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Ambassador Filipovic and Major-General Mojsilovic at the OSCE Annual Security Review Conference

Delegation of the Republic of Serbia, led by acting Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs in charge of Security Policies Ambassador Branimir Filipovic and Assistant Minister of Defense in charge of Defense Policy Major-General Mojsilovic, participated in the OSCE Annual Security Review Conference, held 26-28th June, in Vienna.


This Conference is held every year, in line with the Decision of the OSCE Ministerial Council from December 2002, and represents the most important gathering of the OSCE in the Politico-Military Dimension.


During the three-day engagement, several topics of European security have been discussed and participants exchanged views regarding key security challenges and contributions of the OSCE in dealing with these issues. Special sessions were organized dedicated to ensuring stability in the OSCE region in the context of the situation in Ukraine; developing security and trust in the OSCE, structural dialogue; managing crises and post-conflict rehabilitation, arms control and challenges related to migrations and transnational threats.

Ambassador Filipovic and General Mojsilovic participated and delivered statements during the Opening Session and in sessions dedicated to structural dialogue, arms control and challenges related to migration and transnational threats, in particular terrorism.


Role of Agreement on Sub-Regional Arms Control in building confidence in Western Balkans

 

The achievements of the Agreement on Sub-Regional Arms Control were discussed in the meeting of the Forum for Security Co-operation on 25 October 2017 in Vienna. The Agreement has served as a framework for Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro and Serbia to engage with each other to promote peace and stability in the region.

 

Branimir Filipović, Assistant Minister for Security Policy in Serbia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, noted that the Agreement is “a strong contributing factor in the context of the consolidation of reconciliation, security and stability in the region”. He also added that it represents “a successful model of post-conflict rehabilitation, prominent as one applicable to other regions in conflict resolution, on condition that the parties involved in a particular process show readiness to engage in its implementation”.

 

Filipović said that achievements under the arms control regime are due, first of all, to the political will of the Parties to reach the goals defined in the Agreement. He also highlighted the significant role played by the OSCE and the support provided by the Contact Group countries, the United States, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom, France, Germany and Italy. These countries, which share the status of verifier, continue to monitor the Agreement’s implementation.

 

The framework for negotiating the Agreement on Sub-Regional Arms Control, signed in 1996, was provided by the Article IV, Annex 1-B of the Dayton Peace Accord. Hence it is also known as the Article IV Agreement. The Agreement’s core terms consist in the consent to limit arms for five categories of armaments including tanks, artillery guns (exceeding 75 mm calibre), armoured vehicles, fighter aircraft and attack helicopters.


Contribution of security forces to dealing with large migration flows discussed in the joint Session of Forum for Security Co-operation and Permanent Council

 

VIENNA, 18 October 2017 – The role of security forces in supporting national governments in managing migration crises was the focus of the today’s debate in the Forum for Security Co-operation under the Serbian Chairmanship in Vienna.

 

Speakers stressed the importance of consolidating efforts of security forces to regulate migration, particularly with a view to countering transnational threats such as human trafficking along migration routes. They also noted that migration flows, when not managed in a human rights-compliant, comprehensive and co-ordinated way, have the potential to undermine co-operation, stability, and security.

 

Vladimir Rebić, Serbia’s General Police Director, noted that the response to managing migration flows should be “strong, at national, regional, European and international levels, through mutual assistance and co-operation.” Referring to Serbia’s response, he mentioned the formation of joint forces of the police and the army to protect the country’s borders.

 

 

Rebić said that another issue the Serbian government had to address was “the need to meet the needs of a large number of refugees and migrants in an efficient and humane way”.

 

The Serbian government developed in 2015 an action plan in response to an increased influx of refugees and migrants identifying relevant institutions and organizations, specific tasks, measures and activities to be undertaken, as well as providing necessary resources to address the issue.

 


Democratic control of security forces and role of Parliament

 

Parliamentary oversight of security forces and ways of dealing with challenges in its implementation were the focus of the session of the Forum for Security Co-operation held under Serbia’s Chairmanship on 27 September 2017 in Vienna.

