Regional Cooperation Council - Events Regional Cooperation Council - Events Regional Cooperation Council - Documents 320 75 Regional Cooperation in Culture: Sarajevo National Theatre takes its „Divlje Meso” play to Belgrade's Yugoslav Drama Theatre Thu, 21 Dec 2017 15:10:00 +0200Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) supports Sarajevo National Theatre to take its play „Divlje meso“ (“Proud flesh”) to audience in Belgrade's Yugoslav Drama Theatre, as a part of its continuous activities in promotion of regional cooperation in culture. The play will be played in Belgrade on Thursday, 21 December 2017, starting at 20:00 hrs. 

'Divlje meso' play is on a regular repertoire of Sarajevo National Theatre. It is written by Goran Stefanovski, drama writer for The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia in 1980s. The play is directed by the renowned Sarajevo director Dino Mustafic who says that “although the play is a classical piece of south-Slavic drama, it hasn’t lost anything of its strength and currency but opened new questions and dilemma”. The play cast: Josip Pejaković, Vesna Mašić, Aldin Omerović, Amar Selimović, Vedran Đekić, Ejla Bavčić – Tarakčija, Branko Ličen, Džana Pinjo, Zijah Sokolović, Slaven Vidak, Armin Omerović, Dina Mušanović, Mona Muratović, Riad Ljutović, and Raisa Bužimkić.

The RCC has in the past supported numerous projects in the area of cultural exchange and cooperation in the region, including: a guest performance of  “Gospodja ministarka” (“The Lady Minister”) by the Bosko Buha theatre from Belgrade in Sarajevo in December 2014;  Sarajevo National Theatre “Balkanski spijun u Sarajevu” (“Balkan spy in Sarajevo”) in Zvezdara theatre in Belgrade, and one-man hit show “Glumac je… glumac je… glumac” (“Actor is…actor is…actor”) of  the popular Bosnia and Herzegovina’s actor, writer and director, Zijah Sokolovic at “Qendra Multimedia” arts and cultural centre in Pristina, both in December 2015; and“Romeo and Juliet” produced by Belgrade-based “Radionica Integracije” and “Quendra Multimedia” from Pristina in Sarajevo and Tirana in March and November 2016, respectively. 

First Meeting of the WB6 Capital Market Authorities Tue, 19 Dec 2017 15:10:00 +0200In line with its activities on the implementation of the Multi Annual Action Plan (MAP) for a Regional Economic Area (REA), the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) is organising the first meeting of the Western Balkan Six (WB6) Capital Market Authorities “Diversification of financial systems to boost investment’, which is to take place in Vienna, Austria on 19 December 2017.

Under the MAP, an action aimed to support the integration of financial markets in the region has been prioritized under the investments chapter to facilitate the uptake by WB6 of economic development strategies linked to capital market reforms. Therefore, this meeting will aim to commence establishment of regional platform for South East Europe’s (SEE) financial markets integration, and identify the needs on capital markets development based on existing analytics and reform initiatives. The meeting will also explore opportunities for broader capital markets integration, and assess the need for development of a regional strategy for capital markets development. 
It will gather representatives of the Western Balkans authorities in charge of financial markets: ministries of finance, securities commissions, and stock exchanges, along with international partners: World Bank, Vienna Initiative, The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), SEE Link, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), and the European Commission.

Stock Taking Meeting on Western Balkans Digital Summit 2018 Tue, 19 Dec 2017 15:10:00 +0200Berlin - In line with the conclusions of the constituting meeting on the Western Balkans Digital Summit 2018, held in Sarajevo in October, the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) in cooperation with the European Commission and German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy is organizing a follow-up, stock-taking meeting in Berlin, Germany on 19-20 December 2017. 

The objective of the meeting is to present progress achieved so far in preparations of the upcoming Western Balkans Digital Summit 2018. The participants will exchange plans, work on the draft concept for the four platforms, discuss youth and civil society in digitalisation, and hear presentations on preliminary results of the Study on Digital Transformation of the Western Balkans 6 plus Slovenia and Croatia by the Institute of Economics, Zagreb, all in the framework of the Digital Summit. 

