Interviews/Articles/Speeches

Opening remarks by RCC Secretary General at the 7th Annual Jumbo Security Conference

Opening remarks by RCC Secretary General at the 7th Annual Jumbo Security Conference

18 NOV 2022 | STATEMENT/SPEECH

RCC Secretary General Majlinda Bregu opened the 7th Annual Jumbo Security Conference on 17 November 2022.

“The EU and the Western Balkans share many evolving, borderless security threats, from radicalisation, violent extremism, and return of Foreign Terrorist Fighters to irregular migration, organised crime, corruption, disinformation and cyber-attacks. Such joint priorities have been re-validated by the war in Ukraine by also making clear the crucial role of the Western Balkans in maintaining peace and stability of Europe’s eastern borders,” said Bregu, among other things.

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Speech by RCC Secretary General at the Western Balkans Berlin Summit

Speech by RCC Secretary General at the Western Balkans Berlin Summit

03 NOV 2022 | STATEMENT/SPEECH

RCC Secretary General Majlinda Bregu spoke at the Western Balkans Berlin Summit, organised within the Berlin Process in German capital on 3 November 2022.

“Though written off as nearly impossible, after trying and nerve-racking two years, the three RCC-coordinated centrepiece mobility agreements finally see the light of day. Today they reach those intended for - our citizens! Much like the ubiquitous impact of the regional roaming agreement and the green lanes, their manifested impact on the ground will be direct and concrete. ” said Majlinda Bregu, RCC Secretary General at the Summit

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Anadolu Agency interview with RCC Secretary General dubbed

Anadolu Agency interview with RCC Secretary General dubbed "Bregu: Travel with ID cards in Western Balkans possible from 2023"

31 OCT 2022 | INTERVIEW/ARTICLE

RCC Secretary General Majlinda Bregu interview to Anadolu Agency dubbed "Bregu: Travel with ID cards in Western Balkans possible from 2023" on three Western Balkans mobility agreements, when they will enter into force, what are the expected results, and the next steps for the Western Balkans.

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Bregu: Roaming free regime between the EU and Western Balkans is our next objective

Bregu: Roaming free regime between the EU and Western Balkans is our next objective

27 OCT 2022 | INTERVIEW/ARTICLE

Majlinda Bregu, RCC Secretary General spoke to BiH portal Politicki.ba about three mobility agreements approved by the Western Balkans Foreign Ministers on 21 October 2022 and expected to be signed by Western Balkans leaders on 3 November in Berlin at the Berlin Process Summit:
- Agreement on Freedom of Movement with Identity Cards in the Western Balkans,
- Agreement on Recognition of Higher Education Qualifications and
- Agreement on Recognition of Professional Qualifications for Doctors, Dentists and Architects

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Speech by RCC Secretary General at the Roundtable with the Energy Ministers of the Western Balkans

Speech by RCC Secretary General at the Roundtable with the Energy Ministers of the Western Balkans

24 OCT 2022 | STATEMENT/SPEECH

RCC Secretary General Majlinda Bregu addressed the Roundtable with the Energy Ministers of the Western Balkans, organized within the Berlin Process Summit 2022 on 24 October in Berlin.

Keeping the torch alight on the implementation of GAWB that was developed in times of stability is 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.

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Speech by the RCC Secretary General at Western Balkans Digital Summit 2022

Speech by the RCC Secretary General at Western Balkans Digital Summit 2022

21 SEP 2022 | VIDEO INTERVIEW

RCC Secretary General Majlinda Bregu spoke at the opening of the Western Balkans Digital Summit 2022 which took place in Pristina on 21-22 September 2022.

"Digitalisation in our region has its two sides of the coin. On one hand there have been great broadband connectivity strides, such as Roam Like at Home in the Western Balkans, and massive spread and uptake of e-services. On the other hand, our region is recently struggling with serious cyber-attacks. Our digital literacy is still low, as is the level of cross-border interoperability. Disinformation and fake news flourish. So, the region needs more cooperation, not less." , said Bregu among other things.

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Speech by the RCC Secretary General for the  72nd session of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe

Speech by the RCC Secretary General for the 72nd session of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe

12 SEP 2022 | STATEMENT/SPEECH

RCC Secretary General Majlinda Bregu took part at the 72nd session of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe held on 12 September 2022.

"We are living in challenging times. In 2020, we saw ourselves fighting a pandemic while environmental challenges were at its peak, and on top of them, now we are experiencing a war that is impacting severely energy and food security. The risk of stepping back on health and environment protection and increasing poverty is a menace.
On average, the SEE households allocate some 40-45% of their income to energy and food consumption. In case a new wave of Covid-19 comes up in the upcoming winter and pushes up the average household level of out-of-pocket health expenditures higher, new layers of population groups are to be pushed down to the poverty level."

