RACVIAC – Centre for Security Cooperation is an international, independent, non-profit, regionally owned, academic organization, with the mission to foster dialogue and cooperation on security matters in South Eastern Europe through a partnership between the countries of the region and their international partners.
 

Inaugural address by Director

Your Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, Dear Colleagues and Friends,

It is a pleasure and privilege for me to assume the position of Director of RACVIAC.

I would again like to thank the member countries for the confidence shown in my country and myself.

Complete Inaugural Address, PDF

Activity Overviews

Building Integrity and Fighting Corruption: Increasing the capacity of relevant public institutions on protection on whistle blowers

Overview, PDF

Physical Security and Stockpile Management (PSSM) Seminar

Overview, PDF

Gender Training of the Trainers Course (GToT)

Overview, PDF

Activity Agendas

Physical Security and Stockpile Management (PSSM) Seminar

Agenda, PDF

Gender Training of the Trainers Course (GToT)

Agenda, PDF

Activity Reports

Security Challenges of the EU

Report, PDF

Arms Control Symposium

Report, PDF

Chemical Weapons Convention Seminar

Report, PDF


Newsletter

Newsletter 43/2015Every few months RACVIAC releases its Newsletter, which includes a detailed overview of our activities during the past period, at our Centre as well as abroad. ›› More





Publications

RACVIAC Compendium 2015RACVIAC Compendium 2015 ›› Download







RACVIAC Catalogue 2016RACVIAC Catalogue 2016 ›› Download







Racviac FlyerRACVIAC SSR Pillar Research Project “Defence Conversion Modalities in South-East Europe (SEE) – Specific Regional Model” ›› Download







Racviac FactsheetThe latest, newly updated version of RACVIAC Factsheet, published in November 2015. ›› Download

Latest News

27 April 2016

Cyber Security Advanced Training Course Development Workshop held at RACVIAC

On Wednesday April 27th, 2016 a workshop titled Cyber Security Advanced Training Course Development was held at the RACVIAC – Centre for Security Cooperation in cooperation with the Military Academy "General Mihailo Apostolski" from Skopje and with the financial support of the Federal Republic of Germany.

The activity was a continuation of the cyber security project whose aim is to provide an opportunity to discuss the findings and conclusions of the research methodology and data collected during the research part of the project in 2015.

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25 April 2016

Slovenian Ambassador visits RACVIAC

Slovenian Ambassabor Mrs Smiljana Knez and RACVIAC Director Ambassador Haydar Berk H.E. Mrs Smiljana Knez, Ambassador of Slovenia, visited the RACVIAC – Centre for Security Cooperation on Monday April 25th, 2016. She was accompanied by Mr Primož Koštrica, Minister Plenipotentiary.

Ambassador Knez began her visit with an office call to RACVIAC Director H.E. Ambassador Haydar Berk. Following the office call she met with members of the RACVIAC staff during which she was given a briefing regarding the RACVIAC – Centre for Security Cooperation.

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22 April 2016

Meeting of Defence and Police Attachés held at RACVIAC

A meeting of defence and police attachés was held at the RACVIAC – Centre for Security Cooperation on Friday, April 22nd, 2016.

Opening the event RACVIAC Director, Ambassador Haydar Berk noted that RACVIAC presented a unique platform in South East Europe addressing security issues and fostering security cooperation and stability. He thanked partner countries Austria, Germany, Norway and the USA for their substantial support to the activities of the Centre, as well as to Hungary and Slovenia for seconding personnel.

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19 April 2016

Director of German Verification Centre (BwVC) visits RACVIAC

Brigadier General Peter Braunstein (left) and Ambassador Haydar Berk (right). Upon the invitation of RACVIAC Director, Ambassador Haydar Berk, Brigadier General Peter Braunstein, the Director of the German Bundeswehr Verification Centre visited the RACVIAC – Centre for Security Cooperation on Tuesday April 19th, 2016.

During the visit, Brigadier General Peter Braunstein was briefed on the activities of RACVIAC. The visiting Delegation provided their own presentation regarding the work of the Bundeswehr Verification Centre.

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18 April 2016

Workshop on C-WMD National Strategies begins at RACVIAC

The second activity of the year under the C-WMD Network got under way at the RACVIAC – Centre for Security Cooperation on Monday April 18th, 2016.

