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European and Western Balkans foreign ministers, European High Representative for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini, and the head of the Regional Cooperation Council, Goran Svilanović, pose after meeting in Bratislava, Slovakia, in October 2014 to discuss the state of the Western Balkans region.

Cooperation boosts European integration in Balkans.

Cooperation in Southeast Europe

January 2015, Number 06.01

“The Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) was founded in 2007 as the umbrella organization for regional cooperation in Southeast Europe (SEE). Its primary mission is to promote European and Euro-Atlantic integrations in the region. It supports and coordinates cooperation among the countries in the region as well as between the region and the countries, organizations and institutions that support the European and Euro-Atlantic perspectives of Southeast Europe.

RCC is the successor of the Stability Pact for Southeast Europe, created in 1999 to assist SEE states to overcome the consequences of a decade of conflicts and to foster peace, cooperation, democracy building and economic reconstruction. The Stability Pact was an internationally driven and led approach that brought the SEE countries together and engaged them in a comprehensive cooperative process...” 

Excerpt from Gazmend Turdiu, “Cooperation in Southeast Europe,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues  6, No. 1, 2015: 56-59.

Ambassador Gazmend Turdiu heads the program department at the Secretariat of the Regional Cooperation Council. His distinguished career in the Albanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs includes serving as secretary general, director of the Department for Euro-Atlantic Cooperation, and director of the Department of Europe. He was the Albanian ambassador to Switzerland in 1992 and to Germany in 2003. He holds a civil engineering degree from the University of Tirana.

This article reflects the views of the author and are not necessarily the official policy of the United States, Germany, or any other governments.