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

Consensual Approach to National Security in the Framework of Euro-Atlantic Integration Process (Basics of SSR Series)

Overview, PDF

Search and Rescue (Joint regional SAR development) - SAR Mission Coordinator (SMC) Course

Overview, PDF

OSCE Code of Conduct on Politico-Military Aspects of Security: 20 Years Anniversary/Peer to Peer Conference

Overview, PDF

Activity Agendas

Consensual Approach to National Security in the Framework of Euro-Atlantic Integration Process (Basics of SSR Series)

Agenda, PDF

Search and Rescue (Joint regional SAR development) - SAR Mission Coordinator (SMC) Course

Agenda, PDF

OSCE Code of Conduct on Politico-Military Aspects of Security: 20 Years Anniversary/Peer to Peer Conference

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

Parliamentary Oversight: Annual Meeting of Regional Parliamentary Defence and Security Committees

Report, PDF


Newsletter

Newsletter 39/2014Every 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

10 SEPTEMBER 2014

Mr Jon Trumble of TNDT Border Unit, OSCE Secretariat visits RACVIAC

On September 10th , 2014 Mr Jon Trumble from the TNDT border unit at the OSCE secretariat visited RACVIAC.

Upon his arrival Mr Trumble was welcomed by RACVIAC Director Ambassador Branimir Mandic. Following a short office call with Director Mandic, Mr Trumble met with members of the RACVIAC staff. He was given a briefing on the RACVIAC – Centre for Security Operation and provided with details regarding the work of the organization.

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30 JUNE 2014

RACVIAC attends Fifth meeting of the Programme Steering Committee to review and identify developments and challenges within the UNODC Regional Programme for South Eastern Europe (2012-2015)

Monday, 30 June 2014, Vienna International Centre

RACVIAC Planning and Liaison Officer for Western Europe and International Organizations, Colonel Ferdinand Klinser MSD, attended the Fifth meeting of the Programme Steering Committee to review and identify developments and challenges within the UNODC Regional Programme for South Eastern Europe (2012-2015) which was opened by Mr. Yury Fedotov of the Russian Federation Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and Director-General of the United Nations Office in Vienna (UNOV) holding at the same time the rank of Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations.

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26 JUNE 2014

Seminar on Effective Practices of the Implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1540 gets underway at RACVIAC

The seminar on Effective Practices of the Implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1540 began at the RACVIAC – Centre for Security Cooperation on Thursday June 26th and will last until June 27th. The seminar is being co-organized by the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) and the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Republic of Croatia.

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18 JUNE 2014

RACVIAC Delegation Conducts Coordination Visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina

A RACVIAC delegation consisting of Director, - Ambassador Branimir Mandic, Programme Manager for International and Regional Cooperation, Ms Marija Zuzek and Activity Coordinator, Mr Iljmi Selami visited conducted a coordination visit in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Hezegovina on June 17th.

The visit was to coordinate the upcoming activities in the field of Building Integrity and Fighting Corruption and Floods.

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16 JUNE 2014

Orientation Course for Agreement on Sub-Regional Arms Control (Dayton Article IV) began at RACVIAC

The Dayton Article IV - Agreement on Sub-Regional Arms Control Orientation Course began at RACVIAC on June 16th 2014 and will run through to June 20th.

In his opening address RACVIAC Director, Ambassador Branimir Mandić, welcomed representatives of the countries signatories to the Agreement.

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16 JUNE 2014

Delegation from American University in Bosnia and Herzegovina visits RACVIAC

A delegation from the American University in Bosnia Herzegovina (AUBiH) lead by its president Esmir Ganic visited the RACVIAC – Centre for Security Cooperation on Monday June 16th, 2014. The purpose of the visit was to enhance cooperation under the Memorandum of Understanding between the two organizations.

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12 JUNE 2014

1st Working Group Meeting of Legal Experts on MAG Terms of Reference gets underway at RACVIAC

The 1st Working Group Meeting of legal experts on MAG Terms of Reference got underway at RACVIAC on July 12th 2014. The gathering began on Wednesday July 11th with a welcome dinner at the Barbara Club at the RACVIAC – Centre for Security Cooperation in Rakitje, Croatia.

