Organised Crime Threat Assessment for the Danube Region (DOCTA)
The assessment was finalized 2011 and presented at the Danube Police Chief Conference which was held in Mai 2012 in Munich. The organised crime analysis broaches the issues of drug smuggling, trafficking in human beings, illegal immigration, weapons trafficking, cigarette smuggling, etc.
International Symposium: "Cybercrime - Building Alliances for a Safer Digital World" on 17th October 2013 in Stuttgart/Germany
Cybercrime is a typically transnational phenomenon which, like hardly any other crime, requires effective cross-border combating strategies and cooperation.
The quality and intensity of cooperation and the information exchange have to be urgently improved to adequately face the current and future challenges in this extremely diverse field of crime. It is therefore explicitly welcomed that combating cybercrime is also a focal point in priority area 11 (security) of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR).
With this event we would like to provide opportunities for our guests from the 14 EUSDR states and further European countries to discuss strategies and innovative approaches to combat cybercrime. Besides the exchange of expertise we expect concrete impulses for the transfer of best practices and the set-up of a network between the authorities involved in combating cybercrime in the Danube Region and beyond.
The symposium addresses primarily experts for combating cybercrime in senior positions (e. g. heads of units, divisions or departments).
The event is organised under the auspices of Minister Reinhold Gall, Minister of the Interior of the State of Baden-Württemberg (Germany).
Project: "European Anti-Corruption Training (EACT)"
EACT, standing for European Anti-Corruption Training, is an EU-funded project bringing together anti-corruption practitioners from twenty-two European countries. It runs under the slogan 'Practice meets Practice'.
The project is being implemented by Austria, Slovenia and Slovakia as project partners, with Austria having the lead as well as the overall coordination role. The cooperation terms for the project are laid down in a Memorandum of Understanding, solemnly signed by the project partners in June 2011.
To mark the start of the project a high-level kick-off conference was organised in Austria in September 2011, and attended among others by the Austrian and Slovak Minister for the Interior, alongside various senior representatives from International and European anti-corruption institutions and national anti-corruption authorities.
The principle aim of EACT is to provide a forum to European anti-corruption experts from the field, in which they can exchange practical experiences from their day-to-day work.
Within the framework of EACT, these exchanges are taking place in two formats: first, five meetings in three different working groups; and second, written exchanges over a secured Europol platform (EPE).
At the end of the project, the findings and conclusions of the EACT participants shall be summarized in a best-practise manualto be shared with a wider audience of European anti-corruption practitioners. This manual will also be presented at a final project conference to be held in Slovenia towards the end of 2013.
In view of the fact that the fight against corruption is generally fought on various fronts, the above-mentioned working groups focus on different anti-corruption aspects. For example, the working group chaired by Slovenia lays emphasis on preventive measures (Working Group on Prevention), while the Working Groups International Cooperation and Investigation & Prosecution(led by Slovakia and Austria respectively) are targeted towards the repressive side.
On average, each working group consists of representatives from twelve different countries, with each member having been invited based on his / her everyday role and responsibility in the fight against corruption.
EPEis a central planning and coordination tool which supports the three working groups and provides its members with the possibility to share documents and opinions at any time.
Looking beyond the end of the current EACT project, the project partners and initiators of EACT would wish to institutionalise the project and plan a follow-upso that practitioners may also learn from this form of exchange in the future.
Project: "Rule of Law - Implementing a Comprehensive and Integrated Approach in Prevention and Fight against Corruption in the Danube Region"
The project "Rule of Law – Implementing a Comprehensive and Integrated Approach in Prevention and Fight against Corruption in the Danube Region” was officially launched in May 2012.
The project is planned as a one-year initiative. It is financed by Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation under the Program for the Rule of Law in Southeast Europe. The national co-financing is provided by the MoI.
Partners of the MoI from Bulgarian side are the Ministry of Justice , the Commission for Prevention and Ascertainment of Conflict of Interest and the Commission for Criminal Asset Recovery. The State Ministry of Justice of the Free State of Bavaria is the partner from German side.
The project aims at:
Building mutual understanding and developing an overarching horizontal approach and instruments for prevention and counteraction of corruption in the Danube Region countries in compliance with the EU policy.
Fostering the cooperation between the anti-corruption bodies responsible for the development of the policy, coordination of the implementation and the impact evaluation.
Improving the exchange of best practices and professional standards among the anti-corruption bodies appointed in the Danube Region regarding the prevention and disclosure of conflict of interest and crime asset recovery in particular.
Sharing of experience in addressing the crime – corruption nexus.
The project is targeted at decision-makers in the field of anti-corruption in the Danube Region and the Western Balkans.
Working meetings are foreseen to be held in the following areas:
Prevention of conflict of interest
Criminal and civil forfeiture
Crime – corruption nexus
The participants will have extensive discussions on the policies applicable to the fight against corruption in the relevant fields, on the exchange of best practices and identification of the impact evaluation when applying the policies for the fight against corruption. They will have the opportunity to present their position on the strong and weak sides of the policies which are applied at national level.
The concluding event on this project – a high level conference for summarising the results was held in November 2013 in Bulgaria.
The closing of the project will be marked by another significant outcome - a study named "Fighting corruption in the Danube Region - an overview of potential capabilities and limits of national anti-corruption measures" drafted by the Max Planck Institute. Based on the specific methods and approaches of the Danube Region countries in their fight against corruption the study will outline the best practices. The results of the workshops and the scientific expertise will outline the strategic directions for further development of the cooperation in prevention of and fight against corruption in the Danube Region.
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Danube River Forum (DARIF) - PA 11 flagship project
Project coordinator: Hungarian Ministry of Interior
Participating countries and partners: Austria, Bulgaria,
Croatia, Moldova, Germany,
Romania, Serbia, Slovakia,
Ukraine, AQUAPOL, Baltic Sea Region Border Control Cooperation, Black
Sea Cooperation Forum, Danube Commission, European Commission, EUSDR Priority Area
11, EUROPOL, EUBAM, FRONTEX, INTERPOL.
Period of implementation: 2013- June 2015
The project “Setting up the Structure of
a Danube River Forum” (DARIF) was initiated
by the Ministry
of Interior of Hungary and
implemented between 1 July 2013 and 30 June 2015, also became the flagship
project within the EUSDR Priority Area 11 with unanimous support. The DARIF is strongly related to the goals
of the Priority
Area 11 “To work together to tackle
security and organised crime” and is also a part
of the “Danube
Law Enforcement Coordination
Centre” initiative that was
handed in earlier to the above
mentioned Priority Area.
The main aims of the DARIF were
the common strengthening of the security of
the waterway on the Danube, the
effective and harmonised action against criminal activities and organized crime related to the
waterway and the establishment of a cross border
professional law enforcement
cooperation in order to make the
Danube a modern and secure traffic corridor with regard
to the transport
of goods and passenger transport. The
DARIF aimed at the setting up of
a Strategic Forum System as well
as the establishment
of a Coordination Centre operating during the period
of the Joint Operations in Mohács Border Port.