34th Meeting of the RCC Board, held on 15 March 2018 in Sarajevo. (Photo: RCC/Ratka Babic)
RCC Secretary General Reports: Regional economic integration marked the last quarter of 2017 and continues to be the core of RCC's activities
Sarajevo – The Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretary General Goran Svilanovic presented the Report on the organisation's activities in the last quarter of the past year at the first meeting of the Board of in 2018, held in Sarajevo today.
“The goals at the centre of the RCC SWP 2017-2019 resonate very well with the priorities of the regional economic integration agenda. The Multi-annual Action Plan on Regional Economic Area (MAP REA), and its related activities were at the core of the RCC Secretariat activities in the period September-December 2017. The RCC, in close cooperation with national authorities and other stakeholders, has undertaken several activities to support the implementation of the MAP REA actions,” said Svilanovic.
He also reminded that it has been ten years since the RCC has been serving as a sui generis organization promoting regional cooperation in South East Europe.
“Since the day of our launching - 27 February 2008 in Sofia - the journey that the RCC has made is impressive ten years since our organization has been feeding the aspirations of the region to evermore embrace good-neighbourly relations, mutual-trust and prosperity. Great efforts have been invested by the governments, our partners from Brussels and beyond and the RCC in the progress attained so far on the European and Euro-Atlantic integration paths. Most important, however, I would like to express my gratitude to all of you for the staunch commitment and support to the RCC and its mission.”
The RCC’s all-inclusive character enabled the entire region to benefit and contribute to the regional cooperation process. The RCC capitalized on its intrinsic role as the operational arm of the SEECP in order to ensure that its activities are aligned with the programmes of the Participants holding the SEECP C-i-O and serve the collective interests of all RCC participants from the SEE region.
Damijan Sedar, South-East European Cooperation Process Chairmanship-in-Office (SEECP C-i-O) Coordinator, on behalf of the Slovenian SEECP C-i-O informed the meeting participants on the activities of the Slovenian CiO and the plans for SEECP Summit to be held in April in Brdo pri Kranju.
The Board also heard information on the most important future activities of the RCC Secretariat, in particular those related to the implementation of the RCC Strategy and Work Programme 2017 – 2019.
Regional Youth Cooperation Office (RYCO) presented its work, plans and goals to the RCC Board as a regular part of the meeting dedicated to the presentation of other regional initiatives and cooperation structures.
This was the 34th meeting of the RCC Board, which meets three times a year and is chaired by the RCC Secretary General.