On 30th May, the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) is organizing a regional workshop on law enforcement/judicial services and state attorneys/prosecutors on dealing with terrorism and violent extremism –connected crimes in Tirana, Albania. The workshop is part of the wider EU funded project, under the IPA II 2016 umbrella, entitled “Support to Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism (P/CVE) in the Western Balkans (WB)”. This workshop is considered to be a preparation for further, concrete activities aimed at improving regional cooperation in this particular field. For more information visit RCC website here.
Between 21-22 May, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) is organizing a regional conference, entitled “Strengthening the Institutional Capacities of the National Committee for Countering Violent Extremism and Countering Terrorism”, in Skopje. The purpose of the event is to provide an overview of the situation regarding the prevention and counteracting of violent extremism in the Southeast Europe region. Special emphasis will be given to practical cases when addressing P/CVE, and the role of various stakeholders, as well as their collaboration for the efficient implementation of National Actions Plans for Countering Violent Extremism and Terrorism.
The regional action, funded by the EU instrument IPA II 2016, will contribute to sustainable regional cooperation efforts in the Western Balkans in the area of CT, P/CVE, dealing with phenomena of FTFs and radicalization in the designated period.
The action will assist the WB countries in their efforts by transferring EU good practices and standards. It will further support the setting up of a national inter-ministerial P/CVE platform in each WB country, mirrored by multi-agency co-ordination arrangements at the local level to ensure a top-down and bottom-up approach to P/CVE as well as it will represent a solid and sustainable ground for P/CVE national capacities. Furthermore, the action will provide support to several small-scale actions.
The project is coordinated by DCAF Ljubljana, and the implementation partners are the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Sarajevo, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the International Organization for Migration (IOM).