Regional Cooperation Council - Events Regional Cooperation Council - Events Regional Cooperation Council - Documents 320 75 Better Regulation for PAR LegislatorsMon, 05 Jun 2017 15:10:00 +0200Regional School for Public Administration (ReSPA), in cooperation with the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC),  is organizing a conference on Better Regulation for Public Administration Reform Legislators. 

The conference will hear sessions on topics related to public consultations and anti-corruption assessment of laws, including “Making Legislation Corruption Free” session, featuring  overview of RCC’s activities in this field. 

The participants of the event include representatives of ministries on public administration and ministries of justice.

South East Europe 2020 (SEE 2020) Monitoring CommitteeTue, 30 May 2017 15:10:00 +0200Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) is organizing Fourth meeting of the SEE 2020 Monitoring Committee. The meeting will see the presentation of the key findings as a part of the draft SEE 2020 Annual Report on Implementation (ARI) for 2017 as well as the presentation of the state of play of development of RCC’s online platform for the collection of quantitative data,  SEEDS. European Commission (EC) is expected to provide  reflection on the key recommendations of the Economic and Reform Programme (EPR) 2016 process and the SEE 2020 Strategy. The meeting is also to view the presentation of progress in the preparation of the four new SEE 2020 headline targets. Participants will also discuss the cooperation already established (or to be established) with the international organizations structured in two sub-panels: 1) Organizations using the data form the SEE 2020 monitoring process, and 2) Establishing links to other data collections processes for better coordination in terms of data exchange, data collection timelines, avoiding overlap.

SEE 2020 Monitoring Committee, bringing together representatives of the statistical systems and the policy makers from each of SEE 2020 participating economies, is in charge of overseeing the overall process of monitoring the SEE 2020 Strategy that also helps optimise the process, modifies the scope of monitoring as necessary, and reports to the SEE 2020 Governing Board on issues pertaining to monitoring and implementation of the SEE 2020 Strategy.

Third meeting of the SEE 2020 Monitoring Committee took place on 30 November 2016 in Vienna.

SEE Regional Workshop on the Role of Education and Civil Society in Prevention of Violent ExtremismThu, 25 May 2017 15:10:00 +0200Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) is organizing the South East Europe Regional expert workshop on the “Role of education and civil society in prevention of violent extremism”. The meeting will facilitate dialogue among experts on the current and future needs, existing and planned programmes and activities, good practices, and main challenges in prevention of violent extremism among the youth in the Western Balkans, both in school context and out of it. Relevant recommendations by the experts will be submitted to the consideration of the SEE Regional Group of National Focal Points for P-CVE established by the RCC for the implementation of the SEE Regional Platform on Countering Radicalization and Violent Extremism leading to Terrorism and Foreign Terrorist Fighters.

Among other relevant topics, the meeting will hear discussions on how to integrate education for tolerance into the high school curriculum and extracurricular and civil society activities for youth as an important component of prevention of violent extremism, including the role of school extracurricular cultural and sport activities as well as examples of good cooperation between the schools and local communities, religious communities, and private sector. 

The introductory remarks will be presented by the RCC Secretary General Mr Goran Svilanović and Mr Darko Tot, Head of Sector, Ministry of Education and Science of Croatia, as a representative of the Croatian SEECP C-i-O.

7th meeting of the Joint Working Group on Investments Wed, 24 May 2017 15:10:00 +0200The Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) together with the Central European Free Trade Agreement (CEFTA) is organizing 7th meeting of the Joint Working Group on Investments  (JWGI) dedicated to the finalization of the Investment Policy Review for South East Europe (IPR SEE) executed by the United Nation Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and commencement of the Regional Investment Policy and Promotion Project, which will be implemented by the World Bank. The participants of the meeting will also have the opportunity to hear a presentation of draft Regional Investment Policy and Promotion Project Roadmap/Multi Action Plan.

RCC will provide information on the other ongoing activities within the investment agenda and economic integration of the Western Balkans. The meeting will also hear an UNCTAD’s overview of key issues regarding Investor-State dispute settlement and work done under the RCC’s Working  Group on Justice in order to find possible synergy. CEFTA is expected to present the progress of CEFTA Investment Report. 

Public Dialogue Forum “National action plan for integration of Roma and Egyptians 2016-2020: Implementation and priority measures for 2017-2018” Tue, 23 May 2017 15:10:00 +0200Regional Cooperation Council’s Roma Integration 2020 Action Team (RCC’s RI2020) and Albanian Ministry of Social Welfare and Youth are organizing Public Dialogue Forum to discuss the implementation of the National Action Plan for Integration of Roma and Egyptians 2016-2020 in 2016 in the area of the five main priorities, namely education, employment, social protection, housing and health with the respective achievements and challenges. Further the Forum will also identify priorities for 2018.

