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|Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council|
1 January 2013
|Preceded by||Hidajet Biščević|
22 October 1963 |
Gnjilane, Kosovo and Metohija, SR Serbia, SFR Yugoslavia
|Alma mater||University of Belgrade|
Goran Svilanović (Serbian Cyrillic: Горан Свилановић; born 22 October 1963) 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. He was born as Goran Latinović. Active in politics since 1993, he became president of the Civic Alliance of Serbia (Građanski Savez Srbije) in 1999 and held this position until 2004, when he resigned. From 2000 to 2004, he was Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, which was renamed Serbia and Montenegro in 2003. He served from November 2004 until the end of 2007 as the chairman of Working Table I (democratization and human rights) of the Stability Pact for South Eastern Europe. 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. He served as coordinator of the OSCE Economic and Environmental Activities (2008–2012).
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).
Svilanović holds a Ph.D. from the Union University in Belgrade, Masters and undergraduate law degrees from the University of Belgrade Faculty of Law. 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 moved from Gnjilane to Belgrade when Goran was seven. His father Tihomir held a doctoral degree in agricultural science and his mother Stavrula was an accountant. Svilanović is married and has two children. He speaks Serbian and English.
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