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 meeting, financed by the PCIB Grant by Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, will be carried out under the framework of DCAF Border Security Programme, in cooperation with the Border Police Division of the Slovenian Police, and will bring together high-level national representatives involved in the daily work and cooperation from several PCCCs established in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo*, North Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia, as well as national PCCC coordinators.
The aim of the meeting is to define the way forward for strengthening regional cooperation among PCCCs in the Western Balkan region in the fight against all forms of crime, especially cross-border crime, facilitating an effective exchange of information among PCCCs in the Western Balkan region in line with existing multilateral and bilateral agreements; and preparing recommendations for their work.
The meeting will serve as an opportunity to facilitate the exchange of working information on the PCCCs in the Western Balkan region and exchange examples of good/bad practices in the European Union. On the final day, the participants will also have a study visit to the PCCC Thörl Maglern in Austria, where they will be given presentations by representatives from Austria, Italy and Slovenia.
*This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244/1999 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.
Regional Steering Group Meeting (RSG) on Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW), co-chaired by RCC and UNDP will take place on 5 March in Belgrade, Serbia.
The key objectives of the meeting are to:
- provide a forum for the exchange of information on current and future SAWL projects in the region and challenges encountered during the implementation of activities both at regional and national levels;
- review national and regional SAWL control priorities and plans for 2019;
- update the RSG on SEESAC activities in 2018; and
- assess progress in the implementation of the Regional Implementation Plan and priorities for 2019.
The 3rd meeting of the IISG Board will take place on 26th February 2019 in Skopje, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. The ministerial event will be hosted by H.E. Mr Oliver Spasovski, Minister of Internal Affairs. It will be co-organised by the IISG Support Group and the hosting framework – the annual Brdo Process Ministerial Conference led by H.E. Mr Boštjan Poklukar, Minister of the Interior of the Republic of Slovenia.
The meeting will be chaired by H.E. Mr Maciej Popowski, Deputy Director-General, DG for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, European Commission.
The Criminal Police Directorate of the Slovenian Police and the IISG Support Group hosted by DCAF Ljubljana are organizing the “Meeting of the Counter-Terrorism Initiative (CTI) Network” in Portorož, Slovenia, from 23th – 25th October 2018. The Meeting is supported by the Western Balkan Counter-Terrorism Initiative–WBCTi (EU IPAII2016 Multi-Country Action “Support to Prevention and Countering Violent Extremism in the Western Balkans”) and by the Slovenian Ministry of the Interior – Police via the Internal Security Fund (ISF).
The focus of the meeting will be on the exchange of experience and strategic information on Prevention and Countering of Violent Extremism (P-CVE) cases and on the experience, challenges, and tools for our improved joint operational response. The discussion will also be dedicated to the issue of sufficient financial support for operational activities and operational meetings. The Meeting will offer an opportunity to review the implementation of the CTI Plan of Action 2018-2020 and to familiarise again with the relevant future actions under the auspices of the WBCTi Integrative Plan of Action 2018-2020.
35th Meeting of the Board of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) is to take place at the RCC Secretariat in Sarajevo on 18 October 2018.
The Board will hear Report of the RCC Secretary General, Goran Svilanovic, on the activities of the RCC Secretariat in the period 1 April – 31 August 2018 and information on the most important future activities of the RCC Secretariat, in particular those related to the implementation of the RCC Strategy and Work Programme 2017 – 2019.
On top of that the Agenda foresees Information on the Coordination Meeting between the Troika of the South-East European Cooperation Process (SEECP), the RCC Secretariat and the European Union and discuss decision on giving the mandate to the SEECP Chairmanship-in-Office to sign the Agreement on the Assumption of Duties with the new RCC Secretary General, Ms. Majlinda Bregu.
Integrative Internal Security Governance (IISG) will present their activities in the part of the meeting devoted to other regional initiatives and regional cooperation structures.
For more information please visit their website here.
Between 9-10 October SEPCA is organising the National Coordinators and Analysts Meeting of the Southeast Europe Police Chiefs Association (SEPCA) in Stuga.
The Albanian Chairmanship-in-Office of the Police Cooperation Convention for Southeast Europe (PCC SEE) and the PCC SEE Secretariat are organising the PCC SEE Meeting of Heads of Criminal Police: Security Challenges Related to Rising Migratory Flows, Serious and Organized Crime and Contribution to IISG Action, which is to be held in Tirana, Albania from 1 to 3 October 2018.
The Meeting took place on 18-19 July 2018 in Tirana and was intended to address the regional response to increasing migration pressure and the shift in the route from Greece- Macedonia-Serbia- Croatia to Slovenia to the route from Greece-Albania-Montenegro-Bosnia and Herzegovina-Croatia-Slovenia (the so-called “Adriatic route”).
The Chiefs of Border Police services of the region discussed the threats posed by the enhancing flow of migrants and discussed and agreed on the measures to be undertaken to appropriately respond to the issue on a regional level.
The activity was conducted within the framework of the project “Countering Serious Crime in the Western Balkans” jointly financed by the EU and the Federal Republic of Germany.
Between 16-17 July UNODC and CEPOL are organizing the “Second Technical Meeting of the National Project Focal Points on the Implementation of the Joint UNODC/CEPOL Project on Capacity Building on Financial Investigations in South Eastern Europe“. The latter will be the second partnership meeting held in the framework of the recently launched joint CEPOL and UNODC two-year capacity building initiative on financial investigations in South Eastern Europe. The project is funded by the European Commission and constitutes an integral part of the Integrative Internal Security Governance (IISG) process, namely its Pillar II on the Western Balkans Combatting Serious and Organized Crime initiative (WBCSCi). The initiative is also part of the UNODC Regional Programme for South Eastern Europe. Whereas the purpose of the first meeting was to inform the regional participants of the project activities and to raise awareness and enhance the visibility of the project’s activities on the ground, in addition to the dissemination and exploitation of the prospective project results, the aim of this meeting will be to introduce the newly recruited project team members and inform about the recent developments, as well as to present project activities scheduled for the upcoming September.