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25 Jun 2020
Annual Report of the Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council 2019-2020 report

This Annual Report of the Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) covers the period April 2019 – April 2020. It outlines main RCC activities and achievements in the past year. It also lays out the overall background and crucial developments impacting and shaping the activities of the RCC and the region of South East Europe in the reporting period.


25 Jun 2020
Bregu: It is up to the region to retain commitment to cooperation and bring forth tangible progress to citizens news

RCC Secretary General takes part in SEECP Foreign Affairs Ministers meeting and hosts, with SEECP CiO, 12th RCC Annual meeting Tirana/Sarajevo/Prishtina – The two meetings have been held today within the South East European Cooperation Process (SEECP) - the meeting of the SEECP Ministers of Foreign Affairs and the RCC Annual Meeting, which RCC co-organised with the outgoing Kosovo SEECP Chairmanship-in-Office ...


24 Jun 2020
Bregu: Cooperation is the only blueprint that holds the promise of ‘Stronger Together’ news

The Shape of the Things to Come - Presentation of Balkan Barometer 2020 Balkan Barometer 2020 reveals sentiments of citizens and businesses in the region, with a special addition conveying effects of the COVID-19 outbreak   LIVE NOW Balkan Barometer 2020 presentation  Sarajevo – “The regional cooperation continues to grow in prominence with an overwhelming majority of citizens ...


23 Jun 2020
The Shape of the Things to Come - Presentation of Balkan Barometer 2020 news

Annual public and business opinion survey including COVID19 Impact Assessment Moderated by Majlinda Bregu, RCC Secretary General; and key guest speakers Olivér Várhelyi, EU Enlargement Commissioner; & Wolfgang Ischinger, Munich Security Conference Chairman Sarajevo – The Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) will present 2020 edition of Balkan Barometer on Wednesday 24 June 2020. This annual ...


18 May 2020
Western Balkans: Amazing virtual museum tours news

18th May is International Museum Day and today we are coming together to celebrate the history, art and cultural heritage throughout the museums in the Western Balkans.  Museums around the world have closed to prevent the spread of COVID-19, meanwhile their virtual tours are still open and trending.  From the comfort of your couch, through the following Western Balkans museums you are able ...


14 May 2020
Bregu: Pandemic created a common awareness that at least for now humankind takes precedence over politics and disputes news

RCC Board met online to hear about the activities of the organization in the past period and discuss future steps Sarajevo – “For all its aggressiveness, the COVID-19 crisis also offers glimmers of hope. It has connected Western Balkans even more, this time in a fight against an invisible enemy. It has persuaded us that cooperation should be resilient. It has created a common awareness that at ...


06 May 2020
Bregu: No brilliant regional plan can succeed without strong political leadership and fully synchronized EU- WB trajectories news

RCC Secretary General Majlinda Bregu officially announces RCC working to develop REA2 at the EU-Western Balkans Zagreb Summit Sarajevo/Tirana/Zagreb - Now, almost 4 years after we initiated the work on Regional Economic Area (REA) the region is ready to embark on the next phase of deepening regional economic cooperation assure the WB6 economies to have ownership first, and bringing the region closer ...


26 Apr 2020
Majlinda Bregu, RCC SG's interview for N1 about the Western Balkans during & after COVID-19 pandemic interview/article

Majlinda Bregu, Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) talks to N1 TV in an online interview about life in the Western Balkans during the corona virus pandemic, its effects on the tourism sector, Green Corridors and the EU integration of the region


18 Apr 2020
Bregu: Tourism in the Western Balkans already feels the pinch of COVID-19 pandemic news

Almost half of the tourism agencies and tour operators in the region started to cut costs and lay off employees What we can do to ease the pains? The region needs more tourists. What about visa relief system or no visa travel regime among WB? Can we start from home? Sarajevo – “As this pandemic keeps billions of people at home, one sector is already feeling the pinch - tourism.  One in ...


04 Mar 2020
RCC tourism project exceeds plans; total number of development grants reaches 36 news

Sarajevo – “With the award of the eight new grants to be implemented over the next six months throughout the Western Balkans, we have reached the total number of 36 tourism development and promotion grants, which well exceeds the originally set target to have some 30 development initiatives implemented through our tourism project,” said Snjezana Derviskadic, RCC Tourism Development and ...


21 Feb 2020
RCC presents Balkan Monumental Trail, a new regional tourism route news

BELGRADE – “We are very pleased to have used today, the Belgrade International Fair of Tourism, as a staging ground for the launch of the new joint regional cultural tourism route called the Balkan Monumental Trail,” said Snjezana Derviskadic, RCC’s Tourism Development and Promotion Project Team Leader. VIDEO “The Monumental Trail is set to bring back to life art, design and architecture ...


21 Feb 2020
Bregu: Without strategic innovation Western Balkans will not turn inventions into investments – we need to think bigger news

“Beautiful Minds Inspire Others”: Regional Cooperation Council & World Economic Forum to help accelerate competitiveness and innovation in the Western Balkans Tirana – “Without a strategic innovation function that can enhance the capacities to incubate and accelerate new technologies, companies in the Western Balkans will continue to stockpiling undeveloped inventions and this will not ...


19 Feb 2020
My “whack a mole” questions on Innovation, Op-ed by Majlinda Bregu, RCC Secretary General interview/article

RCC Secretary General Majlinda Bregu on the necessity of investing in innovation as the engine of the economic growth in the region: "I am still wandering how good we, from this region are in finding the needle in the haystack of vast pools of innovation and technology? The right needle I mean, the one that can help us spot anomalies in this global reshape of economies, called 4th industrial revolution?! What ...


08 Jan 2020
RCC: Listen to Women as no challenge can keep them from fulfilling their dreams news

RCC’s Women Empowerment - WE- campaign continues featuring remarkable women from the Western Balkans and brings you Uta Ibrahimi - “At the beginning they told me climbing was for men and I did a lot of work to prove them wrong and change that mentality. You can do the same, just listen to women!” Sarajevo – Kosovo* has the youngest population in Europe with more than half of its 1.8 million ...


25 Dec 2019
RCC fully committed to regional cooperation news

Regional Cooperation Council invited to “Mini-Schengen” meetings, together with EU, USA, WB, EBRD & EIB, to hear the proposals of WB leaders Sarajevo – There have been many discrepancies and a lack of clear information on the role of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) in the so called “Mini-Schengen” initiative meetings. Regional Cooperation Council is invited to “Mini-Schengen” ...


11 Dec 2019
EU boosts support for regional cooperation in the Western Balkans news

Regional cooperation is an essential element of the European perspective for the Western Balkans. EU commitment to regional cooperation was further reinforced by the signature of a EUR 12.5 million contract with the Regional Cooperation Council  Brussels - In the margins of the Western Balkan Sherpas meeting, which took place in Brussels today in the run-up to the EU-Western Balkans Summit ...


02 Dec 2019
Bregu: It’s high time for the Western Balkans to address challenges and sensitivities with a clearer and ambitious vision news

RCC Secretary General addressed the meeting of Coordinators in charge of MAP REA implementation Brussels – “The region is at a different landscape. It is high time to address challenges and sensitivities with a clearer and ambitious vision. We are initiating the process of the new economic vision beyond 2020 in close consultation with all six Western Balkan (WB) economies and the European ...


02 Dec 2019
RCC continues developing tourism in the Western Balkans: 3rd call for proposals for tourism development grants published news

320,000 euros to fund up to 7 projects around the region  SARAJEVO – As the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) implemented and EU funded Tourism Development and Promotion Project enters its final stage, the RCC published the 3rd Call for Proposals for the award of tourism development grants in the Western Balkans. The total value of the call is 320,000 euros which will be used to fund up to ...


22 Nov 2019
16 New Grants for Tourism Development and Promotion in Western Balkans Awarded by RCC, EU news

Boosting the tourism in the region, through small scale projects, beneficial to the local communities   Durres – “Today, with presenting the results of the completed 12 and awarding 16 new grants for the tourism development and promotion in the Western Balkans, we are showing you a part of the success story from this region, and it is not a success of policy-making or GDP but of the ...


20 Nov 2019
Overview of Grants Recipients – 2nd Call for Proposals, awarded by the RCC’s Tourism Development and Promotion Project information material

The Regional Cooperation Council (RCC)’s EU-funded Tourism Development and Promotion Project has awarded the second sixteen, grants to the best project proposals received through the 2nd public call for proposals looking for ideas intended to improve a joint Western Balkans cultural and adventure tourism offer, as well as infrastructure and quality of services along the selected touristic routes. ...


08 Nov 2019
Via Dinarica expands its regional coordination structure throughout Western Balkans news

Non-governmental organisations from Albania, Kosovo* and Serbia joined today Via Dinarica regional coordination structure during a meeting organised by the RCC implemented and EU funded Tourism Development and Promotion Project in Tirana. Up to now the coordination of Via Dinarica - 2,000 kilometres long hiking mega trail running along Dinaric Alps - included organisation from Slovenia, Croatia and ...


07 Nov 2019
Via Dinarica just keeps getting better news

Happy hikers, happy hosts   It is 11 o’clock on an idle Monday and about to start raining in a tiny village of Rekë e Allagës in Rugova Mountain, all green with pine trees. Fetije Nikiqi is well under way to prepare cheese pie in a wooden stove while Hozefa Indorewala looks to the sky from the porch thinking just how far up the mountain have his friends gone and how damp might they ...


30 Oct 2019
Bregu: While waiting for EU plans for the region, we should focus on connectivity through regional cooperation and serious domestic reforms news

Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council was a Keynote Speaker as 5th edition of Tirana Connectivity Forum Tirana – “Instead of having a focused discussion on Connectivity agenda and how much out of the 1 billion euro of the European Union’s (EU) grants from 2015 to 2020 was spent or how important connecting people and markets in the region is, etc. this October, this meeting ...


17 Oct 2019
Bregu: Western Balkans citizens need incentive from the EU news

RCC Board met in Sarajevo today, for the last time in 2019, to hear an update on the activities in period since the last meeting and provide guidance and approval on the future plans  Sarajevo – “While awaiting the European Union’s Summit’s official decision on the opening accession negotiations with Albania and North Macedonia today, for us in the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) and ...


24 Sep 2019
ANNUAL REPORT ON IMPLEMENTATION OF THE MULTI-ANNUAL ACTION PLAN FOR A REGIONAL ECONOMIC AREA (MAP REA) IN WESTERN BALKANS (WB) report

The Multi-annual Action Plan (MAP) for a Regional Economic Area (REA) in the Western Balkans Six (WB) helps boost regional economic cooperation through: furthering regional trade integration, enhancing competitiveness and unleashing potentials for growth, promoting the region as an unique space for investment, creating better conditions to ensure free movement of professionals and skilled people, ...


02 Sep 2019
"A clean, well-lighted place", article by Majlinda Bregu, RCC Secretary General, for Bled Strategic Times interview/article

Article by Majlinda Bregu, the RCC Secretary General, on European integration prospects of the Western Balkans in the 30 August 2019 issue of the Bled Strategic Times magazine. “European Integration of the Western Balkans is not a territorial agenda. It is a Transformational agenda. No one expects any shortage of sensitivities or emotional structures on display. But if we continue keeping the ...


22 Jul 2019
SOUTH EAST EUROPE 2020: 2019 ANNUAL REPORT ON IMPLEMENTATION report

The report aims to present main achievements related to the implementation of the South East Europe 2020 Strategy (SEE 2020) for the period from May 2018 until May 2019. It is divided into three main parts: a summary overview of the progress achieved, a detailed review per pillar and key recommendations per each dimension. The Report was endorsed at the SEE 2020 Governing Board meeting held on 8 ...


08 Jul 2019
Bregu: RCC keen to embark on any challenges with full support of regional and EU partners - we don’t need to loose time in order to find it again news

11th Annual Meeting of the RCC took place in Sarajevo today  Sarajevo – „A year behind us was a dynamic one and we are prepared to continue just as dynamic in the next one. We, at the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) are ready and keen to embark on any challenges ahead of us but we cannot do it without the full support of our regional and European partners, as we don’t need to loose time ...


07 Jul 2019
RCC to Present Balkan Barometer 2019 at the Annual meeting of the organisation in Sarajevo news

Sarajevo - The Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) is to present the 5th, 2019 edition of its public and businesses viewpoints survey – Balkan Barometer (BB) at the Annual meeting of the organisation that is taking place on 8 July 2019 in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.  The premier presentation of the 2019 Balkan Barometer was held at the Western Balkans Summit in Poznan, 3 days ago, featuring ...


