News and Press Releases

22.09.2016

Connection, Communication, Cooperation in South East Europe

New York (Photo: www.humanrightsvoices.org)

Sarajevo/New York - Regional Cooperation Council’s (RCC) Secretary General Goran Svilanovic attended the informal meeting of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the South East European Cooperation Process (SEECP), organized ...


20.09.2016

Joint investigation teams as a tool in fighting organised crime

Participants and representatives of The Southeast European Prosecutors Advisory Group (SEEPAG), Southeast European Law Enforcement Center (SELEC) and Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) at the Conference on the Joint Investigation Teams held in Podgorica, Montenegro on 20 September 2016. (Photo: SELEC/Sonia Schachter)

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 ...

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29.06.2016

ILO and RCC launch project for better labour market governance in the Western Balkans

ILO and RCC launch ESAP Project, for better labour market governance in the Western Balkans, on 29 June in Sarajevo. (Photo: RCC/Ratka Babic)

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 ...


28.06.2016

RCC and ILO to launch ‘Employment and Social Affairs Platform’ Project

ESAP launch, 29 June 2016, Sarajevo BiH.

SARAJEVO – The Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) and the International Labour Organisation (ILO) are launching tomorrow (29 June 2016) the “Employment and Social Affairs Platform” (ESAP) project at a one day Conference ...


21.06.2016

RCC’s Balkan Barometer 2016: The region is moving forward but unemployment, the economic situation and corruption remain the most pressing issues

RCC Secretary General, Goran Svilanovic, presenting the RCC’s Balkan Barometer 2016 survey, in Sarajevo on 21 June 2016. (Photo: RCC/Amer Kapetanovic)

SARAJEVO – South East European (SEE) econ­omies have started to recover, shows the 2016 edition of the Regional Cooperation Council’s (RCC) Balkan Barometer, which was presented in Sarajevo today.  


17.06.2016

RCC’s Balkan Barometer 2016: And the people say… jobs!

RCC Balkan Barometer 2016: The people in SEE say the most important problems facing our economies are: unemployment (68%); economic situation (55%); and corruption (27%).

SARAJEVO – Next week, on Tuesday, 21 June 2016, the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) is launching this year’s edition of the Balkan Barometer - an annual survey of attitudes, experiences and perceptions across the economies ...


14.06.2016

Belgrade audience lauds two female authors from Bosnia and Herzegovina

RCC supports two award winning authors from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Lejla Kalamujić (Sarajevo) and Tanja Stupar-Trifunović (Banja Luka), presenting their work to the Belgrade audience at the National Library of Serbia, on 14 June 2016. (Photo: RCC/Ratka Babic)

Belgrade – Two award winning authors from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Lejla Kalamujić (Sarajevo) and Tanja Stupar-Trifunović (Banja Luka), presented their work to the Belgrade audience at the National Library of Serbia, today. ...


09.06.2016

"Before accession, countries will need to prove tangible progress on Roma inclusion"

Goran Svilanovic, RCC Secretary General (right) and Zeljko Jovanovic, Director, Roma Initiatives Office, Open Society Foundations (left) at the Roma Integration 2020 Launch Event on 9 June 2016 in Brussels (Photo: RCC/Gordana Demser)

Brussels, June the 9th 2016 – The Regional Cooperation Council (RCC), the Open Society Foundations (OSF) and the European Commission (EC) jointly launched the “Roma Integration 2020” initiative today in Brussels. The event ...

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31.05.2016

RCC embarks on new three-year working cycle as the Strategy and Work Programme for 2017-2019 gets endorsed at the organisation’s Annual Meeting

The ninth RCC Annual Meeting took place on 31 May 2016 in Pravets, Bulgaria. (Photo: RCC/Ivan Petkov)

Pravets – The new three-year Strategy and Work Programme (SWP) of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) was endorsed at the organisation’s ninth Annual meeting in Pravets (Bulgaria) today. The meeting, co-organized with the ...


30.05.2016

SEE 2020 Strategy implementation shows a mixed bag of results in the past year

The third meeting of the Governing Board of the Regional Cooperation Council’s (RCC) South East Europe 2020 (SEE 2020) Strategy took place in Pravets (Bulgaria), on 30 May 2016. (Photo: Regional Cooperation Council/Ivo Petkov)

Pravets – The Governing Board of the Regional Cooperation Council’s (RCC) South East Europe 2020 (SEE 2020) Strategy heard the Annual Report on the Strategy’s implementation (ARI) at its third meeting held in Pravets (Bulgaria) ...


28.04.2016

Ten scholarships for a better future

RCC Secretary General Goran Svilanovic and BBI Bank Director Amer Bukvic present scholarship certificates to ten pupils and students from Srebrenica and Bratunac (Photo: RCC/Amer Kapetanovic)

Sarajevo – Ten pupils and students from Srebrenica and Bratunac received today certificates for scholarships awarded by the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) in partnership with the BBI bank. Congratulating the pupils ...

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27.04.2016

“EU incomplete without the Western Balkans”

RCC Secretary General Goran Svilanovic at the Conference “Energizing the Enlargement Process by Solving Bilateral Disputes” in Vienna, 25-26 April 2016 (Photo: RCC/Nenad Sebek)

Vienna/Sarajevo  – An impressive public panel hosted last night by Austrian Minister for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs, Sebastian Kurz,  rounded off a two day conference in Vienna called “Energizing ...

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22.04.2016

RCC and BBI to provide scholarships for ten pupils and students from Srebrenica and Bratunac

RCC and BBI to provide scholarships for ten pupils and students from Srebrenica and Bratunac (Photo: portalmladi.com)

Sarajevo – Ten pupils and students from Srebrenica and Bratunac will receive scholarships awarded by the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) and BBI bank next week. At the ceremony, to be held in Sarajevo next Thursday ...

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20.04.2016

RCC call for proposals - 300.000 EUR for projects supporting implementation of the SEE 2020 Strategy

RCC Secretariats activities in the future period focuses on the implementation of it SEE 2020 strategy. (Photo: RCC/Vanja Lisac)

Sarajevo - The Regional Cooperation Council Secretariat (RCC) is seeking proposals for the implementation of the South East Europe 2020 (SEE 2020) Strategy with financial assistance from the RCC Small Grants Instrument for ...

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13.04.2016

SEE judicial training institutions network established

RCC-organized conference establishing the Network of Judicial Training Institutions in South East Europe (SEE), was held in Bucharest on 13 April 2016. (Photo: RCC/Elvira Ademovic)

Bucharest – A two day conference started in Bucharest today, establishing for the first time a Network of Judicial Training Institutions in South East Europe (SEE). The general goal of this initiative is to strengthen cooperation ...


01.04.2016

Climate change and environment – Crucial issues for SEE

The First High Level Ministerial Panel on Responding to Climate and Environmental Challenges in South East Europe (SEE) took place in Podgorica on 1 April 2016. (photo: RCC/Nenad Sebek)

Sarajevo/Podgorica - The First High Level Ministerial Panel on Responding to Climate and Environmental Challenges in South East Europe (SEE) took place today in Podgorica. The meeting was opened by the Montenegrin Minister of ...


30.03.2016

Climate change and environment issues in focus on Friday in Podgorica

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Sarajevo/Podgorica - The Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism of Montenegro and the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretariat are co-organising the First High Level Ministerial Panel on Responding to Climate ...


22.03.2016

RCC to host second donor coordination meeting in the Western Balkans

Sarajevo City Hall. (Photo: www.sarajevotimes.com)

SARAJEVO – The second Meeting on Donor Coordination in the Western Balkans, organized by the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretariat, will take place in Sarajevo tomorrow. Getting a better understanding of regional ...

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18.03.2016

RCC: Strengthening regional cooperation in the field of justice

The Third Regional Rule of Law Forum for South East Europe takes place on 18 March 2016, in Sarajevo, BiH.  (Photo: RCC/Nenad Sebek)

Sarajevo – The Third Regional Rule of Law Forum for South East Europe kicked off in the Sarajevo City Hall this morning, bringing together over 130 eminent representatives of the regional highest courts, the supreme and ...


16.03.2016

Romeo and Juliet in Sarajevo

RCC supports ' Romeo and Juliet' theater play by Belgrade-based Radionica Integracije and Pristina-based Quendra Multimedia, in Sarajevo on 21 March 2016. On the photo is Tristan Halilaj as Romeo. (Photo: Radionica integracije)

Sarajevo/Beograd/Pristina – Sarajevo National Theatre will host a play staged jointly by Belgrade-based Radionica Integracije and Pristina-based Quendra Multimedia on Monday, 21 March 2016. It is about Shakespeare’s Romeo ...

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01.03.2016

Three million euro for boosting jobs in the Western Balkans

RCC and ILO will jointly create a Western Balkans Platform on Employment and Social Affairs in the framework of a new European Commission funded project signed in Brussels on 1 March 2016. (Photo: RCC/Mimika Loshi)

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 ...

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26.02.2016

RCC awards European Fund for the Balkans as 2015 Champion of Regional Cooperation

Executive Director of the European Fund for the Balkans, Hedvig Morvai (left), on behalf of the EFB, receives RCC's Champion of Regional Cooperation award for 2015 from RCC Secretary General, Goran Svilanović, in Sarajevo, BiH on 25 February 2016. (Photo: RCC/Amer Kapetanovic)

Sarajevo – The Regional Cooperation Council’s (RCC) recognition for outstanding work in the field of regional cooperation was awarded last night to the European Fund for the Balkans (EFB) which was selected as the Champion of ...


08.02.2016

More work on biodiversity protection a regional “must do”

At the launching of a three year project „Open Regional Funds for South-East Europe – Biodiversity“, on 4 February 2016 in Belgrade, Serbia. (Photo: Ivan Zupanc/ORF BD)

Sarajevo, February 8th 2016 – Even though the governments of South-East Europe developed an initial political and legal framework for the conservation of biodiversity, the operational implementation is lagging behind and positive ...


04.02.2016

Protecting biodiversity on a regional level is a must

Launching of a three year project „Open Regional Funds for South-East Europe – Biodiversity“, on 4 February 2016 in Belgrade, Serbia. (Photo: Ivan Zupanc/ORF BD)

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) launched its regional project for Biodiversity today in Belgrade with a two day conference which aims to explore the synergies between current regional biodiveristy ...


02.02.2016

SEECP ministers discuss migration issues

Bulgarian Minister of Foreign Affairs Daniel Mitov hosted the Second Informal Meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the South-East European Cooperation Process (SEECP) on 2 February 2016 in Sofia, Bulgaria. (Photo: RCC/Dorin Vremis)

“In this year, we will continue to see rising hopes for more progress on the European and Euro-Atlantic integration path of the South East European region”, said the Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) ...

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18.12.2015

REGIONAL COOPERATION DAY IN SARAJEVO: Strong debate about a tough year

Regional Cooperation Day:

Regional Cooperation Council organised a meeting of civil sector representatives from South East Europe economies and journalists from the region 

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16.12.2015

RCC: Sarajevo to host Regional Cooperation Day

RCC hosts Regional Cooperation Day in Sarajevo on 18 December 2015. (Photo: RCC)

Sarajevo - Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) is organising a gathering of representatives of civil society and media from the South East Europe region to mark the Regional Cooperation Day.


09.12.2015

RCC boosting competitiveness in South East Europe

Participants of the SEEIC Ministerial Conference, held on 9 December 2015 in Budva, Montenegro. (Photo: RCC)

BUDVA/SARAJEVO - Ministers for Economic Affairs of the Western Balkans gathered today for a conference in Budva and expressed their commitment to continue regional cooperation based on principles of accountability, participation, ...

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02.12.2015

Pristina hosts Zijah Sokolovic’s one man show

Supported by RCC, Qendra Multimedia arts and cultural centre in Pristina hosted theater-literary performance by BiH actor, writer and director, Zijah Sokolovic, on 1 December 2015. (Photo: RCC/Nenad Sebek).

Supported by the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC), the “Qendra Multimedia” arts and cultural centre in Pristina hosted last night the renowned Bosnia and Herzegovina’s actor, writer and director, Zijah Sokolovic. A ...

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30.11.2015

Zijah Sokolovic in Pristina on 1 December 2015

RCC supports theatrical-literary evening of the renowned Bosnia and Herzegovina’s actor, writer and director, Zijah Sokolovic, at the Qendra Multimedia, in Pristina, on 1 December 2015. (Photo: Courtesy of Mr Zijah Sokolovic)

The Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) will be supporting a theatrical-literary evening of the renowned Bosnia and Herzegovina’s actor, writer and director, Zijah Sokolovic at the Qendra Multimedia, in Pristina, at 20.00h ...

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18.11.2015

RCC at the SEE Regional Conference: “Working Together Towards EU Accession”

RCC Secretary General, Goran Svilanovic (right), speaking in Sarajevo at the conference on Regional Cooperation in South East Europe -

Sarajevo, 18 November 2015 – Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretary General, Goran Svilanovic highlighted regional cooperation as a key element in fostering reconciliation, good neighbourly relations, stability and prosperity ...

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01.10.2015

RCC and regional issues discussed in New York

RCC Secretary General, Goran Svilanovic (seventh right), at a meeting on 30 September 2015 in New York, USA. (Photo: RCC/Natasa Mitrovic)

New York – Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretary General, Goran Svilanovic, attended an informal meeting of the South-East European Cooperation Process (SEECP) Foreign Ministers yesterday in New York. The meeting ...


30.09.2015

Towards a Single Information Space

Ministerial Conference on Information Society Development, Budva, Montenegro, 30 September 2015 (Photo: RCC/Nadja Greku)

South-East European Ministers responsible for Information Technologies who gathered at the Budva Conference today expressed their strong common interest in participating in the creation of a single information space. 

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18.09.2015

Western Balkans gets Research and Innovation Centre

RCC Secretary General, Goran Svilanovic, gives opening remarks at the ministerial conference launching Western Balkans Research and Innovation Centre, in Split, Croatia, on 18 September 2015. (Photo: RCC/Elvira Ademovic)

Western Balkans ministers of science signed in Split today an agreement on establishment of the Western Balkans Research and Innovation Centre (WISE).


17.09.2015

Split to become headquarters of the Western Balkans Research and Innovation Centre

Western Balkans Research and Innovation Centre (WISE) to be located in Split, Croatia. (Photo: www.isaussm.com)

First Deputy Prime Minister of Croatia Vesna Pusić will open the ministerial conference on the occasion of establishment of the Western Balkans Research and Innovation Centre (WISE) tomorrow in Split. Together with the ...


04.09.2015

RCC CONNECTING SEE AND TURKISH BUSINESS

Regional Cooperation Council at the 'Integrating South Eastern Europe to Global Markets' session at B20 Conference in Ankara, Turkey, 3-5 September (Photo: RCC/Ratka Babic)

“There is a lot of noise about more and better economic cooperation between Turkey and South Eastern Europe. It is time to turn that noise into harmonious music.”

