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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
BALKAN BAROMETER 2020: PUBLIC OPINION SURVEY survey

Balkan Barometer 2020 - the 6th edition 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 examines 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. The Balkan Barometer: ...


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.


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 ...


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 ...


25 Oct 2018
RCC hosts workshop for Western Balkans journalists on media coverage of terrorism and violent extremism topics news

Budva - The Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) hosts a Regional Workshop on media coverage of violent extremism-related topics for journalists from the Western Balkans, in Budva, Montenegro, today.    The event gathers journalist from all over Western Balkans together with regional and international experts on the subject matter, discussing the role of media in fight against violent extremism, ...


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.


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


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


27 Feb 2014
Report to RCC Board on activities of RCC Secretariat report

The report covers the period from 1 October to 31 December 2013.


27 Jan 2014
Article by RCC Secretary General, Goran Svilanovic, featuring RCC’s SEE 2020 strategy interview/article

The author article by the RCC Secretary General, has been published by 9 dailies from the region: in Politika (Serbia, published on 24 January 2014); Dnevni avaz, Nezavisne novine and Vecernji list (Bosnia and Herzegovina, published on 22 January 2014); Vijesti (Montenegro, published on 20 January 2014); Mapo (Albania, published on 17 January 2014); Jutarnji list (Croatia, published on 17 January 2014); ...


05 Nov 2013
Welcome address by Jovan Tegovski, Chief of Staff of the RCC Secretariat, at the 4th South East Europe Workshop on Counter Terrorism statement/speech

The workshop “THE LINKS BETWEEN ORGANIZED CRIME AND TERRORISM” was held in Antalya, Turkey, on 4-5 November 2013


16 Sep 2013
RCC staff featuring South East Europe (SEE) 2020 strategy statement/speech

Videos of RCC staff: Sanjin Arifagic, SEE 2020 Coordinator and Senior Expert on Economic and Social Development; Dinka Zivalj, Spokesperson; Mladen Dragasevic, Head of Building Human Capital and Cross Cutting Issues Unit; Miroslav Kukobat, Senior Expert on Energy and Infrastructure; and Svetlana Gligorovska, Expert on Infrastructure, featuring SEE 2020 strategy, at a workshop held in Sarajevo on 16 ...


09 Sep 2013
RCC to present South East Europe 2020 strategy for creating 1 million jobs in the region press release

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 from South East Europe. The basic goal of the SEE 2020 strategy is to improve living conditions in ...


27 Jun 2013
Interview by RCC Secretary General, Goran Svilanovic, to Bosnia and Herzegovina daily Oslobodjenje interview/article

The RCC Secretary General talks about political situation in South East Europe, regional cooperation and the RCC role, especially in relation to the SEE 2020 growth strategy.


26 Jun 2013
Article by RCC Secretary General, Goran Svilanovic, to Serbian daily Danas interview/article

The article discusses regional cooperation, EU integration, SEE 2020 and Serbia in this context.


30 May 2013
Strategy and Work Programme of the Regional Cooperation Council for 2014-2016 report

The strategy was adopted by the RCC Board on 25 April 2013 in Sarajevo and endorsed by the participants of the RCC Annual Meeting, on 30 May 2013 in Ohrid.


19 Mar 2013
New work programme of South East Europe Investment Committee to focus on SEE 2020 growth strategy press release

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. The South East Europe (SEE) 2020 strategy sets out the region’s growth and development vision. By 2020 the region needs to increase its GDP from 38% ...


19 Mar 2013
South East Europe Investment Committee (SEEIC) Work Programme for the Year 2013 meeting document

Adopted at the 12th SEEIC meeting, held in Sarajevo, on 19 March 2013.


18 Mar 2013
South East Europe 2020 growth strategy in focus of regional meeting, to be held in Sarajevo tomorrow, under RCC auspices press release

SARAJEVO, 18 March 2013 – 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. The SEE 2020 targets that the region needs to reach by 2020 include: regional GDP increase from 38% to 46% of EU average; total value of regional ...


13 Mar 2013
Statement by RCC Secretary General, Goran Svilanovic, to BiH news agency Fena interview/article

Secretary General Svilanovic talks about opportunities for the region under the new EU Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA II).