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Opening speech by the RCC Secretary General Majlinda Bregu at Balkathon 3.0

Opening speech by the RCC Secretary General Majlinda Bregu at Balkathon 3.0

06 SEP 2022 | STATEMENT/SPEECH

Majlinda Bregu, RCC Secretary General opened Balkathon 3.0 finale in Pristina on 6 September 2022.

Among other things, Bregu said:

"Being true to our focus on the region’s human capital development – we embarked on RCC’s Balkathon trademark journey three years ago.
What was initially a Covid lockdown-born idea – transformed into a sizable regional flagship initiative that is eagerly anticipated by our youth and start-ups.
In three (3) years, we are proud to have an initiative that:
-taps into the considerable potential of ICT sector to boost the added value and exports of services across the region,
-addresses unemployment in a region in which labour force participation rates remain low and youth unemployment is at a staggering thirty-three (33) percent (%) - more than double the EU average,
-creates further opportunities in a region in which thirty-nine (39) percent (%) of citizens are considering leaving for better opportunities abroad."

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RCC Secretary General for Bota.al

RCC Secretary General for Bota.al

25 JUL 2022 | INTERVIEW/ARTICLE

Albanian web portal Bota.al published an interview with RCC Secretary General Malinda Bregu.

Bregu spoke about the current Western Balkan economies' European Union integration process with special reflection on the Albania, about regional cooperation, and more.

Full article in Albanian is at a link bellow.
In addition, find excerpts of the article featuring statements by the RCC SG in English language.

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Statement by RCC Secretary General Majlinda Bregu on the occasion of Europe Day

Statement by RCC Secretary General Majlinda Bregu on the occasion of Europe Day

09 MAY 2022 | STATEMENT/SPEECH

On this day seventy two years ago, the French Foreign Minister Robert Schuman suggested that European countries join together as an economic union. Such a union was the only way to guarantee peace in Europe for a long time. In his famous Declaration, Schuman said “concrete achievements” were essential to “the preservation of peace”.
For a dire circumstance, on this 9th of May, Europe is sucked into its worst crisis since the Second World War.
The outcome of the war in Ukraine is anything but certain.

This moment is also the centre of gravity for the future of the Western Balkans, showing that WB can contribute to solutions as other European countries are doing. We are not in an amber, but in the end, who is?

Each national story seems very different. But deeper, the same underlying beliefs stand.
“We have been in a bad place, we want to be in a better one, and the better place is called Europe.”

We are Europeans not only because we subscribe to the values enshrined in the Treaties of the European Union. We are Europeans because we choose to be.

Yet, now maybe a bit more, “the muse of lessons learned” is speaking louder:
Before late becomes a lifetime, the process of accession should change. For good.

The price of stagnation of enlargement of the Western Balkans - c’est plus qu’un crime, c’est une faute!

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REPORT ON THE ACTIVITIES OF THE REGIONAL COOPERATION COUNCIL SECRETARIAT for the period 1 October 2021 – 1 March 2022

REPORT ON THE ACTIVITIES OF THE REGIONAL COOPERATION COUNCIL SECRETARIAT for the period 1 October 2021 – 1 March 2022

11 APR 2022 | REPORT

Report on the activities of the Regional Cooperation Council Secretariat for the period 1 October 2021 – 1 March 2022 by the Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council, presented at the 45th Meeting of the RCC Board on 16 March 2022.

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RCC Secretary General for Indeks

RCC Secretary General for Indeks

06 APR 2022 | INTERVIEW/ARTICLE

North Macedonian web portal Indeks published an interview with RCC Secretary General Malinda Bregu.

Bregu spoke about the impact of the current situation in Europe on Western Balkan economies, regional cooperation, EU integration and more.

Entire interview in Albanian language is available on the link below.

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RCC Secretary General for EurActiv: Brave New Europe?!

RCC Secretary General for EurActiv: Brave New Europe?!

30 MAR 2022 | INTERVIEW/ARTICLE

Brave New Europe?! - Op-ed by RCC SG Majlinda Bregu published by EurActiv, on EU enlargement process in the light of the latest circumstances in Ukraine.

"For a long time now, there has been a dichotomy between methodology and the political aspects of the EU integration, which is put to the test now with the calls for fast-track EU membership of Ukraine and the tortoise pace of accession of the Western Balkans, writes Majlinda Bregu." said RCC SG Majlinda Bregu

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WomEn who Launch: Regional Network of Women in Entrepreneurs - RCC SG Opening remarks

WomEn who Launch: Regional Network of Women in Entrepreneurs - RCC SG Opening remarks

11 MAR 2022 | STATEMENT/SPEECH

RCC Secretary General Majlinda Bregu opened the regional event WomEn who Launch: Regional Network of Women in Entrepreneurs, In Tirana on 11 March 2022.

The Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) just launching today the first Regional Women in Entrepreneurship Network in the Western Balkans. We will not boil the sea right away. But sometimes the smallest act can lead to the biggest impact. We’ll engage ourselves not only to connect women with each other but also to lend a helping hand with the informational support and mentorship for the start-uppers. And then, together, we will work on common endeavours such as financial challenges, including high start-up costs and equipment/maintenance fees, assets like cash grants or marketing, all the way up to policy making. One thing we at the RCC are sure of is that when women engage, take responsibilities, grow and help each other they can be a rising tide that lifts all boats,” said, among other things, Majlinda Bregu.

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Euronews article featuring statement by RCC Secretary General Majlinda Bregu

Euronews article featuring statement by RCC Secretary General Majlinda Bregu

02 MAR 2022 | INTERVIEW/ARTICLE

Euronews published an article dubbed "Could Ukraine kick-start the EU's stalled enlargement plan?" featuring statements by the RCC Secretary General Majlinda Bregu on the Western Balkans enlargement process in the light of the latest circumstances in Ukraine and Europe.

Full article in English is at a link bellow.

In addition, find excerpts of the article featuring statements by the RCC SG in Albanian and Bosnian language.

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Western Balkans Youth and the Future of Europe; Op-Ed by the Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council Majlinda Bregu

Western Balkans Youth and the Future of Europe; Op-Ed by the Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council Majlinda Bregu

05 FEB 2022 | INTERVIEW/ARTICLE

Op-Ed by the Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council Majlinda Bregu on the Western Balkans youth and their potential to be a part and create a future of the European Western Balkans.

"Reality in which youth live today is specific, marked by the rapidly transforming era of the fourth industrial revolution, a changing and precarious labor market, and a pandemic unprecedented in modern history. In this and other issues, it should not be our goal to understand young people – it should be to give their inputs, priorities and recommendations adequate space in policy-making and public discussions. In 2022, the European Year of Youth carries a promise to do just that."

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Closing remarks of the RCC Secretary General Majlinda Bregu at the Kick Off event of Youth Policy Lab on Mental Health

Closing remarks of the RCC Secretary General Majlinda Bregu at the Kick Off event of Youth Policy Lab on Mental Health

10 DEC 2021 | STATEMENT/SPEECH

Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Majlinda Bregu gave spoke to almost 50 youth representatives from the region, as well as policy makers and representatives of the European Commission at the closing of the Kick Off event of Youth Policy Lab on Mental Health, which took place in Tirana on 9-10 December 2021.

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Introductory remarks by the RCC Secretary General at the Sixth Jumbo Security Coordination Conference

Introductory remarks by the RCC Secretary General at the Sixth Jumbo Security Coordination Conference

06 DEC 2021 | STATEMENT/SPEECH

Speech by the Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) at the Sixth Jumbo Security Coordination Conference, organized by the RCC together with the French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs and the French Institute for Higher National Defence Studies (IHEDN), held in Paris on 6 December 2021.

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European Union is Our Future, No Alternative, Interview by RCC Secretary General for Novi Magazin

European Union is Our Future, No Alternative, Interview by RCC Secretary General for Novi Magazin

02 DEC 2021 | INTERVIEW/ARTICLE

Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council Majlinda Bregu spoke to Serbian Novi Magazin about Western Balkans EU integration, Common Regional Market and Green Agenda for the Western Balkans, region's response to Covid-19 pandemic and much more.

"Weak Western Balkans makes the EU weak too. But a lot is being said each day by both the EU and Western Balkans leaders. The truth is that the enlargement has become a lot more brutal. In times when geostrategic shifts are taking place across the globe, the impasse of Western Balkans EU accession is never a good news. The scale of problems in the Western Balkans is a call to go beyond nudges and patches. Western Balkans is part of Europe, and is of the vital importance in this political realism. The need for Europe is as powerful as it is unsatisfied.", said Bregu, among other things.

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Video podcast: RCC Secretary General Majlinda Bregu on regional cooperation

Video podcast: RCC Secretary General Majlinda Bregu on regional cooperation

18 NOV 2021 | VIDEO INTERVIEW

RCC Secretary General Majlinda Bregu on priorities RCC is we are working on: EU-WB roaming, mental health and WB Green Agenda

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Talking Points by the RCC Secretary General at the Western Balkans Digital Summit 2021

Talking Points by the RCC Secretary General at the Western Balkans Digital Summit 2021

13 OCT 2021 | STATEMENT/SPEECH

Remarks by the Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Majlinda Bregu at the high-level meeting during the fourth Western Balkans Digital Summit, held in Podgorica 11-13 October 2021.

High -level meeting was opened by Montenegrin Prime Minister Zdravko Krivokapic with the following high-level speakers: Majlinda Bregu, Secretary General, Regional Cooperation Council, Olivér Várhelyi, DG NEAR, EC Commissioner and Natasha Azzopardi Muscat, Director of Country Health Systems and Policies at the WHO Regional Office for Europe.

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Talking Points by the RCC Secretary General at EU-Western Balkans Brdo Summit

Talking Points by the RCC Secretary General at EU-Western Balkans Brdo Summit

06 OCT 2021 | STATEMENT/SPEECH

Talking Points by the RCC Secretary General at EU-Western Balkans Brdo Summit held at Brdo pri Kranju, Slovenia, on 6 October 2021.

