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26 FEB 2009

Regional Cooperation Council to mark its first anniversary tomorrow, in Sarajevo

Regional Cooperation Council marking its first anniversary at the National Museum of BiH, Sarajevo, BiH, 27 February 2009. (Photo RCC/Samir Pinjgaic)

Regional Cooperation Council marking its first anniversary at the National Museum of BiH, Sarajevo, BiH, 27 February 2009. (Photo RCC/Samir Pinjgaic)

SARAJEVO – The Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) will tomorrow mark the first anniversary since it has been established at a historic meeting in Sofia on 27 February 2008 that demonstrated dedication to strengthen regional ownership and cooperation in South East Europe (SEE).

The programme of the event will comprise of a panel discussion “One Year of Regional Cooperation Council: Achievements and Way Forward“, to be followed by a concert of the South East Europe Symphony Orchestra string quartet, and a cocktail reception.

The panellists, who will review RCC achievements so far and explore the way ahead, will include Hido Biščević, RCC Secretary General, Srđan Dizdarević, President of the Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Jovan Teokarević, Director of the Belgrade Centre for European Integration, and Erhan Turbedar, Senior Expert at the Research Foundation for Economic Policies of Turkey.

In the set-up year, RCC members and the organization’s Secretariat in Sarajevo invested great efforts to establish mechanisms of enhanced regional cooperation within the priority areas – economic and social development, energy and infrastructure, justice and home affairs, security cooperation, building human capital, and parliamentary cooperation – thus contributing to overall development and European and Euro-Atlantic integration of SEE.

Journalists are invited to the event on Friday, 27 February 2009, at 18.00 hours, at the National Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Zmaja od Bosne 3, Sarajevo.

Details of the programme:

18.00-19.00 – Panel discussion: “One Year of Regional Cooperation Council: Achievements and Way Forward”

19.00-19.45 – Concert by the South East Europe Symphony Orchestra string quartet

19.45-21.00 – Cocktail reception

The event will simultaneously host an exhibition of the Commission for Preservation of National Monuments of Bosnia and Herzegovina, to illustrate cultural diversity of the country, its national heritage and in that sense also its wider, regional contribution.

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