The 17th Meeting of Prosecutors General of the Member States of the Council of the Baltic Sea States took place in Kaliningrad

20 september 2017, 17:05

Today, on September 20, 2017, in the town of Svetlogorsk, Kaliningrad Region, the 17th Meeting of Prosecutors General of the Member States of the Council of the Baltic Sea States took place.

The Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS) was established in March 1992, in Copenhagen, at the Conference of Foreign Ministers of Baltic Sea States. Now the CBSS consists of the following Member States: Germany, Denmark, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Russia, Finland, Sweden, and Estonia.

Meetings of the Prosecutors General of the Baltic Sea States play an important role in the activity of the CBSS. During these meetings representatives of prosecution services of the Member States share best practices that results in enhancing methods of ensuring rule of law in the Baltic Sea Region.

Mr. Saak Karapetyan, Deputy Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation, headed the delegation of the Prosecutor General’s Office of the Russian Federation consisting of Mr. Aleksandr Gutsan, Deputy Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation, and other high officials of the Prosecutor General’s Office of the Russian Federation.

Representatives of prosecution services of nine states, namely, Germany, Denmark, Latvia, Norway, Poland, Russia, Finland, Sweden and Estonia, as well as Mr. Brandt, President of the Network of Prosecutors on Environmental Crime in the Baltic Sea Region, attended the event. Ms. Hübner, Executive Director of the International Association of Prosecutors, was a special guest of the event.

Mr. Saak Karapetyan, Deputy Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation, addressed to the participants of the Meeting with a welcoming speech:

“Dear colleagues, ladies and gentlemen,

I am glad to see you again.

Today we have an eventful working day.

We will discuss problems concerning environmental protection, suppression of using of modern technologies for the purpose of terrorism, combating illegal migration.

While choosing issues for the agenda we took into account the priorities of Swedish presidency in the CBSS, including the necessity to be adjusted to the changes and challenges, to develop cooperation in new fields.

We are also used to discuss problems of environmental security at such meetings.

The humanity has already accumulated a good bulk of environmental debts and keeps testing the nature to the limit. It affects people themselves.

Issues concerning combating environmental crime are considered with the participation of prosecutors at different international fora. The International Association of Prosecutors has also focused its attention on this theme. In particular, the problem was discussed during the Annual IAP Conference, held last week in Beijing.

Intention to combine efforts in order to build a society, based on compliance with environmental laws, is stated in the declaration of prosecution services of BRICS and Mercosur, adopted at the joint seminar, held in August 2017, in Brazil. You have its text among your pick-up materials.

In Russia specialized environmental prosecutor’s offices were established in order to enhance efficiency of supervision over environmental laws observance.

These prosecutor’s offices take active part in implementation of tasks, determined by the President of Russia in the Strategy of Environmental Security of the Russian Federation for the period till 2025. One of the tasks is improvement of environmental legislation. And one of the main mechanisms of realization of the environmental security policy is increase of efficiency of supervision over implementation of powers in environmental protection and use of fauna objects by public agencies.

I would like to refer to another threat to the national security, namely, illegal and uncontrolled migration. This problem and aggravation of criminal situation resulting from it, increase of number of national-based conflicts have become global.

Smugglers and human traffickers make their profit out of the wish of refugees from Muslim states to reach Europe. According to the European Union, illegal transfer of migrants is the second profitable business after drug and arms trafficking.

Taking into account the migrant situation in the world, we need to improve legislative and law-enforcement practice of migration flows regulation, to ensure supervision over the strict observance of migration laws.

International cooperation on combating illegal migration should be based on joint, coordinated principles. I hope that you, my colleagues, will share your information of best national practices in this sphere.

Suppression of terrorism is one of the most complicated problems that international community is now facing. Atmosphere of tension in the Middle East shows that international terrorism has already stepped out of boundaries of particular regions and represents global threat to the security of the international community.

International terrorist organizations, namely, ISIL, Jabhat-al-Nusra and others jeopardize stability and public order all over the world.

A very dangerous problem has surfaced. I mean the return of terrorist fighters from armed conflict zones to their countries in order to recruit new members for international terrorist organizations, to prepare acts of terrorism.

Another challenge is information warfare, launched by terrorists in the Internet, first of all in social networks, using of such resources for recruiting new fighters from different countries.

Now it is obviously that the international community can resist these threats effectively only by combining the efforts. Therefore it is necessary to take drastic measures.

Therefore we believe that it is important to implement UN Security Council Resolution 2354 of May 24, 2017, which provides for a set of measures for suppression terrorist propaganda.

Dear colleagues, I hope that the discussion of all the topics of agenda will be held in a constructive atmosphere.

I would like to thank you for your attention and to wish you fruitful work!”

After Mr. Saak Karapetyan, Deputy Prosecutor General, the participants were addressed by the heads of the delegations of the CBSS Member States.

Then within the framework of the Meeting the participants discussed the role of prosecution offices in suppression of illegal migration, international experience of combating environmental crime, as well as participation of prosecutors in suppression of terrorism and violent extremism.

The participants unanimously agreed that there are reserves for development and enhancement of efficiency of cooperation of prosecutors general of the CBSS Member States.

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