5th RCC anniversary

27 February 2013, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

A panel discussion ‘Five years of Regional Cooperation Council: Building on foundations and embracing new challenges’, was a central element which marked the fifth anniversary of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC). It discussed achievements and future challenges of regional cooperation in South East Europe.

Following the discussion, the annual award of the RCC Secretariat for best achievement in cooperation in South East Europe, Champion of Regional Cooperation, was inaugurated and presented by the RCC Secretary General, Goran Svilanovic. The first laureate is the Central European Free Trade Agreement - CEFTA 2006. A special acknowledgement for the promotion of cooperation in South East Europe were awarded to Hido Biscevic, the first Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council, and to Erhard Busek, former Special Coordinator of the Stability Pact for South Eastern Europe.

The panelists and special guests included: Goran Svilanović, RCC Secretary General; Zlatko Lagumdžija, Deputy Chair of the Council of Ministers/Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina; Ivan Naydenov, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bulgaria; Vlado Misajlovski, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Chair-in-Office of the South-East European Cooperation Process (SEECP) in 2012-2013; Radu Podgorean, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Romania, incoming Chair-in-Office of the SEECP; Vera Mavrić, State Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Serbia, preceding Chair-in-Office of the SEECP; Kieran Dowling, Ambassador of Ireland to Slovenia, Croatia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina, for the Irish Presidency of the Council of the European Union; and Stefano Sannino, Director General for Enlargement of the European Commission.

The Regional Cooperation Council was established in Sofia on 27 February 2008. It promotes mutual cooperation and European and Euro-Atlantic integration of South East Europe in order to inspire development in the region to the benefit of its people.

Programme of the event (EN, BS)

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Speeches:

  • Goran Svilanović, RCC Secretary General (EN, BS)
  • Zlatko Lagumdžija, Deputy Chair of the Council of Ministers/Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina (EN)
  • Vera Mavrić, State Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Serbia (EN, BS)
  • Kieran Dowling, Ambassador of Ireland to Slovenia, Croatia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina (EN, BS)
  • Erhard Busek, former Special Coordinator of the Stability Pact for South Eastern Europe (EN)