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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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Workshops during the first working package

Gotenica workshop pictureDuring the first working package several online surveys and interviews were conducted as well as five workshops: one two-day internal methodological workshop of the IECEU consortium members in Finland, three internal expert panels and one panel open to public and held under the Chatham House Rule 21 October in Slovenia.

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Meeting of four consortium members in Slovenia

During the Hostile Environment Awareness Training HEAT' in Slovenia, 4 partner organisations gathered to also discuss issues related to IECEU field work and research in the Balkans and Africa, which will take place in the Spring of 2016.

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The IECEU project begins

ieceuThe new project IECEU started in the beginning of May 2015 and will last until end of February 2018 (33 months). IECEU -project aims towards enchancement of European Union (EU) external activities. The consortium is coordinated by Laurea University of Applied Sciences (Finland) and consists of a diverse group of civilian, research and military organisations reflecting the variety within EU missions. The overall goal of the project is to find out new approaches and solutions to respond the future challenges and threats.

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Posvet o mednarodnem poslovnem okolju v letu 2016

CEPOb izdaji publikacije Strategic Foresight 2016: Central and South East Europe, Inštitut za strateške rešitve vabi na na Posvet o mednarodnem poslovnem okolju v letu 2016, ki bo 5. januarja ob 14. uri (predviden zaključek ob 16. uri) v Domu gospodarstva (GZS), Dimičeva ulica 13, Ljubljana.




1. Uvodni nagovor Tine Kračun, direktor Inštituta za strateške rešitve

2. Predstavitev ugotovitev Strategic Foresight 2016: Central and South East Europe

3. Pogovor o izzivih slovenskih podjetij v mednarodnem poslovnem okolju v letu 2016

    - Nuša Pavlinjek, Roto

    - Janez Škrabec, Riko

    - Tomaž Berločnik, Petrol

Pogovor bo povezoval Uroš Urbas, Siol.net

4. Zaključek okrogle mize

Prijave na dogodek zbiramo do ponedeljka, 4. januarja 2016, na This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Udeležba dogodka je brezplačna.




Slovenia supports programming of development of Kosovo municipalities

20151203 105705A three-day workshop intended to support programming of development in Kosovo municipalities was successfully concluded on 3 December 2015. Twenty represent

atives of national, regional and municipality level examined the importance of programming for the successful implementation of municipal development projects. The project was implemented in cooperation with the Government Office for Development and European Cohesion Policy. The workshop was opened by Ambassador of Republic of Slovenia in Priština Miljan Majhen.

The work was conducted by practically examining programming of waste management and energy efficiency, building on relevant Slovenian lessons learned and taking into account findings of challenges in the pre-workshop assessment. Participants examined all phases of programming and characteristics of quality programming. Great attention was given to the participation and coordination of relevant stakeholders, including better involvement of municipalities who have an opportunity and responsibility to co-create development programme in the way which ensures ownership and can be also helpful for coordinative body to determine feasible solutions in satisfying needs of local development and attainment of development potentials.

Project is part of the Slovenian Development Aid Programme funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia.


MRSS znak manjsiSlovenija pomaga pri programiranju razvoja občin na Kosovu

Tridnevna delavnica, namenjena pomoči pri programiranju regionalnega razvoja in razvoja občin na Kosovu, se je 3.12.2015 uspešno končala. Na delavnici je dvajset predstavnikov nacionalne, regionalne in občinske ravni obravnavalo pomembnost programiranja za uspešnost implementacije občinskih razvojnih projektov. Projekt je CEP izvedel v sodelovanju z Službo Vlade za razvoj in evropsko kohezijsko politiko, delavnico pa je odprl Miljan Majhen, veleposlanik Republike Slovenije v Prištini.

Delo je potekalo skozi praktično obravnavo primerov programiranja upravljanja z odpadom in programiranja energetske učinkovitosti, izhajalo je iz slovenskih izkušenj in je vključevalo ugotovitve iz analize izzivov na zadevnem področju, ki je bila narejena pred delavnico. Udeleženci so na delavnici obravnavali vse faze programiranja in značilnosti kvalitetnega programiranja. Posebno pozornost so namenili vključevanju in koordinaciji deležnikov pri programiranju, vključno z boljšim vključevanjem občin, ki naj imajo možnost in odgovornost za sooblikovanje programa regionalnega razvoja na način, da ga vzamejo za svojega. Izpostavljeno je bilo, da naj se občine pri iskanju izvedljivih rešitev, vključujejo na način, ki je v pomoč koordinacijskemu organu za ustrezno zadovoljevanje potreb lokalnega razvoja in doseganja razvojnih potencialov.

Projekt je del slovenskega programa razvojne pomoči, ki ga financira Ministrstvo za zunanje zadeve Republike Slovenije.

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