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

Vienna Document - Verification and Compliance Course

Overview, PDF

UN Resolution 2178/14 Dealing with the problem of Foreign Terrorist Fighters

Overview, PDF

Activity Agendas

Vienna Document - Verification and Compliance Course

Agenda, PDF

Activity Reports

Effective Practices of the Implementation of UNSCR 1540

Report, PDF

Agreement on Sub-regional Arms Control (Dayton Article IV) - Orientation Course

Report, PDF

Civil-Military Relations Seminar "Private (Military) Security Companies III"

Report, PDF


Newsletter

Newsletter 41/2014Every 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

01 July 2015

Annual Meeting of Representatives of Defence and Security Committees from SEE Parliaments ends with Joint Statement.

The Third Annual Meeting of the Representatives of Defence and Security Committees from SEE Parliaments, organized by RACVIAC - Centre for Security Cooperation, hosted by the Defence and Internal Affairs Committee of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia, and supported by DCAF Geneva, ended successfully on Wednesday July 1st 2015 in Belgrade, Serbia.

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29 June 2015

Annual Meeting of the Representatives from Defence and Security Committees from SEE Parliaments on Flood Relief begins in Belgrade Serbia.

An annual meeting of the representatives from Defence and Security Committees from SEE Parliaments began in Belgrade, Serbia on Monday June 29th, 2015. The event is being organized by the RACVIAC – Centre for Security Cooperation in partnership with The National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia, and in cooperation with and support from DCAF - the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces.

Following the severe floods in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Republic of Croatia, the Republic of Serbia and the Republic of Slovenia in 2014, the European Commission, together with the French Republic and the Republic of Slovenia, organised on 16th July 2014 the Donors' Conference to support the corresponding recovery efforts.

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29 June 2015

Workshop on Effective Practices in Implementation of UNSCR 1540 begins at RACVIAC

On Monday June 29th, a workshop on Effective Practices in Implementation of UNSCR 1540 began at the RACVIAC – Centre for Security Cooperation. The event is being organized by RACVIAC, in cooperation with the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs and the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Republic of Croatia using funds from the UN Trust Fund for Global and Regional Disarmament Activities donated by the Governments of the Republic of Korea, the United States of America and the European Union.

Resolution 1540 (2004) stipulates that all States shall refrain from providing any form of support to non-State actors that attempt to develop, acquire, manufacture, possess, transport, transfer or use nuclear, chemical or biological weapons and their means of delivery.

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23 June 2015

RACVIAC Deputy Director meets with Head of International Military Cooperation at the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Serbia

Captain (naval) Milan Konjikovac (left), Bridagier General Zdravko Jakop (right). Photo source: www.mod.gov.rsThe head of the department for International Military Cooperation at the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Serbia, Captain (naval) Milan Konjikovac, met with the Deputy Director of the RACVIAC – Centre for Security Cooperation on Brigadier General Zdravko Jakop on Tuesday June 23rd. During the meeting cooperation so far between the Serbian Ministry of Defence and RACVIAC was confirmed and an analysis of RACVIAC activities to date was conducted, as well as the contribution of the Serbian Ministry of Defence in the work of the Centre.

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08 June 2015

Orientation Course for Agreement on Sub-regional Arms Control (Dayton Article IV) begins in RACVIAC

The Dayton Article IV orientation course began at the RACVIAC – Centre for Security Cooperation on Monday, June 8th 2015. The Course is being co-organized by the RACVIAC - Centre for Security Cooperation, the Federal Republic of Germany and the Republic of Serbia. It is based on the provisions of the Agreement on Sub-Regional Arms Control pursuant to the General Framework Agreement for Peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Annex I-B, Article IV.

On 4 December 2014 Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Republic of Croatia, Montenegro and the Republic of Serbia took ownership of the Regional Arms Control, Dayton Article IV Agreement that came into force in January 2015. Eighteen years after signing the signatory states have gained full possession of regional arms control thus proving willingness for cooperation, trust and stability in the region.

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21 MAY 2015

8th Workshop of the South East Europe Regional Approach to Stockpile Reduction (RASR) Initiative begins in Split, Croatia

On May 21st, 2015, the 8th Workshop of the South East Europe Regional Approach to Stockpile Reduction (RASR) Initiative began in Split, Croatia under the chairmanship of the RACVIAC – Centre for Security Cooperation.

