News Archive 2008

17 Dec 2008

RACVIAC and UNICRI sign MoU

Director of RACVIAC have visited UNICRI on the occasion of signing Memorandum of Understanding between RACVIAC and UNICRI, on 17th December 2008.

It has been an excellent opportunity to start a far - reaching mutual cooperation between the new RACVIAC and UNICRI, which will be developed in oreder to contribute to the strengthening of the stability in the Southeast European region.

16-17 Dec 2008

NATO – RACVIAC Conference on Resettling Redundant Military Personnel

RACVIAC – Centre for Security Cooperation in cooperation with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) organized the Conference on the subject of “Resettling Redundant Military Personnel”, which started at 16th December 2008 in RACVIAC HQ in Croatian Army military barracks “Vitez Damir Martić” in Rakitje.

The purpose of the Conference is to establish common platform for mutual exchange of views and experiences on major aspects in the area of retraining and resettlement of redundant military personnel (separated military personnel transition), primarily between RACVIAC DCC Working Group 1 as the subject proponent in South-East Europe, and NATO Division of Political Affairs and Security Policy (PASP/DSED) considering the same field of interest in Russian Federation and Republic of Ukraine. 34 participants and speakers from 11 countries and 4 international organisations came to the Conference, which will be conducted as a combination of individual presentations and open discussions, and will last until December 17th.

Overview, PDF, 37 KB

15-16 Dec 2008

3rd Meeting of the Working Group on RACVIAC Legal Status

Today in RACVIAC – Centre for Security Cooperation start 3rd Meeting of the Working Group on RACVIAC Legal Status. On this 3rd Meeting are present representatives of Austria, Croatia, Germany, Moldova and Turkey. The purpose of this Meeting was to continue with reviewing and refineing the legal status of RACVIAC in accordance with the 19th MAG Meeting Conclusions.

This meeting brings new comprehensive discussions and exchange of views the WG concluded to propose to the Multinational Advisory Group (MAG) to replace the existing Agreement as signed by Croatia, Germany, Italy and Turkey by concluding a new multilateral one, taking into account MAG deliberation on the future status and new strategy of RACVIAC.

Overview, PDF, 27 KB

04 Dec 2008

Coordination Meeting on Regional Security Cooperation Initiatives in SEE – Synergy and Regional Ownership

RACVIAC – Centre for Security Cooperation is the host of Coordination meeting titled “Regional Security Cooperation Initiatives in SEE –Synergy and Regional Ownership” on December 4th 2008. The Coordination meeting gathered over 40 participants from national parliaments, departments of interior, defense and foreign affairs of South East Europe region countries. High representatives from relevant international organizations such as: RCC, SEESAC, DPPI, OSCE and European Commission are also present.

The Coordination meeting was opened and participants welcomed by RACVIAC Deputy Director colonel Tomislav Vibovec and H.E. Stanislav DASKALOV Head of the RCC Liaison Office in Brussels. The purpose of the meeting is to analyse the regional security cooperation challenges, review the activities of the acting regional Initiatives and Task Forces in the security area and paint the future for building a full-fledged regional ownership system. The intended discussion is to critically assess the achievements and shortcomings in the security sector regional cooperation and to draw some lessons for the work of the Regional Initiatives in SEE.

Overview, PDF, 23 KB

01 Dec 2008

Seminar on “Combating Irregular Migration and Trafficking of Human Beings” at RACVIAC

RACVIAC – Centre for Security Cooperation started a new seminar titled “Combating Irregular Migration and Trafficking of Human Beings” on December 1st 2008. The seminar gathered 35 participants from law enforcement, military, police and governmental agencies of SEE countries. Seminar also engaged representatives from other public institutions dealing withimmigration or trafficking of human beings (ICMPD, IOM, UNICRI, EUROPOL, OSCE, IIHL and FRONTEX).

On the first day of the Seminar, the Deputy Director of RACVIAC Colonel Tomislav Vibovec, welcomed the participants and lecturers and wished for a successful seminar. Seminar will be conducted as a combination of lectures / presentations followed by open discussions.

