COMBATING CORRUPTION, ORGANIZED CRIME AND TERRORISM
PABSEC is deeply concerned that corruption and organized crime undermine the rule of law, public order and justice, and hinder the comprehensive development of the countries in the region. At the request of the BSEC Meeting of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, in 1996 the Assembly adopted a recommendation on Cooperation among the PABSEC Member Countries in Combating Organized Crime (rec. 15/1996) and has worked out the basic principles of a Black Sea Convention on Combating Organised Crime (report, rec. 17/1996).
The Assembly considers (rec. 87/2006) that the PABSEC Member Countries have to improve their national strategies in the fight against economic crime, in particular, in its organized forms, such as corruption, money laundering, merchandise smuggling etc. The effective and efficient cooperation between the BSEC Member-States in this field is an important aspect of strengthening social and economic stability, national security and principles of market economy in the region.
In June 1999, PABSEC adopted a recommendation on the Legal Framework for Combating Illicit Trafficking in People (rec. 35/1999) calling on the member-countries to use existing multilateral instruments for fighting trafficking in people and, especially, the trafficking in women. Also, it was recommended that bilateral agreements be strengthened and coordinated policies be developed both at national and international levels in order to combat the activities of human traffickers.
PABSEC adopted a recommendation on the Legal Framework for Combating Corruption (rec. 46/2000), calling upon the national parliaments and governments to elaborate and improve national law-enforcement and anti-corruption legislative frameworks, with due regard to the globally recognized standards and norms. The countries through the regional and international organizations as well as the national parliaments and the parliamentary assemblies should mobilize their efforts to actively promote good governance locally and internationally, as well as to raise public awareness of the damages and dangers of corruption.
PABSEC has reacted to the terrorist attacks, by adopting two Declarations on terrorism, in 2001 and 2003, condemning these attacks and calling upon the member countries and the international community to join efforts aimed at putting an end to international terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.
- Role of the Parliaments of the BSEC Member States in Fighting International Terrorism (report, rec.102/2008)
- Role of Parliaments in Providing Legal Framework for Combating Corruption (report, rec.147/2015)
- The need to protect children from commercial exploitation in the BSEC Member States (rec. 110/2009)