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23.03.2015

RCC's SEE2020 Strategy: stocktaking and evaluation continues in Belgrade

Panelists at the meeting devoted to stocktaking and evaluation of the RCC’s SEE 2020 development Strategy implementation, Belgrade, 23 March 2015 (Photo RCC/Miros)

“We have gathered here to assess what has been done in the implementation of Regional Cooperation Council’ (RCC) SEE 2020 Strategy, adopted by all the regional governments in November 2013”, said RCC Secretary General, ...


02.03.2015

Implementation and monitoring of RCC’s SEE 2020 strategy discussed in Skopje today

The SEE 2020 strategy roadshow held in Skopje on 2 March 2015. (Photo RCC/Selma Ahatovic-Lihic)

Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs, Fatmir Besimi, Minister of Economy, Bekim Neziri, and Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC), Goran Svilanović, opened a meeting dedicated to the implementation ...


13.02.2015

Donor coordination conference for Western Balkans to be held annually under RCC auspices, concludes Sarajevo meeting

RCC hosted Meeting on Donor Corrdination in the Western Balkan, on 12-13 February 2015, in Sarajevo, BiH. (Photo RCC/Amer Kapetanovic)

The two day Donor Coordination meeting hosted by the Regional Cooperation  Council (RCC) ended today in Sarajevo. Almost  a hundred participants from major donor countries and organisations as well as recipients took ...


09.02.2015

Svilanovic: Unemployment – Problem number 1 in the region

Conference dedicated to the monitoring and implementation of RCC’s SEE 2020 strategy, held in Tirana, Albania, on 9 February 2015. (Photo RCC/Selma Ahatovic-Lihic)

“It’s a great pleasure to be with you here in Tirana to discuss the South East Europe (SEE) 2020 strategy and the main developments in the past year” said Goran Svilanovic, Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council ...


06.02.2015

EU continues to support regional cooperation aimed at wellbeing of citizens

RCC Secretary General Goran Svilanovic (R) and the Commissioner for the European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, Johannes Hahn (Photo: European Commission Audiovisual services)

The European Commission will continue to strongly support the activities of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) to enhance regional cooperation and promote European integration in South East Europe (SEE). This was confirmed ...


05.02.2015

Podgorica: RCC roadshow on SEE 2020 strategy implementation, monitoring and promotion continues

RCC roadshow on SEE 2020 strategy implementation, monitoring and promotion, in Podgorica, on 5 February 2015. (Photo RCC)

More than 50 representatives of the Montenegrin administration, international organisations, the business community, academia and civil society organisations, gathered in Podgorica today for a conference dedicated to the monitoring ...


24.12.2014

RCC MEETS THE CITIZENS OF BELGRADE

Belgrade Street installations Team

With a street installation in Knez Mihailova in the heart of Belgrade (Tuesday, December 23rd), the RCC rounded off its end of year tour which also included Podgorica, Tirana, Skopje, Pristina and Sarajevo. 


11.12.2014

RCC OUT ON THE STREET TO MEET CITIZENS IN SARAJEVO

(Photo RCC/Zeljko Smola)

Working towards the prosperity of Southeast European citizens, the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) is going out into the streets to ask the citizens how they feel about their lives, their job prospects or the lack of them. ...


11.12.2014

RCC Secretary General meets SEECP Troika

RCC Secretary General, Goran Svilanovic. (Photo RCC)

The Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC), Goran Svilanovic, met today in Sarajevo with the South-East European Cooperation Process (SEECP) Troika (The “Troika” consists of the previous, current and ...


10.12.2014

A KICK-START TO STALLED ACCESSION?

RCC Secretary General, Goran Svilanovic, took part in the Friends of Europe Balkan revival summit in Brussels, on 9 December 2014.

Brussels, 9 December 2014: Balkan revival was the topic in Brussels’s Cercle Gaulois grand hall yesterday with Friends of Europe as the host. Guest speakers included the Prime Minister of Albania Edi Rama, MEPs Eduard Kukan ...


27.11.2014

European Commission supports RCC with 7,15 million euro

A two-year contribution agreement to the amount of 7,150,000.00 euro supporting the activities of the RCC Secretariat in 2015-2016 was signed in Brussels on 27 November 2014, between the European Commission (EC) and the RCC. (Photo: Wikimedia.org)

A two-year contribution agreement to the amount of 7,150,000.00 euro supporting the activities of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretariat in 2015-2016 was signed in Brussels today between the European Commission ...


25.11.2014

RCC OUT ON THE STREET TO MEET CITIZENS IN PRISHTINA

Prishtina (Photo: http://en.wikipedia.org/)

Working towards the prosperity of Southeast European citizens, the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) is going out into the streets to ask the citizens how they feel about their lives, their job prospects or the lack of them. ...


21.11.2014

RCC OUT ON THE STREET TO MEET CITIZENS IN SKOPJE

Skopje, capital of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (Photo: http://en.wikipedia.org)

Working towards the prosperity of Southeast European citizens, the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) is going out into the streets to ask the citizens how they feel about their lives, their job prospects or the lack of them. ...


10.11.2014

RCC at the Launch of the EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region

The Square Conference Centre, rue Mont des Arts, Brussels, the venue of the Launch Conference of the EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region (Photo: http://en.wikipedia.org/)

Regional Cooperation Council’s (RCC) Secretary General Goran Svilanovic is to speak at the Conference launching the European Union’s (EU) Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region (EUSAIR), in Brussels on 18 November 2014.


