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13.12.2016 Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina: DCAF organised together with the Sarajevo Centre for Security Studies a Roundtable on the Use of Intrusive Methods of Information Collection in Bosnia and Hercegovina. The roundtable gathered more than 40 participants, including members of parliament, magistrates, representatives of the intelligence community and the Ministry of Security in BIH, as well as professors and researchers from academia and civil society. The event provided local stakeholders with a first opportunity to discuss how intrusive methods of information collection (and especially electronic communications surveillance) are regulated and implemented, or what safeguards are in place against their abuse and misuse.

23.11.2016 – 24.11.2016 Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina: On November 23-24, DCAF participated in the 6th Annual Conference on “Current Security Situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina”, hosted in the Parliamentary Assembly of Bosnia Herzegovina by the Joint Committee on Defence and Security.  Attended by more than 70 participants, including the Defence Minister, the Security Minister, top level representatives of all security institutions and members of relevant committees of state and entity level parliaments, the event allowed for an inclusive, multi-stakeholder exchange of information on the main challenges and priorities in the work of security institutions. Participants have also reviewed the level of implementation of parliamentary recommendations addressed to defence and security institutions earlier in 2016.  The conference was open to civil society organisations and representatives of the international community and was supported by DCAF and NATO HQ Sarajevo.  

09.11.2016 – 10.11.2016 Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina: On 9 and 10 November DCAF participated in the 9th Annual Review Conference on Compliance with OSCE and UN Security Commitments of Bosnia Herzegovina. Organized by OSCE Mission in Sarajevo, the event gathered more than 80 national stakeholders and representatives of international community to discuss current normative and policy developments in Bosnia Herzegovina, as well as security concerns and challenges. DCAF has contributed to the half day module dedicated to the topic Human Rights in the Armed Forces, with a presentation about the relevance of specialized ombuds-institutions for the armed forces within the system of democratic governance of security and the DCAF support to these institutions through ICOAF , and the multi-year assistance provided to the Parliamentary Military Commissioner of Bosnia Herzegovina. 

31.10.2016 Bucharest, Romania: DCAF participated at the international conference Democratic Oversight of Intelligence Services: Challenges and Success Stories from EU and Romania. Organized in Bucharest, by Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Romania and the National Union of Judges, the conference brought together more than 70 magistrates, parliamentarians, journalists, academics and human rights defenders to discuss current challenges in intelligence oversight in Romania and how they relate with European efforts for ensuring a fair balance between security and democratic oversight.  Discussions focused on the extensive use of intrusive methods for information collection by Romanian intelligence services and the difficulties this phenomenon presents for parliamentary and judicial supervision.

02.11.2016 – 03.11.2016 Vrdnik, Serbia: DCAF organised a workshop on the role of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia in the implementation of the Action Plan for Chapter 24 Justice Freedom and Security of Serbia`s European accession process. Titled “Security Sector Reform in the Context of European Integration“, the event gathered more than 20 Members of Parliament and parliamentary staff advisors from six committees concerned with this topic. Senior experts from Croatia and Slovenia introduced participants to comparative experiences from countries that have already undergone a similar accession process, while Serbian CSOs representatives presented the political, legal and institutional implications of Chapter 24 for Serbia.

22.03.2016, Chisinau,Moldova: DCAF organised a launching event of the “Toolkit on Police Integrity” in Romanian. Twenty participants attended the event, including MoI offcials from the 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. After the DCAF representative had introduced to the Toolkit and other knowledge products of the DCAF’s Police Integrity Building Programme (PIBP) the participants discussed their use and applicability in the Moldovan context.  They formally expressed their interest in integrating DCAF’s principles, methodology and knowledge products in their national systems. Under the PIBP further activities will be implemented in Moldova in 2016. The next planned event is a workshop with senior MoI officials focusing on Integrity Planning and Management.

