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Field study in Bosnia and Herzegovina - How the EU could enhance the effectiveness of its stabilization capabilities in BiH?

DSCN2702 1As part of the IECEU- project, Finnish Defence Forces International Center (FINCENT), University of Ljubljana and Centre for European Perspective (CEP) are conducting a study on the effectiveness of the EUFOR Operation (Op) ALTHEA. The aim of the study is to assess the main achievements and potential shortcomings in the implementation of the mandate of the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) operation, as well as identify lessons and best practices from the EU’s contribution to the overall security and stability of Bosnia & Herzegovina (BiH).

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Slovenia’s Vision 2050

prvi obrisi vizije slovenije 2050 ze novembra letos 6b07fb0008Preparation of the Slovenia’s Development Strategy has been one of the most important priorities of the Government of the Republic of Slovenia. We are in a time of extreme turbulence accompanied by rapid changes that require comprehensive and long term-vision of Slovenia 2050 that will define how to be respond properly and in due time. Government Office for Development and European Cohesion policy in collaboration with the Institute of Macroeconomic Analysis and Development and the Ministry of Finance were authorized to start the preparation process of the Slovenia’s Vision 2050. This preparation process aims to encourage the representatives of Slovenia’s society to actively partake in the process of co-deciding and co-planning Slovenia’s future.

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eRegions on the New eAmber and New eSilk Roads Think Tank Meeting

eregion3The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia and the Members of the eRegions on the New eAmber and New eSilk Roads Think Tank together with the Centre for European Perspective (CEP) are organising the Regional Meeting of Think Tanks of China and Central and Eastern European Countries in the framework of the cooperation program of the Think Tanks from Central and Eastern European Countries and China. The Meeting will be held at Castle Jable on 15 March 2016.

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Conference on the 25th anniversary of the Visegrad Group

IMG 8390 resizedYesterday, 2 March 2016, conference on the occasion of the 25 years anniversary of the Visegrad Group, was organised by the Czech V4 Presidency in Vienna.

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Bilateral developmental cooperation between Republic of Slovenia and Montenegro

MRSS znak manjsiMontenegro launched negotiations with the EU in June 2012. So far, screening process has been completed in all thirty-three negotiation chapters. Negotiations have been opened in sixteen chapters (4 – Free Movement of Capital, 5 – Public Procurement, 6 – Company Law, 7 – Intellectual Property Law, 10 – Information Society and Media, 18 – Statistics, 20 – Enterprise and Industrial Policy, 23 – Judiciary and Fundamental Rights, 24 – Justice, Freedom and Security, 25 – Science and Research, 26 – Education and Culture, 28 – Consumer and Health Protection, 29 – Customs Union, 31 – Foreign, Security and Defence Policy, 32 – Financial Control and 33 – Financial and budgetary provisions), out of which two chapters (25 – Science and Research and 26 – Education and Culture) are provisionally closed.

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25 Years of Visegrad Cooperation

visegrad fund logo web black 400On the occasion of the 25 years anniversary of the Visegrad group, the Czech V4 Presidency in Vienna in cooperation with the Diplomatic Academy Vienna, will host a conference presenting the successful Visegrad cooperation and its future priority agendas focusing on cooperation in Central Europe, which will take place on 2 March 2016 in the Festive Hall of the Diplomatic Academy in Vienna.

Executive Director of Centre for European Perspective, dr. Gorazd Justinek, will participate on the second panel, where he will with other panelists address the Visegrad cooperation, targeting the successful V4 engagement within the EU and its impacts, to present the International Visegrad Fund and its achievements, as well as the perspectives of the future Visegrad cooperation focusing on Central Europe and cooperation in the region. The conference will be opened by a key note speech delivered by a representative of the Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs, and Mr. Hans Winkler, Director of the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna.


OECD is organising a High Level Conference in Paris on 25 and 26 February 2016

OECD LOGOOECD is organising a High Level Conference in Paris with threefold objectives: (i) to take stock of the co-operation between the OECD and SEE economies, (ii) to explore opportunities for future co-operation between the OECD member countries, the European Union and SEE economies, and (iii) to launch the OECD flagship publication Competitiveness in South East Europe: a Policy Outlook and two Policy Handbooks on sector competitiveness in tourism and food and beverage processing to support a broader, high-level debate on factors of competitiveness for growth in SEE.
Gorazd Justinek, Executive Director of Centre for European Perspective will participate at the first round table on 26 February 2016, with the title Cross-Cutting Measures for Enhancing Competitiveness.



