Security Cooperation

We are working towards safe and stable South East Europe, part of the European and wider security architecture, able to take care of its own security and contribute to the security of Europe, supporting European and Euro-Atlantic integration process of the region

Objectives

  • Prevention and countering violent extremism and radicalization leading to terrorism and foreign terrorist fighters
  • Deradicalization, rehabilitation and reintegration of former FTFs (“returnees”)
  • Further development of cooperation and coordination of all specialised regional security cooperation formats
  • Result-oriented, aligned policy at regional and national levels in addressing security challenges in SEE
  • Support and promotion of confidence building measures, exchange of experience and sharing of best practices

Results

  • Developed the SEE Regional Platform on Countering Violent Extremism and Foreign Terrorist Fighters (CVE-FTF), established the Group of National Focal Points for CVE-FTF, and created a specialised P-CVE website , under the Platform
  • Created specific recommendations for countering terrorism and violent extremism in South East Europe, together with regional forces of law enforcement experts, public attorneys (prosecutors), academia and civil society
  • Produced a Study on “Initiatives to Prevent/Counter Violent Extremism in South East Europe”, mapping the existing CVE efforts in the region
  • Coordinated and supported regional security cooperation initiatives and actively cooperated with all relevant stakeholders

The RCC will continue its direct engagement and supporting  role in regional security cooperation, resulting in increased mutual trust and practical cooperation among the regional participants. In this context, the specialised RCC-led regional security cooperation formats, such as SEEMIC (South East Europe Military Intelligence Chiefs’ Forum) and SEENSA (South East Europe National Authority Chiefs’ Forum) will continue to be used as confidence building mechanisms and networking frameworks, but even more so as tools for effective and timely exchange of information relevant for national, regional, and European security. The advantage of these two cooperation formats is that they bring together participants from the wider SEE region.

In a broader perspective, a timely identification of major security trends in the region will be necessary, particularly to enhance formulation and fulfilment of effective and coordinated regional and national responses to the traditional and emerging security challenges. RCC will work to identify and explore effective ways to address the gaps and unnecessary overlapping in regional security cooperation.

Addressing the emerging security challenges in the region

Development and implementation of effective and coordinated regional and national response to radicalisation and violent extremism leading to terrorism and recruitment of foreign terrorist fighters will be one of the most important regional security priorities. The RCC will play a major role, both directly, through the actions it will organise and lead, and as a coordinator of efforts in the region, first and foremost through the functioning of the SEE Group of National Focal Points for countering violent extremism under the RCC auspices. This is also a cooperation platform that includes all RCC participants from SEE. 

Illegal migration and trafficking in human beings have always been a security challenge. However, the massive migration crisis, with hundreds of thousands of refugees and illegal migrants flooding large parts of SEE in 2015 only, took the problem to a hitherto unprecedented level. The problem is common and requires common regional response. In the forthcoming period, in the coordination of the existing efforts, the RCC will provide support through political dialogue and practical cooperation.

Continuous engagement of the region in general and the RCC in particular in the broader European, Euro-Atlantic and global security context will be done through consultations and cooperation with the UN and its specialised agencies, the EU, NATO, OSCE, and other relevant actors.

Our Next Steps

In the forthcoming period the RCC will:

  • Strengthen its coordination role, emphasising prevention of and countering violent extremism (P/CVE), and continue with exchange of information  and good practices
  • Keep the regional web-based CVE information exchange platform proactive
  • Continue leading and enhancing specialised regional security cooperation formats for military intelligence and national security authorities
  • Produce a Study on rehabilitation and reintegration of former terrorists and violent extremists and continue with raising awareness on the role of education system and civil society in prevention of radicalization
  • Support creation and implementation of efficient measures to address the youth as most vulnerable to radicalization
  • Within the framework of Western Balkans Counter-Terrorism Initiative (WBCTi) of the EU’s Integrative Internal Security Governance (IISG), we will:
  • Work more closely in regional security architecture with national government agencies; think tanks and academia; international and regional organisations and initiatives; non-governmental organisations, especially in P/CVE area
  • Maintain and further develop the existing regional security cooperation formats and structures in order to maximize results
  • Continue raising awareness throughout the region on the threats of violent extremism and radicalisation leading to terrorism and other common security challenges
  • Further develop its own Regional P/CVE-FTF Platform and accommodate to actual needs
  • Endorse creation of policies to respond to new security threats and challenges for the SEE, especially policies for youth and returnees

The RCC team in charge of the flagship

Marinko Raos

Marinko Raos
Senior Advisor on Security Policy Issues

Tel: +387 33 561 705
Fax: +387 33 561 701
E-mail: marinko.raos@rcc.int

Zoran Popov

Zoran Popov
Political Advisor

Tel: +387 33 561 731
Fax: +387 33 561 701
E-mail: zoran.popov@rcc.int  

Priority Area Overview