03.11.2014

RCC OUT ON THE STREET TO MEET CITIZENS IN PODGORICA

Podgorica, Montenegro (Photo: http://en.wikipedia.org)

Working towards the prosperity of Southeast European citizens, the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) is going out into the streets to ask the citizens how they feel about their lives, their job prospects or the lack of them. ...


27.10.2014

THROUGH CULTURAL HERITAGE TO MORE JOBS

Dubrovnik declaration

Dubrovnik, 27th October 2014: The fields of Arts and Culture and the Cultural heritage rehabilitation are more than just “food for the soul”; they can also be a tool for the creation of wealth and crucially, jobs! This ...


23.10.2014

THE ADDRESS OF SECRETARY GENERAL OF THE RCC, GORAN SVILANOVIC, AT THE WB6 MEETING IN BELGRADE – ECONOMIC GOVERNANCE AND CONNECTIVITY

SECRETARY GENERAL, GORAN SVILANOVIC

Excellences, ladies and gentlemen,It is a great honour to be here amongst you today, and I thank the hosts for recognizing the efforts of the RCC and the contribution that regional cooperation can have to strengthen economic ...


21.10.2014

RCC SPOKESPERSON HONOURED WITH DR ERHARD BUSEK - SEEMO AWARD FOR BETTER UNDERSTANDING IN SOUTHEAST EUROPE

SEEMO AWARD FOR BETTER UNDERSTANDING IN SOUTHEAST EUROPE

The Award, by the Vienna-based South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO - an affiliate of the International Press Institute IPI), is given for outstanding efforts in journalism which have contributed towards democratisation ...


15.10.2014

Meeting of the Board of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC); Report on RCC activities April-September 2014 adopted

Secretary General Goran Svilanovic presents organisation’s activities in the period April – September at the third RCC Board Meeting in 2014 (Photo: RCC)

Sarajevo – At the third meeting of the RCC Board this year the RCC Secretary General, Goran Svilanovic, presented a number of activities of the RCC Secretariat in the period April – September 2014 and informed the Board on ...


16.09.2014

RCC CO-ORGANISES THE 4th BiH CONGRESS ON ROADS

Sarajevo is to host launching of the project to improve cooperation in South East Europe by strengthening RCC, on 16 March 2012. (Photo RCC/Samir Pinjagic)

SARAJEVO – The Association of Consulting Engineers of Bosnia and Herzegovina (ACE BH) with the support of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) and under the auspices of the Ministry of Transport and Communications is ...


28.08.2014

RCC SECRETARY GENERAL ATTENDS WESTERN BALKANS CONFERENCE IN BERLIN

RCC Secretary General  attends Western Balkans conference in Berlin

BERLIN – At the initiative of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and hosted by Vice Chancellor and Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy, Sigmar Gabriel,  a discussion on economic potentials and prospects of the Western ...


26.06.2014

South East Europe Investment Committee integrated into Regional Cooperation Council’s structures as of 1 July 2014

The South East Europe Investment Committee (SEEIC) meeting in Zagreb, Croatia on 26 June 2014 (Photo RCC)

The South East Europe Investment Committee (SEEIC) met in Zagreb on 26 June to discuss a range of issues dealing with the economic growth in the region.


20.06.2014

RCC AT THE MEETING OF THE SEECP MINISTERS OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS

The RCC participated in the formal meeting of the SEECP Ministers of Foreign Affairs, in Bucharest on 20 June 2014. (Photo RCC/Erhan Turbedar)

The Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC), Goran Svilanovic, participated in the formal meeting of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Southeast Europe Cooperation Process (SEECP), in Bucharest today. ...


28.05.2014

Implementation of two EU grants for rehabilitation of Western Balkans cultural heritage almost completed

The ninth meeting of the RCC Task Force on Culture and Society was held on 28 May 2014 in Ulcinj, Montenegro. (Photo RCC/Milena Filipovic)

The ninth meeting of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Task Force on Culture and Society (TFCS), marking the entering into the final phase of implementation of the Ljubljana Process II – Rehabilitating Our Common Heritage, ...


23.05.2014

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

Regional Action Plan for South East Europe (SEE) in the area of justice has been unanimously approved at the first meeting of the Working Group on Justice, held under the guidance of the RCC Secretariat, in Ljubljana, Slovenia, 23 May 2014 (Photo: RCC/Vanja Vekic)

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 ...


22.05.2014

Air Transport potentials in South East Europe focus of Sarajevo Conference

“Air Transport as a Driver for Development and Economic Prosperity in the South East Europe” Conference held at RCC Secretariat in Sarajevo on 22 May 2014 (Photo: RCC/Via Media)

Conference titled “Air Transport as a Driver for Development and Economic Prosperity in the South East Europe” was held at the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretariat in Sarajevo today.


15.04.2014

Public Policy Masters Students from Hague visit RCC Secretariat

RCC Secretary General Goran Svilanovic talks to a group of students and professors from the Erasmus Mundus Masters Programme in Public Policy (Mundus MAPP) from Hague, Netherlands during their visit the RCC Secretariat

Regional Cooperation Council’s (RCC) Secretariat hosted a group of 26 students and professors from the Erasmus Mundus Masters Programme in Public Policy (Mundus MAPP) from Hague, Netherlands today.


