Between July 2th and 4th, The Siracusa International Institute is organizing the first National Strategic Dialogue (NSD) on Illicit Trade in Serbia. The three-days programme involves several representatives of the major national institutions engaged in the fight against illicit trade. In particular, it includes representatives from the Ministries of Justice, Interior, European Affairs and Finance respectively, as well as from the Anti-Corruption Agency, the State Prosecutorial Council and the High Judicial Council. The initiative includes also representatives of the administration of Customs and a delegation of police officers engaged in the fight against organized crime.
The opening ceremony was held this morning with the opening of Mr. Filippo Musca, Acting Director General of the Siracusa International Institute. Additional remarks were also given by H.E. Carlo Lo Cascio, Ambassador of Italy to Serbia, Mrs. Zorica Stojsic, First Deputy Republic Public Prosecutor, H.E. Ambassador Andrea Orizio, Head of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe Mission to Serbia, Mr. Dragan Sikimic, Director of the Anti-Corruption Agency, Mr. Lazar Durovic, Senior Consultant for the prevention of corruption (Representative of the Ministry of Justice), Mr. Bogoljub Zivkovic, Assistant to the General Police Directorate (Ministry of Interior) and Mr. Dusan Lekic, Representative of the Judicial Academy.
The NSD aims to:
- build knowledge and awareness about illicit trade as a multi-faceted threat requiring both whole-of-Government and whole-of-society approaches;
- Highlight the importance of incorporating a robust cross-sectoral perspective in efforts to combat illicit trade at the national and international levels;
- draw on the expertise, extensive experience and insights of national leaders, policy-makers and criminal justice officials in developing a more comprehensive understanding of national strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats in the fight against illicit trade; and
- strengthen cooperation and collaboration between national institutions and criminal justice officials in the investigation and prosecution of illicit trade-related crimes.
The NSD in Serbia is organised within the framework of the Institute’s two-year research and capacity-building project, ‘Strengthening the Fight Against Illicit Trade in South Eastern Europe’ (or SEE-IMPACT),which is supported by PMI IMPACT, a global grant initiative of Philip Morris International to support projects dedicated to fighting illicit trade and related crimes.