Macedonia works to counter organized crime

SKOPJE, Macedonia, May 7 (UPI) -- Macedonian security authorities are participating in a training course aimed at strengthening efforts to counter organized crime in the country.

The five-day training course, taking place until Friday in Skopje, Macedonia, is supported by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe and Turkish National Police General Directorate, the OSCE reported.


Officials said the course is designed to offer participants from the Macedonian Interior Ministry's Organized Crime Department training in new European strategies to more effectively counter organized criminal threats in country and in the Balkan region.

"Organized crime is a major challenge not only for police services in Europe but worldwide, and therefore security services need to cooperate with all relevant actors to counter national and international organized crime effectively," Paulo Costa, the head of the OSCE mission's Police Development Department, said in a statement.

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