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RCC Secretary General and Senior Connectivity Expert Pranvera Kastrati @Twitter on Roaming Free Western Balkans

RCC Secretary General and Senior Connectivity Expert Pranvera Kastrati @Twitter on Roaming Free Western Balkans

03 SEP 2021 | INTERVIEW/ARTICLE

RCC's Secretary General Majlinda and Senior Connectivity Expert Pranvera Kastrati talked today on Twitter about the Roaming Free Western Balkans, the process behind it, benefits for region's citizens and ongoing negotiations about lowering roaming charges with the European Union.

"Compelled to make things better, whomever, wherever, however the solution for the Balkans is for countries to work together.", said among other things Majlinda Bregu.

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RCC Secretary General for Montenegrian Vijesti: “Knowing the right people” does not lead to the EU

RCC Secretary General for Montenegrian Vijesti: “Knowing the right people” does not lead to the EU

26 JUL 2021 | INTERVIEW/ARTICLE

RCC Secretary General gave an interview for Montenegrian Vijesti

"We know, Regional cooperation will prevail on the strength of its ideas and ideals, not on the disputes and the name of documents. We know economies of the region will be competitive when it should be, collaborative when it must be. We just hope those will be adversarial only when this is inevitable.

The prospect of eventual EU membership has been a driving force during all these years for all Western Balkan economies and background against which many common initiatives in the region were undertaken. For us dealing with regional cooperation it has been the predominant factor in urging the Western Balkans to engage with one another in a more positive manner as well as address not only the domestic problems they face, but also the unresolved issues in the region. I keep hearing yet whether WB is a geopolitical priority for EU. As long as this might be a farfetched question, is not a question of choice BUT of necessity, imperative and vision. One that begs just one sole answer - it must," said RCC Secretary General Majlinda Bregu for Montenegrian Vijesti.

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Talking Points by Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council, Majlinda Bregu at Western Balkans Berlin Process Summit

Talking Points by Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council, Majlinda Bregu at Western Balkans Berlin Process Summit

05 JUL 2021 | STATEMENT/SPEECH

Talking Points by Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Majlinda Bregu at the Western Balkans Berlin Process Summit.

Berlin Summit gathered EU representatives and Western Balkans leaders to talk on Regional Cooperation and Common Regional Market.

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Talking Points by Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council, Majlinda Bregu at 2021 Prespa Forum Dialogue

Talking Points by Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council, Majlinda Bregu at 2021 Prespa Forum Dialogue

02 JUL 2021 | STATEMENT/SPEECH

Talking Points by Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Majlinda Bregu at the High-Level Plenary Session “Resetting the EU-US Synergy towards the Western Balkans” within the 2021 Prespa Forum Dialogue, in Ohrid, North Macedonia, on 2 July 2021.

Secretary General Bregu was accompanied by Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic, Turkish Minister of Foreign affairs Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, Kosovo's* Prime Minister Albin Kurti, Minister of Foreign Affairs from Poland Zbigniew Rau, Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama, Austrian Minister of Foreign Affairs Alexander Schallenberg and Chairman of the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina Zoran Tegeltija. Keynote speaker of the Session was North Macedonia's Prime Minister Zoran Zaev.



*This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244/1999 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence

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Western Balkans Calling: We are Roaming Free; Op-ed by the Secretary General Majlinda Bregu

Western Balkans Calling: We are Roaming Free; Op-ed by the Secretary General Majlinda Bregu

30 JUN 2021 | INTERVIEW/ARTICLE

Op-ed by the Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Majlinda Bregu on the occassion of Roaming Free Western Balkans setting intro force on 1 July 2021.

"Delivering on promises: It took just over 2 years to move from signing the Regional Roaming Agreement to roam free across the region. And today is the difference that makes the difference."

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Meeting of the Ministers of Foregn Affairs  within the Berlin Process’s Western Balkan Summit,  speech by RCC Secretary General

Meeting of the Ministers of Foregn Affairs within the Berlin Process’s Western Balkan Summit, speech by RCC Secretary General

08 JUN 2021 | STATEMENT/SPEECH

Speech by the Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Majlinda Bregu at the Meeting of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs within the Berlin Process’s Western Balkan Summit, on 8 June 2021.

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Presentation of the Western Balkans SecuriMeter - the first-ever regional Public Opinion Survey on Security, Opening remarks by RCC Secretary General

Presentation of the Western Balkans SecuriMeter - the first-ever regional Public Opinion Survey on Security, Opening remarks by RCC Secretary General

24 MAY 2021 | STATEMENT/SPEECH

Intruductory remarks by the Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Majlinda Bregu on the occasion of the Presentation of the Western Balkans SecuriMeter - the first-ever regional Public Opinion Survey on Security, on 24 May 2021.