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New publication:

Paulo Costa; Isaline Thorens, Training Manual in Police Integrity,(Geneva: DCAF, 2015). The Training Manual on Police Integrity aims to assist ministries of interior, police services and training institutions in developing their capacities to deliver integrity training to their staff. It also provides guidance on how to build and sustain organizational integrity through effective planning and management of human resources and reform processes.

This manual is a knowledge product from DCAF’s Police Integrity Building Programme (PIBP). It is available in English, Albanian, Macedonian and Serbian and can be accessed here.

19 – 21.01.2016 Belgrade, Serbia: DCAF organised a “Regional Workshop on Defence Budget Analysis“, bringing together more than 20 parliamentary staff advisors and CSOs experts from the Western Balkans. Scholars and senior experts from the region contributed to the workshop, on topics ranging from strategic defence planning and programme budgeting to particular case studies of defence budget documents and audit reports. The training methodology combined lectures with panel discussions and group activities, allowing all participants to contribute to an interactive, peer-to-peer development environment. Participants shared information about their experiences, methodologies and challenges in conducting research in different stages of the defence budgeting process in their countries, identifying common learning needs and priorities for future training.

22.01.2016 Skopje, Macedonia: DCAF presented a set of expert recommendations at a joint meeting between the Committee for Supervising the Work of the Security and Counter-Intelligence Directorate and the Intelligence Agency and the Committee for the Supervision of the Application of Communication Interception Measures by the Ministry of Interior and the Ministry of Defense of the Parliament of Macedonia. The recommendations had come out of three joint committee sessions on improving intelligence oversight and accountability that DCAF had facilitated in late 2015, and related to changes to legislation and improvements to internal control and external oversight. The meeting was attended by committee members, senior representatives of the intelligence and security services in Macedonia and civil society representatives and was widely covered by TV and print media.

15.12.2015 Ljubljana, Slovenia: DCAF organised a Regional Parliamentary Roundtable on “Intelligence Oversight in the Western Balkans”. The event was attended by 25 participants, including representatives of parliamentary oversight bodies from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia, who exchanged information about challenges in and lessons learnt about intelligence reform and oversight in their countries. International experts facilitated a dialogue on current issues on the European security agenda (such as the fight against terrorism and violent radicalisation, the use of intrusive methods for information collection for national security purposes and the intensified international cooperation of intelligence services) and their implications for accountability and oversight. Discussions underlined the need to adjust oversight mechanisms to the challenges posed by an ever accelerating revolution in information technology, a new security environment, and the ensuing transformation within the intelligence community.

27 – 28.11.2015 Belgrade, Serbia: DCAF co-organised a Regional Parliamentary Dialogue on “Migration Management, Refugee Protection and the Fight Against Organized Crime - National Responses and Regional Cooperation” together with the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia. The event was attended by 28 members and staff of defence and security committees from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Greece, Hungary, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia. The event provided a platform for parliamentarians from the region and experts to discuss migration challenges with a particular attention to migration management, refugee protection, border management and the fight against organized crime. The participants and the experts discussed the mechanisms already in place to manage/secure borders and fight organized crime groups, as well as options to further strengthen these mechanisms. A focus of the event was to highlight the importance of coordination among relevant governmental and security sector institutions in the region, especially in finding a response which complements and reinforces national strategies.

04 – 05.11.2015 Vitez,Bosnia and Herzegovina: DCAF attended the 5th Conference on “The Current Security Situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina”, hosted by the Joint Committee on Defence and Security of the National Assembly of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The conference gathered around 80 participants, allowing for an inclusive, multi-stakeholder exchange of information on current security threats and the main challenges and priorities in the work of security institutions. Participants also reviewed the state of implementation of parliamentary recommendations addressed to security institutions earlier in 2015. The conference was open to civil society organisations and representatives of the international community and was supported by DCAF, the OSCE Mission in BiH, UNDP BiH, and NATO HQ Sarajevo.

30.10.2015 Skopje, Macedonia: DCAF brought together Chairs and Members of Macedonia’s two parliamentary committees on intelligence for a discussion about making oversight effective. DCAF experts shared first-hand experience and recommendations for improved oversight effectiveness with the MPs.