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28.08.2015

The Western Balkans Civil Society Forum at the Vienna Summit

Western Balkans Summit group photo with Foreign Ministers, Prime Ministers and Ministers of Economy. (Photo: MFA Austria)

The Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) rounded off its participation at the Vienna Summit yesterday with the Secretary General, Goran Svilanovic, participating in the meeting of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and the SEE2020 ...

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25.08.2015

RCC at the Vienna WB summit

West Balkan and EU leaders will gather in Vienna in the next two days for the continuation of the Berlin Process, widely perceived as an initiative to pursue the EU accession process of the region. (Photo: http://www.bmeia.gv.at/en/)

West Balkan and EU leaders will gather in Vienna in the next two days for the continuation of the Berlin Process, widely perceived as an initiative to pursue the EU accession process of the region. The actual Summit and its political ...

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26.05.2015

SEECP summit approves appointment of Goran Svilanovic as RCC Secretary General

Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretary General, Goran Svilanovic (Photo: RCC)

Tirana/Sarajevo, 26 May 2015 – Meeting in Tirana today, the participants of the South East European Cooperation Process (SEECP) summit approved the appointment of Goran Svilanovic for a second three year term as the Regional ...

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22.05.2015

RCC Annual Meeting and presentation of the SEE Development Scoreboard

The 2015 RCC Annual Meeting took place in Tirana on 22 May 2015. (Photo: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Albania/Eriona Cami)

Tirana/Sarajevo - The RCC’s (Regional Cooperation Council) Annual Meeting in Tirana today heard a strong endorsement of the organisation’s efforts in fostering economic recovery and speeding up the European integration process ...

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21.05.2015

Governing Board of RCC’s SEE2020 Strategy Meets in Tirana

Participants of the second South East Europe 2020 Strategy (SEE 2020) Governing Board meeting, held on 21 May in Tirana, Albania. (Photo: RCC)

TIRANA/SARAJEVO – The South East Europe 2020 Strategy (SEE 2020) Governing Board held its second meeting in Tirana today. The SEE 2020 Strategy is the Regional Cooperation Council’s (RCC) primary instrument for boosting growth ...

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18.05.2015

RCC to present South East Europe Development Scoreboard

RCC to present South East Europe Development Scoreboard in Tirana on 22 May 2015 (Photo: RCC/Selma Ahatovic-Lihic)

SARAJEVO, 18 May 2015 – The Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretariat will officially launch and present the South East Europe Development Scoreboard (SEEDS) on the sidelines of its Annual Meeting, on the 22nd of ...

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13.05.2015

Goran Svilanovic hosts “One Region, One Economy’ panel at Sarajevo Business Forum

RCC Secretary General, Goran Svilanovic, hosted panel “One Region – One Economy” at the 6th Sarajevo Business Forum, on 13 May 2015. (Photo: RCC/Dragana Djurica)

Sarajevo – Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretary General, Goran Svilanovic, hosted today’s panel “One Region – One Economy” at the 6th International investment conference, the Sarajevo Business Forum (SBF).

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06.05.2015

RCC’S Balkan Barometer Presented at the Regional Cooperation Day in Brussels

 Brussels hosts Regional Cooperation Day, dedicated to South East Europe, on 6 May 2015. (Photo: RCC/Jos L. Knaepen)

Sarajevo/Brussels - The Regional Cooperation Day (RCC) kicked off in Brussels with a premiere of the Balkan Barometer (BB), a comprehensive survey encompassing public and business opinion and sentiment on crucial economic and ...

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06.05.2015

Regional Cooperation Day in Brussels

Regional Cooperation Day, dedicated to South East Europe, held in Brussels on 6 May 2015. (Photo: RCC/Jos L. Knaepen)

Sarajevo/Brussels – The Regional Cooperation Day continued in Brussels with a High Level Conference on cooperation and enlargement in the Western Balkans which included Albanian Foreign Minister, Ditmir Bushati, the EU Commissioner ...

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28.04.2015

Combating Shadow Economy: A Necessity for Investments in SEE

RCC co-organizes a conference 'Combating Shadow Economy: A Necessity for Investments in SEE' in Sarajevo, on 28 April 2015. (Photo: Courtesy of Foreign Investors Council of Bosnia and Herzegovina)

SARAJEVO – Ministers of finance, trade or economic development from South East Europe gathered in Sarajevo today to take part in a major conference on combating the shadow economy in the region. The event is co-organised by ...

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17.04.2015

Justice and Home Affairs Ministers agree on stepping up cooperation in the joint fight against terrorism

 JHA Ministerial Conference Budva 16-17 May 2015 (Photo by the Government of Montenegro)

SARAJEVO/BUDVA, 17 April 2015 – Ministers of Interior and Justice from South East Europe (SEE) agreed on the importance of a common approach to prevention, detection and fight against terrorism in the region, at the Ministerial ...

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16.04.2015

Justice and Home Affairs Ministerial Conference on Terrorism in Budva, 16-17 April 2015

Przno/Budva, Montenegro, Ministerial conference on Justice and Home Affairs, 16-17 April 2015 (Photo: RCC/Ratka Babic)

Ministry of Interior of Montenegro, Ministry of Justice of Montenegro, Ministry of Interior of Slovenia and Regional Cooperation Council (RCC), as operational Secretariat of the South-East European Cooperation Process (SEECP), ...

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15.04.2015

RCC launches “Voice of the region” public competition

Voice of the Region

SARAJEVO, 15 April 2015 – Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretariat invites citizens from South East Europe (SEE) with writing, video-making or photography skills and talents to take part in the “Voice of the Region” ...

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09.04.2015

GERMANY CONTINUES TO SUPPORT RCC’S ACTIVITIES

Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) and H.E. Dr Christian Hellbach, German Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina, signed an agreement with which the Federal Republic of Germany continues its support of the RCC. (Photo: RCC/Senad Gubelić)

Sarajevo - Goran Svilanovic, Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council Secretariat (RCC) and H.E. Dr Christian Hellbach, German Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina, signed an agreement with which the Federal ...

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26.02.2015

Regional Cooperation Council recognizes Energy Community Secretariat as Champion of Regional Cooperation for 2014, marks 7th anniversary

Director of the Energy Community Secretariat (ECS), Janez Kopac (right), on behalf of the ECS, receives RCC's Champion of Regional Cooperation award for 2014 from RCC Secretary General, Goran Svilanović, in Sarajevo, BiH on 25 February 2015 . (Photo: RCC/Amer Kapetanovic)

SARAJEVO – The Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) selected the Energy Community Secretariat (ECS) as the Champion of Regional Cooperation for 2014. The Award has been presented by the RCC Secretary General, Goran Svilanovic, ...

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13.02.2015

RCC: Sarajevo hosts Meeting on Donor Coordination in Western Balkans

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

SARAJEVO – The Regional Cooperation  Council (RCC) is hosting a two day meeting on Donor Coordination in the Western Balkans in Sarajevo this Thursday and Friday and bringing together all the major donor organisations ...

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03.02.2015

Employment and economic situation crucial for the region

The implementation of the RCC's SEE 2020 strategy, was the focus of the conference in Pristina, organized by the RCC Secretariat in cooperation with the Ministry of Trade and Industry, and the OECD, on 3 February 2015. (Photo RCC/Selma Ahatovic-Lihic)

PRISTINA – The implementation of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC)’s South East Europe (SEE) 2020 strategy, was the focus of today’s conference in Pristina, organized by the RCC Secretariat in cooperation with the Ministry ...

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23.10.2014

SVILANOVIC: STRONG AND VIBRANT REGIONAL ECONOMIES CRUCIAL FOR EU INTEGRATION

WB6 Meeting in Belgrade

Belgrade, 23 October 23, 2014 – The Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC), Goran Svilanovic, pointed out today that even though political stability, reconciliation and security are still crucial activities ...

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21.08.2014

RCC and Sarajevo Film Festival’s round table on “Regional cooperation in the audio visual sector”

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SARAJEVO – The Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) and the Sarajevo Film Festival are organizing this Friday a round table on regional cooperation in the audio visual sector. This round table, on the margins of the ...

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28.06.2014

JOINT SOUTHEAST EUROPEAN INITIATIVE PRESENTED TO UNESCO

Ministers of Culture of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro and Serbia met in Ohrid, on 28 June where they handed over a joint nominations dossier to the UNESCO Secretary General, Irina Bokova (Photo courtesy of Ministry of Culture of The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia)

OHRID/SARAJEVO - The Ministers of Culture of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro and Serbia handed over a joint nominations dossier to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Secretary ...

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19.06.2014

GOVERNING BOARD OF THE REGIONAL COOPERATION COUNCIL’S SOUTHEAST EUROPE 2020 STRATEGY (RCC, SEE 2020) MEETS IN BUCHAREST

Participants of the first meeting of the RCC South East Europe 2020 Strategy's Governing Board, held on 19 June 2014 in bucharest, Romania. (Photo: RCC/Dejan Miholjcic)

BUCHAREST – The first ever meeting of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) South East Europe (SEE) 2020 Strategy's Governing Board took place in Bucharest today. With low growth and unemployment as the greatest problems of ...

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19.06.2014

REGIONAL COOPERATION COUNCIL HOLDS ANNUAL MEETING

The sixth RCC Annual Meeting took place in Bucharest, Romania, on 19 June 104. (Photo RCC/Dejan Miholjcic)

BUCHAREST – SARAJEVO – The 6th Annual Meeting of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) took place in Bucharest today. The meeting endorsed the report of the RCC Secretary General on Regional Cooperation in South East Europe ...

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06.06.2014

RCC to Present its Annual Report and SEE 2020 Scoreboard on 19 June 2014 in Bucharest

Bucharest will host the 2014 RCC Annual Meeting, on 19 June. (Photo RCC/Selma Ahatovic-Lihic)

SARAJEVO – The 6th Annual Meeting of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) will be held in Bucharest, Romania, on 19 June 2014. It is expected to endorse the report of the RCC Secretary General on Regional Cooperation in ...

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19.05.2014

RCC calls EU for continuation of urgent assistance to flood-affected countries in the region

RCC participants comprise 46 countries, organizations and international financial institutions. (Photo: Vanja Lisac)

BRUSSELS/SARAJEVO – The Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC), Goran Svilanovic, asked for continuation of EU assistance to flood-affected countries in the region, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia, ...

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14.05.2014

President of Montenegro Filip Vujanović meets with RCC Secretary General Goran Svilanović in Sarajevo

Goran Svilanović (left), RCC Secretary General, met with Filip Vujanović, President of Montenegro, at the organisation’s Secretariat in Sarajevo on 14 May 2014. (Photo RCC/Zoran Kanlic)

SARAJEVO – Goran Svilanović, Regional Cooperation Council (RCC)’s Secretary General, met with Filip Vujanović, President of Montenegro, at the organisation’s Secretariat in Sarajevo today.

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13.05.2014

Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic visits Regional Cooperation Council Secretariat

RCC Secretary General Goran Svilanovic (right) welcomes Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic at the RCC Secretariat in Sarajevo on 13 May 2014. (Photo RCC/Zoran Kanlic)

SARAJEVO – Regional Cooperation Council’s (RCC) Secretary General Goran Svilanovic welcomed Serbian delegation led by the Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic at the RCC Secretariat in Sarajevo today.

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24.04.2014

Regional Cooperation Council Board accepts the organisation’s Annual Report

23rd RCC Board meeting held at the RCC Secretariat, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina on 24 April 2014

SARAJEVO – The Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Board accepted the Annual Report of the RCC Secretary General on regional cooperation in South East Europe in the period 2013-2014 at its 23rd meeting held in Sarajevo, ...

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31.03.2014

Regional Cooperation Council Secretariat launches organisation’s redesigned website and social media profiles

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SARAJEVO – The Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretariat launched today a redesigned, user friendly version of the organization’s website and its social media profiles.  

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18.03.2014

EU-financed project improving cooperation in South East Europe by strengthening RCC, successfully completes

Participants of the conference 'Enhancing Growth through Regional Action – South East Europe 2020', organised by CEI and the RCC Secretariat, on 18 March 2014, in Sarajevo, BiH (Photo: CEI)

SARAJEVO – The successful completion of project Improving Cooperation in South-East Europe by Actions for Strengthening the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) was marked by a final conference that was held in Sarajevo, Bosnia ...

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27.02.2014

Regional Cooperation Council presents Champion of Regional Cooperation award for 2013, marks 6th anniversary

Director of the South East European Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning (SEECEL), Efka Heder, on behalf of her organisation, receives RCC's Champion of Regional Cooperation award for 2013 from RCC Secretary General, Goran Svilanović, in Sarajevo, BiH on 27 February 2014 . (Photo: RCC/Zoran Kanlic)

SARAJEVO – On the occasion of today’s sixth anniversary of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC), the organization’s Secretary General Goran Svilanovic presented the South East European Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning ...

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25.02.2014

EU invests 100,000 euro in rehabilitating 8 cultural heritage sites in Western Balkans through RCC Task Force; more funds to follow

Participants of the eighth meeting of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC)’s Task Force on Culture and Society, held in Podgorica, Montenegro, on 24-25 February 2014. (Photo: RCC/TFCS)

SARAJEVO/PODGORICA – 100,000 euro worth works on rehabilitating eight cultural heritage sites in four Western Balkans countries have been completed, informed the meeting of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC)’s Task ...

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21.01.2014

Regional Cooperation Council Secretary General congratulates Serbia on opening accession talks with European Union

Goran Svilanovic, Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council (Photo: RCC/Vanja Lisac)

SARAJEVO – Goran Svilanovic, Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC), congratulated Serbia for opening negotiations for a European Union (EU) membership today.

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18.12.2013

Svilanović via Twitter: SEE 2020 strategy dependable mechanism of regional economic growth

Goran Svilanovic, RCC Secretary General (Photo: RCC)

SARAJEVO – The region of South East Europe (SEE) may progress only if we work together diligently on transforming our economies into more open, competitive and interconnected ones, said the Secretary General of the Regional ...

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17.12.2013

RCC Secretary General to interact with regional press via Twitter on SEE 2020 strategy

RCC Secretariats activities in the future period focuses on the implementation of it SEE 2020 strategy. (Photo: RCC/Vanja Lisac)

SARAJEVO – The Secretary General of the Regional Coopration Council Goran Svilanović will be available for Twitter interview on the official RCC account @rccint and via hashtag #SEE2020 on Wednesday, 18 December 2013, from ...

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12.12.2013

Panel debate on online media regulation in South East Europe to be held in Belgrade tomorrow

Participants of RCC’s panel debate on findings of the Academy on Media Law in South East Europe: Online media regulation – Where does regulation end and overregulation start? , held in Belgrade on 13 December 2013. (Photo: Courtesy of Law Faculty of the Belgrade University)

SARAJEVO/BELGRADE – A panel debate on findings of the Academy on Media Law in South East Europe: Online media regulation – Where does regulation end and overregulation start? will take place in Belgrade, tomorrow, 13 December.

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21.11.2013

South East Europe 2020 strategy for creating 1 million jobs in the region adopted in Sarajevo today

Ministerial Conference of the South East Europe Investment Committee adopted the South East Europe (SEE) 2020 strategy on 21 November 2013 in Sarajevo, BiH (Photo: RCC/Dokukino)

SARAJEVO – Creation of one million new jobs in South East Europe (SEE) until 2020 is the most important aim of the strategy dubbed “Jobs and Prosperity in a European Perspective”.  The RCC’s SEE 2020 strategy was ...

