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30 Sep 2020
Tackling undeclared work in the Western Balkan continues upcoming activity

Western Balkans’ Network for Tackling Undeclared Work is to meet virtually on Wednesday, 30 September 2020 to discuss possibilities for holistic integrated approach to undeclared work across the region. The online Workshop, envisaged as a mix of presentations and discussions, will explore models to shift from reducing undeclared work to transforming it into declared work, through a coordinated, holistic ...


03 Jul 2020
Youth Unemployment in the Western Balkans: Youth is Crucial in Designing of Employment Policies news

RCC’s Western Balkans Youth Lab and Employment and Social Affairs Platform Projects organized webinar tackling policymaking and youth unemployment in the region  Sarajevo – “Numerous stories of unemployed young people across the region who want the leave in pursuit of a job and better life are loud and yet also seem silent.  That is why the Western Balkan Youth Lab ...


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
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 ...


19 Jun 2020
Viral slowdown, Article by Majlinda Bregu, Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) interview/article

Article by the RCC SG on the effects of coronavirus on employment in the Western Balkans. "According to ILO estimates, in the second quarter of 2020 the Western Balkans will lose 11.6% of hours worked due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This is equivalent to more than 800,000 employment losses and could almost entirely wipe out the gains in employment the region has accumulated since 2012." "While ...


12 Jun 2020
ESAP 2: Undeclared work in the Western Balkans needs to be formalized, to increase both public revenues and social security news

Initiative for Regional Network for Tackling Undeclared Work presented and discussed at the RCC’s ESAP 2-hosted online plenary meeting with representatives of Western Balkans’ Ministries in charge of labour and social policies and enforcement authorities Sarajevo – “The global pandemic caused by the COVID 19 virus has had a profound impact on businesses and workers, as well as economies ...


14 May 2020
Bregu: Pandemic created a common awareness that at least for now humankind takes precedence over politics and disputes news

RCC Board met online to hear about the activities of the organization in the past period and discuss future steps Sarajevo – “For all its aggressiveness, the COVID-19 crisis also offers glimmers of hope. It has connected Western Balkans even more, this time in a fight against an invisible enemy. It has persuaded us that cooperation should be resilient. It has created a common awareness that at ...


30 Apr 2020
1st of May 2020: Not the Labour Day as We Know It, Article by Nand Shani, Team Leader of ESAP 2 interview/article

Article on the occasion of 1 May, Labour Day 1st of May 2020: Not the Labour Day as We Know It Coronavirus in the Western Balkans: Testing immunity of the world of work By Nand Shani, Team Leader of Employment and Social Affairs Platform Project (ESAP 2), implemented jointly by the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) and the International Labour Organisation (ILO), funded by the EU


26 Apr 2020
Majlinda Bregu, RCC SG's interview for N1 about the Western Balkans during & after COVID-19 pandemic interview/article

Majlinda Bregu, Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) talks to N1 TV in an online interview about life in the Western Balkans during the corona virus pandemic, its effects on the tourism sector, Green Corridors and the EU integration of the region


28 Jan 2020
Bregu: Brain drain the biggest challenge of this decade - Western Balkans working age population declined by more than 400,000 in past 5 years news

Through formalizing undeclared work to more decent jobs in the Western Balkans Regional Conference “Employment - Shades of Grey in the Western Balkans: Regional Perspectives on Creating More and Better Jobs”, marks beginning of the Phase two of the RCC’s Employment and Social Affairs Platform Project - ESAP 2  Sarajevo – “More than 700 000 jobs have been added to the workforce during ...


12 Dec 2019
My experience working informally: Take it or leave it, there are always other workers by Aida Djugum, Radio Slobodna Evropa interview/article

My experience working informally: Take it or leave it, there are always other workers Personal experience of a woman from Bosnia and Herzegovina who has been working informally for a couple of years, with no employment contract, paid pension or health contributions and with no rights.


22 Oct 2019
Shani: BiH and its institutions do their share of work to tackle informal economy interview/article

Nand Shani, RCC's ESAP Team Leader, spoke for Radio Free Europe on the issue of informal economy. "There are no precise data, but according to the estimates shadow economy’s share in Western Balkans (WB) economies’ GDP ranges between 20% and 30%" "In addition to budgetary implications, countries also lose people over shadow economy because of the lack of opportunities for finding a suitable ...


