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15.12.2016 Brdo pri Kranju, Slovenia: The PCC SEE Committee of Ministers met in Brdo pri Kranju for the 16th time in its statutory capacity of the highest PCC SEE decision-making body. Ministers of home affairs and authorised representatives from the Contracting Parties acknowledged the completed drafting of the documents on automated exchange of data and committed to begin with the formal procedures for official negotiations and signing. The Committee of Ministers also endorsed the Work Programme on the Incoming PCC SEE Trio Chairmanship of Romania, Serbia and Slovenia, and welcomed the strategic outlook for the PCC SEE implementation process, which foresees efforts invested in 5 PCC SEE core clusters: data protection, information exchange, operational cooperation, countering terrorism, and automated exchange of data.

06.12.2016 – 07.12.2016 Tirana, Albania: A DCAF expert facilitated a two-day workshop for 25 police officials of Albanian State Police (ASP) on mentoring competencies for future mentors. During the two days the future mentors had the opportunity to practice key competencies in mentoring as well as debate gender related aspects in the context of mentoring in Albania. The General Police Director and the Dean of the Police Academy requested the participants to use this opportunity to create a mentoring system for ASP and integrate DCAF’s principles and curricula in their education syllabus.

05.12.2016 – 07.12.2016 Ljubljana, Slovenia: The 2nd meeting of the PCC SEE Data Protection Working Group was held in Ljubljana, Slovenia, bringing together representatives of national ministries of interior-police and national data protection authorities from 11 Contracting Parties and the PCC SEE Secretariat. During the meeting the Contracting Parties proceeded to draft a new version of the PCC SEE procedural act, which they aim to finalise in May 2017. The future procedural act will define those areas of Data Protection arrangements within the PCC SEE that have not been sufficiently defined yet and do not find sufficient details in the PCC SEE Convention itself - in order to serve the purpose of law enforcement practitioners exchanging personal data based on the PCC SEE.   

23.11.2016 Sofia, Bulgaria: The PCC SEE Meeting of Police Directors-General was organised back-to-back with the SEPCA General Assembly meeting, hosted by the Bulgarian SEPCA Chairmanship on 22-24 November 2016 in Sofia. The meeting, convened under the auspices of the Montenegrin PCC SEE Chairmanship-in-Office with support from the PCC SEE Secretariat, addressed the strategic outlook for the PCC SEE implementation process and highlighted some of the operational developments in the PCC SEE region, such as the establishment of fugitive active search teams, common operations performed under the DCAF Border Security Programme and joint threat assessments.

29.11.2016 – 30.11.2016 Chisinau, Moldova: Under the framework of the Police Integrity Building Programme (PIBP), DCAF organized a workshop for Ministry of Interior and Police officials that are engaged in police integrity building in Moldova. During the event DCAF’s Training Manual on Police Integrity was officially launched and participants had the opportunity to comment on its content and applicability in their work.  In addition, a selected group of participants debated training planning and management issues and practiced adult learning methodologies using the Manual as a reference. The workshop was well received and positively evaluated. As a result, DCAF was requested to further support capacity building efforts in this field. The next phase should include a facilitators’ workshop followed by a pilot course for uniformed police officers.

08.11.2016 – 09.11.2016 Podgorica, Montenegro: The 17th meeting of the PCC SEE statutory body - the Expert Working Group (EWG) - took place on 8 and 9 November 2016 in Podgorica, under the auspices of the current Montenegrin PCC SEE Chairmanship-in-Office and with support from the PCC SEE Secretariat. As one of its tasks, the EWG members agreed on the agenda for the upcoming 16th meeting of the PCC SEE Committee of Ministers, to be convened on 15 December 2016 in Slovenia on the margins of the EU Western Balkans Ministerial Forum on Justice and Home Affairs.

31.10.2016 – 01.11.2016 Belgrade, Serbia: Under the framework of the Police Integrity Building Programme (PIBP), DCAF co-organized a regional roundtable on Police Integrity in cooperation with the Ministry of Interior, the OSCE Mission and the ICITAP office in Serbia. The event brought together more than forty practitioners from ministries of interior and police institutions of Austria, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro, Slovenia and Serbia, as well as representatives from civil society and the Ombudsman. The participants exchanged practical experiences and discussed good practices and challenges on integrity planning and management, human resources aspects and other organisational elements that are key to fostering organisational integrity and accountability. As a result, cooperation between institutions has been fostered and DCAF was requested to continue supporting regional dialogue and processes on police integrity building.

02.11.2016 – 03.11.2016 Avala & Sremska Kamenica: Under the framework of the Police Integrity Building Programme (PIBP), DCAF in cooperation with the Ministry of Interior (MoI) of Serbia organized two workshops on “Police Integrity - the Training Dimension” at Serbian police training centres in Avala and Sremska Kamenica. The events engaged sixty officials from all police districts in Serbia that are currently involved in managing or delivering training on police integrity and ethics. The participants discussed current experiences and challenges of Serbian police service in relation to integrity training through comparison with the proposed methodology and content of DCAF’s Training Manual on Police Integrity. Furthermore, the events allowed for an opportunity to discuss possibilities of future cooperation between DCAF and local institutions.

03.10.2016 – 04.10.2016 Danilovgrad, Montenegro: Under the framework of the Police Integrity Building Programme (PIBP), DCAF co-organized a regional roundtable on Police Integrity Training in cooperation with the Ministry of Interior, the Police Academy and the OSCE Mission to Montenegro. The event gathered mid and senior level professionals from police institutions involved in training from Southeast Europe. The participants exchanged practical experiences and discussed good practices and challenges in the fields of recruitment and promotion, curriculum development and training planning and management. They also identified strengths and weaknesses of their national training systems and exchanged information on their curricula on human rights and integrity. As a result of the Roundtable, cooperation between the participating institutions was initiated and DCAF was requested to continue supporting regional dialogue on police integrity building.

05.10.2016 – 06.10.2016 Podgorica, Montenegro: Under the framework of the Police Integrity Building Programme (PIBP), DCAF co-organized a two-day “Workshop for Facilitators of Integrity Training - Gender Dimension” for Police Academy and Ministry of Interior officials that are involved in integrity and gender aspects in their line of work. During the workshop, the participants discussed training planning, delivery and methodologies using DCAF’s “Training Manual on Police Integrity” and other DCAF publications on Gender as a reference. Following the discussions, they designed and delivered three training modules. After the delivery, the participants were debriefed by their peers and the input was incorporated in their modules. It is expected that these modules will serve as the basis for future training of police officers. DCAF was requested to continue supporting the local institutions in strengthening their capacities to deliver training on police integrity and gender aspects.