24 Nov 2008

Human Resources Management seminar started at RACVIAC

RACVIAC – Centre for Security Cooperation organized a new workshop titled – “Human Resources Management”, which started on 23rd November 2008 at “Vitez Damir Martić” Military Barracks in Rakitje, Croatia. The event is co-organized with Netherlands Defence Collage. The Netherlands Defence College and RACVIAC recognized the importance of the transformation of the human resources management system as one of the crucial elements and the key prerequisites for the successful reform of the armed forces from predominately compulsory military service toward the all-volunteer military service. This is especially important for the countries in the region, trying to complete modernization of their military organizations, and initiated European security integration processes. The primary goal of this Human Resources Management workshop is to give the representatives of the invited countries an insight into the personnel and organizational aspects of the transition of a conscript oriented Armed Forces to expeditionary, professional Armed Forces. 30 participants – military officers and civilians from Human Resources Management departments of the regional Armed Forces came to participate in the workshop.

On the first day of the workshop, Director of RACVIAC Ambassador Nedžad Hadžimusić welcomed the participants and staff from Netherlands Defence College. Participants then introduced themselves and after the workshop briefing, started the Country introductions where Current problems & challenges in HRM of Armed Forces was presented, which was followed by the discussion. The workshop will be held until 29th November, when closing ceremony will mark its end.

Overview, PDF, 36 KB

21 Nov 2008

RACVIAC signed MoU with the CCMR and with the SEESAC

Ambassador Nedžad HADŽIMUSIĆ, the Director of RACVIAC - Centre for Security Cooperation, accompanied by LTC Thomas MERGEL, Planning and Liaison Officer, paid an official working visit to Belgrade on 21st November 2008. The purpose of the visit was to sign the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Centre for Civil-Military Relations (CCMR) and with the South Eastern and Eastern Europe Clearinghouse for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons (SEESAC).

In the locations of CCMR, were the MOU was signed, Ambassador Nedžad HADŽIMUSIĆ expressed in a brief statement his gratitude for deepening the established cooperation with CCMR, in exchanging experience and expertise in the field of security sector reform and Euro-Atlantic integration, by developing joint initiatives, research, educational and advocacy projects in the South-East European region.

In the locations of UNDP Serbia, were the signing ceremony of the MOU with SEESAC took place, Ambassador Nedžad HADŽIMUSIĆ underlined particularly the fact that through this MOU, both organizations are reaffirming and strengthening the well established cooperation with SEESAC, by reflecting the changed name, mission and objectives of both organizations, as well as to provide a forum for regional dialogue and co-operation in the field of small arms and light weapons: in capacity building; public awareness and promotion of dialogue; regional harmonization of legislation including arms export legislation. Ambassador Hadžimusić stressed that all this is happening particularly at a time when the new concept of RACVIAC asks for redefinition of partnership between the countries of the region and their international partners, including outfitting RACVIAC as an indispensable contributor to cooperative security efforts in the ever-greater process of a genuine regional ownership.

19 Nov 2008

A-CFE (CFE) Orientation Course started at RACVIAC

RACVIAC – Centre for Security Cooperation organized new seminar/course titled: Adapted – Conventional Forces in Europe (A-CFE), which started on 17th November 2008 at RACVIAC`s HQ in Rakitje, Croatia. Lieutenant Colonel Kálmán Németh, Chief of RACVIAC Training & Verification Division, welcomed the participants and introduced the Course experts and lecturers. Next day November 18th, participants were also welcomed by RACVIAC Director, Ambassador Nedžad Hadžimusić, and Mr Sönke Lorenz Chargé d'Affaires a.i. of the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany. The purpose of the Orientation Course is to provide participants with the basic theoretical overview of the CFE and the ACFE, focusing on the duties and responsibilities of the personnel to be engaged in the implementation of the aforementioned arms control document, giving a comprehensive analysis in both theoretical and practical level of the implementation of the activities and issues related. Around 24 military and civilian personnel (from AL, BA, HR, MD, ME, MK, RS, SI) came to participate in the Course. The majority of participants have intimate knowledge and experience on the CFE/ACFE and/or other arms control regimes and CSBMs, representing national arms control agencies or verification centres. Seven lecturers will present national arms control agencies or verification centres and other relevant international organisations such as NATO Arms Control and Coordination Section (ACCS) and Defence Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA). This course is designed as a combination of theoretical (lectures/presentations) and practical activities planned to be carried out at 91st Croatian military airbase Zagreb at Pleso. Course will end at November 20th, when Course participation certificates will be delivered to the participants.

