Workshop on Developing Strategies on Rehabilitation and Reintegration of Foreign Terrorist Fighters (FTF)

To identify possible ways and means to develop strategies and establish adequate short and long-term rehabilitation and reintegration programs for those individuals who have been identified and prosecuted as Foreign terrorist Fighters. RACVIAC has been taking part in and contributing to the WBCTi Integrative Plan of Action 2015-2017 Objective 7 – To Raise Awareness and Best Practice Exchange on Reintegration and Rehabilitation.

Its aims will be to support RACVIAC Members regarding the development of the Strategy for de-radicalization and reintegration of the returnees.

For more information please visit the RACVIAC website here.

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.

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 Combating Illicit Cross-border Trafficking in Cultural Property in South East Europe

The Workshop aims to raise awareness regarding illicit trafficking in cultural property and its impact on security and stability in the South Eastern Europe region. The participants will discuss various methods and best practices from the OSCE perspective and explore best mechanisms and tools that will enable them to respond to this serious transnational threat in a sustainable manner in co-ordination with relevant national agencies, international organizations, private sector, and educational institutions.

For more information please visit the OSCE website here.

Workshop “Enhancing Cooperation with the Western Balkans within the EU Policy cycle – Synergies, Challenges and Ideas”

The Workshop “Enhancing Cooperation with the Western Balkans within the EU Policy cycle – Synergies, Challenges and Ideas”, co-organised by the IPAII2017 Multi-Country Action – component “Countering Serious Crime in the Western Balkans”, the IISG Support Group hosted by DCAF Ljubljana, and Europol will take place on 5-6 September in Belgrade, Serbia.

Based on the Western Balkan Counter-Serious Crime Initiative (WBCSCi) Integrative Plan of Action 2018-2020, endorsed by the ministers of the interior at the 2nd IISG Board Meeting (Brdo pri Kranju, Slovenia, 16 March 2018), the meeting is going to address a concrete objective set by the IISG Partnership – to explore the possibilities to enhance the cooperation and engagement of the Western Balkan authorities in the EU Policy Cycle 2018-2021 implementation. The workshop is expected to result in concrete recommendations and will be followed-up within the IISG partnership, particularly in cooperation with Europol and relevant regional partners.

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.

National Workshop of the First Line Project in Budva

Within the EU project, entitled “FIRST LINE Practitioners Dealing with Radicalization Issues – Awareness Raising and Encouraging Capacity Building in the Western Balkan Region”, Slovenian Police is organizing a workshop between 15- 16 May in Budva, Montenegro. The scope of this workshop will be to contribute to country`s efforts in the setting up of a national coordination mechanism. Special attention will be given to also to strategic communication and coordination needed in addressing P/CVE.

Building Integrity and Preventing Corruption Workshop

To increase the capacity of public authorities in the field of corruption risk assessment and integrity, as well as to strengthen cooperation between anti-corruption bodies and government agencies in South East Europe. This Workshop is a continuation of a series of activities previously organized by RACVIAC in cooperation with the Regional Anti-Corruption Initiative (RAI) and Regional Cooperation Council (RCC).

Its aim is to:

  • To facilitate additional knowledge-sharing;
  • To network with experts and policymakers;
  • To establish a system for cooperation on cross-border cases *Remark: RACVIAC is organizing Building Integrity and Preventing Workshops every year on different topic, so in 2018 the focus could be adapted to the needs of Integrated Plan of Action of the Western Balkan Border Security initiative (WBBSi iPA) for the period 2018–2020 (border police forces), needs further discussion and development.

For more information please visit the RACVIAC website here.

National Workshop of the First Line Project in Belgrade

From 24 – 25 April 2018, the Slovenian Ministry of Interior and Police organized the national workshop in Belgrade held under the auspices of the EU-supported project “First Line” (HOME/2014/ISFP/AG/RADX/7533). The event is intended to discuss the prevailing challenges of radicalisation leading to violent extremism or terrorism and to transfer good practices from EU partners in implementing a multi-agency approach to tackling challenges of P-CVE at the national level and at the level of local communities.

Workshop for Kosovo Prosecutors on interview technique skills for war crimes witnesses and victims

Between 18- 19 April EULEX organized a two-day workshop for Kosovo Prosecutors on interview technique skills for war crimes witnesses and victims with a focus on sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) cases in armed conflict.
Conducted by Ms. Luana Scarcella, EULEX Legal Officer, and Me. Gianfranco Gallo, international legal expert, the purpose of the workshop was to provide participants with knowledge and understanding of the specific skills needed in interviewing, witnesses and victims of war crimes cases especially those of an SGBV nature.
For more information visit EULEX Kosovo website here.