On 12th -13th June a two-day meeting of the Security Commitments Steering Group under the Berlin Process took place. The meeting was opened by Mr. Dominik Otway - Deputy Head of Mission, Representative of the British Embassy in Skopje, Joanna West - Director of the Strategy on Tackling Organized Crime at the UK Interior Ministry and the Macedonian Minister of Interior. Oliver Spasovski. 

Within the panel: "REGIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT COOPERATION: SUCCESSES, CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES", Macedonian Customs Director General Gjoko Tanasoski addressed the participants with special emphasis on the new challenges facedin the past couple of years related to a serious and organized crime. The fight against illegal trade and crime today is one of the top priorities of the Customs Administration.

“As Customs, besides collecting taxes, it is our duty to provide facilitation to international trade, but at the same time we have the responsibility to ensure security of the borders and the society", - Tanasoski stated.

The important steps taken so far include four informal meetings of the Directors of the Customs Administrations of the Western Balkans, where apart from the briefings on the progress of the cooperation, many concrete steps have been taken to improve the cooperation, such as the progress achieved with the introduction of the Platform, i.e. the adoption of the nCEN system , provided and developed by the World Customs Organization for data collection and the Icomm application for the exchange of information and data on seizures and operational activities between them.

Customs Administrations prepare joint warning list that can be shared among the administrations, identifying the entities that pose the greatest risk to the Customs Administrations.

HM Revenue and Customs and the British Embassy in Skopje are actively involved in the realization of this idea with unreserved support for this initiative to function and be an example of strong regional cooperation, for which we, as the Customs Administration and as a state, express great gratitude.

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