The Criminal Police Directorate of the Slovenian Police and the IISG Support Group hosted by DCAF Ljubljana are organizing the “Meeting of the Counter-Terrorism Initiative (CTI) Network” in Portorož, Slovenia, from 23th – 25th October 2018. The Meeting is supported by the Western Balkan Counter-Terrorism Initiative–WBCTi (EU IPAII2016 Multi-Country Action “Support to Prevention and Countering Violent Extremism in the Western Balkans”) and by the Slovenian Ministry of the Interior – Police via the Internal Security Fund (ISF).
The focus of the meeting will be on the exchange of experience and strategic information on Prevention and Countering of Violent Extremism (P-CVE) cases and on the experience, challenges, and tools for our improved joint operational response. The discussion will also be dedicated to the issue of sufficient financial support for operational activities and operational meetings. The Meeting will offer an opportunity to review the implementation of the CTI Plan of Action 2018-2020 and to familiarise again with the relevant future actions under the auspices of the WBCTi Integrative Plan of Action 2018-2020.
35th Meeting of the Board of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) is to take place at the RCC Secretariat in Sarajevo on 18 October 2018.
The Board will hear Report of the RCC Secretary General, Goran Svilanovic, on the activities of the RCC Secretariat in the period 1 April – 31 August 2018 and information on the most important future activities of the RCC Secretariat, in particular those related to the implementation of the RCC Strategy and Work Programme 2017 – 2019.
On top of that the Agenda foresees Information on the Coordination Meeting between the Troika of the South-East European Cooperation Process (SEECP), the RCC Secretariat and the European Union and discuss decision on giving the mandate to the SEECP Chairmanship-in-Office to sign the Agreement on the Assumption of Duties with the new RCC Secretary General, Ms. Majlinda Bregu.
Integrative Internal Security Governance (IISG) will present their activities in the part of the meeting devoted to other regional initiatives and regional cooperation structures.
For more information please visit their website here.
Between 9-10 October SEPCA is organising the National Coordinators and Analysts Meeting of the Southeast Europe Police Chiefs Association (SEPCA) in Stuga.
The Albanian Chairmanship-in-Office of the Police Cooperation Convention for Southeast Europe (PCC SEE) and the PCC SEE Secretariat are organising the PCC SEE Meeting of Heads of Criminal Police: Security Challenges Related to Rising Migratory Flows, Serious and Organized Crime and Contribution to IISG Action, which is to be held in Tirana, Albania from 1 to 3 October 2018.
The Meeting took place on 18-19 July 2018 in Tirana and was intended to address the regional response to increasing migration pressure and the shift in the route from Greece- Macedonia-Serbia- Croatia to Slovenia to the route from Greece-Albania-Montenegro-Bosnia and Herzegovina-Croatia-Slovenia (the so-called “Adriatic route”).
The Chiefs of Border Police services of the region discussed the threats posed by the enhancing flow of migrants and discussed and agreed on the measures to be undertaken to appropriately respond to the issue on a regional level.
The activity was conducted within the framework of the project “Countering Serious Crime in the Western Balkans” jointly financed by the EU and the Federal Republic of Germany.
Between 16-17 July UNODC and CEPOL are organizing the “Second Technical Meeting of the National Project Focal Points on the Implementation of the Joint UNODC/CEPOL Project on Capacity Building on Financial Investigations in South Eastern Europe“. The latter will be the second partnership meeting held in the framework of the recently launched joint CEPOL and UNODC two-year capacity building initiative on financial investigations in South Eastern Europe. The project is funded by the European Commission and constitutes an integral part of the Integrative Internal Security Governance (IISG) process, namely its Pillar II on the Western Balkans Combatting Serious and Organized Crime initiative (WBCSCi). The initiative is also part of the UNODC Regional Programme for South Eastern Europe. Whereas the purpose of the first meeting was to inform the regional participants of the project activities and to raise awareness and enhance the visibility of the project’s activities on the ground, in addition to the dissemination and exploitation of the prospective project results, the aim of this meeting will be to introduce the newly recruited project team members and inform about the recent developments, as well as to present project activities scheduled for the upcoming September.
Between the 28-29 June, UNODC is organizing an Inter-Regional Meeting between South-Eastern Europe and West and Central Asia on Building Partnerships in Countering Illicit Financial Flows, in Zagreb, Croatia.
As the West and Central Asia and Southern East Europe are significantly affected by the drug economy that thrives around opium cultivation and heroin production in Afghanistan, which is smuggled to West and Central Europe through different routes across these regions, with a growing importance of the Balkan route, UNODC together with relevant national, regional and international actors aims with this meeting to appose the Heads of Drug Control Agencies/Offices and Heads of Financial Intelligence Units of the Regional Programme for Afghanistan and Neighbourig Countries and the Regional Programme for South Eastern Europe. The event will allow officials of these regions to meet as a group for the first time and address challenges and prospects for inter-regional cooperation, with a particular emphasis on illicit financial flows, in line with the 2016 UNGASS Outcome document, especially as regards South-South and Triangular cooperation.
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.
Between the 22-23 May, the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union will organize the EU-US Justice and Home Affairs Ministerial Meeting in Sofia, Bulgaria. The meeting will serve as an opportunity to continue cooperations between the EU and US, in the fields of justice and home affairs.
For more information about the events under the Bulgarian Presidency please visit their website here.
Between 14-16 May 2018, the Ministry of Interior of Macedonia is organizing a preparatory Security Meeting in Struga, Macedonia. The preparatory meeting will provide an opportunity for the representatives of the Western Balkan countries to prepare for the Fifth Summit within the Berlin Process that will be held on 10th July 2018 in London. They will also address the topic of cooperation in tackling common treats and also exchange information in various areas such as corruption, serious and organized crime, trafficking in human beings illicit drug and firearm trade and other.