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1st Working Forum for the Balkan States' General Prosecutors
22 Ekim 2019

"1st Working Forum for the Balkan States' General Prosecutors" was held in cooperation with the General Prosecution Office of the Supreme Court of Appeal of the Republic of Turkey and the Prosecutor's Office of the Republic of Bulgaria between 16 - 18 October 2019 in İzmir.

The Forum started on 17 October 2019 with the opening speeches of the First President of the Supreme Court of Appeal Mr. İsmail Rüştü Cirit, Minister of Justice Mr. Abdulhamit Gül, General Prosecutor of the Supreme Court of Appeal Mr. Mehmet Akarca and ended on 18 October 2019 with the announcement of "Joint Conclusion on the Establishment of Working Forum among the General Prosecution Offices of the Balkan  States ".

In this historical Forum held with the participation of General Prosecutors from Albania, Bosnia Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Montenegro, Kosovo, Romania and their delegations; it was aimed to establish a permanent and legal platform among General Prosecution Offices of the Balkan States with the joint initiative of the General Prosecution Office of the Supreme Court of Appeal of the Republic of Turkey and the Prosecutor's Office of the Republic of Bulgaria.

The said Forum aims to strengthen the judicial cooperation between General Prosecution Offices of the Balkan region in order to fight against trans-boundary crimes such as human trafficking, migrant smuggling, drug trafficking and especially terrorism, which all have international aspect. Therefore, "Joint Conclusion on the Establishment of the Working Forum among the General Prosecution Offices of the Balkan States" was prepared during the Forum with the opinions and contributions of the participant countries and the delegations; and it was aimed for the General Prosecutors of the Balkans States to come together in a Balkan State every year  in order to share their problems and good practices within the framework of a particular theme.

It was decided that the 2nd Working Forum for the Balkan States' General Prosecutors will be held in Bulgaria in 2020, the 3rd Working Forum will be held in Romania in 2021.