The Digital Western Balkans Six Plus (WB6+) Initiative aims to unlock access to the digital economy by integrating the region into the pan-European digital market. This requires future-proof digitisation strategies, an updated regulatory environment, improved broadband infrastructure and access and digital literacy. It is stipulated by the Multi-Annual Action Plan (MAP) for the Regional Economic Area (REA), endorsed by the region's leaders at the Western Balkans Summit in Trieste this year.

The meeting will gather representatives of the WB6 governments in charge of Digital Integration, the European Commission's Directorates-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR), for Communications Networks, Content and Technology (DG CONNECT), German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, German Committee on Eastern European Economic Relations, representatives from industry, chambers of commerce and many other partners.

Joint RCC – ERI SEE Seminar on Recognition of Academic QualificationsThu, 14 Dec 2017 15:10:00 +0200The Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) and the Education Reform Initiative of South East Europe (ERI SEE) are organizing Seminar on recognition of academic qualifications, focusing on the possible models and necessary conditions for automatic recognition of qualifications in the Western Balkans.

A comparative study, commissioned by the RCC, 'Mapping Recognition of Academic Qualifications Policies and Practice in South East Europe' on recognition of academic qualifications will also be presented at the seminar.

The Seminar is to be followed by the 1st formal meeting of the Joint ERI SEE – RCC Working Group on Recognition of Academic Qualifications (WGRAQ) on 15 December 2017. 

Terms of Reference of the Working Group and the Action Plan on Recognition of Academic Qualifications will be discussed by the appointed representatives of the Ministries of Education of the Western Balkans Six economies at this meeting. 

The Joint ERI SEE - RCC Working Group on Recognition of Academic Qualifications will be tasked to prepare, coordinate, monitor and report on the activities aimed at supporting and implementing the commitments outlined in the Multiannual Action Plan on the Regional Economic Area (MAP REA) on recognition of academic qualifications.

Regional Meeting on the Digital IntegrationThu, 07 Dec 2017 15:10:00 +0200Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) is organizing the first regional stock-taking meeting on Digital Integration, in line with the organisation’s activities on the implementation of the Multi Annual Action Plan (MAP) for a Regional Economic Area (REA), in Brussels on 7-8 December 2017. 

The meeting aims to support implementation of the measures under the MAP Digital Integration component, starting with identification of the current state of play, existing initiatives, activities and plans at national and regional levels, in order to analyse the status  and identify needs, priorities and future milestones for digital integration in Western Balkans (WB) along 4 areas of Digital Integration component of the MAP: Digital Connectivity; Trust and security; Digital skills; and Digitalization of economy.   
The meeting will gather representatives from six WB economies, the European Commission’s relevant experts from Directorates-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology  (CONNECT) and  Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (NEAR), representatives from Delegations of the European Union, Western Balkans Chambers Investment Forum (WB CIF), the World Bank, The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), International Telecommunication Union (ITU), The Central European Free Trade Agreement (CEFTA), Regional School of Public Administration (ReSPA) as well as other regional and international partners active in the area of digital integration of Western Balkans.

Joint Meeting of the Working Group on Justice and Western Balkans’ Judicial Training InstitutionsWed, 06 Dec 2017 15:10:00 +02008th Meeting of the Working Group on Justice (WGJ) will take place together with the Meeting of the  Western Balkans Judicial Training Institutions (WB JTIs) in Brussels on 6-7 December 2017. 

The participants are to discuss preliminary findings of the draft RCC-commissioned Study on the existing systems of judicial training in the Western Balkans, soliciting comments, inputs and proposals to be included in final version of the Study. Also, Regional Programme of judicial training for judges and prosecutors is to be on the discussion agenda, open to inputs and proposals regarding the processes, topics and structure of regional training to be organised in 2018-2019.
The meeting will gather representatives from: ministries of justice, judges’ and prosecutors’ training institutions/judicial academies from Western Balkans economies; GIZ Open Regional Fund for South East Europe – Legal Reform; and European Commissions’ Directorates General  for Justice (DG JUST) and Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR).