05 Jul 2019
Bregu: Western Balkan should embark on serious, wide-ranging facilitation agenda, including movement of people, goods, services and capital news

RCC Secretary General, Majlinda Bregu addressed the Western Balkans and the EU leaders at the Summit in Poznan, Poland Poznan – “Two years after the Western Balkans’ (WB) Prime Ministers endorsed the Multi-annual Action Plan for the Regional Economic Area (MAP REA) in Trieste the region has not fully embraced the opportunities offered by the Regional Economic Area. Flows of goods, services, ...


04 Jul 2019
BALKAN BAROMETER 2019 - INFOGRAPHICS brochure

BALKAN BAROMETER is an annual survey of public opinion and business sentiments in six Western Balkans economies, commissioned by the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC), which examines aspirations and expectations on life and work, prevalent socio-economic and political trends & regional and European integration. BALKAN BAROMETER’S 2019 infographics booklet features some of the defining thoughts ...


04 Jul 2019
Bregu: Western Balkans needs to fully embrace and capitalize on the Regional Economic Area news

Majlinda Bregu, Secretary General of the RCC spoke about implementation of the Action Plan for Regional Economic Area in the Western Balkans at the region’s Economy Ministers Ministerial session Poznan – “Two years since the endorsement of Multi-annual Action plan on Regional Economic Area (MAP REA) in Trieste and one year since London our region can show only a mixed track record at best. ...


04 Jul 2019
Bregu: Balkan Barometer 2019 clearly shows public and business appreciation of regional cooperation and need to strengthen it news

RCC presents key findings of 2019 Balkan Barometer surveys within Western Balkans Poznan Summit  Poznan – “There's no better way to stress the need for stepping up the regional cooperation than quoting the citizens and businesses of the Western Balkans (WB) who overwhelmingly, with 74% and 67% respectively, believe in regional cooperation. The recent success with dropping of roaming charges ...


03 Jul 2019
BALKAN BAROMETER 2019: PUBLIC OPINION SURVEY survey

Balkan Barometer 2019, the fifth instalment of the RCC-commissioned annual survey of regional perceptions and attitudes across a wide array of social, political and economic factors impacting life in South East Europe (SEE), is modestly optimistic. It shows growing support for EU membership with more than half of all respondents viewing EU accession favourably, a first since the Barometer’s inception ...


03 Jul 2019
BALKAN BAROMETER 2019: BUSINESS OPINION SURVEY survey

Balkan Barometer 2019, the fifth instalment of the RCC-commissioned annual survey of regional perceptions and attitudes across a wide array of social, political and economic factors impacting life in South East Europe (SEE), is modestly optimistic. It shows growing support for EU membership with more than half of all respondents viewing EU accession favourably, a first since the Barometer’s inception ...


02 Jul 2019
Regional cooperation is becoming a steady pattern to EU’s magnetic attraction interview/article

The article of the RCC's Secretary General, Majlinda Bregu tackles anticipations of the Berlin Process's Western Balkans Summit in Poznan, Poland, staring on 4 July 2019. Summing the expectations up, Secretary General Bregu writes: On 1st of July, Roaming Reductions arrived. On 4th of July, the Western Balkans summit in Poznan will start. EU is a magnetic attraction, while regional cooperation is ...


19 Jun 2019
Article on Western Balkans’ tourism routes for Radio Free Europe/Radio Slobodna Evropa interview/article

Nikola Gaon, Communications Officer of the RCC’s Tourism Development and Promotion project, talks to Radio Free Europe (Radio Slobodna Evropa) about the project’s activities, plans, grants programme and the development of adventure and cultural tourism offers in the Western Balkans Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) is currently implementing an EU-funded project focused on tourism networking ...


18 Jun 2019
Bregu: Western Balkans can punch way above its weight if given a chance news

RCC Secretary General speaks at the Financial Times Forum in London dedicated to Foreign Direct Investments in Western Balkans London – “Share of the European Union (EU) in both Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) and exports in the region is well over 70%. For all the talk about the growing Russian and Chinese economic clout in the Western Balkans six (WB6), only 3% of exports in 2018 went to Russia, ...


10 Jun 2019
RCC launches the next grant call: 750,000 EUR for developing tourism in the Western Balkans news

SARAJEVO – The Regional Cooperation Council (RCC), under its Tourism Development and Promotion EU funded project, launched today the second in a row grant call for projects developing the tourism offer in the Western Balkans. While the grants scheme totals EUR 1.62 million, this second tranche is making available EUR 750,000 for the implementation of some 14 pilot projects worth up to EUR 54,000. The ...


08 Jun 2019
Via Dinarica connectivity in the Accursed Mountain gets an upgrade news

PEJE/PEČ  - Community Development Fund, beneficiary of the RCC implemented and EU funded tourism development grant scheme, organize today a FAM trip for tour operators and media to inaugurate 6 newly developed sections of Via Dinarica trail in Kosovo* connecting it with the trail portions in Albania and Montenegro. New 50 kilometres of the trail passing through Kosovo* will better connect villages ...


07 Jun 2019
New circuit trail and tales of river log-driving enrich Via Dinarica news

PODGORICA - A new attraction for hikers of Via Dinarica’s White Trail passing through Tara River Canyon in Montenegro was presented today in Podgorica.  Centre for Sustainable Tourism Initiates (CSTI), beneficiary of the RCC implemented and EU funded tourism grant scheme, has developed a new circuit trail in the Canyon which tells the story of an old tradition of log-driving, today’s rafting, ...


07 Jun 2019
New regional hiking trail comes to life: Mokra Gora Mt., Beauty of the Balkans news

ZUBIN POTOK - A brand new regional hiking trail running across Mokra Gora Mountain from Montenegro, across Kosovo* to Serbia was inaugurated today in Zubin Potok. The trail was developed by the Institute for Territorial Economic Development – InTER through an RCC implemented and EU funded tourism development grant scheme. The new trail brands Mokra Gora Mt. as Beauty of the Balkans! “Mokra Gora ...


06 Jun 2019
Powered by RCC, Accursed Mountains show their cultural edge news

TIRANA – Stunningly beautiful nature of the Accursed Mountains settled between Albania, Kosovo* and Montenegro just got its cultural edge. From now on, colourful legends, verbal history, songs, dances, crafts and cuisine of local communities living in remote mountainous villages are going to be part of the hiking tours through this region. This new cultural component of what is normally an adventure ...


05 Jun 2019
The Tales of 4 Fortresses - Creative History Balkans Tour enriches regional tourism offer news

NOVI SAD – With the summer at our door, the Western Balkans cultural tourism offers just got richer. EXIT Foundation, a beneficiary of the RCC implemented and EU funded tourism development grant scheme and a winner of the RCC’s champion of regional cooperation award, launched today in Novi Sad the Creative History Balkans Tour which takes visitors to four amazing fortresses in the region. The ...


05 Jun 2019
Legends of fortresses get new interpretation news

DANILOVGRAD - Danilovgrad Municipality, through an RCC provided and EU funded tourism development grant, has revived three fortresses in three Western Balkans economies.  Today they launched a cultural tourism tour which includes Spuž fortress, near Danilovgrad, Montenegro, Strač fortress in Trebinje, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and fortress in Lezhë, Albania. The tour is built on storytelling ...


30 May 2019
New horseback riding route connects Western Balkans news

Subotica – The latest Western Balkans tourism attraction – a 500 kilometres long horseback riding route running from Vojvodina in the north to Hercegovina in the south – was inaugurated today in Subotica.  The so called Balkan Riding Route was developed by Fund for Microregional Tourism Cluster Subotica-Palić, a beneficiary of the RCC Implemented and EU funded Tourism Development and Promotion ...


27 May 2019
Bregu: Investing in human capital paves the way towards economic development of the region news

RCC Secretary General at the Istanbul Development Dialogues 2019 Istanbul – “Much needed sustainable transformation of the region into a knowledge-based economy with equal opportunities for all citizens is a comprehensive agenda. It combines innovation, research and development, education, employment and social inclusion policies. We cannot continue focusing on economic growth strategy without ...


24 May 2019
RCC: Wrapping up Regional Investment Deliverables for Poznan Summit news

Brussels – “Western Balkans (WB) is a welcoming environment for investments, with corporate profit tax rates ranging from 9% to 15%, being among the lowest in Europe and monetary and financial systems strongly dependent on euro. And yet, one of our the strongest assets is human resource base, given that over the last years more than 1.6 million of highly qualified people were added to the ...


18 May 2019
Hidden Gems of Skopje Old Town surface up with new cool mobile app news

Skopje - Starting today, visitors of the Skopje Old Town, Čaršija, will be able to experience it in a completely new way. Coming to their service is the mobile application – Skopje Gems - that provides seven guided cultural tours through Čaršija and takes visitors to the doorsteps of shops owners who keep traditional crafts and cuisine alive, as well as to museums and religious and historic sites. The ...


14 May 2019
Futuristic World War II monuments making comeback as Balkan’s tourism attraction news

SARAJEVO - Among the Western Balkans cultural tourism routes that the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC)’s Tourism Development and Promotion project is currently developing, is the so called Balkan Monumental Trail that encompasses region’s iconic World War II (WWII) monuments.  “Before it was recognised in the region, futuristic art and design of the World War II monuments received international ...


09 May 2019
Bregu: Divided we fall, united we stand news

RCC SG Majlinda Bregu at the EBRD’s Annual Meeting & Business Forum  Sarajevo – “Western Balkan economies are united by need and a sense of emergency and awareness that there is a clear reason why regions come together in the world. Divided we cannot stand, because we are small economies, each one with its own problems. But all together we could be an interesting market. This is why ...


08 May 2019
Article by Majlinda Bregu, RCC Secretary General, for Euromoney's Global Markets magazine interview/article

Article by Majlinda Bregu, the RCC Secretary General on economic prospects of the Western Balkans in the 8 May 2019 issue of Euromoney's Global Markets magazine. “Standing on the gateway between the eastern and western part of the world, the region can serve as a safe harbour for investments whilst enabling easy access to the global market”.


07 May 2019
Cultural diversity connects Sarajevo, Kotor and Novi Sad news

RCC, EU grant recipient develops new regional cultural tourism route SARAJEVO - Sarajevo Meeting of Cultures (SMOC), beneficiary of the RCC implemented and EU funded Tourism Development and Promotion Grant Scheme, presented today in Sarajevo a new regional tourism route based on cultural diversity of the Western Balkans.  The route builds on the “Meeting of Cultures” concept of tourism product ...


30 Apr 2019
Report on the activities of the Regional Cooperation Council Secretariat report

The Report on the activities of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretariat is submitted by the RCC Secretary General to the RCC Board in line with Article 15 of the Statute of the RCC. It covers the period between 15 October 2018 – 1 March 2019.


29 Apr 2019
Balkan Trafik! Festival: Promoting the best of the Western Balkans in the European Union news

Brussels – For the past few days Brussels replaced its political foretoken as a European political centre and became a hub for Western Balkan art and culture. The 13th edition of Balkan Trafik! Festival (BTF), which took place 24-28 April, promoted the best of the Western Balkans (WB) and the South East Europe (SEE) in the European Union (EU) through a series of concerts, exhibitions, theatre plays, ...


25 Apr 2019
Tourism industry accounts for 14 percent of employment in the Western Balkans news

RCC involves private sector in Western Balkans cultural tourism development Belgrade – Planning of most viable itineraries along the two new Western Balkans cultural routes that are currently under development was the main topic discussed by the representatives of tourism agencies and tour operators from the region, at the meeting organized by the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC)’s EU funded ...


19 Apr 2019
RCC grant recipient introduces new regional cultural tourism product: The Illyricum Trail news

BELGRADE - Danube Competence Center (DCC), beneficiary of the RCC Tourism Development and Promotion Project’s grant scheme, funded by the European Union, introduced yesterday in Belgrade the new and upcoming Western Balkans branch of the Roman Emperors and Danube Wine Route’s called the Illyricum Trail. In line with the RCC tourism project goals, the trail based on the Roman archeologic sites ...


17 Apr 2019
PROMO FLYER: Roman Emperors and Danube Wine Route’s Illyricum Trail brochure

Illyricum Trail is a new and upcoming branch of the Roman Emperors and Danube Wine Route. It will run through Western Balkans and take tourists to some of the most mesmerising Roman archaeological sites where they will get to experience culture and history of an empire and immerse themselves in myth and legends of an era. Development of the Illyricum Trail was initiated through the RCC implemented ...


