Minister of Justice and Public Administration Nikola Selakovic called today for a proactive cooperation among the countries of the region through the establishment of joint investigation teams and cooperation of cross-border police and customs units, as well as other institutions, in order to improve the fight against crime and corruption.
Speaking at the Ministerial Conference "Combating Organised Crime, Corruption and Judicial Cooperation in Southeastern Europe", Selakovic stressed that organised crime and corruption are a threat to security and development of the region, and that these phenomena create poverty in society.
He said that the state is decided to root out corruption and organised crime, for which it is necessary to strengthen prosecutor’s offices and courts with training on contemporary anti measures.
According to him, it is necessary to establish a system of positive selection, meaning to employ the best people in the judiciary who are qualified, unbribable and decided to persevere in the fight for a better society with a minimum of crime.
The Minister noted that it is not enough that only one state has such a decisive policy and intention to fight crime, as organised crime has crossed borders and has taken root in all neighbouring countries.
Selakovic, Minister of Justice of Montenegro Dusko Markovic, Minister of Justice of Bosnia-Herzegovina Barisa Colak, Minister of Justice of Macedonia Blerim Bedzeti and Minister of Justice of Albania Arben Brace signed the Letter of intent on the future signing and ratification of the Regional convention on trans-border recognition and implementation of decisions in civil and trade issues.
Selakovic said that although cooperation in the region is good it can always be better, and called for countries of the Western Balkans to join the common fight against organised crime.
Countries of the Western Balkans have a chance to improve their cooperation even beyond the level of other European countries because they belong to the same legal system and tradition, he noted.