International cooperation

The Greek Police force is actively working with various international organizations, specifically with the EU, the United Nations, Interpol, Europol, SECI and others, on this issue. Operations “Mirage 2002” and “Mirage 2003” were specifically held within the framework of the Southeast European Cooperative Initiative (SECI).

  • “Mirage 2002”: This operation was held between Sept. 7 and Sept. 16, 2002, with SECI later announcing the following results:
    • A total of 20,558 inspections were made
    • A total of 1,738 women were queried
    • A total of 237 women were identified as victim
  • “Mirage 2003”: The operation was repeated in September 2003 in two phases (Sep.1-5/2003 and Sep.15-19/2003). According to data announced by SECI, the Operation Mirage 2003 achieved the following results:
    • A total of 20,629 inspections had been conducted
    • 11,170 women had been subjected to control
    • 463 women had been identified as “victims”
    • 2,175 cases in which administrative measures had been applied (fees, temporary imprisonment, etc.)
    • 595 individuals had been identified as traffickers (organizations, which regularly recruit, transport and exploit women).
    • 319 cases for which criminal procedures had been undertaken.
    • 207 traffickers had been charged.
  • “Mirage 2004”: The Operation Mirage 2004 was repeated in June 2004 yielding important results:
    • 601 women had been identified as “victims”
    • 545 persons had been identified as traffickers
    • 302 traffickers had been charged.

This data is cumulative and concerns all participating countries.

  • Operation “Lida”

During the Greek EU Presidency (Jan-June 2003) a joint operation, code-named “Lida”, was held with very positive results. Specifically, 134 investigations were carried out, with 110 suspected traffickers identified, of which 38 were arrested. Greece was responsible for coordinating the operation, while the evaluation process was conducted with the support of Europol. EU Member-states that participated in the operation included Greece, Italy, and Portugal, whereas participating SECI Member-states included Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Bulgaria, Romania, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), Moldova, Hungary, Slovenia and Serbia-Montenegro.

  • Cooperation between Police commands- Border Regions

Regular bilateral contacts with police authorities of Albania, FYROM and Bulgaria are held in order to fight cross-border crime. These consultations aim at better coordinating passport control, surveillance of non-policed sections of borders, dealing with illegal immigration, and combating the illegal smuggling of narcotics, people, weapons etc

  • Participation in international meetings
The Hellenic Police Force is represented by its competent Police Officers and thus, is able to follow closely a lot of meetings held in the context of the European Union, the United Nations Organization, Europol, Interpol, SECI, the Initiative for the Adriatic and the Ionian Sea, the BSCI etc. Moreover, the Hellenic Police Force takes part in a lot of seminars and conferences both domestic and abroad.
  • Information Exchange (Interpol, Europol, SECI)
In order to fight organized crime and any form of crime in general, the Hellenic Police Force has been exchanging information with Europol, Interpol, SECI as well as with EU member states and third countries, thanks to its bilateral relations that have led to the signing of police cooperation agreements. In addition to that, the Hellenic Police Force has been cooperating with Italy, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Turkey, Albania, Russia, Ukraine, FUROM, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia-Montenegro, Romania and Lebanon, by placing police focal points in those countries.