06.06.16 – 08.06.2016 Ljubljana, Slovenia: The Third Meeting of the Thematic Working Group on Harmonisation and Improvement of Telecommunications among the PCC SEE Contracting Parties was organised with the aim of exchanging information on developments since the last meeting and to discuss the future focus of the TWG. In this regard the participants exchanged experience in establishing joint control rooms, reviewed working documents and manuals and informed each other on developments relating to frequency blocks allocation in the border areas.

23.05.16 – 25.05.2016 Podgorica, Montenegro: The Second Minor Meeting of the Surveillance Expert Network for Southeast Europe (SENSEE) was organised with the aim to continue work of the Network and to address certain topics in a smaller group in order to address issues that do not necessarily affect all 11 PCC SEE CPs to the same extent. The participants from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Slovenia and Europol engaged in discussion about night surveillance and counter-surveillance and presented practical examples and various issues that they face within their services.

26.05.2016 Ljubljana, Slovenia: During its most recent meeting in April, the Thematic Working Group on Exchange of Information regarding Forged and Fake Travel Documents within PCC SEE agreed that a web-based platform for exchange of experience, good practices, and other important information (without personal data) would be of high added value. The experts met in May and further defined the actual needs of the thematic working group and how this could be facilitated by an on-line environment. They agreed that the Europol Platform for Experts (EPE), which already hosts a platform for the PCC SEE working group on cross-border surveillance, corresponds best to all their needs and asked the PCC SEE Secretariat to officially request Europol to consider hosting a platform for the PCC SEE Contracting Parties in the field of document forgery.

31.05.2016 – 01.06.2016 Jahorina, Bosnia and Herzegovina:  During the 11th DCAF Ministerial Conference on Border Security in Southeast Europe the ministers and other heads of delegations of DCAF Programme Beneficiaries Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro and Serbia conducted a thorough review of the progress achieved in the implementation of the DCAF Border Security Programme during 2012-2015. They were joined by the ministers/heads of delegations of supporting/observer parties (Austria, Hungary, Kosovo* and Slovenia), and EU and international partners active in regional border security (Frontex, Europol, EU Delegation in Sarajevo, Office of the High Representative in BiH, NI-CO, RACVIAC-SEE, RCC and the U.S.).

The ministers signed the 'Jahorina Declaration', confirming their strong support for the further goals of the Programme to be developed under the auspices of the Western Balkan Border Security Initiative.

25.05.2016 Chisinau, Moldova: DCAF’s Police Integrity Building Programme (PIBP)-OPS1, in cooperation with the Ministry of Interior (MoI) of Moldova, organised a “Workshop on Integrity Planning and Management” for senior MoI officials. This activity was part of a project co-financed by DCAF and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs aiming at strengthening local capacities in building, reinforcing and sustaining integrity within the Moldovan Police.  The twenty three participants included representatives from all organizational units of the MoI that are relevant to integrity building and the National Anti-corruption Centre (NAC). Prior to attending the workshop the participants completed two e-learning courses on Police Integrity, developed by DCAF. All participants welcomed DCAF’s support and expressed their interest in developing an Integrity Plan for all organizational units of the MoI.

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17.05.16 – 18.05.2016 Skopje, Macedonia: The Common and Coordinated Operations Working Group used the analytical input produced by the Risk Analysis Working Group as a basis for further discussions on common operational responses to regional security threats. Operational planners from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro and Serbia exchanged key contextual information needed for planning purposes. Representatives from supporting countries, Austria and Slovenia, and representatives from international organisations Frontex, IOM, OSCE, UNODC and the EU IPA funded Resident Expert in Skopje, actively participated in the debate. The group elaborated the working plan which defines the specific focus common and coordinated border police operations (CCOs) will be organised and executed in 2016.

12.05.16 – 13.05.2016 Ljubljana, Slovenia: The Risk Analysis Working Group under the framework of the DCAF Border Security Programme for Western Balkans convened in Ljubljana. Analysts from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Moldova and Serbia presented the strategic and operational analysis of border security in their respective countries. Special emphasis was placed on migration challenges along the Balkan Route affecting the region from October last year to this May. Under expert guidance of DCAF staff, a common regional analysis using national data sets and open source information was produced, resulting in analytical input for the meeting of the Common and Coordinated Operations Working Group that was convened few days later in Skopje.

10.05.16 – 11.05.2016 Vienna, Austria: The 15th Meeting of the PCC SEE Committee of Ministers was convened under the auspices of the Moldovan Chairmanship-in-Office with support from the PCC SEE Secretariat and hosted by the Austrian Federal Ministry of the Interior. As the meeting coincided with the 10th anniversary since the signing of this multilateral treaty for cross-border law enforcement cooperation, the highest PCC SEE statutory body looked back at the development and achievements over the past decade, welcomed the findings of the PCC SEE Secretariat’s recent monitoring activities, and shared their views on the future of the PCC SEE implementation process. They adopted a milestone decision related to automated data exchange, which foresees the establishment of an EU Prüm-inspired framework for Southeast Europe to provide the necessary legal basis and technical documents for automated exchange of DNA, dactyloscopic and vehicle registration data.   

25.04.16 – 29.04.2016 Budapest, Hungary: The 1st Train-the-Trainers training course on delivery of the PCC SEE Webinar took place under the Moldovan PCC SEE Chairmanship-in-Office and with support of the PCC SEE Secretariat. The course brought together teachers and trainers from Police academies with the aim to equip them with the comparable understanding of the PCC SEE and to engage them in the development of a national presentation on the PCC SEE, which they will deliver to target audiences (students and law enforcement officers) after returning home.

20.04.16 – 22.04.2016 Portorož,  Slovenia: An Ad hoc Meeting at the level of Criminal Police Directors and Border Police Chiefs addressed the newly occurring security challenges along the SEE route. The meeting was co-organised by the PCC SEE Secretariat under the auspices of the Moldovan Chairmanship-In-Office and the DCAF Border Security Programme and convened representatives from Albania, BiH, Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Kosovo*, Switzerland, as well as partner organisations/agencies Europol, Cepol, Ni-Co, US. DoJ-ICITAP, IOM, MARRI, and the OSCE.