02.04.2014

RCC’s SEE 2020 Strategy: Regional Action Plan for implementation of Western Balkans Research and Development Strategy for Innovation adopted

Participants of the Steering Committee for implementation of the Western Balkans Regional Research and Development (R&D) Strategy for Innovation. (Photo RCC/Nedima Hadziibrisevic)

Under the guidance of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretariat, the Steering Committee of representatives of ministries of science from the Western Balkan countries, adopted in Split today the Regional Action Plan ...


27.03.2014

Germany supports RCC’s public awareness activities with 50,000 euro grant

Goran Svilanovic, RCC Secretary General (right), and Ulrike Knotz, German Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina, sign a 50,000 euro grant agreement supporting activities of the RCC, in Sarajevo on 27 March 2014. (Photo: RCC/Zoran Kanlic)

Agreement on 50,000 euro grant to support public awareness activities of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretariat in 2014 was signed by the RCC Secretary General, Goran Svilanovic and German Ambassador to Bosnia and ...


19.03.2014

RCC’s South East Europe 2020 strategy topic of workshop for journalists held in Sarajevo

Western Balkan journalists gather for a two-day workshop devoted to Regional Cooperation Council (RCC)’s South East Europe (SEE) 2020 strategy, in Sarajevo, BiH, on 18-19 March 2014. (Photo: CEI)

A two-day workshop devoted to Regional Cooperation Council (RCC)’s South East Europe (SEE) 2020 strategy gathering journalists from the Western Balkan, ended in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, today.


19.12.2013

European Commission supports work of RCC Secretariat with EUR 3.575 million grant

A 3,575,000 euro grant agreement supporting activities of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretariat in 2014 was signed today in Brussels between the European Commission (EC) and the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC).


02.10.2013

Regional Cooperation Council Board holds last meeting in 2013, supports final preparations for SEE 2020 growth strategy

The Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Board RCC Board heard today a report by Secretary General on activities of the organization’s Secretariat in the period April-September 2013, as well as information on ...


30.09.2013

RCC, GIZ agree to cooperate on foreign trade promotion, energy efficiency, legal reform and modernisation of municipal services

Goran Svilanovic (left), RCC Secretary General, Dr. Brigitte Heuel-Rolf (centre), GIZ Regional Director for Western Balkans, and Alexandra Hilbig (right), GIZ Manager for Open Regional Funds, sign Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation in foreign trade promotion, energy efficiency, legal reform and modernisation of municipal services, in Sarajevo on 30 September 2013. (Photo RCC/Zoran Kanlic)

The Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretariat and the German Organization Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) signed in Sarajevo today a Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation in foreign ...


25.06.2013

Head of RCC Expert Pool receives 'Europe Contribution of the Year' award by European Movement in Serbia

Head of RCC Expert Pool, Jelica Minic (left), receives 'Europe Contribution of the Year' award by European Movement in Serbia, Belgrade, 25 June 2013. (Photo emins.org)

Jelica Minic, Head of Expert Pool at the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretariat, has been awarded the ‘Europe Contribution of the Year’ award by the European Movement in Serbia for her contribution to European integration ...


17.06.2013

RCC Secretary General briefs diplomats in Sarajevo of results of the organization's 5th Annual Meeting

The RCC Secretariat briefs the diplomatic community in Sarajevo of results in implementing the RCC Strategy and Work Programme 2011-2013, the outcome of the RCC Annual Meeting held in Ohrid last month, and the state of regional cooperation in South East Europe. Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 17 June 2012. (Photo: RCC/Selma Ahatovic-Lihic)

Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC), Goran Svilanovic, briefed today the diplomatic community in Sarajevo of results in implementing the RCC Strategy and Work Programme 2011-2013, the outcome of the ...


16.05.2013

Regional Cooperation Council Secretary General meets chief executive of Vienna Economic Forum

Goran Svilanovic, Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretary General, met today with Ambassador Elena Kirtcheva, Secretary General of the Vienna Economic Forum (VEF), at the premises of the RCC Secretariat in Sarajevo.


16.05.2013

UN Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights pays visit to RCC Secretariat

Farida Shaheed, United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights, visited the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretariat today, to learn about efforts in fostering cultural and education cooperation in ...


25.04.2013

Regional Cooperation Council Board adopts the organization’s new three-year strategy and work programme

Participants of the 20th meeting of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Board, held in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, on 25 April 2013. (Photo: RCC/Selma Ahatovic-Lihic)

The Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Board adopted today the RCC Strategy and Work Programme 2014-2016, centred around implementation of the South East Europe 2020 (SEE 2020) strategy, as the organization's contribution to ...


22.04.2013

Germany supports work of RCC Secretariat with a 50,000 euro grant

Goran Svilanovic, RCC Secretary General (left), and Ulrike Knotz, German Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina, sign a 50,000 euro grant agreement supporting activities of the RCC, in Sarajevo on 22 April 2013. (Photo: RCC/Zoran Kanlic)

A 50,000 euro grant agreement supporting activities of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretariat in 2013 was signed by Goran Svilanovic, RCC Secretary General, and Ulrike Knotz, German Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina, in ...