11 Mar 2013
Seven German ambassadors from Western Balkans and foreign ministry discuss regional issues, express support to RCC work press release

SARAJEVO, 11 March 2013 – 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 (RCC) Secretariat in Sarajevo today. The ambassadors gave full support to RCC efforts in boosting ...


02 Oct 2012
Entire society must join forces to fight violent extremism, agrees South East European meeting in Istanbul today press release

ISTANBUL/SARAJEVO – Prevention, awareness-raising, advanced use of information and communication technologies, engaged civil society, and public-private partnerships are crucial in countering violent extremism, concluded a South East European workshop that ended in Istanbul today. The two-day event has been developed and co-organized by the Executive Directorate of the United Nations Counter Terrorism ...


19 Jul 2012
Final Report on the First Academy on Media Law in South East Europe, with conclusions report

The Academy took place in Zagreb, Croatia, on 3-8 June 2012, with participation of media law practitioners from all of the countries in South East Europe as well as from relevant international organisations. It aimed at safeguarding media freedoms by enhancing regional cooperation and by building capacity of media lawyers to use the best national media laws and practices in the region in line with ...


30 May 2012
South East European experts prepare regional conventions on criminal, civil and commercial matters, under RCC auspices press release

BUCHAREST/SARAJEVO – Two regional conventions, on criminal and on civil and commercial matters, were discussed by over 70 South East European experts in justice and home affairs at a meeting in Bucharest today, held under the auspices of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretariat. The two-day event was co-organized with the Die Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) ...


03 Jan 2012
Interview by Deputy RCC Secretary General, Jelica Minic, to Radio Free Europe interview/article

In the interview Deputy RCC Secretary General speaks about RCC’s activities in 2011 and plans for 2012.


23 Dec 2011
Interview by Hido Biscevic, RCC Secretary General, to Albanian weekly Tirana Times interview/article

In the interview, published on 23 December 2011, the RCC Secretary General speaks about the organization’s work and the regional cooperation in South East Europe.


08 Dec 2011
Report to RCC Board on activities of RCC Secretariat report

The report covers the period from 9 September - 30 November 2011, and reflects progress in implementation of the RCC Strategy and Work Programme 2011-2013.


02 Dec 2011
South East European conference evaluates regional needs in justice, home affairs and security cooperation, under RCC auspices press release

BELGRADE/SARAJEVO – A two-day conference to evaluate regional needs in justice, home affairs and security cooperation ended in Belgrade today, establishing mechanisms to foster South East European cooperation on criminal investigations and protection of fundamental rights. The 4th Annual Coordination Conference of Regional Organizations and International Partners in the Area of Justice, Home Affairs ...


06 Oct 2011
Address by the Deputy RCC Secretary General, Jelica Minic, at the Second Regional Conference of Supreme Court Presidents and State Chief Prosecutors on cooperation in criminal matters statement/speech

The speech has been delivered at the opening of the conference on 6 October in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.


15 Sep 2011
Report to RCC Board on activities of RCC Secretariat report

The report covers the period from 9 May 2011 to 9 September 2011, and reflects progress in implementation of the RCC Strategy and Work Programme 2011-2013.


21 Jul 2011
Interview by Deputy Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council, Jelica Minic, to Balkans.com Business News interview/article

In the interview Deputy RCC Secretary General speaks about RCC’s role in regional cooperation in South East Europe, organization’s activities and its short and long-term goals.


06 Jul 2011
Serbian President Tadic gives full support to RCC activities in promoting regional cooperation in South East Europe press release

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. The two officials discussed joint activities following the last week’s Serbian takeover of the Chairmanship-in-Office ...


06 Jul 2011
RCC to host first meeting on implementation of regional strategy on justice and home affairs in South East Europe press release

SARAJEVO – The first meeting of the Steering Group on Regional Strategy on Justice and Home Affairs, designed to facilitate the Strategy implementation, will open in Sarajevo tomorrow, under the auspices of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretariat. The meeting, which will be opened by Deputy RCC Secretary General, Jelica Minic, is to discuss implementation of the South East European (SEE) ...


