“Going Together and in Partnership on Countering Violent Extremism” – Western Balkans CVE Regional Meeting

On 4th June, the Albanian National Coordinator for Countering Violent Extremism will hold a regional meeting on the topic of countering violent extremism (CVE) with key stakeholders from the region and beyond, entitled “Going Together and in Partnership on Countering Violent Extremism” – Western Balkans CVE Regional Meeting. The aim of the event will be to foster the partnership and cooperation among the WB countries, through raising the awareness on the needs to properly address violent extremism issues, as an irreplaceable component in the package of measures against terrorism.

In specific, the meeting will have two objectives:

  • to bring together key regional stakeholders, from policy-makers, representatives from relevant public institutions to civil society, education, and religious representatives, that can directly contribute to the matter,
  • to raise awareness on the need to advance in the efforts to develop community-oriented approaches for countering hateful extremist ideologies that cause radicalization, promote recruitment or incite to violence.

Common PCVE challenges in Western Balkans and European Union

In order to increase the exchange of information between practitioners and national policymakers, RAN will in the year 2018 deliver six Policy and Practice Events. The “Common PCVE challenges in Western Balkans and European Union” is just the first which aims to attract both groups of actors (authorities agencies, NGOs, and communities) in the Western Balkans and European Union to target common challenges in Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism (PCVE). The meeting will be divided into two related topics, whereas the first part will be dedicated to the effective and sustainable partnership of all actors involved, and the second part will focus on addressing the vulnerability of young children (pre-teens) in extremist environments. Participants will also discuss options for responding to young returnees to the Western Balkans whose parents have joined terrorist groups.

This meeting will be organized by RAN in collaboration with the Bulgarian Presidency.

For more information please visit the RAN website here.

IPAII 2017 “Countering Serious Crime in the Western Balkans”: Kick-Off Workshop in Macedonia

Within the Instrument of Pre-Accession (IPA) II 2017, the regional action “Countering Serious Crime in the Western Balkans”,  funded by the EU (DG NEAR) and Germany (German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development), the implementing partners (the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf of the German Government, the Italian Ministry of Interior and the Center for International Legal Cooperation (CILC)) are organizing a series of kick-off workshops representing the official start of the project in the Western Balkans.

The overall objective of the project is to improve the security in the Western Balkans and the EU by combatting organized crime and terrorism. Emphasizing the need for awareness raising and cooperation among regional and national capacities to counter serious crimes, which included the recovery of illegal financial gains and the fight against illegal migrant smuggling.

The projects` kick-off workshops in the Western Balkan countries, will be organized as follows:

  • Belgrade, Serbia: 19th– 20th February,
  • Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina: 22nd– 23rd February,
  • Tirana, Albania: 26th– 27th February,
  • Podgorica, Montenegro:  28th– 29th February,
  • Pristina, Kosovo (under UNSCR 1244/99): 5th– 6th March,
  • Skopje, Macedonia: 7th– 8th March 2018.

IPAII 2017 “Countering Serious Crime in the Western Balkans”: Kick-Off Workshop in Kosovo (under UNSCR 1244/99)

Within the Instrument of Pre-Accession (IPA) II 2017, the regional action “Countering Serious Crime in the Western Balkans”,  funded by the EU (DG NEAR) and Germany (German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development), the implementing partners (the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf of the German Government, the Italian Ministry of Interior and the Center for International Legal Cooperation (CILC)) are organizing a series of kick-off workshops representing the official start of the project in the Western Balkans.

The overall objective of the project is to improve the security in the Western Balkans and the EU by combatting organized crime and terrorism. Emphasizing the need for awareness raising and cooperation among regional and national capacities to counter serious crimes, which included the recovery of illegal financial gains and the fight against illegal migrant smuggling.

The projects` kick-off workshops in the Western Balkan countries, will be organized as follows:

  • Belgrade, Serbia: 19th– 20th February,
  • Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina: 22nd– 23rd February,
  • Tirana, Albania: 26th– 27th February,
  • Podgorica, Montenegro:  28th– 29th February,
  • Pristina, Kosovo (under UNSCR 1244/99): 5th– 6th March,
  • Skopje, Republic of Macedonia: 7th– 8th March 2018.

IPAII 2017 “Countering Serious Crime in the Western Balkans”: Kick-Off Workshop in Montenegro

Within the Instrument of Pre-Accession (IPA) II 2017, the regional action “Countering Serious Crime in the Western Balkans”,  funded by the EU (DG NEAR) and Germany (German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development), the implementing partners (the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf of the German Government, the Italian Ministry of Interior and the Center for International Legal Cooperation (CILC)) are organizing a series of kick-off workshops representing the official start of the project in the Western Balkans.

The overall objective of the project is to improve the security in the Western Balkans and the EU by combatting organized crime and terrorism. Emphasizing the need for awareness raising and cooperation among regional and national capacities to counter serious crimes, which included the recovery of illegal financial gains and the fight against illegal migrant smuggling.

The projects` kick-off workshops in the Western Balkan countries, will be organized as follows:

  • Belgrade, Serbia: 19th– 20th February,
  • Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina: 22nd– 23rd February,
  • Tirana, Albania: 26th– 27th February,
  • Podgorica, Montenegro:  28th– 29th February,
  • Pristina, Kosovo (under UNSCR 1244/99): 5th– 6th March,
  • Skopje, Republic of Macedonia: 7th– 8th March 2018.