28.02.2013

Regional Cooperation Council Board amends statutory documents to reflect EU-mediated agreement on Kosovo* regional representation

The new RCC Secretary General, Goran Svilanovic (first left) chairs the first meeting of the RCC Board in 2013, in Sarajevo on 28 February 2013. (Photo: RCC/Selma Ahatovic-Lihic)

At its first meeting in 2013, the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Board decided to amend the statute and the list of participants of the organization, reflecting the results of the EU-mediated dialogue between Belgrade and ...


27.02.2013

Foreign Minister Poposki visits RCC Secretariat, backs organization’s goals and activities

RCC Secretary General, Goran Svilanovic (left), and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Nikola Poposki, met at the RCC Secretariat in Sarajevo on 27 February 2013. (Photo: RCC/Dado Ruvic)

The current Chair-in-Office of the South-East European Cooperation Process (SEECP) and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Nikola Poposki, paid a visit to the RCC Secretariat today to express ...


07.02.2013

Regional Cooperation Council receives award for extraordinary contribution to humanism

Head of RCC Expert Pool, Jelica Minic (left), receives on behalf of the RCC, the traditional Sloboda (Freedom) award of the International Peace Centre Sarajevo (IPC), presented by its President, Ibrahim Spahić, for an extraordinary contribution to humanism, fight for human rights and freedom in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Europe and the world. Sarajevo, BiH, 7 February 2013. (Photo RCC/Dado Ruvic)

The Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) received in Sarajevo today the traditional Sloboda (Freedom) award of the International Peace Centre Sarajevo (IPC) for an extraordinary contribution to humanism, fight for human rights ...


18.10.2012

Regional Cooperation Council Board discusses state of cooperation in South East Europe, thanks outgoing Secretary General Biscevic

The RCC Board met in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, on 18 October 2012. (Photo: RCC/Selma Ahatovic-Lihic)

The last meeting in 2012 of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Board heard today a report by RCC Secretary General Hido Biscevic on activities of the organization’s Secretariat in the period May-October ...


04.10.2012

2.2 million euro project boosting women entrepreneurship in South East Europe kicks off

Women-led enterprises have direct impact on economic development, as they reduce use of safety net services and bring higher social and tax benefits for the economy, said Jelica Minic, Deputy Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) ...


27.09.2012

As South East European ministers discuss measures to consolidate cooperation, RCC Secretary General Biscevic is awarded Bulgarian Golden Laurel medal

Participants of the meeting of SEECP Ministers of Foreign Affairs, held on 29 June 2011, in Becici, Montenegro. (Photo: Courstesy of Montenegrin Government)

As South East European ministers discuss measures to consolidate cooperation, RCC Secretary General Biscevic is awarded Bulgarian Golden Laurel medal


19.09.2012

South East European Military Intelligence Chiefs meet in Sofia

Participants of the 4th conference of the South East European Military Intelligence Chiefs, Sofia, Bulgaria, 19 September 2012. (Photo: Courtesy of the Defence Information Service of Bulgaria)

The 4th conference of the South East European Military Intelligence Chiefs (SEEMIC) was held in Sofia today focusing on military-political and security situation in South East Europe. Special attention was devoted to challenges ...


28.06.2012

RCC Task Force on Culture and Society meeting agrees to reinforce protection of cultural heritage in South East Europe

Participants of the third meeting of the Regional Cooperation Council Task Force on Culture and Society, held in Prcanj, Montenegro, on 27-28 June 212. (Photo: Courtesy of RCC’s Task Force on Culture and Society)

The Third Meeting of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Task Force on Culture and Society (TFCS) ended today in Prčanj, Montenegro, with an agreement to finalize the establishment of Ljubljana Process national task forces, ...


22.06.2012

RCC briefs diplomats in Sarajevo of results of its 4th Annual Meeting

The RCC Secretariat briefs the diplomatic community in Sarajevo of results of the 4th Annual Meeting of the organization and the related SEECP events, held in Belgrade on 12-15 June 2012. Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 22 June 2012. (Photo RCC/Selma Ahatovic-Lihic)

The Secretariat of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) briefed today the diplomatic community in Sarajevo of results of the 4th Annual Meeting of the organization and the related South-East European Cooperation Process ...


20.06.2012

Germany grants 50,000 euro to support work of RCC Secretariat

Hido Biscevic (left), RCC Secretary General, and Ulrike Knotz, German Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina

The Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretary General, Hido Biscevic, and German Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ulrike Knotz, signed in Sarajevo today a 50,000 euro grant agreement in support of the work of the RCC ...


25.05.2012

RCC-supported conference discusses higher education in Western Balkans

A two-day international conference in support of higher education reform in Western Balkans ended in Petrovac, Montenegro, today. The event discussed the role of professional administrators and public-private partnerships in developing ...


15.05.2012

Regional Cooperation Council Board meets in Sarajevo, accepts annual, financial reports

The second meeting of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Board in 2012 accepted today the Annual Report 2011-2012 of the organization’s Secretary General. It also approved the Secretary General’s financial report for 2011.


16.03.2012

CEI project of strengthening the RCC launched in Sarajevo to support stronger regional cooperation in Western Balkans

Participants of the kick-off meeting for the project Improving Cooperation in South-East Europe by Actions for Strengthening the Regional Cooperation Council, held in Sarajevo on 16 March 2012. (Photo: Central European Initiative)

More than 50 participants of the kick-off meeting for the project Improving Cooperation in South-East Europe by Actions for Strengthening the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) agreed in Sarajevo today that enhancing RCC role ...