06.04.16 – 08.04.2016 Chisinau, Moldova: At the 6th Meeting of the Thematic Working Group on Exchange of Information regarding Forged and Fake Travel Documents within PCC SEE, organized under the auspices of the Moldovan Chairmanship in Office, experts with operational experience as well as a background in forensics from the PCC SEE Contracting Parties exchanged information on new forms and trends in document forgery and relevant forensic approaches. Discussions focused on detected document fraud connected to the increasing mixed migration flow and other common practical challenges. The annual meetings of this working group, together with the regular dissemination of alerts on forged and fake travel documents in the region, are considered to contribute to a swifter operational response at border crossings in the countries’ common effort to stem criminal activity.

22.03.2016 Chisinau, Moldova: Funded by Norway, DCAF’s Police Integrity Building Programme (PIBP), in cooperation with the Ministry of Interior (MoI) of Moldova organised a workshop to present and disseminate the Romanian translation of the DCAF Toolkit on Police Integrity and discuss police integrity challenges in the Moldovan context. Participants in the Workshop included representatives from MoI’s Internal Protection and Anti-corruption Service, the Police Academy, the Service of Operational Guidance and Inspection, the Human Resources Department, the General Department of Policy Analysis, the General Police Inspectorate and the Border Police. and knowledge products in their national system. Under the same project further activities will be implemented in Moldova in 2016.

17.03.16 – 18.03.2016 Chisinau, Moldova: The 16th meeting of the PCC SEE statutory body - the Expert Working Group (EWG) - took place on 17 and 18 March 2016 in Chisinau, under the auspices of the current Moldovan PCC SEE Chairmanship-in-Office and with support from the PCC SEE Secretariat. As one of its tasks, the EWG members agreed on the agenda for the upcoming 15th meeting of the PCC SEE Committee of Ministers, to be convened on 10-11 May 2016 in Vienna. It was agreed that the respective ministers should review the accomplishments in the PCC SEE implementation process and discuss the outlook for the future, including a Prüm-like model for the PCC SEE region.

02.03.16 – 04.03.2016 Ljubljana Slovenia: The 2nd Meeting of the Counterterrorism Network of the Police Cooperation Convention for Southeast Europe (PCC SEE) convened counter-terrorism experts from 11 Contracting Parties. The meeting was chaired by the Moldovan Chairmanship-in-Office. The progress in the implementation of the EU Western Balkan Counter-Terrorism initiative (WBCTi) was presented, including the tasks entrusted to the PCC SEE CT Network within the WBCTi Integrated Plan of Action. Europol strongly supported the meeting, presenting the EU tools which are used to facilitate counter-terrorism efforts at the EU level, also reflected on how they can be used for cooperation with non-EU states. Participants prepared the main elements of a common plan of action, a "blueprint" for a national analytical methodology to be unified at the PCC SEE level enabling the development of a clear picture on terrorism threats within each country and aiming to maximize the use of available intelligence to proactively investigate and prevent terrorist activities.

10.02.2016 Skopje, Macedonia: Under the framework of the Police Integrity Building Programme (PIBP) and in cooperation with the Ministry of Interior of Macedonia, DCAF organised a workshop on integrity planning and management for 20 senior police officials. The Integrity Plan for Uniformed Police that was developed under the PIBP project in Macedonia was endorsed by the new Minister of Interior. The participants to the workshop further discussed the strengths and weaknesses of the current plan and the conditions needed for its implementation. DCAF was requested to continue supporting the MoI by means of expert advice and mentoring. PIBP Capacity Building Tools can be used for that purpose.

14 – 16.12.2015 Ljubljana Slovenia: The Police Cooperation Convention Southeast Europe (PCC SEE) Meeting of representatives of National Central Units was held under the auspices of the Macedonian PCC SEE Chairmanship-In-Office. In line with the results of the Workshop on Information Exchange held in March 2015, the meeting addressed the relevant questions of regional information exchange, serving as a platform for discussion and working towards an overall improvement of regional cooperation in this area. The participants were senior police officers involved in the daily workflow and decision-making processes of the international information exchange with extensive knowledge on the national practice and legal environment. They discussed these specific topics and reviewed the specific tools needed to enable a feasible regional information exchange model, taking into account the role of National Central Units.

16 – 18.12.2015 Ljubljana, Slovenia: The 1st Meeting of the Police Cooperation Convention Southeast Europe (PCC SEE) Working Group on Data Protection convened relevant experts from the Ministries of Interior and National Data Protection authorities. The meeting was chaired by the Macedonian PCC SEE Chairmanship-In-Office. In accordance with the new mandate of the Working Group in January 2014, its members discussed private data protection requirements in the context of fostering information exchange between the region’s law enforcement authorities. Their future work will focus on practical steps and legal measures that need to be taken to ensure that laws and practice in the Contracting Parties are in line with relevant norms as provided for by the Article 31 of the PCC SEE.

08 – 10.12.2015 Dubrovnik,Croatia: The 2nd annual meeting of border police chiefs took place this week in Dubrovnik, Croatia under the auspices of the DCAF Border Security Programme. It was attended by beneficiary countries: Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro. The first aim of the meeting was to evaluate the implementation of the Regional Action Plan 2012-2015. Achievements during this period were carefully reviewed and further needs expressed. The meeting took place in an extended format together with the heads of migration services from all participating countries. Current challenges posed by irregular migration movements and related security challenges to border integrity were also discussed. Participating countries reviewed the draft Regional Action Plan of the Programme for the upcoming period 2016 - 2020, which is to be discussed and finally adopted by ministers of interior/security of beneficiary countries at the DCAF Ministerial Conference on Border Security in Southeast Europe in early 2016.

01.12.2015 Podgorica,Montenegro: DCAF organized the seminar “Recent developments and strategic priorities in fostering police integrity in Montenegro”, in partnership with the OSCE Mission to Montenegro, and in close cooperation with the Ministry of Interior and the Parliament of Montenegro. The Seminar served as a platform for the continuation of a multi-stakeholder dialogue on the topic of police integrity that was launched in the previous years through similar activities organised by DCAF. Around 40 national stakeholders from the MoI, the Parliament, the police, the Council for Civil Control of the police, the Ombudsman of Montenegro, civil society, media, and other national and international institutions present in Montenegro discussed priorities, achievements and current challenges in further strengthening police integrity in the country. All institutions acknowledged that further work and enhanced cooperation is needed, and expressed the will to continue cooperating with DCAF in this area.

