SEESAC Continues Supporting Authorities of Montenegro to Counter Trafficking and Illicit Possession of Firearms

Supported by the European Union, SEESAC organised a workshop on the development of Standard Operating Procedures for the Criminal Police and the Firearm Focal Point of Montenegro in Podgorica on 3-7 October 2022. The event focused on enhancing the authorities’ capacities to counter trafficking, misuse, and illicit possession of firearms.

Enhancing of the capacities was recognised as needed after the recommendations and conclusions were presented in the Needs Assessment Report on Capacities of the Criminal Police of Montenegro to counter illicit trafficking and possession of firearms. The report is a result of a field visit and a detailed assessment of the Criminal Police that SEESAC conducted in Montenegro in June 2021.

To further support the enhancement of the capacities of the authorities, funds have been allocated for the procurement of the equipment and related training.

These activities are being organised with the support provided through the EU Council Decision 2019/2111 in support of arms control activities in South East Europe, as well as in the framework of the regional IPA project Support for Enhancing the Fight Against the Illegal Possession, Misuse, and Trafficking of Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) in the Western Balkans, funded by the European Union.