Marija Obradović, the head of the Defence and Internal Affairs Committee of Serbia’s parlaiment, noted that the process of implementating democratic control requires time and effort.

In Serbia, responsibility for the oversight of the army and the police lies with the Defence and Internal Affairs Committee, whereas parliamentary control of security forces is assigned to the Security Services Control Committee, both established in 2012. Two recently introduced practices have strengthened the Serbian parliament’s oversight, Obradović explained: regular briefings of the Committees by the ministries and the holding of public hearings.

 

 

„Over the past four years we managed to establish the practice of regular attendance of interior and defence ministers before the Committees, Obradović noted, adding that their appearances before the Defence and Internal Affairs Committee are live streamed on the parliament’s public website.

However, she stressed, the situation is different with the Security Services Control Committee the sessions of which are closed to the public.

“The real challenge is to establish a balance between the need to make the work of the parliamentary committees transparent and the need to protect classified data, which is sensitive for national security reasons,” Obradović said.


Regional Efforts in Combating the Illicit Trade of Small Arms and Light Weapons in Southeast Europe

 

Vienna, 20 September

 The participants at the 862nd session of the Forum for Security Cooperation under the Serbian Chairmanship discussed the Regional Efforts in Combating the Illicit Trade of Small Arms and Light Weapons in Southeast Europe.

 

Mr. Aleksandar Radomirović, Head of Forensic Department in the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Serbia has presented the national legal framework and results of Serbian Police in countering the illicit trafficking of SALW. Mr. Slobodan Bošković, has informed of the activities of the South Eastern and Eastern Europe Clearinghouse for the Control of the Small Arms and Light Weapons (SEESAC), in the region. Mr. Martin van der Meij, Analyst in EUROPOL shared the experience of the Organization in cooperation with competent authorities of the OSCE participating States.

 Their interesting and thought provoking presentations sparked lively debate at the meeting.


Role of military in implementing UN Security Council Resolution on Women, Peace and Security 1325 debated in Forum for Security Co-operation

VIENNA, 13 September 2017 – The military plays an important role in moving forward the Women, Peace and Security agenda by increasing women's representation in the army and enhancing their role in both conflict-related and peacetime operations, said speakers in the session of the Forum for Security Co-operation held today under Serbia’s Chairmanship in Vienna.

 

 

Opening the session, Serbia’s Minister of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs, Zoran Djordjevic, announced that his country launched the implementation of its second  National Action Plan (NAP) for the implementation of United Nations  Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325 on Women, Peace and Security, adopted in May for the years 2017 to 2020.

 

The second NAP “contains activities aimed at preventing violence against women in multinational operations, in conflict and post-conflict rehabilitation of society, and in crisis and emergency situations,” Djordjevic said. He added that the new NAP foresees the establishment of Focal Points for its implementation at all levels. “Some ministries, including the Ministry of Defence, are dedicating not only human, but also financial resources,” he said.

 

 “The Government of Serbia is committed to the protection of women’s rights and promotion of the UNSCR 1325 goals in Serbia and on the international level,” Djordjevic stressed.


Serbia pledges meaningful debate on pressing security challenges as it begins chairing OSCE Forum for Security Co-operation

VIENNA, 6 September 2017 – Serbia will strive to strengthen the OSCE’s focus on political-military security through negotiations and consultations on military security and stability in the OSCE area, said the country’s First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Ivica Dačić as he opened the first session of the Forum for Security Co-operation (FSC) under Serbia’s Chairmanship today in Vienna.

Dačić noted that the overall security situation in Europe remains fragile as the region is facing multiple challenges including increased radicalization and terrorism, large movements of migrants and refugees, misuse of information and communications technologies and trafficking in drugs, arms and human being.

 

“While the OSCE is still searching for the best response to these challenges, it is clear that they can be successfully tackled only through joint efforts of the participating States,” Foreign Minister Dačić said.

Referring to the Structured Dialogue, which was launched to foster a greater understanding on the current and future challenges in the OSCE area that could serve as a common solid basis for a way forward, he expressed hope that “participating States will embrace it as a method of de-escalation of tensions”. In this regard he referred to the upcoming special joint session of FSC and the Permanent Council, which will focus on the Structured Dialogue.

