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28 Sep 2020
4th Meeting of the South East European Judicial Training Institutions Network upcoming activity

South East European Judicial Training Institutions’ Network (SEE JTI) meets for the 4th time on 28-29 September. This online meeting is organized by the Regional Cooperation Council in cooperation with Serbian Judicial Academy.    The SEE JTI Network participants are to discuss issues of mutual relevance and agree on the objectives of the network’s activities in the upcoming period. ...


25 Jun 2020
Annual Report of the Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council 2019-2020 report

This Annual Report of the Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) covers the period April 2019 – April 2020. It outlines main RCC activities and achievements in the past year. It also lays out the overall background and crucial developments impacting and shaping the activities of the RCC and the region of South East Europe in the reporting period.


25 Jun 2020
Bregu: It is up to the region to retain commitment to cooperation and bring forth tangible progress to citizens news

RCC Secretary General takes part in SEECP Foreign Affairs Ministers meeting and hosts, with SEECP CiO, 12th RCC Annual meeting Tirana/Sarajevo/Prishtina – The two meetings have been held today within the South East European Cooperation Process (SEECP) - the meeting of the SEECP Ministers of Foreign Affairs and the RCC Annual Meeting, which RCC co-organised with the outgoing Kosovo SEECP Chairmanship-in-Office ...


24 Jun 2020
BALKAN BAROMETER 2020: BUSINESS OPINION SURVEY survey

Balkan Barometer 2020 - the 6th edition of the RCC of the annual business opinion survey commissioned by the Regional Cooperation Council to gather and interpret data spanning a number of thematic areas and topics. The Barometer examines both the region’s perceptions of today, and its expectations for tomorrow, giving voice to the SEE’s business community as well as its citizens at large.


24 Jun 2020
Bregu: Cooperation is the only blueprint that holds the promise of ‘Stronger Together’ news

The Shape of the Things to Come - Presentation of Balkan Barometer 2020 Balkan Barometer 2020 reveals sentiments of citizens and businesses in the region, with a special addition conveying effects of the COVID-19 outbreak   LIVE NOW Balkan Barometer 2020 presentation  Sarajevo – “The regional cooperation continues to grow in prominence with an overwhelming majority of citizens ...


24 Jun 2020
RCC SG speech at the presentation of Balkan Barometer 2020 on 24 June 2020 statement/speech

Introductory remarks by the Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council Majlinda Bregu on the ocassion of Balkan Barometer 2020 launch held in a form of webinar on 24 June 2020


23 Jun 2020
The Shape of the Things to Come - Presentation of Balkan Barometer 2020 news

Annual public and business opinion survey including COVID19 Impact Assessment Moderated by Majlinda Bregu, RCC Secretary General; and key guest speakers Olivér Várhelyi, EU Enlargement Commissioner; & Wolfgang Ischinger, Munich Security Conference Chairman Sarajevo – The Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) will present 2020 edition of Balkan Barometer on Wednesday 24 June 2020. This annual ...


22 Jun 2020
BALKAN BAROMETER 2020 - INFOGRAPHICS brochure

BALKAN BAROMETER is an annual survey of public opinion and business sentiments in six Western Balkans economies, commissioned by the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC), which examines aspirations and expectations on life and work, prevalent socio-economic and political trends & regional and European integration. BALKAN BAROMETER’S 2020 infographics booklet features some of the defining thoughts ...


12 Mar 2020
REPORT ON THE ACTIVITIES OF THE REGIONAL COOPERATION COUNCIL SECRETARIAT report

The Report on the activities of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretariat is submitted by the RCC Secretary General to the RCC Board in line with Article 15 of the Statute of the RCC. It covers the period between 15 October 2019 – 1 March 2020.


17 Oct 2019
Bregu: Western Balkans citizens need incentive from the EU news

RCC Board met in Sarajevo today, for the last time in 2019, to hear an update on the activities in period since the last meeting and provide guidance and approval on the future plans  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 ...