Overview, PDF, 40 KB

Agenda, PDF, 43 KB

13 Nov 2008

Seminar on “Parliamentary Oversight of the Security Sector” and signed MoU between RACVIAC and CESS

Today, 13th of November 2008, in Rakitje, Zagreb, RACVIAC - Centre for Security Cooperation and the Centre for European Security Studies (CESS), Groningen, Netherlands, have signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The ceremony was held during the RACVIAC Seminar on “Parliamentary Oversight of the Security Sector”, which is taking place from 12th - 14th November 2008.

Director of RACVIAC, Ambassador Nedžad HADŽIMUSIĆ expressed his gratitude to the representatives of CESS for enhancing already fruitful cooperation with CESS by signing this MOU, thus even better assisting security sector and defence reform (SSR) and defence institution building (DIB) of South-East European countries. Dr. Willem Frederic van Eekelen, Chairman of the Board, CESS, confirmed the readiness of the Centre to further support RACVIAC as an indispensable contributor to cooperative security efforts in the ever-greater process of a genuine regional ownership. RACVIAC was also honoured to gather Ambassador of the Netherlands to Croatia, H.E. Mrs. Catharina Maria TROOSTERY, and the Dutch Defence Attaché, LTC Frederik J. BESSELINK at this ceremony.

Overview, PDF, 18 KB

05-06 Nov 2008

Promoting South East Europe NATO Integration

From 5th to 6th November was held most important event in RACVIAC this year, “Promoting South East Europe NATO integration” seminar, which was the most comprehensive high-level assessment meeting after 2008 Bucharest Summit. This was occasion to gather group of distinguished people with one goal, to promote cooperation between NATO and Southeast Europe through sharing of knowledge and expertise.

We was pleased to be able to host H.E. Mr. Hikmet Çetin (Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey & Former NATO Senior Civilian Representative for Afghanistan), H.E. Dr. Selmo Cikotić (Minister of Defence, Bosnia Herzegovina), Mr. Zoran Jeftić (State Secretary, MoD, Serbia), Dr. Davor Božinović (State Secretary, MFA, Croatia) and H.E. Amb. Pëllumb Qazimi (Ambassador of Albania to Croatia). They shared personal experience vis-a-vis national position. We was also proud to host delegations from 14 nations, 12 organizations and institutions, from a wider region of Southeast Europe.

Overview, PDF, 30 KB

30 Sep 2008

Open Skies Treaty Aerial Observation Course

RACVIAC – Centre for Security Cooperation, in cooperation with Federal Republic of Germany and Republic of Hungary, started a new Open Skies Treaty Aerial Observation Course at 29th September. The Course will be held in two phases; the first phase, from 29th September to 3rd October, will be a theoretical phase at RACVIAC in Rakitje, where participants will be introduced with Open Skies Treaty by presentations and will have discussions on topic. The second phase of the Course will be held in Republic of Hungary, at Kecskemet military air base, and at Cartography Institute at Budapest, where the practical part of Course will be occurring.

The first day of the Course, Colonel Kalman Nemeth, Chief of Training and Verification Division, and Colonel Mihajlo Mladenović, Chief of Defence Conversion Cell, welcomed the participants, and after the short presentation of RACVIAC structure and activities, the first presentation was held by Mr Robert Barić from the Office of President of Republic of Croatia, who spoke about historical background of arms control treaties and their purpose.

The participants of the Course are 16 military personnel, some experienced members of Verification Agencies, and some newcomers, from Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia*, Republic of Serbia, Moldavia, Slovenia and Montenegro. Five lecturers (from Germany, Hungary and Latvia) will present national arms control agencies and verifications centres. The aim of the Course is to train personnel from SEE countries and to provide them with education and practical experience for planning, organizing and executing an Aerial Observation Mission based on the provisions of Treaty of Open Skies.