The event is being organized as a workshop titled „C-WMD National Strategies – Premises and Inter-agency Cooperation“, and a Proliferation Security Initiative Table Top Exercise (PSI TTX) that will reinforce the efforts to develop national strategies to counter the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

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18 April 2016

35th MAG Meeting held in Tirana, Republic of Albania

On April 12th, 2016 the 35th Multinational Advisory Group (MAG) meeting was held in Tirana, Republic of Albania, under the chairmanship of Brigadier General Nazmi Cahani, Land Force Commander of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Albania. The Meeting gathered 32 MAG delegates, including the three representatives of RCC, SEESAC and SEDM Secretariat, as well as 11 RACVIAC participants.

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08 April 2016

Conference on „Gender Perspectives and Security in South-Eastern Europe“ begins at RACVIAC

The Conference on „Gender Perspectives and Security in South-Eastern Europe“ began at RACVIAC on Thursday, 7 April 2016. Organized by RACVIAC and the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Office in the Republic of Croatia, it is the sixth programme activity dealing with the subject.

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31 March 2016

RACVIAC Director Ambassador Haydar Berk visits the Ministry of Defense and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia

On 25 March 2016 Ambassador Haydar Berk, Director of RACVIAC, payed courtesy calls on H.E. Zoran Djordjevic, Minister of Defense and Ambassador Branimir Filipovic, Acting Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia.

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22 March 2016

Ambassador of the Republic of Azerbaijan in Croatia visits RACVIAC

On Tuesday, 22 March 2016, H.E. Mr Kamil Khasiyev, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Azerbaijan accredited in the Republic of Croatia, visited RACVIAC – Centre for Security Cooperation.

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14 March 2016

Dayton Article IV Orientation Course begins at ReSPA in Danilovgrad, Montenegro

The orientation course for the Agreement on Sub-Regional Arms Control (Dayton Article IV) began at ReSPA (Regional School of Public Administration) in Danilovgrad, Montenegro on Monday March 14th, 2016. The event is being organized by the RACVIAC – Centre for Security Cooperation in cooperation with the OSCE and the Republic of Montenegro with the generous support of the Federal Republic of Germany.

The purpose of this Course is to instruct the designated individuals on how to successfully perform their duties as inspectors and/or escorts pursuant to the Agreement on Sub-Regional Arms Control and to establish a common understanding of the Agreement in order to foster mutual trust and confidence as well as transparency during the performance of inspections.

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10 March 2016

RACVIAC director Ambassador Berk meets with Croatian Minister of Defence

Croatian Minister of Defence Josip Buljević and RACVIAC Director H.E.Ambassador Haydar Berk. (Photo:MORH/ J. Kopi)The director of the RACVIAC – Centre for Security Cooperation Ambassador Haydar Berk met with the Minister of Defence of the Republic of Croatia Josip Buljević on Thursday March 10th, 2016.

During discussions the importance of RACVIAC as a strong security-policy platform in South East Europe was confirmed while at the same time mutual satisfaction with cooperation to date and the support of the Croatian Ministry of Defence for RACVIAC was expressed.

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08 March 2016

RACVIAC celebrates International Women's Day

RACVIAC Director H.E.Ambassador Haydar Berk and female members of the RACVIAC staff.Today, the world is marking International Women's Day, which in 2016 is being held under the theme "Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality." With the theme the UN is asking governments to make national commitments that will close the gender equality gap.

The RACVIAC – Centre for Security cooperation remains fully committed to the promotion of gender equality. In this regard RACVIAC continues to organize several activities each year addressing the implementation of UNSCR 1325 on women and peace and security. This year two activities have been planned: A conference on Gender Perspectives and Security in SEE scheduled for early April and a Gender Training of the Trainers Course scheduled for the second half of May.

The RACVIAC – Centre for Security Cooperation conveys greetings to all women on the occasion of International Women's Day.

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04 March 2016

Croatian Centre for International Military Operations celebrates 15th anniversary

(Left to right) RACVIAC Director H.E.Ambassador Haydar Berk, Croatian Armed Forces Chief of General Staff General Mirko Šungov and Croatian Deputy Minister of Defence Tomislav IvićThe Croatian Centre for International Military Operations which shares the "Vitez Damir Martić" barracks in Rakitje, Croatia, with the RACVIAC – Centre for Security Cooperation celebrated its 15th anniversary on Friday March 4th, 2016.