04 Oct 2019
Speech by RCC Secretary General, Majlinda Bregu, at the High Level Regional Conference “It’s all about Justice” statement/speech

RCC and Albanian Ministry of Justice, organised the High Level Regional Conference “It’s all about Justice” gathering WB6 ministers, representatives of judicial institutions, civil society, and media, in Tirana on 4 October 2019


04 Oct 2019
Bregu: There Is No Other Way to Build the Common European Future of the Region than the consolidation of Rule of Law - It’s All about Justice news

  RCC and Albanian Ministry of justice, organised High Level Regional Conference “It’s all about Justice” gathering WB6 ministers, representatives of judicial institutions, civil society, and media in Tirana today  WATCH VIDEO STATEMENT BY RCC SECRETARY GENERAL Tirana – “Albania and Northern Macedonia are eagerly awaiting mid-October's decision on opening of the EU negotiations, ...


25 Sep 2019
TOWARDS CREATING E-ENVIRONMENT IN JUSTICE - COMMON STANDARDS ON PROMOTING QUALITY OF JUDICIAL TRAINING AND REGIONAL CROSS-BORDER COOPERATION IN SEE study

The study “Towards creating E-environment in justice - common standards on promoting quality of judicial training and regional cross-border cooperation in SEE” , aims to identify the possible common basic standards for enhancing the quality of judicial training and its components in the main phases of the training cycle, thus creating the base for exchange of trainers and mentors, materials and ...


22 Jul 2019
SOUTH EAST EUROPE 2020: 2019 ANNUAL REPORT ON IMPLEMENTATION report

The report aims to present main achievements related to the implementation of the South East Europe 2020 Strategy (SEE 2020) for the period from May 2018 until May 2019. It is divided into three main parts: a summary overview of the progress achieved, a detailed review per pillar and key recommendations per each dimension. The Report was endorsed at the SEE 2020 Governing Board meeting held on 8 ...


08 Jul 2019
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 news

11th Annual Meeting of the RCC took place in Sarajevo today  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 partners, as we don’t need to loose time ...


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

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.  The premier presentation of the 2019 Balkan Barometer was held at the Western Balkans Summit in Poznan, 3 days ago, featuring ...


04 Jul 2019
BALKAN BAROMETER 2019 - INFOGRAPHICS brochure

BALKAN BAROMETER is an annual survey of public opinion and business sentiments in six Western Balkans economies, commissioned by the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC), which examines aspirations and expectations on life and work, prevalent socio-economic and political trends & regional and European integration. BALKAN BAROMETER’S 2019 infographics booklet features some of the defining thoughts ...


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

RCC presents key findings of 2019 Balkan Barometer surveys within Western Balkans Poznan Summit  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 charges ...


03 Jul 2019
BALKAN BAROMETER 2019: PUBLIC OPINION SURVEY survey

Balkan Barometer 2019, the fifth instalment of the RCC-commissioned annual survey of regional perceptions and attitudes across a wide array of social, political and economic factors impacting life in South East Europe (SEE), is modestly optimistic. It shows growing support for EU membership with more than half of all respondents viewing EU accession favourably, a first since the Barometer’s inception ...


03 Jul 2019
BALKAN BAROMETER 2019: BUSINESS OPINION SURVEY survey

Balkan Barometer 2019, the fifth instalment of the RCC-commissioned annual survey of regional perceptions and attitudes across a wide array of social, political and economic factors impacting life in South East Europe (SEE), is modestly optimistic. It shows growing support for EU membership with more than half of all respondents viewing EU accession favourably, a first since the Barometer’s inception ...


30 Apr 2019
Report on the activities of the Regional Cooperation Council Secretariat report

The Report on the activities of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretariat is submitted by the RCC Secretary General to the RCC Board in line with Article 15 of the Statute of the RCC. It covers the period between 15 October 2018 – 1 March 2019.


21 Mar 2019
RCC Secretary General Bregu calls for more efficient future action and better communication with the citizens news

SEE 2020 Strategy’s Coordination Board meets for 11th time in Sarajevo 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 and strategic framework.  The ...


22 Nov 2018
RCC hosts the 3rd meeting of the SEE Network of Judicial Training Institutions news

Zagreb – The Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) hosted the 3rd Meeting of the South East Europe (SEE) Network of Judicial Training Institutions “Rule of Law at the heart of enlargement process – regional cooperation”, in Zagreb, Croatia on 21-22 November 2018.   The participants discussed the importance of improved regional judicial training as one of the key factors for ensuring ...