26.11.2015 – 27.11.2015 Skopje, Macedonia: The second meeting of Criminal Police Directors of the Contracting Parties of the Police Cooperation Convention Southeast Europe (PCC SEE), convened under the auspices of the Macedonian Chairmanship-in-Office with support from the PCC SEE Secretariat, took place in Skopje. The meeting served as an opportunity for the national Criminal Police Directors to share their experience and views on cross-border law enforcement cooperation in the fight against threats stemming from the increased mixed migratory flows and illicit drug trafficking. The presentations offered some concrete examples of the PCC SEE being utilized as the legal basis for such purpose. The Criminal Police Directors concluded that additional effort should nevertheless be invested in promoting PCC SEE tools in criminal investigations and assessed annual gatherings of this format to be of high added value.

19.11.2015 Podgorica,Montenegro: Under the framework of the Police Integrity Building Programme (PIBP), DCAF, the Ministry of Interior of Montenegro (MoI) and the OSCE mission in Montenegro co-organized a managers’ workshop on police integrity for mid- and senior-level police managers. This event built on previous capacity building activities, including two e-learning courses on Police Integrity, which had been developed by DCAF and were completed by participants from 16 to 18 of November. During the workshop on 19 November the participants debated the acquired knowledge and exchanged views on the applicability of what has been learned in the local context. Finally, they also discussed how they can, in their capacity as police managers, sustain integrity in the police organisation. DCAF will continue assisting the MoI in the implementation of future activities in accordance with the Ministry of Interior’s Integrity Plan.

19.11.2015 Sofia,Bulgaria: The 14th Meeting of the Committee of Ministers of the Police Cooperation Convention Southeast Europe (PCC SEE) was convened on 19 November 2015 under the auspices of the Macedonian Chairmanship-in-Office and was attended by ministers responsible for home affairs and authorized high officials from the Contracting Parties to PCC SEE  as well as observers from Switzerland, the European Commission, EU agencies, international organizations and regional initiatives, as well as by Kosovo*.The Committee of Ministers continued the discussions related to the fight against threats stemming from the mixed migration pressure. The Committee of Ministers further evaluated the progress in the PCC SEE implementation process and agreed that a concept on future activities of the PCC SEE should include a balanced approach of both practical cross-border cooperation and capacity building, including the continuation of the current PCC SEE working bodies.

8 - 9 October 2015 Skopje, Macedonia: The 15th meeting of the PCC SEE statutory body - the Expert Working Group (EWG) - took place under the auspices of the current Macedonian PCC SEE Chairmanship-in-Office and with support from the PCC SEE Secretariat. During the meeting PCC SEE Contracting Parties and the observers shared information on their efforts and activities related to containing the mixed migration pressure and related threats. The EWG members also reiterated the relevance of monitoring and evaluation in the PCC SEE implementation process. The national representatives agreed on the topics for the ministerial discussion at the upcoming meeting of the Committee of Ministers, to be convened on 19 November in Sofia.

30 September 2015 Podgorica, Montenegro: Under the framework of the Police Integrity Building Programme (PIBP), DCAF co-organized a workshop on training, planning and management for Ministry of Interior and Police Academy officials. The event built up on previous capacity building activities, including a facilitators’ and evaluators’ workshop, pilot courses on integrity for police officers, and curriculum analysis of existing training programs. The participants of the workshop analyzed the implementation and results of training activities and debated the findings of the curriculum analysis. The recommendations of the analysis will be integrated into the Ministry of Interior’s strategy that is currently under revision. DCAF will continue assisting the MoI in the implementation of future activities in accordance with the Ministry of Interior’s Integrity Plan.

23.06.2015 Budapest, HungaryA meeting on the incoming rotation of the Police Cooperation Convention for Southeast Europe (PCC SEE) Chairmanship took place in Budapest. It was attended by national representatives of the incoming Trio PCC SEE Chairmanship – Macedonia, Moldova and Montenegro – and representatives of the Hungarian Chairmanship-in-Office and the PCC SEE Secretariat. Macedonia will assume the Chairmanship on 1st July 2015. The aim of the meeting was to establish efficient and smooth cooperation, coordination and communication during the upcoming 18 months, to facilitate a more efficient procedure of handing over the PCC SEE Chairmanship, and to achieve a continuous implementation of PCC SEE priorities. The practical and strategic priorities of the incoming Trio, included in their work programme, were endorsed by the Committee of Ministers at their recent meeting in May 2015.

22.06.2015- 24.06.2015 Ljubljana, SloveniaThe 1st Meeting of the newly established Counter-Terrorism Network under the Police Cooperation Convention for Southeast Europe (PCC SEE) took place in Ljubljana and was attended by all 11 Contracting Parties and relevant EU/international partners. Discussions of the PCC SEE Network revealed a crucial need to increase the police capacities in the area of prevention when it comes to the threat posed by terrorism and violent extremism, where the security and intelligence services are only part of the links in the chain. Participants were familiarized with two recently published studies on the national foreign terrorist phenomenon in two Western Balkan countries. The meeting also revealed a significant lack of cross-border cooperation in the area of information exchange, and the PCC SEE Convention was emphasized as a most appropriate legal basis to strengthen cooperation and mutual trust between its EU and non-EU members. Participants affirmed the need to contribute to the realization of the future “EU Integrative Plan of Action”, resulting from the EU WBCT initiative aiming for integration of counter-terrorism efforts in the region.