Dačić said that during its FSC Chairmanship Serbia will continue efforts to increase the representation of women in the armed forces, with a particular focus on the role of the defense sector in the implementation of the 1325 United Nations Security Council Resolution on Women, Peace and Security.

Other essential areas for the debate include conventional arms control and confidence and security building measures; regional efforts in combating the illicit trade of small arms and light weapons; security forces’ support to national authorities with respect to the migration crisis and the role of parliaments in the democratic control of the armed and security forces. An OSCE meeting will be also organized to review the implementation of the OSCE Assistance projects in the field of stockpiles of conventional ammunition and small arms and light weapons.

Serbia is chairing the OSCE Forum for Security Cooperation until the end of the year.


SERBIAN CHAIRMANSHIP of the OSCE FORUM for SECURITY COOPERATION

Until the end of the year, Republic of Serbia will chair over the Forum for Security Cooperation of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). The Forum for Security Cooperation is the most important venue for discussing pertinent issues in the politico-military aspects of security within the OSCE. It aims at increasing military security, stability and cooperation in Europe, as well as at pursuing confidence building measures through discussions among the participating States.


As a chair of the Forum in the last trimester of the year, Serbia is committed to open, inclusive and transparent dialogue on the topics on the FSC agenda. In cooperation with the FSC Troika, the Secretariat and the Austrian OSCE Chairmanship-in-Office, we have prepared rich, versatile and balanced program of work with the focus on strengthening the politico-military security in the OSCE Region through series of security dialogues. Their goal is to promote awareness and the exchange of ideas and experiences in different areas of our work in the spirit of inclusiveness, transparency and cooperation.

 

Serbian FSC Chairmanship will be formally opened by the First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Ivica Dačić on 06 September.


Participation of the Republic of Serbia at the OSCE Structural Dialogue meeting

Vienna, 7th April 2017

Acting Assistant Minister for Security Policies, Ambassador Branimir Filipovic, led the delegation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at the first thematic meeting of the Structural dialogue regarding contemporary and future security challenges and risks in the OSCE region, which was held in Vienna, 7th April 2017. Topic of the meeting was "Agreed and conflicted notions of threats in the OSCE region". 

 At the OSCE Ministerial Council, held in Hamburg in December 2016, ministers of 57 OSCE participating states agreed to initiate the Structural dialogue by adopting the Declaration "From Lisbon to Hamburg", on the occasion of the 20th anniversary since the establishment of the OSCE weapons control.   

 While participating at the meeting, Ambassador Filipovic highlighted that the Republic of Serbia supports the Structural Dialogue that should, in a thoughtful, transparent and inclusive manner, open the doors to crucial and productive deliberations regarding the issues of facing the security risks in the OSCE region, as well as represent an instrument for building confidence and strengthening cooperation between OSCE participating states in this field.

 


Open competition for the design of a Zoran Djindjic memorial in Belgrade

http://www.osce-vienna.mfa.gov.rs/odrzavanje/uploads/Tender_-_Zoran_Djindjic_spomenik.pdf


60th Session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND)

From 13 - 17 March 2017, the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) held its 60th Session, in Vienna. The delegation of the Republic of Serbia had an active participation in the Meeting, as well as in the accompanying side-events.


CASM project presented at the Forum for Security Cooperation

Session of the Forum for Security Cooperation (FSC) of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), consisting of 57 participating states, was held on 30 November in Vienna. At the Forum, among other things, Major General Bojan Zrnić, Head of the MOD Defence Technologies Department and Chair of the CASM Executive Committee, presented the results of the current implementation of the Programme for Conventional Ammunition Stockpile Management (CASM) for the Republic of Serbia.


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INVITATION TO TENDER FOR THE PROVISION OF REAL ESTATE SALES SERVICES – THE SALE OF DIPLOMATIC REAL ESTATE IN NEW YORK (UNITED STATES OF AMERICA), TOKYO (JAPAN), BONN (GERMANY), AND BERNE (SWITZERLAND)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


OSCE Mediterranean Conference – Young people north and south from the Mediterranean Sea: Facing Security Challenges and improving opportunities

OSCE Mediterranean Conference titled Young people north and south from the Mediterranean Sea: Facing Security Challenges and improving opportunities was held in Vienna, 5-6th October 2016. The Conference discussed the position and role of young people with regard to fighting terrorism and violent extremism, as well as their protection in the context of the Migrant Crisis.