Overview, PDF, 18 KB

Agenda, PDF, 35 KB

22 Sep 2008

2nd Meeting of Working Group on RACVIAC New Organisation

At the 2nd WG meeting in RACVIAC - Centre for Security Cooperation on 22nd September, 10 participants from 6 MAG countries (Austria, Croatia, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia*, Greece, Moldova and Turkey), as well as one representative from the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) and 7 RACVIAC representatives, led by the Director, Ambassador Nedžad HADŽIMUSIĆ, shared their observations and actively engaged in discussions on RACVIAC new organization. Following MAG decisions on change of the RACVIAC mission, the Strategy Paper as well as the conclusions and recommendations of the first Working Group (WG) meeting on New RACVIAC Organization, participants discussed issues regarding upgrading of the proposed organisational framework, a preliminary organigram, producing detailed and revised job descriptions and laying down the nomination and vetting process.

Mr Ömer Burhan Tüzel, the Chairman of the WG, stressed that the first meeting of the WG on the 16th of June was a very fruitful one since it had produced a common understanding on the draft organigram, which had, in turn, constituted the basis for the preparation of the second meeting. He drew attention to the excellent “Background Paper”, including a set of job descriptions and revised organigram prepared by RACVIAC Staff for this WG meeting, as well as his own “Preliminary Comments” distributed in writing prior to the meeting, which stimulated the later discussion.

It was a sense of the Chairman that the participants had reached a common understanding on the following issues: the revised organigram, the creation of additional posts at RACVIAC and the equitable geographical distribution of posts at RACVIAC, the selection of Subject Matter Experts, however there was no understanding on the position of Program Managers. This issue is to be tackled at the next WG meeting.

The Chairman announced the intention to hold one final meeting of the WG prior to the next MAG Meeting planned for 31st October in Zagreb. He asked representatives of member states to come to the third WG meeting with instructions, and informed them that he intended to either present to the MAG a concrete proposal on the new structure of RACVIAC for a decision or to present his report on the outcome of the three WG meetings and to refer the issue back to MAG for further consideration.

Agenda, PDF, 21 KB

06-07 Jul 2008

Meeting of Working Group on RACVIAC Legal Status

At the 19th MAG Meeting on 10th April 2008 in Chisinau, Republic of Moldova, MAG decided to establish a Working Group on RACVIAC Legal Status to be chaired by Croatia, and composed of all countries willing to participate in the group. The Working Group (WG) on RACVIAC Legal Status met on 7th July 2008. The meeting gathered 20 participants from 8 MAG countries: Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey, as well as one representative from the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) and six RACVIAC representatives. The purpose of this Meeting was to review and refine the legal status of RACVIAC in accordance with the 19th MAG Meeting Conclusions. After comprehensive discussions and exchange of views the WG concluded to propose to the Multinational Advisory Group (MAG) to replace the existing Agreement as signed by Croatia, Germany, Italy and Turkey by concluding a new multilateral one, taking into account MAG deliberation on the future status and new strategy of RACVIAC. Way ahead:

  • Developing the first draft agreement (led by Croatia, in close cooperation with Turkey, Germany and Italy);
  • Submitting the draft to all MAG Core and Associate Members, as well as the Observers for comments;
  • Next meeting of the WG on RACVIAC Legal Status will be held at the beginning of October (tbd).

Invitation, PDF, 126 KB

Agenda, PDF, 24 KB

15-16 Jun 2008

Meeting of Working group on RACVIAC New Organization

At the 19th MAG Meeting on the 10th April 2008 in Chisinau, Republic of Moldova, the Multinational Advisory Group (MAG) decided to establish a Working Group (WG) on RACVIAC New Organization to be chaired by Turkey, and composed of all the countries willing to participate in the group. The first WG meeting was held in RACVIAC - Centre for Security Cooperation on the 16th June 2008.

The main purpose of this meeting was to provide the participants with a common understanding on RACVIAC core function; to provide them with an opportunity to discuss the pros and cons, as well as the advantages and disadvantages of RACVIAC current organization and structure and review the proposed organisational framework, thus ensure the proper identification of all the issues for its upholding, which would promote Centre’s sound performance.

