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3rd Meeting of the Regional Network of National P-CVE Coordinators of the Western Balkans

On Wednesday, 24th April 2019, the Coordination Center for Countering Violent Extremism – Albania, and supported by the Integrative Internal Security Governance (IISG), the European External Action Service and European Commission hosted the third successful meeting of the Regional Network of National P-CVE Coordinators of the Western Balkans (RNNC).

The Network brings together the members and owners of the network, the national coordinators/heads of bodies in charge of coordination of national policies and policy reform in Western Balkan countries Albania, BiH, Montenegro, Kosovo*, North Macedonia and Serbia, in the field of preventing and countering radicalisation that may lead to Violent Extremism or Terrorism.

On 24th April 2019 in Tirana, Albania, H.E. General Maksim Malaj, Adviser to the Albanian Prime Ministers for Security, opened the floor, emphasising the importance of regional cooperation and exchange of good practice in countering the complex contemporary phenomena faced by our societies.

Mr Agron Sojati, member of Albania in the RNNC, Director of the Albanian National Center for Coordination of CVE, host of the meeting, briefed the participants on the progress of Albania in working to ensure efficient, coordinated and transparent efforts to prevent and counter the phenomena of radicalisation and extremism.

The European Commission and the national coordinators discussed the implementation of the Joint Action Plan of EU and WB on CT and CVE, signed in Tirana in late 2018. The Commission acknowledged the steps being taken by the countries in its implementation, based on joint needs assessments.

Participants discussed the main challenges they have been facing in 2019, including the return of the Western Balkan nationals who had left to crisis areas to participate in the fight, as well as their women and children. A significant number of returnees expected are treated as a common challenge, and participants have stepped up their efforts to ensure a whole-of-society response.