15.03.2012

Regional Cooperation Council Board holds its first meeting in 2012, in Sarajevo

Assessment of the first year of implementation of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Strategy and Work Programme 2011-2013, and the report of the organization’s Secretary General on the activities of the Secretariat over ...


13.03.2012

RCC Secretary General, BiH Foreign Minister meet in Sarajevo

Hido Biscevic (left), RCC Secretary General, and Zlatko Lagumdzija, BiH Foreign Minister, at the meeting in Sarajevo on 13 March 2012. (Photo: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina)

Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC), Hido Biscevic, held consultations with the new Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Zlatko Lagumdzija, in Sarajevo today.


06.03.2012

RCC Secretary General meets Minister of Foreign Affairs in Skopje

Hido Biscevic (right), RCC Secretary General, met with Nikola Poposki, Minister of Foreign Affairs of The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, in Skopje on 6 March 2012. (Photo: Courtesy of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia)

Hido Biscevic, Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC), met in Skopje today with Nikola Poposki, Minister of Foreign Affairs, of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, as the incoming chair of the South-East ...


31.01.2012

RCC Secretary General, Serbian Foreign Minister meet in Belgrade

Hido Biscevic, Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC), met in Belgrade today with Vuk Jeremic, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Serbia and the current chair of the South-East European Cooperation Process (SEECP), ...


08.12.2011

Regional Cooperation Council Board meets in Sarajevo today, adopts budget

Meeting of the RCC Board, held in Sarajevo, BiH, on 8 December 2011. (Photo RCC/Selma Ahatovic-Lihic)

The Board of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) reviewed today in Sarajevo the activities of the organization over the past three months, adopted the RCC Secretariat’s budget for 2012, and provided guidance for the future ...


16.11.2011

European Commission’s Director General for Enlargement visits RCC Secretariat

RCC Secretary General, Hido Biscevic (right), welcomed Director General for Enlargement of the European Commission, Stefano Sannino, at RCC premises in Sarajevo, BiH, on 16 November 2011. (Photo RCC/Dado Ruvic)

Director General for Enlargement of the European Commission, Stefano Sannino, visited the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretariat in Sarajevo today, to discuss regional cooperation with RCC Secretary General, Hido Biscevic.


10.11.2011

RCC Secretary General Biščević meets EU Commissioner Füle over regional cooperation

Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC), Hido Biščević, met in Brussels today with EU Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy, Štefan Füle, to talk about current situation in the ...


05.10.2011

RCC Secretary General, Albanian Deputy Prime Minister meet ahead of key European decisions affecting the region

Hido Biscevic, Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC), met today in Tirana with Edmond Haxhinasto, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Albania, to discuss regional cooperation ...


23.09.2011

RCC Secretary General meets South East European foreign ministers in New York

Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC), Hido Biscevic, took part in an informal meeting of ministers of foreign affairs of the South-East European Cooperation Process (SEECP), the Central European Initiative ...


15.09.2011

RCC Board meets in Sarajevo to discuss activities of the organization

Meeting of the RCC Board, held in Sarajevo, BiH, on 15 September 2011. (Photo RCC/Selma Ahatovic-Lihic)

The 28-member Board of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) met in Sarajevo today, to review activities of the past trimester and set course for the work of the organization until the end of the year.


07.09.2011

RCC Secretary General discusses regional affairs and organization’s activities with senior U.S. and World Bank officials

Hido Biscevic, Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC), met yesterday in Washington D.C. with Phil Reeker, United States Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, and a number of senior U.S. officials; as well as ...


13.07.2011

RCC, SIDA sign 2.2 million Euros agreement to support women entrepreneurship in South East Europe

The Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretariat and Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) signed today in Sarajevo a 2.2 million Euros worth agreement aiming to boost women entrepreneurship in South East ...


11.07.2011

RCC organizes preparatory meeting for ministerial conference on Western Balkans strategy for research and development

Zagreb hosted a preparatory meeting today for the Ministerial Conference on Regional Strategy for Research and Development for Innovation for Western Balkans, to be held in November 2011. The event was organized by the Regional ...


05.07.2011

RCC Secretariat briefs diplomatic community in Sarajevo on implementation of its work strategy and results of 3rd Annual Meeting

Representatives of diplomatic community in Sarajevo at RCC Secretariat’s briefing on implementation of its work strategy and results of third RCC Annual Meeting, 5 July 2011, Sarajevo, BiH. (Photo RCC/Selma Ahatovic-Lihic)

The Secretariat of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) presented today the first results of implementation of the organization’s Strategy and Work Programme 2011-2013 to the diplomatic community in Sarajevo. The briefing ...


21.06.2011

RCC Secretary General takes part in EU-Western Balkans ministerial meeting

Hido Biscevic, Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council. (Photo/Europe by Satellite)

Hido Biscevic, Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC), took part in the ministerial meeting EU-Western Balkans: Western Balkans Forum, held in Luxembourg yesterday.


15.06.2011

RCC role in Parliamentary Dimension of South-East European Cooperation Process important, Speakers of Parliament say

The role of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) in the context of the Parliamentary Dimension of the South-East European Cooperation Process (SEECP) was recognized as important by the participants of the 9th Conference of the ...


25.05.2011

RCC Secretary General and European Commission Director discuss transport priorities in South East Europe

Hido Biscevic, Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC), met today with Marjeta Jager, Director for General Policy at the Directorate General for Mobility and Transport (DG MOVE) of the European Commission, ...


