The Tehran International Meeting on Cooperation against Illicit Drugs and its Illicit Finantial Flows is being held in Tehran (Islamic Republic of Iran), in the framework of the Black Sea Prosecutors Network, from 16th to 17th April 2019.
EU-ACT is determined to support network(s) of drug-related investigators and/or prosecutors in the EU-ACT region. The GPOs of Armenia, Bulgaria, Georgia, Iran, Moldova, Romania and Ukraine agreed to set up such an informal network. The network - now called the Black Sea Prosecutors Network, BSPN- was launched on the 27th of September 2018 in Odessa, Ukraine, and held its first annual meeting in Bucharest, Romania on 11th and 12th December 2018.
In agreement with relevant authorities in Iran, a meeting is now planned within the context of the BSPN, in order to discuss co-operation on illicit drugs and its related financial flows.
It is widely accepted that co-operation between law enforcement and prosecutors along the Balkan Route and EU Member States could be improved, and this conference will therefore look to lay the foundations of building trusted relationships, to help improve information exchange on actual investigations.
Transnational co-operation and trust amongst law enforcement in the region needs to be increased in order to encourage the improved sharing of intelligence, and the possibility of developing joint investigations and operations. Moreover, EU national agencies and their counterparts along the Balkan Route would benefit of some long-term networking initiative, that would facilitate law enforcement and judicial trans-regional cooperation.