22 October 2015 Belgrade, Serbia: A DCAF representative participated as a panelist at an event organised by the Serbian National Internet Domain Registry, within the "Week of Parliamentarism"-series of events aimed at promoting parliamentary democracy and civic engagement. At a panel on the multi-stakeholder model of internet governance the speaker from DCAF presented how to integrate lessons learned from security sector reform when dealing with cyber security issues in Serbia. Particular emphasis was given to recent support in the organisation of a parliamentary hearing on cyber security, and the potential parliament has for (cyber) security policy debate.

13 – 14 October 2015 Belgrade-Arandjelovac, Serbia: In light of Serbian Government's shift in budgeting methodology from item-based to programme-based budgeting, and at the request of Serbian Parliament’s Defence and Internal Affairs Committee (DIAC), DCAF organised a two day seminar on defence budgeting for Serbian members of parliament and staff. Eighteen participants (13 MPs and five staff members) from three Committees (Defence and Internal Affairs, Security Services Control and Finance, State Budget and Control of Public Spending) had the opportunity to learn about best practices from other countries and exercise amending the programme budget to make it more realistic and transparent, which should make it easier for the parliament to observe its implementation. As a result, concrete proposals for the improvement of the committees' mutual and cooperation with the executive branch of the government were formulated.

30 September– 02 October 2015, Serbia/Montenegro: DCAF supported the Serbian Ministry of Interior in sending three ICT Sector representatives, designated to work in the future MoI CSIRT (cyber incidents response unit) to international ITU’s cyber security drill that took place in Montenegro. The purpose of the cyber drill was to enhance the communication and incident response capabilities of the participating teams as well as to ensure a continued collective effort in mitigating cyber threats among the region's national Computer Incident Response Teams (CIRTs). DCAF’s support contributes to enhancing the Ministry’s modernisation efforts which aim to improve the Ministry’s ICT capacities and to improve e-government services for citizens.

29 June – 01 July Belgrade, Serbia: DCAF co-organised jointly with the Serbian parliament and with RACVIAC the “Annual Meeting of Representatives of Defence and Security Committees from Southeast Europe Parliaments”. The conference provided a platform for discussing national and regional efforts to improve natural disaster management, with a focus on flood relief. The event was attended by representatives of eight defence and security committees from Southeast Europe parliaments. Experts from relevant ministries and executive bodies in the region informed parliamentarians about current developments, trends and challenges in disaster relief. At the end of the conference a joint declaration was adopted in which participants confirmed their readiness to encourage governments in the region to further strengthen the implementation of measures to reduce disaster risks and to promote a culture of prevention.

19 June 2015, Belgrade, Serbia: DCAF gave a presentation to high level officials of the Serbian Government (state secretaries, assistant ministers and senior staff) on the importance of good practices in public-private partnerships in the area of cyber security. The presentation was part of a OSCE sponsored project “Towards a national cybersecurity framework in Serbia: Building a multi-stakeholder platform”, implemented by Diplo Centar. The project’s main goal is to support the multi-stakeholder process of developing institutional mechanisms in Serbia for addressing the risks emerging from cyberspace. DCAF’s presentation was part of an effort to propose various possible models, based on previous national and international experts’ discussions and international good practices.

2-3 June 2015, Jahorina, Bosnia and Herzegovina: DCAF attended a workshop on “The legislative framework, current situation and plans of the BiH institutions in the field of defence and security.” The event was hosted by the new Joint Committee on Defence and Security and was supported by DCAF, OSCE Mission in BiH, and NATO HQ Sarajevo. The workshop allowed for an inclusive, multi-stakeholder exchange of information between members of parliament and representatives of all security ministries and agencies on current priorities and challenges in their work. Organised as a public hearing, the workshop was opened to civil society organisations, representatives of international community in BiH, and was highly visible in the media, informing both the parliament and the large public on security issues. 

