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31 mayo 2011

Cooperation against transnational Eurasian organized crime focus of INTERPOL Yalta working group meeting

YALTA, Ukraine – Intelligence sharing and international collaboration against transnational Eurasian organized crime via INTERPOL’s Project Millennium was the focus of a working group meeting (26-27 May) in Yalta.

Bringing together 46 officials from 18 countries across the region and beyond (Western Europe and USA), with the participation also of Europol, the aim of the meeting was to review progress on the key collaborative objectives of Project Millennium on fighting organized crime originating from the region, whose impact extends far beyond the Eurasian region.

High on the agenda was the need for establishing a network of contact officers for collating and sharing information through INTERPOL’s National Central Bureaus on the modus operandi of organized criminal syndicates, and providing to member states any requested assistance in relation to ongoing investigations as well as intelligence analysis.

Addressing the assembled officials, the head of INTERPOL’s National Central Bureau (NCB) in Kiev, Major General Vasyl Nevolia, said of the meeting: “Fighting organized crime is one of the key priorities in the everyday work of police officers. Our goal is to take all necessary steps not only for the disclosure and investigation of crimes committed by organized criminal groups and the detention of their active members, but also for the prevention of their unlawful activities.”

The Director of INTERPOL’s Organized Crime and Drugs unit, Gianni Baldi, said that the meeting was ‘an important step’ for the further development of collaboration and operational initiatives against Eurasian organized crime syndicates.

“With the aim of setting up a stronger common front to better face organized crime, INTERPOL shapes its initiatives and actions according to the real operational needs of its member countries. In this endeavour, a more timely and complete sharing of information and intelligence across borders is vital,” said Mr Baldi at the meeting.

Officials at the event praised the initiative of INTERPOL’s Project Millennium in calling for the working group meeting, during which important recommendations were adopted by the participating delegations on INTERPOL Green Notices (to provide warnings and criminal intelligence on persons who have committed criminal offences and are likely to repeat these crimes in other countries), extension of Project Millennium member countries and international joint police operations.

In addition to the Head of NCB Kiev, Vasyl Nevolia, the meeting also included the Head of the Organized Crime Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, Eduard Fedosov, and the Deputy Head of NCB Kiev, Mikhailo Bakhmytchenko.

The 18 countries represented at the meeting co-organized by INTERPOL and the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine included Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Italy, Kazakhstan, the Russian Federation, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Ukraine, and the USA.