17 Apr 2019
RCC at Sarajevo Business Forum: Better connectivity essential to creating new jobs and attracting investments in the Western Balkans news

10th Sarajevo Business Forum organized in cooperation with the RCC Sarajevo - Gazmend Turdiu, Deputy Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) moderated the Leaders Panel dedicated to the ‘One Region, One Economy’ concept as a vision for the future of Western Balkans, at the 10th edition of Sarajevo Business Forum (SFB) that kicked off in Sarajevo today. While introducing the ...


22 Mar 2019
Development of Bike Friendly Standards, GRANT FACT SHEET factsheet

Quality of products and services in cyclotourism in the Western Balkans will be improved through development of Bike Friendly Standards for facilities and service providers and the introduction of the certification process.


22 Mar 2019
Connecting Naturally Through Via Dinarica White Trail, GRANT FACT SHEET factsheet

Tradition of river log-driving (today’s rafting) employed by lumberjack on Tara River prior to the 2nd World War inspired development a new circuit trail on Via Dinarica White Trail in Tara Canyon and associated cultural tourism component (storytelling).


22 Mar 2019
Hidden Gems of Skopje Old Town, GRANT FACT SHEET factsheet

Seven cultural trails in Skopje Old Town based on craftsmanship, oral history, gastronomy, customs, dances, festivities and religions will be made available in ten languages through a dedicated mobile application and a website.


22 Mar 2019
MonumentSEE – Western Balkans Monumental Trail, GRANT FACT SHEET factsheet

A comprehensive assessment of World War II monuments and their futuristic art and design will be conducted to produce recommendations for development of a new Western Balkans cultural tourism route.


22 Mar 2019
Legends of the Fortress, GRANT FACT SHEET factsheet

A new cultural route featuring fortresses and running through Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro will interpret heritage through storytelling and will employ videos, theatrical performances and food and craft fairs.


22 Mar 2019
Creative History Balkans Tour, GRANT FACT SHEET factsheet

Foundation EXIT will develop a cultural tour of four fortresses: Citadela (Budva, Montenegro), Kastel (Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina), Petrovaradin (Novi Sad, Serbia) and Rozefa (Shkodër, Albania) and will target young people through storytelling, superb design and digital promotion.


22 Mar 2019
Western Balkans Branch of Roman Emperors and Danube Wine Route, GRANT FACT SHEET factsheet

Danube Competence Centre will research, evaluate and select Roman archaeological sites and surrounding sub-destinations for the inclusion into a new branch of Roman Emperors and Danube Wine Route running through Western Balkans. It will also establish collaboration platform for the development and implementation of the new branch.


22 Mar 2019
SEEculture – Meeting of Cultures route, GRANT FACT SHEET factsheet

Concept of Sarajevo Meeting of Cultures as a model of tourism product based on diverse cultural heritage will be replicated in Kotor and Novi Sad and a new a joint brand and regional cultural tour will be developed.


22 Mar 2019
Development and Promotion of New Via Dinarica Routes, GRANT FACT SHEET factsheet

Community Development Fund will develop and promote six new stages of Via Dinarica trail – some 50 kilometres long – to better connect Kosovo* portion of the trail with the trails in Albania and Montenegro and make them more competitive.


22 Mar 2019
Building a Regional Network across Culture, GRANT FACT SHEET factsheet

A new cultural route in the cross-border region of the Accursed Mountains will be built on traditional lifestyle in remote villages and their songs, dances, verbal history, myths, legends, authentic rituals, cuisine and handcrafts.


22 Mar 2019
Mokra Gora Mt. - Undiscovered Pearl of Via Dinarica Trail, GRANT FACT SHEET factsheet

Institute for Territorial Economic Development - InTER will improve infrastructure and develop and promote a new cross-border branch of Via Dinarica trail running across Mokra Gora Mountain.


22 Mar 2019
Horseback riding trail across the Balkans, GRANT FACT SHEET factsheet

A new horseback riding route spanning over 500 kilometres connecting northern Serbia with southern Bosnia and Herzegovina will network some 50 farmers (horse keepers) and horse riding clubs and engage them in the equestrian tourism industry.


21 Mar 2019
RCC Secretary General, Majlinda Bregu in RTSH1 Përballë programme interview/article

RCC Secretary General Majlinda Bregu was a guest in Përballë programme of the Albanian Radio Televizioni Shqiptar (RTSH1), hosted by Lutfi Dervishi. The topics involved expected accomplishments of regional cooperation in 2019 and how they would affect ordinary citizens in the region.


21 Mar 2019
RCC Secretary General Bregu calls for more efficient future action and better communication with the citizens news

SEE 2020 Strategy’s Coordination Board meets for 11th time in Sarajevo Sarajevo – Coordination Board of the Regional Cooperation Council’s (RCC) South East Europe’s growth Strategy (SEE 2020) has met in Sarajevo today, to reflect on the implementation results, identify potential action synergies for further cooperation as well as post-2020 regional priorities and strategic framework.  The ...


12 Mar 2019
Western Balkans tourism on the rise: Powered by RCC, cultural and adventure tour operators promote the region at the ITB Berlin news

Berlin – Over the last five days, 19 tour operators from the Western Balkans promoted the regional tourism offer at a joint Western Balkans – Powered by RCC.int stand at the world’s leading travel trade show, ITB Berlin, which gathers some 10,000 exhibitors and over 100,000 visitors. International promotion of the region as a cultural and adventure tourism destination is an integral ...


08 Mar 2019
Listen to women – they are the key to unlocking the economic potential of this region news

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07 Mar 2019
Promo Cards: Western Balkans - Crossroads of Civilisations information material

Tourism Development and Promotion: For thousands of years the Western Balkans built its identity on a lavish cultural heritage developed by a myriad of civilisation, which attempted to conquer and rule this stunning corner of Europe. Here you will witness Roma influence, Byzantine churches, Byzantine influence of Ottoman mosques, and Ottoman influence on Austro-Hungarian architecture. For the West, ...


07 Mar 2019
Promo Cards: Balkan Monumental Trail information material

Tourism Development and Promotion: An artistic route honouring heroic perseverance and creative brilliance. This trail explores 40 most exquisite World War II monuments in the region. The Regional Cooperation Council (RCC), through an EU funded Tourism Development and Promotion Project, is now powering the region in awakening the common art and heritage and in developing new and joint cultural and ...


07 Mar 2019
Promo Cards: Roman Emperors and Danube Wine Route’s Illyricum Trail information material

Tourism Development and Promotion: A journey to experience archaeological sites and ancient vineyards. The Roman period marked one of the longest periods of cultural dominances over the Western Balkans. The Illyricum trade takes you on a journey where legends and myths come back to life, along original cobblestone roads, across aqueducts, and in glasses of wine. The Regional Cooperation Council (RCC), ...


07 Mar 2019
Western Balkans Cultural Routes: Awakening Art and Heritage flyer information material

Tourism Development and Promotion: The Western Balkans region shares a common cultural heritage. It is a home to some of the most mesmerising monumental art and traces of Roman Empire. It is a crossroads of civilizations. The Regional Cooperation Council (RCC), through an EU funded Tourism Development and Promotion Project, is now powering the region in awakening the common art and heritage and in ...


07 Mar 2019
RCC Bregu: Cooperation in attracting investments, upskilling youth and women and connecting people priorities for the Western Balkans news

Majlinda Bregu, Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council visits Chamber of Investment Forum of the Western Balkan Six   Trieste – Majlinda Bregu, Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) visited the seat of the Western Balkans Six Chamber Investment Forum (WB6 CIF) in Trieste today, where she met with Safet Gerxhaliu, Secretary General, Marko Čadež, President ...


04 Mar 2019
Powered by RCC: Western Balkans’ adventure tourism takes Utrecht fair news

Utrecht – Over the last three days, ten tour operators from the Western Balkans presented the best of regional adventure tourism offer at the Fiets en Wandelbeurs fair at Jaarbeurs in Utrecht, Netherlands, within the Regional Cooperation Council’s (RCC) EU-funded, Tourism Development and Promotion Project. The presented tourism products, including guided and self-guided hiking and biking tours ...


22 Feb 2019
RCC introduces new regional cultural and adventure tourism routes at the International Fair of Tourism in Belgrade news

Belgrade – The RCC’s Tourism Development and Promotion Project introduced today the three new Western Balkans cultural routes and presented the development work done by the three tourism grants recipients at the largest international tourism fair in the South East European – IFT Belgrade. The RCC is currently developing routes that build and valorise on the unique Word War II monuments – Balkan ...


31 Dec 2018
Abridged Report on Implementation of MAP REA, July-December 2018 report

This report presents the key developments during July-December 2018 along the four components of Multi-annual Action Plan on Regional Economic Area (MAP REA) in the Western Balkans Six (WB6), capturing progress and highlighting the most important milestones. The report is prepared by RCC based on the inputs and reporting delivered by WB6 in several meetings (i.e. MAP REA Coordinators’ meeting, WB6 ...


11 Dec 2018
3rd Meeting of the Western Balkans 6 Working Group on Capital/Financial Markets news

Podgorica - The third meeting of the Western Balkans Six 6 (WB6) Working Group on Capital/Financial Markets, organised by the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC), took place in Podgorica today, deliberating on the possibilities of advancing this work towards the overall financial markets development and discussing possible deliverables for the next Summit of the WB6 Prime Ministers in Poland next July.   Given ...


06 Dec 2018
Western Balkans endorses development of joint tourism routes news

RCC’s Tourism Expert Group meets in Vienna Vienna – The South East Europe Tourism Expert Group (TEG) endorsed a joint plan establishing the regional cultural and adventure tourism routes for the Western Balkans six, at the meeting held in Vienna today. “The agreement on how we are going to shape regional tourism offer is an important step forward in creating joint tourism products that will ...


15 Nov 2018
Svilanovic: Region’s economies need to improve legislation on capital markets, focusing on protection of investors news

RCC hosts Future of Regional Capital Markets panel at 17 Belgrade Stock Exchange Conference  Belgrade – The Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) hosted the panel: The Future of Regional Capital Markets as a partner of the 17th Conference of the Belgrade Stock Exchange ‘Upgrade in Belgrade 2018’ being held in Belgrade today.   Development and networking of capital markets in the ...


09 Nov 2018
Overview of Grants Recipients – 1st Call for Proposals, awarded by the RCC’s Tourism Development and Promotion Project information material

The Regional Cooperation Council (RCC)’s EU-funded Tourism Development and Promotion Project has awarded the first twelve, out of 30 + grants in total value of EUR 548,000. These grants are awarded to the best project proposals received through the public call for proposals looking for ideas intended to improve a joint Western Balkans cultural and adventure tourism offer, as well as infrastructure ...


09 Nov 2018
548.000 EUR worth grants awarded for improvement of Western Balkans cultural and adventure tourism news

RCC, EU grants spark tourism development in WB6  Sarajevo - The Regional Cooperation Council (RCC)’s EU-funded Tourism Development and Promotion Project has awarded the first twelve, out of 30 + grants in a total value of EUR 548,000, in Sarajevo today. These grants are awarded to the best project proposals received through the public call for proposals looking for ideas intended to improve ...


08 Nov 2018
RCC to award first twelve grants for Western Balkans tourism development and promotion news

Sarajevo – The Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) will award the first twelve grants in total worth of EUR 550,000 for the development and promotion of tourism in the Six Western Balkans economies, at a ceremony in Sarajevo tomorrow.  These twelve are the first tranche of a planned 30+ grants that are to be awarded in the 3-year life of the EU-funded RCC-implemented Tourism Development and ...


18 Oct 2018
Report on the activities of the Regional Cooperation Council Secretariat report

The Report on the activities of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretariat is submitted by the RCC Secretary General to the RCC Board in line with Article 15 of the Statute of the RCC. It covers the period between 15 March – 15 October 2018.


11 Oct 2018
RCC begins operationalisation of Regional Investment Reform Agenda - RIRA news

Sarajevo – The Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) began operationalisation of the Regional Investment Reform Agenda (RIRA), with a series of consultations with Western Balkans Six (WB6) economies, on the development of their individual-economy Investment Policy Reform Action Plans (IRAPs), the last of which was held in Sarajevo today. The RIRA and IRAPs are a part of the Multi-Annual Action Plan ...


15 Jul 2018
RCC launches tourism development grant scheme; 1.62 million euro made available news

Sarajevo – Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretariat launched today 1.62-million-euros worth grant scheme that will be utilised to improve infrastructure and quality of services along regional cultural and adventure tourism routes.  The scheme will include 30+ grants, worth up to 54,000 euros each, and will be implemented over a three-year period. “With this grant scheme the ...