A ceremony was held in the Restaurant Rakitje where dignitaries attended including Croatian Armed Forces Chief of General Staff, General Mirko Šundov, the Commander of Croatian Land Forces General Mate Ostović, Deputy Minister of Defence Mr Tomislav Ivić and RACVIAC Director H.E. Ambassador Haydar Berk.

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03 March 2016

Seminar on Transition of Military Education Systems in SEE begins

The 3rd seminar on Transition of the Military Education Systems in South East Europe began at the RACVIAC – Centre for Security Cooperation on Thursday March 3rd, 2016. The event is being organized in cooperation with the Croatian Defence Academy. Its main purpose is to address the different aspects of the evolving process of military professionalization and its impact on civil-military relations in the past, present and future. One of the major topics of the 2016 seminar will be the process of modernization of the military education process and particularly the introduction of distance learning solutions or “e-learning” and the Erasmus Programme.

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29 February 2016

Financial Agreement for 2016 Signed with Federal Republic of Germany

German Ambassador to Croatia H.E. Thomas Schultze (left) and RACVIAC Director H.E. Ambassador Haydar Berk (right)On February 29th 2016, H.E. Thomas Schultze, the German Ambassador to Croatia and RACVIAC Director, H.E. Ambassador Haydar Berk, signed the Financial Agreement between the RACVIAC – Centre for Security Cooperation and the Federal Republic of Germany for the year 2016.

With this Agreement, the Federal Republic of Germany allocated funds which will be used to support RACVIAC activities, covering the costs of seminars, courses and workshops, especially within the RACVIAC "Cooperative Security Environment (CSE), with focus on Arms Control" pillar.

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26 February 2016

Serbian Ambassador to Croatia visits RACVIAC

RACVIAC Director H.E. Ambassador Haydar Berk (left) and Serbian Ambassador to Croatia H.E. Mira Nikolić right)On Monday February 26th, 2016 the Serbian ambassador accredited to the Republic of Croatia, H.E. Mira Nikolić paid a visit to the RACVIAC – Centre for Security Cooperation in the company of the Serbian Defence Attaché to the Republic of Croatia Colonel Ivan Vulić.

The vist began with a separate meeting with RACVIAC director H.E. Ambassador Haydar Berk followed by a meeting with members of the RACVIAC staff. During the meeting H.E. Berk and members of the staff informed the Serbian ambassador of activities being conducted within the RACVIAC – Centre for Security Cooperation.

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18 February 2016

RACVIAC Deputy Director Appointed Assistant Minister of Defence

RACVIAC Director H.E. Ambassador Haydar Berk (left) Assistant Minister Brigadier General Zdravko Jakop (right)On Wednesday February 17th, 2016, the Croatian government cabinet appointed RACVIAC Deputy Director, Brigadier General Zdravko Jakop, assistant minister at the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Croatia.

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16 February 2016

Chemical Weapons Convention seminar begins at RACVIAC

A Chemical Weapons Convention seminar began on Tuesday February 16th, 2016 at the RACVIAC – Centre for Security cooperation. The event is a continuation of fruitful cooperation between RACVIAC and the Organization for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in promoting the implementation of the CWC in South-Eastern Europe, which directly helps enhance regional stability, transparency and trust. This year the main focus will be put again on a specific article (X) of the Convention, in particular on the administrative/regulatory measures that govern the actions of States Parties and the Organization vis-á-vis the implementation of the Convention.

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08 February 2016

Norwegian defence attaché visits RACVIAC

On Monday February 8th, 2016, the Norwegian defence attaché in the Republic of Serbia CDR SG Tore Andersson visited the RACVAIC – Centre for Security Cooperation in the company of the the High Executive Officer Assistant to the Attaché Ms Marit Skrugstad.

The visit began with an office call with RACVIAC Director H.E. Ambassador Haydar Berk, followed by a meeting with the RACVIAC staff.

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05 February 2016

Canadian ambassador visits RACVIAC

On Friday February 5th, 2015 the ambassador of Canada to the Republic of Croatia, H.E. Daniel Maksymiuk, visited the RACVIAC – Centre for Security Cooperation.

Ambassador Maksymiuk began his visit with an office call to RACVIAC Director H.E. Ambassador Haydar Berk. He then met with members of the RACVIAC staff where he was given a briefing on the RACVIAC – Centre for Security Cooperation.

