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South-east European Law Enforcement Centre (SELEC)


Bucharest, Romania

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Short description

SELEC supports and enhances coordination among member states in preventing and combating crime, including serious and organized crime, where such crime involves or appears to involve an element of trans-border activity.


Articles 35 and 36 of the SELEC Convention state that the SELEC budget shall be established on an annual basis, based on contributions from member states and other external sources. The contribution is based on an assessed percentage. Observer states generally provide modest contributions. The United States has provided about USD 15 million in direct grants and equipment since 1996. Small-arms-related activities come under the Anti-Terrorism Task Force and are financed by the core budget.

The South-east European Cooperative Initiative Regional Centre for Combating Trans-border Crime (SECI Center), SELEC’s predecessor, was established in 1996 to focus on regional cooperation among the countries of South-east Europe. SELEC replaced SECI in 2011. There are 17 observer states, 5 observer organizations, and 2 permanent advisers: INTERPOL and the WCO. The United States and Italy have liaison officers based at SELEC headquarters.


13 members (all UN member states)

  • Current members*: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Hungary, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Turkey (Bold: founding member, Grey: suspended member)
  • Former members: None
  • Membership pending: None

Overlapping memberships with other ROs

SELEC members represent:

  • 13 of 56 OSCE members
  • 8 of 28 NATO members
  • 13 of 46 RCC members

* Information accurate as of 4 June 2012

PoA Point of Contact

  • Ervin Dervina
  • Albanian Police Liaison Officer, Manager for Small Arms and Light Weapons


PoA-related activities

The SELEC Convention entered into force in 2011 when the ninth state party to the Agreement on Cooperation to Prevent and Combat Trans-border Crime ratified the instrument. All members have since ratified it. SELEC supports crime prevention activity in member states; facilitates exchanges of information, criminal intelligence, and requests for operational assistance; maintains a computerized information system; notifies and informs NFPs of connections between suspects, criminals, or crimes; collects, analyses, and disseminates information and criminal intelligence; provides strategic analysis to produce relevant threat assessments; establishes, operates, and maintains a computerized information system; acts as a depositary of good practice in law enforcement methods and techniques; and implements multinational training and conferences. It also promotes joint planning and action on transborder crime. Operational activities are conducted within the frames of eight task forces. In particular, the issue of small arms is one of three sub-groups under the Anti-Terrorism Task Force, established in 2003 and coordinated by Albania. Five states participated in Operation Ploughshares (2002, 6 months), which produced data on the trafficking of 493 small arms and just under 20,000 rounds of ammunition. Eight members participated in Operation Safe Place (2004, 6 months), which yielded 3,423 seizures of small arms units, 400,000 rounds of ammunition, and more than 30,000 artillery shells and identified individuals and groups engaged in the illegal trade, transfer, and possession of small arms. Both exercises led to improved reporting on small arms trafficking and data useful for analyzing trafficking patterns.

PoA-related programmes and initiatives

PoA-relevant cooperation with other ROs

Agreements and memoranda of understanding signed with RO partners, including the RCC and SEESAC, the Central Asian Regional Information and Coordination Centre, the OSCE, the UN Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute, and the International Centre for Migration Policy Development.

Legally binding regional instruments

  • Convention of the South-east European Law Enforcement Centre: Agreement on Cooperation to Prevent and Combat Trans-border Crime (2009)

Other official documents of interest

  • None


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