18 Oct 2018
Report on the activities of the Regional Cooperation Council Secretariat report

The Report on the activities of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretariat is submitted by the RCC Secretary General to the RCC Board in line with Article 15 of the Statute of the RCC. It covers the period between 15 March – 15 October 2018.


21 Sep 2018
Checklists on Corruption Risks in the Healthcare Sector study

The Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) developed a comprehensive Checklist of Corruption Risks in Healthcare Sector with a purpose of strengthening capacities of anti-corruption bodies in identifying and addressing corruption risks in healthcare system. Given the RCC’s Balkan Barometer Public Opinion showing continuous high level concerns of region’s citizens when it comes to corruption, especially ...


11 Sep 2018
Svilanovic at the Bled Strategic Forum: The region should deal with security issues as inextricable part of its activities in connectivity, mobility, and competitiveness news

Bled – Speaking at the panels dedicated to security and rule-of-law of the 13th edition of the Bled Strategic Forum, the Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC), Goran Svilanovic, emphasized the inextricable links between the two and economic performance.  “Staggering are the data featured in RCC’s  Balkan Barometer survey for 2018 that show that 79% of region’s ...


06 Jul 2018
BALKAN BAROMETER 2018: PUBLIC OPINION SURVEY survey

2018 Balkan Barometer is the fourth instalment of the annual public opinion survey commissioned by the Regional Cooperation Council to gather and interpret data spanning a number of thematic areas and topics. The Barometer, as in previous years, examines both the region’s perceptions of today, and its expectations for tomorrow, giving voice to the SEE’s business community as well as its citizens ...


06 Jul 2018
BALKAN BAROMETER 2018: BUSINESS OPINION SURVEY survey

2018 Balkan Barometer is the fourth instalment of the annual public opinion survey commissioned by the Regional Cooperation Council to gather and interpret data spanning a number of thematic areas and topics. The Barometer, as in previous years, examines both the region’s perceptions of today, and its expectations for tomorrow, giving voice to the SEE’s business community as well as its citizens ...


06 Jul 2018
BALKAN BAROMETER 2018 - INFOGRAPHICS brochure

BALKAN BAROMETER 2018 booklet features the prevailing issues of the Balkan Barometer (BB) 2018 survey through infographics. The 2018 edition of BB is yet another instalment in the series of annual public opinion surveys commissioned by the Regional Cooperation Council. The entire BB survey is available at http://www.rcc.int/seeds


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

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 the satisfaction of people and businesses on the overall situation in the region, while still below average, is steadily improving. “Public ...


05 Jul 2018
Brochure: South East Europe 2020 (SEE 2020) Strategy - 2018 IMPLEMENTATION RESULTS brochure

The Western Balkans has returned to the growth path, having added more than 600 THOUSAND JOBS to its economies since 2010 and half a million highly educated people to its workforce. The region expanded its trade by additional EUR 33 BILLION and decreased its trade deficit from -23.1 to -19.7 percent of GDP over the last 7 years through strong export performance, signaling increasing competitiveness ...


05 Jul 2018
SOUTH EAST EUROPE 2020: 2018 ANNUAL REPORT ON IMPLEMENTATION report

A comprehensive monitoring effort was introduced to measure the progress of SEE 2020 Strategy's activities implemented and results achieved. This Annual Report on Implementation (ARI) is the main output of the SEE 2020 monitoring process. This 2018 report covers the period from June 2017 to June 2018 and is divided into two main parts: a summary overview of the progress achieved, issues arising and ...


05 Jul 2018
Major milestone in SEE 2020 Strategy implementation: Western Balkans ADDS more than 600 000 JOBS news

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 2018. The main finding of the report shows that, since the beginning of the SEE 2020 implementation, the ...


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

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 and business opinion survey – Balkan Barometer 2018. Both are an integral part of the RCC’s monitoring ...


11 Jun 2018
Participation of public in policy-making allows for citizens’ views and concerns to be addressed news

RCC, ReSPA, KDZ: Regional Conference ‘Unlocking Benefits of Public Participation’ Vienna – In an attempt to increase awareness of regional standards in the field of public participation in policy-making processes in the Western Balkans (WB), the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) together with the Regional School of Public Administration (ReSPA), and the Centre for Public Administration Research ...