15 Oct 2019
RCC: Western Balkans pay for undeclared work - with significant portion of public revenues, lack of fair competition and decent working conditions news

Regional Workshop in Sarajevo attempting to find a way for structural regional cooperation approach to tackle undeclared work and informal economy in the Western Balkans Sarajevo– “Informal employment is work that is legal in itself but not declared to the authorities for tax, social security and/or labour law purposes. As such, it plays an important role in all Western Balkan economies, as widespread ...


14 Jun 2019
Economic growth goes hand in hand with human capital development – investment in education must increase news

RCC and its Employment and Social Affairs Platform Project (ESAP) attended the EU-Western Balkans Stakeholder Conference on Employment and Social Affairs in Luxemburg Luxemburg – “Years in a row our opinion survey Balkan Barometer shows that unemployment is the biggest concern for 67% of the citizens in the Western Balkans (WB), and our alarms should have already gone off, triggering adequate ...


28 May 2019
Western Balkans Youth Employment in Numbers brochure

The brochure "Western Balkans Youth Employment in Numbers" gives an insight into the main indicators on the youth employment in the Western Balkans, including the overall youth employment rate, statistical data, people's sentiment on this issue as well as recommendations on how to improve the youth employment rate in the region.


30 Apr 2019
Article by Nand Shani, Team Leader of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC)’s Employment and Social Affairs Platform (ESAP) interview/article

In an article "One year of additional schooling raises income by 9 percent", Team Leader of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC)’s Employment and Social Affairs Platform (ESAP) Nand Shani talks about the origins of 1 May - International Workers' or Labour Day, about the employment in the Western Balkans, challenges and opportunities the region is facing, achieved results and tasks within the employment ...


26 Apr 2019
RCC’s ESAP: Share of informal employment in Western Balkans ranges from 18 to 33% - holistic approach necessary to tackle this issue news

Sarajevo – “Share of informal/undeclared employment in the region varies from 18,1% in Republic of North Macedonia to 33% in Montenegro1 ,”said Nand Shani, Team Leader of the Regional Cooperation (RCC)’s Employment and Social Affairs Platform (ESAP). Tackling this widespread phenomenon was the main topic of the workshops, organized throughout the Western Balkans by ESAP in the previous period.  The ...


18 Jan 2019
On-the-job-training programme important for strengthening the Western Balkans labour market outcomes news

Western Balkans’ Public Employment Services and Labour Ministries peers review on-the-job training programmes and practices Tirana – Representatives of Public Employment Services (PES) and Ministries of Labour from the Western Balkans economies gathered in Tirana for a 2-day regional workshop to review on-the-job training programmes. The Workshop was organised by the Employment and Social Affairs ...


10 Dec 2018
More jobs and changed approach to employment of Roma community in the enlargement region necessary to combat poverty and social dependence news

Budapest - Regional conference on innovative approaches to employment of Roma, jointly organized by the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC)’s projects Roma Integration 2020 and Employment and Social Affairs Platform (EASP), and Roma Education Fund (REF) started in Budapest today.  “The statistical data show the urgent need to create opportunities for actual employment of Roma, while the economies’ ...


27 Nov 2018
RCC ESAP: Internship Programmes in focus of Regional Peer Review Workshop in Skopje news

Skopje – A two-day a regional peer review workshop focusing on internship programmes ended in Skopje today. The Workshop was organised by the Regional Cooperation Council’s (RCC) Employment and Social Affairs Platform (ESAP) project. The Workshop gathering officials of Ministries of Labour from the Western Balkan economies in charge of the development and monitoring of active labour market policies/internship ...


29 Oct 2018
RCC ESAP: Supporting exchange of experience on development and implementation of sector budget support news

Skopje – Employment and Social Affairs Platform (ESAP) project of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) supported the visit of the Albanian delegation from the Ministry of Economy and Finance to Skopje today. The Albanian delegation visited their peers to share their experiences in the development and implementation of sector budget support as The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia has ...


