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|Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council|
1 January 2013 – to date
|Preceded by||Hidajet Biščević|
22 October 1963 |
Gnjilane, Kosovo, SFR Yugoslavia
|Alma mater||Ph.D. Union University in Belgrade, Serbia, Masters and undergraduate law degrees from Univ. of Belgrade Fac. of Law|
Goran Svilanović (Serbian Cyrillic: Горан Свилановић) (born 22 October 1963 in Gnjilane, Kosovo, Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia-SFRY) is Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC), as of 1 January 2013, following the appointment by the South-East European Cooperation Process (SEECP) Foreign Ministers in Belgrade, Serbia on 14 June 2012.
Svilanović is a Serbian diplomat and politician, who previously served as Coordinator of the OSCE Economic and Environmental Activities (2008-2012).
Prior to that, he became Chairman of Working Table I (democratization and human rights) of the Stability Pact for South Eastern Europe, where he served from November 2004 until the end of 2007. He was also a member of the Senior Review Group of the Stability Pact, which proposed the transformation of the Stability Pact into the Regional Co-operation Council.
From 2000 to 2004, Mr Svilanović was Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, which was renamed to Serbia and Montenegro in 2003. Between 2000 and 2007, he was a Member of Parliament on behalf of the Civic Alliance of Serbia.
Since 2008, Svilanović has been Assistant Professor of Law at the Union University in Belgrade. He has also been engaged and worked with a number of organizations and committees, such as the Centre for Antiwar Action (1995-1999), the International Commission on the Balkans (2004-2006) and the Belgrade Centre for Human Rights (2007-2008).
Active in politics since 1993, Svilanović became President of the Civic Alliance of Serbia (Građanski Savez Srbije) political party in 1999 and held this position until 2004, when he resigned.
Goran Svilanovic holds a Ph.D. from the Union University in Belgrade, Serbia, Masters and undergraduate law degrees from the University of Belgrade's Law School. He has also studied at the Institute for Human Rights in Strasbourg, France, the University of Saarland, Germany, and the European University Center for Peace Studies in Staadtschlaining, Austria.
The Svilanović family had moved from Gnjilane to Belgrade when Goran was seven. His father Tihomir held a doctoral degree in agricultural science and mother Stavrula was an accountant. He is married and has two children. Goran Svilanović speaks Serbian and English.
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