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.
From 22 to 24 of May 2018, Slovenia will host the eight-international regional conference ‘Counter-Terrorism Challenges in the Region of South Eastern Europe’. The conference will be jointly organized by the Ministry of Defense Republic of Slovenia, Embassy of the United States of America – Defense Cooperation Office and the US Joint Special Operations University from Tampa.
The topic of this year conference will be »Violent Extremism and Radicalization processes as driving factors to terrorism threats on Western Balkans and Security Implications to Europe«.
For more information please visit the conference website here.
Between 21-22 May, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) is organizing a regional conference, entitled “Strengthening the Institutional Capacities of the National Committee for Countering Violent Extremism and Countering Terrorism”, in Skopje. The purpose of the event is to provide an overview of the situation regarding the prevention and counteracting of violent extremism in the Southeast Europe region. Special emphasis will be given to practical cases when addressing P/CVE, and the role of various stakeholders, as well as their collaboration for the efficient implementation of National Actions Plans for Countering Violent Extremism and Terrorism.
The 2018 OSCE-wide Counter-Terrorism Conference on “The Reverse Flow of Foreign Terrorist Fighters (FTFs): Challenges for the OSCE Area and Beyond” will be held from 10 to 11 May 2018 in Rome.
The OSCE-wide Counter-Terrorism Conference will focus on the following topics:
– Trends and Dynamics of Returning or Relocating FTFs: Exchange of Views on National Experiences and International Co-operation
– Managing the Return/Relocation of FTFs: Strengthening Border Security and Information Sharing
– Addressing the Potential Threat of Returning and Relocating FTFs and their Affiliates: Rehabilitation and Reintegration Programs Within and Outside the Criminal Justice System
– Addressing Accompanying Family Members of FTFs: Legal Gaps, Juvenile Justice, Engaging with Civil Society.
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.
The 3rd roundtable of the national platform was organised by the Slovenian Criminal Police, assisted by a local NGO, the Institute for the Development of Inclusive Society (IRVD). Assistant Director of the Criminal Police Mr Boštjan Lindav pointed to a full understanding on part of the Slovenian security agencies for the implications that Radicalisation leading to Violent Extremism could have for the security of Slovenian citizens – despite an extremely low perception of any kind of threat among the population. The issue should not only be linked to the issue of migration and refugees or religion-based extremism in order not to neglect other kinds of extremism and their factors. The roundtable concluded that the awareness of other state sectors and the civil society should be further strengthened, as well as their active involvement in the RAN (Radicalisation Awareness Network) concept, the implementation of which is currently limited to the law enforcement/security area. It was also concluded the the external factors (incl. the vicinity of the Western Balkans) should also be considered in the formation of relevant national policies.
The national platforms are a crucial concept, enabling the development of RAN methodology. This instrument is currently being developed in the Western Balkan Beneficiaries through the Slovenian-led “First Line” project. National platforms will provide a multi-agency approach and the structures (scopes) will be mirrored at the local level. This endeavour is a crucial, core part of the IPA II 2016 action to be coordinated by DCAF Ljubljana.
CODEXTER is an intergovernmental body coordinating the Council of Europe’s action against terrorism. At their upcoming meeting between 23 – 24 May 2017 in Strasbourg, the delegates will familiarise themselves with WBCTi and IISG, initiatives originating from the Slovenian-led Brdo Process, and receive a non-paper submitted by the Slovenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.