MAG gathered twenty participants from eleven MAG countries, namely from: Austria (1), Bosnia and Herzegovina (1), Bulgaria (2), Croatia (3), Greece (1), Hungary (1), Moldova (1), Netherlands (1), Romania (1), Serbia (1) and Turkey (2), representing relevant governmental institutions, organizations and ministries involved, as well as one representative from the Regional Cooperation Centre (RCC) and four RACVIAC representatives, all ready to share their observations and actively engage in discussions.

In his opening address, Mr Ömer Burhan TÜZEL, Chairman of the Working Group invited all the participants to frame their comments not in the light of any perceived shortcomings of the past, but in the needs and requirements of the future.

The experts discussed the following main issues: clarity of structure/job descriptions/mandates vs. over bureaucratization; keeping the military component engaged vs. civilianization; transition to a more academic structure vs. continuity; delegation of greater authority to the Director in the selection of staff vs. national prerogatives in the appointment/secondment of staff; selection of most qualified staff vs. regional ownership. All the participants agreed that achieving a common understanding on the said issues would certainly require a transition phase and establishing a step-by-step approach.

The one-day meeting proved successful, and Mr TÜZEL thanked all the participants for their proactive contributions. All the participants agreed they had reached a common understanding on the proposed organisational structure framework and could take it as a basis for the WG future work, complemented by the job descriptions. They all agreed not to completely dismantle the present structure, but to seek solutions on how to keep the military component and successfully enhance it by the civilian one. For the next WG2 meeting the experts recommended the following topics: upgrading of the proposed organisational framework and providing a preliminary organigram, producing detailed job descriptions and laying down nomination and vetoing process.

They proposed holding the next meeting of the Working Group on RACVIAC New Organisation on 22nd September 2008.

Invitation, PDF, 126 KB

Agenda, PDF, 21 KB

05-06 Jun 2008

Workshop - UN Security Council Resolution 1540

From 5th till 6th June 2008 the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of Republic of Croatia, in cooperation with RACVIAC-Centre for Security Cooperation, is organizing a Workshop titled: “United Nations Security Council Resolution 1540 – A path for further Implementation”. Main objectives are promotion of transparency, international cooperation and support, regional ownership in the countries of the South Eastern Europe and further strengthening law and enforcement capabilities within the region. Participants attending the Workshop are countries from South Eastern Europe and possibly other interested countries, interested Allies, 1540 Committee and international organizations. For further information, please contact POC in Croatian MFAEI, Ms Ivana Derek, email: ivana.derek@mvpei.hr , tel: +385 1 4597 402.

06-08 May 2008

Seminar on Counter Terrorism in Sarajevo

Seminar on Counter Terrorism Through Regional and International Security Cooperation, held in Sarajevo from the 6th - 8th May 2008, was co-organized by RACVIAC – Centre for Security Cooperation and Ministry of Defence of Bosnia and Herzegovina,and supported by the Kingdom of Norway.

Complete article published in Croatian military magazine HRVATSKI VOJNIK – English translation, PDF, 522 KB

09-11 Apr 2008

19th MAG Meeting in Moldova

The 19th Meeting of Multinational Advisory Group (MAG), the steering body of RACVIAC, took place in Chisinau, Republic of Moldova from the 9th till the 11th April 2008. All MAG Core- and Associate Members, as well as Observers, were invited to attend this meeting. The representatives from Belgium, Latvia and Switzerland were also invited as “Interested Countries”, since decision on their future status is still pending, as well as representatives from EU, RCC, OSCE, DCAF, SEESAC, SEDM, GCSP and NATO.

The main points of the Agenda were the following:

  • Preliminary Projection of the Core Budget for 2009;
  • RACVIAC Programme for 2008 and the Main Activity Projection for 2009;
  • New RACVIAC Structure;
  • Status of MAG nations.