The Forum will bring together representatives from all the line ministries, including ministry of finance, as well as representatives of civil society, municipalities and academia.

The meeting is also expected to refer to the operational conclusions of the 2016 EU Roma seminar.

Roma Integration 2020 is a three year initiative implemented by the Regional Cooperation Council Roma Integration 2020 Action Team. It is funded by the European Union and the Open Society Foundation. Its overall objective is to contribute to reducing the socio-economic gap between the Roma and non-Roma population in the Western Balkans and Turkey and to strengthen the institutional obligations of governments to incorporate and deliver specific Roma integration goals in mainstream policy developments.

Sarajevo Business Forum 2017Mon, 22 May 2017 15:10:00 +0200This year’s edition of the Sarajevo Business Forum (SBF 2017) is being co-organized by the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC), with the panel "One Region, One Economy - Connectivity and Potential", being hosted by the RCC on 22 May 2017. 
The 8thSBF is expected to host heads of states and governments, ministers, CEO’s of global companies, investment funds managers, heads of international organizations and media representatives. The forum is expected to gather about 1,600 participants from over 30 countries, and around 350 representatives of local and foreign media.
Sarajevo Business Forum is regional investment conference successfully implemented for the past seven years. The main objective is to attract foreign investors to the South East Europe by presenting investment potentials of the region, natural resources, skilled labor and the prospects of European integration. 
Meeting of the RCC BoardTue, 16 May 2017 15:10:00 +0200The 32nd Meeting of the Board of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC Board) will hear the Report of the Secretary General on the activities of the RCC Secretariat in the period January – April 2017 and information on the most important future activities of the RCC Secretariat, in particular those related to the implementation to the RCC Strategy and Work Programme 2017 – 2019.

Information on the Coordination Meeting between the Troika of the South-East European Cooperation Process, the RCC Secretariat and the European Union will be shared with RCC Board participants as well as the information on the upcoming high level RCC - SEECP events.

Annual Report of the Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council 2016 – 2017 – will be presented to the Board participants.

The RCC Board meets three times a year and is chaired by the RCC Secretary General. The Board provides the RCC with operational guidance and supervision. It consists of those RCC participants contributing to the budget of the RCC Secretariat as well as the European Union.

Coordination Meeting between the Troika of the South-East European Cooperation Process (SEECP), the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretariat and the European Union (EU)Mon, 15 May 2017 15:10:00 +0200The 24th Coordination Meeting between the South-East European Cooperation Process (SEECP) Troika, the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) and the European Union (EU) will discuss advancing the practical coordination and harmonization of activities between SEECP and RCC, in particular those related to the implementation of the priorities of the SEECP Chairmanship-in-Office 2016-2017 and the RCC Strategy and Work Programme 2017-2019, as well as other issues of importance for the work of RCC and the regional cooperation in SEE in general.

The Meeting will also hear information on the most important activities related to the priorities of the Croatian SEECP Chairmanship-in-Office for the period 2016-2017 and of the RCC Secretariat.

The “Troika” consists of the previous, current and next Chair in office of the SEECP, in this case Bulgaria, Croatia, Slovenia.

Workshop on Regional Economic Integration in Western BalkansThu, 11 May 2017 15:10:00 +0200

The focus of this technical workshop is regional economic integration agenda as a preparation for the upcoming Trieste Summit (12 July 2017) and in light of Joint Statement from the Meeting of the Western Balkans Six Prime Ministers (16 March 2017, Sarajevo).

The goal is to enable a consolidated overview of the key relevant regional economic initiatives aimed at supporting the economic growth and competitiveness of the region and present and discuss the scope of the future activities related to trade, investment, mobility and digital integration agendas. Valuables inputs are expected towards the preparation of a proposal for a joint approach to further economic cooperation in the Western Balkans through different initiatives in order to present them at the Trieste Summit.

The Workshop, organised by the Regional Cooperation Council, Central European Free Trade Agreement and the European Commission, will gather representatives of the line ministries in charge of trade, investment policies, labour, education and ICT as well as representatives from ministries of foreign affairs and prime ministers’ offices (Berlin Process Sherpas).

Meeting of the SEEMIC Expert Working GroupThu, 20 Apr 2017 15:10:00 +0200

The South East Europe Military Intelligence Chiefs (SEEMIC) Expert Working Group as a preparatory meeting for the 9th SEEMIC conference that is to take place later this year. It is organized by the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) in partnership with Montenegrin military intelligence service. The meeting aims at reaching consensus on the draft Open-source intelligence assessment (OSINT).