Kladovo, Serbia – The Common Operation “DUNAV 2017”, facilitated by DCAF Border Security Programme in cooperation with the Border Police Directorate within the Ministry of Interior of Republic of Serbia took place from 4-13 June 2017, with the focus on detection of smugglers and migrants, and other cross-border criminal activities, at the road section from border with Bulgaria towards central Serbia. The visiting police officers from Albania, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, and Slovenia, performed their duties together with the local law enforcements (border police, traffic police, custom service and army) at the road sections by driving marked vehicles, wearing their uniforms and carrying personal weapons, exercising police authority as they would in their own countries.
The common operation received very good feedback and attention in the country, especially after the discovery of 5300 packs of cigarettes, apprehension of two smugglers and of the organiser of the smuggling operation. In addition, two more forged documents have been discovered, 11 vehicles confiscated, etc. The operation was supported on-field also by EUROPOL representative, who provided access to the EUROPOL databases and mobile data extraction.
The common operation “DUNAV 2017” once again proved that the countries of the Western Balkan region including Moldova are prepared to undertake the common and coordinated measures in crime prevention and fight against border-related crime to promote further common activities aimed towards Schengen/EU integration with the support of Austria, Croatia and Slovenia, as the EU countries.