12.05.2011

RCC Board reviews progress in implementation of organization's 2011-2013 strategy

Meeting of the RCC Board held in Sarajevo, BiH, on 12 May 2011. (Photo RCC/Selma Ahatovic-Lihic)

The second meeting of the Board of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) in 2011, held in Sarajevo today, reviewed work of the RCC Secretariat over the past two months and discussed its future activities.


22.03.2011

Sarajevo meeting discusses security sector reform in Western Balkans

Representatives of seven regional civil society organizations (CSOs) – from Belgrade, Podgorica, Pristina, Sarajevo, Skopje, Tirana and Zagreb – analyzed in Sarajevo today security sector reforms (SSR) in the Western Balkans, ...


15.03.2011

South East European defense ministers stress RCC’s importance in regional cooperation

In a Joint Statement adopted in Budva today, Ministers of Defense of the South-East European Cooperation Process (SEECP) stressed the importance of defense and security cooperation in fostering general stability and development ...


08.03.2011

Regional Cooperation Council Board holds its first meeting in 2011 in Sarajevo today

The RCC Board meets quarterly and provides the RCC with operational guidance and supervision. (Photo RCC/Selma Ahatovic-Lihic)

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.


26.01.2011

RCC Secretariat and Association of Balkan Chambers sign cooperation agreement today

RCC Secretary General, Hido Biščević (left), and the President of the Foreign Trade Chamber of BiH, Veselin Poljašević, on behalf of the Association of Balkan Chambers, signed a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in economic and investment development in Sarajevo, BiH, on 26 January 2011. (Photo RCC/Dado Ruvic)

Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC), Hido Biščević, and the President of the Foreign Trade Chamber of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Veselin Poljašević, on behalf of the Association of Balkan Chambers (ABC), ...


16.12.2010

RCC Secretary General and EU Commissioner for Regional Policy discuss cooperation

Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC), Hido Biscevic, met in Brussels yesterday with EU Commissioner for Regional Policy, Johannes Hahn, and exchanged views on RCC activities related to implementation of ...


15.12.2010

RCC-supported conference of National Councils of European Movement in South East Europe held in Podgorica

A conference of National Councils of the European Movement in South East Europe, which gathered representatives of ten countries from the region, was held in Podgorica today. The event was co-organized by the European Movement ...


13.12.2010

RCC Secretary General, EU Enlargement Director General agree 2010 successful for regional cooperation

Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC), Hido Biscevic, met in Brussels today with the European Commission's Director General for Enlargement, Michael Leigh, to discuss preparations for implementation ...


10.12.2010

RCC Secretary General meets EU Commissioner for Enlargement

Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC), Hido Biscevic, met in Brussels yesterday with the EU Commissioner for Enlargement and Neighbourhood Policy, Stefan Fuele, to discuss regional cooperation in South East ...


02.12.2010

Regional Cooperation Council Board meets in Sarajevo today

Meeting of the RCC Board held on 2 December 2010, in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. (Photo RCC/Selma Ahatovic-Lihic)

The 28-member Board of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) heard in Sarajevo today a report by RCC Secretary General Hido Biscevic on the activities of the organization’s Secretariat since September 2010 and the information ...


29.11.2010

RCC Secretary General meets officials of upcoming Hungarian EU Presidency

The Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC), Hido Biscevic, held a series of meetings in Budapest today with officials of the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in the context of Hungary’s takeover of ...


15.11.2010

RCC Secretary General meets Slovenian Foreign Minister over cooperation in South East Europe

The Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC), Hido Biscevic, met today with Slovenian Foreign Minister Samuel Zbogar and Ambassador Mitja Strukelj, National Coordinator for the Western Balkans, to discuss political ...


06.10.2010

RCC Secretary General discusses regional cooperation with Bulgarian officials

The Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC), Hido Biscevic, held consultations in Sofia today with Deputy Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Energy and Transport, Milen Ljutzkanov, Mario Kosev and Ivaylo Moskovski, ...


16.09.2010

Regional Cooperation Council’s Task Force on Culture and Society established today

Meeting of the RCC Board, Sarajevo, BiH, 16 September 2010. The RCC Board meets quarterly and provides the RCC with operational guidance and supervision. (Photo RCC/Selma Ahatovic-Lihic)

A Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Task Force on Culture and Society has been established today, by the decision of the Organization’s 28-member Board, which met in Sarajevo.


10.09.2010

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

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 ...


29.07.2010

Representatives of RCC Secretariat and Montenegrin SEECP Chairmanship-in-Office meet in Sarajevo

RCC Secretary General, Hido Biscevic (left), welcomes Montenegrin Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nebojsa Kaludjerovic, at the RCC premises in Sarajevo, 29 July 2010. (Photo RCC/ Selma Ahatovic-Lihic)

The Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC), Hido Biscevic, held today in Sarajevo consultations with Montenegrin Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nebojsa Kaludjerovic, representing the rotating Chairmanship-in-Office ...


14.07.2010

RCC Secretary General presents the organization’s new strategy at COWEB Capitals meeting

The RCC Secretary General Hido Biscevic presented today to the COWEB Capitals meeting in Brussels the organization’s Strategy and Work Programme 2011-13, adopted last month, and received support to the organization’s work ...


07.07.2010

RCC hosts first meeting for preparing South East European strategy on justice and home affairs

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 ...