15.06.2015- 19.06.2015 Podgorica, Montenegro: Under the framework of its Police Integrity Building Programme (PIBP), DCAF monitored and reviewed six training workshops on police integrity delivered by Montenegrin police officials to their peers. The topics included in the training form part of DCAF’s training manual on police integrity. The officials that delivered the training workshops were previously trained by DCAF to facilitate and evaluate training on police integrity using PIBP’s methodology. During the three days of training, ninety police officers, in three different locations, debated issues related to their work and integrity. All trainings were evaluated by peers and DCAF. The findings of these evaluations will help the Ministry of Interior of Montenegro to develop a training strategy to support the implementation of its integrity plan. DCAF will continue working with the Ministry and the OSCE Mission to Montenegro in other related projects to strengthen integrity in the Montenegrin police. For more information, please see (external link): http://www.mup.gov.me/vijesti/150242/Licni-i-profesionalni-integritet-snazna-su-antikoruptivna-mjera.html

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01.06.2015- 05.06.2015 Danilovgrad, Montenegro: DCAF co-organized with the OSCE Mission to Montenegro a facilitators and evaluators’ course for 18 officials from the Montenegrin Ministry of Interior (MoI) and Police Academy in Danilovgrad, Montenegro. Using DCAF’s Training Manual on Police Integrity, the participants learned how to deliver and how to evaluate training on police integrity and adopted a plan for future training delivery as well as a training monitoring and review plan. In the following weeks the trained facilitators will test their competences when they will deliver pilot courses on police integrity to their peers across the country. The trained evaluators will also practice their roles. The course was organised within the framework of the DCAF Police Integrity Building Programme (PIBP), which aims to strengthen local capacities to provide in-service training on integrity to police officers.  These pilot courses will be monitored and further evaluated by DCAF with the aim to assist the Montenegrin MoI in implementing its integrity plan.

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6-8 May 2015, Moravske, Slovenia: the 1st Conference of Police and Customs Cooperation Centres (PCCCs) between Western Balkan Countries and EU Member States focused on the role of PCCCs in information exchange and options to enhance respective cooperation and coordination. Approximately 40 police experts from PCCCs and national (border) police departments from EU Member States and Western Balkan countries (including all PCC SEE Contracting Parties) as well as representatives of Frontex, PAMECA, EULEX and the PCC SEE Secretariat covered issues such as: operational functions of the SIENA information exchange application and the German VoDoS case management system, the development, procedures and relevant systems implemented in the PCCCs with their neighbouring countries and the possible access of the PCC SEE Contracting Parties (including non-EU) to the EPE community for PCCCs. The Conference was co-organised by the PCC SEE Secretariat and the German Federal Police in the framework of the German-led Programme ‘Prevention of and Fight against Crime’  (ISEC).

5 May 2015, St Pölten, Austria: The 13th Meeting of the Committee of Ministers  of the Police Cooperation Convention for Southeast Europe (PCC SEE), convened under the auspices of the Hungarian Chairmanship-in-Office,  brought together ministers responsible for home affairs and authorized high officials from the PCC SEE Contracting Parties to the PCC SEE gathered to discuss the progress in the PCC SEE implementation process and modalities necessary for the advancement of cross-border law enforcement cooperation. The meeting was also attended by observers from EU agencies, international organisations and regional initiatives, as well as by Kosovo*. The ministers and authorized high officials from the Contracting Parties signed a joint statement, upholding the seeking of financial resources and subsequent application for funding through projects under the framework of the European Commission’s ISF-Police fund.

23.03.2015 – 25.03.2015 Ljubljana: Enhancing regional information exchange under the Police Cooperation Convention for Southeast Europe (PCC SEE) is a strategic objective for its Contracting Parties. Therefore the Hungarian Chairmanship in Office organised, with support of the DCAF-hosted Convention Secretariat, a workshop gathering representatives of national central units to assess the state of play in the area of regional cross-border criminal information exchange. The Hungarian experts presented the findings of a regional survey they conducted on this issue, which served as a basis for discussion on existing gaps and on practical solutions for improving information flows between the region's police organisations.

16.03.2015 – 18.03.2015 Budapest: The fifth meeting of the Thematic Working Group on Exchange of Information regarding Forged and Fake Travel Documents within the Police Cooperation Convention Southeast Europe (PCC SEE) was organised under the auspices of the Hungarian Chairmanship in Office, with support from the PCC SEE Secretariat. This meeting provided a platform for the exchange of expertise on a wide array of issues, including biometric passports, possibilities for organizing ad hoc exchange of information on persons and documents stored in national databases, new forms of forgery and relevant forensic approaches.

16.02.2015 – 18.02.2015 Ljubljana, Slovenia: DCAF organised a regional meeting of experts on DNA information exchange  under the auspices of the Hungarian Chairmanship-in-Office of the PCC SEE. The experts discussed the drafting of a common multilateral agreement on automated DNA exchange and the relevant implementation agreements.

11.02.2015 – 13.02.2015 Belgrade, Serbia: Within the framework of the Swiss Police Cooperation Programme (SPCP), an SPCP Partners’ Forum was held in Belgrade. The event brought together all SPCP stakeholders, including the donor (SDC) and SPCP Advisory Group Members (FEPOL, Swiss Customs and DCAF ). The Forum’s first session facilitated the sharing of experiences and insights on project implementation, as well as partners’ outlook on the outputs and outcomes of the SPCP. This was followed by a discussion centered on adopting a concerted approach to monitoring and evaluation, consistent with results-oriented reporting. For more information, please see http://spcp2012-16.ch/.

12.11.2014 - 13.11.2014 Skopje, Macedonia: DCAF organised a two-days coordination meeting in Skopje with selected facilitators from the Macedonian Ministry of Interior. This event was part of DCAF’s programme to build the capacity of the Ministry of Interior to facilitate in-service trainings on integrity for all employees of the Ministry and the police in accordance to DCAF standards. In this final preparatory meeting, the 10 participants practiced the delivery of training modules and planned the logistics of their trainings’ organisation. In two weeks time, the teams of facilitators will deliver training workshops on police integrity to their colleagues in four pilot regions of the country under DCAF’s monitoring.

 

15.10.2014 - 17.10.2014 Sofia, Bulgaria: The workshop brought together experts from police educational institutions of the Contracting Parties of the Police Cooperation Convention (PCC SEE). Based on a thorough presentation of the PCC SEE Convention provisions, and the basic rules on programme and lesson plan design, the experts designed a common basic  PCC SEE training programme. The training programme design was reviewed by DCAF experts who gave practical examples and suggestions on how it could be tailored to different target groups within police.‎ The training, once rolled out, will increase awareness among police in the region about different operational tools provided by the Convention that are relevant for their work.

01.10.2014 – 03.10.2014 Skopje, Macedonia: DCAF co-organised the 5th Regional Conference for Units of Internal Control with the OSCE Mission to Skopje and the Ministry of Interior of Macedonia. Delegations from the Ministries and Police from 11 countries of the region attended the event entitled “Current Challenges for Internal Control Units in Support of a Modern Police Service”. The participants shared experiences on the cooperation and collaboration between internal control and public prosecution, the systems of complaints for citizens and police officers, and human resources management and development in support of internal control and professional standards. This activity is part of Police Integrity Building Programme strategy to raise awareness and support local capacities on Police Integrity financed from the Swiss OSCE CiO funds.