30 Jun 2011
Heads of State and Government of South East Europe praise work of Regional Cooperation Council press release

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. “We paid particular attention to the results achieved by the RCC in the implementation of the Strategy ...


29 Jun 2011
South East European foreign ministers voice support to RCC activities, endorse its Annual Report press release

  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. They extended full support to the implementation of the RCC Strategy and Work Programme 2011-2013 and endorsed the organization’s Annual Report 2010-2011. ...


29 Jun 2011
Address of RCC Secretary General Hido Biscevic at the meeting of SEECP Ministers of Foreign Affairs, 29 June 2011 statement/speech

The address was delivered in Budva, Montenegro.


28 Jun 2011
Regional cooperation in South East Europe encouraging, says RCC Secretary General at the organization’s Annual Meeting press release

  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 Budva, on 28 June 2011. “The new spirit of cooperation, reconciliation, moderation and pragmatism ...


28 Jun 2011
Address by the Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC), Hido Biscevic, at the RCC Annual Meeting statement/speech

The third RCC Annual Meeting was held on 28 June 2011, in Becici, Montenegro.


12 May 2011
Quarterly report by RCC Secretary General Hido Biscevic report

The report covers the period from 9 March 2011 to 9 May 2011, and reflects progress in implementation of the RCC Strategy and Work Programme 2011-2013.


06 Apr 2011
Interview by RCC Secretary General, Hido Biscevic, to Serbian Radio Novi Sad interview/article

In the interview, RCC Secretary General speaks about the conference ‘Western Balkans and Europe 2020 – Towards Convergence and Growth’, organized by RCC on 30-31 March 2011 in Brussels, as well as about RCC activities in general.


03 Apr 2011
Article by New Europe weekly featuring Regional Cooperation Council’s activities interview/article

The article reports on the conference ‘Western Balkans and Europe 2020 – Towards Convergence and Growth’, organized by the Regional Cooperation Council Secretariat on 30-31 March in Brussels.


31 Mar 2011
Western Balkans and Europe 2020 conference agrees RCC best suited to help align regional programmes with Europe 2020 press release

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 programmes with goals of Europe 2020 strategy of the European Union (EU). The participants agreed that ...


31 Mar 2011
Preliminary summary findings of a survey of regional initiatives and task forces in South East Europe meeting document

The document was presented at the RCC-organized conference ‘Western Balkans and Europe 2020 – Towards Convergence and Growth’, on 30-31 March 2011 in Brussels.


30 Mar 2011
Address by the RCC Secretary General, Hido Biscevic, at the conference 'Western Balkans and Europe 2020: Path Towards Convergence and Growth’ statement/speech

The event, that gathered over 100 participants, was held in Brussels, Belgium on 30-31 March 2011.


30 Mar 2011
Article by Serbian news agency Beta featuring Regional Cooperation Council’s activities interview/article

The article reports on the opening of the conference ‘Western Balkans and Europe 2020 – Towards Convergence and Growth’, organized by the Regional Cooperation Council Secretariat on 30-31 March in Brussels.


24 Mar 2011
RCC-organized conference on Western Balkans and Europe 2020 to discuss growth in the region, gather close to 50 institutions and donors press release

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. The conference compliments goals of the European Union’s Europe 2020 strategy for smart, sustainable ...


18 Mar 2011
Regional Strategic Document on Justice and Home Affairs 2011-2013 and the Action Plan for its implementation report

The Strategic Document was endorsed by the Ministers in Budva, Montenegro, on 18 March 2011.


17 Mar 2011
South East European ministers to endorse regional strategy on justice and home affairs, prepared under RCC auspices press release

BUDVA/SARAJEVO, 17 March 2011 – A two-day conference of ministers of justice and interior of the South-East European Cooperation Process (SEECP), which is expected to endorse the Regional Strategic Document on Justice and Home Affairs 2011-2013 developed by the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretariat and relevant stakeholders from the region, commenced in Budva today. The Strategic Document ...


17 Mar 2011
Article on cross-border cooperation in Western Balkans, with references to Regional Cooperation Council. interview/article

The article, published at TransConflict and Eurasia Review websites, was originally written by Development and Transition, a joint project of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Europe and the CIS and the London School of Economics (LSE).


