organizations.
HOW IT WORKS
Through the Liaison Officers from Police and Customs Authorities of the Member States posted at SELEC Headquarters in Bucharest/Romania, SELEC facilitates the rapid exchange of information and requests of assistance, supports joint investigations and regional operations, and produces analytical products for the Southeast European region.
SELEC operational activities are mainly conducted within the framework of eight Task Forces:
Task Force Mirage on Countering Trafficking in Human Beings and Illegal Migration
Anti-Drug Trafficking Task Force
Financial and Computer Crime Task Force
Anti-Fraud and Anti-Smuggling Task Force
Anti-Terrorism Task Force
Container Security Task Force
Stolen Vehicles Task Force
Environment and Nature Related Crimes Task Force
SELEC MEMBER STATES AND PARTNERS
The Member States of SELEC, parties to the SELEC Convention and to the Protocol on privileges and immunities, also ratified by Republic of Bulgaria, are:
Republic of Albania
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Republic of Bulgaria
The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
Republic of Moldova
Republic of Serbia
Republic of Turkey
Cooperation with SELEC is available to any state or international organization/body which has an interest in law enforcement cooperation in the Southeast European region, the SELEC Convention providing, besides membership, two possibilities to establish partnerships with SELEC, namely Operational Partner status and Observer status. Currently SELEC has 3 Operational Partners and 21 Observer countries and organizations.
The Council, comprising in high level representatives designated by each Member State, is the highest decision-making body of SELEC. The Council elects the members of the SELEC Management, namely the Director General, for a 4 years mandate, and the Director for Operations and the Director for Legal and Internal Affairs for a 3 years mandate.
SELEC is a unique international organization that brings together the resources and expertise of Police and Customs authorities, having also the prosecutorial support of the Southeast European Prosecutors Advisory Group (SEEPAG)
The law enforcement cooperation in the framework of SELEC involves EU and non-EU Member States and Partners
SELEC has a secure communication network that ensure the swift exchange of information and request of assistance
SELEC offers support in conducting joint investigations and regional operations, produces analytical products and organizes operational meetings, workshops and trainings.
More information about SELEC is available at www.selec.org and on Facebook and LikedIn [email protected] .