08 Jun 2018
Western Balkans' Judicial Training Institutions and Working Group on Justice meet in Podgorica news

Podgorica - Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) convened meeting of the Western Balkan Judicial Training Institutions (WB JTIs), Councils for Judiciary and Working Group on Justice (WGJ), held on 7-8 June 2018 in Podgorica, Montenegro. The first meeting in this 2-day series gathered representative of the Judicial Training Institutions (JTIs), Councils for Judiciaries and Ministries of Justice ...


04 Jun 2018
Participants list of the Regional Conference Unlocking Benefits of Public Participation meeting document

Participants list of the Regional Conference Unlocking Benefits of Public Participation, in Vienna on 11 June 2018


18 May 2018
RCC Presents Preliminary Findings of the SEE 2020 Draft Annual Implementation Report to Monitoring Committee news

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). The meeting participants coming from regions’ economies involved in the implementation of SEE 2020 Strategy heard ...


23 Apr 2018
Annual Report of the Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council 2017-2018 report

This Annual Report of the Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) covers the period 1 April 2017 – 15 March 2018. It outlines main RCC activities and achievements in the past year. It also lays out the overall background and crucial developments impacting and shaping the activities of the RCC and the region of South East Europe in the reporting period.


17 Apr 2018
RCC, RAI sign memorandum of understanding, broadening cooperation between the two organisations news

Belgrade – Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Goran Svilanovic and Chairperson of the Regional Anticorruption Initiative (RAI) Davor Dubravica signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on mutual cooperation between the RCC and RAI, on the margins of the RCC-organised Conference 'Countering online radicalization in the context of cyber security', in Belgrade on 17 April 2018. Secretary ...


12 Mar 2018
List of participants of the Sixth Meeting of the SEE 2020 Programming Committee meeting document

List of participants of the Sixth Meeting of the SEE 2020 Programming Committee held in Brussels on 12 March 2018


12 Mar 2018
Agenda of the Sixth Meeting of the SEE 2020 Programming Committee meeting document

Agenda of the Sixth Meeting of the SEE 2020 Programming Committee held in Brussels on 12 March 2018


12 Mar 2018
Conclusions from the Sixth Meeting of the SEE 2020 Programming Committee meeting document

The sixth meeting of the SEE 2020 Programming Committee was held in Brussels on 12 March 2018 back to back with the Fourth Meeting on Donor Coordination in the Western Balkans. The aim of the meeting was to discuss and potentially endorse the SEE2020 Programming document for the period 2018 – 2020. The meeting gathered representatives of the South East Europe’s (SEE) economies participating in ...


12 Mar 2018
SEE 2020 Strategy Implementation: Programming Document for period 2018-2020 endorsed by the Strategy’s Participants news

Brussels – Representatives of the South East Europe’s (SEE) economies participating in implementation SEE 2020 Strategy endorsed the Programming Document for the period 2018-2020, at the 6th Meeting of the SEE 2020 Programming Committee held in Brussels, under auspices of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC), today, 12 March 2018. This Programming Document, same as the ones setting the path of ...


06 Mar 2018
Recommendation on Public Participation in Policy-Making Process for Western Balkans brochure

Western Balkans Recommendation on Public Participation in Policy-Making Process have been endorsed by ministers in charge of public administration reform from Western Balkan economies, at the 8th Governing Board Meeting at Ministerial Level, organised by Regional School of Public Administration (ReSPA), on 6 November 2017 in Tirana. The Recommendations, developed by RCC in partnership with ReSPA, are ...


15 Jan 2018
Study on the Existing Systems of Judicial Training in the Wester Balkans report

Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) commissioned a Study on the existing systems of judicial training in the Western Balkans containing deep analysis of judicial training systems in WB6. The Study identifies recent reforms in the field and necessary changes of the regulatory framework. The Study also identifies topics in EU and international law relevant for WB region and proposes RCC’s regional training ...


07 Dec 2017
Regional Working Group on Justice and Western Balkans’ Judicial Training Institutions held a joint meeting news

Brussels – Joint meeting of the regional Working Group on Justice (WGJ) and Western Balkans Judicial Training Institutions (WB JTIs) group was held in Brussels on 6-7 December 2017, under auspices of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC).                    The participants discussed preliminary findings of the draft RCC-commissioned Study on the ...