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12 JUNE 2014

Japanese Ambassador to Croatia, H.E. Mr Keiji Ide visits RACVIAC – Centre for Security Cooperation

The Japanese Ambassador to Croatia, H.E. Mr Keiji Ide visited the RACVIAC – Centre for Security Cooperation on Wednesday June 11th, 2014. The Ambassador was greeted by RACVIAC Director, Ambassador Branimir Mandic, Deputy Director, Brigadier General Zdravko Jakop and members of the RACVIAC staff.

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12 JUNE 2014

RACVIAC Director, Ambassador Branimir Mandic, Addresses Forum for Security Cooperation within OSCE, in Vienna Austria

On June 4th 2014, RACVIAC Director Ambassador Branimir Mandic presented the work of the RACVIAC – Centre for Security Cooperation during the Moldovan chairmanship of the 756th Meeting of the Forum for Security Cooperation within the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, OSCE, in Vienna Austria.

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06 JUNE 2014

Coordination Meeting Held in Split, Croatia for Upcoming Coastal Search and Rescue Event

A delegation from the RACVIAC – Centre for Security Cooperation, headed by Deputy Director , Brigadier General Zadravko Jakop held a coordination meeting in Split, Croatia on June 3rd, 2014 in preparation for the upcoming Coastal Search and Rescue event scheduled for September 29th to October 2nd.

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05 JUNE 2014

Conference titled „Parliamentary Oversight: Annual Meeting of Regional Parliamentary Defence and Security Committees“ began today.

The Parliamentary Oversight: Annual meeting of Regional Parliamentary Defence and Security Committees conference got under way today at Croatian Parliament. The RACVIAC – Centre for Security Cooperation organized the conference in cooperation with the Joint Committee on Defence and Security of the Parliamentary Assembly of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Croatian Parliament with the support of the George C, Marshall Centre from Garmisch Partenkirchen in Germany.

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02 JUNE 2014

RACVIAC attends Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (UNTOC), in Vienna, Austria

RACVIAC Planning and Liaison Officer for Western Europe and International Organizations, Colonel Ferdinand Klinser MSD, attended the open-ended intergovernmental working group intersession meeting to report about its implementation practices and activities, held in Vienna, Austria from 26th – 29th May 2014 and organized by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), RACVIACs international and supportive MoU partner.

During the course of the event representatives of 41 State Parties, 4 Signatory/Observer States, 9 Observer States, 7 Intergovernmental Organizations discussed how to assist the Conference in promoting and supporting the implementation of the Firearms Protocol, coordination with other relevant international and regional organizations, best practices in the areas of training and enhance cooperation and information-sharing, capacity-building and awareness-raising strategies to prevent and combat the illicit manufacturing of and trafficking in firearms, their parts and components and ammunition and to identify synergies that can be exploited for the benefit of their respective Member States.

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26 MAY 2014

Romanian Delegation visits RACVIAC

On Monday May 26th, 2014, a Romanian delegation headed by Mr Adrian Davidoiu, Director General for Strategic Affairs at the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs visited the RACVIAC – Centre for Security Cooperation.

Upon arrival the Romanian delegation had an office call with RACVIAC Director Ambassador Branimir Mandic followed by a meeting in the briefing room of the main building. Public Affairs Officer Capt. Branko Lozancic provided the guests with a general presentation on the RACVIAC – Centre for Security Cooperation after which Director Mandic informed them on current events taking place at the Centre.

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23 MAY 2014

RACVIAC Organizes Drive to Collect Humanitarian Aid for Those Affected by Flooding

Taking into account the difficult situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Republic of Croatia and the Republic of Serbia due to flooding, the RACVIAC – Centre for Security Cooperation organized a humanitarian drive on Thursday May 22nd, 2014 to collect aid for those affected.

RACVCIAC would like to thank all those that took part in providing food, water and materials; or money which was used to purchase such materials.

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21 MAY 2014

NCGM Gender Training of the Trainers Course began today at RACVIAC

The Gender Training of Trainers course got underway today at the RACVIAC – Centre for Security Cooperation. The course is being conducted in cooperation with the Nordic Centre for Gender in Military Operations and the Armed Forces of the Republic of Croatia.

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).