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27-29 April 2015, Montenegro: DCAF participated in the 17th Cetinje Parliamentary Forum which this year focused on “Human rights and gender equality in the defense and security sector”. A DCAF representative presented how DCAF integrates human rights and gender issues into the organisation’s work and spoke in particular about two strategic reform projects that DCAF recently helped to implement in Serbia.

The Cetinje Parliamentary Forum was organised by the Parliament of Montenegro and the OSCE Mission to Montenegro and attended by representatives of the parliamentary committees in charge of defense and security from Montenegro, Albania, Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Kosovo.

23 April, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina: DCAF organised a seminar on the Role of Independent Police Complaints Bodies in Fostering Police Integrity, in partnership with the Sarajevo Centre for Security Studies. Representatives of independent police complaints bodies (from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Belgium, Northern Ireland and Hungary), of internal control units from police agencies in Bosnia and Herzegovina, members of parliament, the Ombudsmen and the Parliamentary Military Commissioner discussed the complexity of the oversight system and the challenges of developing police organisations that respect the limits of their authority and are responsive to the needs of the public.

31.03.2015 – 01.04.2015 Budapest: The 14th meeting of the Expert Working Group (EWG) – the statutory body of the Police Cooperation Convention Southeast Europe (PCC SEE) - took place on 31 March and 1 April 2015 in Budapest, Hungary, under the auspices of the current Hungarian PCC SEE Chairmanship-in-Office and with support from the PCC SEE Secretariat. The two-day meeting brought together nationally appointed members from all eleven PCC SEE Contracting Parties and representatives from Cepol, Eurojust, Europol, DCAF, RCC and ICITAP. The EWG members discussed a more comprehensive use of PCC SEE tools for cross-border cooperation and stressed the relevance of monitoring and evaluation in the PCC SEE implementation process. 

10.02.2015 – 12.02.015 Budapest, Hungary: DCAF attended the CEPOL Course on the Threat of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), attended by law enforcement practitioners from EU Member States, Switzerland, the U.S., Macedonia, Albania, Turkey, Europol, Office of the EU Counter-Terrorism Coordinator, EEAS, OSCE, Interpol, Frontex and DCAF. EU Member States' police and intelligence experts provided their views of the current situation, the nature and cross-border implications of ISIL, and different national approaches on part of law enforcement agencies. Mr Andrej Rupnik, Assistant Director, and Ms Jelka Klemenc, Project Coordinator (both DCAF Ljubljana), presented the regional efforts in Southeast Europe in the area of countering terrorism, radicalisation and recruitment, which are to be integrated into the framework of the Police Cooperation Convention for Southeast Europe (PCC SEE), and the objectives of the future EU-co-financed multi-annual project led by PCC SEE Secretariat, aimed to build the capacities and raise the awareness of regional law enforcement services. For more information on the PCC SEE, please see http://www.pccseesecretariat.si/

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11.11.2014 Brdo pri Kranju, Slovenia: The twelfth meeting of the Committee of Ministers of the Police Cooperation Convention (PCC SEE) was convened under the auspices of the Bulgarian Chairmanship-in-Office on 11 November 2014 in Brdo pri Kranju, Slovenia. Ministers responsible for home affairs and authorized high officials from the PCC Contracting Parties gathered to discuss the progress in the implementation of the Convention  and other modalities necessary for the advancement of cross-border law enforcement cooperation amongst their countries. The Committee of Ministers agreed to introduce a new “guest” category in the Rules of Procedure, which would allow for Kosovo* to participate in PCC SEE meetings. The Committee of Ministers supported the Slovenian proposal for a regional approach under the PCC SEE in countering forms of terrorism, violent extremism and radicalization, which pose a threat to the security of the Southeast European region and Europe as a whole. In addition, the Committee of Ministers authorised the PCC SEE Secretariat to develop and submit, together with the upcoming Hungarian Chairmanship, a proposal for funding to the EU Internal Security Fund.