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19.11.2013

Region’s ministers to adopt South East Europe 2020 strategy for creating 1 million jobs in the region

Workshop presenting the RCC’s SEE 2020 strategy, in Belgrade on 18 September 2013. (Photo: RCC/Dokukino)

SARAJEVO – The RCC’s South East Europe (SEE) 2020 strategy is to be adopted in Sarajevo this Thursday, 21 November 2013, at the Ministerial Conference of the South East Europe Investment Committee. Creation of one million ...

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08.11.2013

Sarajevo roundtable agrees to intensify regional cooperation on integrated water resources management in South East Europe

Participants of the international roundtable on water and energy nexus in transboundary basins in South East Europe agree to intensify cooperation on integrated water resources management, Sarajevo, 6-8 November 2013 (Photo: Anna Maria Papaioannou/ GWP-Med)

SARAJEVO – Closer regional cooperation of water, energy and environmental sectors on the sustainable use of waters; involvement of private sector in water infrastructure development; and introduction of a regional legal and ...

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05.11.2013

Roundtable on water and energy nexus in transboundary basins in South East Europe to open in Sarajevo tomorrow, hosted by RCC

The RCC hosts a three-day international roundtable on regional cooperation in achieving water and energy security in South East Europe, in Sarajevo, on 6-8 November 2013. (Photo: RCC)

SARAJEVO – A three-day international roundtable on water and energy nexus in transboundary basins in South East Europe (SEE) will open in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, tomorrow, 6 November.    

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25.10.2013

Western Balkan Countries Develop Joint Strategy for Innovation-Based Economic Growth

Ministers of science from the region adopt the Western Balkans Regional Research and Development Strategy for Innovation in Zagreb, Croatia, on 25 october 2013 with support of RCC, WB and EC (Photo: RCC/Dinka Zivalj)

ZAGREB – The Western Balkans Regional Research and Development (R&D) Strategy for Innovation was adopted today in Zagreb by the ministers of science from the region during the ministerial meeting on regional R&D.

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01.10.2013

First version of South East Europe 2020 strategy for creating 1 million jobs presented in seven cities across the region

RCC presenting its SEE 2020 strategy, at a workshop in Tirana on 1 October 2013. (Photo RCC∕Dinka Zivalj)

SARAJEVO/TIRANA – Experts of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretariat concluded in Tirana today a series of presentations of the first draft of the South East Europe (SEE) 2020 strategy for creating one million ...

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29.09.2013

South East Europe public sector communicators association created in Budva today

Jovan Tegovski (first left), RCC Chief of Staff, opens the 2nd South Eastern European Government Communication Conference, in Budva, Montenegro, on 27 September 2013.

BUDVA/SARAJEVO – The 2nd South Eastern European Government Communication Conference concluded today in Budva, Montenegro, with the establishment of the South East Europe Public Sector Communication Association (SEECOM), as an ...

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27.09.2013

2nd railway congress ends in Sarajevo, agrees to work on common railway system in South East Europe

Second RCC-co-organized Congress on Railways in South East Europe was held in Sarajevo on 26-27 September, with over 250 participants from eleven countries agreeing to work on a common railway system in the region.

SARAJEVO – A two-day Congress on Railways in South East Europe ended in Sarajevo today, with over 250 participants from eleven countries agreeing to work on a common railway system in the region.

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09.09.2013

RCC to present South East Europe 2020 strategy for creating 1 million jobs in the region

The basic goal of the SEE 2020 strategy is to improve living conditions in the region and bring competitiveness and development back in focus. (Photo: www.blogspot.com)

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 ...

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05.09.2013

Academy on Media Law in South East Europe calls for more plurality of views in media, proposes ways to increase trust in public service media

The 2nd Academy on Media Law in South East Europe was held under RCC auspices on 3-5 September in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. (Photo: RCC/Zoran Kanlic)

SARAJEVO – Participants of the second edition of the Academy on Media Law in South East Europe proposed ways to increase pluralism of content and views in the region and the independence and accountability of public service ...

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02.09.2013

Second edition of the Academy on Media Law in South East Europe to kick off in Sarajevo tomorrow

Participants of the first Academy on Media Law in South East Europe, held in Zagreb, Croatia, on 3-8 June 2012. (Photo: Courtesy of the European Association of Public Service Media in South East Europe)

SARAJEVO – The second edition of the Academy on Media Law in South East Europe will open in Sarajevo tomorrow, 3 September. It will focus on issues of media pluralism, public service broadcasting and the freedom of the media ...

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15.07.2013

Three Western Balkans heritage sites chosen for a €2.8 million EU funding, says RCC meeting

Participants of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Task Force on Culture and Society (TFCS) meeting, in Novi Sad, Serbia, on 15 July 2013. (Photo: RCC TFCS)

SARAJEVO/NOVI SAD – Three Western Balkans sites have been chosen for a €2.8 million worth EU-funded project to support preservation and restoration of cultural heritage in the region, the European Commission announced today ...

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19.06.2013

Competitiveness working group created under South East Europe 2020 growth strategy, at RCC-hosted meeting in Sarajevo

The 13th SEEIC meeting was hosted by the RCC Secretariat in Sarajevo, BiH, on 19 June 2013. (Photo RCC/Zoran Kanlic)

SARAJEVO – A working group of regional experts on competitiveness was created in Sarajevo today, under the South East Europe 2020 (SEE 2020) growth strategy, at a meeting hosted by the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC). 

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18.06.2013

RCC meeting to discuss progress in developing South East Europe 2020 growth strategy, in Sarajevo tomorrow

12th meeting of the South East Europe Investment Committee was held in Sarajevo on 19 March 2013. (Photo RCC/Dado Ruvic)

SARAJEVO – The South East Europe Investment Committee (SEEIC) will discuss progress in developing the South East Europe (SEE) 2020 strategy at its meeting in Sarajevo tomorrow. The event will be held under the auspices of ...

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31.05.2013

South East European ministers of foreign affairs express support to RCC work, hail its SEE 2020 growth strategy

Meeting of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the South-East European Cooperation Process (SEECP) was held in Ohrid on 31 May 2013. (Photo: RCC/Selma Ahatovic-Lihic)

OHRID/SARAJEVO – Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the South-East European Cooperation Process (SEECP) approved in Ohrid today the annual report of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretary General and the organization’s ...

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30.05.2013

Regional Cooperation Council key forum for all-inclusive regional cooperation in South East Europe, say organization’s participants

Participants of the fifth RCC Annual Meeting held on 30 May 2013 in Ohrid. (Photo RCC/Ljupcho Blagoevski)

OHRID/SARAJEVO – The Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) is a key forum for inclusive regional cooperation in South East Europe, participants of the 5th Annual Meeting of the organization agreed in Ohrid today, while endorsing ...

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29.05.2013

Annual Meeting to endorse new Regional Cooperation Council strategy and annual report

5th RCC Annual Meeting is to take place in Ohrid, on 30 May 2013. (Photo: RCC)

OHRID/SARAJEVO – The 5th Annual Meeting of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) is expected to endorse the organization’s new strategy for the 2014-2016 period and the Annual Report of the RCC Secretary General. The meeting ...

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24.05.2013

Conference on strategic communication between security institutions and media in South East Europe to open in Skopje

Skopje is to host conference on strategic communication between security institutions and media in South East Europe, on 26-28 May 2013. (Photo: www.trekearth.com)

SKOPJE – A conference on strengthening cooperation and communication between security institutions and public service media from South East Europe will open in Skopje on Monday, 27 May 2013.

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26.04.2013

10 aviation organizations to sign letter of intent on joint service provision in South East Europe, under RCC auspices

The RCC works to transpose South East Europe’s regional needs into visible and viable infrastructure projects (Photo: http://www.eurocontrol.int)

SARAJEVO – Representatives of 10 national aviation authorities and air navigation service providers will sign a Letter of Intent on the Joint Service Provision Area Initiative in South East Europe, in Sarajevo, on 29 April, ...

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19.03.2013

New work programme of South East Europe Investment Committee to focus on SEE 2020 growth strategy

12th meeting of the RCC's South East Europe Investment Committee (SEEIC) takes place in Sarajevo, on 19 March 2013 (Photo: RCC/Dado Ruvic).

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 ...

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18.03.2013

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

10th meeting of the South East Europe Investment Committee, first one under RCC Secretariat’s umbrella, was held in Sarajevo on 24-25 April 2012. (Photo: RCC)

SARAJEVO – 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 ...

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11.03.2013

Seven German ambassadors from Western Balkans and foreign ministry discuss regional issues, express support to RCC work

Goran Svilanovic, RCC Secretary General (right), welcomes German ambassadors from the Western Balkans region at the RCC premises, Sarajevo, 11 March 2013. (Photo: RCC/Nedim Grabovica)

SARAJEVO - 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 ...

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26.02.2013

Regional Cooperation Council to mark its 5th anniversary, inaugurate Champion of Regional Cooperation award

RCC Secretary General, Goran Svilanović (left), Deputy Chair of the BiH Council of Ministers and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Zlatko Lagumdžija (centre), and Director General for Enlargement of the European Commission Stefano Sannino, at the event marking the 5th RCC Anniversary, in Sarajevo, BiH, on 27 February 2013. (Photo: Regional Cooperation Council)

SARAJEVO – A panel discussion and an award for best achievement in cooperation in South East Europe will be central elements of the marking of the fifth anniversary of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC), in Sarajevo tomorrow.

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08.01.2013

New Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council takes up post

Goran Svilanović is the Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council. (Photo: RCC/Dado Ruvic)

SARAJEVO – Goran Svilanović, the new Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC), has assumed his duties in Sarajevo today.

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10.12.2012

Regional Cooperation Council wins award for extraordinary contribution to humanism

The RCC has been honoured to get the International Peace Centre Sarajevo (IPC)’s traditional Sloboda (Freedom) award on the occasion of the International Human Rights Day, Sarajevo, 10 December 2012. (Photo: www.wordpress.com)

SARAJEVO – The International Peace Centre Sarajevo (IPC) assigned its traditional Sloboda (Freedom) award to the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) for an extraordinary contribution to humanism, fight for human rights and ...

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21.11.2012

Western Balkans policy on new skills for new jobs to be adopted at RCC, FES co-organized event in Sarajevo, tomorrow

The RCC views promotion of social economy and new jobs creation as a key to economic and social development in the region. (Photo: www.novosti.rs)

SARAJEVO, 21 November 2012 – A policy paper on ‘new skills for new jobs’ in the Western Balkans is expected to be adopted at a meeting hosted by the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretariat, in Sarajevo, tomorrow.

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13.11.2012

Museums network in South East Europe established at RCC-organized ministerial conference in Skopje

Participants of the ministerial conference ‘National Museums in South East Europe - Status, Management and Partnerships’, in Skopje, on 13 November 2012 (Photo RCC/Selma Ahatovic-Lihic)

SARAJEVO/SKOPJE – South East European Museums Network, which will enhance cross-border cooperation between these cultural institutions, was established at a ministerial conference held in Skopje today.

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12.11.2012

Preservation of cultural heritage in South East Europe in focus of Skopje meeting, held under RCC auspices

Mladen Dragašević (first left), Head of the RCC Secretariat’s Building Human Capital Unit, Wenceslas de Lobkowicz (first right), Advisor for Cultural Heritage in the European Commission’s Directorate General for Enlargement, and Borče Nikolovski, Chair of the RCC Task Force on Culture and Society (TFCS), at the opening of the fourth meeting of the RCC’s TFCS, in Skopje, on 12 November 2012. (Photo: RCC/Selma Ahatovic-Lihic)

SARAJEVO/SKOPJE – Funds for rehabilitating South East European cultural heritage, including a 2.8 million euro worth project, will be presented at a meeting of the Regional Cooperation Council’s Task Force on Culture and Society, ...

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09.11.2012

Western Balkans ministers adopt 11 targets for regional economic growth by 2020, under RCC auspices

RCC Secretary General, Hido Biscevic (left), and Edmond Haxhinasto, Albanian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy, Trade and Energy , at the ministerial conference of the RCC’s South East Europe Investment Committee , in Tirana, Albania, on 9 November 2012. (Photo: RCC)

SARAJEVO/TIRANA – Western Balkans economy ministers adopted today 11 targets for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth in the region, to be reached by 2020. The commitment was made at the ministerial conference of the Regional ...

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03.10.2012

Lifelong learning and non-formal adult education in South East Europe focus of RCC, dvv international conference in Sarajevo

RCC recognizes the need for modernization of education systems in South East Europe, including the areas of lifelong learning, adult education and evidence-based policy making. (Photo: www.novska.hr)

SARAJEVO – The conference Lifelong Learning and Non-formal Adult Education in South East Europe will discuss ways to build knowledge-based society in the region by increasing participation in adult learning, in Sarajevo, tomorrow.

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03.10.2012

Nine targets of regional 2020 strategy supported by South East Europe Investment Committee, under RCC auspices

Jelica Minic (centre), Deputy RCC Secretary General, Bashkim Sykja (left), Director of Competitiveness Policy Department at the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Energy of Albania and Yngve Engstroem, Head of Regional Cooperation and Programmes Unit at the EC’s Directorate General for Enlargement, at the opening of the 11th SEEIC meeting, in Sarajevo on 3 October 2012. (Photo: RCC/Dado Ruvic)

SARAJEVO – A set of nine targets for integrated, smart, inclusive and sustainable growth in the region until 2020 was supported by the members of the South East Europe Investment Committee (SEEIC), during a meeting held at the ...

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02.10.2012

South East Europe Investment Committee to back initial targets for regional 2020 strategy, at RCC-hosted meeting in Sarajevo

10th meeting of the South East Europe Investment Committee, first one under RCC Secretariat’s umbrella, was held in Sarajevo on 24-25 April 2012. (Photo: RCC)

SARAJEVO – The South East Europe Investment Committee (SEEIC) is expected to back initial flagship targets for the South East Europe (SEE) 2020 Strategy at its meeting in Sarajevo, tomorrow.

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02.10.2012

Entire society must join forces to fight violent extremism, agrees South East European meeting in Istanbul today

RCC recognizes the fight against organized crime, particularly the regional dimension of counter-terrorism, as its core priority in the field of justice and home affairs. (Photo: RCC/Samir Pinjagic)

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 ...

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21.09.2012

3rd road congress wraps up in Sarajevo, agrees ways to develop road infrastructure in South East Europe

Participants of the 3rd Road Congress in South East Europe, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 20-21 September 2012. (Photo: Alen Mehic)

SARAJEVO – A two-day Road Congress in South East Europe ended in Sarajevo today, with over 400 participants from ten countries agreeing to establish a professional regional forum for the development of the road sector.

