Addressing Organised Crime In The Western Balkans

729th Wilton Park Conference
Wiston House
Monday 10 November – Thursday 13 November 2003





Supported by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office

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MONDAY 10 NOVEMBER 2003
DEFINING THE PROBLEM PRECISELY

 

1500-1515

1

CONFERENCE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES

  • To analyse the specific conditions in the Western Balkans that have to be understood to devise effective strategies against organised crime;
  • To consider the specific causes, both internal and external to the region;
  • To compare the experience from Western Europe in on organised crime within EU;
  • To discuss practical policy solutions.

Chris LANGDON
Director, South-East Europe, Wilton Park

 

1515-1645

 

ADDRESSING ORGANISED CRIME –KEY ISSUES

What are the lessons within the UK from organised crime?

Christopher ALBISTON
Former Assistant Chief Constable, Police Service of Northern Ireland, Belfast
Former Police Commissioner, Pristina

 

1645

 

GROUP PHOTOGRAPH AND TEA

 

1730-1900

2

ADDRESSING ORGANISED CRIME IN WESTERN BALKANS

How do we make best use of the scarce resources available?

Hari KOSTOV
Minister of Interior, Skopje

Gerald KNAUS
Director, European Stability Initiative, Berlin

 

1930

 

DRINKS RECEPTION FOLLOWED BY DINNER

 

TUESDAY 11 NOVEMBER 2003
POLICY FRAMEWORK

 

0915-1045

3

COMBATING ORGANISED CRIME IN THE WESTERN BALKANS –A VIEW FROM THE ITALIAN EU PRESIDENCY
Moving to action orientated measures - prospects for the JHA Ministerial on 28th November.

Francesco BASCONE
Deputy Director-General, Europe, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Rome

 

1115-1245

4

MOBILISING PUBLIC SUPPORT IN THE FIGHT AGAINST ORGANISED CRIME:
What are the policy lessons from Serbia?

Djordje OSTOJIĆ
Serbian Republican Prosecutor, Belgrade

Dejan ANASTASIJEVIĆ
Senior Journalist, Vreme newsweekly, Belgrade

 

1300-1430

 

LUNCH

 

1430-1600

5

INTERNATIONAL POLICY ON HUMAN TRAFFIKING
What has been the real measurable impact in Bosnia & Herzegovina and in Kosovo?

Anthony NOTT
Senior Advisor on Major and Organised Crime, EU Police Mission (EUPM), Sarajevo

Robbie PEDLOW
Deputy Police Commissioner for Crime, Pristina

 

1630-1830

6

DISCUSSION GROUPS - DEFINING THE PROBLEM
OVERVIEW –[Plenary]

Western Balkans crime policy in a global context

Misha GLENNY
Writer and Historian, Brighton

Setting the agenda for:

  1. MONEY-LAUNDERING

    Bill POTTER
    Deputy Head, Rule of Law Pillar, Office of the High Representative, Sarajevo

  2. CORRUPTION AND ORGANISED CRIME

    What is the latest evidence of the scale of the problem and how does it compare internationally?

    Justin O'BRIEN
    Senior Fellow, Queens University, Belfast

    Boško ĆEKO
    Chief Auditor, Republika Srpska, Banja Luka

  3. SUBJECT TO BE ANNOUNCED

 

1830-1900

7

REPORT BACK- GROUP CONCLUSIONS
Rapporteurs to report back key policy points

 

1930

 

DINNER

 

WEDNESDAY 12 NOVEMBER 2003
IMPROVING POLICIES

 

0915-1045

8

IMPROVING ANTI-DRUGS POLICIES IN THE WESTERN BALKANS: A VIEW FROM ZAGREB
What are the policy-lessons?

Ranko OSTOJIĆ
Assistant Minister, Director General of the Police, Zagreb

Ivana PETROVIĆ
Crime Reporter, Croatian Television, Zagreb

 

1115-1245

9

DISCUSSION GROUPS - GETTING THE POLICIES RIGHT

  1. GETTING THE LEGAL FRAMEWORK RIGHT IN THE WESTERN BALKANS

    What are the policy steps that need to be taken and implemented?

    Rory FIELD
    Legal Adviser on Organised Crime, Organisation for Security and Co-operation, Belgrade

  2. GETTING THE POLICIES RIGHT WITHIN EU MEMBER STATES

    What are the policy steps that need to be taken and implemented?

    Lesley PALLETT
    Head, Drugs and International Crime Department, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, London

  3. POLICY EXPERIENCE IN NORTHERN IRELAND

    What are the lessons for policy in the Western Balkans from Northern Ireland?

    Justin O'BRIEN
    Senior Fellow, Queens University, Belfast

 

1300-1500

 

LUNCH

 

1500-1530

10

DISCUSSION GROUP REPORT-BACK
Rapporteurs to report back key policy points

 

1530-1630

11

WESTERN BALKAN ORGANISED CRIME INSIDE THE EUROPEAN UNION
Lessons from within the EU: Civil Crisis Management

Michael JORSBACK
Special Adviser, Division for Police Issues and Public Order and Safety, Ministry of Justice, Stockholm

Former Deputy Commissioner, Kosovo
Policing issues –what are the lessons within the EU?

Martin GILLVRAY
Analyst, Metropolitan Police, London

 

1700-1830

12

CONCLUDING SESSION - POLICY LESSONS

David LANDSMAN
British Ambassador to Tirana 2001-3

Gerald KNAUS
Director, European Stability Initiative, Berlin

 

1930

 

DRINKS RECEPTION FOLLOWED BY CONFERENCE CONCLUDING DINNER

 

THURSDAY 13 NOVEMBER 2003

 

0915

 

Conference participants depart



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Alan Grant is an Irish photographer who travelled extensively in the Balkans and other countries and regions of the world. Thanks to him, ESI is able to show fascinating pictures of the Balkans: the facades of Tirana, the painted mosques of Travnik, the fabulous old houses of Plovdiv and the spectacular blue of water - dark in the Bay of Kotor, emerald in the river valleys of Bosnia, deep blue in Ohrid, twinkling in the Aegean Sea and on the Bosporus.

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Jonathan Lewis lives between London and Istanbul. He moved to London and spent many years studying photography and now specialises in photojournalism, documentary photography and commercial work for a wide variety of private and commercial clients in the UK, Europe and Turkey. His work has appeared in a number of magazines and publications and is used on the ESI website as well.

You can find out more about Jonathan Lewis on his website www.jonathanlewisphoto.com