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

Inaugural address by Director

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

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

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

Complete Inaugural Address, PDF

Activity Overviews

C-WMD Network: Nuclear Security Detection Architecture Awareness

Overview, PDF

C-WMD September Workshop: Inter-agency Cooperation

Overview, PDF

Field Study Trip: Floods Prevention and Protection System in Lower Austria

Overview, PDF

Activity Agendas

C-WMD Network: Nuclear Security Detection Architecture Awareness

Agenda, PDF

C-WMD September Workshop: Inter-agency Cooperation

Agenda, PDF

Field Study Trip: Floods Prevention and Protection System in Lower Austria

Agenda, PDF

Activity Reports

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

Report, PDF

Cyber Security - Advanced Training Course Development

Report, PDF

Physical Security and Stockpile Management (PSSM) Seminar

Report, PDF


Newsletter

Newsletter 45/2016Every few months RACVIAC releases its Newsletter, which includes a detailed overview of our activities during the past period, at our Centre as well as abroad. ›› More





Publications

RACVIAC Compendium 2015RACVIAC Compendium 2015 ›› Download







RACVIAC Catalogue 2016RACVIAC Catalogue 2016 ›› Download







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







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

Latest News

04 July 2016

Vienna Document 2011 Orientation Course held in Budapest Hungary

The Vienna Document 2011 Orientation Course took place in Budapest Hungary between 26 June-1 July 2016. The course began with the opening speech of Ambassador Haydar Berk, Director of RACVIAC. The event is being organized by the RACVIAC – Centre for Security cooperation and hosted and sponsored by Hungary.

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16 June 2016

RACVIAC receives award for contribution to Agreement on Sub-Regional Arms Control

Assistant Minister MFA Bosnia and Herzegovina Almir Šahović and RACVIAC Director Ambassador Haydar Berk A delegation from the RACVIAC – Centre for Security Cooperation lead by Director Ambassador Haydar Berk attended a ceremony marking the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Agreement on Sub-Regional Arms Control which was held in Vienna, Austria on June 16th, 2016.

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08 June 2016

Seminar on Energy Security begins at RACVIAC

A seminar on Energy Security: The Regional Dimension and the Need for Diversification began at the RACVIAC – Centre for Security Cooperation on Wednesday June 8th, 2016. The event is being organized in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Romania and supported by the Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Croatia. It is a follow up to the regional Conference on Energy Security held in Bucharest in 2015, with an aim to extend the regional dialogue on energy security.

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02 June 2016

RACVIAC Director Attends 11th Annual Ministerial Review Conference on Border Security in SEE

RACVIAC Director, Ambassador Haydar Berk attended the 11th Annual Ministerial Review Conference on Cooperation in the Field of Border Security in SEE held in Jahorina, Bosnia and Herzegovina on 31st May and 1st June 2016. The conference was organized jointly by the Ministry of Security of BA and the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF).

The Conference was opened by the address of the BA Minister of Security H.E. Mr. Dragan Mektic followed by the representative of the European Union. The event consisted of three panels: DCAF Border Security Programme: Results and achievements, Regional Cooperation in the area of border security: Lessons Learned and Facing newly occurring challenges and Remaining needs and future strategic direction.

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19 May 2016

RACVIAC Director visits Bosnia and Herzegovina

On May 17th, 2016, the Director of the RACVIAC – Centre for Security Cooperation, Ambassador Haydar Berk paid a courtesy visits to H.E. Mr. Igor Crnadak, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and to H.E. Ms. Marina Pendeš Minister of Defence in Sarajevo. He was accompanied by Lt.Col. Josip Mlakić, Activity Manager of the RACVIAC IRC Pillar.

During his visit to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, H.E. Igor Crnadak, informed Ambassador Berk of Bosnia and Herzegovina's path toward the European Union (EU) and NATO membership, noting that he expects the country to receive EU candidate status in 2017.

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18 May 2016

Gender Training of the Trainers Course Begins at RACVIAC

A Gender Training of the Trainers (GToT) Course began at the RACVIAC – Centre for Security Cooperation on Wednesday May 18th, 2016. The event is being organized in cooperation with the Nordic Centre for Gender in Military Operations - Swedish Armed Forces, and the Croatian Armed Forces.

The importance of the Gender aspect in Military operations had prompted NATO, as well as other national and multinational defence organisations to address, regulate and implement the Gender issue, both on the duty level and on the level of participation in Peace Support Operations (PSO). According to the Review of the Practical Implications of UNSCR 1325 for the Conduct of NATO-led Operations and Missions (2013) a very important recommendation to NATO and all current and future Operational Partner nations is to "train trainers on UNSCR 1325 and gender mainstreaming, with the objective of supporting on-the-job training.

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17 May 2016

Seminar on Physical Security and Stockpile Management begins at RACVIAC

The Seminar on Physical Security and Stockpile Management (PSSM) began at the RACVIAC – Centre for Security Cooperation on Tuesday May 17th, 2016. The event is being organized in cooperation with the Federal Ministry of Defence and Sports of the Republic of Austria and is a follow up to the workshop held in 2015 that dealt with experiences and pressing issues in PSSM. The purpose of the seminar is to discuss the possibilities of potential cooperation with the purpose of improving managerial, systematic and infrastructural aspects of PSSM.

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10 May 2016

Workshop on Corruption Reporting and Whistleblower Protection begins at RACVIAC

A workshop on corruption reporting and whistleblower protection began at the RACVIAC – Centre for Security Cooperation on Tuesday May 10th, 2016. The event is being organized in cooperation with the Regional Anti-Corruption Initiative (RAI), the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) and the Regional School of Public Administration (ReSPA). It is a follow-up activity to the International Conference titled “Effectiveness of Corruption Prevention Measures”, organized in May, 2015.

The purpose of the workshop is to share best practices and experiences as well as to discuss the most adequate steps for an implementation strategy for the protection of whistleblowers in the South East European region, with concrete proposals to enhance regional cooperation.

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27 April 2016

Cyber Security Advanced Training Course Development Workshop held at RACVIAC

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

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

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25 April 2016

Slovenian Ambassador visits RACVIAC

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

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

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22 April 2016

Meeting of Defence and Police Attachés held at RACVIAC

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

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

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19 April 2016

Director of German Verification Centre (BwVC) visits RACVIAC

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

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

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18 April 2016

Workshop on C-WMD National Strategies begins at RACVIAC

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

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

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18 April 2016

35th MAG Meeting held in Tirana, Republic of Albania

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

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Forthcoming Events

12 - 16 September, 2016

C-WMD Network: Nuclear Security Detection Architecture Awareness

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