08 Feb 2024
Bregu: Circular economy strategies can reduce greenhouse gas emissions, create hundred thousands of jobs and unlock trillion dollars worth economic opportunity
RCC launches Western Balkans Green and Circular Economy Stakeholders Platform as part of the Green Agenda for the Western Balkans The Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) launched the Western Balkans Green and Circular Economy Stakeholders Platform, consisting of government, business, donor, and CSO representatives, at a high-level meeting taking place in Pristina today. "Though ...
08 Feb 2024
Opening speech by RCC Secretary General Majlinda Bregu at the Western Balkans Coordination Meeting “Revolve to Evolve - Go Circular”
Secretary General Majlinda Bregu opened the Western Balkans Coordination Meeting dubbed “Revolve to Evolve - Go Circular” on 8 February 2024 in Pristina. Among other things Bregu said: Though becoming a hotspot for climate change, our region, which finds itself all too often crushed against the heaviness of various socio-economic or political crises, can often instinctively resort to myopic ...
The Green Agenda for the Western Balkans (GAWB) Action Plan Implementation Report, the first annual report since its endorsement in 2021, assesses progress in 2022 and outlines key priority actions for 2023 in seven thematic Roadmaps: climate action, sustainable energy, sustainable transport, circular economy, depollution, sustainable agriculture, and protection of nature and biodiversity. The report ...
16 Oct 2023
RCC Secretary General Majlinda Bregu speech at the Berlin Process Summit, on 16 October 2023 in Tirana
RCC Secretary General Majlinda Bregu spoke at the Berlin Process Summit, which for the first time took place in the region, in Tirana on 16 Octber 2023. "The concerted efforts we put towards mutual recognition of a new set of professions, which now amount to 7 in total, fully based on EU rules – is another symbolic entry ticket to the single market as it can be a crucial step towards recognition ...
12 Oct 2023
Speech by RCC Secretary General at the first Local Self-Governments Forum
RCC Secretary General Majlinda Bregu opened the first Local Self-Governments Forum Unlocking the Future: Innovate, Eco-vate, Elevate - Western Balkans Unite for Smart Cities in Tirana on 12 October 2023. "For the first time in history, the majority of world's people are living in cities. Growing cities face enormous challenges, worsen the most common headaches of city life, such as traffic jams, ...
12 Oct 2023
Bregu: Supporting cities in accelerating their transition to environmentally-friendly & digitally advanced urban environments is imperative
RCC launches structured regional dialogue with local self-governments on Green Agenda for the Western Balkans Tirana – The first Local Self-Governments Forum, organised by the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) together with the Municipality of Tirana and the Network of Association of Local Authorities of South East Europe (NALAS), opened in Tirana today. “Launching ...
11 Oct 2023
Tirana: RCC to host the first regional Local Self-Governments Forum
The Forum is being organised under the Green Agenda for the Western Balkans Tirana - The Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) is inviting you to the first Local Self-Governments Forum on 12 October in the Pyramid of Tirana. The Forum: Unlocking the Future: Innovate, Eco-vate, Elevate - Western Balkans Unite for Smart Cities, is being organised by the RCC, together with the Municipality of Tirana ...
07 Jun 2023
Speech by the RCC Secretary General at the Leaders Dialogue Implementing Green Agenda for Economic and Societal Prosperity in the Western Balkans
RCC Secretary General Majlinda Bregu took part at the Leaders Dialogue “Implementing Green Agenda for Economic and Societal Prosperity in the Western Balkan”, held 7 June 2023 in Tirana. “Ramping-up regional cooperation and integration in EU’s energy and environmental initiatives is the solution. Our region must remain steadfast on the sustainable, green transition and decarbonization path, ...
04 Jun 2023
Bregu: This year marks one of the most impactful ones for the Western Balkans when it comes to regional cooperation
Participants of RCC Annual Meeting endorse organisation’s Annual Report Budva - "This year marks one of the most impactful ones for the Western Balkans, marking the long-awaited turning point towards commitments taken by the economies of the region, through the Common Regional Market (CRM). With integrity, collegiality and competence - three words of tradition and challenge, ...
30 Mar 2023
Bregu: Our region should remain steadfast on the sustainable, green transition and decarbonisation path
“The Green Agenda for the Western Balkans is a dynamic and evolving initiative that, like a living organism, requires collective efforts of both the governmental and non-governmental sectors to nurture, grow and shape towards a sustainable plan for the future. In a developing region, such as ours, the concerns are related to daily life, and this makes it more difficult to think about the form ...
15 Mar 2023
REPORT ON THE ACTIVITIES OF THE REGIONAL COOPERATION COUNCIL SECRETARIAT for the period 1 November 2022 – 1 March 2023
Report on the activities of the Regional Cooperation Council Secretariat for the period 1 November 2022 – 1 March 2023 was presented by the RCC Secretary General Majlinda Bregu at the 48th RCC Board meeting on 15 March 2023 in Sarajevo.
02 Feb 2023
NGO Application form
All fields are mandatory 1 Your participation at the meeting will be Online In person 2 Please select one kind of type and fill out the respective ...
02 Feb 2023
Application form for International Organizations
All fields are mandatory 1 Name of your organization/project 2 Please describe the types of involvement your organizations have with Green Agenda-related policies and processes in the region ...
03 Nov 2022
Bregu: It’s done - the three RCC-coordinated centrepiece mobility agreements finally see the light of day to reach those intended for - our citizens
Berlin – The Heads of Governments of the Western Balkans Six signed the three mobility agreements under the Common Regional Market (CRM) Action Plan’s mobility agendas - on Freedom of Movement with Identity Cards, on Recognition of Higher Education Qualifications, and on Recognition of Professional Qualifications for Doctors of Medicine, Dentists and Architects – at the Berlin Process ...
