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.
 

Introductory address by Director

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

It is my pleasure to welcome you at the web pages of RACVIAC - Centre for Security Cooperation.

RACVIAC was established in 2000 as the Regional Arms Control Verification and Implementation Assistance Centre with an aim to provide arms control training, promote confidence and security building measures and broaden cooperation in South Eastern Europe (SEE).

Complete Introductory address, PDF

Activity Overviews

Symposium on Mine Action

Overview, PDF

Civil-Military Relations -Seminar on P(M)SC II

Overview, PDF

Cyber Security - Regional CERT Meeting

Overview, PDF

Activity Agendas

Symposium on Mine Action

Agenda, PDF

Civil-Military Relations -Seminar on P(M)SC II

Agenda, PDF

Activity Reports

Open Skies Aerial Observation Course

Report, PDF

Chemical Weapons Convention Seminar

Report, PDF

Physical Security and Stockpile Management (PSSM) Workshop

Report, PDF


Newsletter

Newsletter 38/2013Every 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 FlyerRACVIAC SSR Pillar Research Project “Defence Conversion Modalities in South-East Europe (SEE) – Specific Regional Model” ›› Download






Racviac FlyerThe latest, newly updated version of RACVIAC Flyer, published in March 2013. ›› Download







Racviac FactsheetThe latest, newly updated version of RACVIAC Factsheet, published in March 2013. ›› Download

Latest News

11 APR 2014

Ambassadorial meeting held in RACVIAC

An ambassadorial meeting was held in ARCVIAC on Friday April 11th. The purpose of the meeting was to inform RACVIAC members and partners of the current state of affairs at the RACVIAC – Centre for Security Cooperation, of challenges and plans for the future.

Special guests at the meeting included First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Republic of Croatia, HE Ms Vesna Pusić and Deputy Minister of Defence of the Republic of Croatia Ms Višnja Tafra. The meeting was also attended by more than 20 ambassadors accredited in the Republic of Croatia as well as numerous military attaches.

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11 APR 2014

RACVIAC Delegation Attends meeting on UNSCR 1540 Activities and Implementation Practices in Vienna, Austria

A RACVIAC delegation consisting of Deputy Director Brigadier General Zdravko Jakop and Planning and Liason Officer for Western Europe and International Organizations, Col. Ferdinand Klinser, attended a meeting of International and Regional Organizations on UNSCR 1540 implementation practices and activities, held in Vienna, Austria from 7 -11 April 2014.

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08 APR 2014

Technical Agreement signed between RACVIAC and Nordic Center for Gender in Military Operations

A delegation of the Nordic Center for Gender in Military Operations (NCGM)- NATO Department Head concerning Gender headed by Jan Dunmarray, the first Commander of NCGM visited RACVIAC on Monday, 7 April 2014 concerning the signing of a Technical Agreement between NCGM-NATO Department Head concerning Gender, Sweden and the RACVIAC – Center for Security Cooperation in regards to the forthcoming NCGM Gender Training of the Trainers (GToT) Course, to be held in RACVIAC from 19 to 29 May, 2014.

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27 MAR 2014

Delegation from the Ministry of Defence and Armed Forces of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia* visits RACVIAC

A delegation from the Ministry of Defence and the Armed Forces of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia* visited the RACVIAC – Centre for Security Cooperation on Thursday, March 27th. Lieutenant General Naser Sejdini, the Deputy Chief of General Staff lead the delegation consisting of Mr Ilir Selmani, Chief of the Minister’s Cabinet and Mr Spasoja Damjanoski, Head of MoD Finances.

RACVIAC deputy director Brigadier General Zdravko Jakop greeted the delegation thanking them for the continued support that the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia* has provided for RACVIAC.

*Turkey recognizes the Republic of Macedonia with its constitutional name.