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12.09.2012

RCC, EC organized meeting proposes extension of Single European Sky Programme in South East Europe beyond 2012

The RCC’s Strategy and Work Programme 2011-2013 identifies air traffic in South East Europe as an organisation’s priority. (Photo: RCC/Selma Ahatovic-Lihic)

OHRID/SARAJEVO – The third Governing Body meeting of the Implementation of Single European Sky (ISIS) Programme in South East Europe ended in Ohrid today, approving a progress report and proposing ISIS continuation beyond 2012.

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11.07.2012

Long-term social development in Western Balkans to be discussed at RCC, FES event in Sarajevo, tomorrow

Jelica Minic (left), Deputy RCC Secretary General, and Roland Feicht, Director of FES Project for Labor Relations and Social Dialogue in South East Europe, are to open a two-day regional conference ‘New Skills for New Jobs’ in Western Balkans, in Sarajevo on 12 July 2012. (Photo RCC/Dado Ruvic)

SARAJEVO – A two-day regional conference New Skills for New Jobs in Western Balkans will open in Sarajevo tomorrow. The event will discuss steps to establish a long-term vision of social development in the region, in line also ...

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11.07.2012

Investment in modern technologies at core of efficient economy, says RCC hosted meeting of e-South East Europe initiative

RCC Secretariat hosted a meeting of the electronic-South East Europe (eSEE), in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, on 10-11 July 2012. (Photo RCC/Selma Ahatovic-Lihic)

SARAJEVO – A meeting of the electronic-South East Europe (eSEE) initiative ended in Sarajevo today with a conclusion that competitiveness in South East Europe has benefited from investments in information and communication technologies ...

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18.06.2012

Regional access to finance forum to be held in Sarajevo tomorrow, under RCC, USAID and Sida auspices

Regional access to finance forum ‘SEEnovate: Supporting Intelligent Growth’ is to be held under RCC auspices, in Sarajevo on 19 June 2012. (Photo: www.warwicksciencepark.co.uk)

SARAJEVO – A regional access to finance forum titled SEEnovate: Supporting Intelligent Growth, showcasing the most up to date investment and business opportunities in South East Europe and bringing over 30 equity investors, ...

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15.06.2012

South East European Heads of State and Government praise RCC work, thank outgoing and approve of new Secretary General

Heads of State and Government of the South-East European Cooperation Process met in Belgrade, Serbia, on 15 June 2012. (Photo: Tanjug)

BELGRADE/SARAJEVO – The Heads of State and Government of the South-East European Cooperation Process (SEECP) praised in Belgrade today the achievements of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) and its Secretary General Hido ...

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14.06.2012

South East European foreign ministers appoint Goran Svilanović as the new Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council

On 14 June 2012 Belgrade, Serbia, hosted meeting of ministers of foreign affairs of the states participating in the South-East European Cooperation Process (SEECP). (Photo: www.wikimedia.org)

BELGRADE/SARAJEVO – Goran Svilanović has been appointed the new Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) by the ministers of foreign affairs of the states participating in the South-East European Cooperation ...

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13.06.2012

Annual Meeting endorses RCC annual report and nomination of new Secretary General

Participants of the fourth RCC Annual Meeting held on 13 June 2012 in Belgrade, Serbia. (Photo RCC/Selma Ahatovic-Lihic)

BELGRADE/SARAJEVO – The 4th Annual Meeting of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) endorsed in Belgrade today the Annual Report of the organization’s Secretary General and the nomination of Goran Svilanovic as the next RCC ...

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08.06.2012

1st media law academy in SEE ends in Zagreb, makes recommendations on public service media remit, media pluralism and professionalism

Participants of the first Academy on Media Law in South East Europe, held in Zagreb, Croatia, on 3-8 June 2012. (Photo: Courtesy of the European Association of Public Service Media in South East Europe)

ZAGREB, 8 June 2012 – The first Academy on Media Law in South East Europe wrapped up its work in Zagreb, Croatia, today, with a set of recommendations to enhance public service media remit, media pluralism and responsibility.

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31.05.2012

First academy on media law in South East Europe to kick off in Zagreb

The first Academy on Media Law in South East Europe, was  held in Zagreb, Croatia, on 3-8 June 2012. (Photo: Courtesy of the European Association of Public Service Media in South East Europe)

ZAGREB – The first academy on media law in South East Europe will open in Zagreb, Croatia, on Monday, 4 June, under the auspices of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC), with support of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, the ...

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30.05.2012

South East European experts prepare regional conventions on criminal, civil and commercial matters, under RCC auspices

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 held under RCC Secretariat auspices, in Bucharest, Romania, on 29-30 May 2012. (Photo: www.osce.org)

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 ...

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28.05.2012

Conference on investigative journalism and data protection in South East Europe to open in Pula, Croatia

RCC promotes journalistic ethics and media independence, supports inter-cultural dialogue and mutual understanding in South East Europe. (Photo RCC/Selma Ahatovic-Lihic)

ZAGREB/SARAJEVO/PULA – A conference to promote investigative journalism and journalistic independence in South East Europe, while respecting data protection principles, will open in Pula, Croatia, on Wednesday, 30 May.

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25.04.2012

Greater involvement of girls in ICT to be promoted in Sarajevo by Ministry of Communications, RCC, and partners

RCC Secretariat is partner in organization of the event marking the International Girls in ICT Day, in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina on 26 April 2012. (Photo: www.womensviewsonnews.org)

SARAJEVO – Opportunities for study, work and personal development that information and communication technologies (ICT) offer to girls will be in focus of International Girls in ICT Day to be marked in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, ...

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25.04.2012

RCC’s Southeast Europe Investment Committee adopts 2-year work programme in Sarajevo, to boost region’s competitiveness

10th meeting of the South East Europe Investment Committee took place under RCC Secretariat’s umbrella, in Sarajevo on 24-25 April 2012. (Photo: RCC)

SARAJEVO – The Southeast Europe Investment Committee (SEEIC) adopted its two-year Work Programme for 2012-2013 in Sarajevo today, at the first meeting held under the umbrella of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretariat.

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26.03.2012

Eight South East European stock exchanges to sign platform for joint action, under RCC auspices in Sarajevo

Directors of eight SEE stock exchanges signed a Platform for Joint Action under RCC Secretariat auspices, in Sarajevo on 27 March 2012. (Photo RCC/Midhat Poturovic)

SARAJEVO – Directors of eight South East European (SEE) securities (stock) exchanges will sign a Platform for Joint Action under the auspices of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretariat, in Sarajevo, tomorrow, 27 March.

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15.03.2012

Project to improve cooperation in South East Europe by strengthening RCC to kick-off in Sarajevo tomorrow

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 project Improving Cooperation in South-East Europe by Actions for Strengthening the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) will be launched in Sarajevo tomorrow, at a kick-off meeting organized by the Central European ...

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13.03.2012

Regional cooperation in South East Europe, EU membership focus of 4th RCC anniversary celebration

Regional Cooperation Council marked its fourth anniversary at the panel discussion ‘From ownership to responsibility: Regional cooperation in South East Europe and EU membership’, on 14 March 2012 in Sarajevo, BiH. (Photo RCC/Dado Ruvic)

SARAJEVO – The 4th anniversary of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) will be marked in Sarajevo tomorrow with a panel discussion From ownership to responsibility: Regional cooperation in South East Europe and EU membership.

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22.02.2012

RCC, European Parliament to bring together Western Balkan parliamentarians to discuss environmental policy, in Sarajevo

RCC hosted a two-day parliamentary seminar, organized jointly with the European Parliament, on 23-24 February 2011 in Sarajevo, BiH. At the photo: Jelica Minic (left), Deputy RCC Secretary General, Anna Ibrisagic (centre), Member of the EP’s Committee on Foreign Affairs, and Mladen Dragasevic, Head of RCC Building Human Capital and Parliamentary Cooperation Unit. (Photo: RCC/ Dado Ruvic)

SARAJEVO – The European Union (EU) environmental policy and Western Balkans environmental trends and perspectives will be the topic of a two-day parliamentary seminar hosted by the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretariat ...

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13.12.2011

Conference on the role of Civil Society Networks in the Western Balkans and Turkey starts in Sarajevo

A two-day conference on civil society organisation (CSO) networks in the Western Balkan countries and Turkey, organised by the EU-funded TACSO project and the RCC Secretariat, held in Sarajevo (Photo TACSO/Sanela Tunovic)

SARAJEVO – A two-day conference on civil society organisation (CSO) networks in the Western Balkan countries and Turkey started today in Sarajevo. It aims at enhancing their structured participation in the EU accession process, ...

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12.12.2011

Western Balkans civil society to discuss greater participation in EU accession and RCC strategy implementation, at Sarajevo conference

Greater part of civil society in EU accession and in implementing RCC strategy is in focus of a two-day conference in Sarajevo on 13-14 December. (Photo: Europe by Satellite)

SARAJEVO – A two-day conference on civil society networks in the Western Balkan countries and Turkey, in support of their greater participation in the EU accession process and in implementing the Regional Cooperation Council ...

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08.12.2011

Head of LSE institute to speak about perceptions of crisis-struck Europe, sign agreement with RCC, in Sarajevo

RCC co-organizes lecture on perceptions of crisis-struck Europe by an LSE professor, at Sarajevo School of Economics and Business, on 9 December 2011. (Photo: www.efm.ba)

SARAJEVO – The impact of the current euro-zone crisis on perceptions of ‘Europe’ will be the topic of a lecture by Professor Kevin Featherstone, Head of the European Institute at the London School of Economics and Political ...

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02.12.2011

South East European conference evaluates regional needs in justice, home affairs and security cooperation, under RCC auspices

3rd Regional Coordination Conference on Justice, Home Affairs and Security Cooperation took place in Sarajevo, BiH, 30 November-1 December 2010. (Photo RCC/Dado Ruvic)

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 ...

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24.11.2011

Ministerial conference in Paris welcomes management transfer of South East Europe Investment Committee from OECD to RCC

RCC and OECD Secretaries General, Hido Biščević (right) and Angel Gurría, respectively, signed a Memorandum of Understanding on transfer of management of SEEIC, from OECD to RCC, in Paris, France, on 24 November 2011. (Photo: Courtesy of OECD)

PARIS/SARAJEVO – The management of the South East Europe Investment Committee (SEEIC) has been transferred today to the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) at a ministerial conference held in Paris, France.

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24.11.2011

Western Balkans’ research and development strategy project launched in Belgrade, with RCC support

Žarko Obradović, Minister of Education and Science of Serbia (left), Mladen Dragašević, Head of RCC Building Human Capital and Parliamentary Cooperation Unit (right), and Tania Friederichs, of the EC’s Directorate General for Research and Innovation, at the conference launching Western Balkans’ research and development strategy, in Belgrade, Serbia, on 24 November 2011. (Photo: Courtesy of Serbian Ministry of Education and Science)

BELGRADE/SARAJEVO – A two-year project to develop a strategy for regional dimension of Research and Innovation cooperation in the Western Balkans has been launched today, in Belgrade, Serbia.

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16.11.2011

131 million euro European Commission strategy for Western Balkan discussed at Regional Cooperation Council in Sarajevo

RCC Secretary General, Hido Biščević (left), and Head of EU Delegation to Bosnia and Herzegovina/EU Special Representative, Ambassador Peter Sorensen, at the opening of IPA Multi-Beneficiary Coordination Meeting, in Sarajevo, BiH, on 15 November 2011. (Photo RCC/Dado Ruvic)

SARAJEVO – More than 70 participants, representing beneficiaries from the Western Balkans and Turkey, took part in the latest Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA) Multi-Beneficiary Programme Coordination Meeting on ...

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14.11.2011

Independence, sustainability of public service media in South East Europe needs to be strengthened, agrees Sarajevo conference

Participants of the international seminar ‘South East Europe 20 Years On: Transformation from State to Public Broadcasting’, held in RCC premises on 14 November 2011, in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. (Photo RCC/Midhat Poturovic)

SARAJEVO – The economic standing, editorial independence and autonomy of public service media need to be improved, to avert political interference, achieve managerial stability, ensure sustainability and stable funding for the ...

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11.11.2011

Seminar on freedom, independence and sustainability of public service media in South East Europe to open in Sarajevo on Monday

Hido Biščević, RCC Secretary General (right) and Josip Popovac, President, European Association of Public Service Media in South East Europe, at the signing of Protocol on Regional Cooperation in Education and Training among members of the Association, in Sarajevo, BiH, on 30 September 2011. (Photo: RCC/Dado Ruvic)

SARAJEVO – Over 50 participants from the Regional Cooperation Council’s 13 South East European members will discuss independence and sustainability of the region’s public service media in Sarajevo, on Monday, 14 November.

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07.11.2011

High level meeting on information society development takes place in Tirana, boosts commitment to regional growth

Development of Information Society contributes significantly to improving the quality of life in South East Europe (Photo: www.skole.hr)

TIRANA/SARAJEVO – A high level meeting on information society development has commenced in Tirana, with a goal to reap the full potential of the Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) to spur innovation, economic ...

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25.10.2011

RCC-hosted South East European social agenda week to open in Sarajevo today

New skills are prerequisite for the creation of new jobs and for a stable economic and social development. (Photo RCC/Dado Ruvic)

SARAJEVO – A social agenda week will begin in Sarajevo today, focusing on social economy and creation of new jobs in South East Europe over the next decade. The event will be hosted by the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) ...

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24.10.2011

Conference on urban planning in South East Europe takes place in Sarajevo today, under RCC auspices

Conference on urban planning in South East Europe took place under RCC auspices on 24 October 2011, in Sarajevo, BiH. (Photo RCC/Dado Ruvic)

SARAJEVO – Regulation of informal settlements was the topic of a conference on urban planning in South East Europe, which took place today at the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretariat in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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13.10.2011

Twelve South East European military intelligence chiefs step up cooperation in Sarajevo today, under RCC auspices

RCC actively supports cooperation of the South East European military intelligence chiefs. (Photo: www.hrvatski-vojnik.hr)

SARAJEVO – Chiefs and senior officials of military intelligence from 12 South East European countries, members of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC), agreed in Sarajevo today to move forward regional cooperation in the field ...

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13.10.2011

South East European health ministers foster inclusion of health into all policies, tackle killer diseases, at RCC- and WHO-supported forum

Hido Biscevic (left), RCC Secretary General, and Zsuzsanna Jakab, WHO Regional Director for Europe, at the opening of the third Forum of South East European health ministers, on 13 October 2011, in Banja Luka, BiH. (Photo: Predrag Milasinovic)

BANJA LUKA/SARAJEVO/COPENHAGEN – Health ministers from South East Europe are devoting two days to considering how to involve other crucial sectors in reducing death and disease in their countries. The Third Health ...

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10.10.2011

South East European health ministers to tackle killer diseases together, with RCC and WHO support

RCC provides continued support to the SEE Health Network. (Photo RCC/Dado Ruvic)

BANJA LUKA/SARAJEVO/COPENHAGEN – Health ministers and high level officials from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Moldova, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia and ...

