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Bregu: Western Balkans citizens need incentive from the EU

Sarajevo – “While awaiting the European Union’s Summit’s official decision on the opening accession negotiations with Albania and North Macedonia today, for us in the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) and for the entire region as well, it is quite important to reiterate that Western ...


Bregu: RCC keen to embark on any challenges with full support of regional and EU partners - we don’t need to loose time in order to find it again

Sarajevo – „A year behind us was a dynamic one and we are prepared to continue just as dynamic in the next one. We, at the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) are ready and keen to embark on any challenges ahead of us but we cannot do it without the full support of our regional and European ...


RCC to Present Balkan Barometer 2019 at the Annual meeting of the organisation in Sarajevo

Sarajevo - The Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) is to present the 5th, 2019 edition of its public and businesses viewpoints survey – Balkan Barometer (BB) at the Annual meeting of the organisation that is taking place on 8 July 2019 in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. 


Bregu: Western Balkan should embark on serious, wide-ranging facilitation agenda, including movement of people, goods, services and capital

  Poznan – “Two years after the Western Balkans’ (WB) Prime Ministers endorsed the Multi-annual Action Plan for the Regional Economic Area (MAP REA) in Trieste the region has not fully embraced the opportunities offered by the Regional Economic Area. Flows of goods, services, ...


Bregu: Western Balkans needs to fully embrace and capitalize on the Regional Economic Area

Poznan – “Two years since the endorsement of Multi-annual Action plan on Regional Economic Area (MAP REA) in Trieste and one year since London our region can show only a mixed track record at best. Western Balkans (WB) did not fully embrace Regional Economic Area (REA) and as a result ...


Bregu: Balkan Barometer 2019 clearly shows public and business appreciation of regional cooperation and need to strengthen it

Poznan – “There's no better way to stress the need for stepping up the regional cooperation than quoting the citizens and businesses of the Western Balkans (WB) who overwhelmingly, with 74% and 67% respectively, believe in regional cooperation. The recent success with dropping of roaming ...


Bregu: Western Balkans can punch way above its weight if given a chance

London – “Share of the European Union (EU) in both Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) and exports in the region is well over 70%. For all the talk about the growing Russian and Chinese economic clout in the Western Balkans six (WB6), only 3% of exports in 2018 went to Russia, and less than ...


RCC launches the next grant call: 750,000 EUR for developing tourism in the Western Balkans

SARAJEVO – The Regional Cooperation Council (RCC), under its Tourism Development and Promotion EU funded project, launched today the second in a row grant call for projects developing the tourism offer in the Western Balkans. While the grants scheme totals EUR 1.62 million, this second tranche ...


Via Dinarica connectivity in the Accursed Mountain gets an upgrade

PEJE/PEČ  - Community Development Fund, beneficiary of the RCC implemented and EU funded tourism development grant scheme, organize today a FAM trip for tour operators and media to inaugurate 6 newly developed sections of Via Dinarica trail in Kosovo* connecting it with the trail portions ...


New circuit trail and tales of river log-driving enrich Via Dinarica

PODGORICA - A new attraction for hikers of Via Dinarica’s White Trail passing through Tara River Canyon in Montenegro was presented today in Podgorica. 


New regional hiking trail comes to life: Mokra Gora Mt., Beauty of the Balkans

ZUBIN POTOK - A brand new regional hiking trail running across Mokra Gora Mountain from Montenegro, across Kosovo* to Serbia was inaugurated today in Zubin Potok. The trail was developed by the Institute for Territorial Economic Development – InTER through an RCC implemented and EU funded ...


Powered by RCC, Accursed Mountains show their cultural edge

TIRANA – Stunningly beautiful nature of the Accursed Mountains settled between Albania, Kosovo* and Montenegro just got its cultural edge. From now on, colourful legends, verbal history, songs, dances, crafts and cuisine of local communities living in remote mountainous villages are going ...


The Tales of 4 Fortresses - Creative History Balkans Tour enriches regional tourism offer

NOVI SAD – With the summer at our door, the Western Balkans cultural tourism offers just got richer. EXIT Foundation, a beneficiary of the RCC implemented and EU funded tourism development grant scheme and a winner of the RCC’s champion of regional cooperation award, launched today in Novi ...


Legends of fortresses get new interpretation

DANILOVGRAD - Danilovgrad Municipality, through an RCC provided and EU funded tourism development grant, has revived three fortresses in three Western Balkans economies. 


New horseback riding route connects Western Balkans

Subotica – The latest Western Balkans tourism attraction – a 500 kilometres long horseback riding route running from Vojvodina in the north to Hercegovina in the south – was inaugurated today in Subotica. 


Bregu: Investing in human capital paves the way towards economic development of the region

Istanbul – “Much needed sustainable transformation of the region into a knowledge-based economy with equal opportunities for all citizens is a comprehensive agenda. It combines innovation, research and development, education, employment and social inclusion policies. We cannot continue ...


RCC: Wrapping up Regional Investment Deliverables for Poznan Summit

Brussels – “Western Balkans (WB) is a welcoming environment for investments, with corporate profit tax rates ranging from 9% to 15%, being among the lowest in Europe and monetary and financial systems strongly dependent on euro. And yet, one of our the strongest assets is human resource ...


Hidden Gems of Skopje Old Town surface up with new cool mobile app

Skopje - Starting today, visitors of the Skopje Old Town, Čaršija, will be able to experience it in a completely new way. Coming to their service is the mobile application – Skopje Gems - that provides seven guided cultural tours through Čaršija and takes visitors to the doorsteps of ...