05 Oct 2018
Local Employment Partnerships in Focus of Regional Peer Review Workshop news

Sarajevo/Tesanj/Prnjavor - Employment and Social Affairs Platform (ESAP) project of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) organised a regional 3-day Workshop on Local Employment Partnerships that started in Sarajevo and continued with field visits to municipalities of Tesanj and Prnjavor that ended today. The Workshop, hosted by Bosnia and Herzegovina, gathered representatives of the Ministries ...


31 Jul 2018
Pristina: ESAP helps Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare to develop its monitoring framework news

Pristina – In the period April-July 2018, the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) through its Employment and Social Affairs Platform Project (ESAP) helped the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare of Kosovo* to develop the strategy monitoring tools and increase their capacity to plan and perform a monitoring process, including reporting and feedback on the progress in the implementation of the ...


12 Jul 2018
RCC's ESAP: Albanian Public Employment Service visits their colleagues in Pristina news

Pristina – Upon request of the representatives of the Albanian Public Employment Service (PES), the Regional Cooperation Council's (RCC) Employment and Social Affairs Platform (ESAP) project, within its technical assistance facility, took the Albanian PES on a study visit to their PES colleagues in Pristina. The study visit, led by the Nand Shani, ESAP Team Leader, started by the opening remarks ...


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 ...


20 Jun 2018
Brussels: RCC's ESAP presents Western Balkans employment and labour market trends and developments news

Brussels – Regional Cooperation Council' s (RCC) Employment and Social Affairs Platform (ESAP) Project presented in Brussels today employment and labour market trends and developments in the Western Balkans (WB). The policy discussion gathered representatives of WB Ministries of Labour and Public Employment Services (PES), European Commission’s Directorates-General for Employment, Social Affairs ...


19 Jun 2018
RCC’s Employment and Social Affairs Platform Project: Joint actions to enhance performance and promote mutual learning among Western Balkans Ministries of Labour and Public Employment Services agreed news

Brussels - Representatives of the Western Balkans (WB) Ministries of Labour and Public Employment Services (PES) met in Brussels today, within the framework of the Regional Cooperation Council’s (RCC) Employment and Social Affairs Platform Project (ESAP), to discuss main trends and challenges in employment and labour markets in the region, as well as key outcomes of regional cooperation ...


08 Jun 2018
RCC’s ESAP Project and Western Balkans’ Public Employment Services invited to present their joint work at Annual Meeting of the EU PES Network news

Sofia – Western Balkan’s Public Employment Services (PES) gathered around Regional Cooperation Council’s (RCC) Employment and Social Affairs Platform (ESAP) Project were, for the first time ever, invited to participate as observers in a 9th Annual Meeting of the European Union’s  (EU) PES Network, that took place in Sofia, Bulgaria 7-8 June 2018. On the 2nd day of the EU PES Network ...


31 May 2018
Peers from Ministries' of Labour and PES from the region talk about youth employment news

Herceg Novi – Representatives of the Ministries of Labour and Public Employment Services (PES) offices from the Western Balkan (WB) economies together with relevant regional and international experts in the field, shared experiences and discussed youth employment programmes at the regional peer-review workshop, organised by the Regional Cooperation Council’s (RCC) Employment and Social Affairs ...


30 Apr 2018
RCC’s ESAP helps Employment Agency in Pristina in drafting their Rules of Procedure news

Pristina – During a two months period at the beginning of 2018, the Regional Cooperation Council’s (RCC) Employment and Social Affairs Platform Project (ESAP) provided expert support in drafting the rules of procedure of the Advisory Board of the newly established Employment Agency of Kosovo*. ESAP also assisted this Employment Agency in the development of internal rules of procedure ...


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.


23 Apr 2018
RCC’s ESAP help Montenegro Employment Agency in upgrading their Information Technology System news

Podgorica – The Regional Cooperation Council’s (RCC) Employment and Social Affairs Platform Project (ESAP)provided technical assistance to the Employment Agency of Montenegro in upgrading the Information Technology System in accordance with the European Employment Service (EURES) requirements. The EURES, as a cooperation network, is designed to facilitate this movement is of great relevance for ...


20 Apr 2018
ESAP: Regional Workshop on Employment of Persons with Disabilities in the Western Balkans news

Belgrade – The Regional Workshop on Employment of Persons with Disabilities (PWD) in the Western Balkans (WB), which was held in Belgrade on 19-20 April 2018, was organised jointly in the framework of two regional projects: Regional Cooperation Council’s (RCC) Employment and Social Affairs Platform (ESAP) and Promoting Inclusive Labour Market Solutions in the Western Balkans. The Workshop ...