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06.10.2011

First training of South East European education inspectors concludes in Montenegro today, supported by RCC

Participants of the first regional training of education inspectors held in Danilovgrad, Montenegro, on 5-6 October 2011. (Photo: Courtesy of Regional School for Public Administration)

DANILOVGRAD/SARAJEVO – The first regional training of education inspectors ended today at the Regional School for Public Administration (ReSPA) in Danilovgrad, Montenegro.

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30.09.2011

Protocol on regional cooperation among South East European public media signed in Sarajevo, under RCC auspices

Protocol on Regional Cooperation in Education and Training among members of the European Association of Public Service Media in South East Europe, signed on 30 September 2011 in Sarajevo, BiH. (Photo RCC/Dado Ruvic)

SARAJEVO – Directors general of 12 public broadcasters signed today in Sarajevo a Protocol on Regional Cooperation in Education and Training among members of the European Association of Public Service Media in South East Europe, ...

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28.09.2011

Directors general of South East European public media to sign cooperation protocol in Sarajevo, with RCC support

Media development activities of RCC, overarching by nature, seek to foster development of free and professional media in South East Europe. (Photo www.reci.ba)

SARAJEVO – Directors general of 13 public service broadcasters from South East Europe, supported by the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) and the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), will sign a protocol on regional cooperation ...

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07.09.2011

RCC, EC organize second meeting on implementation of Single European Sky in South East Europe

RCC’s Strategy and Work Programme 2011-2013 identifies air traffic as an organisation’s priority. (Photo: www.shc.hu)

SOLIN/SARAJEVO – The second conference of the Governing Body for the Implementation of Single European Sky in South East Europe (ISIS Programme) concluded today in Solin, Croatia, with a recommendation that competent ministers ...

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06.07.2011

RCC to host first meeting on implementation of regional strategy on justice and home affairs in South East Europe

Cooperation in justice and home affairs in South East Europe is high on the list of RCC priorities. (Photo RCC/Dado Ruvic)

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 ...

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06.07.2011

Serbian President Tadic gives full support to RCC activities in promoting regional cooperation in South East Europe

Serbian President Tadic (left) and RCC Secretary General Biscevic meet at the RCC premises in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, on 6 July 2011 (Photo: RCC/Dado Ruvic)

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 ...

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30.06.2011

Heads of State and Government of South East Europe praise work of Regional Cooperation Council

Participants of meeting of Heads of State and Government of the South-East European Cooperation Process, on 30 June 2011, in Budva, Montenegro. (Photo: www.predsjednik.me)

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 ...

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29.06.2011

South East European foreign ministers voice support to RCC activities, endorse its Annual Report

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

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, ...

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28.06.2011

Regional cooperation in South East Europe encouraging, says RCC Secretary General at the organization’s Annual Meeting

RCC Secretary General , Hido Biscevic (right), and Montenegrin Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration , Milan Rocen, at the opening of the third RCC Annual Meeting, on 28 June 2011, in Becici, Montenegro. (Photo: Courtesy of Montenegrin Government)

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 ...

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24.06.2011

Annual Meeting of Regional Cooperation Council to be held in Budva, Montenegro

RCC Secretary General, Hido Biscevic (right), with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey, Ahmet Davutoğlu, at the second RCC annual meeting, held on 22 June 2010 in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo RCC/Dinka Zivalj)

BUDVA/SARAJEVO – The third Annual Meeting of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC), will take place in the Montenegrin town of Becici near Budva, on 28 June 2011.

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23.06.2011

Regional Cooperation Council’s Task Force on Culture and Society constituted in Cetinje today

RCC Task Force on Culture and Society was constituted on 23 June 2011 in Cetinje, Montenegro (Photo: Courtesy of Montenegrin Ministry of Culture)

CETINJE/SARAJEVO – “The Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Task Force on Culture and Society will promote cooperation in preserving the cultural heritage of South East Europe”, said Hido Biscevic, RCC Secretary General, ...

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21.06.2011

Regional Cooperation Council Task Force on Culture and Society to begin work in Cetinje

Montenegrin city of Cetinje is the host of the RCC's Task Force on Culture and Society. (Photo RCC/Mirjana Preljevic)

CETINJE/SARAJEVO – The Secretariat of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Task Force on Culture and Society will be opened on Wednesday, 22 June 2011, at the premises of the Montenegrin Ministry of Culture, in Cetinje.

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25.05.2011

First meeting of national security authorities from South East Europe to discuss regional platform for exchange of classified information

Bulgarian capital Sofia hosts the first meeting of heads of national security authorities from South East European countries, on 25-27 May 2011. (Photo: www.flickr.com, Boby Dimitrov)

SOFIA – The first meeting of heads of national security authorities from South East European countries – members of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) – will take place in Sofia, Bulgaria, on 25-27 May 2011.


24.05.2011

RCC to host first meeting on social agenda for the Western Balkans

RCC-organized conference on social agenda for the Western Balkans to address issues of employment, poverty reduction and social inclusion, Sarajevo, 25-26 May 2011. (Photo: EC audiovisual service Europe by Satellite)

SARAJEVO – A two-day conference to discuss possible development of regional social agenda for the Western Balkans is to open in Sarajevo, tomorrow. It will address issues of employment, poverty reduction and social inclusion.

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16.05.2011

RCC to host fundraising event for International Sava River Basin Commission projects

RCC recognizes the importance of regional cooperation in the area of integrated water resources management as one of the pillars of EU accession process. (Photo: www.sxc.hu)

SARAJEVO – A roundtable on fundraising for projects of the International Sava River Basin Commission (ISRBC) will be held at the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretariat in Sarajevo, tomorrow, 17 May.

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28.04.2011

Regional Cooperation Council website introduces new user-friendly features

Photo RCC: Follow us on Twitter @rccint

SARAJEVO – The Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretariat launched today several new online features, designed to diversify user-friendly access to the content of the organization’s website.

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19.04.2011

Conference on road infrastructure safety in South East Europe to open in Sarajevo tomorrow

RCC Secretariat’s Strategy and Work Programme 2011-2013 recognizes road safety promotion in South East Europe as one of priority activities in transport sector. (Photo RCC/Samir Pinjagic)

SARAJEVO – The second Conference on Road Infrastructure Safety Management in South East Europe, aimed at halving the number of traffic accidents in the region by 2020, will open in Sarajevo tomorrow.

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31.03.2011

Western Balkans and Europe 2020 conference agrees RCC best suited to help align regional programmes with Europe 2020

RCC-organized conference ‘Western Balkans and Europe 2020 – Towards Convergence and Growth’, gathered over 100 participants in Brussels, Belgium, on 30-31 March 2011. (Photo RCC/Dinka Zivalj)

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 ...

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24.03.2011

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

RCC’s mission is to inspire development and economic growth in South East Europe. (Photo RCC/Igor Banskoliev)

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 ...

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17.03.2011

South East European ministers to endorse regional strategy on justice and home affairs, prepared under RCC auspices

Regional Strategic Document on Justice and Home Affairs 2011-2013, prepared under Regional Cooperation Council’s auspices, is one of the most important endeavours of the kind undertaken in South East Europe. (Photo RCC/Dado Ruvic)

BUDVA/SARAJEVO – 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 ...

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16.03.2011

Role of Western Balkan parliaments in EU accession to be debated in Sarajevo, under RCC and EC auspices

RCC works to strengthen parliamentary cooperation in South East Europe. (Photo RCC/Dado Ruvic)

SARAJEVO – Role of national parliaments in Western Balkans and Turkey in negotiations for EU accession will be discussed at a meeting hosted by the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretariat in Sarajevo, on 17-18 March.

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04.03.2011

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

Regional Cooperation Council marked its third anniversary at the panel discussion ‘South East Europe in 2011 and Beyond: Sharing the Same Vision’, held on 7 March 2011 in Sarajevo, BiH. (Photo RCC/ Dado Ruvic)

SARAJEVO – 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).

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24.02.2011

Role of parliaments in legislative process and government oversight discussed in Sarajevo, under EP and RCC auspices

Deputy RCC Secretary General, Jelica Minic (left), and Member of the EP’s Committee on Foreign Affairs, Anna Ibrisagic, opened a two-day seminar on the role of parliaments in the legislative process and in the government oversight in Western Balkans, 23 February 2011, Sarajevo, BiH. (Photo RCC/Dado Ruvic)

SARAJEVO – A two-day seminar on the role of parliaments in the legislative process and in the government oversight in Western Balkans will wrap up in Sarajevo today at the premises of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretariat.

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28.01.2011

Montenegrin Foreign Minister, RCC Secretary General sign protocol on hosting regional task force on culture and society

Fortress of Kosmac in Brajici, Montenegro, is a part of the so-called Ljubljana Process  - a project of rehabilitation of cultural sites throughout South East Europe, that is being coordinated by the RCC Task Force on Culture and Society. (Photo: www.butua.com)

BECICI/SARAJEVO – A protocol on the host country arrangements for the Secretariat of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Task Force on Culture and Society was signed this evening by Montenegrin Minister of Foreign Affairs ...

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25.01.2011

Integration of e-infrastructures in South East Europe to be discussed in Sarajevo, with Bosnia and Herzegovina government and RCC support

Minister of Communications and Transport of BiH, Rudo Vidovic (left) and RCC Secretary General, Hido Biscevic, opened the sixth meeting of the South East European Research Area for e-Infrastructures in Sarajevo, BiH, on 26 January 2011. (Photo RCC/Dado Ruvic)

SARAJEVO – The sixth meeting of the South East European Research Area for e-Infrastructures (SEERA-EI), organized by the Ministry of Communication and Transport of Bosnia and Herzegovina and hosted by the Regional Cooperation ...

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29.11.2010

RCC hosts conference to finalize draft South East European strategy on justice and security cooperation

Justice and home affairs is one of the RCC priority areas. (Photo: www.uskportal.ba)

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 ...

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22.11.2010

Stronger national airspace authorities in South East Europe focus of a Sarajevo workshop, organized by RCC and Belgian EU Presidency

A workshop on establishment and empowerment of national airspace authorities was held at RCC Secretariat on 23-25 November 2010, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. (Photo:  www.simulation.org.uk)

SARAJEVO – A three-day workshop on establishment and empowerment of airspace National Supervisory Authorities (NSA), will open tomorrow at the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretariat, in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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25.10.2010

Workshop on national coordination and regional cooperation in counter-terrorism matters in South East Europe to open in Sarajevo

(Photo RCC/Zeljko Smola)

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 ...

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24.10.2010

Energy Community, RCC to host workshop on reducing emissions in the energy sector in South East Europe

RCC works to encourage emissions reduction from the power industry in South East Europe. (Photo: UNFPA, www.unfpa.org)

SARAJEVO – A two-day workshop on reducing pollutions from the power industry in South East Europe will commence in Sarajevo tomorrow, co-organized by the Secretariats of the Energy Community (EnC) and the Regional Cooperation ...

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19.10.2010

Inspectors to seek ways of improving quality of education in South East Europe, with RCC and OSCE support

RCC supports institutional reform of higher education sector in South East Europe. (Photo RCC/Samir Pinjagic)

SARAJEVO – Role of inspectors in education quality assurance in South East Europe will be in focus of a two-day regional conference that will open in Sarajevo tomorrow, at the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretariat.

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15.10.2010

Sarajevo conference calls on European institutions to support public media in digital transition for South East Europe

RCC Secretary General Hido Biscevic (centre) and EBU Vice-President Claudio Cappon (left) sign concluding statement at the end of an international conference on digitalization and sustainability of public broadcasters in South East Europe, Sarajevo, BiH, 15 October 2010. (Photo RCC/Dado Ruvic)

SARAJEVO – Broadcasters and government officials pledged to ensure a smooth digital transition in South East Europe and called on European institutions for financial support in the interests of European cohesion.

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13.10.2010

International conference on digitalization and sustainability of public broadcasting in South East Europe to commence in Sarajevo tomorrow

RCC and EBU organized an international conference on digitalization and sustainability of public service media in South East Europe, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 14-15 October 2010. (Photo: www.wikipedia.org)

SARAJEVO – A two-day international conference on digitalization and sustainability of public service media in South East Europe will open in Sarajevo tomorrow, under the auspices of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretariat ...

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12.10.2010

South East European parliamentarians agree in Belgrade to boost regional cooperation in fighting poverty and social exclusion

Parliamentary Cooperation is one of the priority areas of the Regional Cooperation Council. (Photo by National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia)

BELGRADE/SARAJEVO – A regional conference on the role of national parliaments in fighting poverty and social exclusion concluded in Belgrade today, with a pledge to increase inter-parliamentary cooperation in order to decrease ...

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08.10.2010

South-East and Eastern European initiative on sustainable energy development launched in Trieste today

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

TRIESTE/SARAJEVO – A regional initiative on sustainable energy development was launched today in Trieste, Italy, at its first task force meeting. The meeting was organized jointly by the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretariat ...

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30.09.2010

OSCE organizes workshop on democratic policing in South-Eastern Europe, with Regional Cooperation Council support

Deputy RCC Secretary General, Jelica Minic (right), and Knut Dreyer, Senior Police Adviser to the OSCE Secretary General, open the workshop on democratic policing in South East Europe, Sarajevo, BiH, 30 September 2010. (Photo RCC /Selma Ahatovic-Lihic)

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.

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30.09.2010

Nine South East European military intelligence chiefs sign cooperation statement in Belgrade today, under RCC auspices

The RCC supports cooperation among the military intelligence in confronting regional security threats through organized and systemic joint efforts. (Photo www.hrvatski-vojnik.hr)

BELGRADE – A statement on cooperation among military intelligence institutions of Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) members from South East Europe was signed in Belgrade today by nine military intelligence chiefs from the region. ...

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29.09.2010

OSCE- and RCC-supported workshop on democratic policing in South East Europe to open in Sarajevo tomorrow

RCC supports democratic policing in South East Europe. (Photo: www.brdovec.hr)

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 ...

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29.09.2010

International conference on higher education reform concludes in Dubrovnik today

RCC recognizes importance of human capital in developing knowledge-based economies in South East Europe.(Photo/StockExchange website)

DUBROVNIK/SARAJEVO – A three-day international forum on higher education reform ended today in Dubrovnik, Croatia, agreeing to focus on a strategic development of Western Balkans’ education capacity over the next 10 years, ...

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22.09.2010

Istanbul conference creates platform for further advancing women entrepreneurs’ networks in South East Europe

Participants of the First Forum for South East European Women Entrepreneurs in Istanbul, Turkey, 21-22 September 2010. (Photo/Small and Medium-sized Enterprise Development Administration of Turkey)

ISTANBUL/SARAJEVO – Participants of the First Forum for South East European (SEE) Women Entrepreneurs, agreed today in Istanbul to create a permanent platform for the exchange of experiences and good practices and promote further ...

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15.09.2010

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

Regional Cooperation Council supports infrastructure development in South East Europe. (photo RCC/Samir Pinjagic)

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 ...

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08.09.2010

Improved air connectivity, increased air traffic and its safety, goals of South East European conference held in Montenegro

RCC recognizes the importance of air transport for the economic and social development of South East Europe. (Photo/EC audiovisual service)

BUDVA/SARAJEVO – A conference on the Implementation of Single European Sky in South East Europe (ISIS Programme) agreed today that improved air traffic regulation will stimulate connectivity and create new market opportunities ...