30.06.2010

RCC Secretary General discusses energy and transport projects with Albanian officials

Hido Biscevic, Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council. (Photo RCC/Dinka Živalj)

The Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Hido Biscevic met in Tirana today with top Albanian officials to discuss concrete regional projects, primarily in the energy and transport sectors.


29.06.2010

RCC Secretary General discusses regional cooperation in Pristina

The RCC Secretary General Hido Biscevic visited Pristina today to discuss development opportunities in the context of regional cooperation in South East Europe.


25.06.2010

Albanian parliament hosts workshop on Energy Community, with Regional Cooperation Council support

Regional Cooperation Council promotes sustainable energy development in South East Europe. (Photo: www.sxc.hu)

Implementation of the Energy Community (EnC) Treaty was the main topic of a workshop on Energy Community and Regional Sustainability, which took place in Tirana today. The event was co-organized by the Regional Cooperation Council ...


12.06.2010

RCC Secretary General and EU Enlargement Commissioner discuss EU policy towards South East Europe

RCC Secretary General, Hido Biscevic, and EU Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy, Stefan Fuele, agreed at their meeting in Brussels yesterday that the last week’s high level EU-Western Balkans meeting ...


07.06.2010

RCC Secretary General takes part in the 8th conference of SEECP speakers of parliament

RCC Secretary General, Hido Biscevic (right), and RCC Expert on Parliamentary Cooperation, Mimika Loshi, at the 8th conference of SEECP speakers of parliament in Istanbul, Turkey, 7 June 2010. (Photo by Turkish SEECP CiO)

The Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC), Hido Biscevic, participated today in the 8th meeting of speakers of parliament of the South-East European Cooperation Process (SEECP) participating states, held ...


18.05.2010

RCC Board finalizes discussions on the organization’s three-year strategy

Meeting of the RCC Board, Sarajevo, BiH, 18 May 2010. The RCC Board meets quarterly and provides the RCC with operational guidance and supervision. (Photo RCC/Selma Ahatovic-Lihic)

Members of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Board supported in Sarajevo today the concept of the 2011-2013 strategy and work programme of the organization, and agreed to finalize it in time for the approval by the RCC Annual ...


29.04.2010

Secretary General with PM Gruevski: Cooperation on joint projects a way to accelerated development

RCC Secretary General, Hido Biscevic (second left), meets Prime Minister of The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Nikola Gruevski (centre), in Skopje, 28 April 2010. (Photo / Ministry of Foreign Affairs of The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia)

As part of visits to the Regional Cooperation Council members from South East Europe, the Secretary General Hido Biscevic met yesterday in Skopje with the Prime Minister of The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Nikola ...


29.04.2010

Biscevic, Djelic agree on the importance of regional projects as a developement stimulus

RCC Secretary General (right), Hido Biscevic, with Serbian Deputy Prime Minister for European Integration, Bozidar Djelic. (Photo RCC/Nenad Bozovic)

“The main goal of the series of visits to the RCC members from South East Europe, I have undertook, is pinpointing the national projects that could be implemented on a regional level, thus creating a climate for invigorated ...


27.04.2010

RCC national coordinators from South East Europe discuss new strategy of the organization

The Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) national coordinators from South East Europe met today to discuss the draft organization’s strategy for 2011-2013, with the aim of its finalization and subsequent approval by the RCC Board ...


09.04.2010

Young Turkish diplomats visit RCC Secretariat

A group of young Turkish diplomats visits RCC Secretariat in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 9 April 2010. (Photo RCC/Selma Ahatovic-Lihic)

Within the framework of a training programme that envisages a tour throughout the Balkan countries, a group of seventy-two young Turkish diplomats were welcomed today in the premises of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretariat ...


09.04.2010

RCC Secretary General joins experts in addressing economic crisis in South East Europe

Hido Biščević, Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC), took part in a conference of ministers of economy and finance of the South-East European Cooperation Process (SEECP), which is being held in Istanbul, ...


08.04.2010

RCC Secretary General holds talks with Turkish officials

The Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC), Hido Biščević, met today with Ambassador Feridun Sinirlioğlu, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkey, and Ambassador Şanıvar Olgun, Turkish ...


31.03.2010

RCC hosts preparatory meeting for the Conference of SEECP Speakers of Parliament

Participants of a preparatory meeting for the 8th Conference of Speakers of Parliament of the South-East European Cooperation Process, Sarajevo, BiH, 31 March 2010. (Photo RCC/Selma Ahatovic-Lihic)

A two-day preparatory meeting for the 8th Conference of the South-East European Cooperation Process (SEECP) Speakers of Parliament ended in Sarajevo today with the participants agreeing on the outline programme and discussing ...


30.03.2010

RCC Secretary General, officials of the Republic of Moldova discuss joint activities

Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Hido Biscevic met today with high-level officials of the Republic of Moldova to outline the organization’s priorities in the next three years and the ways the Republic ...


24.03.2010

Deputy RCC Secretary General welcomes publication of OECD Investment Reform Index 2010

Deputy Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Jelica Minic welcomed today the launch of the OECD Investment Reform Index 2010 report, the preparation of which was initiated at the RCC offices in Sarajevo in ...


09.03.2010

Future RCC role in focus of talks between the organization’s Secretary General and EC Director General for Enlargement

Future role of the RCC and its Strategic Work Programme for 2011-2013 was in focus of a meeting between RCC Secretary General Hido Biscevic and Director General for Enlargement in the European Commission Michael Leigh, held in ...