17 Mar 2011
Address by the RCC Secretary General, Hido Biscevic, at the regional conference of ministers of justice and ministers of interior from South East Europe statement/speech

The SEECP ministerial conference ‘Strengthening Co-operation in Fight against Organized Crime in South East Europe’ was held in Budva, Montenegro on 16-18 March 2011.


09 Mar 2011
Interview by Deputy RCC Secretary General, Jelica Minic, to BiH monthly magazine and news portal Intermezzo interview/article

In the interview, Deputy RCC Secretary General speaks about RCC activities and regional cooperation with emphasis on Bosnia and Herzegovina.


08 Mar 2011
Quarterly report by RCC Secretary General Hido Biscevic report

The report covers the period from 4 December 2010 to 4 March 2011, and reflects progress in implementation of the RCC Strategy and Work Programme 2011-2013.


07 Mar 2011
Welcoming speech by the RCC Secretary General, Hido Biscevic, at a panel discussion ‘South East Europe in 2011 and Beyond: Sharing the Same Vision’ statement/speech

The panel discussion was held in Sarajevo, BiH, on 7 March 2011, to mark the third anniversary of the Regional Cooperation Council.


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

SARAJEVO, 4 March 2011 – 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). The panellists will include Hido Biscevic, RCC Secretary General; Andris Kesteris, Principal Advisor, Directorate General for Enlargement, European Commission; Jasminka Kronja, ...


27 Jan 2011
Survey Report: Integrity and Resistance to Corruption of the Law Enforcement Bodies in South East European Countries report

The study, conducted among nine members of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) from South East Europe, has been coordinated by the RCC and prepared by Transparency International (TI) Romania and its partners, together with the Regional Anti-corruption Initiative (RAI). The results of the Survey have been analyzed during the 2010 Anticorruption Conference held in Bucharest, organized by RCC, RAI, ...


13 Dec 2010
Interview by RCC Secretary General Hido Biscevic to Business Magazine interview/article

In the interview, the RCC Secretary General talks about the activities of the organization over the past three years, as well as future prospects.


02 Dec 2010
Quarterly report by RCC Secretary General Hido Biscevic report

The report covers the period from 11 September to 26 November 2010, and reflects progress in implementation of the RCC Strategy and Work Programme 2011-2013.


30 Nov 2010
Address by Senior RCC Expert on Justice and Home Affairs Virgil Ivan Cucu at the SEE Regional Coordination Conference on Justice, Home Affairs and Security Cooperation statement/speech

The address was delivered at the opening of the two-day event, dedicated to finalization of drafting of the South East European Regional Strategic Document and Action Plan 2011-2013 in the area of justice, home affairs and security cooperation, held under RCC auspices in Sarajevo, BiH.


29 Nov 2010
RCC hosts conference to finalize draft South East European strategy on justice and security cooperation press release

SARAJEVO – A two-day conference of national authorities, regional organizations and international partners on justice and security cooperation in South East Europe is to open in Sarajevo tomorrow, under the auspices of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretariat. The event is expected to finalize drafting of the South East European (SEE) Regional Strategic Document and Action Plan 2011-2013 ...


23 Nov 2010
Address by RCC Secretary General Hido Biscevic at the EU-Western Balkans Ministerial Forum on Justice and Home Affairs statement/speech

The address titled “Working Together in Strengthening EU Perspectives: the Role of the RCC” was delivered on 23 November 2010 in Brussels.


25 Oct 2010
Workshop on national coordination and regional cooperation in counter-terrorism matters in South East Europe to open in Sarajevo press release

SARAJEVO – Implementation of effective national coordination and regional cooperation strategies to counter terrorism will be in focus of a high-level workshop targeting countries of South East Europe, which will open in Sarajevo on Wednesday, 27 October 2010. The event will be co-hosted by the Ministry of Security of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretariat. Close ...