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25.06.2010

Regional Cooperation Council Secretariat to host e-leadership workshop in Sarajevo on Monday

RCC recognizes the significant role of information and communication technologies in promoting further economic and social development of SEE and catching up with EU standards and practice. (Photo: www.srce.hr)

SARAJEVO – A two-day regional e-leadership workshop will open at the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) in Sarajevo on Monday, 28 June. The event is co-organized by the RCC Secretariat and the eLeadership Programme for the Western ...

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23.06.2010

South East European heads of state give full support to the Regional Cooperation Council, approve appointment of its Secretary General

On 22 and 23 June 2010 Istanbul hosted second RCC annual meeting, as well as meetings of heads of state and government and ministers of foreign affairs of the SEECP participating states. (Photo: www.sxc.hu)

ISTANBUL/SARAJEVO – The Heads of State and Government of the South East European Cooperation Process (SEECP) expressed today at the summit meeting in Istanbul their appreciation for the work of the Regional Cooperation Council ...

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22.06.2010

Annual Meeting endorses new RCC strategy, annual report and nomination of Secretary General

The second RCC Annual Meeting took place in Istanbul, Turkey, on 22 June 2010. (Photo RCC/Dinka Zivalj)

ISTANBUL/SARAJEVO – The Annual Meeting of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC), held in Istanbul today, endorsed the organization’s 2011-2013 Strategy and Work Programme, and the Annual Report of its Secretary General for ...

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22.06.2010

South East European foreign ministers re-appoint Hido Biscevic as Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council

RCC Secretary General, Hido Biscevic (right), with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey, Ahmet Davutoğlu, on the occasion of the second  RCC annual meeting and the meeting of the SEECP ministers of foreign affairs in Istanbul, Turkey, 22 June 2010. (Photo RCC/Dinka Zivalj)

ISTANBUL/SARAJEVO – The ministers of foreign affairs of the states participating in the South-East European Cooperation Process (SEECP) re-appointed Hido Biscevic as the Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council ...

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02.06.2010

RCC Secretary General hails messages of EU-Western Balkans meeting in Sarajevo, and new era of regional relations

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

SARAJEVO – “The Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) strongly supports political meetings, statements and decisions that lead to a new era of relations in South East Europe, based on trust, dialogue and tolerance”, said RCC ...

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21.05.2010

South East European conference agrees in Bucharest today on the need to strengthen regional efforts in fighting corruption

Senior RCC Expert on Justice and Home Affairs, Virgil Ivan-Cucu (first right), at the opening of a two-day regional South East European anti-corruption conference in Bucharest, Romania, 20-21 May 2010. (Photo RCC/Dinka Zivalj)

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 ...

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19.05.2010

Bucharest-held regional anti-corruption conference to present study on corruption in nine South East European countries

The RCC supports fight against corruption as a prerequisite for the overall societal development. (Photo RCC/Samir Pinjagić)

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 ...

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17.05.2010

European Movements from South East Europe meet for the first time in Sarajevo, under RCC auspices

RCC Secretary General, Hido Biscevic (left), receives the “European Partnership” plaque from Vice-President of the European Movement in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Dino Colic, at an RCC-hosted meeting of European Movements from South East Europe, Sarajevo, BiH, 17 May 2010. (Photo RCC/ Selma Ahatovic-Lihic)

SARAJEVO – National European Movement Councils from eight South East European countries met in Sarajevo today for the first time to discuss greater civil society involvement in regional cooperation. The event was hosted by the ...

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14.04.2010

Regional Cooperation Council launches redesigned website and new publication, a monthly newsletter

Regional Cooperation Council launched redesigned website and monthly newsletter on 14 April 2010.

SARAJEVO – The Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretariat launched today a redesigned version of the organization’s website and a new publication, the monthly e-newsletter.

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09.03.2010

Public research institutes instrumental to upgrading Western Balkans competitiveness, concludes regional workshop

RCC recognizes the role that education, science and research play in increasing competitiveness of South East Europe. (Photo RCC/Samir Pinjagic)

ISTANBUL/SARAJEVO – The role of public research institutes in technological development of the Western Balkan countries is instrumental to upgrading the competitiveness of the region, participants of a two-day South East European ...

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04.03.2010

RCC Board starts discussing the organization's strategy for the next three years

Quarterly meeting of the RCC Board, Sarajevo, BiH, 4 March 2010. (Photo RCC/Selma Ahatovic-Lihic)

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.

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23.02.2010

International conference on overcoming economic crisis in Western Balkans to mark 2nd RCC anniversary

Hido Biscevic, RCC Secretary General (right), and Eduard Kukan, Chairman of the European Parliament's Delegation for Relations with SEE Countries, at the opening of the International Conference on Western Balkans in 2020, Sarajevo, BiH, 24 February 2010. (Photo RCC/Selma Ahatovic-Lihic)

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 ...

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10.02.2010

RCC-organized workshop on air transport in South East Europe to take place in Sarajevo

RCC recognizes the importance of air transport for the economic and social development of South East Europe. (Photo/EC audiovisual service)

SARAJEVO – A workshop on importance of air transport for the economic and social development of South East Europe will open in Sarajevo tomorrow, 11 February, under the auspices of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretariat.

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17.12.2009

Preparation of South East European justice and home affairs strategy starts in Sarajevo, under RCC auspices

Participants of the conference on multi-annual South East European strategy on justice and home affairs, organized by the RCC Secretariat,  Sarajevo, 16-17 December 2009. (Photo RCC /Selma Ahatovic-Lihic)

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 ...

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14.12.2009

Workshop on energy security for Bosnia and Herzegovina lawmakers to take place in Sarajevo tomorrow

SARAJEVO – The workshop “Energy Community and Regional Security“, will be held in Sarajevo tomorrow, focusing on the implementation of Energy Community (EnC) Treaty and related market developments in South East Europe. The ...

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09.12.2009

Reforms, confirmed European perspective and development cooperation set base for advancement of South East Europe, says RCC head at Western Balkans conference in Brussels

RCC Secretary General, Hido Biscevic (first left, pannel), at the conference 'The Western Balkans: Overcoming the economic crisis - from regional cooperation to EU membership', Brussels, 9 December 2009. (Photo/EC audiovisual service)

BRUSSELS – “The EU enlargement process must continue to be based upon the principle of fulfilment of accession criteria, on one hand, and on full confirmation of the European perspective for all countries of South East Europe, ...

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07.12.2009

High-level Western Balkans conference to be held in Brussels on Wednesday, under EU auspices and with RCC support

SARAJEVO/BRUSSELS – A conference on the Western Balkans “Overcoming the economic crisis – from regional cooperation to EU membership” will take place in Brussels, on Wednesday, 9 December. The event will be organized by ...

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03.12.2009

RCC Board discusses future strategic focuses of organization's activities and supports efforts of its Secretariat in Sarajevo

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.

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27.11.2009

South East European Public-Private Partnership Network to be launched in Sarajevo next week

RCC supports infrastructure development in South East Europe. (Photo RCC/Samir Pinjagic)

SARAJEVO – The South East European Public-Private Partnership (SEE PPP) Network will be launched in Sarajevo on Monday, 30 November, under the auspices of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretariat.

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29.10.2009

Sarajevo conference on higher education in Western Balkans to open at Regional Cooperation Council tomorrow

RCC supports institutional reform of higher education sector in South East Europe. (Photo RCC/Samir Pinjagic)

SARAJEVO – A two-day conference on higher education ‘Building Capacity for Change in the Western Balkans’ will tomorrow open in Sarajevo at the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretariat. The event is organized by the ...

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22.10.2009

OECD, RCC bring together policy makers and experts in Sarajevo to increase parliamentary involvement in better business regulation in South East Europe

Policy makers and experts from South East Europe (SEE) and OECD meet to boost competitiveness of business environment in SEE, at RCC Secretariat, Sarajevo, BiH, 22 October 2009. (Photo RCC/Selma Ahatovic-Lihic)

SARAJEVO – Policy makers and experts from South East Europe (SEE) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) gathered today at the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretariat in Sarajevo to streamline ...

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16.10.2009

Forty South East European journalists agree in Sarajevo today to shape new image of the region, under RCC and OSCE auspices

RCC Secretary General Hido Biscevic (second left) and leading journalist from all of South East Europe at the workshop 'Building a New South East Europe - Role and Potential of the Media', Sarajevo, BiH, 15-16 October 2009. (Photo RCC/Samir Pinjagic

SARAJEVO – Forty journalists and editors from leading South East European (SEE) media outlets agreed in Sarajevo today that the region needs the media to shape its new image, promote greater journalistic responsibility and maintenance ...

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12.10.2009

South East European journalists to talk in Sarajevo about media role in the region, under RCC and OSCE auspices

RCC Secretary General, Hido Biscevic (centre), and Head of the OSCE Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ambassador Gary D. Robbins (left), present conclusions of a two-day workshop “Building a New South East Europe – Role and Potential of the Media”, Sarajevo, BiH, 16 October 2009. (Photo RCC/Samir Pinjagic)

SARAJEVO – Journalists and editors from leading South East European media outlets will gather in Sarajevo on 15-16 October to discuss their role in shaping a new image of the region as a place of tolerance, progress and European ...

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30.09.2009

RCC to support stronger women entrepreneurship in South East Europe

Deputy  RCC Secretary General, Jelica Minic (centre), Senior UNECE Social Affairs Officer, Malinka Koparanova (right), and Entrepreneurship Department Director of the Small and Medium Industrial Development Organisation of Turkey, Necla Haliloglu at the meeting on launching a regional project aimed at supporting women entrepreneurship in South East Europe, Sarajevo, BiH, 1 October 2009. (Photo RCC/Selma Ahatovic-Lihic)

SARAJEVO – A regional project aimed at supporting women entrepreneurship in South East Europe (SEE), focusing on expansion and job creation of women-owned businesses, will be launched at a stakeholders meeting at the Regional ...

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24.09.2009

RCC, UNDP to organize ministerial conference on generating public private partnerships in South East Europe, in Sarajevo

RCC Secretary General, Hido Biscevic (left), and UNDP Resident Representative, Christine McNab, at the opening of the ministerial conference on public private partnerships in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 25 September 2009. (Photo RCC/Selma Ahatovic-Lihic)

SARAJEVO – A ministerial conference aimed at generating public private partnerships in South East Europe will be held in Sarajevo tomorrow, 25 September, co-organized by the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretariat and ...

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17.09.2009

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

High-level experts from South East Europe gather in Sarajevo to discuss regional response to the global economic crisis, Sarajevo, BiH, 17 September 2009. (Photo RCC/Selma Ahatovic-Lihic)

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 ...

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15.09.2009

RCC Board discusses situation in South East Europe and praises work of the organization’s Secretariat in Sarajevo

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

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 ...

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06.09.2009

RCC to gather experts on regional research and development strategy for the Western Balkans, in Sarajevo

Regional Cooperation Council supports research and development cooperation in South East Europe (Photo RCC/Samir Pinjagic)

SARAJEVO – An expert meeting on developing the Regional Strategy for Research and Development for the Western Balkans will be held on Monday, 7 September 2009, at the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretariat in Sarajevo. ...

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22.07.2009

US to continue strong support to Regional Cooperation Council, senior official tells RCC Secretary General

Regional Cooperation Council has 46 participants. Its Secretariat is based in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. (Photo RCC/Dinka Zivalj)

WASHINGTON/SARAJEVO – The United States will continue its strong support to the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) as key partner in maintaining Euro-Atlantic perspective of the countries of South East Europe (SEE), senior US ...

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23.06.2009

RCC Secretariat presents its mission, priorities and activities to European and Euro-Atlantic institutions in Brussels

BRUSSELS/SARAJEVO – Experts of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretariat presented today the mission, priorities and activities of the organization to representatives of European and Euro-Atlantic institutions active ...

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22.06.2009

South East European Employment and Social Policy Network to hold first meeting under RCC umbrella in Sarajevo tomorrow

SARAJEVO – The Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretariat will tomorrow, for the first time under its umbrella, host a meeting of the Employment and Social Policy Network of South East Europe (SEE), in its premises in Sarajevo.

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21.06.2009

Regional Cooperation Council to host meeting on strengthening social dialogue in South East Europe, in Sarajevo tomorrow

(Photo RCC/Samir Pinjagic)

SARAJEVO – A regional meeting on strengthening social dialogue in South East Europe (SEE) will take place at the premises of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretariat in Sarajevo tomorrow. The event is co-organized ...

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05.06.2009

Good neighbourly accommodations and development cooperation essential for progress in South East Europe, said RCC Secretary General at the Summit of regional leaders

Meeting of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the South-East European Cooperation Process (SEECP), Chisinau, Moldova, 4 June 2009. (Photo: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Moldova)

CHISINAU/SARAJEVO – “Good neighbourly accommodations are essential for moving South East Europe (SEE) forward at the time of challenging regional agenda and the adverse effects of the current economic and financial crisis“, ...

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04.06.2009

First RCC Annual Meeting endorses Secretary General’s Annual Report and Strategic Work Programme of the organization

RCC Secretary General, Hido Biscevic (left), gives an interview to the Moldovan Radio at the occasion of the first RCC Annual Meeting, Chisinau, 2 June 2009. (Photo RCC/Dinka Zivalj)

CHISINAU/SARAJEVO – The first Annual Meeting of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC), held in Chisinau today, endorsed the RCC Secretary General’s Annual Report on regional co-operation in SEE and the 2009-2010 Strategic ...

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28.05.2009

Regional meeting on protection of endangered habitats and species in South East Europe to take place in Sarajevo

RCC supports protection of endangered habitats and species in South East Europe. (Photo RCC/Vildana Becirevic)

SARAJEVO – A regional meeting on NATURA 2000 (protection of sites for endangered habitats and species) will be held in Sarajevo tomorrow. The event is organized by the Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe ...

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22.05.2009

Regional cooperation needed to address security challenges in South East Europe, defence policy directors agree in Sofia

SOFIA/SARAJEVO – Multinational cooperation is very much needed to address present security challenges in South East Europe (SEE), SEE defence policy directors agreed at a meeting in Sofia today.

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21.05.2009

UNODC and Regional Cooperation Council to promote security and justice in South East Europe

RCC and UNODC signed a Memorandum of Understanding to step-up the cooperation for security and justice in South East Europe, in Vienna on 21 May 2009. ( Photo RCC/Samir Pinjagic)

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 ...

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20.05.2009

Shared water resources management important component of stability in South East Europe, agrees RCC-hosted international conference

RCC Secretary General Hido Biscevic (centre) at the opening of the International Workshop on Integrated Transboundary Water Resources Management in South Eastern Europe, Sarajevo, BiH, 18 May 2009. (Photo RCC/Selma Ahatovic-Lihic)

SARAJEVO – A three-day International Workshop on Integrated Transboundary Water Resources Management in South Eastern Europe (SEE) concluded in Sarajevo today that cooperation on shared water resources management is a crucial ...