12 Apr 2018
ESAP: Self-employment programmes in the Western Balkans discussed in Pristina news

Prishtina – Representatives of Ministries of Labour and Public Employment Services (PES) from the Western Balkans discussed self-employment programmes at a two-day regional workshop within the framework of the Regional Cooperation Council’s (RCC) Employment and Social Affairs Platform (ESAP) project, held in Prishtina on 11-12 April 2018. Nand Shani, Team Leader of the RCC’s ESAP highlighted ...


13 Mar 2018
SEE 2020 Programming Document 2018-2020 meeting document

The RCC South East Europe (SEE) 2020 Strategy Programing Committee adopted the SEE 2020 Programming Document 2018-2020 at its 6th meeting on 12 March 2017 in Brussels. The document sets out the priority actions for the Strategy implementation in the coming period.


21 Feb 2018
Labour Markets in the Western Balkans: Performance, Causes and Policy Options report

The report is an analysis of trends in the Western Balkan Six labour markets since 2010 and provides recommendations for improving labour markets’ conditions. It focuses on conditions for job creation and factors leading to the employment problems of the region. This is a joint endeavor of researchers from the region and is the first comparative analysis of this kind covering recent years and made ...


21 Feb 2018
Western Balkan Public Employment Services Benchlearning Initiative - Good Practices and Flagship Results brochure

The data presented in this brochure are result of the regional Public Employment Services (PES) benchlearning exercise, which included self-assessment and external assessment in crucial areas and aspects of PES performance fully aligned with the European Union (EU) PES benchlearning model, conducted in 2017 by the Regional Cooperation Council under the Employment and Social Affairs Platform – ESAP ...


21 Feb 2018
Western Balkans should enhance its competitiveness and improve its market orientation to fight unemployment news

Sarajevo – Although the Western Balkans region suffered the dramatic employment fall in the period following the global economic crisis 2008-2011, “the situation recovered over the subsequent five years and by 2016 total employment had again reached 6.5 million, representing an increase of 8.9%”, reads recently published report ‘Labour Markets in the Western Balkans: Performance, Causes and ...


30 Jan 2018
Vocational Training Centres analyse their legal framework with RCC’s ESAP assistance news

Pristina – Regional Cooperation Council's (RCC) Employment and Social Affairs Platform Project (ESAP) project provided technical assistance to Vocational Training Centres in Kosovo* in analysing their current legal framework and the documents related to vocational training, and proposed a concept for service contracts or Public-Private Partnership arrangements that could be a flexible ...


29 Dec 2017
RCC's ESAP assists Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare in Pristina to establish an integrated information system news

Pristina – The Regional Cooperation Council (RCC), through its Employment and Social Affairs Project (ESAP), provided a support upon request of Kosovo* on establishing an integrated information system in the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare. ESAP analysed the current systems and databases and proposed a concept for the new system, including detailed procedures for its implementation ...


22 Nov 2017
RCC, ETF continue building human capital in the region news

Brussels – The Regional Cooperation Council’s (RCC) Secretary General, Goran Svilanovic, and newly appointed Director of the European Training Foundation (ETF), Cesare Onestini, signed an agreement on continuation of cooperation between the two organisations, in Brussels today. Svilanovic expressed satisfaction with earlier cooperation between the two organizations in the areas of skills and ...


01 Nov 2017
National Workshops on Public Employment Services Benchlearning kick-off in Pristina news

A series of 12 workshops, two per each of the Western Balkans six economies, on Public Employment Services (PES) benchlearning, organised by the Regional Cooperation Council’s (RCC) Employments and Social Affairs Platform (ESAP), kicked-off in Pristina today.  “With limited PES resources, there is an increasing need to demonstrate the value of PES interventions for money. Comparing the ...


14 Sep 2017
RCC’s ESAP: Belgrade hosts regional training on benchlearning for Public Employment Services in the Western Balkans news

Belgrade - The first ever assessors training on benchlearning for representatives of Public Employment Services (PES) from the Western Balkans, organized by the Regional Cooperation Council’ (RCC) Employment and Social Affairs Regional Platform (ESAP) project, was held  in Belgrade today.    “This training is based on the EU methodology and will prepare Western Balkan PES offices ...


