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Second regional conference of the units for internal control “Improving best practices and regional cooperation in the field of internal control”

Category
Event
Date(s)
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Subject
Police development and reform

Description

The objective of this conference, organised by the OSCE Mission to Skopje, was to encourage accountable and transparent internal oversight mechanisms within the police to fight against corruption in a democratic manner

Summary

The project was a continuation of the similar project implemented in 2010 when the first Regional Conference for the Units for Internal Control from the same countries was organized.

The Conference started on 12th June in hotel “Inex Gorica” in Ohrid, with an opening ceremony and ended on 14th of June 2011. Deputy Head of OSCE Mission to Skopje and MoIA State Secretary opened the Conference. 48 direct participants, police representatives from nine countries in the region, along with the representatives from the OSCE, the co-organizers ICITAP, MoIA and the EUROPOL. They discussed the methods used in their countries to fight against corruption in the police. The agenda also included criminal corruption investigations and examples of established co-operation at regional level. The conference participants also discussed the establishment of a regional co-operation network to fight cor-ruption in police services that would include regular exchange of information between the countries in the region.

The program included three main subjects:

  • Investigative measures and acts for proving corruption crimes
  • Utilization of criminal procedure evidence obtained on the territory of a foreign country
  • Practical examples of established cooperation at regional level

Participants from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Montenegro, Romania, Slovenia, Serbia and HC attended the conference. Each delegation have prepared a presentation of the case study on corruption explaining what the problem was, how they investigated it, what mecha-nisms were used to solve it and what the final result of the action was. Additionally delegations elabo-rated practical examples of already established cooperation between two countries and joint activities they have already undertaken.

Information

Added on
28 Mar 2017
Origin
OSCE Mission to Skopje, North Macedonia
Type
Conference
Venue description

The most important conclusions and recommendations of the Conference are as follows:

  • The capacity building and establishing police cooperation of the countries in the region is one of biggest advantages of the Conference;
  • In the future the attention should be put at organizing further training, focusing on the prevention, raising the awareness and change of mentality and pro-active approach;
  • To establish direct communication between the Police and the Units for Internal Control in the region;
  • To prioritize the training needs of the border police;
  • To eliminate the political influence on the Police as a key pre-condition to avoid corruption and misbehaviour among the Police.
  • The Media can be used as a preventative tool; the Police should not be afraid of the Media but should use them in the fight against the corruption

The Conference once again proved that corruption is a phenomenon which goes beyond the borders and requires ventures to fight against it regionally. The fight against corruption requires mutual cooperation and joint responses and therefore the forums like this give opportunities to discuss the problems and to develop networks.

Organizer
OSCE Mission to Skopje, North Macedonia, International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program (ICITAP), Ministry of the Internal Affairs of the Republic of North Macedonia
Participants
Experts, Government officials, Law enforcement officers, OSCE staff
Region
North Macedonia
Keywords
economic crime, corruption, police reform, professional ethics and standards
Rights
OSCE