Futuristic World War II monuments making comeback as Balkan’s tourism attraction

SARAJEVO - Among the Western Balkans cultural tourism routes that the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC)’s Tourism Development and Promotion project is currently developing, is the so called Balkan Monumental Trail that encompasses region’s iconic World War II (WWII) monuments. 


Bregu: Divided we fall, united we stand

Sarajevo – “Western Balkan economies are united by need and a sense of emergency and awareness that there is a clear reason why regions come together in the world. Divided we cannot stand, because we are small economies, each one with its own problems. But all together we could be an interesting ...


Cultural diversity connects Sarajevo, Kotor and Novi Sad

SARAJEVO - Sarajevo Meeting of Cultures (SMOC), beneficiary of the RCC implemented and EU funded Tourism Development and Promotion Grant Scheme, presented today in Sarajevo a new regional tourism route based on cultural diversity of the Western Balkans. 


Balkan Trafik! Festival: Promoting the best of the Western Balkans in the European Union

Brussels – For the past few days Brussels replaced its political foretoken as a European political centre and became a hub for Western Balkan art and culture. The 13th edition of Balkan Trafik! Festival (BTF), which took place 24-28 April, promoted the best of the Western Balkans (WB) and ...


Tourism industry accounts for 14 percent of employment in the Western Balkans

Belgrade – Planning of most viable itineraries along the two new Western Balkans cultural routes that are currently under development was the main topic discussed by the representatives of tourism agencies and tour operators from the region, at the meeting organized by the Regional Cooperation ...


RCC grant recipient introduces new regional cultural tourism product: The Illyricum Trail

BELGRADE - Danube Competence Center (DCC), beneficiary of the RCC Tourism Development and Promotion Project’s grant scheme, funded by the European Union, introduced yesterday in Belgrade the new and upcoming Western Balkans branch of the Roman Emperors and Danube Wine Route’s called the ...


RCC at Sarajevo Business Forum: Better connectivity essential to creating new jobs and attracting investments in the Western Balkans

Sarajevo - Gazmend Turdiu, Deputy Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) moderated the Leaders Panel dedicated to the ‘One Region, One Economy’ concept as a vision for the future of Western Balkans, at the 10th edition of Sarajevo Business Forum (SFB) that kicked ...


RCC Secretary General Bregu calls for more efficient future action and better communication with the citizens

Sarajevo – Coordination Board of the Regional Cooperation Council’s (RCC) South East Europe’s growth Strategy (SEE 2020) has met in Sarajevo today, to reflect on the implementation results, identify potential action synergies for further cooperation as well as post-2020 regional priorities ...


Western Balkans tourism on the rise: Powered by RCC, cultural and adventure tour operators promote the region at the ITB Berlin

Berlin – Over the last five days, 19 tour operators from the Western Balkans promoted the regional tourism offer at a joint Western Balkans – Powered by RCC.int stand at the world’s leading travel trade show, ITB Berlin, which gathers some 10,000 exhibitors and over 100,000 visitors.


Listen to women – they are the key to unlocking the economic potential of this region

Sarajevo - Instead of happy 8th of March, the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) is introducing the idea of the “WE”, starting with Nada Markovic, a pioneer of the first female cooperative in Bosnia and Hercegovina. 


RCC Bregu: Cooperation in attracting investments, upskilling youth and women and connecting people priorities for the Western Balkans

Trieste – Majlinda Bregu, Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) visited the seat of the Western Balkans Six Chamber Investment Forum (WB6 CIF) in Trieste today, where she met with Safet Gerxhaliu, Secretary General, Marko Čadež, President of the Governing Board of ...


Powered by RCC: Western Balkans’ adventure tourism takes Utrecht fair

Utrecht – Over the last three days, ten tour operators from the Western Balkans presented the best of regional adventure tourism offer at the Fiets en Wandelbeurs fair at Jaarbeurs in Utrecht, Netherlands, within the Regional Cooperation Council’s (RCC) EU-funded, Tourism Development ...


RCC introduces new regional cultural and adventure tourism routes at the International Fair of Tourism in Belgrade

Belgrade – The RCC’s Tourism Development and Promotion Project introduced today the three new Western Balkans cultural routes and presented the development work done by the three tourism grants recipients at the largest international tourism fair in the South East European – IFT Belgrade.


3rd Meeting of the Western Balkans 6 Working Group on Capital/Financial Markets

Podgorica - The third meeting of the Western Balkans Six 6 (WB6) Working Group on Capital/Financial Markets, organised by the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC), took place in Podgorica today, deliberating on the possibilities of advancing this work towards the overall financial markets ...


Western Balkans endorses development of joint tourism routes

VIENNA – The South East Europe Tourism Expert Group (TEG) endorsed a joint plan establishing the regional cultural and adventure tourism routes for the Western Balkans six, at the meeting held in Vienna today. 


Svilanovic: Region’s economies need to improve legislation on capital markets, focusing on protection of investors

Belgrade – The Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) hosted the panel: The Future of Regional Capital Markets as a partner of the 17th Conference of the Belgrade Stock Exchange ‘Upgrade in Belgrade 2018’ being held in Belgrade today.  


