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RCC-organised conference on regional response in fight against radicalization, violent extremism and terrorism in SEE

TIRANA – For the first time in this format key international partners, regional organisations and representatives of governments from South East Europe (SEE) gathered to discuss and agree upon practical recommendations and future steps in fight against radicalization, violent extremism, terrorism and foreign terrorist fighters in the region, at the regional conference organized by the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) and hosted by Albanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in Tirana today.

“Europe has recognized the dangers and came up with adequate responses with the EU Counter-Terrorism Strategy and its subsequent updates,” said the RCC Secretary General Goran Svilanović in his opening remarks adding that “SEE has not lagged behind in its responses to these security challenges.”

The RCC has developed the SEE Regional Platform for Countering Radicalization and Violent Extremism and Foreign Terrorist Fighters, aiming at strengthen coordination and cooperation on countering radicalization and violent extremism in SEE at both national and regional levels under the political umbrella of the South East Europe Cooperation Process (SEECP), focusing its efforts on establishment and development of regional cooperation and coordination, research, raising awareness, prevention, and rehabilitation.

“Better cooperation and greater coordination in regional activities aimed at prevention and countering violent extremism is a necessity as security concerns are constantly growing fuelled by the global developments. We welcome and support RCCs activities in this field, particularly the SEE Regional Platform for Countering Radicalization and Violent Extremism and Foreign Terrorist Fighters, which is designed for this very purpose – to strengthen coordination and regional cooperation on countering these challenges because, as we witnessed in recent years, radicalization and violent extremism do not stop at political borders but target wider regions affecting multiple societies”, said Odeta Barbullushi, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Albania , while welcoming the Conference participants on behalf of the host.

Representatives of the RCC Participants from SEE, EU institutions and specialised agencies, US, international and regional organisations and other partners took part in the event.