The Regional Approach to Stockpile Reduction (RASR) initiative is a long-term, coordinated, regional approach to address the threats posed by excess, unstable, loosely secured or otherwise at-risk stockpiles of conventional weapons and munitions in South East Europe.

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20 MAY 2015

Russian Defence Attaché visits RACVIAC

On Wednesday May 20th, the Defence Attaché of the Russian Federation to Croatia, Colonel Sergey Molodkov, visited the RACVIAC – Centre for Security Cooperation in the company of his assistant, Lt. Col Evgeny Polyakov. The Russian delegation was welcomed by RACVIAC Director, Ambassador Branimir Mandić, his deputy Brigadier General Zdravko Jakop and members of the RACVIAC staff.

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20 MAY 2015

Gender Training of the Trainers Course begins at RACVIAC

A Gender Training of the Trainers course began at the RACVIAC – Centre for Security Cooperation on May 20th, 2015 and will run through to May 28th. The course is a direct result of last year's successfully initiated cooperation between the Nordic Centre for Gender in Military Operations - Swedish Armed Forces, the Croatian Armed Forces and the RACVIAC - Centre for Security Cooperation when an identical course was conducted for the first time.

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18 MAY 2015

International Meeting on Effectiveness of Anti-corruption Measures Begins in Zagreb, Croatia

An international meeting titled „Effectiveness of Anti-corruption Measures,“ hosted by the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Croatia, began in Zagreb on May 18th, 2015 under the co-organization of the RACVIAC – Centre for Security Cooperation, the OECD Anti-Corruption Network for Eastern Europe and Central Asia and the Regional Anti-Corruption Initiative. The meeting is a follow up to the Conference on that was held in Skopje in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia* on November 25th, 2014.

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

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13 MAY 2015

The workshop titled „Building a Cyber Resilient Society in SEE“ started in Ohrid on 13 May

This event is a continuation in a series of events dedicated to the topic of cyber security organized by the RACVIAC – Centre for Security Cooperation in cooperation with partners. One of the objectives of this event is to use recent events as a starting point to create a platform for a more appropriate approach to cyber security in South Eastern Europe.

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22 APRIL 2015

33rd Meeting of the Multinational Advisory Group held at RACVIAC

The 33nd Financial and Multinational Advisory Group (MAG ) meetings were held at the RACVIAC – Centre for security Cooperation on April 21st and 22nd, 2015, under the chairmanship of Ms Vesna Batistić Kos, Assistant Minister of Foreign and European affairs at the Croatian Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs.

Ms Batistić Kos congratulated RACVIAC for 15 years of work in strengthening security cooperation in South East Europe and noted that it was an honour for Croatia to be the host of such a unique organization.

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21 APRIL 2015

Proliferation Security Initiative, Table-Top Exercise held at RACVIAC

The Proliferation Security Initiative Table-Top Exercise was held at the RACVIAC – Centre for Security Cooperation from April 15th to 17th, 2015.

This was the first event organised within the newly MAG-approved project of the C-WMD Network in RACVIAC whose aim is to facilitate the development or refinement of Countering WMD national strategies and action plans with willing partners in South East Europe.

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13 APRIL 2015

CSCM: World Congress on CBRNe Science & Consequence Management begins in Zagreb

The CSCM: World Congress on CBRNe Science and Consequence Management began at the Hotel Westin in Zagreb today and will run through to Friday April 17th, 2015. The RACVIAC – Centre for Security Cooperation is a co-organizer of the event.

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09 APRIL 2015

3rd Seminar on Private (Military) Security Companies begins at RACVIAC

The 3rd seminar on Civil Military Relations dedicated to Private (Military) Security Companies (P(M)SC) began on Thursday April 9th, 2015, at the RACVIAC – Centre for Security Cooperation. The event is being organized in cooperation with the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF).

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08 APRIL 2015

Chemical Weapons Convention Seminar Begins in RACVIAC

A Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) Seminar began at the RACVIAC – Centre for Security Cooperation on Wednesday April 8th. The event is being organized in cooperation with the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).

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16 MARCH 2015

Physical Security and Stockpile Management Workshop begins at RACVIAC

The Physical Security and Stockpile Management began at the RACVIAC – Centre for Security Cooperation on Monday March 16th, 2015. The event is being organized 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.

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12 MARCH 2015

Defence Resources Management Seminar „Transition of Military Education Systems in SEE II“ begins in Maribor, Slovenia.