11 Jul 2018
RCC Secretary General takes part at the Western Balkans London Summit news

The Secretary General of the regional Cooperation Council (RCC), Goran Svilanovic, took part at the Western Balkans (WB) Summit on 10 July in London. Svilanovic spoke to the EU and Western Balkan leaders about the need to do more on implementation of the RCC-prepared Multiannual Action Plan for Regional Economic Area (MAP REA). He stressed the importance to empower communication between Western ...


06 Jul 2018
BALKAN BAROMETER 2018: BUSINESS OPINION SURVEY survey

2018 Balkan Barometer is the fourth instalment of the annual public opinion survey commissioned by the Regional Cooperation Council to gather and interpret data spanning a number of thematic areas and topics. The Barometer, as in previous years, examines both the region’s perceptions of today, and its expectations for tomorrow, giving voice to the SEE’s business community as well as its citizens ...


06 Jul 2018
BALKAN BAROMETER 2018 - INFOGRAPHICS brochure

BALKAN BAROMETER 2018 booklet features the prevailing issues of the Balkan Barometer (BB) 2018 survey through infographics. The 2018 edition of BB is yet another instalment in the series of annual public opinion surveys commissioned by the Regional Cooperation Council. The entire BB survey is available at http://www.rcc.int/seeds


06 Jul 2018
RCC’s Balkan Barometer 2018: Satisfaction of people and businesses on overall situation in the region is steadily improving news

Brussels – The Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) revealed results of 2018 edition of the Balkan Barometer (BB), an annual survey of citizens and business communities’ opinion on the situation in the region, in Brussels today. The main findings of the survey show that the satisfaction of people and businesses on the overall situation in the region, while still below average, is steadily improving. “Public ...


05 Jul 2018
Brochure: South East Europe 2020 (SEE 2020) Strategy - 2018 IMPLEMENTATION RESULTS information material

The Western Balkans has returned to the growth path, having added more than 600 THOUSAND JOBS to its economies since 2010 and half a million highly educated people to its workforce. The region expanded its trade by additional EUR 33 BILLION and decreased its trade deficit from -23.1 to -19.7 percent of GDP over the last 7 years through strong export performance, signaling increasing competitiveness ...


05 Jul 2018
Brochure: South East Europe 2020 (SEE 2020) Strategy - 2018 IMPLEMENTATION RESULTS brochure

The Western Balkans has returned to the growth path, having added more than 600 THOUSAND JOBS to its economies since 2010 and half a million highly educated people to its workforce. The region expanded its trade by additional EUR 33 BILLION and decreased its trade deficit from -23.1 to -19.7 percent of GDP over the last 7 years through strong export performance, signaling increasing competitiveness ...


05 Jul 2018
SOUTH EAST EUROPE 2020: 2018 ANNUAL REPORT ON IMPLEMENTATION report

A comprehensive monitoring effort was introduced to measure the progress of SEE 2020 Strategy's activities implemented and results achieved. This Annual Report on Implementation (ARI) is the main output of the SEE 2020 monitoring process. This 2018 report covers the period from June 2017 to June 2018 and is divided into two main parts: a summary overview of the progress achieved, issues arising and ...


05 Jul 2018
Major milestone in SEE 2020 Strategy implementation: Western Balkans ADDS more than 600 000 JOBS news

Brussels – Governing Board of the Regional Cooperation Council’s (RCC) South East Europe 2020 Strategy (SEE 2020) endorsed the 2018 Annual Report on Strategy’s implementation (ARI), at its fifth meeting held in Brussels today, in the eve of the presentation of the RCC’s Balkan barometer 2018. The main finding of the report shows that, since the beginning of the SEE 2020 implementation, the ...


04 Jul 2018
Svilanovic: Notable progress achieved in the implementation of Multi-Annual Action Plan on Regional Economic Area in the Western Balkans news

Vienna – Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Goran Svilanovic presented key results of the implementation of Multi-Annual Action Plan on Regional Economic Area (MAP REA) at the ministerial panel dedicated to this topic of the Economy Ministers’ Meeting of the London Western Balkans Summit held in Vienna today. Secretary General Svilanovic said that notable progress has ...


03 Jul 2018
Brochure: Implementation of the Multi-Annual Plan for a Regional Economic Area (MAP REA) brochure

Brochure: Implementation of the Multi-Annual Plan for a Regional Economic Area (MAP REA): Economies at a Glance>State of Play and Way Forward


03 Jul 2018
Annual Report on Implementation of the Multi-Annual Action Plan for a Regional Economic Area (MAP REA) in Western Balkan Six (WB6) report

The Multi-annual Action Plan (MAP) for a Regional Economic Area (REA) in the Western Balkans Six (WB6), endorsed at the Trieste Summit of 12 July 2017, puts forward a strategic joint agenda for the Western Balkan economies to further regional economic cooperation with a view to unleash the potentials for growth, create conditions for better, transparent and predictable investment climate and improve ...


03 Jul 2018
RCC to present SEE2020 strategy implementation results and its Balkan Barometer 2018 this week in Brussels news

Brussels – The Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) is to present the implementation results of the region’s growth strategy, South East Europe 2020 (SEE2020) on 5 July 2018 in Brussels, and day after, on 6 July also in Brussels, the RCC will reveal the results of its 4th edition of the public and business opinion survey – Balkan Barometer 2018. Both are an integral part of the RCC’s monitoring ...


02 Jul 2018
Tourism Development and Promotion Project presentation by Snjezana Derviskadic, Project's Team Leader meeting document

Intervention by Snjezana Derviskadic, Project Leader of the RCC-led Tourism and Development and Promotion Project presented at the project launch in Sarajevo on 28 June 2018.


27 Jun 2018
RCC’s Tourism Expert Group adopts “Crossroad of Civilisations” as a regional tourism identity, agrees on tourism routes to be developed news

Sarajevo – The South East Europe Tourism Expert Group (TEG) adopted “Crossroads of Civilisations” as a regional tourism identity that will be applied throughout all the routes development efforts in the framework of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC)’s Tourism Development and Promotion project, at its 7th meeting held on 27 June 2018 on Jahorina Mountain near Sarajevo. The RCC’s Tourism ...


27 Jun 2018
Regional Cooperation Council to launch Tourism Development and Promotion project for Western Balkans news

Sarajevo – The Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) will launch its project on Tourism Development and Promotion in the Western Balkans on 28 June 2018, in Sarajevo, presenting its team, planned activities and expected results.   Relaying on the priorities set by the region’s governments, the RCC developed this Project  to improve, compile and promote cultural and adventure tourism ...


19 Jun 2018
MAP Stocktaking and Needs Assessment Report report

The overall aim of the Multi-Annual Action Plan (MAP) Stocktaking and Needs Assessment Report is to take stock of the measures and resources needed to implement the key objectives set out in the MAP and recommend future actions, both at economy and regional level. The report identifies the major policy gaps and needs, including assistance through bilateral or regional projects, and proposes a set of ...


28 May 2018
Tourism Development & Promotion Brochure brochure

The Regional Cooperation Council’s Tourism Development & Promotion project works to develop and globally promote joint regional tourism routes and offers; improve skills and capacities in tourism industry; remove administrative barriers to tourism development; and increase inflow of tourists and tourism-generated revenues, thus contributing to the overall economic growth of the region.


18 May 2018
RCC Presents Preliminary Findings of the SEE 2020 Draft Annual Implementation Report to Monitoring Committee news

Podgorica - Monitoring Committee of the South East Europe 2020 (SEE 2020) Strategy met for the 6th time, under auspice of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC), in Podgorica today, to discuss and provide comments on the Strategy’s early draft Annual Implementation Report (ARI). The meeting participants coming from regions’ economies involved in the implementation of SEE 2020 Strategy heard ...


17 May 2018
RCC at the Sofia Western Balkans Summit: Regional Cooperation Council proliferated regional cooperation across all sectors news

Sofia – The Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council, Goran Svilanovic, took part at the EU-Western Balkans Summit hosted by the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU, in Sofia today. The Summit is dedicated to strengthen links between the EU and the Western Balkans in infrastructure, digital and human connectivity. It brought together EU and WB leaders, as well as representatives ...


11 May 2018
Regional Investment Reform Agenda for the Western Balkans Six meeting document

The Regional Investment Reform Agenda (RIRA) was endorsed by representatives of the six Western Balkan (WB6) economies at the Ministerial meeting of the South East Europe Investment Committee (SEEIC) held in Tivat, Montenegro on 11 May 2018. The goal of the RIRA is greater harmonization of WB6 investment policies with the European Union (EU) standards and international best practices, within the framework ...


11 May 2018
Statement from the Ministerial Meeting of the South East Europe Investment Committee meeting document

The Ministerial Statement on “Sustaining Growth in SEE through Development of Regional Economic Area” has been adopted at the SEEIC Ministerial Meeting held on 11 May 2018 in Tivat, Montenegro.


11 May 2018
Regional Investment Reform Agenda (RIRA) Endorsed at the SEEIC Ministerial Meeting news

Tivat - The Regional Investment Reform Agenda (RIRA) was endorsed by representatives of the six Western Balkan (WB6) economies at the Ministerial meeting of the South East Europe Investment Committee (SEEIC) held in Tivat, Montenegro today.  The goal of the RIRA is greater harmonization of WB6 investment policies with the European Union (EU) standards and international best practices, within ...


27 Apr 2018
Preparations for Sofia and London Summits Continue: RCC's SEEIC reviews Regional Investment Reform Agenda news

Sarajevo – The Regional Cooperation Council’s (RCC) South East European Investment Committee (SEEIC)  met at the plenary session in RCC premises today, back-to-back with Sarajevo Business Forum. The meeting  predominantly focused on the achievements, results and deliverables within the framework of Multi-Annual Action Plan for Regional Economic Area (MAP REA) for the Western Balkans, ...


23 Apr 2018
Annual Report of the Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council 2017-2018 report

This Annual Report of the Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) covers the period 1 April 2017 – 15 March 2018. It outlines main RCC activities and achievements in the past year. It also lays out the overall background and crucial developments impacting and shaping the activities of the RCC and the region of South East Europe in the reporting period.


13 Mar 2018
Fourth Meeting on Donor Coordination in the Western Balkans - Participants List meeting document

List of participants of the Fourth Meeting on Donor Coordination in the Western Balkans held in Brussels on 13 march 2018


13 Mar 2018
Conclusions from the Fourth Meeting on Donor Coordination in the Western Balkans meeting document

The Fourth Meeting on Donor Coordination in the Western Balkans was held in Brussels on 13 March 2018. The objective of the Meeting was to map and coordinate donor activities in the Western Balkans so as to help achieve a better alignment of governments’ regional development priorities and donors’ sectoral interventions. The meeting called for synergies in donor coordination process for implementation ...


13 Mar 2018
SEE 2020 Programming Document 2018-2020 meeting document

The RCC South East Europe (SEE) 2020 Strategy Programing Committee adopted the SEE 2020 Programming Document 2018-2020 at its 6th meeting on 12 March 2017 in Brussels. The document sets out the priority actions for the Strategy implementation in the coming period.


13 Mar 2018
RCC hosts 4th Donor Coordination Meeting for the Western Balkans news

Synergy in donor coordination process for implementation of SEE 2020 Strategy and Regional Economic Area in the WB region Brussels – Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) is hosting the 4th Annual Meeting of Donor Coordination for the Western Balkans, in Brussels today.    While opening the meeting the RCC’s Secretary General Goran Svilanovic stressed that this, fourth donors’ gathering, ...


12 Mar 2018
Conclusions from the Sixth Meeting of the SEE 2020 Programming Committee meeting document

The sixth meeting of the SEE 2020 Programming Committee was held in Brussels on 12 March 2018 back to back with the Fourth Meeting on Donor Coordination in the Western Balkans. The aim of the meeting was to discuss and potentially endorse the SEE2020 Programming document for the period 2018 – 2020. The meeting gathered representatives of the South East Europe’s (SEE) economies participating in ...


30 Jan 2018
Second Meeting of MAP Coordinators and B2G Meeting on MAP takes place in Trieste news

Trieste – The second meeting of the Coordinators for the RCC’s Multi Action Plan (MAP) for a Regional Economic Area (REA) in the Western Balkans six (WB6) took place in Trieste today. The meeting provided an overview on the key developments in MAP implementation in each of the WB6 economies and defined clear deliverables/targets for the Sofia and London Summits this spring/summer.  The ...


19 Dec 2017
Fragmentation of capital market in WB6 compels for regional actions and further integration news

First Meeting of the Western Balkans Six Capital Market Authorities Vienna - In line with its activities on the implementation of the Multi Annual Action Plan (MAP) for a Regional Economic Area (REA), the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) organised the first meeting of the Western Balkans Six (WB6) Capital Market Authorities “Diversification of financial systems to boost investment’, which took ...


