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.
On 24th April the EUD/ EUSR in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the IISG Support Group are organising the 3rd Meeting of the Regional Network of the National P-CVE Coordinators (RNNC) of the Western Balkans in Tirana, Albania.
The network, established in June 2018 and supported by the EU, will at this encounter be discussing important topics related to P-CVE, based on the conclusions and needs identified at our previous meetings. The meeting will also offer an opportunity to exchange information between its members, the national P-CVE coordinators, as to the implementation of relevant national P-CVE strategies and action plans.
The meeting will be organised back-to-back with two other events, namely:
- 7th Meeting of the RCC Group of National Focal Points for Prevention and Countering Violent Extremism in South East Europe (NFP Group) on April 23, organised by RCC, and
- 1st IISG National P-CVE Coordination Meeting – Albania on April 25, organised by IISG Support Group.
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.