548.000 EUR worth grants awarded for improvement of Western Balkans cultural and adventure tourism

Sarajevo - The Regional Cooperation Council (RCC)’s EU-funded Tourism Development and Promotion Project has awarded the first twelve, out of 30 + grants in total value of EUR 548,000, in Sarajevo today. These grants are awarded to the best project proposals received through the public call ...


RCC to award first twelve grants for Western Balkans tourism development and promotion

Sarajevo – The Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) will award the first twelve grants in total worth of EUR 550,000 for the development and promotion of tourism in the Six Western Balkans economies, at a ceremony in Sarajevo tomorrow. 


RCC begins operationalisation of Regional Investment Reform Agenda - RIRA

Sarajevo – The Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) began operationalisation of the Regional Investment Reform Agenda (RIRA), with a series of consultations with Western Balkans Six (WB6) economies, on the development of their individual-economy Investment Policy Reform Action Plans (IRAPs), ...


RCC launches tourism development grant scheme; 1.62 million euro made available

Sarajevo – Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretariat launched today 1.62-million-euros worth grant scheme that will be utilised to improve infrastructure and quality of services along regional cultural and adventure tourism routes. 


RCC Secretary General takes part at the Western Balkans London Summit

  The Secretary General of the regional Cooperation Council (RCC), Goran Svilanovic, took part at the Western Balkans (WB) Summit on 10 July in London.


RCC’s Balkan Barometer 2018: Satisfaction of people and businesses on overall situation in the region is steadily improving

Brussels – The Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) revealed results of 2018 edition of the Balkan Barometer (BB), an annual survey of citizens and business communities’ opinion on the situation in the region, in Brussels today. The main findings of the survey show that satisfaction of ...


Major milestone in SEE 2020 Strategy implementation: Western Balkans ADDS more than 600 000 JOBS

Brussels – Governing Board of the Regional Cooperation Council’s (RCC) South East Europe 2020 Strategy (SEE 2020) endorsed the 2018 Annual Report on Strategy’s implementation (ARI), at its fifth meeting held in Brussels today, in the eve of the presentation of the RCC’s Balkan barometer ...


Svilanovic: Notable progress achieved in the implementation of Multi-Annual Action Plan on Regional Economic Area in the Western Balkans

Vienna – Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Goran Svilanovic presented key results of the implementation of Multi-Annual Action Plan on Regional Economic Area (MAP REA) at the ministerial panel dedicated to this topic of the Economy Ministers’ Meeting of the ...


RCC to present SEE2020 strategy implementation results and its Balkan Barometer 2018 this week in Brussels

Brussels – The Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) is to present the implementation results of the region’s growth strategy, South East Europe 2020 (SEE2020) on 5 July 2018 in Brussels, and day after, on 6 July also in Brussels, the RCC will reveal the results of its 4th edition of the public ...


RCC’s Tourism Expert Group adopts “Crossroad of Civilisations” as a regional tourism identity, agrees on tourism routes to be developed

Sarajevo – The South East Europe Tourism Expert Group (TEG) adopted “Crossroads of Civilisations” as a regional tourism identity that will be applied throughout all the routes development efforts in the framework of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC)’s Tourism Development and Promotion ...


Regional Cooperation Council to launch Tourism Development and Promotion project for Western Balkans

Sarajevo – The Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) will launch its project on Tourism Development and Promotion in the Western Balkans on 28 June 2018, in Sarajevo, presenting its team, planned activities and expected results.  


RCC Presents Preliminary Findings of the SEE 2020 Draft Annual Implementation Report to Monitoring Committee

Podgorica - Monitoring Committee of the South East Europe 2020 (SEE 2020) Strategy met for the 6th time, under auspice of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC), in Podgorica today, to discuss and provide comments on the Strategy’s early draft Annual Implementation Report (ARI).


RCC at the Sofia Western Balkans Summit: Regional Cooperation Council proliferated regional cooperation across all sectors

Sofia – The Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council, Goran Svilanovic, took part at the EU-Western Balkans Summit hosted by the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU, in Sofia today. The Summit is dedicated to strengthen links between the EU and the Western Balkans in ...


Regional Investment Reform Agenda (RIRA) Endorsed at the SEEIC Ministerial Meeting

Tivat - The Regional Investment Reform Agenda (RIRA) was endorsed by representatives of the six Western Balkan (WB6) economies at the Ministerial meeting of the South East Europe Investment Committee (SEEIC) held in Tivat, Montenegro today. 


Preparations for Sofia and London Summits Continue: RCC's SEEIC reviews Regional Investment Reform Agenda

Sarajevo – The Regional Cooperation Council’s (RCC) South East European Investment Committee (SEEIC)  met at the plenary session in RCC premises today, back-to-back with Sarajevo Business Forum. 


RCC hosts 4th Donor Coordination Meeting for the Western Balkans

Brussels – Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) is hosting the 4th Annual Meeting of Donor Coordination for the Western Balkans, in Brussels today.


Second Meeting of MAP Coordinators and B2G Meeting on MAP takes place in Trieste

Trieste – The second meeting of the Coordinators for the RCC’s Multi Action Plan (MAP) for a Regional Economic Area (REA) in the Western Balkans six (WB6) took place in Trieste today. The meeting provided an overview on the key developments in MAP implementation in each of the WB6 economies ...


Fragmentation of capital market in WB6 compels for regional actions and further integration

First Meeting of the Western Balkans Six Capital Market Authorities Vienna - In 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) organised the first meeting of the Western Balkans ...


