EU: Commission report from the South-East European Cooperative Initiative in Bucharest

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Assessment of the SECI Regional Center for combating trans-border crime.

SECI, the Southeast European Co-operative Initiative, was launched in December 1996, on the basis of the "Points of Common EU-US Understanding" to develop a viable economic strategy from the region. SECI Regional Centre for the Combating of Trans-Border Crime (Crime Centre) in Bucharest was set up in October 2000, SECI is promoting regional co-operation among participating countries in order to identify, arrest, and prosecute criminals operating in the region.

SECI participating States include Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Greece, Hungary, Moldova, Romania, Slovenia, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, and Turkey.

SECI supporting States are Austria, Italy, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, and the United States of America. In addition, countries such as Belgium, France, Germany, Serbia & Montenegro and Ukraine have the status as observer.

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