30 Sep 2010
OSCE organizes workshop on democratic policing in South-Eastern Europe, with Regional Cooperation Council support press release

SARAJEVO – A regional workshop on democratic policing organized by the OSCE Strategic Police Matters Unit with the support of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) started in Sarajevo today. The two-day executive-level event, gathered more than 40 senior police officers from OSCE and RCC members from South-Eastern Europe, policy and management experts from the OSCE region and international organizations ...


29 Sep 2010
OSCE- and RCC-supported workshop on democratic policing in South East Europe to open in Sarajevo tomorrow press release

SARAJEVO – A two-day workshop on democratic policing in South East Europe will open in Sarajevo tomorrow, at the premises of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretariat. The event has been organized together with the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). The objective of the meeting is to identify concrete steps to translate the good law enforcement practices into daily ...


27 Sep 2010
Article by BiH daily Oslobodjenje featuring Regional Cooperation Council interview/article

The article is about the Strategy and Work Programme 2011-2013 of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) and carries statements of RCC Secretary General, Hido Biscevic, and his Deputy, Jelica Minic.


15 Sep 2010
RCC Secretary General to outline the organization’s new three-year strategy at a press conference in Sarajevo tomorrow press release

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. Secretary General Biscevic will be accompanied by his Deputy and Head of the RCC Expert Pool, Jelica Minic, as well as the organization’s ...


08 Jul 2010
Commentary for EurActiv by Hido Biščević, Secretary General, Regional Cooperation Council interview/article

Secretary General Biscevic writes about the new spirit of rapprochement in Western Balkans and the ways it can be advanced, also in light of the RCC strategy for the next three years, endorsed last month by South East European heads of state and government.


21 May 2010
South East European conference agrees in Bucharest today on the need to strengthen regional efforts in fighting corruption press release

BUCHAREST/SARAJEVO – Participants of a two-day regional South East European (SEE) anti-corruption conference concluded in Bucharest today that countries in this part of Europe should develop more effective mechanisms to fight corruption. The conclusion came following the results of a comprehensive study on integrity and resistance to corruption of the judicial systems in nine SEE countries (Albania, ...


19 May 2010
Bucharest-held regional anti-corruption conference to present study on corruption in nine South East European countries press release

SARAJEVO/BUCHAREST – A two-day regional South East European anti-corruption conference will open in Bucharest tomorrow, 20 May. The event is to present and debate a study on integrity and resistance to corruption of the judicial systems in nine South East European (SEE) countries (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, the Republic of Moldova, ...


14 Apr 2010
Regional Cooperation Council launches redesigned website and new publication, a monthly newsletter press release

SARAJEVO, 14 April 2010 – The Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretariat launched today a redesigned version of the organization’s website and a new publication, the monthly e-newsletter. The new website features enable users to customize the content while maintaining the simplicity of design, which is meant to provide even easier browsing through the content. They also allow subscription ...


04 Mar 2010
RCC Board starts discussing the organization's strategy for the next three years press release

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. “The new RCC strategy will outline, in a clear and focused manner, envisaged directions of RCC activities until 2013, on the basis of the region’s needs, added value of specific projects and cooperation within the ...


23 Feb 2010
International conference on overcoming economic crisis in Western Balkans to mark 2nd RCC anniversary press release

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 the organization. This international conference will review the impact on the Western Balkan countries of the ...


17 Dec 2009
Preparation of South East European justice and home affairs strategy starts in Sarajevo, under RCC auspices press release

SARAJEVO – A two-day conference on multi-annual South East European (SEE) strategy on justice and home affairs ended in Sarajevo today. The event, organized by the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretariat, marked the beginning of work on this important regional document. “The main objective of the strategy is to identify and centralize regional priorities, needs and objectives in the justice ...


03 Dec 2009
RCC Board discusses future strategic focuses of organization's activities and supports efforts of its Secretariat in Sarajevo press release

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. At the last Board meeting this year, the RCC Secretary General Hido Biscevic submitted a report on the activities of the RCC Secretariat in the September-December period, ...


03 Dec 2009
List of 2009 Activities of the RCC Secretariat information material


17 Sep 2009
First meeting of prominent experts from South East Europe on regional response to economic crisis takes place in Sarajevo under RCC auspices press release

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. “The projects and ideas from this panel will be presented to the RCC members from SEE for review and endorsement, ...