RCC Secretary General takes part the Berlin Process’s meeting of Western Balkans Sherpas

Brussels – The Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC), Goran Svilanovic, took part at the meeting of the Berlin process’ Sherpas, organized by the European Commission, in Brussels today. The meeting focused on each of the Western Balkans (WB) economies’ reform ...


UNCTAD, RCC present Investment Policy Review of South East Europe

Geneva – The Investment Policy Review (IPR) of South East Europe (SEE), conducted by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) with the support of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC), has been presented in Geneva today. 


The region discusses investments and International Investment Agreements

Geneva – The first regional meeting of the South East European (SEE) International Investment Agreements (IIAs) Negotiators was held in Geneva today under the umbrella of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC), and in cooperation with the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), aiming ...


RCC to present its Balkan Barometer 2017 – a perception survey of citizens and business communities on the situation in the region

Brussels – The Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) is to present its 3rd edition of the public and business opinion survey – Balkan Barometer 2017 in Brussels, Belgium, on 9 October 2017.


Trieste: Six Western Balkans leaders endorse Regional Economic Area

Trieste - The leaders of Western Balkans Six (WB6) endorsed the Multi-annual Action Plan on a Regional Economic Area in the Western Balkans (MAP), at the summit in Trieste today. The MAP has been created to enable unobstructed flow of goods, services, capital and highly skilled ...


Annual report on SEE 2020 Strategy implementation endorsed

Dubrovnik – Governing Board of the Regional Cooperation Council’s (RCC) SEE 2020 Strategy (SEE 2020) endorsed the Annual Report on Strategy’s implementation (ARI). The fourth Meeting of the SEE 2020 Governing Board was held in Dubrovnik today, in the eve of the RCC’s Annual meeting.


Sarajevo Business Forum 2017: RCC hosts panel "One Region, One Economy - Connectivity and Potential"

Sarajevo – The Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) hosted a panel "One Region, One Economy - Connectivity and Potential" at Sarajevo Business Forum 2017 (SBF 2017) today. This year’s edition of the SBF 2017 is being co-organized by the RCC.


Western Balkans’ economies continue preparations for the upcoming Triste Summit at the joint RCC-CEFTA-European Commission Workshop

Sarajevo – Representatives of the Western Balkan (WB) six economies coming from ministries in charge of labour, education, trade, investments, digital agenda, foreign affairs as well as representatives of prime ministers gathered in Sarajevo today to identify joint economic integration ...


RCC at Kopaonik Business Forum 2017: Moving forward through regional economic integration

Kopaonik/Sarajevo – Necessity of reforms leading towards regional economic integration as the part of the EU accession process of the Western Balkan economies was an overwhelming position of participants of panel discussion ‘Regional investment projects reform agenda: One region, one ...


Job creation in South East Europe needs reform and harmonization of investment policies

Geneva, Switzerland - Reforming and harmonizing investment policies in South East Europe will help to attract investors, a senior regional official said, at a meeting in Geneva on Thursday to discuss economic cooperation on investment into the region.


SEE 2020 Strategy implementation shows a mixed bag of results in the past year

Pravets – The Governing Board of the Regional Cooperation Council’s (RCC) South East Europe 2020 (SEE 2020) Strategy heard the Annual Report on the Strategy’s implementation (ARI) at its third meeting held in Pravets (Bulgaria) today. 


Furthering the digitalisation in South East Europe

Tirana/Sarajevo  – The 2nd  International Conference on “E-Permitting for a Competitive Region” that started in Tirana today, will look at the state of issuing electronic permits in the region and thereby the state of digitalisation in South East Europe. Regional Cooperation ...


RCC at Sarajevo Business Forum: With common market our region can be economically stronger and more competitive

Sarajevo – The 7th International Investments Conference – Sarajevo Business Forum, started today in the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina. This year’s focus of the conference is on Industrial Capacity Cooperation and on expanding the business opportunities with China.


Ten scholarships for a better future

Sarajevo – Ten pupils and students from Srebrenica and Bratunac received today certificates for scholarships awarded by the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) in partnership with the BBI bank. Congratulating the pupils and the students, RCC Secretary General, Goran Svilanovic, wished ...


RCC and BBI to provide scholarships for ten pupils and students from Srebrenica and Bratunac

Sarajevo – Ten pupils and students from Srebrenica and Bratunac will receive scholarships awarded by the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) and BBI bank next week. At the ceremony, to be held in Sarajevo next Thursday (28 April 2016), the certificates of scholarship will be presented ...


Svilanovic on regional economy - tough but with a glimmer of optimism

Taking part in the 23rd  Kopaonik Business Forum yesterday, Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretary General, Goran Svilanovic emphasised that it is impossible to overestimate the importance of regional cooperation and economic consolidation if South East Europe wants to remain ...


RCC boosting competitiveness in South East Europe

BUDVA/SARAJEVO - Ministers for Economic Affairs of the Western Balkans gathered today for a conference in Budva and expressed their commitment to continue regional cooperation based on principles of accountability, participation, solidarity and good neighbourly relations. In this way, they ...


RCC connecting SEE and Turkish business

“There is a lot of noise about more and better economic cooperation between Turkey and South Eastern Europe. It is time to turn that noise into harmonious music.”


Integrating South Eastern Europe to global markets: RCC brings together Turkish and SEE businesses

Ankara, 4 September 2015 - The Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC), Goran Svilanović, is to lead the panel on integration of South East Europe into the global markets, at the B20 meeting in Ankara today.


