The Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) is an all-inclusive, regionally owned and led cooperation framework. This framework engages RCC participants from the South East Europe (SEE), members of the international community and donors on subjects which are important and of interest to the SEE, with a view to promoting and advancing the European and Euro-Atlantic integration of the region.
Within the framework of the general political guidelines set by the South-East European Cooperation Process (SEECP), the RCC works to develop and maintain a political climate of dialogue, reconciliation, tolerance and openness towards cooperation, with a view to enabling the implementation of regional programmes aimed at economic and social development to the benefit of the people in the region.
RCC helps prosperity and growth through regional action in SEE, while advancing European and Euro-Atlantic integration. We see our region as a prosperous place of dialogue, freedom and mobility, rich in cultural heritage, where each person feels safe and protected by the rule of law.
The Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) was officially launched at the meeting of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the South-East European Cooperation Process (SEECP) in Sofia, on 27 February 2008, under which auspices it continues to operate.
RCC has been working very closely with all the governments in the region and relevant regional cooperation mechanisms. Its work has been guided by the Statute, triennial strategies and work programmes (SWP), and the SEE 2020 Strategy, addressing the needs of SEE in economic and social development, energy and infrastructure, justice and home affairs, security cooperation, and building institutional and human capital.
In time, RCC agenda has shifted to a more focused and result-oriented interventions in a restricted number of areas. Over the next three years RCC will continue to work to reduce – and where possible remove – the obstacles to increased mobility, enhanced connectivity and improved competitiveness in SEE, while also contributing to better governance, improved functioning of the rule of law and enhanced security in the region.
The RCC has 46 participants. The organisation, headed by the Secretary General, Goran Svilanovic, is financed by the European Union and its SEE and other Board participants. It has a Secretariat based in Sarajevo, and a Liaison Office in Brussels.