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27 MAR 2014

RACVIAC Delegation Attends Workshop on „Promoting OSCE Code of Conduct on Politico-Military Aspects of Security“

A RACVIAC delegation led by Director Ambassador Branimir Mandic and consisting of Programme Manager for International and Regional Cooperation, Ms. Marija Zuzek, and Programme Manager for Security Sector Reform, Mr.Sc. Branko Kromar are participating in the Workshop on „Promoting OSCE Code of Conduct on Politico-Military Aspects of Security“ in Belgrade, Serbia, which started yesterday, on the 26th of March, and will last until the 28th of March.

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25 MAR 2014

RACVIAC delegation attends SEDM meeting in Bucharest, Romania

The management of the RACVIAC - Centre for Security Cooperation visited Bucharest, Romania from March 18th to 21st where they participated in a meeting of the South-Eastern Europe Defence Ministerial (SEDM) process and the meetings related to Romania's support to the work of the Center.

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18 MAR 2014

Chemical Weapons Convention Seminar began at RACVIAC

The Chemical Weapons Convention Seminar got underway in RACVIAC today running through to March 20th and gathering a significant number of participants from the SEE region. The activity is being organized by the RACVIAC – Centre for Security Cooperation and the Organization for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).

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12 MAR 2014

Financial Agreement for 2014 Signed with Federal Republic of Germany

On March 12th 2014, H.E. Mr Hans Peter Annen, German Ambassador to Croatia, and the Director of RACVIAC, Ambassador Branimir Mandic, signed the Financial Agreement between the RACVIAC – Centre for Security Cooperation and the Federal Republic of Germany for the year 2014.

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10 MAR 2014

RACVIAC participates in the Conference on Counterterrorism in the Region of SE Europe

The RACVIAC - Center for Security Cooperation officially participated in the sixth international regional conference 'Counterterrorism Challenges in the Region of South-Eastern Europe' held from 04 to 06 March 2014 in Maribor, Slovenia.

The sixth international regional conference was a continuation of previous conferences and proved to be very successful, highlighting the importance of cooperation between counter-terrorism experts from various countries and international organizations.

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27 FEB 2014

RACVIAC Delegation visits MK Ministry of Justice

On February 25th 2014, the Director of RACVIAC, Ambassador Branimir Mandic, during his visit to the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia*, met the Minister of Justice Mr Blerim Bexheti. Topics of discussion included the establishment of regional cooperation and promotion of opportunities for joint activities between the RACVIAC – Centre for Security Cooperation and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

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27 FEB 2014

RACVIAC Delegation visited MARRI RC

A RACVIAC delegation led by Director Ambassador Branimir Mandic and consisting of Programme Manager for International and Regional Cooperation, Ms. Marija Zuzek, and Subject Matter Experts Mr. Iljmi Selami and LtC Josip Mlakic, visited the MARRI RC (The Migration, Asylum, Refugees Regional Initiative - Regional Centre) in Skopje on Tuesday, February 25th.

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27 FEB 2014

Working visit of RACVIAC delegation to Skopje

On Monday, February 24th 2014, as part of a working visit to the institutions of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia*, a RACVIAC delegation headed by Director Ambassador Branimir Mandic met in Skopje with the Minister of Defence Mr. Talat Xhaferi, and representatives from the “General Mihailo Apostolski” Military Academy.

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21 FEB 2014

Physical Security and Stockpile Management Workshop Held in RACVIAC

A Physical Security and Stockpile Management Workshop was held in the RACVIAC – Centre for Security Cooperation from February 19th to 20th, 2014 in cooperation with the Federal Ministry of Defence and Sports of the Republic of Austria and the Bundeswehr Verification Centre (BwVC) of the Federal Republic of Germany.

The Director of RACVIAC, Ambassador Branimir Mandic welcomed the guests, lecturers and participants expressing his appreciation for their interest and participation. He noted that Stockpiling of Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW), Conventional Armaments (CA) and explosives continue to be burning issues.