06 Nov 2017
Western Balkans - Recommendation on Public Participation in Policy-Making Process declaration/decision

Western Balkans Recommendation on Public Participation have been endorsed by ministers in charge of public administration reform from Western Balkan economies, at the 8th Governing Board Meeting at Ministerial Level, organised by Regional School of Public Administration (ReSPA), on 6 November 2017 in Tirana. The Recommendations, developed by RCC in partnership with ReSPA, are the result of a joint ...


09 Oct 2017
BALKAN BAROMETER 2017: PUBLIC OPINION SURVEY survey

The 2017 edition of BALKAN BAROMETER (BB) is yet another instalment in the series of annual public opinion surveys commissioned by the Regional Cooperation Council. It collects and analyses data across a host of thematic areas, examining aspirations and expectations of the region's populations and its business community on life and work, prevalent socio-economic and political trends as well as regional ...


09 Oct 2017
BALKAN BAROMETER 2017: BUSINESS OPINION SURVEY survey

The 2017 edition of BALKAN BAROMETER (BB) is yet another instalment in the series of annual public opinion surveys commissioned by the Regional Cooperation Council. It collects and analyses data across a host of thematic areas, examining aspirations and expectations of the region's populations and its business community on life and work, prevalent socio-economic and political trends as well as regional ...


09 Oct 2017
BALKAN BAROMETER 2017 - INFOGRAPHICS survey

This publication features the prevailing issues of the Balkan Barometer (BB) 2017 survey through infographics. The 2017 edition of BB is yet another instalment in the series of annual public opinion surveys commissioned by the Regional Cooperation Council. The entire BB survey is available at http://www.rcc.int/seeds


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

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.  The launch, organised by the RCC in cooperation with European Policy Centre (EPC) – an independent think-thank, envisages presentation of key findings of the Balkan Barometer public and business opinion ...


06 Jul 2017
RCC hosts meeting of the Western Balkans' Judicial Training Institutions news

Brussels – Western Balkans' Judicial Training Institutions (WB JTIs) met in Brussels today at a meeting organised by the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretariat. The meeting discussed future work and cooperation among WB JTIs, relevant European Commission services, European Judicial Training Network and RCC. In his opening remarks Vesselin Valkanov, Head of RCC’s Liaison Office in Brussels ...


28 Jun 2017
Infographics - SOUTH EAST EUROPE 2020: 2017 ANNUAL REPORT ON IMPLEMENTATION brochure

This publication shows the most catching results in implementation of the SEE 2020 Strategy until December 2016 through Infographics. For full information where the SEE is when it comes to implementation of the SEE 2020 strategy, please check the South East Europe 2020: 2017 Annual Report on Implementation.


05 May 2017
Rule of Law brochure

Brochure on Rule of Law features RCC’s goals, results, and actions of the organization in this area to be taken in the forthcoming period. The Regional Cooperation Council is working towards independent and accountable judiciary, and transparent and efficient public services in South East Europe.


26 Apr 2017
Report on e-enforcement system on the basis of the authentic documents report

The Report focuses on analysis of the existing systems of judicial e-enforcement based on authentic documents in the Beneficiaries with the ultimate goal of improvements in the field of enforcement in the entire region through legislative, organizational and ICT measures.


18 Apr 2017
RCC survey: Only slightly more than half of people surveyed region-wide said whistleblowers should be supported news

Sarajevo – Attempting to raise public awareness against corruption in South East Europe (SEE), the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) surveyed what the public in the region felt towards the whistleblowing, as one of the highly effective tools to expose corruption, crime and other serious wrongdoings. The data analysis of this opinion survey, on both the Whistleblowing and protection of Whisltleblowers ...


12 Apr 2017
Public Attitudes to Whistleblowing in South East Europe - Data Analysis of Opinion Survey about Whistleblowing and the Protection of Whistleblowers report

This report examines how citizens in South East Europe view whistleblowers and the practice of whistleblowing. The analysis is based on hard data, providing hard evidence of where societies are in their progression towards better understanding of corruption and actions needed to be undertaken in order to generate public awareness about this issue.


