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

Cyber Security - Building a Cyber Resilient Society in SEE

Overview, PDF

Human Rights Protection: Gender Training of the Trainers Course for the SEE region

Overview, PDF

Activity Agendas

Symposium on Mine Action

Agenda, PDF

Cyber Security - Building a Cyber Resilient Society in SEE

Agenda, PDF

Human Rights Protection: Gender Training of the Trainers Course for the SEE region

Agenda, PDF

Activity Reports

Open Skies Treaty (OST) Aerial Observation Course

Report, PDF

Border Security and Management: Examination and Detection at the Border- Persons, Cargoes and Vehicles

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

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

12-14 April, 2015

Cyber Security - Building a Cyber Resilient Society in SEE

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