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20 FEB 2014

Delegation of Croatian Parliamentary Committees Visits RACVIAC

A delegation of three committees from the Croatian Parliament visited RACVIAC – Centre for Security Cooperation on February 20th, 2014. The delegation was led by Mr Miroslav Tudjman, the head of the Domestic Policy and National Security Committee and Mr Tomislav Ivic, the head of the Defence Committee. Mr Maroje Katalinic represented Mr Boris Blazekovic, the head of the Croatian Parliament’s Delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of NATO.

RACVIAC's Director, Ambassador Branimir Mandic and Deputy Director, Brigadier General Zdravko Jakop, welcomed the guests noting that it was a pleasure to host such a distnguished delegation from the Host Nation.

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19 FEB 2014

Defence Attaches Visit RACVIAC and IMOTC

A delegation of Defence attaches accredited in the Republic of Croatia visited the RACVIAC – Centre for Security Cooperation and the Croatian International Military Operations Training Centre on February 19th, 2014.

The purpose of the visit was to familiarize the attaches with the work of the two organizations that share the „Vitez Damir Martic“ barracks in Rakitje, Croatia.

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05 FEB 2014

Defence Resources Management „Transition of Military Education Systems in South East Europe“ Got Underway Today at RACVIAC

A Seminar titled: Defence Resources Management „Transition of Military Education Systems in South East Europe“ got underway today in RACVIAC, Rakitje, Croatia. The purpose of the seminar is to address aspects of the evolving military professionalization process and its impact on civil-military relations in the past, present and future.

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30 JAN 2014

Meeting of Points of Contact from the Multinational Advisory Group Held in RACVIAC

A meeting of MAG POCs was held in RACVIAC on Thursday, January 30th. Opening the meeting RACVIAC Director Ambassador Branimir Mandic welcomed the representatives from 13 countries present and noted that the organization greatly appreciates their support in making 2014 a successful year.

Director Mandic briefly reviewed the state of affairs in RACVIAC pointing out the positive events that had taken place in the recent past regarding a completion of the legal framework with the Host Nation Agreement being signed, Turkey and Romania ratifying the Agreement on RACVIAC and the Technical Agreement beign signed with host nation Croatia. He noted that although the RACVIAC budget is stable, challenges still remain in terms of personnel and the programme.

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28 JAN 2014

RACVIAC Delegation Meets with Minister of Defence of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia*

On Tuesday, January 28th a RACVIAC delegation headed by Director Ambassador Branimir Mandic met in Zagreb with Mr. Talat Xhaferi, the Minister of Defence of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

Opening the meeting Director Mandic thanked the delegation from the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia for taking the time to meet with RACVIAC's representatives and invited them to visit RACVIAC in the near future.

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15 JAN 2014

Technical Agreement Signed Between RACVIAC and Croatian Ministry of Defence

Photo: Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Croatia On Tuesday January 14th, RACVIAC director Ambassador Branimir Mandic and Croatian Minister of Defence Ante Kotromanovic signed a technical agreement on cooperation between the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Croatia and RACVIAC – Centre for Security Cooperation.

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11 JAN 2014

RACVIAC Delegation Meets with Slovenian Minister of Defence

Photo: Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Slovenia A RACVIAC delegation led by Director Ambassador Branimir Mandic and consisting of Deputy Director Zdravko Jakop and Programme Manager for International and Regional Cooperation, Marija Zuzek, met with Slovenian Minister of Defence, Roman Jakic in Ljubljana on Friday, January 10th. Discussion included a review of the overall work RACVIAC has done and the success of last year's Comprehensive Defence Ministerial hosted by Slovenia for the first time at Brdo near Kranj.