24 Oct 2022
Bregu: Keeping the Green Agenda implementation torch lit is difficult, but there are no U-turns in a climate change-vulnerable region like ours
Berlin/Sarajevo – “Keeping the torch lit on the implementation of the Green Agenda for the Western Balkans that was developed in times of stability was a hellishly difficult task in these times of adversity. It is clearly overshadowed by the impact of the war and the pan-European energy price surge. There will be no quick fixes and silver bullets for this colossal challenge ahead of us. ...
Western Balkans Foreign Ministers approve 3 regional agreements bringing our region closer together and to the EU Berlin/Sarajevo – The Western Balkans (WB) Foreign Ministers approved three regional agreements - on Freedom of Movement with Identity Cards, on Recognition of Higher Education Qualifications, and on Recognition of Professional Qualifications for Doctors of Medicine, Dentists ...
24 Sep 2022
Bregu: Regional cooperation is the key for facing future challenges and opportunities, from energy security to food crisis
New York – "Entire South East Europe finds itself facing similar challenges and similar opportunities, from energy security to food crisis, and regional cooperation is the key for them in the period to follow," said Majlinda Bregu, Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC), at the meeting of the South East Europe Cooperation Process (SEECP) foreign ministers, co-organised ...
27 May 2022
RCC Deputy Secretary General for EUPolis: Can the Western Balkans be an Example of a Green Transition?
Can the Western Balkans be an Example of a Green Transition? - interview by RCC Deputy Secretary General Tanja Miscevic published by EUPolis, on engagement of Western Balkans economies on the Green Agenda for the Western Balkans.
20 Apr 2022
Bregu: Enhanced regional cooperation and clear enlargement prospect for the region are vital to overcome challenges
Balkan Barometer 2022: 76% of WB citizens agree that regional cooperation can contribute to improving political, economic or security situation in their economy Brussels/Sarajevo – “The war in Ukraine will affect economic growth in the region. Although share of economic output directly tied to Russia and Ukraine is relatively small for the Western Balkans as a whole, the economic ...
06 Oct 2021
Action Plan for the Implementation of the Sofia Declaration on the Green Agenda for the Western Balkans 2021-2030
This Action Plan represents one of the outputs of the Sofia Declaration on the Green Agenda for the Western Balkans (GAWB) and is used as a tool to guide its implementation. It embodies the “putting words into actions” paradigm by identifying concrete steps and supporting organisations, as well as defining an indicative timeframe for each implementable measure. It sets the framework to coordinate ...
18 Dec 2020
Bregu: We must change in order to provide healthier environment, cleaner air, to preserve fresh and drinking water, to survive
RCC hosts Western Balkans Ministerial Meeting on Environment and Climate Action kicking-off the Western Balkans Green Agenda implementation Sarajevo/Tirana - "The overwhelming 74% of Western Balkans (WB) citizens see pollution as a problem, which is not surprising, considering that this region holds the most polluted cities in the world, because 70% of our electricity is produced by ...
10 Nov 2020
Green Agenda for the Western Balkans
The Green Agenda for the Western Balkans, envisaged by the European Green Deal, was endorsed at the Summit in Sofia, 10th November 2020 by the Western Balkans leader.
10 Nov 2020
Sofia Declaration on the Green Agenda for the Western Balkans
During the Western Balkans Sofia Summit, held on 10 November 2020, region reached important milestone by endorsing the Leaders’ Declaration on the Green Agenda that aligns with EU Green Deal. Declaration is to support and accelerate changes and processes in the region with the overarching goal of addressing climate change.
10 Jun 2020
WBIF awards €8.3 million worth of grants financed by the EU for Western Balkans’ Digital, Environment and Social projects
Sarajevo/Brussels – Good news for the region come from the Brussels today as Western Balkans Investment Framework (WBIF) Steering Committee approved eight grant applications for technical assistance from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo* and Serbia, at its session held online today. The projects 8,3 million EUR worth, financed by the European Union, covering digital, environment and social ...
22 May 2020
Green Agenda and Biological Biodiversity for the Western Balkans as important as all other Development Agendas
Online Consultations on the Green Agenda for Western Balkans with partners from the region, projects working in this area and the European Commission Sarajevo/Belgrade – “All economic and social development agendas, crucial for the development of our region and its EU-accession journey have to be accompanied by the equal efforts of environment protection and climate change responses. ...
23 Mar 2020
On its way - Green Corridor enabling easy supply of goods within the Western Balkans and between the region and the European Union
Sarajevo – On the initiative of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC), representatives of the Governments from South East Europe, European Union (EU) and regional stakeholders are working on the establishment of the Green Corridor within the region and between the Western Balkans (WB) and the EU. The Corridor is envisaged as a set of special procedures that would enable unhindered flow of medicines, ...
20 Mar 2020
Bregu: The only way to prevent shortages of medical equipment or food in WB is to simplify and harmonize sanitary controls – a Green Corridor
Tirana/Sarajevo – The Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC), Majlinda Bregu, spoke last night at the Tirana based RTV Klan’s Opinion show, about the major distress in the region after the European Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/402, which imposes new rules, for the export of personal protective equipment and medical equipment outside the EU. Below is ...
18 Oct 2019
Bregu: Air pollution biggest environmental threat to health in WB – EU should consider this as ‘Fundamentals First’- air pollution knows no borders
RCC Secretary General Majlinda Bregu at Belgrade Security forum: Disappointing news from the European Council today Belgrade – „Six cities in the Western Balkans (WB) are among the top 20 cities with the highest air pollution in the world, and air pollution is the single biggest environmental threat to human health. Cancer and tumor, the most serious health concerns in the region, ...