Governing Board of RCC’s SEE2020 Strategy Meets in Tirana

TIRANA/SARAJEVO – The South East Europe 2020 Strategy (SEE 2020) Governing Board held its second meeting in Tirana today. The SEE 2020 Strategy is the Regional Cooperation Council’s (RCC) primary instrument for boosting growth in the region, creating jobs and assisting the EU accession ...


Goran Svilanovic hosts “One Region, One Economy’ panel at Sarajevo Business Forum

Sarajevo – Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretary General, Goran Svilanovic, hosted today’s panel “One Region – One Economy” at the 6th International investment conference, the Sarajevo Business Forum (SBF).


Combating Shadow Economy: A Necessity for Investments in SEE

SARAJEVO – Ministers of finance, trade or economic development from South East Europe gathered in Sarajevo today to take part in a major conference on combating the shadow economy in the region. The event is co-organised by the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Regional ...


Employment and economic situation crucial for the region

PRISTINA – The implementation of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC)’s South East Europe (SEE) 2020 strategy, was the focus of today’s conference in Pristina, organized by the RCC Secretariat in cooperation with the Ministry of Trade and Industry, and the Organisation for Economic ...


RCC co-organises the 4th BiH Congress on Roads

SARAJEVO – The Association of Consulting Engineers of Bosnia and Herzegovina (ACE BH) with the support of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) and under the auspices of the Ministry of Transport and Communications is organizing the 4th BiH Congress on Roads which will be held  ...


South East Europe Investment Committee integrated into Regional Cooperation Council’s structures as of 1 July 2014

The South East Europe Investment Committee (SEEIC) met in Zagreb on 26 June to discuss a range of issues dealing with the economic growth in the region.


RCC Secretary General to interact with regional press via Twitter on SEE 2020 strategy

SARAJEVO – The Secretary General of the Regional Coopration Council Goran Svilanović will be available for Twitter interview on the official RCC account @rccint and via hashtag #SEE2020 on Wednesday, 18 December 2013, from 13.00 until 13.30, dealing with topics covered by the South East Europe ...


South East Europe 2020 strategy for creating 1 million jobs in the region adopted in Sarajevo today

SARAJEVO – Creation of one million new jobs in South East Europe (SEE) until 2020 is the most important aim of the strategy dubbed “Jobs and Prosperity in a European Perspective”.  The RCC’s SEE 2020 strategy was adopted in Sarajevo today at the Ministerial Conference of the South ...


Region’s ministers to adopt South East Europe 2020 strategy for creating 1 million jobs in the region

SARAJEVO – The RCC’s South East Europe (SEE) 2020 strategy is to be adopted in Sarajevo this Thursday, 21 November 2013, at the Ministerial Conference of the South East Europe Investment Committee. Creation of one million new jobs in SEE until 2020 is the most important aim of the strategy ...


First version of South East Europe 2020 strategy for creating 1 million jobs presented in seven cities across the region

SARAJEVO/TIRANA – Experts of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretariat concluded in Tirana today a series of presentations of the first draft of the South East Europe (SEE) 2020 strategy for creating one million new jobs in the region, with participation of Arben Ahmetaj, Minister ...


RCC to present South East Europe 2020 strategy for creating 1 million jobs in the region

SARAJEVO – The first draft of the South East Europe (SEE) 2020 strategy for creating one million new jobs in the region will be presented in Skopje tomorrow. The document is being prepared by the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretariat, in close consultation with governments and initiatives ...


Competitiveness working group created under South East Europe 2020 growth strategy, at RCC-hosted meeting in Sarajevo

SARAJEVO – A working group of regional experts on competitiveness was created in Sarajevo today, under the South East Europe 2020 (SEE 2020) growth strategy, at a meeting hosted by the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC). 


RCC meeting to discuss progress in developing South East Europe 2020 growth strategy, in Sarajevo tomorrow

SARAJEVO – The South East Europe Investment Committee (SEEIC) will discuss progress in developing the South East Europe (SEE) 2020 strategy at its meeting in Sarajevo tomorrow. The event will be held under the auspices of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretariat.


New work programme of South East Europe Investment Committee to focus on SEE 2020 growth strategy

SARAJEVO - The South East Europe Investment Committee (SEEIC) of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) adopted an updated work programme at its meeting in Sarajevo today, focused on development of the South East Europe 2020 regional growth strategy.


South East Europe 2020 growth strategy in focus of regional meeting, to be held in Sarajevo tomorrow, under RCC auspices

SARAJEVO – Development of the South East Europe (SEE) 2020 regional growth strategy and its implementation will be the main topics of the 12th South East Europe Investment Committee (SEEIC) Meeting, which will be held in Sarajevo tomorrow.


Seven German ambassadors from Western Balkans and foreign ministry discuss regional issues, express support to RCC work

SARAJEVO - Ambassadors of Germany in Belgrade, Podgorica, Prishtina, Sarajevo, Skopje and Tirana, accompanied by colleagues from the foreign ministry, discussed political situation in Western Balkans and the region’s European perspective during a visit to the Regional Cooperation Council ...


Western Balkans policy on new skills for new jobs to be adopted at RCC, FES co-organized event in Sarajevo, tomorrow

SARAJEVO, 21 November 2012 – A policy paper on ‘new skills for new jobs’ in the Western Balkans is expected to be adopted at a meeting hosted by the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretariat, in Sarajevo, tomorrow.


