Brdo Congress Centre, 2011.06.29



Workshop 1 of the Project Introducing the Requirements for Establishing Joint Investigation Teams to Fight Trafficking in Human Beings in South East Europe (JIT–THB)

This is the first out of five workshops to be implemented in 2011 and 2012 aimed at analysing what requirements are to be met for the establishment of joint investigation teams with a special focus on different legal arrangements. The workshop centered on the presentation of the JIT concept, particularly in the context of cooperation between EU member and non-member states.
Europol and Eurojust support and assistance capacities and practical examples of setting up JITs and their operation were presented by Bart de Buck and Steve Harvey (both from Europol), and Ola Laurell (from Eurojust). Representatives of DCAF Ljubljana, Stanislav Veniger and Anton Travner, presented the Police Cooperation Convention for Southeast Europe and a recent DCAF project which focused on the establishment of JITs.
Delegates from Albania, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Croatia, Macedonia, Romania, Serbia and Slovenia have summed up and presented their national legislative frameworks and potentials for participation in JITs. In order to better understand the legal and institutional capacities for the cooperation between EU Member States and SEE states, a special document will be prepared to shed light on the practical aspects of legal arrangements in force in the states mentioned. In the end, the workshop moderators Damjan Potparč and Tomaž Peršolja announced that a more interactive, practical and THB-focused approach is to be adopted in future workshops.
The project, which is co-financed by the European Commission, focuses on the development of a strategic platform to facilitate operational work of future JITs. The project's objectives are to facilitate coordination and cooperation between national law enforcement agencies dealing with THB issues and to build trust among them. The project also aims to create and promote best practices for the assistance of THB victims. The second project partner is Bulgaria. The project-related activities are supported by Europol, Eurojust and the Office of the State Prosecutor General of the Republic of Slovenia. Aside from the workshops, two conferences will be held at Brdo.

Project Partners

Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Slovenia
Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Bulgaria
Prosecutor’s Office of the Republic of Bulgaria
Office of the State Prosecutor General of the Republic of Slovenia