Regional Cooperation Council
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The Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) is a regional cooperative framework for countries in South East Europe, with the goal of "promoting mutual cooperation and European and Euro-Atlantic integration of South East Europe in order to inspire development in the region to the benefit of its people".
The RCC succeeded the Stability Pact for South Eastern Europe on 27 February 2008. It is an operational arm of the South-East European Cooperation Process (SEECP) and functions as a focal point for cooperation in South East Europe through a regionally owned and led framework. It also acts as a forum for the continued involvement of the international community engaged in the region.
In line with the RCC Strategy and Work Programme 2011-2013, the work of the organization focuses on the following priority areas:
- economic and social development
- infrastructure and energy
- justice and home affairs
- security cooperation
- building human capital and parliamentary cooperation
The RCC membership consists of 46 countries, organizations and international financial institutions. The organization has a Secretariat based in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, headed by Secretary General Goran Svilanović, who took office on 1 January 2013, following the appointment in June 2012 by the SEECP foreign ministers. In this post, Svilanović succeeded Hido Bičević, the first RCC Secretary General, who held the post for five years in two consecutive mandates (2008-2012). Apart from the Sarajevo headquarters, the Secretariat has a Liaison Office in Brussels with European and Euro-Atlantic institutions.
The RCC meeting format consists of the Annual Meeting and meetings of the RCC Board, held three times a year. The RCC Board provides operational guidance and supervision to the organization. It consists of those RCC members contributing to the budget of the RCC Secretariat as well as the European Union (EU).
“Helping prosperity and growth through regional action in South East Europe, while supporting European and Euro-Atlantic integration, is what the Regional Cooperation Council is all about. We see our region as a place of dialogue, freedom and mobility, rich in cultural heritage, where each person feels safe and protected by the rule of law. Our work reflects the readiness and the ability of the people of South East Europe to take responsibility for their future, and to create conditions for an overall progress in a climate of tolerance and cooperation.”
- Goran Svilanović, Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council
- Bosnia and Herzegovina*
- Czech Republic*
- European Union (EU); represented by a representative of the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and a representative of the European Commission*
- United Kingdom
- United States*
- International organizations
- Council of Europe
- Council of Europe Development Bank
- European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
- European Investment Bank
- International Organization for Migration
- Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
- Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe
- Southeast European Cooperative Initiative
- United Nations
- United Nations Economic Commission for Europe
- United Nations Development Programme
- World Bank
*members of RCC Board
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