With the successful implementation of the meeting and introductory workshop on 5 September 2019 the fieldwork in Serbia started as part of the development assistance of the Republic of Slovenia, which is aimed at strengthening patrol management and responding effectively to the needs of the people when police intervention is needed. These are reforms in the area of freedom and security, which are also important for Serbia in terms of EU accession (Chapter 24). The aim is to upgrade the response and coordination of patrols and organizational units, and to strengthen the effective police response to any existing situation, especially with regard to migration, thereby increasing protection of human lives and human rights. This project contributes to building both human and technical capabilities.
Both sides, Serbian and Slovenian, confirmed the importance of the project by their active attendance, with participation of high-level representatives from all areas of police competence gathered at the meeting. They laid the groundwork for future work in the year 2019. The next activities will continue 16 – 20 September 2019 with field visits to analyse the situation on the field and needs in various organizational units. After the field visits, the work will proceed with the study visit of Serbian representatives in Slovenia. With such a method Serbian representatives will be able to learn on the ground how patrols are managed in Slovenia and how information and telecommunications equipment is used in Slovenia.
The project is part of program activities carried out in cooperation with the Ministry of the Interior / Police of the Republic of Slovenia and CVS Mobile, and is financed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia from funds for international development cooperation.
Andreja Dolničar Jeraj
Centre for European Perspective