Western Balkans ministers adopt 11 targets for regional economic growth by 2020, under RCC auspices

SARAJEVO/TIRANA – Western Balkans economy ministers adopted today 11 targets for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth in the region, to be reached by 2020. The commitment was made at the ministerial conference of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC)'s South East Europe Investment Committee ...


2.2 million euro project boosting women entrepreneurship in South East Europe kicks off

Women-led enterprises have direct impact on economic development, as they reduce use of safety net services and bring higher social and tax benefits for the economy, said Jelica Minic, Deputy Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretary General, at the Bosnia and Herzegovina launch of the project ...


Nine targets of regional 2020 strategy supported by South East Europe Investment Committee, under RCC auspices

SARAJEVO – A set of nine targets for integrated, smart, inclusive and sustainable growth in the region until 2020 was supported by the members of the South East Europe Investment Committee (SEEIC), during a meeting held at the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretariat in Sarajevo today.


South East Europe Investment Committee to back initial targets for regional 2020 strategy, at RCC-hosted meeting in Sarajevo

SARAJEVO – The South East Europe Investment Committee (SEEIC) is expected to back initial flagship targets for the South East Europe (SEE) 2020 Strategy at its meeting in Sarajevo, tomorrow.


Investment in modern technologies at core of efficient economy, says RCC hosted meeting of e-South East Europe initiative

SARAJEVO – A meeting of the electronic-South East Europe (eSEE) initiative ended in Sarajevo today with a conclusion that competitiveness in South East Europe has benefited from investments in information and communication technologies (ICT), which play an important role in jobs creation ...


Long-term social development in Western Balkans to be discussed at RCC, FES event in Sarajevo, tomorrow

SARAJEVO – A two-day regional conference New Skills for New Jobs in Western Balkans will open in Sarajevo tomorrow. The event will discuss steps to establish a long-term vision of social development in the region, in line also with EU social agenda.


Regional access to finance forum to be held in Sarajevo tomorrow, under RCC, USAID and Sida auspices

SARAJEVO – A regional access to finance forum titled SEEnovate: Supporting Intelligent Growth, showcasing the most up to date investment and business opportunities in South East Europe and bringing over 30 equity investors, will be held in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, tomorrow, 19 June.


RCC’s Southeast Europe Investment Committee adopts 2-year work programme in Sarajevo, to boost region’s competitiveness

SARAJEVO – The Southeast Europe Investment Committee (SEEIC) adopted its two-year Work Programme for 2012-2013 in Sarajevo today, at the first meeting held under the umbrella of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretariat.


Greater involvement of girls in ICT to be promoted in Sarajevo by Ministry of Communications, RCC, and partners

SARAJEVO – Opportunities for study, work and personal development that information and communication technologies (ICT) offer to girls will be in focus of International Girls in ICT Day to be marked in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, tomorrow.


Eight South East European stock exchanges to sign platform for joint action, under RCC auspices in Sarajevo

SARAJEVO – Directors of eight South East European (SEE) securities (stock) exchanges will sign a Platform for Joint Action under the auspices of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretariat, in Sarajevo, tomorrow, 27 March.


Conference on the role of Civil Society Networks in the Western Balkans and Turkey starts in Sarajevo

SARAJEVO – A two-day conference on civil society organisation (CSO) networks in the Western Balkan countries and Turkey started today in Sarajevo. It aims at enhancing their structured participation in the EU accession process, and at their greater involvement in the implementation of ...


Western Balkans civil society to discuss greater participation in EU accession and RCC strategy implementation, at Sarajevo conference

SARAJEVO – A two-day conference on civil society networks in the Western Balkan countries and Turkey, in support of their greater participation in the EU accession process and in implementing the Regional Cooperation Council strategy, will be opened in Sarajevo tomorrow.


Ministerial conference in Paris welcomes management transfer of South East Europe Investment Committee from OECD to RCC

PARIS/SARAJEVO – The management of the South East Europe Investment Committee (SEEIC) has been transferred today to the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) at a ministerial conference held in Paris, France.


131 million euro European Commission strategy for Western Balkan discussed at Regional Cooperation Council in Sarajevo

SARAJEVO – More than 70 participants, representing beneficiaries from the Western Balkans and Turkey, took part in the latest Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA) Multi-Beneficiary Programme Coordination Meeting on regional cooperation that ends in Sarajevo today.


High level meeting on information society development takes place in Tirana, boosts commitment to regional growth

TIRANA/SARAJEVO – A high level meeting on information society development has commenced in Tirana, with a goal to reap the full potential of the Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) to spur innovation, economic growth, regional competitiveness and improved quality of life in ...


RCC-hosted South East European social agenda week to open in Sarajevo today

SARAJEVO – A social agenda week will begin in Sarajevo today, focusing on social economy and creation of new jobs in South East Europe over the next decade. The event will be hosted by the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretariat.


South East European health ministers foster inclusion of health into all policies, tackle killer diseases, at RCC- and WHO-supported forum

BANJA LUKA/SARAJEVO/COPENHAGEN – Health ministers from South East Europe are devoting two days to considering how to involve other crucial sectors in reducing death and disease in their countries. The Third Health Ministers’ Forum is meeting in Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina, ...


South East European health ministers to tackle killer diseases together, with RCC and WHO support

BANJA LUKA/SARAJEVO/COPENHAGEN – Health ministers and high level officials from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Moldova, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia and Israel will hold their third ministerial forum in Banja Luka, Bosnia ...


