Regional Cooperation Council Board holds its first meeting in 2011 in Sarajevo today
The Board of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) met in Sarajevo today to review the activities of the organization over the past three months and provide guidance for the period ahead.
“Balanced regional development and all-inclusiveness is a prerequisite for stability and prosperity of South East Europe”, said RCC Secretary General Hido Biscevic, while presenting a report on the activities of the organization’s Secretariat since December 2010 to the 28-member supervisory body.
“It is therefore an imperative to preserve a steady pace of regional cooperation in economy, infrastructure, justice and home affairs, security and building of human capital, in a spirit of tolerance, all-inclusiveness, dialogue and mutual appreciation.”
The report reflects progress in implementing the RCC Strategy and Work Programme 2011-2013 endorsed by the RCC Annual Meeting and the Heads of State and Government of the South-East European Cooperation Process (SEECP) participating States in June 2010.
At the meeting, Secretary General Biscevic also shared information on the work planned for the next three months and on the coordination of activities between the South-East European Cooperation Process (SEECP) Troika (Turkey, Montenegro and Serbia) and the RCC Secretariat.
The participants adopted the budget of the RCC Secretariat for 2011. They further on decided to invite the region’s national coordinators for EU’s Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA) programme to the next Board meeting, scheduled for 12 May 2011.
The RCC Board meets quarterly and is chaired by the RCC Secretary General. The Board provides the RCC with operational guidance and supervision. It consists of those RCC members contributing to the budget of the RCC Secretariat as well as the European Union, represented by the Troika, consisting of the EU Presidency, the European Commission and the Council Secretariat.