02.11.2014 – 05.11.2014 Bled, Slovenia: Experts from Bulgaria, Romania, Slovenia, CEPOL and project management team (DCAF Ljubljana) participated at the Concluding Seminar organised under the EU-funded ISEC project “Developing E-learning Modules on Cross- Border Police Cooperation Tools for Police Education.” The main aim of the event was to bring together all experts working on the e-learning modules in the areas of Data & Information Exchange, Hot Pursuit, and Mixed Patrols in order to perform final evaluation of the project and its outcomes, as well as to hand over the products. The final project products (version 1.0) are now available on eNet, CEPOL’s online learning platform, as 3rd party online learning modules.

13.10.2014 - 15.10.2014 Sofia, Bulgaria:  The members of the Police Cooperation Convention Southeast Europe (PCC SEE) Thematic Working Group on Education and Training (TWG) convened to discuss possibilities to enhance regional cooperation between police education institutions. They agreed to develop a common PCC SEE schedule of specialised training that would be available to all PCC SEE Contracting Parties. This will contribute to the implementation of the relevant provision of the Convention and lead to a greater harmonisation of training in the area of cross-border police cooperation. The meeting was organised under the auspices ofthe  Bulgarian Chairmanship-in-Office of the PCC SEE. It took place with the financial support of the SDC SPCP 2012-2016 Programme and the EU funded PCC project.

29.09.2014 – 04.10.2014 Varna, Bulgaria: Experts from Bulgaria, Romania, Slovenia and CEPOL participated at the Second Interim Meeting organised under the EU-funded DCAF project “Developing E-learning Modules on Cross-Border Police Cooperation Tools for Police Education”. The main aim of the event was to bring together all experts working on the modules’ content development in order to perform a practical demonstration of the courses and to conduct quality checks of the developed module content in the areas of Data & Information Exchange, Hot Pursuit, and Mixed Patrols. The participants also discussed the promotional strategies to ensure wide awareness of the new couses project in all the EU Member States and PCC SEE Contracting Parties.

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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30.09.2014 – 02.10.2014 Rakitje, Croatia: DCAF participated in the 20 Year Anniversary/Peer to Peer Conference on the Code of Conduct on Politico-Military Aspects of Security, organised by OSCE and RACVIAC. DCAF representative gave a lecture on the parliamentary oversight of the security sector and contributed expertise during discussion. The conference brought together ambassadors, representatives of parliaments and officials from defence and foreign affairs ministries in Southeast Europe, representatives of the OSCE Chairmanship, the Forum for Security Cooperation, RACVIAC to explore opportunities to improve the implementation of the Code in the region.

 

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11 to 17 August 2014, Andermatt, Switzerland, 3rd Annual DCAF Train-the-Trainers Training Camp: The 2014 international DCAF Train-the-Trainers training camp for professional police and military trainers took place from 11 to 17 August in Andermatt, Switzerland. It was organised by DCAF Ljubljana in cooperation with the Swiss Federal Department for Defence, Civil Protection and Sport, and supported by the hosting organisation, the Military Mountaineering Service Centre in Andermatt, Switzerland. The course brought together 46 participants from 23 countries all across Europe and Central Asia  who learnt about modern teaching methods and techniques, which can be applied in the security sector. The course also included practical simulation and team-building exercises, which were enabled by the mountaineering specialists of the Swiss Military unit in Andermatt.

 

23 to 24 June 2014, Ljubljana, Slovenia: The Ad hoc Meeting on legal aspects of DNA Information Exchange implementation activities within the Police Cooperation Convention Southeast Europe (PCC SEE), organised under the auspices of the Bosnia and Herzegovina Chairmanship-in-Office and with support from the PCC SEE Secretariat, gathered legal and DNA information exchange police experts. The aim of the Ad hoc meeting was to further develop the area of cross-border automated DNA information exchange by exploring the legal aspects of the EU Prüm instrument as a model. Participants also explored legal questions surrounding the setting up of a (multilateral) implementation agreement on DNA Information Exchange within the PCC SEE.