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17.05.2009

International workshop on management of water resources in South East Europe to start in Sarajevo tomorrow

RCC promotes integrated use of water resources. (Photo RCC /Samir Pinjagic)

SARAJEVO – A three-day international workshop on management of transboundary water resources in South East Europe (SEE), co-organized by the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretariat and the United Nations Economic Commission ...

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14.05.2009

RCC Board accepts the organization's 2008 Annual Report on regional cooperation in South East Europe

SARAJEVO – The 29 members of the Board of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) accepted in Sarajevo today the 2008 Annual Report of the RCC Secretary General on regional cooperation in South East Europe.

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04.05.2009

Regional cooperation key to any progress of South East Europe, Croatian President says at RCC in Sarajevo

RCC Secretary General, Hido Biscevic (left), welcomes Croatian President, Stjepan Mesic, at the premises of the RCC Secretariat in Sarajevo, BiH, 4 May 2009 (Photo RCC/ Amer Kapetanovic)

SARAJEVO – “Regional cooperation is key to any significant advancement of South East Europe (SEE), and the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) plays an indispensible role in making this progress happen”, President of the ...

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03.05.2009

Croatian President to visit Regional Cooperation Council Secretariat in Sarajevo

SARAJEVO – President of the Republic of Croatia, Stjepan Mesic, will tomorrow pay a visit to the Secretariat of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) in Sarajevo, to highlight support to the organization and the importance ...

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24.04.2009

Education, research and innovation key to Western Balkans development, region’s ministers agree in Sarajevo today

Participants of the Ministerial Conference “Developing Regional Research Strategy for the Western Balkans” in Sarajevo, BiH on 24 April 2009. The RCC Secretary General Hido Biščević is fifth from the right. (Photo RCC/Samir Pinjagić)

SARAJEVO – Western Balkans ministers agreed today in Sarajevo to launch preparations of a regional research strategy, under the auspices of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretariat and the Czech Presidency of the European ...

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22.04.2009

Ministerial conference launching regional research strategy to be held in Sarajevo on Friday

SARAJEVO – A ministerial conference to launch a regional research strategy for the Western Balkans will take place in Sarajevo, on Friday, 24 April. The event will be co-hosted by the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretariat ...

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08.04.2009

RCC work tremendously important for the region and Europe, Czech, French and Swedish Foreign Ministers say in Sarajevo

RCC Secretary General Hido Biscevic (second right) with Czech, French and Swedish Foreign Ministers, Karel Schwarzenberg, Bernard Kouchner and Carl Bildt (right to left), at RCC Secretariat, Sarajevo, BiH, 8 April 2009. (Photo RCC/Samir Pinjagic)

SARAJEVO – “The work of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretariat is tremendously important for the countries of the region and for all of Europe”, said Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Sweden, Carl ...

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07.04.2009

RCC-hosted international conference agrees to strengthen efforts in fighting stolen vehicle crime in South East Europe

Participants of the 5th regional conference on stolen vehicle crime in South East Europe at the premises of the RCC Secretariat, Sarajevo, BiH, 7 April 2009. (Photo RCC/Selma Ahatovic-Lihic)

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 ...

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07.04.2009

Czech, French and Swedish Foreign Ministers to visit Regional Cooperation Council Secretariat in Sarajevo

SARAJEVO – Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic and current President of the Council of the European Union, Karel Schwarzenberg, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the French Republic, Bernard Kouchner, ...

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06.04.2009

Regional Cooperation Council to host international conference on stolen vehicle crime, in Sarajevo tomorrow

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 ...

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02.04.2009

South East European experts in electronic government gather in Sarajevo to promote information society development

RCC Spokesperson, Dinka Živalj (right), INA Academy Director, Despina Anastasiadou (centre), and Counsellor for Economic and Commercial Affairs at the Greek Embassy in BiH, Georgios Mergimis, at the workshop on eGovernment, RCC Secretariat, Sarajevo, BiH, 2 April 2009. (Photo RCC/Selma Ahatovic-Lihic)

SARAJEVO – A workshop on electronic government (eGovernment), promoting information society in South East Europe (SEE) as a platform for economic growth, competitiveness, social inclusion and high quality of living, was held ...

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24.03.2009

South East Europe should apply pre-accession reforms, work together to counter economic crisis, say RCC head, EU commissioner

BRUSSELS/SARAJEVO – South East European countries aspiring to join the EU should apply the necessary pre-accession reforms, continue with regional cooperation and mutual assistance, and decouple accession talks from bilateral ...

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06.03.2009

German Minister of State to deliver lecture on regional cooperation stability and way to EU, at RCC in Sarajevo

RCC Secretary General, Hido Biscevic (left), meets Member of the German Bundestag and Minister of State at the Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany, Gernot Erler, at the RCC Secretariat headquarters, Sarajevo, BiH, 10 March 2009. (Photo RCC/Selma Ahatovic-Lihic)

SARAJEVO – Member of the German Bundestag and Minister of State at the Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany, Gernot Erler, will deliver a lecture on regional cooperation stability and the way to the EU at the premises ...

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05.03.2009

29 RCC Board members discuss future cooperation with representatives of 18 initiatives active in South East Europe

Meeting of the RCC Board, Sarajevo, BiH, 5 March 2009. (Photo RCC/Selma Ahatovic-Lihic)

SARAJEVO – The 29 members of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Board gathered today in Sarajevo to discuss cooperation with 18 regional taskforces and initiatives active in South East Europe (SEE) and to review RCC activities ...

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26.02.2009

Regional Cooperation Council to mark its first anniversary tomorrow, in Sarajevo

Regional Cooperation Council marking its first anniversary at the National Museum of BiH, Sarajevo, BiH, 27 February 2009. (Photo RCC/Samir Pinjgaic)

SARAJEVO – The Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) will tomorrow mark the first anniversary since it has been established at a historic meeting in Sofia on 27 February 2008 that demonstrated dedication to strengthen regional ...

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18.02.2009

Swedish Foreign Minister says RCC role of utmost importance for South East Europe

STOCKHOLM/SARAJEVO – The role of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) is of utmost importance for cooperation in South East Europe (SEE) and completion of the region’s EU integration processes, Swedish Foreign Minister Carl ...

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12.02.2009

RCC Secretary General invites Skopje to propose projects with neighbours to fully utilize EU funds available

RCC Secretary General, Hido Biscevic (left), meets Prime Minister of The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Nikola Gruevski, in Skopje, 11 February 2009 (Photo / Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia)

SKOPJE/SARAJEVO – “I invite Skopje authorities to propose projects to be implemented under the EU’s Multi-beneficiary Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (MB IPA) Programme, and take full advantage of cooperation links ...

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10.02.2009

EU role in preserving South East European market from crisis vital, RCC Secretary General tells European Commission

BRUSSELS/SARAJEVO – In times of economic crisis, a key strategic interest of South East European countries is to ensure that the regional market, as one of the most dynamic emerging markets in the world, is preserved and economic ...

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31.01.2009

Knowledge, political will, responsibility and compromise, tools for shaping South East Europe relations, says RCC Secretary General in Moldova

CHISINAU/SARAJEVO – “Added urgency, self-responsibility and solidarity among the countries of South East Europe (SEE) are the key tools in ensuring continued positive trends in regional cooperation in SEE”, said the Secretary ...

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19.01.2009

RCC Secretariat to present its mission, priorities and activities to Bosnia and Herzegovina officials

Bosnia and Herzegovina officials at the presentation of RCC Secretariat’s mission, priorities and activities, Sarajevo, BiH, 20 January 2009. (Photo RCC/Amer Kapetanovic)

SARAJEVO – Experts of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretariat will tomorrow present in detail its mission, priorities and activities to Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) authorities. The presentation, organized jointly ...

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19.01.2009

Enhanced political dialogue based on compromise and realism, essential for Bosnia-Herzegovina to optimize EU funds, RCC Secretary General tells Prime Ministers Dodik and Brankovic

SARAJEVO – The Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) working platforms and new opportunities it opens up to Bosnia and Herzegovina in terms of much needed accelerated development were topics of separate talks the RCC Secretary ...

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08.01.2009

RCC Secretary General asks Russian and Ukrainian Prime Ministers to take steps to restoring gas supply to South East Europe

SARAJEVO – The Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC), Hido Biscevic, sent a letter today to the Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, conveying greatest concerns in South East Europe (SEE) over the present ...

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16.12.2008

RCC Secretariat announces winners of its Essay and Photo Contest 2008

Key, Skopje, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, 2008. (2nd award photo: Maja Zlatevska)

SARAJEVO – The Secretariat of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) announced today the winners of its Essay and Photo Contest 2008, which was open for submission of the works in September/October 2008.

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12.12.2008

Southeast European parliamentarians to discuss regional energy reforms in Sarajevo

RCC Secretary General, Hido Biscevic (right) at the workshop “Parliaments – Support to Harmonized Energy Reforms in Southeast Europe”, Sarajevo, BiH, 15 December 2008. (Photo RCC/Selma Ahatovic-Lihic)

SARAJEVO – Parliamentarians from Southeast Europe will address the ways of supporting regional energy reforms, in Sarajevo, on Monday. The event will be co-organized by the Parliamentary Assembly of Bosnia and Herzegovina and ...


12.12.2008

29 members of RCC Board meet in Sarajevo to discuss current and future activities of the organisation

SARAJEVO – The 29 members of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Board met in Sarajevo today to discuss RCC work in the last quarter of 2008 and the activities planned for 2009.

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10.12.2008

Sustained reform policies key to EU integration of Southeast Europe, say Albanian Prime Minister, RCC Secretary General

RCC Secretary General, Hido Biščević (right), meets Albanian Prime Minister, Sali Berisha, in Tirana, Albania, 9 December 2008. (Photo Albanian Foreign Ministry)

TIRANA/SARAJEVO – Southeast Europe (SEE) is maintaining continuous measured progress towards European integration by carrying out sustained reform policies in the region, said the Albanian Prime Minister Sali Berisha and the ...

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09.12.2008

Establishment of international law enforcement coordination units in Western Balkans launched in Vienna today

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 ...

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02.12.2008

RCC Secretariat concludes 2008 series of presentations across Southeast European capitals in Ankara today

ANKARA/SARAJEVO – Experts of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretariat ended in Ankara today a series of presentations on the organization’s work across Southeast Europe (SEE).

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29.11.2008

Close ties between Central and Southeast Europe important for EU enlargement, says RCC Secretary General in Chisinau

CHISINAU/SARAJEVO – Nurturing of close ties between Central European Initiative (CEI) and South-East European Cooperation Process (SEECP) is an important impetus for EU enlargement, said the RCC Secretary General Hido Biščević ...

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27.11.2008

RCC Secretary General underpins joint cooperation as prerequisite for economic growth in Southeast Europe

ISTANBUL/SARAJEVO – Joint cooperation in Southeast Europe is a prerequisite for regional economic growth and development, said the RCC Secretary General Hido Biscevic at the two-day Balkan Economic Summit that ends in Istanbul ...

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20.11.2008

Southeast Europe must be preserved from spillover effects of world financial crisis, says RCC Secretary General at EBRD in London

LONDON/SARAJEVO – Southeast Europe (SEE) remains a top priority for the investment policy of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the Bank’s Vice President Horst Reichenbach told the RCC Secretary General ...

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14.11.2008

Environmental ministers launch plan for adapting to climate change in Southeast Europe

Participants of the Ministerial Conference on Combating Climate Change in Southeast Europe, Sarajevo, BiH, 14 November 2008 (Photo RCC/Dejan Vekic)

SARAJEVO – Five ministers launched the Southeast European (SEE) Climate Change Framework Action Plan for Adaptation at a conference held in Sarajevo today, thus making a concrete commitment to regional cooperation in combating ...

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13.11.2008

RCC to host first ministerial conference on combating climate change in Southeast Europe

SARAJEVO – The Secretariat of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) will host the first Ministerial Conference on Combating Climate Change in Southeast Europe (SEE), in Sarajevo tomorrow.

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07.11.2008

Regional cooperation in justice and home affairs indispensible to EU integration of Southeast Europe, says RCC Secretary General

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 ...

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04.11.2008

RCC Secretary General addresses European Parliament’s Working Group on Western Balkans

BRUSSELS/SARAJEVO – The RCC Secretary General Hido Biscevic exchanged views today in Brussels with the European Parliament (EP) rapporteurs for the Western Balkans on RCC activities, and on political situation and developments ...

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30.10.2008

RCC Secretary General invites Southeast European businessmen for a stronger cooperation in regional development projects

ISTANBUL/SARAJEVO – The RCC Secretary General Hido Biscevic invited a stronger engagement in regional projects of prominent Southeast European (SEE) businessmen and members of wider international business community, at a meeting ...

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24.10.2008

Southeast Europe should make best use of its potential for energy transport routes, says RCC Secretary General in Prague

PRAGUE/SARAJEVO – The Southeast European governments should design transnational projects in energy sector to enhance regional energy infrastructure links and make the best use of geo-economic potential for transport routes ...

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24.10.2008

Zurich conference presents Southeastern and Central Europe Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility to the countries of the region

ZURICH/SARAJEVO – A conference discussing the potential of establishing the Southeastern and Central Europe Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (SECE-CRIF), organized by the World Bank, the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) ...

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24.10.2008

RCC to host first meeting of Electronic South East Europe Initiative and Broadband South East Europe Taskforce

RCC Secretary General, Hido Biscevic (centre), UNDP Resident Representative and UN Resident Coordinator, Christine McNab (left), and Chair of the eSEE Initiative, Diana Simic, at the meeting of the eSEE Working Group and the eSEE Taskforce, Sarajevo, 27 October 2008 (Photo RCC/Selma Ahatovic-Lihic)

SARAJEVO – The Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretariat will for the first time under its umbrella host a meeting of the Electronic South East Europe (eSEE) Initiative Working Group and the Broadband South East Europe ...

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23.10.2008

Southeast European airliners to elaborate project of enhanced air transport cooperation in the region under RCC auspices

DUBROVNIK/SARAJEVO – Southeast European airliners agreed at a meeting in Dubrovnik yesterday that air traffic cooperation in the region should be enhanced to improve air connections, increase competitiveness and better position ...

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21.10.2008

Promoting stability in Southeast Europe remains important priority, say RCC and NATO officials

BRUSSELS/SARAJEVO – Southeast Europe remains a NATO priority in terms of strengthening the security in the region, said Ambassador Claudio Bisogniero, the Alliance’s Deputy Secretary General, at a meeting with the RCC Secretary ...

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20.10.2008

RCC’s inclusive approach to regional cooperation important for further development of Southeast Europe, says EU Commissioner Rehn

BRUSSELS/SARAJEVO – The EU Commissioner for Enlargement Olli Rehn commended the RCC Secretary General Hido Biscevic in Brussels today for the organization’s successful and pragmatic approach to regional cooperation, which ...

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17.10.2008

Regional Cooperation Council Secretariat to open its Liaison Office in Brussels on 20 October

SARAJEVO/BRUSSELS – The Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretariat will host a cocktail reception in Brussels on Monday, 20 October, to officially mark the opening of its Liaison Office with Euro-Atlantic institutions.