Directors general of South East European public media to sign cooperation protocol in Sarajevo, with RCC support

SARAJEVO – Directors general of 13 public service broadcasters from South East Europe, supported by the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) and the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), will sign a protocol on regional cooperation in Sarajevo on Friday, 30 September.


RCC, SIDA sign 2.2 million Euros agreement to support women entrepreneurship in South East Europe

The Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretariat and Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) signed today in Sarajevo a 2.2 million Euros worth agreement aiming to boost women entrepreneurship in South East Europe (SEE) through combined public and private sector effort.


Serbian President Tadic gives full support to RCC activities in promoting regional cooperation in South East Europe

SARAJEVO – President of the Republic of Serbia, Boris Tadic, paid a visit today to the Secretariat of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) in Sarajevo, where he expressed full support to the work of the organization during his meeting with RCC Secretary General Hido Biscevic.


Heads of State and Government of South East Europe praise work of Regional Cooperation Council

BUDVA/SARAJEVO – The Heads of State and Government of the South-East European Cooperation Process (SEECP) praised today in Budva the successful implementation of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Strategy and Work Programme 2011-2013, endorsing the Annual Report of its Secretary General.


South East European foreign ministers voice support to RCC activities, endorse its Annual Report

BUDVA/SARAJEVO – Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the South-East European Cooperation Process (SEECP) countries commended today the work of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) and its Secretary General at a meeting in Budva, Montenegro.


Regional cooperation in South East Europe encouraging, says RCC Secretary General at the organization’s Annual Meeting

BUDVA/SARAJEVO – “Regional cooperation in South East Europe has exhibited encouraging signs over the past year“ said Hido Biscevic, Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC), while opening the organization's third Annual Meeting in the Montenegrin town of Becici near ...


RCC to host first meeting on social agenda for the Western Balkans

SARAJEVO – A two-day conference to discuss possible development of regional social agenda for the Western Balkans is to open in Sarajevo, tomorrow. It will address issues of employment, poverty reduction and social inclusion.


Conference on road infrastructure safety in South East Europe to open in Sarajevo tomorrow

SARAJEVO – The second Conference on Road Infrastructure Safety Management in South East Europe, aimed at halving the number of traffic accidents in the region by 2020, will open in Sarajevo tomorrow.


Western Balkans and Europe 2020 conference agrees RCC best suited to help align regional programmes with Europe 2020

BRUSSELS/SARAJEVO – Over 100 participants of a Western Balkans and Europe 2020 – Towards Convergence and Growth conference of regional initiatives and international donors concluded in Brussels today that the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) is the institution most apt to help align regional ...


RCC-organized conference on Western Balkans and Europe 2020 to discuss growth in the region, gather close to 50 institutions and donors

SARAJEVO/BRUSSELS – A Western Balkans and Europe 2020 – Towards Convergence and Growth coordination meeting of regional initiatives and interested donor institutions will take place in Brussels, on 30-31 March 2011. The event will be organized by the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretariat.


Prospects for regional cooperation in South East Europe in 2011 and beyond focus of the 3rd RCC anniversary celebration

SARAJEVO – A panel discussion South East Europe in 2011 and Beyond: Sharing the Same Vision will be held in Sarajevo, on Monday, 7 March, to mark the third anniversary of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC).


RCC Secretariat and Association of Balkan Chambers sign cooperation agreement today

Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC), Hido Biščević, and the President of the Foreign Trade Chamber of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Veselin Poljašević, on behalf of the Association of Balkan Chambers (ABC), signed today at the RCC premises in Sarajevo a memorandum of ...


Integration of e-infrastructures in South East Europe to be discussed in Sarajevo, with Bosnia and Herzegovina government and RCC support

SARAJEVO – The sixth meeting of the South East European Research Area for e-Infrastructures (SEERA-EI), organized by the Ministry of Communication and Transport of Bosnia and Herzegovina and hosted by the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretariat, will commence in Sarajevo tomorrow.


Istanbul conference creates platform for further advancing women entrepreneurs’ networks in South East Europe

ISTANBUL/SARAJEVO – Participants of the First Forum for South East European (SEE) Women Entrepreneurs, agreed today in Istanbul to create a permanent platform for the exchange of experiences and good practices and promote further advancement of women entrepreneurs’ networks in the region.


RCC Secretary General to outline the organization’s new three-year strategy at a press conference in Sarajevo tomorrow

SARAJEVO – The Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC), Hido Biscevic, will present the organization’s new strategy for 2011-2013, and outline the main activities scheduled for this autumn, at a press conference in Sarajevo, tomorrow, 16 September.


Regional Cooperation Council Secretariat to host e-leadership workshop in Sarajevo on Monday

SARAJEVO – A two-day regional e-leadership workshop will open at the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) in Sarajevo on Monday, 28 June. The event is co-organized by the RCC Secretariat and the eLeadership Programme for the Western Balkans of the United Nations Development Programme, with ...


Regional Cooperation Council launches redesigned website and new publication, a monthly newsletter

SARAJEVO – The Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretariat launched today a redesigned version of the organization’s website and a new publication, the monthly e-newsletter.


RCC Board starts discussing the organization's strategy for the next three years

SARAJEVO – The Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Board discussed today the first draft of the new, three-year Strategic Work Programme of the organization for the period 2011-2013.


