Workshop on Capacity Building with Students, Parents and Teachers

The workshop on Capacity building with Students, Parents and Teachers, funded by the EU  Regional Action “IPA II 2016 Regional Action on P/CVE in the Western Balkans” and implemented as a component part of IISG/WBCTi is organised by the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) on 22 May 2019 in Pristina.

This workshop aims to identify lessons learned and good practices; discuss specific approaches to empower and support local communities, education and family members as P/CVE actors and to make recommendations in support to the implementation of whole-of-society approach within the framework of overall P/CVE strategies.

3rd Meeting of the Regional Network of the National P-CVE Coordinators (RNNC) of the Western Balkans

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.

7th Meeting of the RCC Group of National Focal Points for Prevention and Countering Violent Extremism in South East Europe (NFP Group)

On 23 April 2019, RCC is organising the Seventh Meeting of the RCC Group of National Focal Points for Prevention and Countering Violent Extremism in South East Europe (NFP Group) in Tirana, Albania.

The meeting is organised back-to-back with the 3rd Meeting of the Regional Network of the National P-CVE Coordinators (RNNC) of the Western Balkans, and the 1st IISG National P-CVE Coordination Meeting – Albania on 24 and 25 April respectively.

For more information about the NFP Group, please visit RCC website here.

Second Meeting of the Regional Network of Western Balkan National P/CVE Coordinators

Between 15-16 October, EUD / EUSR to Bosnia and Herzegovina and the IISG Support Group are organising the Second Meeting of the Regional Network of Western Balkan National P/CVE Coordinators in Budva, Montenegro. The meeting will be hosted by the Ministry of the Interior of Montenegro, and financially supported by the European Commission. The regional platform is a joint effort between the Beneficiaries and the European Commission to work efficiently and effectively in order to produce concrete benefits for the countries` continuous efforts in CT and P/CVE. In this regard, the second meeting will focus on:

  • the validation of the network and the adoption of the proposed Terms of Reference,
  • National P/CVE Strategies and Action-plans, with a focus on the role of online-radicalisation, and
  • the Joint Action Plan on Counter-Terrorism for the Western Balkans, to be signed by the Commission on behalf of the EU and by the representatives of Western Balkans partners at the upcoming JHA Ministerial meeting held in Tirana on 5 October 2018.

Working with local communities in CVE

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. » Working with local communities in CVE« is the fourth meeting in the chain of Policy & Practice events in 2018. National policies, budgets, and communication have a direct impact on the conditions with which local authorities and local communities operate. That is why RAN will focus this meeting on the engagement with communities.

For more information about events organized by RAN, please visit their calendar here.

Kick-Off meeting of the Regional Network for P&CVE Coordinators

The IISG Support Group and the EUD / EUSR Bosnia and Herzegovina, with the support of the CEELI Institute Prague, are organizing the Kick-Off Meeting of the Regional Network for P/CVE Coordinators, intended for the establishment of a regional platform which will create a high-level forum for a regular exchange of good practices, national approaches and challenges faced in the development as well as implementation of P/CVE strategies and action plans. The meeting is going to take place in Prague between 7- 8 June.  The establishment of a Regional Network of National P/CVE Coordinators is one of the many steps that IISG aims at making, in order to achieve the WBCTi iPA 2018-2020 goals.

Counter Terrorism and Counter Violent Extremism Donor Coordination meeting

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.

2nd Regional Coordination Conference in the area of CT, P/CVE in South East Europe

On 29 – 30 November 2017, the Slovenian Chairmanship-in-Office of the South East European Cooperation Process (SEECP), the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC), and the Western Balkans Counter-Terrorism Initiative (WBCTi) will be organizing the Second Regional Coordination Conference for Counter-Terrorism (CT) and Prevention and Countering Violent Extremism (P/CVE) in South East Europe (SEE). The later represents a functional follow-up of the first Regional CT and P/CVE Coordination Conference, held in Tirana on 11 November 2016.

The purpose of this high level event is to engage relevant actors and stakeholders in the area of counter-terrorism, prevention and countering violent extremism in South East Europe in general, and the Western Balkans in particular. Participants will therefore be encouraged to discuss, share their experiences, and best practices.