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16.10.2008

Accelerated reforms, self-responsibility conditions for lasting prosperity in Southeast Europe, says RCC Secretary General in Ankara

ANKARA/SARAJEVO – Doubled efforts are needed to solve the remaining open issues in Southeast Europe and create conditions for lasting prosperity and good relations in the region, said RCC Secretary General Hido Biscevic during ...

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11.10.2008

Pragmatic solutions needed to place Kosovo within RCC scope of work, says organization’s Secretary General in Berlin

BERLIN/SARAJEVO – The role of the RCC is to encourage the countries in Southeast Europe to strengthen mutual cooperation on concrete developmental projects of interest to all the peoples in the region, said RCC Secretary General ...


10.10.2008

RCC Secretariat to host meeting of key initiatives active in Central, Southeast Europe and Black Sea region

Secretary Generals of Central European Initiative, Regional Cooperation Council, Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation and Adriatic-Ionian Initiative (left to right), at a coordination meeting in Sarajevo, 13 October 2008. (Photo RCC/Selma Ahatovic-Lihic)

SARAJEVO – The Secretariat of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) will host a coordination meeting of the Adriatic-Ionian Initiative (AII), the Permanent International Secretariat of the Organisation of the Black Sea Economic ...


09.10.2008

OECD, European Commission, Regional Cooperation Council to present report on ways to increase competitiveness in the Western Balkans

Deputy  RCC Secretary General, Jelica Minic (right), and the Head of Unit in the EC Regional Programmes Department, Yngve Engstrom (left) at the presentation of the report on ways to increase competitiveness in the Western Balkans, Sarajevo, 10 October 2008. (Photo RCC/Selma Ahatović-Lihić)

SARAJEVO – The study “Defining and Strengthening Sector Specific Sources of Competitiveness in the Western Balkans – Recommendation for a Regional Investment Strategy” will be presented tomorrow at the premises of the ...

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07.10.2008

Croatia’s EU accession talks to have positive impact on advancement of Euro-Atlantic integration of entire Southeast Europe, says RCC Secretary General

ZAGREB/SARAJEVO – Croatia’s role in promoting cooperation in Southeast Europe and the expected positive impact of the country’s EU accession talks on the European integration prospects of the entire region, were the central ...


06.10.2008

RCC Secretary General presents quarterly report to members of the organization’s Board

RCC Secretary General, Hido Biscevic (right),  and Deputy Secretary General, Jelica Minic (left), at the meeting of the RCC Board, Sarajevo, 6 October 2008. (Photo RCC/Selma Ahatović-Lihić)

SARAJEVO – The RCC Secretary General Hido Biscevic presented today his quarterly report to the 29 members of the RCC Board, at their first meeting at the premises of the RCC Secretariat in Sarajevo. 


02.10.2008

Pristina invited to participate in development projects in Southeast Europe by RCC Secretary General

PRISTINA/SARAJEVO – The RCC Secretary General, Hido Biscevic, discussed with high officials in Pristina yesterday the most beneficial ways of utilizing RCC networking capacities to ensure faster development of the organization’s ...


01.10.2008

RCC launches series of presentations throughout Southeast Europe on its mission, priorities and activities

RCC Deputy Secretary General, Jelica Minić (right), Head of RCC Infrastructure and Energy Unit, Miroslav Kukobat (left), and RCC Junior Political Advisor, Ivan Bojanić (centre), at the presentation of RCC mission, priorities and activities, Chisinau, 1 October 2008 (Photo/ MFA of the Republic of Moldova)

CHISINAU/SARAJEVO – Deputy Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC), Jelica Minic, and Senior Experts of the organization started today in Chisinau a series of presentations accross Southeast Europe on RCC ...


25.09.2008

Bosnia and Herzegovina should take advantage of regional projects, say RCC Secretary General and Chairman of BiH Council of Ministers

SARAJEVO – The ways Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) can take the best advantage of the projects advocated by the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) was the main point of discussion between the RCC Secretary General Hido Biscevic ...


19.09.2008

Southeast Europe at crossroads, needs faster EU integration to avoid stagnation, says RCC Secretary General at conference in Prague

PRAGUE/SARAJEVO – Southeast Europe needs faster reform pace in order to speed up EU integration and avoid dangerous stagnation, said the RCC Secretary General, Hido Biscevic, at a conference on further EU enlargement organized ...


15.09.2008

OECD and RCC to kick-off preparation of Southeast Europe Investment Reform Index 2009

RCC Secretary General Hido Biscevic (left) and OECD Principal Administer Alistair Nolan (right) at the kick-off preparation meeting of the Southeast Europe Investment Reform Index 2009, Sarajevo, 16 September 2008. (Photo RCC/Selma Ahatović-Lihić)

SARAJEVO – The Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) and its partner, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), will tomorrow hold a kick-off meeting initiating the preparation of the Southeast Europe Investment ...


12.09.2008

RCC to host first meeting of key Southeast Europe initiatives and international partners on justice and home affairs issues

RCC Secretary General Hido Biscevic (right) and Head of RCC Justice and Home Affairs Unit Virgil Constantin Ivan Cucu (left) at the first meeting of key Southeast Europe initiatives and international partners on justice and home affairs issues, Sarajevo, 15 September 2008. (Photo RCC/Selma Ahatović-Lihić)

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 ...


10.09.2008

RCC Secretariat announces Essay and Photo Contest 2008

The Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretariat launched today its first Essay and Photo Contest with the theme Regional Cooperation in Southeast Europe. 


29.08.2008

RCC Secretariat and Kingdom of Belgium sign Headquarters Agreement for RCC Liaison Office in Brussels

BRUSSELS/SARAJEVO – The RCC Secretary General Hido Biscevic and the President of the Comité Interministériel pour la Politique de Siège (CIPS), Ambassador Michel Godfrind, signed today in Brussels a Headquarters Agreement ...


19.07.2008

Regional cooperation key for progress in Southeast Europe, say RCC Secretary General, Montenegrin Prime Minister

PODGORICA/SARAJEVO – The RCC Secretary General Hido Biscevic received full support of the Montenegrin Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic in Podgorica yesterday for RCC efforts in promoting cooperation in Southeast Europe.


16.07.2008

World Bank Vice President gives full support to RCC, stresses fire-fighting and waterway use as areas of joint focus

RCC Secretary General Hido Biščević (left) and Deputy RCC Secretary General Jelica Minić, at the meeting with World Bank Vice President Shiego Katsu, Sarajevo, 16 July 2008. (Photo RCC/Selma Ahatović-Lihić)

SARAJEVO – At a meeting with the RCC Secretary General Hido Biscevic in Sarajevo today, the World Bank Vice President for Europe and Central Asia, Shigeo Katsu, expressed his complete support to the work of the RCC and to the ...


11.07.2008

Role of RCC National Coordinators to be strengthened, says organization’s Secretary General

ATHENS/SARAJEVO – The ways of enhancing the role of RCC National Coordinators was in the centre of talks between the RCC Secretary General Hido Biscevic and the Greek Deputy Foreign Minister Yannis Valinakis in Athens yesterday.


10.07.2008

RCC Secretary General praises Serbia's commitment to regional cooperation at a meeting in Belgrade

BELGRADE/SARAJEVO - The RCC Secretary General Hido Biscevic thanked the Serbian Government for its contribution to the RCC work at a meeting with the State Secretary of the Serbian Foreign Ministry Radojko Bogojevic in Belgrade ...


09.07.2008

RCC Secretary General starts his round of political consultations with leaders in South Eastern Europe

SOFIA/SARAJEVO - The RCC Secretary General Hido Biscevic started in Sofia yesterday his round of political consultations with high-level officials of Southeast European countries.


01.07.2008

RCC and Council of Europe chiefs stress importance of building human capital in South Eastern Europe

STRASBOURG/SARAJEVO – Education and building of human capital in South Eastern Europe were highlighted as joint priorities of the RCC and the Council of Europe (CoE), at the meeting of the RCC Secretary General Hido Biscevic ...


27.06.2008

RCC national coordinators from South Eastern Europe to hold first meeting in Sarajevo

The first meeting of RCC national coordinators from South Eastern Europe, Sarajevo, 30 June 2008. (Photo RCC/Samir Pinjagic)

SARAJEVO – The first meeting of Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) National Coordinators from South East European countries will take place in Sarajevo on Monday, 30 June, at the premises of the RCC Secretariat.


27.06.2008

RCC Secretary General takes part in ministerial meeting on implementation of Energy Community Treaty for SEE

BRUSSELS/SARAJEVO – Implementation of the Treaty Establishing the Energy Community for South Eastern Europe was the topic of the meeting of the EC Ministerial Council held in Brussels today.


24.06.2008

Political and economic situation in South Eastern Europe topic of European policy summit, with RCC Secretary General's participation

SARAJEVO/BRUSSELS – The Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Hido Biscevic participated today in the European Policy Summit "A Balkans Balance Sheet" focusing on current political and economic ...


17.06.2008

RCC Secretary General welcomes signing of Stabilization and Association Agreement between EU, Bosnia and Herzegovina

RCC Secretary General Hido Biščević welcomed the signing of the Stabilization and Association Agreement between Bosnia and Herzegovina and the EU on 16 June 2008

SARAJEVO – The Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC), Hido Biscevic, welcomed the signing of the Stabilization and Association Agreement (SAA) between the European Union and Bosnia and Herzegovina in Luxembourg ...


16.06.2008

RCC Secretary General and Moldovan President meet over priorities of the organization

CHISINAU/SARAJEVO – The Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC), Hido Biscevic, started today his two-day visit to the Republic of Moldova to discuss future RCC work and priorities during the country's ...


14.06.2008

Task force on building human capital in South Eastern Europe launched

LJUBLJANA/SARAJEVO – A regional Task Force on Fostering and Building Human Capital in South Eastern Europe was launched in Ljubljana yesterday, under the auspices of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC).


06.06.2008

Development perspectives in South Eastern Europe, role of RCC topics of Western Balkans forum

Economic and social development in South East Europe is an RCC priority. (Photo RCC/Samir Pinjagic)

ROME/SARAJEVO – Participants of a two-day Western Balkans Strategic Forum, which ended in Rome today, discussed investments into the region and the role the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) can play in this respect. The Forum ...


02.06.2008

RCC and UNECE heads discuss ways of fostering sustainable economic growth in South Eastern Europe

SARAJEVO – Identifying ways of fostering sustainable economic growth in South Eastern Europe was the main topic of today’s meeting in Sarajevo between the RCC Secretary General Hido Biscevic and the Executive Secretary of ...


30.05.2008

RCC Secretary General discusses organization’s work, South Eastern Europe affairs with high US and World Bank officials

WASHINGTON/SARAJEVO – The Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Hido Biscevic informed the officials of the US Department of State and the World Bank of the start of RCC’s work and of the latest developments ...


28.05.2008

RCC Secretariat and European Commission officials discuss ways of linking EC programmes and RCC priorities

BRUSSELS/SARAJEVO – The officials of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretariat ended today the three-day working visit to the European Commission (EC) in Brussels, marking the beginning of intense cooperation and consultations ...


23.05.2008

OECD and Regional Cooperation Council team up to boost regional business climate in South Eastern Europe

PARIS/SARAJEVO – Policymakers and government representatives from throughout South Eastern Europe (SEE) met in Paris today to identify ways of boosting economic reform in the region, the major challenges ahead and the role of ...


21.05.2008

Heads of State and Government of South Eastern Europe endorse the RCC strategy for 2008-2009

POMORIE, BULGARIA – The Heads of State and Government of the South-East European Cooperation Process (SEECP) endorsed the 2008-2009 Strategic Work Programme of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC), presented to them by the ...


20.05.2008

Regional Cooperation Council Board adopts the organization’s strategic work programme for 2008-2009

RCC Secretary General Hido Biščević (left) presents the organization's 2008-2009 Strategic Work Programme to the members of the RCC Board, Pomorie, 20 May 2008 (Photo RCC/Dinka Živalj)

POMORIE, BULGARIA – The Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Board adopted the 2008-2009 Strategic Work Programme of the organization at a meeting held in the Bulgarian city of Pomorie today.  


20.05.2008

Ministers of Foreign Affairs of South Eastern Europe approve the RCC strategy for 2008-2009

RCC Secretary General Hido Biščević presented the organization's 2008-2009 Strategic Work Programme to the SEECP Foreign Ministers, Pomorie, 20 May 2008 (Photo RCC/Dinka Živalj)

POMORIE, BULGARIA – The Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the South-East European Cooperation Process (SEECP) approved in Pomorie today the 2008-2009 Strategic Work Programme of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC), presented ...


16.05.2008

Regional Cooperation Council launches website at www.rcc.int

SARAJEVO – The Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) today launched its newly designed website, which can be visited at www.rcc.int.


25.04.2008

Regional Cooperation Council Secretary General to host first public event at the organization’s head office in Sarajevo

RCC Secretary General Hido Biščević (left) and Head of Expert Pool Jelica Minić (centre) at the presentation of RCC work to the Bosnia-Herzegovina public, 28 April 2008. (Photo RCC/Samir Pinjagić)

SARAJEVO – The Secretary General of the Regional Co-operation Council (RCC), Hido Biscevic, will present to the public the RCC Secretariat staff and offices, as well as the organization’s work priorities, on Monday, 28 April.


11.04.2008

RCC Secretary General and Moldovan Prime Minister discuss priorities of upcoming Moldovan regional chairmanship

CHISINAU/SARAJEVO – The Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC), Hido Biscevic, met in Chisinau today with the Moldovan Prime Minister Zinaida Grecieanii, to discuss priorities of the upcoming Moldovan Chairmanship ...


09.04.2008

First ministerial meeting on disaster preparedness and prevention in South Eastern Europe takes place in Sofia

SARAJEVO – The first ministerial meeting on disaster preparedness and prevention in South Eastern Europe, held today in Sofia, Bulgaria, pointed to a need to strengthen regional cooperation in this important field and take joint ...


17.03.2008

RCC and OSCE Secretary Generals agree on priority areas of cooperation in South Eastern Europe

RCC and OSCE Secretary Generals, Hido Biščević (right) and Marc Perrin de Brichambaut, respectively, met in Sarajevo to discuss priority areas of cooperation, 17 March 2008. (Photo RCC/Sead Filipović)

SARAJEVO – Justice, home affairs, security and parliamentary support will be in focus of cooperation between the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), the organizations’ ...


14.03.2008

RCC and OSCE Secretary Generals to discuss regional situation and future cooperation in Sarajevo

SARAJEVO – The Secretary Generals of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), respectively, Hido Biscevic and Marc Perrin de Brichambaut, will meet in Sarajevo ...


13.03.2008

Spokesperson of the Regional Cooperation Council takes up post

Dinka Živalj is the Spokesperson of the Regional Cooperation Council, in Sarajevo, May 2008. (Photo RCC/Samir Pinjagić)

SARAJEVO – The first Spokesperson of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC), Dinka Zivalj, has taken up her post. A Croatian national, Ms Zivalj recently served as the Head of Press and Public Information of the OSCE Mission ...