Regional Cooperation Council - Events http://www.rcc.int Regional Cooperation Council - Events Regional Cooperation Council - Documents 320 75 http://www.rcc.int http://www.rcc.int/media/img/base/rss_logo.gif 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.

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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.

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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 Smart Specialization 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.

 
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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.
 
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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.
 
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2nd SEE Regional Coordination Conference on Counter-Terrorism and Prevention and Countering Violent Extremism Wed, 29 Nov 2017 15:10:00 +0200For the second time in a row, the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) is organizing the Regional Coordination Conference in the area of Counter-Terrorism (CT) and Prevention and Countering Violent Extremism (P/CVE), together with Slovenian SEECP Chairmanship-in-Office, in cooperation with the Police Cooperation Convention for Southeast Europe (PCC SEE). The event will gather representatives of national governments and international and regional organizations and initiatives active in the field, to discuss the enhancement of cooperation and coordination of CT and P/CVE programmes and activities in South East Europe (SEE).

The Conference boosts mutual understanding of all relevant stakeholders and will result in specific conclusions and recommendations on future direction of joint CT and P/CVE efforts in SEE. The participants will talk about the current trends and challenges, as well as activities at European, regional, and national level and the ways of implementing already agreed “whole of government, whole of society” approach in P-CVE.

Separate meetings of the three specialized regional formats for CT and P/CVE are taking place as an integral and important part of the Conference: RCC's SEE Group of National Focal Points (NFP) for Prevention and Countering Violent Extremism (NFP Group); Police Cooperation Convention for Southeast Europe (PCC SEE) CT Network; and the Counter-Terrorism Initiative (CTI) Network.     

The meeting will also hear about the activities and results achieved since the last Coordination Conference, held in November 2016 in Tirana.

The Conference will take place in Slovenia, hosted by the Slovenian Ministry of Home Affairs.

 
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RCC hosts the first Meeting of the ReSPA Coordination structure for Effective Public Services Dimension within Governance for Growth Pillar of SEE 2020 Strategy Thu, 23 Nov 2017 15:10:00 +0200Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) is to host the 1st meeting of Regional School of Public Administration (ReSPA) Coordination structure for Effective Public Services Dimension within Governance for Growth (GfG) Pillar of RCC’s SEE 2020 growth Strategy.

ReSPA has acted as the regional coordinator for the Effective Public Services dimension in the GfG Pillar of the SEE 2020 Strategy, supporting its implementation through different aspects, most importantly through: Improvement of regulatory environment; Improving the quality of public services; and Professionalization of public servants. One of the main objectives of this meeting is to ensure effective coordination of all these activities, in which regard, ReSPA Governing board decided to establish specific coordination structure, composed from representatives of already existing working groups on regional level which have activities directly connected with GfG pillar of SEE2020 Strategy. 
 
The RCC takes an active role and works closely with ReSPA to support and reinforce these efforts as the public administration reform is a cross-cutting element of paramount importance to economic growth of the region.
 
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Signing of an Agreement on Continuation of Cooperation between RCC and ETFWed, 22 Nov 2017 15:10:00 +0200Goran Svilanovic, Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) and Cesare Onestini, newly appointed Director of the European Training Foundation (ETF) are to sign an Agreement on Continuation of Cooperation between the two organizations in Brussels, on 22 November 2017. 

The signing ceremony would also be attended by Genoveva Ruiz Calavera, Director for Western Balkans at European Commissions (EC) Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR) and Kiril Kiryakov, International Policy Officer-External Relations and Enlargement at EC’s Directorate-General Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion.  

The past cooperation agreement between the RCC and ETF was signed for the period 2014-2017. The need for continuation of cooperation stems from SEE 2020 Strategy and Multi-Annual Action Plan (MAP) on Regional Economic Area in Western Balkans, endorsed at the Western Balkans Summit in Trieste in July 2017. 

The signing of the agreement on continuation of cooperation between RCC and ETF in human capital development was organised on the occasion of the Vocational Skills Week 21-24 November 2017.

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Meeting of the SEE Investment Committee - SEEICWed, 22 Nov 2017 15:10:00 +0200 

The 21st Meeting of South East Europe Investment Committee (SEEIC), utilizing the occasion of IPR presentation a day before, will continue with providing information to the SEEIC Economic Teams on the upcoming activities for implementation of the Multiannual Action Plan (MAP) on Regional Economic Area, pertaining to Investments, Financial Markets, Smart Specialization (in the industry sector), as well as on the sectoral support under SEEIC, tourism in particular.
 
Launched in 2007 by the SEE economies to enhance regional leadership for common investment strategies, SEEIC operates under the umbrella of the RCC and is comprised of SEE’s ministries of economies, liaising with an array of regional and international partners (European Commission, CEFTA, World Bank, OECD, USAID, SEECEL, ETF, TEPAV, etc.).
 
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Cyber drill for Europe and CIS RegionsTue, 21 Nov 2017 15:10:00 +0200The three-day International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Joint ALERT (Applied Learning for Emergency Response Teams), cyber drill for Europe and CIS Regions is being held in Moldovan capital, at the invitation of the Ministry of Economy and Infrastructure of Moldova.

This capacity building exercise aims to enhance the communication and incident response capabilities of the participating teams as well as to ensure a continued collective effort in mitigating cyber threats among the regions’ national Computer Incident Response Teams (CIRTs)/ Computer Security Incident Response Teams (CSIRTs). 

This event is organized by the Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT) of the ITU in cooperation with the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) within the framework of the ITU Regional Initiatives for Europe and for CIS on Building Confidence and security in the use of telecommunications/ICTs agreed by the World Telecommunication Development Conference 2014. 

More information on the event are available at ITU website.

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