 

10 - 11 June, Geneva, Switzerland: DCAF organised the first workshop for a new regional research project ‘Private security companies in the Western Balkans (2014-2017)’, which is supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF). The three year project brings together experts in PSC regulation and researchers from DCAF and four partner organisations from Albania, Bulgaria, Kosovo and Serbia who will identify gaps and challenges in PSC regulation in their countries and develop general recommendations on PSC institutional and regulatory frameworks. At their first meeting in Geneva, researchers from the five partner organisations discussed the project set-up and research aims and methodologies and agreed on a draft work plan.

 

09.04.2014, Opatija, Croatia: 11th Meeting of the PCC SEE Committee of Ministers

The eleventh meeting of the Committee of Ministers of  the Police Cooperation Convention Southeast Europe (PCC SEE) took place on 9 April 2014 in Opatija, Croatia under the auspices of the Bosnia and Herzegovina Chairmanship in Office. Ministers responsible for home affairs and authorized high officials from the Contracting Parties to the PCC SEE gathered to discuss the progress in the PCC SEE implementation process and how to advance cross-border law enforcement cooperation amongst their countries.

The Committee of Ministers adopted three crucial decisions on the fulfillment of data protection preconditions in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Moldova. This will open a new chapter for their operational cooperation because now all eleven Contracting Parties can begin with the exchange of information including personal data. The Committee of Ministers also supported future efforts towards advancing the implementation process, namely in the areas of data and information exchange and cross-border DNA information exchange. They endorsed the work programme of the Trio PCC SEE Chairmanship of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria and Hungary, and welcomed the strategic and practical priorities set out for the period 2014 until mid 2015. Strong support was also given to the role of the PCC SEE Secretariat, in its capacity of a technical supporting body, and national secondments to the Secretariat are foreseen in the near future.

To consult the full text of the three Decisions, please go to the website of the PCC SEE.

 

6-12 March, Belgrade, Serbia: More than 25 members of the team directly involved in Serbia’s EU Acquis Chapter 24 negotiations, including representatives of Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Military Security Agency and Public Prosecutor’s Office participated in a five-day training on General Management. The Ministry of Interior, the main beneficiary of this project, is responsible for coordinating all Chapter 24 negotiations with the European Commission and Member States.  The course was designed to provide participants with the necessary knowledge and skills required to evaluate and apply general management theory and practice in public organizations, thus supporting their work on necessary reforms during Serbia’s EU accession process. The training is an additional activity organized within the framework of the project ‘Development of Strategic Management Capacity in the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Serbia’, which is implemented by DCAF and funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA).

 

On 24 January, DCAF and the Centre for Security Studies, Sarajevo (CSS) organised a “Roundtable on Mapping Current Challenges in Media Reporting on Defence” in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Journalists listened to representatives of parliament, civil society and public relations officers from the Ministry of Defence, Armed Forces and Parliament as they spoke about the missions and objectives of the defence establishment and the relevant legislative oversight bodies. Afterwards journalists and security sector actors discussed the main challenges that media has in reporting about defence.  14 journalists from Bosnia and Herzegovina’s print, broadcast and electronic media attended the event, along with more than 20 representatives of the MoD, Armed Forces and the Parliament.

The event was organised under the Framework Project “Fostering Parliamentary Oversight of the Security Sector in the Western Balkans”.

 

From 9 to 11 December 2013 DCAF participated in a National Workshop hosted by the Joint Committee for Defence and Security of the Parliamentary Assembly of Bosnia and Herzegovina, held in Teslic.  In the workshop, security agencies reported to MPs on how they had implemented the recommendations they had received from the Joint Committee in the last two years. The event was organised with the support of OSCE, DCAF and the NATO mission in Bosnia Herzegovina and gathered more than 60 Members of Parliament, Ministers and top managers of state level security institutions. The discussions on how the Joint Committee’s recommendations had been followed allowed all participants to make a medium-term, comprehensive evaluation of the effects of parliamentary oversight over the work of security institutions. The participants also used the meeting to discuss current challenges for the rule of law and security provision in Bosnia Herzegovina.