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25.09.2014 Podgorica, Montenegro: On 25 September, DCAF organized the seminar « Priorities and responsibilities in fostering police integrity in Montenegro », in Podgorica, Montenegro. Around 50 national stakeholders from the Ministry of Interior of Montenegro, the Parliament, the Police, the Council for Civil Control of the Police, civil society, media, and other national institutions discussed priorities, responsibilities, achievements, current challenges and the way forward to further strengthen police integrity in Montenegro. All institutions acknowledged that further work and enhanced cooperation is needed and expressed the will to continue cooperating with DCAF in these area. The event was organised by DCAF in cooperation with the OSCE Mission to Montenegro, and in partnership with the Ministry of Interior, the Parliament, the Council for civil control, and the Institute Alternativa. The seminar was followed by a reception at the occasion of the launch of the Council for Civil Control of Police’s multi-annual activity report, published with the support of DCAF.

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29.09.2014 – 01.10.2014 Sofia Bulgaria: The twelfth bi-annual meeting of the PCC SEE Expert Working Group was organised under the auspices of the Bulgarian Chairmanship in Office, in cooperation with the PCC SEE Secretariat, in Sofia between 29 September and 1 October 2014. The two-day meeting brought together nationally appointed members from all eleven PCC SEE Contracting Parties and representatives from EUROPOL, FEDPOL, DCAF, MARRI, RCC and ICITAP. Following a detailed overview of PCC SEE related activities and the progress achieved since the group’s last meeting in March, the Contracting Parties prepared the agenda for the upcoming meeting of the Committee of Ministers, to be convened on 11 November 2014 in Brdo pri Kranju, Slovenia. Among other issues, the upcoming Hungarian PCC SEE Chairmanship presented the activities to be implemented in the first half of 2015, the PCC Secretariat presented an in-depth analysis of the conducted survey on the state of play in the PCC SEE implementation process. The representatives of the Contracting Parties presented their country position on the issue of involving the representative of Kosovo in some PCC SEE implementation activities and agreed that this will be discussed at the next meeting of ministers.

23.09.2014 – 26.09.2014 Ljubljana, Slovenia: The preparatory meeting for the First PCC SEE Region-Wide Cross-Border Police Cooperation Exercise, convened under the auspices of the Republic of Bulgaria Chairmanship-In-Office and with support from the PCC SEE Secretariat, took place from 23 to 26 September 2014 in Ljubljana, Slovenia. The meeting was attended by nationally appointed experts on Surveillance and Controlled delivery and a EUROPOL representative. The participants discussed the practical execution of the First PCC SEE Region-Wide Cross-Border Police Cooperation Exercise, scheduled to take place between 10 and 19 November 2014. The scenario of the exercise was agreed at the meeting. The purpose of the exercise is to examine the ability of the PCC Contracting Parties to implement cross-border cooperation activities in order to establish a baseline for future assistance.

1 to 2 July 2014, Kovacica, Serbia: A group of 15 staff members of the Human Resources Directorate (HRD), Education and Training Directorate and the Bureau for Strategic Planning of the Serbian Ministry of Interior took part in a two-day, DCAF-facilitated review workshop for the Project ‘Introduction of a Modern Human Resources Management Concept to the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Serbia.’ The participants, lead by the Deputy Head of the HRD, represented a core group of Project beneficiaries, having taken part in several activities, includingawareness-raising events, capacity building trainings and study visits, amongst others. The goal of the workshop was to assess the relevance and effectiveness of the DCAF-implemented Project, as well as the ownership of Project deliverables and strategic documents by the beneficiary. Participants also examined lessons learned from the Project and considered how they would have an impact on next steps for the Ministry’s HRM reform efforts. A review report, analyzing feedback from this event and a previously conducted survey, will be produced and shared internally and with the Project beneficiary. The Project, which runs through September 2014, aims to help prepare the Ministry for HRM reforms that will be subsequently implemented through an EU Twinning project.

26 and 28 May 2014 , Brdo pri Kranju, Slovenia: National teams of police and  senior prosecutors from the PCC SEE region who work on organised crime  came together in a workshop organised by DCAF and European Police College (CEPOL) to discuss practical steps of setting up Joint Investigation Teams (JITs). During the the two days of the workshop prosecutors and police agents addressed concrete issues such as legal and operational aspects of JIT’s, the role of EUROJUST and EUROPOL, data protection standards, and national and EU support that is available for establishing JITs. The workshop helped to increasing participants’ knowledge and skills through various exercise and also allowed to build mutual trust between prosecutors and practitioners from the PCC SEE region.

09.04.2014 – 10.04.2014 Opatija: The 10th Annual Ministerial Review Conference on Border Security in Southeast Europe was hosted by the Croatian Ministry of the Interior and organised by DCAF Ljubljana. It was attended by ministers of the interior/security and other high representatives of the DCAF beneficiary countries Albania, BiH, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, as well as by donor countries and international organisations. In view of ensuring the long-term sustainability of modern border systems in the Western Balkan region and mutual sharing of responsibility in this process, the ministers agreed to work on greater interoperability of border systems in the area of information exchange. They authorised the heads of national border police to jointly develop a common guiding action plan which would outline concrete measures to be taken towards achieving these agreed objectives. For more details, please consult the full text of the Ministerial Conclusions and the Ministerial Conference Brochure.

11th Meeting of the PCC SEE Expert Working Group, 6-7 March 2014, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

The 11th Meeting of the PCC SEE Expert Working Group, convened under the auspices of the Bosnia and Herzegovina Chairmanship-in-Office and with support from the PCC SEE Secretariat, took place from 6-7 March 2014 in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. The meeting was attended by nationally appointed members from the PCC SEE Contracting Parties and observers from donor/implementation partners. The participants discussed the progress of the PCC SEE implementation process since their last meeting in September 2013 and relevant issues related to the upcoming meeting of the Committee of Ministers in April.

