Task Force on Organised Crime in the Baltic Sea Region (TF-OC)

Task Force on Organised Crime in the Baltic Sea Region (TF-OC)

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The Task Force on Organised Crime in the Baltic Sea Region (TF-OC) was established following a decision of the Heads of Government of the CBSS Member States at the 1st Baltic Sea States Summit meeting in 1996. At the 5th BSS Summit meeting in Laulasmaa (Estonia) in 2004, the Heads of Government once again extended the TF-OC mandate (until the end of 2008). The aim of the TF-OC is to strengthen member-state capacities to prevent and combat organised crime by facilitating close cooperation among member-state law enforcement agencies. The main fields of activity of the TF-OC are as follows: improved and increased exchange of information; joint concrete and operative measures/actions; judicial cooperation; special surveys, training and other cooperation.

The TF-OC is composed of special representatives of the Heads of Government of CBSS Member States, of the Presidency of the European Union and of the European Commission. The TF-OC reports directly to the Heads of Government and regularly informs the CBSS via the Committee of Senior Officials. An Operative Committee (OPC) was established in February 1998 under the auspices of the TF-OC. Several ad-hoc expert groups have been established in order to advance the work in specific fields of cooperation.

source: http://www.cbss.st/summits/dbaFile671.html