In the context of the implementation of the European Union Council Decision 2018/1788/CFSP of 19 November 2018 in support of the implementation of the Regional Roadmap on combating illicit arms trafficking in the Western Balkans, and as part of the Franco-German initiative on combatting illicit trafficking of firearms in the Western Balkans, SEESAC is organising the 1st Regional Coordination Meeting on the implementation of the Roadmap for a sustainable solution to the illegal possession, misuse and trafficking of Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) and their ammunition in the Western Balkans by 2024, which will be held on 28 May 2019 in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The 1st Regional Roadmap Coordination meeting will gather representatives of SALW Commissions in the Western Balkans, which are beneficiaries of the Roadmap, representatives of international organizations engaged in arms control in the region, as well as the key donors in the area.
This meeting will provide the opportunity to inform on and coordinate activities under implementation as per the specific goals of the Roadmap, present the baseline data as collected by the authorities on the Roadmap Key Performance Indicators, discuss contributions from the international organizations engaged in arms control in the region and donor support in countering the proliferation and illicit trafficking of small arms and light weapons, within the Roadmap framework.
Organised by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), funded by the EU, the Informal Coordination Meeting of the IPAII 2017 Regional Programme is going to take place on 12 April in Vienna, Austria. The purpose of the meeting is to present work results of 2018 and planned activities in the Western Balkan region in 2019 by IPA II partners and to coordinate IPA work programmes from 2020 onward.
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is organizing a two-day (29-30 January 2018) seminar in Sarajevo entitled “Strengthening institutional coordination for the establishment of the referral mechanism for the prevention of violent extremism in Bosnia and Herzegovina”.
On 4 December 2017, the European External Action Service (EEAS) in Brussels will host a working level CT and CVE Donor Coordination meeting focusing on the Western Balkans.
The overarching objectives of the Conference will be:
- to discuss on the counter terrorism threat,
- to discuss on strategic objectives for counter terrorism activity in the Western Balkans, and
- to discuss of counter terrorism/counter violent extremism capacity building efforts in the Western Balkans, including its successes, challenges and future recommendations.
This event represents the latest in a series of Donor coordination meetings first held in Washington DC on April 19-20 focused on the Sahel and the second in London focus on North Africa. In line with the methodology and practices used in previous meetings this discussion will be aimed at building contacts at working level, and will be chaired by EEAS Head of CT Division, Mr. John Gatt-Rutter.