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COVID-19 and the World of Decent Work

COVID-19 and the World of Decent Work

29 APR 2021 | INTERVIEW/ARTICLE

Article on the occasion of 1 May, Labour Day

2021 edition of the International Labour Day: COVID-19 and the World of Decent Work

"Around a quarter of youth in the Western Balkans are NEETs – neither in employment, education or training (2019 data). Moreover, out of the total registered unemployed at the end of February 2021, 173,031 are young people, under 24 years, which is more than 12% of all registered unemployed."

By Majlinda Bregu, Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC)

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RCC Secretary General for Fena:  As of July 1, roaming costs in the entire Western Balkans will be zero

RCC Secretary General for Fena: As of July 1, roaming costs in the entire Western Balkans will be zero

26 APR 2021 | INTERVIEW/ARTICLE

RCC Secretary General Majlinda Bregu spoke to BiH news agency Fena end of April 2021

RCC Secretary General Majlinda Bregu spoke to BiH news agency FENA end of April 2021. Bregu, among other things, spoke about RCC’s and Western Balkans response to Covid-19 outbreak, challenges the region is facing, such as high unemployment, Regional Roaming Agreement, which will bring zero roaming costs within the Western Balkans as of 1 July, digital agenda and the implementation of initiatives that will contribute to digitalization of the Western Balkans.

“Digital agenda is not only composed of Roaming agreement. There are a lot of good and implementable deliverables we are working on, such as e-commerce.

79% of business communities say they do not feel the necessity to switch on online digital services, even they generate money through online sales. We will be working as well on zeroing tariffs on payments and fees while transferring money from one economy to another. A digital story is continuing together with innovations.”, said Bregu.



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Report on the Activities of the Regional Cooperation Council Secretariat for the period 1 October 2020 – 1 March 2021

Report on the Activities of the Regional Cooperation Council Secretariat for the period 1 October 2020 – 1 March 2021

29 MAR 2021 | 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 1 October 2020 – 1 March 2021.

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Article by Gazeta Si, featuring RCC Secretary General Majlinda Bregu and results and successes of the Regional Cooperation Council

Article by Gazeta Si, featuring RCC Secretary General Majlinda Bregu and results and successes of the Regional Cooperation Council

19 MAR 2021 | INTERVIEW/ARTICLE

Albanian web portal Gazeta Si published an article dubbed "The unspoken of Majlinda Bregu/the International Mission", featuring RCC Secretary General Majlinda Bregu and results and successes of the Regional Cooperation Council.

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FUTOURISMO award ceremony, Introductory remarks by RCC SG

FUTOURISMO award ceremony, Introductory remarks by RCC SG

02 MAR 2021 | STATEMENT/SPEECH

Intruductory remarks by the Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Majlinda Bregu on the occasion of FUTOURISMO award ceremony held on 2 March 2021 in an online format.

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Op-Ed: Women’s empowerment is essential to Western Balkans’ efforts to build back better from the pandemic

Op-Ed: Women’s empowerment is essential to Western Balkans’ efforts to build back better from the pandemic

11 FEB 2021 | INTERVIEW/ARTICLE

By Majlinda Bregu, Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) and
Mirjana Spoljaric, Regional Director for UNDP’s Bureau for Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States

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5th Ministerial Meeting on Environment and Climate Action in the Western Balkans - Introductory remarks by RCC SG

5th Ministerial Meeting on Environment and Climate Action in the Western Balkans - Introductory remarks by RCC SG

18 DEC 2020 | STATEMENT/SPEECH

Intruductory remarks by the Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Majlinda Bregu on the occasion of the 5th Ministerial Meeting on Environment and Climate Action in the Western Balkans, held online on 18 December 2020

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Speech of the Secretary General Majlinda Bregu at the Launch of RCC-UNDP initiative on women empowerment

Speech of the Secretary General Majlinda Bregu at the Launch of RCC-UNDP initiative on women empowerment

11 DEC 2020 | STATEMENT/SPEECH

Speech by the Regional Cooperation Council's (RCC) Secretary General Majlinda Bregu at the launching of the the joint RCC and UNDP initiative 'Women’s Economic Empowerment: Areas for joint actions in the Western Balkans' held online on 11 December 2020.

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Bregu: Common Regional Market is a tool that will get us faster to the EU accession

Bregu: Common Regional Market is a tool that will get us faster to the EU accession

08 DEC 2020 | INTERVIEW/ARTICLE

In an interview originally published by BiH portal Politicki.ba, Majlinda Bregu spoke about the Common Regional Market (CRM), endorsed in Sofia on 10 November 2020 by Western Balkans leaders. Read about the purpose, benefits and next steps in the implementation of the CRM Action Plan.

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Speech of the Secretary General at the Western Balkans Sofia Summit on 10 November 2020

Speech of the Secretary General at the Western Balkans Sofia Summit on 10 November 2020

10 NOV 2020 | STATEMENT/SPEECH

Speech of the Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Majlinda Bregu on the occasion of the Western Balkans Sofia Summir, held on 10 November 2020 in online format.

