Collaboration between the Macedonian and Austrian police deepens

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The Director of the Public Security Bureau Mitko Cavkov met wit, General Konrad Kogler, Director-General for Public Security in Austria and the Major General Gerhard Lang of the Federal Criminal Investigations Bureau, at the Ministry of Internal Affairs.


At the meeting, MoIA announced today, it was established that over the years the Austrian police was promoted as one of the most important strategic partners of the Macedonian Interior Ministry. Evidence for this are numerous joint police operations carried out since 2006, particularly in the area of ​​ drug trafficking. That is due to increased trust and cooperation between the police of both countries, but also a result of elevated standards of operation and common demonstrated will to effectively combat crime.

As director Cavkov noted, the excellent cooperation at the operational level is especially important, whose results – many joint projects and joint investigation teams formed – created real terms, i.e. a sound basis for establishing new mechanisms for sustainable and systematic approach in future joint crime combat.

Cavkov expressed expectation of further deepening of cooperation, especially in the area of ​​analytical capabilities and intelligence, and prevention. According to him, the support of Austria will bring additional credibility and effectiveness in these crime combating processes.

General Kogler emphasized the excellent cooperation and stressed that as conditions in crime change, so the police must improve and upgrade its performance. Austria, like other countries, according to Kogler, faced with the internationalization of crime driven by upward mobility, migration trends, with an increasing number of crimes committed by foreigners and this is why more intensive cooperation among the police is necessary.

He assessed the role of Southeast Europe Police Chiefs Association (SEPCA) as extremely important for the international cooperation, expressing Austria’s willingness to participate in the further development of this association. Kogler said the preparation of a new concept or the legal framework and strategy of SEPCA are in the final stage, after which additional training will follow.

Lang pointed out the previous successful Macedonian – Austrian police actions, pointing to the operational action “Conductor” as the best example of effective police cooperation.

The Austrian police Delegation was received by Interior Minister Gordana Jankulovska.


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