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12 DEC 2013

Conference on the Impact of Cybercrime on the Economic Environment of the South East European Region Held in RACVIAC

A Conference on the Impact of Cybercrime on the Economic Environment of the South East European Region was held in RACVIAC on December 11th and 12th 2013. The conference was a continuation of a series of events dedicated to the topic of cyber threat and protection of sensitive information. Even though many steps are undertaken on a national, regional and global level to fight this phenomenon, we are witnesses that the rate of cybercrimes and the cost of prevention are on the rise. Cyber-attacks could threaten whole economies since cyberspace seems to be a central system of our societies. For this reason it is necessary to continue to look for security solutions in order to protect business sensitive information and to reduce the cost of protection and damages. It is also important to continue with close cooperation between the SEE countries in strengthening institutional capabilities for the prevention of cybercrime.

The event was opened by RACVIAC Director Ambassador Branimir Mandic who warmly welcomed all participants and expressed his confidence that the event would provide fruitful discussions and a valuable exchange of information.

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06 DEC 2013

Regional Conference on Establishing Measures Necessary to Achieve Effectiveness of Systems for Civil Protection Held in RACVIAC

A regional conference on Establishing Measures Necessary to Achieve Effectiveness of Systems for Civil Protection was held in RACVIAC from December 5th to 6th 2013.

The purpose of the event was to foster joint coordination and cooperation among the SEE countries’ civil protection and crisis management authorities and to promote increased awareness of the importance of disaster risk reduction with the goal of reducing losses caused by natural, technological and environmental disasters. The main objectives were: to support the development and introduction of international standards in modern civil protection systems; share information, views and experience on disaster risk reduction systems set in place in the region, as well as on the ongoing activities; share knowledge, experiences and best practices on disaster risk reduction strategies through interagency, regional and international cooperation with regard to new global challenges; and propose the way forward for the cooperation in the field of civil protection and crisis management.

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27 NOV 2013

RACVIAC Delegation Visits Serbian Ministry of Defence

A delegation from the RACVIAC – Centre for Security Cooperation consisting of Director Ambassador Branimir Mandic and Programme Manager for International and Regional Cooperation Marija Zuzek visited the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Serbia and met with Serbian Minister of Defence Nebojsa Rodic.

Photo courtesy of MoD Republic of Serbia In his introduction Director Mandic noted the importance of the period in which the Republic of Serbia holds the position of MAG Chair as a chance to promote and advance existing regional capacities of the Republic of Serbia. He went on to thank the Serbian Ministry of Defence for their support to RACVIAC at this time and during the previous period when Croatia held the position of MAG Chair.

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21 NOV 2013

Heads of Delegations at Proliferation Security Initiative Exercise Visit RACVIAC

A delegation of the RACVIAC – Centre for Security Cooperation, headed by Director Ambassador Branimir Mandic and consisting of Deputy Director Brigadier General Zdravko Jakop and Public Affairs Officer Captain Branko Lozancic attended the Southeast European Regional Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI) Executive Table Top Exercise held in Zagreb on Thursday November 21st, 2013.

The PSI is a response to the growing challenge posed by the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD), their delivery systems, and related materials worldwide. The PSI builds on efforts by the international community to prevent proliferation of such items, including existing treaties and regimes. It is consistent with and a step in the implementation of the UN Security Council Presidential Statement of January 1992, which states that the proliferation of all WMD constitutes a threat to international peace and security, and underlines the need for member states of the UN to prevent proliferation.

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20 NOV 2013

Ottawa Convention Seminar Held in RACVIAC

From November 19th to 20th an activity titled Ottawa Convention Seminar: Human Security and Cooperation was held at the RACVIAC – Centre for Security Cooperation in cooperation with the Federal Republic of Germany, the Croatian Government Office for Mine Action and the Croatian Mine Action Centre.

The Antipersonnel Mine Ban Convention/Mine Ban Treaty (commonly referred to as the Ottawa Convention) is the most comprehensive international instrument for ridding the world of mines. It deals with everything from mine use, production and trade, to victim assistance, mine clearance and stockpile destruction. Thus, it is the first explicitly humanitarian security convention in the world.

Mine action involves all activities that aim to reduce the social, economic and environmental impact of landmines, unexploded ordnances (UXOs) and explosive remnants of war (ERW) in general.