28 Mar 2017
RCC: Skopje hosts training on corruption proofing of legislation news

Skopje/Sarajevo – A second round of the training on corruption proofing of legislation, organized by the Regional Anti-corruption Initiative (RAI) Secretariat with support of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) and State Commission for Prevention of Corruption, took place on 27-28 of March 2017 in Skopje. The training topics included process, impact and role of ICT in corruption proofing, ...


22 Mar 2017
Practical and institutional cooperation of regional judiciaries in focus of Podgorica-based events news

Podgorica/Sarajevo – Podgorica hosted two events on judicial matters: Regional Seminar on practical issues in the framework of the judicial cooperation in civil, commercial and family matters and the 7th  meeting of the Working Group on Justice, on 21-22 March 2017.  The two-day regional Seminar, presented an overview of the legal framework regarding judicial cooperation in civil, commercial ...


17 Mar 2017
SEE 2020 Programming Document 2017-2019 meeting document

The RCC South East Europe (SEE) 2020 Strategy Programing Committee adopted the SEE 2020 Programming Document 2017-2019 at its 5th meeting on 15 March 2017 in Sarajevo. The document sets out the priority actions for the Strategy implementation in the coming period.


16 Dec 2016
Justice and Home Affairs discussed at EU-Western Balkans Ministerial Forum news

Brdo pri Kranju/Sarajevo - Efficiency and cooperation of judiciaries, operational cooperation in matters such as migration, border management and internal security, including counter-terrorism and firearms trafficking were the main topics discussed at the EU-Western Balkans Ministerial Forum on Justice and Home Affairs held under Slovak Presidency of the Council of the European Union in Brdo near ...


08 Dec 2016
THE MEDAL OF THE LOUD: Speak, do not keep silent! news

Joint Press release by RAI and RCC  The first regional documentary film on whistleblowers  Belgrade/Sarajevo – The Regional Anti-Corruption Initiative (RAI) produced a documentary film, ‘The Medal of the Loud’ , dealing with whistleblowers in the region through testimonials of people who reported corruption, pointed to it as investigative journalists, and representatives of organisations ...


02 Dec 2016
Regional Conference: Better Regulation and Competitiveness in Western Balkans news

In the present post-crisis setting of slow growth, high unemployment and fiscal stringency in most economies in this region, the need for improving cost effectiveness and quality of regulation remains critical. Better regulation means changes that improve the quality of regulation, provides a real opportunity to stimulate economic activity, unlocks productivity and supports growth. Sarajevo/Belgrade ...


14 Nov 2016
The South East Europe Coalition on Whistleblower Protection meets in Zagreb news

Sarajevo/Zagreb - The South East Europe (SEE) Coalition on Whistleblower Protection held its second Annual Meeting, with support of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC), Regional Anti-corruption Initiative (RAI) and Blueprint for Free Speech (BPfFS), in Zagreb today. The event builds on the results achieved so far providing additional boost to the promotion and protection of whistleblowers ...


10 Nov 2016
Balkan Barometer 2016, Infographics, pocket edition survey

Balkan Barometer 2016 edition is a comprehensive survey commissioned by the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) on attitudes, experiences and perceptions of the general public and business community in South East Europe on various economic, social, political and cultural issues. It is an integral part of the annual monitoring process of the SEE2020 Strategy. Balkan Barometer pocket edition reveals the ...


10 Nov 2016
Judicial training institutions from Western Balkans and Turkey mapped the most important projects in the region and identified common needs as grounds for future cooperation news

Sarajevo/Belgrade – Representatives of the Ministries of Justice and Judicial Training Institutions (JTI) of Western Balkans and Turkey gathered at the Coordination meeting under the auspices of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) to map the most important projects in the area of judicial training in the region and to identify both the common needs and possibilities of using the already tested ...


09 Nov 2016
RCC: Regional 3-year plan of activities and processes in the area of justice agreed at the meeting of the Working Group on Justice news

Sarajevo/Belgrade – Justice ministries from the region initially agreed on the framework plan of action for the coming 3-year period, as proposed by the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) at the 6th meeting of the Working Group on Justice, held in Belgrade on 9 November 2016. „The part of the RCC’s Strategy and Work Programme 2017-2019 pertaining to justice reflects suggestions of the ...