Agenda, PDF, 96 KB

Chairman's Conclusions, PDF, 69 KB

11 Mar 2008

RACVIAC invited at SEECP Defence Ministers Meeting in Sofia

Ambassador Nedžad HADŽIMUSIĆ received an invitation from Bulgaria, SEECP Chairman in Office, to present RACVIAC at the Defence Ministers Meeting in Sofia on the 11th of March. The Director of RACVIAC followed this invitation, accompanied by Colonel Ömer Faruk BAŞTÜRK and Lieutenant Colonel Thomas MERGEL. On this occasion RACVIAC delegation used the opportunity to highlight RACVIAC’s transformation process. In a fifteen minutes presentation Ambassador HADŽIMUSIĆ provided detailed information on all relevant issues, in particular the characteristics of the new orientation of the Centre by drawing an analogy: “RACVIAC is the aircraft carrier in the region, ready for anyone with similar objectives to land and take off reaching out towards all destination in the SEE region.”

He also underlined that RACVIAC is at the ready to support the Regional Co-operation Council (RCC), which has just finished taking shape, and drew a spotlight on the fact that RACVIAC, as a regional Centre for Security Cooperation, is actually materializing the principle of regional ownership. The eleven Defence Ministers and Assistant Ministers at present almost unanimously stressed the important role of RACVIAC in their individual statements. At the conclusion of the Ministerial Meeting, the high representatives issued the Joint Statement dedicating the whole paragraph 12 to RACVIAC. The message mounted in a mandate for the Director that the Ministers expect “the Centre’s leadership to actively work for the timely formulation of a new, adequate structure and optimized activities and expenditures plan”.

Amongst other speakers at the meeting Dr. Erhard BUSEK, Special Coordinator for the Stability Pact for Southeast Europe, and Mr. Jan TRUSZCZYNSKI, Deputy Director-General from DG Enlargement, as well as Mr. George KATSIRDAKIS, Head of Defence Cooperation, Defence Policy and Planning Division, NATO International Staff emphasized RACVIAC’s crucial future role in promoting security cooperation in the region. Dr. BUSEK especially pointed out that “RACVIAC - Centre for Security Cooperation - is the key Stability Pact mechanism in the area of Defence and Security within the region. It should play a key role in defining how the RCC and other international actors, especially NATO, can best assist each other in dealing with their common and respective priorities.”

At a side meeting Ambassador Dr. Theodor H. WINKLER, Director of the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) reassured the readiness of DCAF for an even closer cooperation in the years to come and issued an invitation to Ambassador HADŽIMUSIĆ to visit his Centre at the earliest convenience. The Director and his entourage evaluated the trip to Sofia as a great encouragement in the light of the 19th MAG Meeting in Moldova.

04 Mar 2008

Ambassadorial meeting in RACVIAC

On 04th March 2008 RACVIAC – Centre for Security Cooperation organized the Ambassadorial meeting gathering the Ambassadors of all MAG countries accredited to the Republic of Croatia.

Ambassador Nedžad Hadžimusić, Director of RACVIAC, presented RACVIAC’s new mission as the Centre for Security Cooperation gradually imposing itself as a premier platform for fostering dialogue and cooperation on security matters in South Eastern Europe through partnership between the countries of the region and their international partners.He emphasized the importance of RACVIAC’s role in materializing the principle of regional ownership, which until recently has been perceived only as a jargon, or rhetoric of our friends in Brussels, New York or Washington. Nowadays it stands unequivocally for a greater level of innovative approach and partnerships accompanied by direct material and financial participation of the countries of the region. Ambassador Hadžimusić expressed his deep appreciation for the support, which has been provided by the Associate member countries to RACVIAC’s wide scope of activities.

Director of RACVIAC stressed that initial concept of the Centre has become too narrow nowadays. In that regard, he highlighted the importance of the current transformation process of RACVIAC and presented the first draft of a new structure of RACVIAC, which is to be discussed at the 19th MAG Meeting in Chisinau in Moldova on the 10th April this year.

The meeting has gathered a significant number of the Ambassadors and Military Attaches of RACVIAC member countries as well as high representatives of the host country Mr. Davor Ćutić, Deputy Head of International Defense Cooperation Department at the Ministry of Defense and Mr. Pjer Šimunović, Assistant Minister for International Organizations and Security at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration with his respective associates.

