This paper looks at the role of the South East European Cooperation Initiative (SECI) in law-enforcement cooperation in South East Europe and the Black Sea, and considers SECI's capacity to combat organized crime and illegal trafficking in the Black Sea. Established in 1999, the SECI Center provides a focal point for police and customs cooperation in the region. SECI's information network coordinates between 24 national customs and police forces and is supported by 12 National Focal Points set up in the Member States using an encrypted Virtual Private Network to connect with the SECI Center. SECI Task Forces organize and execute regional anti-crime operations and coordinate investigations.
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