1st Regional Roadmap Coordination Meeting

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.

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.

Informal Coordination Meeting of the IPAII 2017 Regional Programme

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.

Regional Workshop on Prevention of Online Radicalization

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.

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.

Regional Conference of the Financial Intelligence Units

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”.

Regional Workshop on Combating Illicit Cross-border Trafficking in Cultural Property in South East Europe

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.

Inter-Regional Meeting between South Eastern Europe and West and Central Asia on Building Partnerships in Countering Illicit Financial Flows

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.

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.