International conference on overcoming economic crisis in Western Balkans to mark 2nd RCC anniversary

SARAJEVO – A two-day regional conference “Western Balkans in 2020 – Overcoming the Economic Crisis and Developing Competitive Economies” will open in Sarajevo tomorrow. The event, organized by the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretariat, will also mark the 2nd anniversary of ...


RCC, Standing Working Group to promote regional rural development in South East Europe

Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC), Hido Biščević, and the Chairman of the Assembly of the Standing Working Group for Regional Rural Development (SWG RRD), Dušan Nešković, signed today at the RCC Secretariat in Sarajevo a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on cooperation ...


First preparatory meeting of South East European Women Entrepreneurs Conference held at RCC Secretariat

The organizational board of the South East European Women Entrepreneurs drafted today at the RCC Secretariat in Sarajevo relevant documents and agreed on further steps in preparing its 2010 Conference, which will be held in the framework of the Turkish Chairmanship-in-Office of the South-East ...


RCC Board discusses future strategic focuses of organization's activities and supports efforts of its Secretariat in Sarajevo

SARAJEVO – The 29 members of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Board discussed today in Sarajevo further strategic prioritization of activities of the organization and gave full support to its Secretariat in these efforts.


South East European Public-Private Partnership Network to be launched in Sarajevo next week

SARAJEVO – The South East European Public-Private Partnership (SEE PPP) Network will be launched in Sarajevo on Monday, 30 November, under the auspices of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretariat.


OECD, RCC bring together policy makers and experts in Sarajevo to increase parliamentary involvement in better business regulation in South East Europe

SARAJEVO – Policy makers and experts from South East Europe (SEE) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) gathered today at the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretariat in Sarajevo to streamline co-operation between parliaments and governments in order ...


RCC to support stronger women entrepreneurship in South East Europe

SARAJEVO – A regional project aimed at supporting women entrepreneurship in South East Europe (SEE), focusing on expansion and job creation of women-owned businesses, will be launched at a stakeholders meeting at the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretariat in Sarajevo tomorrow, 1 October.


RCC, UNDP to organize ministerial conference on generating public private partnerships in South East Europe, in Sarajevo

SARAJEVO – A ministerial conference aimed at generating public private partnerships in South East Europe will be held in Sarajevo tomorrow, 25 September, co-organized by the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretariat and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Bosnia and Herzegovina.


First meeting of prominent experts from South East Europe on regional response to economic crisis takes place in Sarajevo under RCC auspices

SARAJEVO – A panel of high-level experts from South East Europe (SEE) met in Sarajevo today to stimulate in depth discussion on regional response to global economic crisis. The first such meeting in the region was held under the auspices of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretariat.


RCC Board discusses situation in South East Europe and praises work of the organization’s Secretariat in Sarajevo

SARAJEVO – The Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC), Hido Biscevic, presented his latest quarterly report on the activities of the RCC Secretariat to the 29 members of the organization's Board, who gathered in Sarajevo today. The report covers the period between 9 May ...


South East European Employment and Social Policy Network to hold first meeting under RCC umbrella in Sarajevo tomorrow

SARAJEVO – The Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretariat will tomorrow, for the first time under its umbrella, host a meeting of the Employment and Social Policy Network of South East Europe (SEE), in its premises in Sarajevo.


Regional Cooperation Council to host meeting on strengthening social dialogue in South East Europe, in Sarajevo tomorrow

SARAJEVO – A regional meeting on strengthening social dialogue in South East Europe (SEE) will take place at the premises of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretariat in Sarajevo tomorrow. The event is co-organized by the RCC Secretariat and the Friedrich Ebert Foundation’s Regional ...


South East European experts in electronic government gather in Sarajevo to promote information society development

SARAJEVO – A workshop on electronic government (eGovernment), promoting information society in South East Europe (SEE) as a platform for economic growth, competitiveness, social inclusion and high quality of living, was held at the premises of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretariat ...


RCC Secretary General underpins joint cooperation as prerequisite for economic growth in Southeast Europe

ISTANBUL/SARAJEVO – Joint cooperation in Southeast Europe is a prerequisite for regional economic growth and development, said the RCC Secretary General Hido Biscevic at the two-day Balkan Economic Summit that ends in Istanbul today.


RCC to host first meeting of Electronic South East Europe Initiative and Broadband South East Europe Taskforce

SARAJEVO – The Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretariat will for the first time under its umbrella host a meeting of the Electronic South East Europe (eSEE) Initiative Working Group and the Broadband South East Europe Taskforce (bSEE), at its premises in Sarajevo, on 27 and 28 ...


OECD, European Commission, Regional Cooperation Council to present report on ways to increase competitiveness in the Western Balkans

SARAJEVO – The study “Defining and Strengthening Sector Specific Sources of Competitiveness in the Western Balkans – Recommendation for a Regional Investment Strategy” will be presented tomorrow at the premises of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretariat in Sarajevo.


OECD and RCC to kick-off preparation of Southeast Europe Investment Reform Index 2009

SARAJEVO – The Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) and its partner, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), will tomorrow hold a kick-off meeting initiating the preparation of the Southeast Europe Investment Reform Index 2009 (IRI 2009), at the RCC offices in Sarajevo. 


Development perspectives in South Eastern Europe, role of RCC topics of Western Balkans forum

ROME/SARAJEVO – Participants of a two-day Western Balkans Strategic Forum, which ended in Rome today, discussed investments into the region and the role the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) can play in this respect. The Forum was organized by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development ...