IISG Governance Structure

The IISG is composed of three bodies:

I. The IISG Board is composed of the IISG Board Members. IISG Board Members are one representative of each Western Balkans partner and one representative of the European Commission. The representative of the European Commission chairs the Board. The Board Members are, as a rule, represented at ministerial level. Each IISG Board Member has the right to vote at the board meetings.

IISG Board meetings

II. The IISG Support Group is composed of the IISG members. The Support Group meets in different formations corresponding to each of the three IISG pillars at least twice per year.

List of the IISG members*

1. European Commission and European External Action Service

2. Any EU Justice and Home Affairs agency upon notification to the Board.

3. Albania

4. Bosnia and Herzegovina

5. Kosovo*

6. Montenegro

7. North Macedonia

8. Serbia

9. Regional Cooperation Council

10. Austria

11. Slovenia

12. UNODC – United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime

13. PCC SEE – Police Cooperation Convention for Southeast Europe

14. DCAF – Geneva Centre for Security Sector Governance

15. France

16. Italy

17. United Kingdom

18. OSCE – Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, Mission in BiH, Mission to Bosnia and Hercegovina

19. GIZ – German Corporation for International Cooperation

20. MARRI – Migration, Asylum, Refugee Regional Initiative

Chair of the Board

1. European Commission

WB6 Partners – members of the Board

1. Albania
2. Bosnia and Herzegovina
3. Kosovo*
4. Montenegro
5. North Macedonia
6. Serbia

Hosting Entity

1. Regional Cooperation Council (RCC)

 

Based on the IISG ToR article 2.1., the former lead partners of the IISG automatically are members

Former lead partners

1. Austria
2. Slovenia
3. UNODC – United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
4. PCC SEE – Police Cooperation Convention for Southeast Europe
5. DCAF – Geneva Centre for Security Sector Governance

Based on the decision of the IISG Board on 02.02.2021, the new IISG Members are:

Members joining the IISG after the 4th Board Meeting (new TOR´s).

1. FRONTEX – European Border and coast guard agency
2. France
3. Italy
4. United Kingdom
5. OSCE – Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, Mission in BiH, Mission to Bosnia and Hercegovina
6. GIZ – German Corporation for International Cooperation
7. MARRI – Migration, Asylum, Refugee Regional Initiative

III. The IISG Secretariat  remains accountable to the IISG Board. The work of the IISG Secretariat and that of the IISG in general is treated as a work-stream that is independent from the hosting entity.

Become an IISG Member

IISG membership is composed of four main groups: Six Western Balkans partners; Western Balkans’ relevant international partners operating in the region (international organizations, EU Member States, other states, other international actors),  former lead partners of the IISG and the hosting entity of the IISG Secretariat are automatically IISG members; European Commission and European External Action Service; Any EU Justice and Home Affairs agency upon notification to the Board. The IISG members participate in the corresponding bodies: the IISG Board and IISG Support Group, supported by the IISG Secretariat.

New members of the IISG are approved by the IISG Board so In order to become IISG member, the potential member (Western Balkans’ relevant international partners operating in the region such as international organizations, EU Member States, other states, other international actors) will undergo an assessment whether it fulfils the following criteria: a) like-minded partner b) commitment to regional cooperation in the WB 3) support for EU values, EU policies and the EU perspective for the region. The EU Justice and Home Affairs may become an IISG member, upon notification to the Board.

* This document is the property of the IISG Secretariat – list of the IISG members as per the decision of the 5th IISG Board meeting (02.02.2021.)

* This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence

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