21.05.2013, 15:43

Upgrade of project on the fight against trafficking in human beings discussed at Brdo

The final conference of the European project “The Introduction of Requirements for Establishing Joint Investigation Teams to Fight Trafficking in Human Beings in Southeast Europe" was held yesterday late afternoon; the work so far was evaluated and plans for the future were made.

At five workshops, a platform of activities was established, which, along with the existing legal basis, will enable a more effective establishment of joint investigation teams as a modern tool for addressing international organised crime. Participants took note of the implications of this phenomenon as well as the legal and practical aspects of the establishment and functioning of joint investigation teams. State Secretary at the Ministry of the Interior Boštjan Šefic said that "the last two workshops where participants set up an imaginary joint investigation team were especially successful". In this way they developed and facilitated coordination and cooperation and strengthened mutual trust between the authorities involved in combating trafficking in human beings. An added value of the project is an online JIT network, a special online application with limited access, where expert from the participating countries can exchange information, experience and good practices.

As was established at the interim conference, the project itself is an example of good practice; it would, therefore, make good sense to upgrade it. Thus the Slovenian Ministry of the Interior and Public Administration, together with partner country Bulgaria, applied to the ISEC 2012 Call for Proposals with the project “Use of joint investigation teams for the needs of the fight against trafficking in human being in Western Balkans at the local level” (JIT THB WB). "The European Commission approved the two-year project and I have the pleasure of announcing that its implementation starts on 1 August 2013. With the new project we have focused on the preparation of thorough and comprehensive training programmes on the concept of JIT in the Western Balkan countries for representatives of prosecutor’s offices and police forces at the local level," said State Secretary Šefic.


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