21 Oct 2016
SEE 2020 implementation: Cooperation of Oversight Bodies for asset disclosure and conflict of interest in the region news

Sofia/Sarajevo, 21 October 2016 – Exchanging data in the field of asset disclosure and conflict of interest, as part of implementation of Regional Cooperation Council’s (RCC) South East Europe 2020 growth strategy (SEE 2020), was the focus of the 3rd Regional Meeting of the Oversight Bodies that took place in Sofia, Bulgaria on 20-21 October 2016. Many corrupt public officials spend their ...


20 Sep 2016
Joint investigation teams as a tool in fighting organised crime press release

Podgorica – A conference introducing the topic of joint investigation teams organised by The Southeast European Prosecutors Advisory Group (SEEPAG), Southeast European Law Enforcement Center (SELEC) and Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) kicked-off in Podgorica, Montenegro, today. Underlining the necessity of Joint Investigation Teams as a tool in fighting organized crime, RCC’s Expert on Justice ...


14 Sep 2016
Efficiency and equity of public institutions and good governance seen as key problems in the region news

‘Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) continues to back public administration and decentralization reform efforts of pertinent regional cooperation mechanisms in South East Europe (SEE) alike Network of Associations of Local Authorities of SEE (NALAS) and the Regional School for Public Administration (ReSPA), as good governance has always been at the heart of our activities’, said RCC Secretary ...


23 Jun 2016
Svilanovic: “Low credibility of public institutions in South East Europe” news

Vienna/Sarajevo – “The credibility of public institutions is low and dissatisfaction with the efficiency and fairness of the public institutions continues to be high”, said Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretary General, Goran Svilanovic,  speaking at the “Public Governance as the Foundation of European Integration” conference which started today in Vienna. Highlighting some of ...


21 Jun 2016
Balkan Barometer 2016: Business Opinion Survey survey

The Balkan Barometer, published for the first time in 2015, surveys 7,000 citizens and 1,400 businesses in seven SEE economies, on a wide range of issues dealing with the political, socio-economic, business and investment climate, infrastructure, rule of law and other developments in the region. This year’s survey also includes select information on Moldova and Slovenia, giving a wider overview of ...


21 Jun 2016
Balkan Barometer 2016: Public Opinion Survey survey

The Balkan Barometer, published for the first time in 2015, surveys 7,000 citizens and 1,400 businesses in seven SEE economies, on a wide range of issues dealing with the political, socio-economic, business and investment climate, infrastructure, rule of law and other developments in the region. This year’s survey also includes select information on Moldova and Slovenia, giving a wider overview of ...


22 Apr 2016
Report on Gap Analysis on Regional Cooperation in the Area of Migration Management and Fight against Serious and Organised Crime report

The Report provides recommendations on how to achieve steady progress in the upcoming period in Policy areas Migration Management and the Fight against Serious and Organised Crime via the streamlining of Regional Cooperation and establishment of a coherent policy implementation process directed toward the fulfilment of Chapter 24 requirements and efficient countering of current and occurring threats ...


13 Apr 2016
SEE judicial training institutions network established press release

Bucharest – A two day conference started in Bucharest today, establishing for the first time a Network of Judicial Training Institutions in South East Europe (SEE). The general goal of this initiative is to strengthen cooperation in the field of justice in the Western Balkans and the whole SEE region. The ‘fundamentals first’ approach – meaning the rule of law, economic governance and ...


18 Mar 2016
RCC: Strengthening regional cooperation in the field of justice press release

Sarajevo – The Third Regional Rule of Law Forum for South East Europe kicked off in the Sarajevo City Hall this morning, bringing together over 130 eminent representatives of the regional highest courts, the supreme and constitutional courts, judicial councils, directors of judicial academies and institutions, civil society organisations and representatives in the European Court of Human Rights ...


14 Mar 2016
Backlog Reduction Programmes and Weighted Caseload Methods for South East Europe, Two Comparative Inquiries study

In this Report the information on the delay reduction policies undertaken by the six Beneficiaries involved in the project is considered in the wider European context. The policies highlighted in the Beneficiaries are compared with the most interesting policies and effective practices carried out by the select European countries to improve the pace of litigation. Even though it is not possible to design ...