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19 NOV 2013

Danish Ambassador Visits the RACVIAC – Centre for Security Cooperation

Danish Ambassador to Croatia, H.E. Poul Erik Dam Kristensen visited the RACVIAC – Centre for Security Cooperation on Tuesday November 19th, 2013 in the company of Commander Felix Ebbestad, head of the Cooperation and Programmes Branch of Danish Defence Command and Major Niels Randloev, desk officer for Europe and China.

The Danish delegation was welcomed by RACVIAC director Ambassador Branimir Mandic who provided them with information regarding current activities being conducted by RACVIAC. Director Mandic mentioned that RACVIAC had improved cooperation with members and partners pointing out that members were participating more actively through finances and personnel. He said that RACVIAC had signed 9 MOUs with other organizations with an aim to avoid duplication and achieve synergy of efforts. Director Mandic also noted that although RACVIAC had always cooperated with NATO and the EU, this cooperation had been improved with Croatia assuming the role of point of contact with NATO and Austria with the EU.

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13 NOV 2013

Arms Control Symposium Began in RACVIAC Today

The Arms Control Symposium organized by the RACVIAC – Centre for Security Cooperation's Cooperative Security Environment Pillar got underway today in RACVIAC. The Symposium is a reflection of the political ambition to uphold existing conventional arms control treaties.

The purpose of the event is to build on the experience of the last year's symposium and to present the latest developments in arms control, with the aim of opening new perspectives on confidence-building measures for peace and stability in Europe.

RACVIAC Director Ambassador Branimir Mandić welcomed all representatives, expressing his sincere appreciation for their presence. He noted that the event had plenty of notable objectives, such as to give an overview of the situation regarding military capabilities in future conventional arms control, the role of cooperative security and NATO, as well as the role of arms control in resolving the remaining security issues in Europe. Director Mandić said he hoped these interesting topics would provoke fruitful discussions aimed at supporting our countries’ efforts to fulfil their international obligations according to international standards.

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12 NOV 2013

RACVIAC Delegation Visits CARITAS Shelter for the Homeless in Rakitje

A RACVIAC delegation led by Deputy Director Brigadier General Zdravko Jakop, and consisting of Public Affairs Officer Captain Branko Lozančić, and IT Administrator Mr Ivan Ivnik, visited the CARITAS Shelter for the Homeless in Rakitje today. The purpose of the visit was to donate a computer to be used in the Shelter's reading room.

Deputy Director Jakop met with the head of the Shelter, Mr Ivan Mavrek, and discussed the work that they do in helping the homeless stand on their feet. Mr Mavrek informed the delegation about the history of the Shelter noting that in 1993 it had been a home for refugees, and later it had become a shelter for the homeless. He told of the hardships people who spend time at the shelter face and of the successes the shelter has had in helping people find their way in life. Mr Mavrek added that since 2003 over 500 people have lived at the shelter.

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04 NOV 2013

The Workshop on The Links between Terrorism and Organized Crime got underway today in Antalya, Turkey

The workshop on “The Links between Terrorism and Organized Crime” , jointly organized by the Counter-Terrorism Committee, Executive Directorate UN (CTED), the Southeast European Law Enforcement Centre (SELEC), the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) and the RACVIAC Centre for Security Cooperation, with the generous support of the Republic of Turkey and the United States of America began today in Antalya, Turkey.

Security Council resolution 1373 (2001) notes with concern the close connection between international terrorism and transnational organized crime, illicit drugs, money-laundering, illegal arms-trafficking and illegal movement of nuclear, chemical, biological and other potentially deadly materials, and in this regard emphasizes the need to enhance coordination of efforts on national, subregional, regional and international levels in order to strengthen a global response to this serious challenge and threat to international security (paragraph 4).

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Forthcoming Events

23 April - 25 April 2014

Symposium on Mine Action

Interview

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

The term strategic communication has become popular in the last 20 years. How would you define it?

Strategic communication is communicating with an "agenda" in mind.

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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 2013

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