Today sees the start of the 3rd Western Balkan and Turkey Expert Group meeting (WeBTEG), where specialists in euro counterfeiting and payment card fraud have gathered in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, to share knowledge and strategies.
Organised by Europol, in cooperation with the Bosnian Ministry of Security, this year's meeting will explore which countries counterfeit euros are originating from; those organised criminal groups actively involved in payment card fraud; and effective judicial cooperation between affected countries.
The WeBTEG project was launched by Europol in May 2009 in The Hague, and the group consists of representatives from police, judicial authorities and forensic experts from national banks. The project's main purposes are to:
- Develop and adopt common strategies;
- Install a warning mechanism for the Western Balkans and Turkey, in cooperation with EU Member States and the respective European institutions;
- Have an action team available in case of an urgent need for cross–border investigations;
- Establish a well–functioning information network between police, judicial authorities and forensic experts.