15 Sep 2009
RCC Board discusses situation in South East Europe and praises work of the organization’s Secretariat in Sarajevo press release

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 and 9 September 2009. Secretary General Biscevic received full support of the RCC Board to the Secretariat's ...


14 Jul 2009
Article by Croatian weekly Nacional on Regional Cooperation Council, featuring Secretary General Hido Biscevic interview/article

Croatia's leading political weekly Nacional gives an overview of the Regional Cooperation Council and its activities, imbedding segments of an interview with the RCC Secretary General Hido Biscevic into the article.


10 Jul 2009
Address by RCC Secretary General Hido Biscevic at The Croatia Summit 2009 statement/speech

Description: The theme of the Croatia Summit 2009, held in Dubrovnik, was “Europe’s Strategic Imperative: Energy, Investment and Development”.


21 May 2009
UNODC and Regional Cooperation Council to promote security and justice in South East Europe press release

VIENNA – Cooperation between the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) was enhanced today with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding to build security and the rule of law in South East Europe. A joint priority will be to address the challenges posed by illicit drugs and organized crime in the region. The Memorandum of Understanding will ...


19 May 2009
Address by Deputy RCC Secretary General Jelica Minic at Belgrade Information Society and eDemocracy conference statement/speech

The topic of the address is “Challenges for the Development of South East Europe“.


07 Apr 2009
RCC-hosted international conference agrees to strengthen efforts in fighting stolen vehicle crime in South East Europe press release

SARAJEVO, 7 April 2009 – The 5th conference of the Bled Process on Stolen Vehicle Crime agreed in Sarajevo today to strengthen regional efforts in fighting this crime in South East Europe (SEE). The event was co-organized by the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretariat and the Southeast Europe Police Chiefs Association (SEPCA). In his opening address, the Norwegian Ambassador to Bosnia and ...


06 Apr 2009
Regional Cooperation Council to host international conference on stolen vehicle crime, in Sarajevo tomorrow press release

SARAJEVO – The 5th conference of the Bled Process on Stolen Vehicle Crime will take place tomorrow at the premises of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretariat in Sarajevo. The event is jointly organized by the RCC and the Southeast Europe Police Chiefs Association (SEPCA). The purpose of the conference is to improve national structures fighting the stolen vehicle crime, coordinate activities ...


12 Dec 2008
Quarterly report by RCC Secretary General Hido Biscevic report

Report to the RCC Board on the activities of the RCC Secretariat, for the period 1 October-5 December 2008.


09 Dec 2008
Establishment of international law enforcement coordination units in Western Balkans launched in Vienna today press release

VIENNA/SARAJEVO – The opening conference of the EU-funded project to establish the International Law Enforcement Coordination Units (ILECUs) in the Western Balkans was held in Vienna, today, under the auspices of the Austrian Ministry of Interior, relevant Slovenian and Romanian ministries, and the Secretariat of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC). The project, to be implemented under the EC ...


07 Nov 2008
Regional cooperation in justice and home affairs indispensible to EU integration of Southeast Europe, says RCC Secretary General press release

ZAGREB/SARAJEVO – Regional cooperation in fighting organized crime and corruption, reforming judicial system, combating illegal migration, visa liberalization, and strengthening border management are of particular importance for reaching Southeast Europe’s strategic goal of European and Euro-Atlantic integration, said the RCC Secretary General Hido Biscevic at the two-day EU-Western Balkans Ministerial ...


12 Sep 2008
RCC to host first meeting of key Southeast Europe initiatives and international partners on justice and home affairs issues press release

SARAJEVO – The Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) will host the first meeting of six regional initiatives and 20 international organizations active in the field of justice and home affairs in the Southeast Europe, in Sarajevo on 15-16 September. The First Coordination Conference of the Southeast Europe Initiatives on Justice and Home Affairs will provide a forum for better coordination of the regional ...


15 May 2008
Key Justice and Home Affairs links information material


27 Feb 2008
Declaration on RCC establishment, its participants, and Statute declaration/decision

Annex I and Annex II amended by the RCC Board on 28 February 2013