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RCC SG speech at the Meeting of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs within the Berlin Process

RCC SG speech at the Meeting of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs within the Berlin Process

09 NOV 2020 | STATEMENT/SPEECH

Introductory remarks by the Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Majlinda Bregu on the occasion of the Berlin Process ministerial conference, held on 9 November 2020 in online format.

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Interview of the RCC Secretary General Majlinda Bregu for Novi Magazin

Interview of the RCC Secretary General Majlinda Bregu for Novi Magazin

05 NOV 2020 | INTERVIEW/ARTICLE

"Western Balkans needs to pull its own weight as well, and there comes the Common Regional Market Plan that goes hand in hand with EU’s EIP. We are very small geographic area of around 18 million people altogether. And yet, almost 50% of people in the Western Balkans do not have the equal opportunity to free movement with identity documents. It is a region of scattered markets with different rules and procedures. The goal is to synchronise them to allow for smooth flow of goods, people, services, capital, but also to make the entire region an attractive investment destination. But we also have to bear in mind the global trend in digitalisation and develop plans to catch up with new technologies so we would be competitive."

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Opening remarks of the RCC Secretary General at the Western Balkans Digital Summit 2020

Opening remarks of the RCC Secretary General at the Western Balkans Digital Summit 2020

26 OCT 2020 | STATEMENT/SPEECH

Speech of the Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Majlinda Bregu at the opening of the 3rd Western Balkans Digital Summit 2020 in Tirana on 26 October 2020

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RCC Secretary General speech at the Berlin Process Interior Ministers' Meeting

RCC Secretary General speech at the Berlin Process Interior Ministers' Meeting

16 OCT 2020 | STATEMENT/SPEECH

Speech by the Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Majlinda Bregu at the Berlin Process Interior Ministers' Meeting held on 16 October 2020

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Secretary General for EWB: Western Balkans can not lose another decade marked with new instabilities

Secretary General for EWB: Western Balkans can not lose another decade marked with new instabilities

14 SEP 2020 | INTERVIEW/ARTICLE

European Western Balkans (EWB), a regional web portal specialized in European integration process of the Western Balkans, published an interview with RCC Secretary General Majlinda Bregu on regional initiative “Green Corridors”, an initiative "achieved in times of big crisis. Western Balkans 6, the Regional Cooperation Council, the Transport Community Treaty Secretariat and CEFTA, with the support of the European Commission and our bordering EU member states, helped governments in the region to set and open a very much needed measure in the given situation to maintain the flow of goods, especially food, medicines and medical equipment within the region and between the region and the EU in the time of lockdown caused by the coronavirus outbreak. "


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RCC Secretary General Majlinda Bregu for Deutsche Welle

RCC Secretary General Majlinda Bregu for Deutsche Welle

11 SEP 2020 | INTERVIEW/ARTICLE

Deutsche Welle published an interview with RCC Secretary General Majlinda Bregu.

Among other things Bregu said: "Any initiative that takes economic co-operation forward is always welcome and worth discussing. However, on the other hand, I think there is room in the Western Balkans to include all those good ideas that may come from initiatives, such as the so-called Mini-Schengen initiative, in this very framework of the Regional Economic Area on which we have been working for several years."

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RCC Secretary General speech at the EU-Western Balkans Zagreb Summit

RCC Secretary General speech at the EU-Western Balkans Zagreb Summit

06 MAY 2020 | STATEMENT/SPEECH

Speech by the Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Majlinda Bregu at the EU-WB Zagreb Summit held online on 6 May 2020

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RCC Secretary General for Radio Free Europe (RFE)

RCC Secretary General for Radio Free Europe (RFE)

05 MAY 2020 | INTERVIEW/ARTICLE

“Implementation of initiatives to strengthen cooperation amongst the [Western] Balkans Six economies would create conditions for better life of our citizens. What might save us from pains is for the political leaders and experts to say, because coronavirus pandemic is an abnormal situation that comes with abnormal risks. Cooperation is vital and I believe we all got the idea that solo play will bring us nowhere,” said, among other things, RCC Secretary General Majlinda Bregu in Radio Free Europe’s (RFE) article dubbed “Economic cooperation in Western Balkans: Solo play will bring us nowhere” analyzing the effects COVID-19 pandemic will have on the economy of Western Balkans.

The full article including the original answers to RFE questions provided by the RCC SG is available in the document.

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

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

26 APR 2020 | VIDEO INTERVIEW

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

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Speech by RCC Secretary General Majlinda Bregu at the Western Balkans Competitiveness and Innovation Accelerator kick-off meeting

Speech by RCC Secretary General Majlinda Bregu at the Western Balkans Competitiveness and Innovation Accelerator kick-off meeting

21 FEB 2020 | STATEMENT/SPEECH

"Without a strategic innovation function that can enhance the capacities to incubate and accelerate the new technologies, companies in this region will continue to stockpiling undeveloped inventions and this will not return in an investment. "
The RCC Secretary General Majlinda Bregu delivered the speech at the Western Balkans Competitiveness and Innovation Accelerator kick-off meeting held on 21 February in Tirana, Albania.

