Customs Director General Sugareski hosted today the French Ambassador H.E. Cyril Bomgartner, the French Customs Attaché in charge of Southeast Europe and the Balkans Mr. Julien Otre and the Attaché of the French Embassy security Stefan Roper. The mutual bilateral cooperation which has been successfully realized for a long time through seminars, study visits, trainings and donated technical equipment was confirmed at today’s meeting.

Representatives of the Customs Administration met today with members and the chairwoman of the State Commission for Prevention of Corruption, Ms. Biljana Ivanovska and confirmed the joint vision for a more effective system for prevention and suppression of corruption. Customs Director General Sugareski presented the regular and future activities of the customs organizational unit for professional standards, emphasizing the visible results so far and the identified future actions, in line with the Strategy of the Customs Administration for Integrity and Anti-Corruption for the period 2019-2022.

Representatives of the Customs Administration from the Sector for Control and Investigations and Customs Director General Sugareski, hosted today a meeting with representatives of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. The objective of the meeting was to discuss the activities and obligations arising from the establishment of a National Airport Interagency Group at the Skopje International Airport.

At the invitation of Customs Director General Sugareski, the Public Prosecutor Ljubomir Joveski visited the Customs Administration today. Director General and the Public Prosecutor discussed ways to strengthen the joint efforts for investigation and prosecution, capacity building and coordination of the competent authorities.

The sniffer dogs visited the Customs Administration today together with their handlers.

The 5 dogs Jerry, Baron, Pimbo, Aron and Ruff have been part of the Customs Administration since 2000 and are of particular importance because they are used to protect borders and prevent illicit transport of narcotics. They have participated in several actions, 90% of which have been successful.

This year Jerry is retiring, and the mobile teams unit of the Customs Administration will be joined by 4 new dogs, donation from Germany. These 9-month-old dogs are specially trained to detect specific substances.

The Director General of the Customs Administration and representatives of the Control and Investigation Sector expressed their support for the customs officers from the mobile team responsible for the drug sniffing dogs. This unit in the Customs Administration is of particular importance in the fight against crimes and misdemeanors.

 

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