18 Dec 2017
RCC Secretary General takes part the Berlin Process’s meeting of Western Balkans Sherpas news

Brussels – The Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC), Goran Svilanovic, took part at the meeting of the Berlin process’ Sherpas, organized by the European Commission (EC), in Brussels today. The meeting focused on each of the Western Balkans (WB) economies’ reform measures in implementing the Multiannual Actin Plan (MAP) to create a Regional Economic Area in WB and the Transport ...


21 Nov 2017
UNCTAD, RCC present Investment Policy Review of South East Europe news

Regional cooperation of crucial importance for attracting investments in South East Europe Geneva – The Investment Policy Review (IPR) of South East Europe (SEE), conducted by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) with the support of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC), has been presented in Geneva today.  The Study is based on a traditional UNCTAD Investment ...


12 Oct 2017
The region discusses investments and International Investment Agreements news

Geneva – The first regional meeting of the South East European (SEE) International Investment Agreements (IIAs) Negotiators was held in Geneva today under the umbrella of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC), and in cooperation with the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), aiming to initiate the discussion on the main issues in the existing network of IIAs in the region and to draft ...


09 Oct 2017
BALKAN BAROMETER 2017: PUBLIC OPINION SURVEY survey

The 2017 edition of BALKAN BAROMETER (BB) is yet another instalment in the series of annual public opinion surveys commissioned by the Regional Cooperation Council. It collects and analyses data across a host of thematic areas, examining aspirations and expectations of the region's populations and its business community on life and work, prevalent socio-economic and political trends as well as regional ...


09 Oct 2017
BALKAN BAROMETER 2017: BUSINESS OPINION SURVEY survey

The 2017 edition of BALKAN BAROMETER (BB) is yet another instalment in the series of annual public opinion surveys commissioned by the Regional Cooperation Council. It collects and analyses data across a host of thematic areas, examining aspirations and expectations of the region's populations and its business community on life and work, prevalent socio-economic and political trends as well as regional ...


09 Oct 2017
BALKAN BAROMETER 2017 - INFOGRAPHICS survey

This publication features the prevailing issues of the Balkan Barometer (BB) 2017 survey through infographics. The 2017 edition of BB is yet another instalment in the series of annual public opinion surveys commissioned by the Regional Cooperation Council. The entire BB survey is available at http://www.rcc.int/seeds


06 Oct 2017
RCC to present its Balkan Barometer 2017 – a perception survey of citizens and business communities on the situation in the region news

Brussels – The Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) is to present its 3rd edition of the public and business opinion survey – Balkan Barometer 2017 in Brussels, Belgium, on 9 October 2017.  The launch, organised by the RCC in cooperation with European Policy Centre (EPC) – an independent think-thank, envisages presentation of key findings of the Balkan Barometer public and business opinion ...


12 Jul 2017
Multi-annual Action Plan for a Regional Economic Area in the Western Balkans Six meeting document

The leaders of Western Balkans Six (WB6) endorsed the Multi-annual Action Plan on a Regional Economic Area in the Western Balkans (MAP), prepared by the RCC, at the Berlin Process summit on 12 July 2017, in Trieste, Italy . The RCC has been tasked to monitor and inform on the progress achieved in MAP implementation.


12 Jul 2017
Trieste: Six Western Balkans leaders endorse Regional Economic Area news

RCC tasked to monitor and inform on the progress achieved in its implementation Trieste - The leaders of Western Balkans Six (WB6) endorsed the Multi-annual Action Plan on a Regional Economic Area in the Western Balkans (MAP), at the summit in Trieste today. The MAP has been created to enable unobstructed flow of goods, services, capital and highly skilled labour, making the region more attractive ...


29 Jun 2017
South East Europe 2020: 2017 Annual Report on Implementation report

The report, endorsed at the SEE 2020 Governing Board meeting held on 28 June 2017 in Dubrovnik, Croatia, reflects the status of implementation of the RCC’s SEE 2020 Strategy.


28 Jun 2017
Infographics - SOUTH EAST EUROPE 2020: 2017 ANNUAL REPORT ON IMPLEMENTATION brochure

This publication shows the most catching results in implementation of the SEE 2020 Strategy until December 2016 through Infographics. For full information where the SEE is when it comes to implementation of the SEE 2020 strategy, please check the South East Europe 2020: 2017 Annual Report on Implementation.


28 Jun 2017
Annual report on SEE 2020 Strategy implementation endorsed news

  Dubrovnik – Governing Board of the Regional Cooperation Council’s (RCC) SEE 2020 Strategy (SEE 2020) endorsed the Annual Report on Strategy’s implementation (ARI). The fourth Meeting of the SEE 2020 Governing Board was held in Dubrovnik today, in the eve of the RCC’s Annual meeting.   Goran Svilanovic, Secretary General of the RCC stressed that the 2017 draft edition of ARI, ...


22 May 2017
Sarajevo Business Forum 2017: RCC hosts panel "One Region, One Economy - Connectivity and Potential" news

Sarajevo – The Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) hosted a panel "One Region, One Economy - Connectivity and Potential" at Sarajevo Business Forum 2017 (SBF 2017) today. This year’s edition of the SBF 2017 is being co-organized by the RCC.  Dragana Djurica, RCC’s Senior Expert on Competitiveness, said that economic integration of South East Europe is a certain avenue to ...


11 May 2017
Western Balkans’ economies continue preparations for the upcoming Triste Summit at the joint RCC-CEFTA-European Commission Workshop news

Sarajevo – Representatives of the Western Balkan (WB) six economies coming from ministries in charge of labour, education, trade, investments, digital agenda, foreign affairs as well as representatives of prime ministers gathered in Sarajevo today to identify joint economic integration initiatives and priority areas that could be presented at the Western Balkans Summit in Trieste, Italy on 12 ...


17 Mar 2017
SEE 2020 Programming Document 2017-2019 meeting document

The RCC South East Europe (SEE) 2020 Strategy Programing Committee adopted the SEE 2020 Programming Document 2017-2019 at its 5th meeting on 15 March 2017 in Sarajevo. The document sets out the priority actions for the Strategy implementation in the coming period.


07 Mar 2017
RCC at Kopaonik Business Forum 2017: Moving forward through regional economic integration page

The Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretary General, Goran Svilanovic, is to moderate the panel discussion ‘Regional investment projects reform agenda: One region, one economy?’ of the 24th Kopaonik Business Forum, on 7 March 2017, at Kopaonik, Serbia. Kopaonik Business Forum (KBF) in an annual event organized by the Serbian Associations of Economists and Corporate Directors, under the patronage ...


07 Mar 2017
RCC at Kopaonik Business Forum 2017: Moving forward through regional economic integration news

Kopaonik/Sarajevo – Necessity of reforms leading towards regional economic integration as the part of the EU accession process of the Western Balkan economies was an overwhelming position of participants of panel discussion ‘Regional investment projects reform agenda: One region, one economy?’ with the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretary General, Goran Svilanovic and representatives ...


01 Jan 2017
Competitiveness brochure

Brochure on RCC’s flagship ‘Competitiveness’, featuring goals, results, and actions of the organization in this area to be taken in the forthcoming period. The Regional Cooperation Council is working towards integration of the South East Europe market, making it more competitive on the global business scene, and generating more revenues and jobs


18 Nov 2016
Job creation in South East Europe needs reform and harmonization of investment policies news

Geneva, Switzerland -  Reforming and harmonizing investment policies in South East Europe will help to attract investors, a senior regional official said, at a meeting in Geneva on Thursday to discuss economic cooperation on investment into the region.  The economies of South East Europe are collaborating on a historic regional Investment Policy Review (IPR) – the first of its kind undertaken ...


10 Nov 2016
Balkan Barometer 2016, Infographics, pocket edition survey

Balkan Barometer 2016 edition is a comprehensive survey commissioned by the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) on attitudes, experiences and perceptions of the general public and business community in South East Europe on various economic, social, political and cultural issues. It is an integral part of the annual monitoring process of the SEE2020 Strategy. Balkan Barometer pocket edition reveals the ...


21 Jun 2016
Balkan Barometer 2016: Business Opinion Survey survey

The Balkan Barometer, published for the first time in 2015, surveys 7,000 citizens and 1,400 businesses in seven SEE economies, on a wide range of issues dealing with the political, socio-economic, business and investment climate, infrastructure, rule of law and other developments in the region. This year’s survey also includes select information on Moldova and Slovenia, giving a wider overview of ...


21 Jun 2016
Balkan Barometer 2016: Public Opinion Survey survey

The Balkan Barometer, published for the first time in 2015, surveys 7,000 citizens and 1,400 businesses in seven SEE economies, on a wide range of issues dealing with the political, socio-economic, business and investment climate, infrastructure, rule of law and other developments in the region. This year’s survey also includes select information on Moldova and Slovenia, giving a wider overview of ...


01 Jun 2016
South East Europe 2020: 2016 Annual Report on Implementation report

The report, presented at the SEE 2020 Governing Board meeting held on 30 May 2016 in Pravets, Bulgaria, reflects the status of implementation of the RCC’s SEE 2020 Strategy.


30 May 2016
SEE 2020 Strategy implementation shows a mixed bag of results in the past year press release

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) today. In the past year, the RCC has focused on integrating the lessons learned into key building blocks for the upcoming Strategy and Work Programme for 2017-2019 (SWP ...


06 May 2016
Furthering the digitalisation in South East Europe news

Tirana/Sarajevo  – The 2nd  International Conference on “E-Permitting for a Competitive Region” that started in Tirana today, will look at the state of issuing electronic permits in the region and thereby the state of digitalisation in South East Europe. Regional Cooperation Council’s (RCC) Secretary General, Goran Svilanovic, took part in a panel discussion on “Regional Cooperation ...


04 May 2016
RCC at Sarajevo Business Forum: With common market our region can be economically stronger and more competitive news

Sarajevo – The 7th International Investments Conference – Sarajevo Business Forum, started today in the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina. This year’s focus of the conference is on Industrial Capacity Cooperation and on expanding the business opportunities with China. Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretary General, Goran Svilanovic, took part in the conference by moderating the panel ...


28 Apr 2016
Ten scholarships for a better future press release

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 and the students, RCC Secretary General, Goran Svilanovic, wished them lots of success in their studies and expressed his hope that once they finish their studies, they will contribute ...


22 Apr 2016
RCC and BBI to provide scholarships for ten pupils and students from Srebrenica and Bratunac press release

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 (28 April 2016), the certificates of scholarship will be presented to pupils and students by BBI Bank Director Amer Bukvic and RCC Secretary General Goran Svilanovic. Secondary ...


09 Mar 2016
Svilanovic on regional economy - tough but with a glimmer of optimism news

Taking part in the 23rd  Kopaonik Business Forum yesterday, Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretary General, Goran Svilanovic emphasised that it is impossible to overestimate the importance of regional cooperation and economic consolidation if South East Europe wants to remain competitive on its own, European and global markets. It is quite clear, said Svilanovic, “that European businesses ...


13 Jan 2016
Strengthening Economic Cooperation Between South East Europe and Turkey study

This study represents a proposal for strengthening and deepening the economic relations between South East Europe and Turkey, by providing comprehensive diagnostics of SEE’s and Turkey’s economies, complementarities between their businesses, as well as defining key strategic policy areas in which they can work together. It recommends and proposes specific project ideas which could serve as an inspiration ...


09 Dec 2015
RCC boosting competitiveness in South East Europe press release

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, solidarity and good neighbourly relations. In this way, they will contribute to the growth of competitiveness and development of the economies and business in South East Europe ...


04 Sep 2015
RCC connecting SEE and Turkish business press release

“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.” This quote by Esen Caglar, the Deputy Director of the Economic Policy Research Foundation of Turkey (TEPAV) sums in a nutshell the panel discussion held today in Ankara as a part of a major B20 meeting. The panel, co-organised by ...


04 Sep 2015
Integrating South Eastern Europe to global markets: RCC brings together Turkish and SEE businesses news

Ankara, 4 September 2015 - The Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC), Goran Svilanović, is to lead the panel on integration of South East Europe into the global markets, at the B20 meeting in Ankara today. The panel is co-organised by the RCC Secretariat and the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB), as a part of the B20 meeting of business people from G20 ...


21 May 2015
Governing Board of RCC’s SEE2020 Strategy Meets in Tirana press release

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 in the region, creating jobs and assisting the EU accession process. The Strategy was adopted in November 2013 and today’s meeting of the Governing Board was an opportunity ...


