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Security Cooperation

Security Cooperation

We are working towards safe and stable South East 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
  • Support to the implementation of whole society approach in de-radicalization, rehabilitation and reintegration of former FTFs (“returnees”)
  • Support to cyber security resilience and prevention of online radicalization
  • Further development of cooperation and coordination of all specialised regional security cooperation formats
  • Support to the South Eastern and Eastern Europe Clearinghouse for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons (SEESAC)
  • Endorse creation of policies to respond to new security threats and challenges for the SEE
  • Support and promotion of confidence building measures, exchange of experience and sharing of best practices
  • Support to efficient, streamlined regional security cooperation in close cooperation and consultation with the economies in the region, EU, NATO, OSCE, UN and its specialised agencies, and other relevant actors, such as academia, CSO’s, the media, youth, women and religious communities.

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 experts, academia and civil society
  • Supported result-oriented, aligned policy at regional and national levels in addressing security challenges in SEE
  • Coordinated and supported regional security cooperation initiatives and actively cooperated with all relevant stakeholders
  • Established regular annual Regional Coordination Conference on Counter-Terrorism, Prevention and Countering of Violent Extremism (CT and P/CVE) in SEE
  • Supported the Integrative Internal Security Governance Initiative, as a new approach to internal security governance capacity building and reform in the WB region
  • Became implementing partner in IISG/WBCTi “IPA II 2016 Regional Action on P/CVE in the Western Balkans
  • Reinforced the Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) Control capacities and measures in South East Europe

Addressing the emerging security challenges in the region

Development and implementation of effective and coordinated regional and national response to most pressing security challenges remain one of the most important regional security priorities. The RCC plays a major role, both directly, through the actions it organises and leads, 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.

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

In a broader perspective, addressing the major security trends in the region remains a priority, particularly enhancing formulation and fulfilment of effective and coordinated regional and national responses to the newly emerging security challenges. RCC works to identify and explore effective ways to address the gaps and unnecessary overlapping in regional security cooperation.

Our Next Steps

In the forthcoming period the RCC will:

  • Strengthen its coordination role, emphasising prevention of and countering violent extremism (P/CVE), support development of efficient strategies for rehabilitation and reintegration through whole of society approach
  • Keep the regional web-based CVE information exchange platform regularly updated and proactive
  • Continue leading and enhancing specialised regional security cooperation formats for military intelligence and national security authorities
  • 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
  • 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

Contact for Security Cooperation

Jorida Shytaj

Jorida Shytaj
Political Advisor

Tel: +387 33 561 712
Fax: +387 33 561 701
E-mail: jorida.shytaj@rcc.int  

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