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On 7 September, the EU Commissioner for Home Affairs, Ylva Johansson, in cooperation with the EU High Representative/ Vice-President of the Commission, Josep Borrell, Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement, Olivér Várhelyi, and the Slovenian Presidency of the Council, hosted a videoconference meeting of EU and Western Balkans Foreign and Home Affairs Ministers on countering firearms trafficking. The meeting also included EU agencies as well as regional and international organisations such as the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.
Participants discussed the implementation of the 2020-2025 EU action plan on firearms trafficking with a focus on the actions concerning South-East Europe, and the implementation of the Regional Roadmap for comprehensive Small Arms and Light Weapons control in the Western Balkans. The meeting was an opportunity to discuss further action on the remaining challenges across the region, including gaps in the criminal law frameworks and data exchange between law enforcement, courts and prosecution offices.
Source: European Union
Photo credits: South Eastern and Eastern Europe Clearinghouse for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons (SEESAC)
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