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My “whack a mole” questions on Innovation, Op-ed by Majlinda Bregu, RCC Secretary General

My “whack a mole” questions on Innovation, Op-ed by Majlinda Bregu, RCC Secretary General

19 FEB 2020 | 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 novelty is fit for us to help our region change dramatically from a laggard in innovation into a competitive one and get more from these “game of zones” in technological upshift?"

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Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council Majlinda Bregu for Euronews Albania

Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council Majlinda Bregu for Euronews Albania

24 JAN 2020 | INTERVIEW/ARTICLE

Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council Majlinda Bregu spoke to Euronews Albania on meaning, importance, successes and challenges of the Regional Economic Area.

The entire interview is avaliable at the following link https://euronews.al/al/aktualitet/2020/01/23/majlinda-bregu-shpresoj-qe-marreveshja-ps-pd-te-mos-jete-vetem-per-paqe-mes-aktoreve-te-politikes

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The air pollution is killing us: Article by the RCC Secretary General, Majlinda Bregu for FENA News Agency

The air pollution is killing us: Article by the RCC Secretary General, Majlinda Bregu for FENA News Agency

16 JAN 2020 | INTERVIEW/ARTICLE

In the article for FENA News Agency, the Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC), Majlinda Bregu reiterates the importance of addressing the air pollution in the region, as it continuously jeopardises health and wellbeing of the citizens. Many Western Balkans cities occupy the tops of the lists of the most polluted cities in the world and decisive actions to mitigate air pollution are necessary.

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Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Majlinda Bregu in the EU Scream podacst on the EU perspective of the Western Balkans

Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Majlinda Bregu in the EU Scream podacst on the EU perspective of the Western Balkans

09 JAN 2020 | INTERVIEW/ARTICLE

Secretary General of the regional Cooperation Council Majlinda Bregu in the EU Scream podacst on the EU perspective of the Western Balkans

https://euscream.com/macrons-ugly-side/

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Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC), Majlinda Bregu for “Vijesti”

Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC), Majlinda Bregu for “Vijesti”

09 JAN 2020 | INTERVIEW/ARTICLE

INTERVIEW: Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC), Majlinda Bregu for “Vijesti”

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RCC Secretary-General Majlinda Bregu's interview to the Albanian magazine Monitor

RCC Secretary-General Majlinda Bregu's interview to the Albanian magazine Monitor

08 JAN 2020 | INTERVIEW/ARTICLE

"The Western Balkans is not the same as 10 or 20 years ago. So new, innovative ideas, free movement, new approaches to structural funds, environment, tourism, connectivity, youth, women and the need for more women and girls in science and technology, etc., are the real debate to be held today."

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Article by Majlinda Bregu, Secretary General of the RCC: We might not be as competitive as Germany, but we need to counter our fears and ensure mobility of students in the Western Balkans

Article by Majlinda Bregu, Secretary General of the RCC: We might not be as competitive as Germany, but we need to counter our fears and ensure mobility of students in the Western Balkans

20 DEC 2019 | INTERVIEW/ARTICLE

Article by Majlinda Bregu, the RCC Secretary General for Political Trends and Dynamics in Southeast Europe publication of Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) about youth in the region and organisation's activities to support full utilisation of this human potential

Youth accounts for over 21% of population in the Western Balkans (WB), or more than 3.5 million in a region of some 18 million people all together. I call this a potential for future, for further strengthening of cooperation, for reconciliation in the region.

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Climate change does not need Schengen visa, Article by Majlinda Bregu, Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council

Climate change does not need Schengen visa, Article by Majlinda Bregu, Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council

16 DEC 2019 | INTERVIEW/ARTICLE

RCC Secretary General Majlinda Bregu on burning issue and challanges of climate change and Green Agenda in the Western Balkans: "We need to do more to raise awareness among the citizens that each and every one of us, including children, can and should make a difference. We truly are in this together, whether you like to admit it or not. The small steps also count – reducing plastic containers, minding the trash to keep our rivers, mountains, fields, forests clean, properly treat waste, turn to domestic foods, print less…a journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step. "

The article was published in the European Western Balkans https://europeanwesternbalkans.com/2019/12/16/climate-change-does-not-need-schengen-visa/

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Secretary General Bregu: Delay in the EU enlargement generates

Secretary General Bregu: Delay in the EU enlargement generates "disappointment climate" in the Western Balkans

06 DEC 2019 | INTERVIEW/ARTICLE

RCC Secretary General for Austria Presse Agentur (APA): The delay in the EU enlargement has created a "disappointment climate" in the Western Balkans. "People are the ones who really support the EU accession process," says Secretary General. "They believe that if the EU standards apply to their country, they will feel safer, have equal opportunities to find a job, and be treated fairly in court of justice."