European Policy Summit: Western Balkans at a Crossroads - New challenges, changing dynamicsTue, 05 Dec 2017 15:10:00 +0200

For the second year in a row the Regional Cooperation Council is a partner of the European Policy Summit, this year titled “Western Balkans at a Crossroads - New challenges, changing dynamics”, organized by the Friends of Europe (FoE), on 5 December 2017 in Brussels?  

The speakers at the summit include Johannes Hahn, European Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement negotiations, and RCC Secretary General, Goran Svilanovic, among many others.

In the framework of this annual event, now in its 18th year, Friends of Europe and its partners have been addressing issues affecting the Balkans, enabling senior policymakers from the region to share their concerns and ideas with EU and member state policymakers. This Balkans series has welcomed presidents, prime ministers and ministers, as well as a few hundred key representatives from the EU institutions, member states, business representatives and civil society.

5th EU meeting of the network of National Points of Reference on Scientific Information (NPR) back to back with Workshop on Smart Specialisation Strategies in the Western Balkans Tue, 05 Dec 2017 15:10:00 +0200Western Balkan economies contact points for Open Science have been invited, together with the EU member states, to present the latest developments and activities in the field of Open Science at the 5th annual EU meeting of the network of National Points of Reference on Scientific Information (NPR), taking place on 5 December 2017 in Brussels, Belgium.

Back to back with the EU member states’ meeting, the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) is organizing a Workshop on  Smart Specialization in Research and Development (R&D) and Industrial Working Group Meeting. Participants from the Ministries responsible for R&D and innovation will meet with the representatives from the respective ministries of economy to discuss development of Smart Specialization Strategies in Western Balkans Six (WB6) in cooperation with European Commission’s (EC)  Directorate-General for  Joint Research Centre (DG JRC), DG for Research & Development (DG R&D) and DG for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR), to address the actions on smart specialisation outlined in the Multi-Annual Plan (MAP) on Regional Economic Area.

Participants are to share their views on the following topics: The Cost of (Not) Having a Smart Specialisation Strategy in the EU; Developing a Smart Specialisation Strategy in the context of the Western Balkans;  Innovation and R&D in the business sector of the Western Balkans; Specificities of Developing a Smart Specialisation Strategy in the context of the Western Balkans and Support to the development of smart specialisation strategies in the Western Balkans, that is to be presented by DG JRC and DG NEAR.

SEE 2020 Monitoring Committee Meeting Fri, 01 Dec 2017 15:10:00 +0200The 5th meeting of SEE 2020 Strategy Monitoring Committee, organised by the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) In Vienna on 1 December 2017 is expected to kick start the new monitoring cycle, including defining the new timetable for collection of data on the Strategy’s implementation for the Annual Report on Implementation. 

The participants will also look back on the last years monitoring cycle focusing on main challenges and identifying ways to address them, based on which they will discuss the scope and timeframe for 2018, including distribution of roles and responsibilities among national administrations, regional dimension coordinators and RCC. 
SEE 2020 Monitoring Committee oversees the overall process of monitoring the Strategy and proposes any changes to optimize the process or modify the scope of monitoring. It consists of the appointed high-level officials at the level of Assistant Minister or State Secretary from the governments of South East Europe (Government representative) covered by SEE 2020 Strategy and a representative of the RCC Secretariat.
SEE 2020 Strategy Coordination Board MeetingThu, 30 Nov 2017 15:10:00 +0200Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) convenes 10th meeting of the SEE 2020 Strategy Coordination Board that will take place in Vienna, Austria on 30 November 2017. 

The aim of the meeting is to take stock of the 2017 SEE 2020 Monitoring process and to kick-off the new monitoring cycle. The participants will also discuss the priorities to be part of the SEE 2020 Programming document 2018–2020, including agreement on the timeline for the next Programming Cycle, to learn on the activities implemented by the Regional Dimension Coordinators (RDCs) since the last meeting of the SE2020 Coordination Board and their future plans, as well as to present the overview of the Multi-Annual Action Plan on Regional Economic Area (MAP REA) in Western Balkans’ six economies.