25. in 26. februarja 2016, OECD organizira konferenco v Parizu.
OECD organizira konferenco v Parizu, ki ima tri cilje: (i) da se preuči stanje glede sodelovanja med OECD in gospodarstvi država jugovzhodne Evrope, (ii) da se preuči možnost za prihodnje sodelovanje med državami članicami OECD, EU in državami jugovzhodne Evrope, (iii) začetek OECD publikacije Competitiveness in South East Europe: a Policy Outlook in dva politična priročnika o konkurenčnosti sektorja v turizmu, ter predelavi hrane in pijače.
Dr. Gorazd Justinek, izvršni director Centra za evropsko prihodnost bo sodeloval na prvi okrogli mizi z naslovom 26. februarja 2016, Medsektorski ukrepi za povečanje konkurenčnosti, ki bo potekala 26. februarja 2016.

Illicit Trafficking of Firearms in the Danube Region – two day seminar successfully concluded today

DSCN4658According to the European Commission, an illicit firearm trafficking has been directly responsible for at least 10,000 firearms-related deaths in the EU over the past decade. Terrorists and different extremist groups are using illicit firearms to carry out attacks and the use of firearms is a significant destabilization factor in the European Union and the neighbouring regions.

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Centre for European Perspective is starting a two-day seminar today titled Illicit Trafficking of Firearms in the Danube Region

START logo smallCentre for European Perspective is starting a two-day seminar today titled Illicit Trafficking of Firearms in the Danube Region. The project proposal was selected to receive financial support from the EU Strategy for the Danube Region – START Fund.

Project is implemented in cooperation with Criminal Police of the Republic of Slovenia and three partners from the Western Balkans, the Belgrade Centre for Security Policy (Serbia), Centre for Security Studies (Bosnia and Hercegovina) and Centre for Monitoring and Research CeMI (Montenegro). The main objective of the project is to improve the fight against illicit trafficking of firearms in the Danube Region through strengthened cooperation between practitioners (law enforcement and judicial authorities) and with extensive support of the researchers, international organisations and other actors.

Organized crime is a major global and regional security risk. Illicit arms’ trafficking is one of key forms of crime, defined in the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime. After the armed conflict in the Western Balkans (WB) in the 90ies, large quantities of weapons, particularly military arms, remained on stock and are ending in the black market.

EU emblem smallWestern Balkans region is often a source of weapons used in different terrorist attacks. EU believes that there are two main trafficking routes for weapons from the Balkans into EU: one in the south, through Italy, and another through Slovenia and Austria. It is also in that sense that the Danube region is particularly vulnerable from the security perspective, uniting EU member states and EU accession countries, as well as those which are in and out of the Schengen area. In the light of recent terrorist alarms across Europe, it is obvious that this topic is of key importance. Pressing issue is the purchasing and use of these arms by terrorists and extremist groups, by organized criminal groups in conflicts between criminal gangs, but also for armed robberies and other violent acts on a daily basis.

Taking these risks into consideration the EU and other organisations have reinforced their efforts to systematically limit the smuggling of arms originating from the Western Balkans. More effort should be put on early stages in criminal intelligence and support countries of the WB in the field of stockpile management, surplus and destruction of the arms.

The mentioned project Illicit Trafficking of Firearms in the Danube Region is being implemented in three phases since May 2015. It started with a comprehensive needs assessment analysis, and is being followed with the current two-day seminar, which will be followed by a report and list of recommendations. A two day seminar will focus on the skills and tasks required for successful performance of work by criminal police and prosecutors in the field of illicit trafficking in firearms, theft of weapons and illegal accumulation of firearms with the aim of exchanging know-how, best practice and information between countries upstream and downstream the Danube River. Seminar will be practically orientated and will aim at developing concepts of coherent approach, better cooperation and boosting trust in the fight against stockpiling and trafficking of illicit firearms with special emphasis on early intelligence work.

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The first meeting of the IECEU-project Advisory Board

AB meetingThe first meeting of the IECEU-project Advisory Board is taking place in Brussels today. Advisory Board consists of prominent experts, working in the field of civilian crisis management, peacebuilding, post-conflict stabilisation, policy or humanitarian tasks and in different organisations, such as EEAS, academic institutions, NGOs and others. The IECEU project is set to analyse and evaluate best practices and lessons learned with a view to enhance the civilian conflict prevention and peacebuilding capabilities of the European Union (EU). The miscellaneous expertise of the representatives of the Advisory Board will validate the conceptual framework of the project and its results as well as contribute to the high-level dissemination for all relevant information end-users.

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The first working package successfully completed

eu armyThe first working package of the project was successfully completed. Its objective is to provide the consortium with an up-to-date review documents for better understanding of the framework and definitions of the EU external action, civilian and military as well as existing practices in terms of pooling and sharing of capabilities. Documents are based on the literature review, expert discussions, online discussions and online surveys. Secondly, the first working package is establishing factors and indicators for measuring effectiveness of the EU CSDP operations as well conceptual framework and methodology to analyse the effectiveness of the EU in the upcoming case studies (the Balkans, Africa, Middle East and Asia).

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