Delegation of the Customs Administration led by the Director General and representatives of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) had a meeting today at the Customs Administration.

The UNODC program implemented in the region and in the country was presented, with special reference to the joint project of the European Union and UNODC to promote the rule of law and good governance through targeted border control measures at ports and airports. The project has been implemented since January 2020 in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, the Republic of Serbia, the Republic of North Macedonia and Kosovo, and will last until December 2023.

Joint activities are envisaged under the UNODC-WCO Container Control Program and the UNODC-WCO-INTERPOL Airport Communication Project.

Benefits are expected in ​​strengthening the capacities for combating organized crime and more efficient and successful coordination between the law enforcement border agencies at land border crossings, ports and airports. Three air traffic control units are to be established in Skopje, Sarajevo and Belgrade, following the previous establishment of port control units in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Kosovo.

The activities and actions that will emerge from the project will ensure better results in the implementation of the UN Convention on Drugs and Crime and European legislation, especially in the area of Chapters 23 and 24 which cover issues of organized crime, rule of law, good governance and security.

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