The event was organised under the Framework Project “Fostering Parliamentary Oversight of the Security Sector in the Western Balkans”.

 

The 15th Cetinje Parliamentary Forum was held in Milocer, Montenegro, from 1 to 3 December 2013. Organised jointly by DCAF and the Parliament of Montenegro, the event brought together almost 50 participants from seven Western Balkan countries to discuss best practices and challenges in “Strengthening the Oversight Role of Parliament in the Defence and Security Sector”.  The Forum addressed several topics considered to be a priority for parliaments in the region: the Euro-Atlantic integration and its implications for defence budgeting, the role of parliament in the formulation and approval of security budgets; the audit and evaluation of security budgets; and recent changes in legal frameworks and procedures for security sector oversight. Participants included representatives from ten different parliamentary committees (for Defence and Security, Budget and Economy, and Intelligence Oversight), three national audit offices, three Ministries of Defence and several civil society organisations.

The event was organised under the Framework Project “Fostering Parliamentary Oversight of the Security Sector in the Western Balkans”.

 

Workshop on Cross-Border DNA Data Exchange

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.

 

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.

 

Regional workshop on assessing progress in police reform for young security sector professionals

As part of the DCAF Young Faces programme,  a group of young professionals met in Tivat, Montengro from 07 to 11 October to learn about progress in police reform in the Western Balkans. The participants, who are all working on or researching security sector reform in their countries, had been preparing for the workshop since the beginning of the year. Since the beginning of the summer, the group met twice in online preparatory discussions. In Tivat, the participants met with experts to examine reforms in the region to learn about tools to better assess progress in police reform. As part of the programme all participants will prepare a short policy brief on a subject related to police reform. The best policy briefs will be published on the DCAF website in early 2014.

For more information: http://www.dcaf.ch/Region/Southeast-Europe/Projects/DCAF-Southeast-Europe-Regional-Young-Faces-Network

 

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2nd DCAF Train-the-Trainers Summer Training Course for police trainers held in Andermatt

From 12-18 August 2013 the DCAF Border Security Programme organised its 2nd DCAF Train-the-Trainers Summer Course in Andermatt, Switzerland. The course brought together police educators, police trainers and education experts from 19 European countries and DCAF partner organisations (Frontex, Cepol, AEPC, OSCE).

Participants included both new and more experienced trainers who had come to Andermatt to exchange best practices and improve their teaching skills. The participants discussed best ways of formulating learning outcomes and connecting them to learning and assessment strategies and how better communication skills and different learning styles can make learning more effective.

The training was co-hosted by the Swiss Mounaineering Military Service in Andermatt who ensured much of the practical and extra-curricular activities, such as mountain climbing and other team-building activities. At the opening ceremony in downtown Andermatt in the evening of 13 August, the participants were addressed by the president of the Provincial Council of the Canton of Uri, Mr Toni Moser, the high representatives of the Andermatt Municipality, and the Mountaineering Military Service Centre (MMSC) in Andermatt. Ms Jelka Klemenc of DCAF Ljubljana thanked the honorary guests for their presence and support in the name of the organiser. She especially thanked the MMSC for the generous hospitality that is shown to the DCAF course every year.

 

EU ISEC-Supported Project continues with the 2nd Expert Workshop in Bucharest, Romania

From 1 to 5 July 2013, a team of Romanian and Slovenian police specialists and DCAF experts met in Bucharest, Romania for the second workshop organised by DCAF to develop e-learning tools on cross-border police cooperation. With these learning tools police practitioners, officers, students and other experts can get training on policing simply by going online and registering for a course.

The course will focus in particular on important developments in the European Information Exchange Model (EIXM) and issues that the practitioners face in their day-to-day work. The learning modules are being created within the Cepol module development space, based on Cepol's methodology. All courses will be available in local languages. For more information on the DCAF police activities please go to http://www.dcaf.ch/Region/Southeast-Europe/Projects/Police-Support-in-South-East-Europe