13 May 2015
Goran Svilanovic hosts “One Region, One Economy’ panel at Sarajevo Business Forum press release

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). Mr. Svilanovic emphasized that South East European economies need to work together since that is the only way to create jobs and wealth, saying that as a common market, the ...


06 May 2015
Balkan Opinion Barometer 2015 survey

The report presents the results of the RCC-commissioned survey of public opinion of SEE citizens on crucial economic and development issues, intended to engage more closely the general public in context of the RCC’s SEE 2020 Strategy. The survey was carried out in December 2014 by GfK, and was conducted face to face with 7000 respondents, in all seven economies covered by the Strategy.


06 May 2015
Balkan Business Barometer 2015 survey

The report presents the results of the RCC-commissioned survey of business sentiment in SEE on crucial economic and development issues, intended to engage more closely the business community in context of the RCC’s SEE 2020 Strategy. The survey was carried out in December 2014 by GfK, and was conducted face to face with 1400 companies of different size and different business areas, which are not ...


30 Apr 2015
Conclusions of the Conference on Combating Shadow Economy: A Necessity for Investments in SEE meeting document

The event, co-organised by the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Regional Cooperation Council and Foreign Investors Councils of the region, took place on 28 April 2015, in Sarajevo, BiH.


28 Apr 2015
Combating Shadow Economy: A Necessity for Investments in SEE press release

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 the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Regional Cooperation Council and Foreign Investors Councils of the region and includes also officials from tax and ...


03 Feb 2015
Employment and economic situation crucial for the region press release

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 of Trade and Industry, and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Participants heard about the instruments for measuring the results achieved ...


16 Sep 2014
RCC co-organises the 4th BiH Congress on Roads news

SARAJEVO – The Association of Consulting Engineers of Bosnia and Herzegovina (ACE BH) with the support of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) and under the auspices of the Ministry of Transport and Communications is organizing the 4th BiH Congress on Roads which will be held on the 18th and 19th September in Sarajevo. In line with RCC’s SEE 2020 strategy, this conference will provide ...


26 Jun 2014
South East Europe Investment Committee integrated into Regional Cooperation Council’s structures as of 1 July 2014 news

The South East Europe Investment Committee (SEEIC) met in Zagreb on 26 June to discuss a range of issues dealing with the economic growth in the region. Co-organised by the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) and the Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Croatia, the meeting took note of the full integration of the SEEIC into the structures of the RCC. This change will take effect on the 1 ...


14 May 2014
Address by the RCC Secretary General, Goran Svilanovic, at the Sarajevo Business Forum statement/speech

The speech was delivered at the event organized in cooperation with the RCC Secretariat, on 14 May 2014, within the panel “Regional investments and business guidelines”, chaired by the RCC Secretary General


11 May 2014
Interview by RCC Expert on Integrated Growth, Dragana Djurica, to BiH daily Oslobodjenje interview/article

In the interview the RCC Expert on Integrated Growth, Dragana Djurica, speaks about the issues women entrepreneurs face, the way to tackle them and motivate women to do business in larger numbers, as well as about the RCC's overall development Strategy for the region – South East Europe 2020.


01 May 2014
Interview by RCC Secretary General, Goran Svilanovic, to Serbian Magazine CorD interview/article

In the interview the RCC Secretary General is speaking about the RCC’s SEE 2020 Strategy, organisation's priorities, economic situation in SEE and regional cooperation.


27 Feb 2014
Report to RCC Board on activities of RCC Secretariat report

The report covers the period from 1 October to 31 December 2013.


24 Feb 2014
Address by RCC Secretary General, Goran Svilanovic, at EBRD high-level meeting on investing in the Western Balkans statement/speech

The Speech was delivered at the conference “Investing in the Western Balkans”, hosted by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, in London on 24 February 2014


27 Jan 2014
Article by RCC Secretary General, Goran Svilanovic, featuring RCC’s SEE 2020 strategy interview/article

The author article by the RCC Secretary General, has been published by 9 dailies from the region: in Politika (Serbia, published on 24 January 2014); Dnevni avaz, Nezavisne novine and Vecernji list (Bosnia and Herzegovina, published on 22 January 2014); Vijesti (Montenegro, published on 20 January 2014); Mapo (Albania, published on 17 January 2014); Jutarnji list (Croatia, published on 17 January 2014); ...


17 Dec 2013
RCC Secretary General to interact with regional press via Twitter on SEE 2020 strategy press release

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 13.00 until 13.30, dealing with topics covered by the South East Europe 2020 Strategy. The Twitter interview will be an oportunity for journalists to ask questions and get ...


21 Nov 2013
South East Europe 2020 strategy for creating 1 million jobs in the region adopted in Sarajevo today press release

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 adopted in Sarajevo today at the Ministerial Conference of the South East Europe Investment Committee, co-chaired by the government of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the RCC. The ...


21 Nov 2013
South East Europe 2020 strategy report

The goal of the South East Europe (SEE) 2020 strategy of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC), is to improve living conditions in the region and bring competitiveness and development back in focus, closely following the vision of the EU strategy Europe 2020. It stresses out the shared vision of the SEE economies to open up to 1 million new jobs by 2020, by enabling employment growth from 39% to 44%, ...


21 Nov 2013
Video by Serbian public broadcaster RTS featuring adoption of RCC’s SEE 2020 strategy statement/speech

The video has been broadcasted at RTS main News programme on 1 November 2013.


21 Nov 2013
Statement from the Ministerial Conference of the South East Europe Investment Committee, adopting SEE 2020 strategy declaration/decision

The Statement has been adopted at a meeting held on 21 November 2013 in Sarajevo, BiH.


19 Nov 2013
Region’s ministers to adopt South East Europe 2020 strategy for creating 1 million jobs in the region press release

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 new jobs in SEE until 2020 is the most important aim of the strategy dubbed “Jobs and Prosperity in a European Perspective”. The event will bring together ministers of economy from ...


01 Oct 2013
First version of South East Europe 2020 strategy for creating 1 million jobs presented in seven cities across the region press release

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 new jobs in the region, with participation of Arben Ahmetaj, Minister of Economic Development, Trade and Entrepreneurship of Albania. The document is being prepared by the RCC Secretariat, ...


23 Sep 2013
Article by Croatian daily, Jutarnji list, featuring RCC's SEE 2020 strategy interview/article

The article, published on 23 September 2013, feature Regional Cooperation Council (RCC)’s South East Europe (SEE) 2020 strategy


19 Sep 2013
Interview by Sanjin Arifagic, RCC’s SEE 2020 Coordinator and Senior RCC Expert on Economic and Social Development, to Al Jazeera Balkans interview/article

In the interview, published on 19 September 2013, Senior RCC Expert on Economic and Social Development features Regional Cooperation Council (RCC)’s South East Europe (SEE) 2020 strategy


16 Sep 2013
RCC staff featuring South East Europe (SEE) 2020 strategy statement/speech

Videos of RCC staff: Sanjin Arifagic, SEE 2020 Coordinator and Senior Expert on Economic and Social Development; Dinka Zivalj, Spokesperson; Mladen Dragasevic, Head of Building Human Capital and Cross Cutting Issues Unit; Miroslav Kukobat, Senior Expert on Energy and Infrastructure; and Svetlana Gligorovska, Expert on Infrastructure, featuring SEE 2020 strategy, at a workshop held in Sarajevo on 16 ...


09 Sep 2013
RCC to present South East Europe 2020 strategy for creating 1 million jobs in the region press release

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 (RCC) Secretariat, in close consultation with governments and initiatives from South East Europe. The basic goal of the SEE 2020 strategy is to improve living conditions in ...


27 Jun 2013
Interview by RCC Secretary General, Goran Svilanovic, to Bosnia and Herzegovina daily Oslobodjenje interview/article

The RCC Secretary General talks about political situation in South East Europe, regional cooperation and the RCC role, especially in relation to the SEE 2020 growth strategy.


26 Jun 2013
Article by RCC Secretary General, Goran Svilanovic, to Serbian daily Danas interview/article

The article discusses regional cooperation, EU integration, SEE 2020 and Serbia in this context.


19 Jun 2013
Competitiveness working group created under South East Europe 2020 growth strategy, at RCC-hosted meeting in Sarajevo press release

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).  The competitiveness dimension contained under the sustainable growth pillar of SEE 2020 will work to improve regional value chains in the Western Balkans, i.e. the ability ...


18 Jun 2013
RCC meeting to discuss progress in developing South East Europe 2020 growth strategy, in Sarajevo tomorrow press release

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 the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretariat. The most important SEE 2020 targets include: employment growth in the region by 12%, increase in mutual trade by 230%, and ...


30 May 2013
Strategy and Work Programme of the Regional Cooperation Council for 2014-2016 report

The strategy was adopted by the RCC Board on 25 April 2013 in Sarajevo and endorsed by the participants of the RCC Annual Meeting, on 30 May 2013 in Ohrid.


19 Mar 2013
New work programme of South East Europe Investment Committee to focus on SEE 2020 growth strategy press release

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 regional growth strategy. The South East Europe (SEE) 2020 strategy sets out the region’s growth and development vision. By 2020 the region needs to increase its GDP from 38% ...


19 Mar 2013
South East Europe Investment Committee (SEEIC) Work Programme for the Year 2013 meeting document

Adopted at the 12th SEEIC meeting, held in Sarajevo, on 19 March 2013.


18 Mar 2013
South East Europe 2020 growth strategy in focus of regional meeting, to be held in Sarajevo tomorrow, under RCC auspices press release

SARAJEVO, 18 March 2013 – 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 Sarajevo tomorrow. The SEE 2020 targets that the region needs to reach by 2020 include: regional GDP increase from 38% to 46% of EU average; total value of regional ...


13 Mar 2013
Statement by RCC Secretary General, Goran Svilanovic, to BiH news agency Fena interview/article

Secretary General Svilanovic talks about opportunities for the region under the new EU Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA II).


11 Mar 2013
Seven German ambassadors from Western Balkans and foreign ministry discuss regional issues, express support to RCC work press release

SARAJEVO, 11 March 2013 – 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 perspective during a visit to the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretariat in Sarajevo today. The ambassadors gave full support to RCC efforts in boosting ...


21 Nov 2012
Western Balkans policy on new skills for new jobs to be adopted at RCC, FES co-organized event in Sarajevo, tomorrow press release

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. The document will elaborate a broad platform for regional cooperation on job creation, focusing on the establishment of a regional workforce information system; education, ...


09 Nov 2012
Western Balkans ministers adopt 11 targets for regional economic growth by 2020, under RCC auspices press release

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 Cooperation Council (RCC)'s South East Europe Investment Committee (SEEIC), held in Tirana today. The targets form the basis for a regional South East Europe 2020 (SEE 2020) ...


09 Nov 2012
Address by Albanian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy, Trade and Energy, Edmond Haxhinasto, at the South East Europe Investment Committee Ministerial Conference statement/speech

The address was delivered at the conference held in Tirana, Albania, on 9 November 2012.


09 Nov 2012
Statement from the Ministerial Conference of the South East Europe Investment Committee declaration/decision

Ministers of the Western Balkans economies adopted the statement at the conference ‘South East Europe 2020 – Towards Convergence and Growth’, held in Tirana, Albania on 9 November 2012.


09 Nov 2012
Address by the RCC Secretary General, Hido Biscevic, at the South East Europe Investment Committee Ministerial Conference statement/speech

The address was delivered at the conference held in Tirana, Albania, on 9 November 2012.


04 Oct 2012
2.2 million euro project boosting women entrepreneurship in South East Europe kicks off news

Women-led enterprises have direct impact on economic development, as they reduce use of safety net services and bring higher social and tax benefits for the economy, said Jelica Minic, Deputy Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretary General, at the Bosnia and Herzegovina launch of the project Women entrepreneurship – a job creation engine for South East Europe, in Sarajevo, today. The purpose ...


03 Oct 2012
Nine targets of regional 2020 strategy supported by South East Europe Investment Committee, under RCC auspices press release

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 Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretariat in Sarajevo today. The proposed targets for the South East Europe (SEE) 2020 Strategy include growing the region’s total value ...


02 Oct 2012
South East Europe Investment Committee to back initial targets for regional 2020 strategy, at RCC-hosted meeting in Sarajevo press release

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. The event, hosted by the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretariat, will focus on setting the targets for integrated, smart, inclusive, and sustainable growth within a good governance framework. The participants ...


11 Jul 2012
Investment in modern technologies at core of efficient economy, says RCC hosted meeting of e-South East Europe initiative press release

SARAJEVO, 11 July 2012 – 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 (ICT), which play an important role in jobs creation of every country in the region. The meeting discussed the status of implementation of the eSEE ...