10-12 February 2014, Belgrade:  A Meeting on Facilitation of Common and Coordinated Measures in the Western Balkan Region was held under the auspices of the DCAF Border Security Programme. It brought together Western Balkan police experts and practitioners, as well as Hungarian, Croatian, FRONTEX, UNODC and DCAF experts. The participants evaluated the results and achievements of  DCAF-supported Common and Coordinated Operations that had been conducted at the Border Crossing Points and sections of green borders in the Western Balkan region in 2013. In these operations, several dozens of police officers from Western Balkan states, Croatia and Slovenia were deployed across national borders and worked side by side in their own uniforms and wearing their own weapons. Coordinated police activities were also implemented with border forces working simultaneously in mutual coordination. The operations covered 28 border crossings and more than 180km of green border sections and resulted in several seizures, detections of illegal border crossing attempts, smuggling - achieving significant operational results. At the Meeting, participants made proposals on how to further improve the quality, substance, organisation and outcomes of future planned measures. A new Common Planning Procedure was approved and distributed to all countries. New Common and Coordinated Operations are planned for 2014, which shows further commitment of the countries to advance regional operational cooperation in the fight against shared challenges to border integrity and to work side by side with their European colleagues.

25-28 November 2013, Belgrade:  DCAF organised a course on soft management skills for 15 selected mid and senior level managers from the Serbian Ministry of Interior and Police.  The course offered a solid base for participants to understand the importance of manager self-improvement in public administration through the development of soft management skills.  Topics covered include managing roles and priorities, team building, motivation factors and managing and implementing change, among others.  This course is one of several specialized management courses, identified through a training needs analysis and implemented within the Sida-funded project “Development of Strategic Management Capacity in the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Serbia.”  A tailor-made handbook on the same topic, incorporating feedback from the course, will subsequently be produced to help ensure that knowledge of soft management skills reaches a wider Ministry audience.

4-8.11 & 18-22.11. 2013, Belgrade, Serbia: More than 300 managers and staff from the Serbian Ministry of Interior participated in an introductory awareness raising workshop on the Investors in People (IIP) standard in human resources management (HRM) facilitated by DCAF and offered by experts from IIP International. The workshops focused on the IIP standard - what it is, how it works, how it can benefit an organisation and how and why it should be implemented.  These 15 one-day workshops are part of several trainings that will be conducted during the IIP awareness and capacity building phase of the Sida-funded project "Introduction of a Modern Human Resources Management Concept to the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Serbia," which runs until May 2014.

20.11.2013 Ljubljana, Slovenia: Last week a Workshop on Cross-Border DNA Data Exchange took place for members of the Police Cooperation Convention Southeast Europe (PCC SEE). Forensic experts and experts on cross-border information exchange from all 11 PCC SEE Contracting Parties discussed a future project on setting up automated cross-border DNA data exchange within the entire PCC SEE area. They reconfirmed the need for an instrument for cross-border police cooperation similar to the mechanisms set up by the EU Prüm Decision (Council Decision 2008/615/JHA of 23 June 2008 on the stepping up of cross-border cooperation, particularly in combating terrorism and cross-border crime). The workshop then focused on legislative and technical solutions, good practices as well as challenges of those PCC SEE Contracting Parties that are also EU Member States and have implemented the Prüm Decision as well as the status in the implementation of the Prüm Decision at EU level.  The future instrument should regulate multilateral relations (corresponding with the EU and Prüm standards) but also address the gaps on the national level (interagency cooperation and availability of DNA capacities). After a thorough analysis to determine the specific needs of each country, the PCC Secretariat will prepare a first draft of the future instrument with the assistance of the Contracting Parties.

20 November 2013, Belgrade. Serbia:  Steering committee meetings for the two Sida-funded projects "Development of Strategic Management Capacity in the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Serbia" and "Introduction of a Modern Human Resources Management Concept to the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Serbia" were held to discuss implementation progress and planning for upcoming activities.  Ministry and DCAF representatives expressed appreciation for good cooperation and acknowledged that both projects are being implemented in line with the beneficiaries' needs and in accordance with highest professional standards.  The steering committees consist of two representives from DCAF and two high-level representives from the MoI for both projects, with a observer from Sida, and meets 2-3 times per year.

18.11.2103-22.11.2013 Skopje, Strumica, Ohrid: Under the framework of the Police Integrity Building Programme (PIBP), DCAF’s Police Programme, Ops-I, monitored four workshops on Police Integrity in Macedonia (two in Skopje, one in Strumica and one in Ohrid). The workshops were organized and facilitated by the staff of the Police Integrity Section of the Police Standards and Internal Control Unit of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Macedonia. They were trained by DCAF in a facilitator's course held in October. Eighty police officers attended the workshops. This pilot project will be evaluated and recommendations will be made to assist Macedonia in creating and sustaining a training system focused on Police Integrity.

PCC SEE: Meeting on Harmonization and Improvement of Telecommunication

The first Meeting of the Thematic Working Group on Harmonization and Improvement of Telecommunications, convened  under the auspices of the Austrian Chairmanship-in-Office and with support from the Secretariat of the Police Cooperation Convention South East Europe (PCC SEE), took place on 6-8 November 2013 in Begunje na Gorenjskem, Slovenia. The meeting was attended by national experts with backgrounds in radio-telecommunication systems from the PCC SEE Contracting Parties.

The participants focused on possibilities for improving the performance and ensuring compatibility in radio-telecommunications for  improved cross-border police cooperation and operational performance, in accordance with European standards. In order to ensure compatibility and harmonization in this area when proceeding with the implementation of the PCC SEE, they exchanged a thorough overview/list of rules, equipment, procurement plans, as well as national experiences (also gained during the PCC SEE cross-border exercises) and best practices.

Integrity Training in Macedonia

21-25 October 2013, Skopje, Macedonia: From 21 to 25 October, ten officials from the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Macedonia (MIA) took part in a course organised by DCAF on facilitating police integrity training. The course is part of a pilot project  that  DCAF developed for Macedonia as part of its  Police Integrity Building Programme (PIBP) and upon the request of the Macedonian Minister of Internal Affairs.

In the five-day Facilitators’ Course the local officials learned how to design and to deliver training on police integrity. The participants are all part of the “Integrity Unit” within the MIA and they will subsequently deliver training to their peers across the country. The first four training courses delivered by this “Integrity Unit” will take place between 18 and 22 November and the Police Integrity Building Programme will monitor the training delivery and evaluate it for future courses. Follow-up training is foreseen to sustain this institutional capacity.

