Western Balkans Summit: London 2018

On 10 July 2018 the UK will host the Western Balkans Summit in London. The summit will bring together the leaders of the Western Balkans countries and like-minded European partners to strengthen security co-operation, increase economic stability and encourage political co-operation.
For more information visit the website here.

Western Balkans Summit in London – Civil Society Messages

On the 4th July, the Institute for Democracy “Societas Civilis” (IDSCS), on behalf of SouthEast Europe Think Net Network will organize the event “Western Balkans Summit in London – Civil Society Messages“.

The event would serve as a venue to promote the SEE Think Net Network and its recent activities, as well as to promote two policy briefs related to the topic of security which will be discussed on the London Summit of the Berlin process.

The first one, produced by CEP Slovenia in cooperation with DCAF Slovenia, will focus on security (terrorism) and will be presented by Ms. Klemenc, IISG Senior Advisor.

The second policy paper that investigates the alignment of the Western Balkans – EU security infrastructure will be presented by Ms. Donika Marku, a researcher at the Kosovar Centre for Security Studies.

– The Network encompasses think tanks, civil society organisations and individuals from the 6 Western Balkan countries plus Croatia and Slovenia. Besides the Institute for Democracy “Societas Civilis” (IDSCS) which will coordinate the Network,the SEE Think Net Network includes the Network of the European Movement in Serbia (NEMinS), Open Society Foundation for Albania and its affiliate, the EU Policy Hub, Adnan Ćerimagić, Politikon Network from Montenegro, Kosovo Centre for Security Studies, the Institute for Development and International Relations (IRMO) from Croatia and the Centre for European Perspective (CEP) from Slovenia.

Western Balkans Extremism Research Forum

On 3rd July, in light of the upcoming Western Balkans Summit on 9-10th July and as part of the Berlin Process hosted by the UK, the British Council and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office are organising a meeting of the Western Balkan Extremism Research Forum.

The UK presidency of the Berlin Process set out to address concerns raised in Paris and Trieste about violent extremism. Supporting this, the UK commissioned the British Council to establish the Western Balkans Extremism Research Forum, a regional research programme assessing the dimensions of threats emanating from the Western Balkans. The research findings will be used to establish policy analysis and recommendations to provide decision-makers from host countries and the international community with a stronger evidence-base to develop effective national counter violent extremism policies and programming. The findings and views have been produced by the British Council, independent of the UK Government. All the research and policy recommendations will be made available as a public good. The research is now complete and country reports are being presented in each of the Western Balkans six capitals throughout June. On 3 July, researchers from across the Western Balkans will present their findings in Brussels. This is the first opportunity to discuss the region-wide findings and the implications for future policy and programming.

“Going Together and in Partnership on Countering Violent Extremism” – Western Balkans CVE Regional Meeting

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.

Common PCVE challenges in Western Balkans and European Union

In order to increase the exchange of information between practitioners and national policymakers, RAN will in the year 2018 deliver six Policy and Practice Events. The “Common PCVE challenges in Western Balkans and European Union” is just the first which aims to attract both groups of actors (authorities agencies, NGOs, and communities) in the Western Balkans and European Union to target common challenges in Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism (PCVE). The meeting will be divided into two related topics, whereas the first part will be dedicated to the effective and sustainable partnership of all actors involved, and the second part will focus on addressing the vulnerability of young children (pre-teens) in extremist environments. Participants will also discuss options for responding to young returnees to the Western Balkans whose parents have joined terrorist groups.

This meeting will be organized by RAN in collaboration with the Bulgarian Presidency.

For more information please visit the RAN website here.

IPAII 2017 “Countering Serious Crime in the Western Balkans”: Kick-Off Workshop in Macedonia

Within the Instrument of Pre-Accession (IPA) II 2017, the regional action “Countering Serious Crime in the Western Balkans”,  funded by the EU (DG NEAR) and Germany (German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development), the implementing partners (the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf of the German Government, the Italian Ministry of Interior and the Center for International Legal Cooperation (CILC)) are organizing a series of kick-off workshops representing the official start of the project in the Western Balkans.

The overall objective of the project is to improve the security in the Western Balkans and the EU by combatting organized crime and terrorism. Emphasizing the need for awareness raising and cooperation among regional and national capacities to counter serious crimes, which included the recovery of illegal financial gains and the fight against illegal migrant smuggling.

The projects` kick-off workshops in the Western Balkan countries, will be organized as follows:

  • Belgrade, Serbia: 19th– 20th February,
  • Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina: 22nd– 23rd February,
  • Tirana, Albania: 26th– 27th February,
  • Podgorica, Montenegro:  28th– 29th February,
  • Pristina, Kosovo (under UNSCR 1244/99): 5th– 6th March,
  • Skopje, Macedonia: 7th– 8th March 2018.

