Regional workshop on media coverage of terrorism and violent extremism related topics for journalists from the Western Balkans

Between 24-26 October, RCC is organising the Regional workshop on media coverage of terrorism and violent extremism-related topics for journalists from the Western Balkans in Budva, Montenegro.

The event, part of the IPA II 2016 Regional Action on P/CVE in the Western Balkans, is the first workshop with journalists to discuss the role of the media in reporting on terrorism, as an important part in the current trends in P/CVE and the concept of the whole society approach.

Meeting of the Board of the Regional Cooperation Council

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.

Workshop: „Training the Trainers” (P/CVE )

In cooperation with the Office of the National Coordinator for Preventing Violent Extremism and Terrorism of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, RCC will between 2-4 October 2018 in Skopje, organise two days of “Training the Trainers” workshop aimed at boosting skills and knowledge base of national offices for P/CVE in 13 economies from SEE.

The Group of National Focal Points for Countering Radicalization and Violent Extremism Leading to Terrorism and Foreign Terrorist Fighters in Southeast Europe (“NFP CVE-FTF Group”) was established as a part of the RCC’s Regional Platform for Countering Radicalization and Violent Extremism Leading to Terrorism and Foreign Terrorist Fighters in Southeast Europe (“SEE Regional CVE-FTF Platform”). The NFP Group has a strategic coordination role. It serves as a clearinghouse for ideas, proposals, and initiatives for regional CVE-FTF projects and activities, exchange of information and experience on CVE-FTF, supports more efficient cooperation of the RCC participants from the region in prevention and suppression of the FTF phenomenon, intensified cooperation and coordination with key international partners such as UN, UN specialized agencies, EU institutions and bodies, OSCE. The Group formulates policy recommendations, which feed the decision-making process of the SEECP Participants in their efforts to counter radicalisation and violent extremism.

Source: RCC SEE Platform on Countering Violent Extremism

Regional workshop on law enforcement/judicial services and state attorneys/prosecutors on Dealing with terrorism and violent extremism –connected crimes

On 30th May, the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) is organizing a regional workshop on law enforcement/judicial services and state attorneys/prosecutors on dealing with terrorism and violent extremism –connected crimes in Tirana, Albania. The workshop is part of the wider EU funded project, under the IPA II 2016 umbrella, entitled “Support to Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism (P/CVE) in the Western Balkans (WB)”. This workshop is considered to be a preparation for further, concrete activities aimed at improving regional cooperation in this particular field. For more information visit RCC website here.

A Waiting Game: Assessing and Responding to the Threat from Returning Foreign Fighters in the Western Balkans

“The Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) had published in November 2017 a research report, entitled ” A Waiting Game: Assessing and Responding to the Threat from Returning Foreign Fighters in the Western Balkans” by Dr. Vlado Azinović and Dr. Edina Bećirević from the University of Sarajevo. The study aims to map the needs and provide an assessment of capacities in the region related to the disengagement, de-radicalization, rehabilitation, and reintegration of former foreign fighters.
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Support to Prevention and Countering Violent Extremism (P/CVE) in the Western Balkans

The regional action, funded by the EU instrument IPA II 2016, will contribute to sustainable regional cooperation efforts in the Western Balkans in the area of CT, P/CVE, dealing with phenomena of FTFs and radicalization in the designated period.
The action will assist the WB countries in their efforts by transferring EU good practices and standards. It will further support the setting up of a national inter-ministerial P/CVE platform in each WB country, mirrored by multi-agency co-ordination arrangements at the local level to ensure a top-down and bottom-up approach to P/CVE as well as it will represent a solid and sustainable ground for P/CVE national capacities. Furthermore, the action will provide support to several small-scale actions.

The project is coordinated by DCAF Ljubljana, and the implementation partners are the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Sarajevo, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

Joint Meeting of the SEE Regional Cooperation Networks in the area of CT and CVE operating under the auspices of WBCTi

The conference was held in Tirana on 11th November 2016, and was organized by RCC Sarajevo, PCC SEE Secretariat, First Line project and the Albanian Ministry of Internal Affairs.  It brought together the members of the three regional platforms, operating under the auspices of the WBCTi and representing the political level (incl. external dimension), policy level (law enforcement and intelligence), and police operatives, respectively: the RCC Group of National Focal Points on Countering Radicalization and Violent Extremism leading to Terrorism and Foreign Terrorist Fighters in South East Europe (NFP CVE-FTF Group); the Police Cooperation Convention for South East Europe (PCC SEE) Counter-Terrorism Network, and the operational-level network of the Slovenian-led Counter-Terrorism Initiative (CTI). The conference was also attended by the European Commission, the US, OSCE, UNODC, UNDP, SELEC, Europol, Interpol and some other important actors in this area of security cooperation. The WBCTi Chair Rajko Kozmelj made a presentation on the current state of play, and future actions envisaged within the scope of the initiative. He also referred to the WBCTi Integrated Plan of Action 2015-2017, emphasizing the importance of better coordination, communication and prioritization of actions within the three different levels of the WBCTi policy management: political (RCC), strategic (PCC SEE) and operational (CTI).

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Joint Meeting of the SEE Cooperation Networks in the Area of CT and CVE under the auspices of WBCTi, Tirana, 11 Nov 2016 – (Photo: RCC Sarajevo)