In complaint with the WBCTi Process, the conference will be divided in separate session for the three SEE regional CT and P/CVE networks, namely the RCC Group of National Focal Points for Prevention and Countering Violent Extremism in South East Europe (NFP P/CVE Group), PCC SEE CT Network, representing strategic level of cooperation and the Counter- Terrorism Initiative (CTI) which represents operational cooperation on the CT/P-CVE policy in the region.

The event will take place in Slovenia, hosted by  the Slovenian Ministry of Home Affairs.

1st CT and P/CVE Coordination Meeting with WBCTi Partners

On 14th September, Mr Filip de Ceuninck, EU regional CT adviser, EU Delegation to BiH, hosted a CT and P/CVE coordination meeting in the EU House in Sarajevo. The meeting convened regional CT-P/CVE-Security advisors in the Western Balkan region and other representatives of the following WBCTi partners: Ministry of Security BiH, IOM, Foreign & Commonwealth Office U.K., Embassies of Germany, the Netherlands and the U.K., USAID, NI-CO/WINPRO Project, UNDP, RCC, EUFOR, EEAS, Office of the EU CTC, the European Commission – DG NEAR and DG HOME, and DCAF Ljubljana. The event was organised in close cooperation with the Rule of Law Section, EUSR Office in Sarajevo.

The discussion was mainly focused on new developments and approaches to issues of CT and P/CVE in the Western Balkans. The newly appointed IISG Chair, Mr Rajko Kozmelj (represented also WBCTi Lead Partners DCAF Ljubljana, Austria and Slovenia) gave a presentation of the IISG Board Kick-Off Meeting results and WBCTi developments and its state-of-play. He emphasised the strategic importance and impact that the IISG Board conclusions of 8 Sep 2017 would bear for the internal security and regional cooperation policies. He also presented to the participants the first list of draft priorities for the new WBCTi iPA 2018-2019 and invited again all partners to contribute to the draft list of needs as we are currently developing it into the first draft iPA 2018-2019 and preparing the next phases of needs assessment.

The WBCTi partners provided their priorities related to their planned P/CVE activities and their importance and links with national CT policies. Participants recognised the importance of establishing the “P-R-A” Mechanism and inclusion of existing Referral Mechanism pilot results into the comprehensive P-R-A solution. It is also important to create further synergies between these two important efforts. BiH authorities expressed a strong commitment to achieving synergic action and presented on their plans to establish “P-R-A” Mechanism. Representatives of Ministry of Security, Mr Samir Rizvo, Assistant Minister and Mr Mario Janeček, CT Adviser, invited WBCTi to support them in this challenging endeavour. In this regard, the sharing of information via WBCTi platforms and its website tools for coordination of activities is crucial, with the support of the EU regional CT adviser.

The third focus was placed on the necessity for the coordination among all WBCTi partners in planning and implementing CT and P/CVE actions in the WB region from now on, where the coordination role of the EU regional CT adviser Mr de Ceuninck and the role of the WBCTi Lead Partners (DCAF Ljubljana, Austria and Slovenia) was highly appreciated.

Participants agreed to meet twice per year or more often whenever necessary, in order to contribute to the future implementation and monitoring of the new WBCTi iPA 2018-2019. Meetings will be convened by the EU regional CT adviser in close cooperation with WBCTi Lead Partners.

Conference of the Mayors of Southeast European Capitals

On 14th September, Podgorica will be hosting a Conference of the Mayors of Southeast European Capitals, co-organised by the Capital City of Podgorica, the Sarajevo Foundation of Shared Values Society and the Mayor of Sarajevo. The mayors will address the topic of the promotion of society of shared values and inclusion.

The IISG and especially its Pillar WBCTi are devoted to the prevention of radicalization of leading to violent extremism or terrorism, and they recognize the role of the local communities as crucial. This is also visible in the WBCTi-generated policy solution for inter-agency cooperation at the state and local levels (“Prevent-Refer-Address – P-R-A” mechanisms). Learn more about the P-R-A concept for P/CVE Western Balkan countries in our Documents section or follow the link here.