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19 MAY 2014

URGENT - Regional Search and Rescue Seminar “Winter Search and Rescue, Cold Exposure and Hypothermia” Postponed

The RACVIAC – Centre for Security Cooperation would like to inform all members that the Regional Search and Rescue Seminar “Winter Search and Rescue, Cold Exposure and Hypothermia” that was scheduled to be held in Belgrade, Serbia from 20-22nd of May 2014, has been postponed due to the emergency situation in the Republic of Serbia resulting from flooding.

The Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Serbia remains in its dedication to host this event after the complete stabilization of unpredicted circumstances in the country.

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07 MAY 2014

Conference of Regional Computer Emergency Response Teams (CERTs, CIRTs and CSIRTs) held in RACVIAC

A conference of regional Computer Emergency Response Teams (CERTs, CIRTs and CSIRTs) was held at the RACVIAC – Centre for Security Cooperation from May 6th to 7th, 2014. The purpose of the event was to bring together representatives and equivalent representatives of CERTs (CIRTs, CSIRTs) from the SEE region in order to facilitate the exchange of experience and regional cooperation. Moreover, the aim was to expose the participants from the SEE region to experiences of experts from international organizations and countries of the region.

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05 MAY 2014

Students from Ban Josip Jelačić War College of the Republic of Croatia visit RACVIAC

Students from the Ban Josip Jelačić War College of the Republic of Croatia visited the RACVIAC – Centre for Security Cooperation on May 5th 2014.

RACVIAC Director Ambassador Branimir Mandic welcomed the guests underlining the outstanding cooperation between the Centre and the Croatian Military Academy adding that it was a part of the RACVIAC strategy.

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30 APR 2014

Civil Military Relations Seminar: Private (Military) Security Companies II Taking Place in RACVIAC

The Civil Military Relations Seminar: Private (Military) Security Companies II is being held in RACVIAC on April 29th, and 30th. The Seminar is the second in a series of similar events which became a RACVIAC mid-term project focussing on the changes in Civil-Military Relations (CMR) and the effects of privatisation of the security sector.

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22 APR 2014

3rd Class of Higher Security and Defence Studies from the National Defence School of the Republic of Serbia visited RACVIAC

The 3rd class of Higher Security and Defence Studies at the National Defence School of the Republic of Serbia visited RACVIAC on April 22nd in conjunction with their study trip to the Republic of Croatia.

RACVIAC Director, Ambssador Branimir Mandic welcomed the guests expressing his great pleasure to receive such a distinguished delegation. He then gave the floor to Col Mate Jelic, the Director of the National Defence School of the Republic of Croatia.

Col Jelic gave a brief overview of the 3rd class of students attending higher security and defence studies, pointing out that this generation includes several ministers and foreign students.

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18 APR 2014

31st MAG Meeting Held In Belgrade, Republic of Serbia

The 31st semi-annual meeting of the RACVIAC steering body - Multinational Advisory Group (MAG), was held in Belgrade in the Republic of Serbia on April 17th 2014, under the chairmanship of MAG Chairperson, Major General Milan Mojsilovic. The Meeting gathered representatives from the majority of RACVIAC member states and representatives of the UNDP/SEESAC and UNODC.

The MAG meeting itself was preceded by a budgetary meeting held at the same venue on April 16th, where representatives from MAG member countries discussed financial issues pertaining to the the work of RACVIAC.

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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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Forthcoming Events

22 - 25 September 2014

Consensual Approach to National Security in the Framework of Euro-Atlantic Integration Process (Basics of SSR Series)

29 September - 02 October 2014

Search and Rescue (Joint regional SAR development) - SAR Mission Coordinator (SMC) Course

30 September - 02 October 2014

OSCE Code of Conduct on Politico - Military Aspects of Security: 20 Years Anniversary / Peer to peer Review Conference

Interview

Interview with Mr Mark Albon, Director of OPCW International Cooperation and Assistance Division

The OPCW recently received the Nobel Peace prize for its extensive efforts to eliminate chemical weapons. Can you tell us how this was received in the OPCW? How has it affected the work of the OPCW and the work of your directorate?

Well the announcement that the OPCW had won the Nobel Peace prize was somewhat unexpected.

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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 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