Structure

Organization

The Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) participants comprise 46 countries, organizations and international financial institutions. The RCC has a Secretariat based in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, headed by the Secretary General. The present RCC Secretary General is Goran Svilanovic. Those RCC participants contributing to the budget of the Secretariat form the RCC Board, currently comprising 27 participants.

All RCC participants and participants in the RCC Board are listed below.

The RCC Secretary General is a strong political figure from the region. Following the endorsement of the RCC Annual Meeting, the Secretary General is appointed by SEECP Foreign Ministers and approved by the SEECP Summit. The Secretary General is appointed for 3 years with the possibility to extend his/her term by 2 years.

The Secretariat of the RCC is directed by the Secretary General and supports the RCC as well as the SEECP in fulfilling their tasks by working towards the preparation and implementation of decisions of the RCC Annual Meeting and Board as well as decisions of SEECP Summits and/or Ministerial meetings. The Secretariat provides analytical, organizational and technical support to the Secretary General, the RCC Annual Meeting and Board as well as operational support – if required – in preparing SEECP Ministerial meetings and Summits. It provides a coordination framework for regional cooperation activities within SEE and acts as an information and focal point for such activities.

The Secretariat comprises of Office of the Secretary General, Political Department, Programme Department, and Administration Department, located at the headquarters in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and a Liaison Office in Brussels with the main aim to establish and maintain close relationships with European and Euro-Atlantic institutions. The Secretariat employs 38 staff, 36 in Sarajevo, and 2 in Brussels.

Meeting format

The RCC meeting format consists of the Annual Meeting and meetings of the RCC Board, held three times a year.

The Annual Meeting of the RCC is held back to back with the SEECP Summit. It is co-chaired by the Secretary General and the Foreign Minister of the SEECP Chairmanship in Office (CiO). The 2013/14 SEECP CiO is Romania.

The Annual Meeting of the RCC meets at a high political level. It ensures strategic coordination and development of regional cooperation processes, reviews and endorses the Secretary General’s Annual Report on regional cooperation in SEE as well as the organization’s Strategy and Work Programme. The RCC Annual Meeting is open to other countries, international organizations and partners as guests upon request to and/or the initiative of the Secretary General following the consent of the participants in the RCC Board.

The RCC Board provides operational guidance and supervision of the organization in between the Annual Meetings. The Board accepts the Annual Report of the Secretary General and adopts the Strategy and Work Programme, reviews progress in the course of the year and provides proposals and initiatives with the view of further development of regional cooperation. The Board consists of those RCC participants contributing to the budget of the RCC Secretariat as well as the European Union,  represented by a representative of the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and a representative of the European Commission.

The RCC Board meets three times a year and is chaired by the Secretary General. RCC Board meetings are convened and prepared by the Secretary General in coordination with the SEECP CiO. The RCC Board meets at the level of RCC National Coordinators, which are senior civil officials in each RCC participant responsible for coordination of RCC relevant issues within their respective national administration.

Decisions of the RCC are taken by consensus.

The working language of RCC meetings as well as of the Secretariat is English.

RCC participants

Albania
Austria
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Bulgaria
Canada
Council of Europe
Council of Europe Development Bank
Croatia
Czech Republic
Denmark
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
European Investment Bank
European Union (EU), represented by a representative of the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and a representative of the European Commission
Federal Republic of Germany
Finland
France
Greece
Hungary
International Organization for Migration
Ireland
Italy
Kosovo*
Latvia
Moldova
Montenegro
North Atlantic Treaty Organization
Norway
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe
Poland
Romania
Serbia
Slovakia
Slovenia
South East European Co-operative Initiative
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
Turkey
United Kingdom
United Nations
United Nations Economic Commission for Europe
United Nations Development Programme
United States of America
World Bank

RCC Board

Albania
Austria
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Bulgaria
Croatia
Czech Republic
European Union (EU), represented by a representative of the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and a representative of the European Commission
Federal Republic of Germany
Finland
France
Greece
Hungary
Ireland
Italy
Kosovo*
Latvia
Moldova
Montenegro
Norway
Romania
Serbia
Slovenia
Sweden
Switzerland
The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
Turkey
United States of America


* This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.