RCC Secretary General meets U.S. State Department officials

27 September 2016

Washington D.C. (Photo: Alma Arslanagic Pozder)

Washington D.C. (Photo: Alma Arslanagic Pozder)

The state of play in regional cooperation and future RCC activities discussed at regular annual meetings in Washington D.C.

Sarajevo/Washington – Interventions of Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) in regional cooperation in South East Europe (SEE), with special emphasis on areas of governance, rule of law and security were discussed at the series of regular annual meetings of the organisation's Secretary General, Goran Svilanovic, with officials of the U.S. State Department in Washington D.C in the past three days.

During his U.S visit Secretary General Svilanovic met with Hoyt Brian Yee, Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian affairs; Raffi Gregorian, Director of Counterterrorism Multilateral Affairs; Matthew Palmer, Director of the Balkans Office; and other officials.

SEE 2020 implementation: a full liberalization of trade in goods in South east Europe achieved

Svilanovic informed his counterparts about progress achieved in promoting regional cooperation, specifically in implementation of the SEE growth Strategy SEE 2020 as well as of the future interventions envisaged by the organisation's three-year Strategy and Work Programme 2017-2019.

Mentioning progress in implementation of SEE 2020 Svilanovic highlighted results achieved: a full liberalization of trade in goods; a regional roadmap for promoting labour mobility in the Western Balkans; agreement on starting the process of negotiating mutual recognition of qualifications, to mention just a few.

RCC advances with the Regional Platform for Countering Radicalization and Violent Extremism Leading to Terrorism and Foreign Terrorist Fighters in SEE

Noting areas in which RCC continues to invest increased efforts to advance regional cooperation Secretary General stressed the activities in the regional fight against corruption, justice, fight against serious and organised crime, security cooperation/foreign terrorist fighters, cooperation with the civil society and Prevention/Countering Violent Extremism leading to Terrorism and Foreign Terrorist Fighters.

 „As the RCC was recognized as an important player in addressing common challenges in the region, and radicalisation and violent extremism being one of them,  as tasked by the South East European Cooperation Process (SEECP) Ministers, we undertook concrete steps towards countering this challenge and developed the Regional Platform for Countering Radicalization and Violent Extremism Leading to Terrorism and Foreign Terrorist Fighters in SEE (SEE CVE-FTF Platform), implementation of which is well underway”, said Svilanovic. 

The meetings also covered issues pertaining to the overall stability, the EU and Euro-Atlantic integration process as well as developments in dealing with bilateral disputes in the region.

Svilanovic expressed his gratitude for the political and financial support of the United States as an important participant in the RCC Board by which they are reaffirming their contribution to promote stability, democracy and overall progress in SEE.