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Bregu: Region cannot wait forever in the line for EU

Bregu: Region cannot wait forever in the line for EU

18 NOV 2019 | INTERVIEW/ARTICLE

RCC Secretary General for Politika: “The new EU enlargement strategy has to be a bold, clear, coherent strategy, avoiding ambiguity, a methodology that could install better connection between the EU and the Western Balkans even before accession, without empty promises, and definitely a methodology that could empower economies in the region to work on the reforms."

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Speech by RCC Secretary General, Majlinda Bregu, at the High Level Regional Conference “It’s all about Justice”

Speech by RCC Secretary General, Majlinda Bregu, at the High Level Regional Conference “It’s all about Justice”

04 OCT 2019 | STATEMENT/SPEECH

RCC and Albanian Ministry of Justice, organised the High Level Regional Conference “It’s all about Justice” gathering WB6 ministers, representatives of judicial institutions, civil society, and media, in Tirana on 4 October 2019

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"A clean, well-lighted place", article by Majlinda Bregu, RCC Secretary General, for Bled Strategic Times

02 SEP 2019 | 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 focus on the differences rather than seeing the world through the lenses of cooperation, we are simply welcoming an unacceptable risk."

Entire magazine is available at the following link https://www.bledstrategicforum.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Bled-Strategic-Times-2019.pdf. The article by Majlinda Bregu is on page 10.


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Regional cooperation is becoming a steady pattern to EU’s magnetic attraction

Regional cooperation is becoming a steady pattern to EU’s magnetic attraction

02 JUL 2019 | 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 becoming a steady pattern. For the future, let’s look into the past because the unsavoury one is still a threat! But REA has a clear status with togetherness at its core. Let’s give REA and regional cooperation the force to chart a sustainable long term Western Balkan reconciliation! Through economy, lifting all existing barriers!

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Interview: Majlinda Bregu, Secretary General of the RCC to A2 CNN channel

Interview: Majlinda Bregu, Secretary General of the RCC to A2 CNN channel

12 JUN 2019 | VIDEO INTERVIEW

The Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Majlinda Bregu spoke with Endri Xhafo, journalist of Tirana-based A2 CNN, “I Ftuari” show, on visa liberalisation but also on the overall situation in the region, regional cooperation, results achieved and steps to follow in the upcoming period.

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Article by Majlinda Bregu, RCC Secretary General, for Euromoney's Global Markets magazine

Article by Majlinda Bregu, RCC Secretary General, for Euromoney's Global Markets magazine

08 MAY 2019 | 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”.

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Majlinda Bregu, the RCC Secretary General to Milica Magazine

Majlinda Bregu, the RCC Secretary General to Milica Magazine

18 APR 2019 | INTERVIEW/ARTICLE

In the interview to women's online Milica magazine, RCC Secretary General Majlinda Bregu talks about the region of South East Europe, successes and challenges of regional cooperation but also about the position of women in the region and being a woman in politics.

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RCC Secretary General, Majlinda Bregu for Al Jazeera Balkans

RCC Secretary General, Majlinda Bregu for Al Jazeera Balkans

03 APR 2019 | VIDEO INTERVIEW

Majlinda Bregu, the RCC Secretary General in an interview to Al Jazeera Balkans', 'Tell it to Al Jazeera' ('Recite Al Jazeeri') programme, talks about regional cooperation, achievements, challenges, her vision of the Western Balkans, benefits of the accession to the EU and much more.

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Roaming free? Downloading... Article by Majlinda Bregu, Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council

Roaming free? Downloading... Article by Majlinda Bregu, Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council

01 APR 2019 | INTERVIEW/ARTICLE

Regional Roaming Agreement for the Western Balkans: "It means you would be able to speak, SMS or surf more, wherever in the region you find yourself in, and pay much less. No more worries about making sure that your data is off when you cross the border."

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Majlinda Bregu, RCC Secretary General in

Majlinda Bregu, RCC Secretary General in "My Living' programme of Albanian Tring TV

28 MAR 2019 | VIDEO INTERVIEW

RCC Secretary General was a guest of 'My living' programme produced by Albanian TRING TV (tring.al). The programme features Ms Bregu during one day in Sarajevo in business and private setting.

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RCC Secretary General, Majlinda Bregu in RTSH1 Përballë programme

RCC Secretary General, Majlinda Bregu in RTSH1 Përballë programme

21 MAR 2019 | VIDEO INTERVIEW

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.

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Bregu: Investment in the European future of the Western Balkans is a win-win choice

Bregu: Investment in the European future of the Western Balkans is a win-win choice

15 FEB 2019 | INTERVIEW/ARTICLE

BiH online magazine BUKA, published an interview with the Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council, Majlinda Bregu talking about the economic situation in the region, brain-drain, corruption, unresolved issues, but also about opportunities and necessity of regional cooperation and common European future.

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