IPAII 2017 “Countering Serious Crime in the Western Balkans”: Kick-Off Workshop in Kosovo (under UNSCR 1244/99)

Within the Instrument of Pre-Accession (IPA) II 2017, the regional action “Countering Serious Crime in the Western Balkans”,  funded by the EU (DG NEAR) and Germany (German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development), the implementing partners (the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf of the German Government, the Italian Ministry of Interior and the Center for International Legal Cooperation (CILC)) are organizing a series of kick-off workshops representing the official start of the project in the Western Balkans.

The overall objective of the project is to improve the security in the Western Balkans and the EU by combatting organized crime and terrorism. Emphasizing the need for awareness raising and cooperation among regional and national capacities to counter serious crimes, which included the recovery of illegal financial gains and the fight against illegal migrant smuggling.

The projects` kick-off workshops in the Western Balkan countries, will be organized as follows:

  • Belgrade, Serbia: 19th– 20th February,
  • Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina: 22nd– 23rd February,
  • Tirana, Albania: 26th– 27th February,
  • Podgorica, Montenegro:  28th– 29th February,
  • Pristina, Kosovo (under UNSCR 1244/99): 5th– 6th March,
  • Skopje, Republic of Macedonia: 7th– 8th March 2018.

IPAII 2017 “Countering Serious Crime in the Western Balkans”: Kick-Off Workshop in Montenegro

Within the Instrument of Pre-Accession (IPA) II 2017, the regional action “Countering Serious Crime in the Western Balkans”,  funded by the EU (DG NEAR) and Germany (German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development), the implementing partners (the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf of the German Government, the Italian Ministry of Interior and the Center for International Legal Cooperation (CILC)) are organizing a series of kick-off workshops representing the official start of the project in the Western Balkans.

The overall objective of the project is to improve the security in the Western Balkans and the EU by combatting organized crime and terrorism. Emphasizing the need for awareness raising and cooperation among regional and national capacities to counter serious crimes, which included the recovery of illegal financial gains and the fight against illegal migrant smuggling.

The projects` kick-off workshops in the Western Balkan countries, will be organized as follows:

  • Belgrade, Serbia: 19th– 20th February,
  • Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina: 22nd– 23rd February,
  • Tirana, Albania: 26th– 27th February,
  • Podgorica, Montenegro:  28th– 29th February,
  • Pristina, Kosovo (under UNSCR 1244/99): 5th– 6th March,
  • Skopje, Republic of Macedonia: 7th– 8th March 2018.

IPAII 2017 “Countering Serious Crime in the Western Balkans”: Kick-Off Workshop in Albania

Within the Instrument of Pre-Accession (IPA) II 2017, the regional action “Countering Serious Crime in the Western Balkans”,  funded by the EU (DG NEAR) and Germany (German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development), the implementing partners (the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf of the German Government, the Italian Ministry of Interior and the Center for International Legal Cooperation (CILC)) are organizing a series of kick-off workshops representing the official start of the project in the Western Balkans.

The overall objective of the project is to improve the security in the Western Balkans and the EU by combatting organized crime and terrorism. Emphasizing the need for awareness raising and cooperation among regional and national capacities to counter serious crimes, which included the recovery of illegal financial gains and the fight against illegal migrant smuggling.

The projects` kick-off workshops in the Western Balkan countries, will be organized as follows:

  • Belgrade, Serbia: 19th– 20th February,
  • Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina: 22nd– 23rd February,
  • Tirana, Albania: 26th– 27th February,
  • Podgorica, Montenegro:  28th– 29th February,
  • Pristina, Kosovo (under UNSCR 1244/99): 5th– 6th March,
  • Skopje, Republic of Macedonia: 7th– 8th March 2018.

IPAII 2017 “Countering Serious Crime in the Western Balkans”: Kick-Off Workshop in BiH

Within the Instrument of Pre-Accession (IPA) II 2017, the regional action “Countering Serious Crime in the Western Balkans”,  funded by the EU (DG NEAR) and Germany (German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development), the implementing partners (the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf of the German Government, the Italian Ministry of Interior and the Center for International Legal Cooperation (CILC)) are organizing a series of kick-off workshops representing the official start of the project in the Western Balkans.

The overall objective of the project is to improve the security in the Western Balkans and the EU by combatting organized crime and terrorism. Emphasizing the need for awareness raising and cooperation among regional and national capacities to counter serious crimes, which included the recovery of illegal financial gains and the fight against illegal migrant smuggling.

The projects` kick-off workshops in the Western Balkan countries, will be organized as follows:

  • Belgrade, Serbia: 19th- 20th February,
  • Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina: 22nd- 23rd February,
  • Tirana, Albania: 26th- 27th February,
  • Podgorica, Montenegro: 28th- 29th February,
  • Pristina, Kosovo (under UNSCR 1244/99): 5th- 6th March,
  • Skopje, Republic of Macedonia: 7th- 8th March 2018.