Meeting of the Schengen Integration Task Force, Rakitje/Croatia, 9-11 September 2013

A meeting on the legislative and technical aspects of Schengen integration for border police representatives from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia was organised by DCAF at the facilities of RACVIAC in Rakitje, Croatia, from 9 to 11 September 2013. The participants were members of the  DCAF Schengen Integration Task Force which meets within the framework of the DCAF Border Security Programme.  Topics covered included EU requirements in the area of border management and to preparing an upcoming self-evaluation in the area of Schengen integration. Participants discussed the extent to which beneficiares are meeting the Schengen criteria in general and  how to proceed with the second phase of the self-evaluation. The second half of the meeting focused on latest developments in the EU regulations relevant for border control and participants also learned about software tools for border police activities (SIS, VIS, EURODAC, EUROSUR).

Initiating ‘Investors in People’ Awareness-Building Phase for Serbian MoI

From 24 to 27 June staff at the Serbian Ministry of Interior (MoI) developed an awareness raising plan for the MoI’s Human Resources Directorate (HRD) during a meeting with DCAF experts at a workshop in Belgrade, Serbia. Together with international experts, the Serbian civil servants discussed how to better familiarise MoI staff with a new project on modernising human resources management the MoI which is run by DCAF.   As part of the project, with the title “Introduction of a Modern Human Resources Management Concept to the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Serbia” human resources specialists at the MoI will learn more about modern human resource management strategies and to plan a new human resource management strategy.  The 30-month project, funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, will conclude in July 2014. For more information please visit: http://www.dcaf.ch/Region/Southeast-Europe/Projects/Serbia-Introduction-of-a-Modern-Human-Resources-Management-Concept-to-the-Ministry-of-Interior-of-the-Republic-of-Serbia

Training of the Serbian MoI’s Strategy Working Group to draft the Ministry’s HRM Reform Strategy

In May 2013 DCAF organised three intensive trainings on human resources management for senior officials at the Serbian Ministry of Interior (MoI). The participants, members of the Ministry’s Strategy Working Group (SWG), learned about Strategic Planning and Change Management, Human Resources Management (HRM), Current trends in European Public Administration HR Policies and Information Technology Support for HR Practice.

The Strategic Working Group is a 15-member group comprised of mid- and senior level managers from various parts of the Ministry who have been tasked to draft the Ministry's Human Resources Management Reform Strategy. The SWG was set up as part of the project implemented by DCAF entitled “Introduction of a Modern Human Resources Management Concept to the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Serbia.”   The trainings were part of the same 30-month project, which is funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency and which will conclude in July 2014. For more information please see http://www.dcaf.ch/Region/Southeast-Europe/Projects/Serbia-Introduction-of-a-Modern-Human-Resources-Management-Concept-to-the-Ministry-of-Interior-of-the-Republic-of-Serbia

Course on Standards in Democratic Policing for Managers from the Serbian MoI

A group of mid- and senior-level managers from the Serbian MoI actively participated in a course on International Standards in Democratic Policing held in Srebrno Jezero, Serbia on 13-17 May 2013.  DCAF organized this course in close cooperation with the OSCE Mission to Serbia's Law Enforcement Department as part of the project "Development of Strategic Management Capacity in the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Serbia".  The workshop focused on the standards and contemporary tendencies related to democratic policing, with particular accent on the international context.  DCAF organised sessions on police reform as a component of SSR, the significance of oversight for the security sector, gender equality in policing and the Police Cooperation Convention in SEE.

The 32-month project “Development of Strategic Management Capacity in the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Serbia” is funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency and will conclude in December 2013.

4-8.11 & 18-22.11. 2013, Belgrade, Serbia: More than 300 managers and staff from the Serbian Ministry of Interior participated in an introductory awareness raising workshop on the Investors in People (IIP) standard in human resources management (HRM) facilitated by DCAF and offered by experts from IIP International. The workshops focused on the IIP standard - what it is, how it works, how it can benefit an organisation and how and why it should be implemented.  These 15 one-day workshops are part of several trainings that will be conducted during the IIP awareness and capacity building phase of the Sida-funded project "Introduction of a Modern Human Resources Management Concept to the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Serbia," which runs until May 2014.

20.11.2013 Ljubljana, Slovenia: Last week a Workshop on Cross-Border DNA Data Exchange took place for members of the Police Cooperation Convention Southeast Europe (PCC SEE). Forensic experts and experts on cross-border information exchange from all 11 PCC SEE Contracting Parties discussed a future project on setting up automated cross-border DNA data exchange within the entire PCC SEE area. They reconfirmed the need for an instrument for cross-border police cooperation similar to the mechanisms set up by the EU Prüm Decision (Council Decision 2008/615/JHA of 23 June 2008 on the stepping up of cross-border cooperation, particularly in combating terrorism and cross-border crime). The workshop then focused on legislative and technical solutions, good practices as well as challenges of those PCC SEE Contracting Parties that are also EU Member States and have implemented the Prüm Decision as well as the status in the implementation of the Prüm Decision at EU level.  The future instrument should regulate multilateral relations (corresponding with the EU and Prüm standards) but also address the gaps on the national level (interagency cooperation and availability of DNA capacities). After a thorough analysis to determine the specific needs of each country, the PCC Secretariat will prepare a first draft of the future instrument with the assistance of the Contracting Parties.

20 November 2013, Belgrade. Serbia:  Steering committee meetings for the two Sida-funded projects "Development of Strategic Management Capacity in the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Serbia" and "Introduction of a Modern Human Resources Management Concept to the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Serbia" were held to discuss implementation progress and planning for upcoming activities.  Ministry and DCAF representatives expressed appreciation for good cooperation and acknowledged that both projects are being implemented in line with the beneficiaries' needs and in accordance with highest professional standards.  The steering committees consist of two representives from DCAF and two high-level representives from the MoI for both projects, with a observer from Sida, and meets 2-3 times per year

18.11.2103-22.11.2013 Skopje, Strumica, Ohrid: Under the framework of the Police Integrity Building Programme (PIBP), DCAF’s Police Programme, Ops-I, monitored four workshops on Police Integrity in Macedonia (two in Skopje, one in Strumica and one in Ohrid). The workshops were organized and facilitated by the staff of the Police Integrity Section of the Police Standards and Internal Control Unit of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Macedonia. They were trained by DCAF in a facilitator's course held in October. Eighty police officers attended the workshops. This pilot project will be evaluated and recommendations will be made to assist Macedonia in creating and sustaining a training system focused on Police Integrity.