11 Jul 2012
Long-term social development in Western Balkans to be discussed at RCC, FES event in Sarajevo, tomorrow press release

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 with EU social agenda. The meeting, which will gather relevant national policy makers, social partners, experts and international organizations, is being organized by the ...


18 Jun 2012
Regional access to finance forum to be held in Sarajevo tomorrow, under RCC, USAID and Sida auspices press release

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, will be held in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, tomorrow, 19 June. The event is being co-organized by the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretariat, the United States ...


26 Apr 2012
Address by RCC Spokesperson, Dinka Živalj, on the occasion of marking the International Girls in ICT Day statement/speech

The event, organized by the Ministry of Communications and Transport of Bosnia and Herzegovina, in partnership with the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretariat, the United Nations Development Programme, Microsoft, Oracle, Lexmark and One World – Platform for South East Europe Foundation, was held on 26 April 2012, in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.


25 Apr 2012
RCC’s Southeast Europe Investment Committee adopts 2-year work programme in Sarajevo, to boost region’s competitiveness press release

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. The Work Programme seeks to create and implement a common vision for economic development in South East Europe (SEE) by 2020; increase competitiveness of the region through ...


25 Apr 2012
Greater involvement of girls in ICT to be promoted in Sarajevo by Ministry of Communications, RCC, and partners press release

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, tomorrow. The event is organized by the Ministry of Communications and Transport of Bosnia and Herzegovina, in partnership with the Regional Cooperation Council ...


25 Apr 2012
Southeast Europe Investment Committee (SEEIC) Work Programme 2012-2013 meeting document

The SEEIC Work Programme 2012-2013 has been adopted at the meeting held under the umbrella of the Regional Cooperation Council Secretariat, in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina on 24-25 April 2012.


24 Apr 2012
Address by RCC Secretary General, Hido Biscevic, at 10th meeting of South East Europe Investment Committee statement/speech

The meeting was held at RCC Secretariat in Sarajevo on 24-25 April 2012.


27 Mar 2012
Address by RCC Secretary General, Hido Biscevic, at a signing ceremony of the Platform for Joint Action of the Security Exchanges of South East Europe statement/speech

Directors of eight South East European stock exchanges signed the Platform under the RCC Secretariat auspices, in Sarajevo on 27 March 2012.


26 Mar 2012
Eight South East European stock exchanges to sign platform for joint action, under RCC auspices in Sarajevo press release

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.  The Platform is expected to enhance cooperation among the securities exchanges and improve access to finance in the region, which is a key prerequisite for private ...


03 Jan 2012
Interview by Deputy RCC Secretary General, Jelica Minic, to Radio Free Europe interview/article

In the interview Deputy RCC Secretary General speaks about RCC’s activities in 2011 and plans for 2012.


31 Dec 2011
Article by RCC Expert on Economic and Social Development, Nand Shani, published in Newsletter of Regional Health Development Center on Mental Health in South-eastern Europe interview/article

The article was published in the first issue of organization’s newsletter, from December 2011.


23 Dec 2011
Interview by Hido Biscevic, RCC Secretary General, to Albanian weekly Tirana Times interview/article

In the interview, published on 23 December 2011, the RCC Secretary General speaks about the organization’s work and the regional cooperation in South East Europe.


13 Dec 2011
Conference on the role of Civil Society Networks in the Western Balkans and Turkey starts in Sarajevo press release

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, and at their greater involvement in the implementation of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) strategy. The conference is bringing together representatives of regional ...


12 Dec 2011
Western Balkans civil society to discuss greater participation in EU accession and RCC strategy implementation, at Sarajevo conference press release

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 strategy, will be opened in Sarajevo tomorrow. The conference, 'Regional Civil Society Organisations’ (CSOs) Networks in the IPA Countries' is organised by the EU funded project, ...


08 Dec 2011
Report to RCC Board on activities of RCC Secretariat report

The report covers the period from 9 September - 30 November 2011, and reflects progress in implementation of the RCC Strategy and Work Programme 2011-2013.


24 Nov 2011
Ministerial conference in Paris welcomes management transfer of South East Europe Investment Committee from OECD to RCC press release

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. The event, “Building a 2020 Vision for South East Europe”, was co-organised by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the Government of the Republic of Slovenia, ...


16 Nov 2011
131 million euro European Commission strategy for Western Balkan discussed at Regional Cooperation Council in Sarajevo press release

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 regional cooperation that ends in Sarajevo today. This two-day meeting, hosted by the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretariat and the Parliament of Bosnia and Herzegovina, ...


16 Nov 2011
Opening address by the RCC Secretary General, Hido Biščević, at the IPA Multi-Beneficiary Coordination Meeting statement/speech

The two-day meeting, hosted by the RCC Secretariat, opened on 15 November 2011 in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.


16 Nov 2011
Opening address by the Head of EU Delegation to Bosnia and Herzegovina/EU Special Representative, Ambassador Peter Sorensen, at the IPA Multi-Beneficiary Coordination Meeting statement/speech

The two-day meeting, hosted by the RCC Secretariat, opened on 15 November 2011 in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.


07 Nov 2011
High level meeting on information society development takes place in Tirana, boosts commitment to regional growth press release

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 growth, regional competitiveness and improved quality of life in South East Europe. The three-day event, held within the framework of the Electronic South Eastern Europe (eSEE) ...


27 Oct 2011
Article by Radio Free Europe featuring Regional Cooperation Council interview/article

The article, containing statement by Jelica Minic, Deputy RCC Secretary General, focuses on the RCC co-organized regional conference “New Skills for New Jobs”, that took place in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, on 27-28 October 2011.


25 Oct 2011
RCC-hosted South East European social agenda week to open in Sarajevo today press release

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) Secretariat. The week will open with a regional workshop “Social Economy for South East Europe 2020”, on 25-26 October. The meeting will discuss development of a long-term ...


13 Oct 2011
South East European health ministers foster inclusion of health into all policies, tackle killer diseases, at RCC- and WHO-supported forum press release

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 Ministers’ Forum is meeting in Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina, on 13–14 October 2011, attended by health ministers and high-level officials from the 10 countries in the South-eastern ...


13 Oct 2011
Address by the RCC Secretary General, Hido Biscevic at the Third Health Ministerial Forum: Health in All Policies statement/speech

The address has been delivered at a two-day meeting on 13 October 2011 in Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina.


10 Oct 2011
South East European health ministers to tackle killer diseases together, with RCC and WHO support press release

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 Israel will hold their third ministerial forum in Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina, on 13-14 October 2011. The ministers will consider ways to involve other crucial sectors ...


07 Oct 2011
Address by the Deputy RCC Secretary General, Jelica Minic, at the the Summit 100 Business Leaders of Southeast Europe-A New Deal for a New Age statement/speech

The speech has been delivered on 7 October in Arandjelovac, Serbia.


29 Sep 2011
Interview by Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council, Hido Biščević, to BiH daily Dnevni list interview/article

This is the second, economic, part of the interview published on 29 September 2011.


28 Sep 2011
Directors general of South East European public media to sign cooperation protocol in Sarajevo, with RCC support press release

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 in Sarajevo on Friday, 30 September. The Protocol on Regional Cooperation in Education and Training among members of the European Association of Public Service Media in South ...


15 Sep 2011
Report to RCC Board on activities of RCC Secretariat report

The report covers the period from 9 May 2011 to 9 September 2011, and reflects progress in implementation of the RCC Strategy and Work Programme 2011-2013.


21 Jul 2011
Interview by Deputy Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council, Jelica Minic, to Balkans.com Business News interview/article

In the interview Deputy RCC Secretary General speaks about RCC’s role in regional cooperation in South East Europe, organization’s activities and its short and long-term goals.


13 Jul 2011
RCC, SIDA sign 2.2 million Euros agreement to support women entrepreneurship in South East Europe news

The Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretariat and Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) signed today in Sarajevo a 2.2 million Euros worth agreement aiming to boost women entrepreneurship in South East Europe (SEE) through combined public and private sector effort. The project “Women entrepreneurship – a job creation engine for South East Europe”, will promote best ...


06 Jul 2011
Serbian President Tadic gives full support to RCC activities in promoting regional cooperation in South East Europe press release

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 his meeting with RCC Secretary General Hido Biscevic. The two officials discussed joint activities following the last week’s Serbian takeover of the Chairmanship-in-Office ...


30 Jun 2011
Heads of State and Government of South East Europe praise work of Regional Cooperation Council press release

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 2011-2013, endorsing the Annual Report of its Secretary General. “We paid particular attention to the results achieved by the RCC in the implementation of the Strategy ...


29 Jun 2011
South East European foreign ministers voice support to RCC activities, endorse its Annual Report press release

  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, Montenegro. They extended full support to the implementation of the RCC Strategy and Work Programme 2011-2013 and endorsed the organization’s Annual Report 2010-2011. ...


29 Jun 2011
Address of RCC Secretary General Hido Biscevic at the meeting of SEECP Ministers of Foreign Affairs, 29 June 2011 statement/speech

The address was delivered in Budva, Montenegro.


28 Jun 2011
Regional cooperation in South East Europe encouraging, says RCC Secretary General at the organization’s Annual Meeting press release

  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 third Annual Meeting in the Montenegrin town of Becici near Budva, on 28 June 2011. “The new spirit of cooperation, reconciliation, moderation and pragmatism ...


28 Jun 2011
Address by the Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC), Hido Biscevic, at the RCC Annual Meeting statement/speech

The third RCC Annual Meeting was held on 28 June 2011, in Becici, Montenegro.


25 May 2011
Address by Deputy RCC Secretary General, Jelica Minic, at a regional conference on social agenda for the Western Balkans statement/speech

The speech was delivered at the opening of RCC-organized conference in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, on 25 May 2011.


24 May 2011
RCC to host first meeting on social agenda for the Western Balkans press release

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. This first-of-the-kind event is being organized by the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretariat with support of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation (FES). The conference ...


12 May 2011
Quarterly report by RCC Secretary General Hido Biscevic report

The report covers the period from 9 March 2011 to 9 May 2011, and reflects progress in implementation of the RCC Strategy and Work Programme 2011-2013.


19 Apr 2011
Conference on road infrastructure safety in South East Europe to open in Sarajevo tomorrow press release

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. The event is co-organized by the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretariat, the Association of Consulting Engineers of Bosnia and Herzegovina (ACE BiH) and the Ministry of Communications and ...


06 Apr 2011
Interview by RCC Secretary General, Hido Biscevic, to Serbian Radio Novi Sad interview/article

In the interview, RCC Secretary General speaks about the conference ‘Western Balkans and Europe 2020 – Towards Convergence and Growth’, organized by RCC on 30-31 March 2011 in Brussels, as well as about RCC activities in general.


03 Apr 2011
Article by New Europe weekly featuring Regional Cooperation Council’s activities interview/article

The article reports on the conference ‘Western Balkans and Europe 2020 – Towards Convergence and Growth’, organized by the Regional Cooperation Council Secretariat on 30-31 March in Brussels.


31 Mar 2011
Western Balkans and Europe 2020 conference agrees RCC best suited to help align regional programmes with Europe 2020 press release

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 Council (RCC) is the institution most apt to help align regional programmes with goals of Europe 2020 strategy of the European Union (EU). The participants agreed that ...


31 Mar 2011
Preliminary summary findings of a survey of regional initiatives and task forces in South East Europe meeting document

The document was presented at the RCC-organized conference ‘Western Balkans and Europe 2020 – Towards Convergence and Growth’, on 30-31 March 2011 in Brussels.


30 Mar 2011
Address by the RCC Secretary General, Hido Biscevic, at the conference 'Western Balkans and Europe 2020: Path Towards Convergence and Growth’ statement/speech

The event, that gathered over 100 participants, was held in Brussels, Belgium on 30-31 March 2011.


30 Mar 2011
Article by Serbian news agency Beta featuring Regional Cooperation Council’s activities interview/article

The article reports on the opening of the conference ‘Western Balkans and Europe 2020 – Towards Convergence and Growth’, organized by the Regional Cooperation Council Secretariat on 30-31 March in Brussels.


24 Mar 2011
RCC-organized conference on Western Balkans and Europe 2020 to discuss growth in the region, gather close to 50 institutions and donors press release

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 will be organized by the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretariat. The conference compliments goals of the European Union’s Europe 2020 strategy for smart, sustainable ...


18 Mar 2011
Regional Strategic Document on Justice and Home Affairs 2011-2013 and the Action Plan for its implementation report

The Strategic Document was endorsed by the Ministers in Budva, Montenegro, on 18 March 2011.


