European Western Balkans

RCC for regional cooperation against extremism

Goran Svilanović

NEW YORK – The Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) proposed at an informal ministerial meeting of the South-East European Cooperation Process (SEECP) in New York the setting up of a platform for regional cooperation in the fight against radicalism and violent extremism leading to terrorism and the growth of foreign terrorist fighters.

The foreign ministers expressed their support to the RCC initiative at a meeting held Wednesday on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session.

RCC Secretary General Goran Svilanovic stressed that the platform was aimed at the strengthening of inter-agency cooperation and cooperation at national and regional levels, as well as the exchange of information and good practices.

The platform is the region’s contribution to global efforts to counter terrorism and foreign terrorist fighters, said Svilanovic.

Bulgarian Minister of Foreign Affairs Daniel Mitov said that the priorities of Bulgaria’s SEECP chairmanship include improvement of transport and energy connectivity, promotion of free media and freedom of expression, response to the migration challenge, and the fight against radicalism and violent extremism.

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