|| Cross-border international organised
crime is a global source of danger; uncertainties of the social-economic
transition in Central and Eastern Europe provided a particularly
favourable environment for the creation and consolidation of organised
criminal activities. International organised criminal groups are
engaged in smuggling narcotics, arms, nuclear materials, vehicles
and human beings, they are closely interrelated. They continuously
endeavour to boost their legal economic activities and influence.
Their goals are to establish ties and to infiltrate into to the
spheres of politics, jurisdiction, law enforcement, and mass media
and exercise leverage on them through dishonest means.
Organised crime seriously jeopardises the national security interests
related to the proper and lawful functioning of state and economy.
This phenomenon requires a type of treatment different from that
of "traditional" crime.
Branches of organised crime are narco- and arms trafficking, human
trafficking and human smuggling related to illegal migration, illicit
trade of valuable goods (antiques, precious metal) and of products
earning the state inland revenue (cigarettes, alcohol etc.).
The Information Office is not a law enforcement body. In the field
of fighting against organised crime it is tasked to provide intelligence
for the competent domestic national security services and law enforcement
bodies. Besides collecting concrete data and information on criminal
groups and their activities, the Information Office is charged to
follow and give warning on all events, developments and incidents
beyond the borders that might have an impact on the domestic criminal
The fact that the services being involved in the process aimed at
countering crime, are disinclined to share information which negatively
affect the international opinion on their respective states, (e.g.
about ties between the political elite and the organised criminal
circles) creates a shortage of the international exchange of information.
Even an entire state might get under the leverage of organised criminal
gangs. It is clear that revealing the backstage trends and intentions
in this field falls in the competence of the national security services
rather than in that of the law enforcement agencies