17 Mar 2011
Article on cross-border cooperation in Western Balkans, with references to Regional Cooperation Council. interview/article

The article, published at TransConflict and Eurasia Review websites, was originally written by Development and Transition, a joint project of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Europe and the CIS and the London School of Economics (LSE).


09 Mar 2011
Interview by Deputy RCC Secretary General, Jelica Minic, to BiH monthly magazine and news portal Intermezzo interview/article

In the interview, Deputy RCC Secretary General speaks about RCC activities and regional cooperation with emphasis on Bosnia and Herzegovina.


08 Mar 2011
Quarterly report by RCC Secretary General Hido Biscevic report

The report covers the period from 4 December 2010 to 4 March 2011, and reflects progress in implementation of the RCC Strategy and Work Programme 2011-2013.


07 Mar 2011
Welcoming speech by the RCC Secretary General, Hido Biscevic, at a panel discussion ‘South East Europe in 2011 and Beyond: Sharing the Same Vision’ statement/speech

The panel discussion was held in Sarajevo, BiH, on 7 March 2011, to mark the third anniversary of the Regional Cooperation Council.


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

SARAJEVO, 4 March 2011 – 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). The panellists will include Hido Biscevic, RCC Secretary General; Andris Kesteris, Principal Advisor, Directorate General for Enlargement, European Commission; Jasminka Kronja, ...


26 Jan 2011
RCC Secretariat and Association of Balkan Chambers sign cooperation agreement today news

Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC), Hido Biščević, and the President of the Foreign Trade Chamber of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Veselin Poljašević, on behalf of the Association of Balkan Chambers (ABC), signed today at the RCC premises in Sarajevo a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in economic and investment development. The memorandum will strengthen cooperation ...


25 Jan 2011
Integration of e-infrastructures in South East Europe to be discussed in Sarajevo, with Bosnia and Herzegovina government and RCC support press release

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 Council (RCC) Secretariat, will commence in Sarajevo tomorrow. This three-day event will present programmes and strategies related to e-Infrastructure in South East Europe ...


13 Dec 2010
Interview by RCC Secretary General Hido Biscevic to Business Magazine interview/article

In the interview, the RCC Secretary General talks about the activities of the organization over the past three years, as well as future prospects.


02 Dec 2010
Quarterly report by RCC Secretary General Hido Biscevic report

The report covers the period from 11 September to 26 November 2010, and reflects progress in implementation of the RCC Strategy and Work Programme 2011-2013.


28 Nov 2010
Interview by Jelica Minic, Deputy Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council, to Serbian daily Politika interview/article

In the interview, the Deputy RCC Secretary General speaks about the regional cooperation in South East Europe, with an emphasis to economic cooperation.


27 Sep 2010
Article by BiH daily Oslobodjenje featuring Regional Cooperation Council interview/article

The article is about the Strategy and Work Programme 2011-2013 of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) and carries statements of RCC Secretary General, Hido Biscevic, and his Deputy, Jelica Minic.


22 Sep 2010
Istanbul conference creates platform for further advancing women entrepreneurs’ networks in South East Europe press release

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 advancement of women entrepreneurs’ networks in the region. The Forum was organized by the Small and Medium-sized Enterprise Development Administration of Turkey (KOSGEB) ...


22 Sep 2010
Interview by RCC Secretary General Hido Biscevic to RTV Vojvodina/Radio Novi Sad interview/article

In the interview, the RCC Secretary General talks about the Regional Cooperation Council, its activities so far and the organization’s Strategy and Work Programme 2011-2013.


15 Sep 2010
RCC Secretary General to outline the organization’s new three-year strategy at a press conference in Sarajevo tomorrow press release

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 in Sarajevo, tomorrow, 16 September. Secretary General Biscevic will be accompanied by his Deputy and Head of the RCC Expert Pool, Jelica Minic, as well as the organization’s ...


08 Jul 2010
Commentary for EurActiv by Hido Biščević, Secretary General, Regional Cooperation Council interview/article

Secretary General Biscevic writes about the new spirit of rapprochement in Western Balkans and the ways it can be advanced, also in light of the RCC strategy for the next three years, endorsed last month by South East European heads of state and government.


25 Jun 2010
Regional Cooperation Council Secretariat to host e-leadership workshop in Sarajevo on Monday press release

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 Balkans of the United Nations Development Programme, with support of the Italian Government. The aim of the meeting is to assist e-leaders in implementing reforms and ...


14 Apr 2010
Regional Cooperation Council launches redesigned website and new publication, a monthly newsletter press release

SARAJEVO, 14 April 2010 – The Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretariat launched today a redesigned version of the organization’s website and a new publication, the monthly e-newsletter. The new website features enable users to customize the content while maintaining the simplicity of design, which is meant to provide even easier browsing through the content. They also allow subscription ...


04 Mar 2010
RCC Board starts discussing the organization's strategy for the next three years press release

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. “The new RCC strategy will outline, in a clear and focused manner, envisaged directions of RCC activities until 2013, on the basis of the region’s needs, added value of specific projects and cooperation within the ...


23 Feb 2010
International conference on overcoming economic crisis in Western Balkans to mark 2nd RCC anniversary press release

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 Council (RCC) Secretariat, will also mark the 2nd anniversary of the organization. This international conference will review the impact on the Western Balkan countries of the ...


15 Dec 2009
RCC, Standing Working Group to promote regional rural development in South East Europe news

Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC), Hido Biščević, and the Chairman of the Assembly of the Standing Working Group for Regional Rural Development (SWG RRD), Dušan Nešković, signed today at the RCC Secretariat in Sarajevo a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on cooperation on rural development in South East Europe. Cooperation in the rural development area is crucial ...


11 Dec 2009
First preparatory meeting of South East European Women Entrepreneurs Conference held at RCC Secretariat news

The organizational board of the South East European Women Entrepreneurs drafted today at the RCC Secretariat in Sarajevo relevant documents and agreed on further steps in preparing its 2010 Conference, which will be held in the framework of the Turkish Chairmanship-in-Office of the South-East European Cooperation Process (SEECP). “The goal of the project is to establish a regional network of women ...


03 Dec 2009
RCC Board discusses future strategic focuses of organization's activities and supports efforts of its Secretariat in Sarajevo press release

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. At the last Board meeting this year, the RCC Secretary General Hido Biscevic submitted a report on the activities of the RCC Secretariat in the September-December period, ...


03 Dec 2009
List of 2009 Activities of the RCC Secretariat information material


27 Nov 2009
South East European Public-Private Partnership Network to be launched in Sarajevo next week press release

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. The objective of this first working meeting of the Network is to bring together PPP practitioners from SEE and build an agreement on the interest in supporting PPP implementation of selected ...


22 Oct 2009
OECD, RCC bring together policy makers and experts in Sarajevo to increase parliamentary involvement in better business regulation in South East Europe press release

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 co-operation between parliaments and governments in order to develop a more attractive and competitive business environment in SEE. The debate took place within the third ...


30 Sep 2009
RCC to support stronger women entrepreneurship in South East Europe press release

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 Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretariat in Sarajevo tomorrow, 1 October. The aim of the project is to address three key obstacles to the growth of women entrepreneurship: lack ...


25 Sep 2009
Address by RCC Secretary General Hido Biscevic at ministerial conference on public-private partnerships statement/speech

The conference examined the opportunities, risks, and constraints to public-private partnership development in South East Europe, as well as the role these partnerships could potentially play in the context of national and regional development strategies.


24 Sep 2009
RCC, UNDP to organize ministerial conference on generating public private partnerships in South East Europe, in Sarajevo press release

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 the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Ministerial Conference “Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) in Strategic Infrastructure Networks: ...


18 Sep 2009
Overview of South East Europe economic indicators information material

The document gives an overview of selected economic indicators for South East Europe (SEE) for the first six months of 2009.


17 Sep 2009
First meeting of prominent experts from South East Europe on regional response to economic crisis takes place in Sarajevo under RCC auspices press release

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 the auspices of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretariat. “The projects and ideas from this panel will be presented to the RCC members from SEE for review and endorsement, ...


15 Sep 2009
RCC Board discusses situation in South East Europe and praises work of the organization’s Secretariat in Sarajevo press release

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 in Sarajevo today. The report covers the period between 9 May and 9 September 2009. Secretary General Biscevic received full support of the RCC Board to the Secretariat's ...


14 Jul 2009
Article by Croatian weekly Nacional on Regional Cooperation Council, featuring Secretary General Hido Biscevic interview/article

Croatia's leading political weekly Nacional gives an overview of the Regional Cooperation Council and its activities, imbedding segments of an interview with the RCC Secretary General Hido Biscevic into the article.


10 Jul 2009
Address by RCC Secretary General Hido Biscevic at The Croatia Summit 2009 statement/speech

Description: The theme of the Croatia Summit 2009, held in Dubrovnik, was “Europe’s Strategic Imperative: Energy, Investment and Development”.


22 Jun 2009
South East European Employment and Social Policy Network to hold first meeting under RCC umbrella in Sarajevo tomorrow press release

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. The goal of the meeting is to contribute to the design, monitoring and evaluation of national employment and social policies through knowledge sharing. It is expected ...


21 Jun 2009
Regional Cooperation Council to host meeting on strengthening social dialogue in South East Europe, in Sarajevo tomorrow press release

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 by the RCC Secretariat and the Friedrich Ebert Foundation’s Regional Project on Labour Relations and Social Dialogue in South East Europe. The meeting “Identifying Common ...


19 May 2009
Address by Deputy RCC Secretary General Jelica Minic at Belgrade Information Society and eDemocracy conference statement/speech

The topic of the address is “Challenges for the Development of South East Europe“.


02 Apr 2009
South East European experts in electronic government gather in Sarajevo to promote information society development press release

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 at the premises of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretariat in Sarajevo today. Participants discussed eGovernment development, public services and policies, and had ...


12 Dec 2008
Quarterly report by RCC Secretary General Hido Biscevic report

Report to the RCC Board on the activities of the RCC Secretariat, for the period 1 October-5 December 2008.


27 Nov 2008
RCC Secretary General underpins joint cooperation as prerequisite for economic growth in Southeast Europe press release

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 today. The RCC Secretary General highlighted the need for key regional stakeholders to design and implement joint projects to rationalize regional resources, especially in ...


07 Nov 2008
Declaration of the SEECP Ministers of Health declaration/decision


24 Oct 2008
RCC to host first meeting of Electronic South East Europe Initiative and Broadband South East Europe Taskforce press release

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 Taskforce (bSEE), at its premises in Sarajevo, on 27 and 28 October. The aim of the meeting, organized together with the UN Development Programme (UNDP), is to ensure synergy ...


16 Oct 2008
Report on ways to increase competitiveness in the Western Balkans report

This is the advanced copy of the study “Defining and Strengthening Sector Specific Sources of Competitiveness in the Western Balkans – Recommendation for a Regional Investment Strategy”, prepared by OECD experts, with financial support of the European Commission, and in cooperation with the Regional Cooperation Council.


09 Oct 2008
OECD, European Commission, Regional Cooperation Council to present report on ways to increase competitiveness in the Western Balkans press release

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 Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretariat in Sarajevo. The study represents the first step in a three-phase European Commission (EC) funded project aimed at examining ...


15 Sep 2008
OECD and RCC to kick-off preparation of Southeast Europe Investment Reform Index 2009 press release

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 Reform Index 2009 (IRI 2009), at the RCC offices in Sarajevo. As a comprehensive tool which measures, on a comparative basis, major policy areas affecting a country’s ...


06 Jun 2008
Development perspectives in South Eastern Europe, role of RCC topics of Western Balkans forum press release

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 was organized by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). Speaking at the event, the RCC Secretary General Hido Biscevic highlighted the importance of ...


15 May 2008
Report on Roundtable on Regional Cooperation and Socio-Economic Development in SEE report

The roundtable was a part of the hand-over activities between the Stability Pact for South Eastern Europe and the Regional Cooperation Council.


27 Feb 2008
Declaration on RCC establishment, its participants, and Statute declaration/decision

Annex I and Annex II amended by the RCC Board on 28 February 2013


01 Jan 2007
SME Policy Index report


01 Jan 2007
Information Society eSEE Agenda+ declaration/decision


27 Jun 2006
Regional investment framework statement/speech


01 Jan 2006
Investment Reform Index report


25 Nov 2005
Skopje pledge on health declaration/decision


31 Oct 2003
Bucharest declaration on employment declaration/decision


29 Oct 2002
Information Society eSEE Agenda declaration/decision


02 Sep 2001
Dubrovnik pledge on health declaration/decision