IPAII 2017 “Countering Serious Crime in the Western Balkans”: Kick-Off Workshop in Albania

Within the Instrument of Pre-Accession (IPA) II 2017, the regional action “Countering Serious Crime in the Western Balkans”,  funded by the EU (DG NEAR) and Germany (German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development), the implementing partners (the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf of the German Government, the Italian Ministry of Interior and the Center for International Legal Cooperation (CILC)) are organizing a series of kick-off workshops representing the official start of the project in the Western Balkans.

The overall objective of the project is to improve the security in the Western Balkans and the EU by combatting organized crime and terrorism. Emphasizing the need for awareness raising and cooperation among regional and national capacities to counter serious crimes, which included the recovery of illegal financial gains and the fight against illegal migrant smuggling.

The projects` kick-off workshops in the Western Balkan countries, will be organized as follows:

  • Belgrade, Serbia: 19th– 20th February,
  • Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina: 22nd– 23rd February,
  • Tirana, Albania: 26th– 27th February,
  • Podgorica, Montenegro:  28th– 29th February,
  • Pristina, Kosovo (under UNSCR 1244/99): 5th– 6th March,
  • Skopje, Republic of Macedonia: 7th– 8th March 2018.

IPAII 2017 “Countering Serious Crime in the Western Balkans”: Kick-Off Workshop in BiH

Within the Instrument of Pre-Accession (IPA) II 2017, the regional action “Countering Serious Crime in the Western Balkans”,  funded by the EU (DG NEAR) and Germany (German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development), the implementing partners (the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf of the German Government, the Italian Ministry of Interior and the Center for International Legal Cooperation (CILC)) are organizing a series of kick-off workshops representing the official start of the project in the Western Balkans.

The overall objective of the project is to improve the security in the Western Balkans and the EU by combatting organized crime and terrorism. Emphasizing the need for awareness raising and cooperation among regional and national capacities to counter serious crimes, which included the recovery of illegal financial gains and the fight against illegal migrant smuggling.

The projects` kick-off workshops in the Western Balkan countries, will be organized as follows:

  • Belgrade, Serbia: 19th- 20th February,
  • Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina: 22nd- 23rd February,
  • Tirana, Albania: 26th- 27th February,
  • Podgorica, Montenegro: 28th- 29th February,
  • Pristina, Kosovo (under UNSCR 1244/99): 5th- 6th March,
  • Skopje, Republic of Macedonia: 7th- 8th March 2018.

IPAII 2017 “Countering Serious Crime in the Western Balkans”: Kick-Off Workshop in Serbia

Within the Instrument of Pre-Accession (IPA) II 2017, the regional action “Countering Serious Crime in the Western Balkans”,  funded by the EU (DG NEAR) and Germany (German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development), the implementing partners (the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf of the German Government, the Italian Ministry of Interior and the Center for International Legal Cooperation (CILC)) are organizing a series of kick-off workshops representing the official start of the project in the Western Balkans.

The overall objective of the project is to improve the security in the Western Balkans and the EU by combatting organized crime and terrorism. Emphasizing the need for awareness raising and cooperation among regional and national capacities to counter serious crimes, which included the recovery of illegal financial gains and the fight against illegal migrant smuggling.

The projects` kick-off workshops in the Western Balkan countries, will be organized as follows:

  • Belgrade, Serbia: 19th- 20th February,
  • Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina: 22nd- 23rd February,
  • Tirana, Albania: 26th- 27th February,
  • Podgorica, Montenegro: 28th- 29th February,
  • Pristina, Kosovo (under UNSCR 1244/99): 5th- 6th March,
  • Skopje, Republic of Macedonia: 7th- 8th March 2018.

Pilot Project to Deploy Europol Liaison Officers in the Western Balkans

Within IPA II 2017 Multi-Country Action “Support to Integrative Internal Security Governance in the Western Balkans”, the project entitled “Pilot project to deploy Europol Liaison Officers in the WB”, was entrusted to the European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation (Europol). The action will provide financial support to cover the costs related to the deployment of Europol’s Liaison Officers in the Region starting with a pilot deployment.

For more information about Europol please visit their website here.

Regional Support of Protection Sensitive Migration Management in the Western Balkans and Turkey Project

January 2016 the European Commission launched a three-year regional programme “Regional Support to Protection-Sensitive Migration Management in the Western Balkan and Turkey” with IPA II funding.
As beneficiary of the programme in subject, MARRI RC in partnership with International Organization for Migration (IOM) as implementing partner of European Commission, is actively participating in following project activities aimed at strengthening MARRI’s role in the regional migration management.
The interpretation platform would facilitate the encounters of the migrants with authorities and service providers in occasions where official procedures are not required, available at border crossing points, in reception/asylum and admission centers, in social and health protection facilities, and throughout referral networks and operating procedures. It would be complementary to the existing interpretation procedures, providing a wider coverage for interpretation but it will not be in any way an alternative to the existing mechanisms.
For more information about the Project please visit the MARRI website.