Due to the new wave of danger of trans-national crime in a time of globalization and considering that organized crime and terrorism are becoming more prevalent and global, the European states are prepared to leave behind a part of their national sovereignty to establish closer cooperation to address these problems. Otherwise, the states are left out and can not prevent and fight these problems as isolated national governments.
Even though open borders and advanced technology enabled fast development of international trade and global commerce, they have also led to a dramatic increase in the number of criminal groups engaged in activities throughout nations, regions, and continents. These trans-national criminal organizations have acquired huge assets that are further used for other illegal activities. Establishing joint international cooperation for law enforcement institutions based on a powerful legal foundation is the only response to these emerging criminal threats. The international documents and projects relating to the development of regional cooperation in South-East Europe represent an excellent opportunity for efficient cooperation toward the end of organized crime prevention and suppression. Having received country-candiate status for European Union (EU) membership in 2005, the Republic of Macedonia actively contributes to strengthening confidence between the foreign services partners in the fight against crime.
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