OSCE and National Security Committee of Kyrgyzstan strengthen anti-terrorism cooperation

The OSCE Programme Office in Bishkek supported a one-day command-staff exercise “Issyk-Kul Anti-terror - 2017”, on September 16, conducted by the Anti-Terrorism Centre of the National Security Committee of Kyrgyzstan, in cooperation with the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Kyrgyzstan, the Interior Ministry, the Emergency Situations Ministry and local self-government bodies. 

Defending EU Values in Poland and Hungary

By HEATHER GRABBE,  STEFAN LEHNE

After years of heating up, the EU’s values crisis is close to boiling point. Defiance of core EU principles by the governments in Warsaw and Budapest is turning into a political crisis. The European Commission has taken legal action against both governments for violating specific EU laws and is threatening to go further on Poland. The European Parliament supports this course and is preparing further action against Hungary. But the Hungarian and Polish governments will feel the heat only if political leaders of the EU’s other member states get actively involved.

Co-operation on addressing migration-related crimes needed more than ever, say participants at OSCE-supported regional seminar in Sarajevo

“Only with good regional co-operation and engagement of European security institutions we can efficiently counter this very serious form of international organised crime,” said Dragan Mektić, Minister of Security of Bosnia and Herzegovina. He highlighted that strengthening regional co-operation was imperative in order to prevent migration-related crimes, primarily smuggling of persons and international human trafficking. “This seminar will enable the participants to expand their focus beyond prevention and prosecution and build international network of contacts,” said Mektić.