27 Feb 2008

RACVIAC at Inaugural Meeting of Regional Cooperation Council

On 27th of February 2008, Director Ambasssador Nedžad HADŽIMUSIĆ and Chief Planning Officer SEE Lieutenant Colonel Wolfgang WECHSELBERGER participated in the 14th and final Regional Table meeting of the Stability Pact and Inaugural Meeting of its successor organization, the Regional Co-operation Council. The historical event took place in Sofia. This meeting marked the final step in the transformation of the Stability Pact into the new regionally owned cooperation framework, the Regional Co-operation Council (RCC). The Memorandum of Understanding on the Establishment of the RCC was adopted as part of the meeting, which marked the formal handover from the Stability Pact for South Eastern Europe to the Regional Co-operation Council.

The participants noted that ever since 1999 the Stability Pact has been significantly contributing to the stabilization of South Eastern Europe through its activities. The overall socio-economic situation as well as security in the region has improved and the Euro-Atlantic integration of South Eastern European countries is well on track.

From March on, the Regional Co-operation Council will play a key role in consolidating achievements of the Stability Pact to date and in making further progress in different areas of co-operation. It will also continue to provide a platform for supporting further Euro-Atlantic integration of South Eastern Europe. The Table stressed that the RCC will build upon the legacy of the Stability Pact. The RCC will play a crucial role in consolidating achievements to date and in supporting South East European countries in advancing progress in different areas of co-operation. Participants underlined that the RCC will continue on the path of the Stability Pact and will focus on promoting and supporting regional co-operation in South Eastern Europe, and on sustaining European integration of the region.

11-13 Feb 2008

Director's visit to Republic of Moldova

Ambassador Nedžad HADŽIMUSIĆ, the Director of RACVIAC - Centre for Security Cooperation, paid an official working visit to the Republic of Moldova in the period of the 11th -13th February 2008 as a preliminary to the MAG meeting, taking place in Chisinau, Moldova from the 9th -11th April 2008. At the meeting in the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Moldova, Mr. Vitalie VRABIE, the Minister of Defence, stressed the high importance of one year mandate presidency of the MAG, assumed by the Republic of Moldova in October 2007, as a proper way to promote Moldova as a regional partner state of Southeast Europe contributing to ensuring and strengthening the regional security.

During this visit to Moldova, Ambassador Nedžad HADŽIMUSIĆ and Col Ion SAVCIUC, the Deputy Chief of Staff of the National Army of Republic of Moldova and at the same time the MAG Chairperson, signed the Letters of Exchange, stating the administrative and logistic responsibilities necessary for the preparation of the 19th MAG meeting.

At the meeting in the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Moldova, Ambassador HADŽIMUSIĆ also met Brigadier General Ion COROPCEAN, the Chief of Staff of the National Army of Republic of Moldova, Lieutenant Colonel Valeriu MIJA, Chief of Strategic Planning Department (J5) of Major Staff of the National Army of Republic of Moldova, as well as Defence Conversion experts from the Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Industry and Infrastructure of Republic of Moldova. At the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of the Republic of Moldova, Ambassador HADŽIMUSIĆ met Mr. Valeriu OSTALEP, the Vice Minister who was accompanied by the First Secretary of the Regional Cooperation Directorate of Moldavian MFA EI, Ms Kristina MAHU.

01 Feb 2008

RACVIAC and GCSP Sign Memorandum of Understanding

RACVIAC – Centre for Security Cooperation is pleased to announce the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding with the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP). Ambassador Nedžad Hadžimusić, Director of RACVIAC - Centre for Security Cooperation and Ambassador Fred Tanner, Director of Geneva Centre for Security Policy signed the document at RACVIAC on 31st January 2008. Ambassador Tanner and Ambassador Hadžimusić expressed their great expectation regarding future cooperation between the two organizations.

18 Jan 2008

RACVIAC`s new mission - an interview with Director

Director of RACVIAC, Amb Nedžad HADŽIMUSIĆ, on the occasion of introducing the new RACVIAC- Centre for Security Cooperation, gave an interview to the Croatian military magazine HRVATSKI VOJNIK(Croatian soldier).

Interview, PDF, 106 KB

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