26.02.2010

RCC Secretary General and Montenegrin Prime Minister discuss cooperation

The RCC Secretary General, Hido Biscevic, and the Montenegrin Prime Minister, Milo Djukanovic, discussed in Podgorica today political developments in South East Europe (SEE) and importance of the SEE countries’ steady progress ...


17.02.2010

RCC Secretary General holds talks with Chairman of BiH Council of Ministers

RCC Secretary General, Hido Biscevic (left), at a meeting with the Chairman of the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Nikola Spiric, Sarajevo, BiH, 17 February 2010. (Photo/BiH Council of Ministers website)

The RCC Secretary General, Hido Biscevic, met today with the Chairman of the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Nikola Spiric, and informed him of the new phase of RCC activities following the initial period of the ...


22.12.2009

First meeting of Regional Expert Network on Energy in South East Europe takes place at RCC Secretariat

A two-day initial meeting of the Regional Expert Network on Energy in South East Europe (SEE), which ended today at the RCC Secretariat in Sarajevo, discussed the energy policies in the region and its future activities, and produced ...


18.12.2009

RCC delegation visits Institute for Prospective Technological Studies

The RCC delegation headed by the Deputy RCC Secretary General, Jelica Minić (sitting, first right), visit Joint Research Centre – Institute for Prospective Technological Studies in Seville, Spain, 18 December 2009. (Photo by the Institute for Prospective Technological Studies)

The delegation of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretariat, headed by the Deputy RCC Secretary General, Jelica Minić, visited the Joint Research Centre – Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (JRC-IPTS) ...


15.12.2009

RCC, Standing Working Group to promote regional rural development in South East Europe

RCC Secretary General, Hido Biščević (right), and the Chairman of the Assembly of the Standing Working Group for Regional Rural Development, Dušan Nešković, sign a Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation on rural development in South East Europe, Sarajevo, BiH, 15 December 2009. (Photo RCC/Selma Ahatovic-Lihic)

Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC), Hido Biščević, and the Chairman of the Assembly of the Standing Working Group for Regional Rural Development (SWG RRD), Dušan Nešković, signed today at the RCC ...


11.12.2009

First preparatory meeting of South East European Women Entrepreneurs Conference held at RCC Secretariat

Deputy RCC Secretary General, Jelica Minic (first right), at the meeting of the organizational board of the South East European Women Entrepreneurs, Sarajevo, BiH, 11 December 2009. (Photo RCC/Selma Ahatovic-Lihic)

The organizational board of the South East European Women Entrepreneurs drafted today at the RCC Secretariat in Sarajevo relevant documents and agreed on further steps in preparing its 2010 Conference, which will be held in the ...


24.11.2009

RCC hosts workshop on enhancing cooperation in combating illicit drug trafficking in South East Europe

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 ...


13.11.2009

RCC Secretary General takes part in a summit of Heads of Government of the Central European Initiative

The RCC Secretary General, Hido Biščević, participated in a meeting of Heads of Government of the Member States of the Central European Initiative (CEI) in Bucharest today. Secretary General Biščević extended his congratulations ...


20.10.2009

RCC hosts lecture ‘Global Economic Crisis: Implications and the Way Out, for Turkey, Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Western Balkans'

Participant of the panel lecture on global economic crisis, that took place in RCC premises, Sarajevo, 20 October 2009. (Photo RCC /Željko Smola)

A panel lecture Global Economic Crisis: Implications and the Way Out for Turkey, Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Western Balkans was organized in Sarajevo today by the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretariat, the Economic ...


09.10.2009

RCC Secretary General takes part in informal meeting of South East European Foreign Ministers in Istanbul

The RCC Secretary General Hido Biščević participated in Istanbul in the first informal meeting of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the South-East European Cooperation Process (SEECP) under the Turkish SEECP Chairmanship.


08.10.2009

RCC Secretariat hosts 1st Working Group Meeting of Education Reform Initiative of South East Europe

The 1st Working Group Meeting of the Education Reform Initiative of South East Europe (ERI SEE) concluded today at the RCC Secretariat in Sarajevo. The two-day event gathered representatives of education ministries from South ...


16.09.2009

RCC, MARRI to promote rule of law principles in South East Europe

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 ...


03.09.2009

Senior Greek officials commend work of RCC and its Secretary General

The RCC Secretary General, Hido Biščević, held talks in Greece today with Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Yannis Valinakis, and the Ministry's Secretary General for European Affairs, Dimitrios Katsoudas. The officials discussed ...


16.07.2009

First preparatory meeting on establishing South East European Firefighting Regional Center held in Sarajevo under RCC auspices

The first preparatory meeting on the establishment of the South East European Firefighting Regional Center (SEEFREC) was held at the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretariat in Sarajevo on 15-16 July 2009.


08.06.2009

RCC co-organized workshop on energy security held in Belgrade

A workshop “Energy Community and Regional Security”, co-organized by the Assembly of the Republic of Serbia and the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretariat, with support of the Energy Community (EC) Secretariat, was ...


19.05.2009

RCC Secretary General meets EU High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy

During a visit to Sarajevo today, the EU High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy, Javier Solana, met with the RCC Secretary General, Hido Biscevic, to reiterate EU support to RCC activities.