18 Jul 2017
Representatives of Western Balkan Public Employment Services discuss qualitative benchmarking news

Tivat - Representatives of Western Balkan Public Employment Services (PES) met in Tivat today to discuss qualitative benchmarking, in the framework of the Regional Cooperation Council’s (RCC) Employment and Social Affairs Platform (ESAP) regional project.   The aim of the meeting was to present the preliminary analysis of quantitative indicators, discuss the details and milestones of the ...


21 Jun 2017
Skopje: Regional public employment services work together to improve measures leading to reduction of unemployment news

Skopje – Labour market statistics officials from the Public Employment Services (PES) of the Western Balkan economies agreed upon a set of quantitative indicators that are to be collected for the PES benchmarking analysis, at the meeting in Skopje today, organized under auspices of joint Regional Cooperation Council’s (RCC) and International Labour Organisation (ILO) regional project ‘Employment ...


10 May 2017
RCC's ESAP Project assists Montenegro in preparing the new Labour Law news

Kolasin – Employment and Social Affairs Platform Project (ESAP) of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) supported the Montenegrin Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare by providing technical input and assistance to a national workshop on preparing the new Labour Law. ESAP, through its expert advice, presented the experiences of the European Union (EU) in the transposition of its directives into ...


05 May 2017
Employment and Social Affairs Platform (ESAP) brochure

Brochure of RCC’s Employment and Social Affairs Platform (ESAP) project features goals, results, and actions to be taken in the forthcoming period. The Regional Cooperation Council’s ESAP project aims to strengthen institutional capacities to effectively develop inclusive and dynamic labour markets and implement social policy reforms aligned with the EU enlargement requirements in the region.


06 Apr 2017
Skills and Mobility brochure

Brochure on RCC’s flagship ‘Skills and Mobility’, featuring goals, results, and actions of the organization in this area to be taken in the forthcoming period. The Regional Cooperation Council is working towards globally competitive base of knowledge and skills in South East Europe; unhindered movement of people, students, researchers and workforce, allowing for increased employment opportunities ...


31 Mar 2017
Serbian journalists in a visit to the Regional Cooperation Council Secretariat news

Sarajevo – A group of 11 Serbian journalists and representatives of their Government’s Team for social inclusion and poverty reduction visited the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretariat in Sarajevo today, as a part of the thematic study tour to Bosnia and Herzegovina.   The RCC team welcomed the guest, presenting them organisation’s work, areas of activities, results and goals. ...


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.


21 Feb 2017
Skopje: ESAP co-organises National Consultative Meeting on the Employment and Social Reform Programme news

Skopje – The Employment and Social Affairs Platform (ESAP) project of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) provided support to a National Consultative Meeting on the Employment and Social Reform Programme, held in February 2017 in Skopje.  The support was carried out through the assistance in organisation of the national consultative event, after the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs ...


27 Oct 2016
Western Balkan's public employment services agree on concrete actions to enhance their work news

Belgrade/Sarajevo – Representatives of public employment services (PES) of the Western Balkan economies agreed on concrete steps and actions envisaging future cooperation under the Employment and Social Affairs Platform (ESAP) project  at their first  meeting that took place in Belgrade, today. These actions imply current practices and tools that PES offices in the Western Balkan economies ...


29 Jun 2016
ILO and RCC launch project for better labour market governance in the Western Balkans press release

Sarajevo – The Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) and the International Labour Organization (ILO) will work together to further regional cooperation in order to achieve more effective labour market governance in the Western Balkans. The new joint project, funded by the European Union, was launched in Sarajevo today and presented by Goran Svilanovic, RCC Secretary General, Antonio Graziosi, Director of ...


01 Mar 2016
Three million euro for boosting jobs in the Western Balkans press release

Brussels - The International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) will jointly create a Western Balkans Platform on Employment and Social Affairs in the framework of a new European Commission funded project signed today in Brussels. The 3 million Euro project, “Economic and Social Affairs Platform” (ESAP), will be jointly implemented by the ILO and the RCC ...