Regional Expert Workshop and Conference “Countering online radicalization in the context of cyber security”

Between 17- 18 April 2018 the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) is organising a two-day regional workshop and conference, entitled “Countering online radicalisation in the context of cybersecurity” in Belgrade, Serbia.

The event will be divided into four panels, during which experts and participants from the region and the European Union, will address questions and share experiences related to online terrorist and violent extremist propaganda, fake news and hate speech, cyber-attacks and other.

For more information please visit RCC website here.

Regional Conference on Strengthening Cooperation in the Field of Asset Recovery

On 28th March, The Regional Anti-corruption Initiative (RAI) and the Advice on Individual Rights in Europe (AIRE) Centre are organizing a Regional Conference on Strengthening Cooperation in the Field of Asset Recovery,  in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Conference is part of the project “Combating corruption in the Western Balkans and Strengthening Regional Cooperation in the field of Asset Recovery”, which is being implemented with support from the British Government and from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).

The objective of the Conference is to present the findings of the Study prepared by the AIRE Centre and the RAI Secretariat concerning search, seizure and confiscation of illegally obtained assets, with emphasis on final court judgments in corruption cases in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo*, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia. For more information about the conference, please visit RAI website here.

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)).

Building Regional Anti- Money Laundering and Counter- Financing of Terrorism Capacity in SEE

Within IPA II 2017 Multi-Country Action “Support to Integrative Internal Security Governance in the Western Balkans”, the project entitled “Building Regional Anti- Money Laundering and Counter- Financing of Terrorism Capacity in SEE”, was entrusted to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Regional Programme for South Eastern Europe.

For more information about UNODC Regional Programme for South Eastern Europe, please visit their website here.

Regional Conference on Preventing and Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism

Between 17th – 18th May 2017, DCAF, the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies and the Slovenian Ministry of Interior – Police are co-organising an important regional conference, which will bring together senior policy-makers from law enforcement and intelligence, academics and relevant international and regional security actors in the area of CT and P/CVE policy in the Western Balkans. The conference will identify requirements to improve CT and P/CVE policies in the Western Balkans, and recommend priorities for the next multi-annual WBCTi Integrated Plan of Action that will enter into force in early 2018, based on Beneficiaries needs and relevant threat assessments.

For more information on the Conference, please see: CT – PCVE Conference AAR May 2017

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)