BORDAIRPOL II, Fifth Annual Meeting

Under the BORDAIRPOL II Project funded by the Swiss State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) for activities, which purpose is to reinforce cooperation of border authorities in the Southeast Europe, the MARRI Regional Centre will, in May 2018, organize the Fifth Annual Meeting, which will be directed to finding the modules on further intensification of cooperation, by seeking the possibilities of initiating protocol on concrete activities of common interest (exchange of police officers among beneficiaries but also seeking the possibilities of signing bilateral agreement on control of different nationalities).
For more information about the BORDAIRPOL II Project please visit the MARRI website.

Integrative Internal Security Governance (IISG) Board Meeting

On the 16th March, the IISG Support Group hosted by DCAF Ljubljana supported by the European Union (“IPAII2016 Regional Action on P/CVE in the Western Balkans”) and the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Slovenia will organize the regional ministerial event Integrative Internal Security Governance (IISG) Board Meeting, under the auspices of the Brdo Process.

GCTF Second Regional Expert Meeting

The Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF) in partnership with the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI) is organizing the GCTF Second Regional Expert Meeting in Tirana, Albania, on 5th and 6th February 2018.

The regional expert meeting in Tirana will be the second in a series of four meetings, with a focus on the Balkan region. The aim of this event is to discuss the evolving dynamics of transnational organized crime, the challenges deriving from the constant diversification of its business areas, and its ability to adapt quickly to changing environments and actors. These characteristics allow for the linkages between criminal syndicates and terrorist groups, generating new challenges that often outpace the law enforcement capacity to understand, prevent and counter relevant phenomena. A more nuanced understanding of the interlinkages between crime and terrorism demonstrates the need for new approaches and mutually reinforcing multi-sectoral interventions that engage at local, national, regional and international levels.

The Second Regional Meeting on the nexus between transnational organized crime and terrorism initiative is hosting experts from international organizations (per example Mr. Rajko Kozmelj, IISG Chair and Mr. Leif Villadsen, Senior Programme Officer at UNICRI), national authorities (per example representatives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Netherlands and the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs in Albania), and research centers (per example The International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence (ICSR) and the Centre of Excellence in Terrorism, Resilience, Intelligence & Organised Crime Research (CENTRIC)).

BORDAIRPOL II, Fourth Annual Meeting

Under the BORDAIRPOL II Project funded by the Swiss State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) for activities, which purpose is to reinforce cooperation of border authorities in the Southeast Europe, the MARRI Regional Centre will, in January 2018, organize the Fourth Annual Meeting, which objective is to continue with providing the possibility for the Permanent Inter Regional Working Group/Network for Cooperation (PIRWG Network) to discuss topics of mutual interest, exchange information, risk analysis reports, good practices, identify gaps and possible solutions, maintain quality of cooperation, discuss new strategies, coordinate operations and working plans.
For more information about the BORDAIRPOL II Project please visit the MARRI website.

Counter Terrorism and Counter Violent Extremism Donor Coordination meeting

On 4 December 2017, the European External Action Service (EEAS) in Brussels will host a working level CT and CVE Donor Coordination meeting focusing on the Western Balkans.

The overarching objectives of the Conference will be:

  • to discuss on the counter terrorism threat,
  • to discuss on strategic objectives for counter terrorism activity in the Western Balkans, and
  • to discuss of counter terrorism/counter violent extremism capacity building efforts in the Western Balkans, including its successes, challenges and future recommendations.

This event represents the latest in a series of Donor coordination meetings first held in Washington DC on April 19-20 focused on the Sahel and the second in London focus on North Africa. In line with the methodology and practices used in previous meetings this discussion will be aimed at building contacts at working level, and will be chaired by EEAS Head of CT Division, Mr. John Gatt-Rutter.

1st CT and P/CVE Coordination Meeting with WBCTi Partners

On 14th September, Mr Filip de Ceuninck, EU regional CT adviser, EU Delegation to BiH, hosted a CT and P/CVE coordination meeting in the EU House in Sarajevo. The meeting convened regional CT-P/CVE-Security advisors in the Western Balkan region and other representatives of the following WBCTi partners: Ministry of Security BiH, IOM, Foreign & Commonwealth Office U.K., Embassies of Germany, the Netherlands and the U.K., USAID, NI-CO/WINPRO Project, UNDP, RCC, EUFOR, EEAS, Office of the EU CTC, the European Commission – DG NEAR and DG HOME, and DCAF Ljubljana. The event was organised in close cooperation with the Rule of Law Section, EUSR Office in Sarajevo.

The discussion was mainly focused on new developments and approaches to issues of CT and P/CVE in the Western Balkans. The newly appointed IISG Chair, Mr Rajko Kozmelj (represented also WBCTi Lead Partners DCAF Ljubljana, Austria and Slovenia) gave a presentation of the IISG Board Kick-Off Meeting results and WBCTi developments and its state-of-play. He emphasised the strategic importance and impact that the IISG Board conclusions of 8 Sep 2017 would bear for the internal security and regional cooperation policies. He also presented to the participants the first list of draft priorities for the new WBCTi iPA 2018-2019 and invited again all partners to contribute to the draft list of needs as we are currently developing it into the first draft iPA 2018-2019 and preparing the next phases of needs assessment.

The WBCTi partners provided their priorities related to their planned P/CVE activities and their importance and links with national CT policies. Participants recognised the importance of establishing the “P-R-A” Mechanism and inclusion of existing Referral Mechanism pilot results into the comprehensive P-R-A solution. It is also important to create further synergies between these two important efforts. BiH authorities expressed a strong commitment to achieving synergic action and presented on their plans to establish “P-R-A” Mechanism. Representatives of Ministry of Security, Mr Samir Rizvo, Assistant Minister and Mr Mario Janeček, CT Adviser, invited WBCTi to support them in this challenging endeavour. In this regard, the sharing of information via WBCTi platforms and its website tools for coordination of activities is crucial, with the support of the EU regional CT adviser.

The third focus was placed on the necessity for the coordination among all WBCTi partners in planning and implementing CT and P/CVE actions in the WB region from now on, where the coordination role of the EU regional CT adviser Mr de Ceuninck and the role of the WBCTi Lead Partners (DCAF Ljubljana, Austria and Slovenia) was highly appreciated.

Participants agreed to meet twice per year or more often whenever necessary, in order to contribute to the future implementation and monitoring of the new WBCTi iPA 2018-2019. Meetings will be convened by the EU regional CT adviser in close cooperation with WBCTi Lead Partners.

12th Meeting of the Informal Working Group on WBCTi

The Meeting of the Informal Working Group on WBCTi (meeting under the auspices of the Council of the EU Terrorism Working Party for the 12th time) will be hosted by the Slovenian Permanent Representation to the EU. The meeting will be chaired by Slovenia and Austria. It will review progress in the WBCTi iPA 2015–2017 implementation and introduce future steps, incl. the preparation of the next multi-annual iPA. The event is attended by EU Member States, Western Balkan countries’ Missions to the EU, European Commission, EU agencies, the US, Turkey and DCAF and the WBCTi Chairmanship.