Regional Programme Framework


The Regional Programme for South Eastern Europe for the period of 2012-2015 (RP) focuses on the so-called "Balkan Route" region, the major route for the illicit trafficking of heroin from West Asia into Europe. The RP was endorsed by the participating countries and launched on 23 May 2012 by the UNODC Executive Director Mr. Yury Fedotov. The RP has three Sub-Programmes. Its Sub-Programme 1 foresees comprehensive interventions in law enforcement and drug trafficking areas, which will focus on countering the Afghan heroine route going through the Balkans, based on the UNODC expertise in this area. RP's Sub-Programme 2 is aimed at improving justice and integrity in the countries, while Sub-Programme 3 is aimed at health consequences of drug abuse. The Regional Programme is an institutional priority for UNODC.


Structure of the Regional Programme

The Regional Programme for South Eastern Europe is structured around three sub-programmes:

Sub-Programme 1: Illicit Drug Trafficking and Organized Crime:

Interdiction and prosecutions against illicit trafficking and organized crime

Sub-Programme 2: Enhancement of Integrity and Justice:

Institutional and operational capacities for anti-corruption institutions and  the justice system

Sub-Programme 3: Prevention, Treatment and Care:

Prevention, treatment and care for drug users and HIV-AIDS patients.


More specifically, the following areas of work are foreseen within the Regional Programme:

The Regional Programme is fully integrated, in line with the Integrated Programming Approach launched by UNODC in 2009 and confirmed by resolutions issued by UNODC's governing bodies.

The Programme foresees a notional budget of approximately USD 14.6 million (for the period 2012-2015). Donors for UNODC's interventions in South Eastern Europe have so far included: the EU, Germany, Italy, France, Turkey, Belgium and the UN funds. Some funds are co-sponsored by the Paris Pact Initiative.


Ongoing Projects