OSCE announces 8 million euro project to improve security in Bosnia and Herzegovina

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OSCE announces 8 million euro project to improve security in Bosnia and Herzegovina

In the next five years, eight million euros will be invested to strengthen cooperation and capacity of intelligence and police structures in Bosnia and Herzegovina in order to respond to increasingly serious security threats and serious crimes.

The OSCE Mission representatives presented the goals of the project today in Sarajevo and thanked the donors Norway, Germany, Liechtenstein, Austria, Turkey and Luxembourg that provided funding for the implementation of this important project.

The results and a comprehensive needs assessment conducted in partnership with law enforcement agencies in Bosnia and Herzegovina are the basis of the project objectives.

Susan Penksa, the head of the OSCE Mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina, said today that there will be close cooperation with international and domestic partners to meet long-standing needs for police modernization in BiH.

The implementation of projects begins at a time when BiH is facing growing organized threats to its security, including cyber attacks on the Parliamentary Assembly of BiH.

16 law enforcement agencies in Bosnia and Herzegovina should be trained with the necessary skills to deal with complex and sophisticated security threats, risks and criminal acts during the implementation of the project.

Penska stated that the project will include support in strengthening criminal-intelligence analytics and decision-making through IT system improvements software and hardware.

Olav Reinertsen, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Norway in Bosnia and Herzegovina, said that Bosnia and Herzegovina and Norway have had diplomatic bilateral relations for 27 years, and with this project we enter a new area of relations, that is, police work based on intelligence data.

The model of police work based on intelligence data is recognized in a large number of democratic states, which is why the BiH Assistant Minister of Security Samir Rizvo believes that it will contribute to BiH continuing to create conditions for a safe environment.