Left to right: SSR Programme Manager Mr Branko Kormar, RACVIAC Deputy Director Brigadier General Zdravko Jakop and RACVIAC Director Ambassador Branimir Mandić The Defence Resources Management: “Transition of Military Education Systems in SEE II“ seminar began at the Slovenian Armed Forces, Military School Centre, “Kadetnica” in Maribor on Wednesday March 11th, 2015. The event is being held in cooperation with the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Slovenia.

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25 FEBRUARY 2015

Slovenian delegation visits RACVIAC

On Wednesday February 25th, 2015, a Slovenian delegation visited the RACVIAC – Centre for Security Cooperation consisting of Mr Primož Koštrica, Minister Counsellor at the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia in the Republic of Croatia, Colonel Aleksander Murko, the Defence Attaché Non-Residential at the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia to the Republic of Croatia and Ms Melita Šinkovec, point of contact for RACVIAC at the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Slovenia.

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24 FEBRUARY 2015

Open Skies Ariel Observation Course begins at RACVIAC

The Open Skies Ariel Observation Course began at the RACVIAC – Centre for Security Cooperation on Tuesday, February 24th, 2015. The course is being organized with the sponsorship of the Federal Republic of Germany, in cooperation with the Croatian Verification Centre and with the generous provision of an aircraft for the practical part by Hungary, one of the two depositors of the Open Skies Treaty itself.

The course is one of the RACVIAC's most recognizable events, attracting participants from the members states and beyond as it is the only course of it's kind in the region.

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12 FEBRUARY 2015

Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Croatia Visits RACVIAC

RACVIAC Director Ambassador Branimir Mandić (left), H.E. Ellen Berends Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the Republic of Croatia (right) On Thursday February 12th 2015, H.E. Ellen Berends, the Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the Republic of Croatia visited the RACVIAC – Centre for Security Cooperation in the company of the Netherlands defence attaché LtCol Joss van Rossem.

The delegation began their visit with an office call to RACVIAC Director, Ambassador Branimir Mandić, followed by a meeting with the RACVIAC staff.

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10 FEBRUARY 2015

Border Security and Management Course Begins at RACVIAC

A Border Security and Management Course titled „Examination and Detection at the Border – Persons, Cargoes and Vehicles“ began at RACVIAC on Monday February 9th, 2015.

The course is being conducted in cooperation with the OSCE Border Security and Management Unit with the generous help of lecturer Mr Jonathan Trumble the Customs Adviser at the OSCE Transnational Threats Department of the Border Security and Management Unit.

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04 FEBRUARY 2015

MARRI delegation visits RACVIAC

On Wednesday, February 04th 2015, a MARRI Regional Centre delegation headed by Director Mr Trpe Stojanovski visited the RACVIAC – Centre for security Cooperation in the company of Mr Slavko Dragan Petrović, State Official of the Republic of Serbia in MARRI.

The guests were greeted by RACVIAC Director, Ambassador Branimir Mandić, Deputy Director Brigadier General Zdravko Jakop and RACVIAC staff.

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23 JANUARY 2015

RACVIAC Delegation Headed by Director Ambassador Branimir Mandic visits Hungary

In the foreground: Ambassador Branimir Mandic, Mr István Balogh, Mr Erik Baktai and Mr Miklós Tamás Hantai ; In the background: Mr Pál Bódogh-Szabó, Col Franz Gaugl. A RACVIAC delegation consisting of Director Ambassador Branimir Mandić, Planning and Liaison officer Col Franz Gaugl and Activity Manager Mr Pál Bódogh-Szabó visited held a series of meetings in Budapest, Hungary from January 21st to 23rd, 2014.

On the first day Director Mandić met with Ambassador Istvan Gyarmati the president of ICDT. During the meeting, which included a working dinner, the Director provided a general overview of the recent activities in connection to the organization of the fast approaching 15th anniversary of RACVIAC, and the plan to have an MoU signed with ICDT.

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29 JANUARY 2015

Meeting of MAG Points of Contact held at RACVIAC

A meeting of Points of Contact (POCs) from member countries of the RACVIAC Multi-National Advisory Group (MAG) was held in RACVIAC on January 29th, 2014.

RACVIAC Deputy Director, Brigadier General Zdravko Jakop, welcomed the POCs at the opening of the meeting noting that it has a rich agenda and that he greatly appreciates the input and support of the representatives present.

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Forthcoming Events

21-25 September, 2015

C-WMD Conference

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