14 Oct 2015
Corruption Risk Assessment in Public Institutions in South East Europe - Comparative Research and Methodology study

The purpose of this paper is to provide Southeast European (SEE) economies with different options, integrated framework and practical advices to conduct tailored corruption risk assessment(s) efficiently and comprehensively, and consequently improve or upgrade governance / management of public sector institutions on integrity grounds. The paper is based on international best practices, theory and research, ...


08 Sep 2015
Anti-Corruption Assessment of Laws in South East Europe (‘Corruption Proofing’) study

Anti-corruption assessment of laws aims at closing entry points for corruption contained in any legislation. For example, a badly regulated procedure for obtaining a building permit can make it easy for public officials to extort bribes from citizens. Once corruption proofing becomes an established practice, it will make legal drafters think ahead what corruption risks the legislation might facilitate ...


27 May 2015
TERMS OF REFERENCE: Support to the Development of the South East Europe 2020 Strategy through the Establishment of a Working Group on Justice Dimension agreement

The purpose of the establishment of a Working Group of the high level representatives of ministries of justice is to assist in the implementation of the SEE 2020 – Jobs and Prosperity in European Perspective, particularly in the area of justice under the Governance for Growth Pillar of the Strategy. For this purpose, the Working Group will operate under the auspices of Regional Cooperation Council ...


21 May 2015
Governing Board of RCC’s SEE2020 Strategy Meets in Tirana press release

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 process. The Strategy was adopted in November 2013 and today’s meeting of the Governing Board was an opportunity ...


06 May 2015
Balkan Opinion Barometer 2015 survey

The report presents the results of the RCC-commissioned survey of public opinion of SEE citizens on crucial economic and development issues, intended to engage more closely the general public in context of the RCC’s SEE 2020 Strategy. The survey was carried out in December 2014 by GfK, and was conducted face to face with 7000 respondents, in all seven economies covered by the Strategy.


06 May 2015
Balkan Business Barometer 2015 survey

The report presents the results of the RCC-commissioned survey of business sentiment in SEE on crucial economic and development issues, intended to engage more closely the business community in context of the RCC’s SEE 2020 Strategy. The survey was carried out in December 2014 by GfK, and was conducted face to face with 1400 companies of different size and different business areas, which are not ...


23 May 2014
RCC’s SEE 2020 Strategy: Regional Action Plan in the area of justice approved news

Regional Action Plan for South East Europe (SEE) in the area of justice has been unanimously approved by all members at the first meeting of the Working Group on Justice, held under the guidance of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretariat, in Ljubljana, Slovenia, today. The Plan refers to the following three areas: efficiency of courts, quality of justice and competence of judges ...


10 Sep 2010
The first meeting of South East European political directors under Montenegrin leadership held in Podgorica today news

The first meeting of political directors of the South-East European Cooperation Process (SEECP) under the Montenegrin Chairmanship-in-Office, held in Podgorica today, discussed the priorities of the Chairmanship and the situation in the region. The event was chaired by Deputy Montenegrin Foreign Minister Nebojsa Kaludjerovic, who presented the programme and the calendar of activities of his country’s ...


07 Jul 2010
RCC hosts first meeting for preparing South East European strategy on justice and home affairs news

The first meeting of the South East European Steering Group for Regional Strategy on Justice and Home Affairs 2011-2013, ended in Sarajevo today at the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretariat, which is coordinating the preparation of the document. Participants of this two-day event worked on the first draft of the strategy and action plan, with a goal to identify challenges in each of the countries ...


24 Nov 2009
RCC hosts workshop on enhancing cooperation in combating illicit drug trafficking in South East Europe news

On 23-24 November 2009, the RCC Secretariat hosted in Sarajevo a regional workshop on enhancing comprehensive cooperation in combating illicit drugs trafficking in South East Europe (SEE). The event was organized together with the Strategic Police Matters Unit of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). The meeting was opened by Deputy Minister of Security of Bosnia and Herzegovina, ...


16 Sep 2009
RCC, MARRI to promote rule of law principles in South East Europe news

Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC), Hido Biscevic, and Director of the Migration, Asylum, Refugees Regional Initiative (MARRI), Trpe Stojanovski, signed today at the RCC Secretariat in Sarajevo a Memorandum of Understanding on development of an effective regional cooperation on issues of migration, asylum, refugee return, visa policies and border management. The agreement ...