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 Workshop aims to bring together experts from the Region in order to address the core how the Internet is used for radicalization and define responses on various aspects of online radicalization, which will be mirrored into recommendations for action of the relevant national authorities. Each participant is encouraged to share lessons on what works in countering online radicalization at the national, regional and international level.
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.
Between 3-4 October, UNODC is organising the Regional Conference of Financial Investigations Units, in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina, hosted by the State Investigation and Protection Agency (SIPA) BiH. The event takes place in the framework of the IPAII2017 Multi-Country Action “Support to Integrative Internal Security Governance”.
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.
Between the 28-29 June, UNODC is organizing an Inter-Regional Meeting between South-Eastern Europe and West and Central Asia on Building Partnerships in Countering Illicit Financial Flows, in Zagreb, Croatia.
As the West and Central Asia and Southern East Europe are significantly affected by the drug economy that thrives around opium cultivation and heroin production in Afghanistan, which is smuggled to West and Central Europe through different routes across these regions, with a growing importance of the Balkan route, UNODC together with relevant national, regional and international actors aims with this meeting to appose the Heads of Drug Control Agencies/Offices and Heads of Financial Intelligence Units of the Regional Programme for Afghanistan and Neighbourig Countries and the Regional Programme for South Eastern Europe. The event will allow officials of these regions to meet as a group for the first time and address challenges and prospects for inter-regional cooperation, with a particular emphasis on illicit financial flows, in line with the 2016 UNGASS Outcome document, especially as regards South-South and Triangular cooperation.
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.
On 4th June, the Albanian National Coordinator for Countering Violent Extremism will hold a regional meeting on the topic of countering violent extremism (CVE) with key stakeholders from the region and beyond, entitled “Going Together and in Partnership on Countering Violent Extremism” – Western Balkans CVE Regional Meeting. The aim of the event will be to foster the partnership and cooperation among the WB countries, through raising the awareness on the needs to properly address violent extremism issues, as an irreplaceable component in the package of measures against terrorism.
In specific, the meeting will have two objectives:
- to bring together key regional stakeholders, from policy-makers, representatives from relevant public institutions to civil society, education, and religious representatives, that can directly contribute to the matter,
- to raise awareness on the need to advance in the efforts to develop community-oriented approaches for countering hateful extremist ideologies that cause radicalization, promote recruitment or incite to violence.
The workshop took place between 4-5 June 2018 with focus on preparing the annual regional risk analysis and producing a joint, regionally owned document which serves as a basis for decision-making and a starting point for regional operational activities under the auspices of the DCAF Border Security Programme. During the meeting, national representatives, specialists in risk analysis, recognised the acute security threats in the region and prepared recommendations on measures to be taken, aimed at their mitigation.
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.