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04 February 2016

Austrian ambassador visits RACVIAC

On Thursday February 4th, 2015 the ambassador of the Republic of Austria to Croatia H.E. Dr Andreas Wiedenhoff visited the RACVIAC – Centre for Security Cooperation. The visit began with a tête-a-tête meeting with RACVIAC director H.E. Ambassador Haydar Berk. Followed by a meeting with members of the RACVIAC staff.

Following a presentation on RACVIAC, Ambassador Wiedenhoff noted that RACVIAC is going in the right direction as it adapts to the ever changing security environment.

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03 February 2016

Peer Review Seminar on OSCE Code of Conduct on Politico-Military Aspects of Security held at RACVIAC

RACVIAC Director H.E. Abmbassador Haydar Berk (left) Austrian Defence attaché to Croatia and Albania, Brigadier General Roman Fischer (right)On February 1st and 2nd 2015, a „Peer Review Seminar on OSCE Code of Conduct on Politico-Military Aspects of Security“ was held at the RACVIAC - Centre for Security Cooperation. The event was held in cooperation with the OSCE and the direct support of the Republic of Austria.

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29 January 2016

C-WMD Network activity held at RACVIAC

A third activity was held under the C-WMD network at the RACVIAC – Centre for Security Cooperation from January 25th to 28th, 2016. The event titled "Developing a C-WMD National Strategy: The Strategy Template" was held with the continued support of the U.S. European Command (USEUCOM), U.S. Defence Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), and the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Republic of Croatia.

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20 January 2016

MAG POC Meeting held at RACVIAC

A meeting of MAG Points of Contact was held at the RACVIAC - Centre for Security Cooperation on Wednesday January 20th, 2016. The aim of the gathering was to inform representatives of RACVIAC member and participant countries of current events taking place at RACVIAC and the state of affairs at the Centre.

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Forthcoming Events

10-12 May, 2016

Building Integrity and Fighting Corruption - Regional Workshop on “Corruption Reporting and Whistleblower Protection”

Interview

Interview with Ms Nika Jabbarova, MSc, author of “Report on The Way Forward Towards Better Implementation of the OSCE Code of Conduct on Politico-Military Aspects of Security”

Before becoming an independent expert, you worked at the OSCE headquarters in Vienna. Can you please elaborate on your work and professional experience up to date?

At the OSCE headquarters in Vienna, I worked for the Forum for Security Co-operation Section (FSC) and the Conflict Prevention Centre (CPC) where a few of my duties included conducting an extensive statistical analysis on the OSCE Code of Conduct on Politico-Military Aspects of Security, and producing the annual OSCE report on the Assessment and Implementation Procedures of the Vienna Document 2011, among others.

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Interview with Mr Mark Albon, Director of OPCW International Cooperation and Assistance Division

Interview with mr Eric May, independent Media Consultant, on the occasion of Strategic Communication Conference held in Skopje

Interview with Brigadier General Jürgen Beyer, Director of the Bundeswehr Verification Centre

Interview with Mr Fabian Grass, Forum for Security Co-operation Support Officer, OSCE, conducted on the occasion of the OSCE Code of Conduct Seminar

Interview with Mr Valentin Inzko, High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina, conducted on the occasion of the Democratic Control of Armed Forces Seminar

Interview with Ms Marina Pendes, Deputy Minister for Policy and Planning, Ministry of Defence of Bosnia and Herzegovina, conducted on the occasion of the Round Table “SSR and Gender: Implementation of the UN Security Council Resolutions 1325 and 1820”

Interview with dr. Zdenka Cebasek-Travnik,Human Rights Ombudsman of the Republic of Slovenia

Interview with Colonel Joerg Kunze, Bundeswehr Arms Control Verification Centre, on the occasion of the Vienna Document 2011 - Verification and Compliance Course.

Interview with Brigadier General Massimo Panizzi, Public Affairs and StratCom Advisor to the NATO Military Committee Chairman and International Military Staff

Interview with MajGen Torres, the Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office for Article IV of Annex 1B of the Dayton Peace Accords

Interview with Mr Zoran Šajinović, Assistant Minister for International Cooperation, Ministry of Defense of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Interview with Ms Beverly Mercer, Ambassador of Australia to the Republic of Croatia on the occasion of the workshop on Cluster Munitions.


Programme 2015

RACVIAC’s annual programme of activities includes over 30 activities: seminars, training courses, workshops, conferences, meetings and a number of other extracurricular activities.

In addition to this, RACVIAC also supports activities of other institutions and organisations. By the end of 2012 RACVIAC has hosted more then 9500 participants on 302 various activities. ›› More