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Newsletter 25/2013 - Activities in brief

Regional Cooperation Council’s Board amends organization’s statute to allow participation of Kosovo*

The Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Board decided to amend the statute and the list of participants of the organization, reflecting the results of the European Union-mediated dialogue between Belgrade and Prishtina, at its first meeting in 2013 held on 28 February in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The participation of Kosovo* in the Regional Cooperation Council confirmed the organization’s full dedication to ensuring all-inclusiveness in its activities, and demonstrated that the region is able to take responsibility for its own future.

The RCC Board also discussed the draft RCC Strategy and Work Programme 2014-2016, and heard a report by Secretary General on activities of the organization’s Secretariat in the period October 2012-February 2013, as well as information on future plans.

The Board was informed about the 11th Coordination Meeting between the SEECP Troika (Serbia, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Romania), the RCC Secretariat and the European Union, held a day earlier.

The Board members congratulated Secretary General Svilanovic on the assumption of duties on 1 January 2013.

The 27-member RCC Board meets three times a year and is chaired by the RCC Secretary General. The Board provides the RCC with operational guidance and supervision. It consists of those RCC members contributing to the budget of the RCC Secretariat as well as the European Union.

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