Delegation of Serbia was led by ambassador Roksanda Nincic, political director in the MFA of Serbia, who reminded the participants that the topics of this year’s Conference were high on the list of priorities of Serbia’s OSCE Chairmanship in 2015, as well as during Serbia’s chairmanship of the Mediterranean Contact Group in 2014. She highlighted that contemporary security challenges are now, more than ever, showing a direct link between the events in the Mediterranean region and stability in the entire OSCE region, and that the young generations are the ones most affected by these tragedies. Ms. Nincic also emphasized that countries share a common responsibility when it comes to effectively combating terrorism and radical extremism.

OSCE Mediterranean partners are made up of Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt, Israel and Jordan. During 2016, Austria is chairing the Mediterranean Contact Group.


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Participation of the Republic of Serbia during the OSCE Security Review Conference in Vienna (28-30th June 2016)

Annual OSCE Security Review Conference was held in Vienna, in the period 28-30th June 2016. This Conference, which is organized annually on a regular basis in conformity with OSCE MC Decision from December 2002, represents the most important meeting within the OSCE’s politico-military dimension.


Serbia was represented at the Conference by acting Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs for Security Policy, Ambassador Branimir Filipovic, Head of the Permanent Mission of Serbia to the OSCE, Ambassador Vuk Zugic, as well as the representative of the Ministry of Defense, Head of Organizational Department within the Sector of Defense Policy, major-general Sladjan Djordjevic.


The issue of European Security was discussed at the opening session of the Conference, where participants exchanged opinions on key security issues and the OSCE contribution in facing these challenges. Special sessions were also held, dedicated to achieving security and stability in the OSCE region in the context of the ongoing crisis in Ukraine; challenges brought on by transnational security threats, such as uncontrolled migration and terrorism; strengthening of OSCE instruments in preventing and managing crisis, as well as post-conflict rehabilitation and control of conventional arms and confidence-building measures.


18.05.2016.

Ms. Jelena Vasiljevic, Assistant Head of the Border Police, Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Serbia, participated as a key note speaker at the forth meeting of the OSCE Informal Working Group Focusing on the Issues of Migration and Refugee Flows, held on 11 May 2016 in Vienna. She presented responses of the Republic of Serbia to the increased migration flows.


01.03.2016.

High-level OSCE Seminar on military doctrines

Deputy Chief of Staff of the Army of Serbia, Lieutenant General Jovica Draganic, participated in the High-level OSCE Seminar on military doctrines which was held in cooperation with the OSCE Forum for Security Cooperation, 15-17th February 2016, in Vienna. Seminar participants exchanged opinions on major security risks, perceptions of primary threats and their possible consequences, changeable nature of conflicts and operational trends. This is the seventh seminar organized by the OSCE where doctrinary changes were discussed and their influence on defensive structures in Europe.


20.10.2015.

Non-paper on Why Kosovo is ineligible for membership in UNESCO?


21.09.2015.

OSCE Chairmanship’s Sports Event 2015

As a part of the OSCE tradition, the Serbian Permanent Mission to the OSCE organized a Chairmanship’s Sports Event, with basketball as the chosen sport, having in mind this year’s Eurobasket 2015.

The purpose of the event was to expand our existing links and cooperation and to create new friendships while strengthening old ones.

16 teams from the OSCE Participating States, OSCE Secretariat and OSCE Parliamentary Assembly competed in a friendly and lively atmosphere, with the team Montenegro bringing home the trophy. Other teams in the top four include Serbia, Lithuania and Montenegro 2.

Below, you can find some pictures from the Tournament and share the exciting moments of the event.

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23.06.2015.

Article by OSCE Chairperson and MFA of Serbia Ivica Dacic on the Project Syndicate website entitled "The Living Legacy of Helsinki"


19.05.2015.

OSCE Economic and Environmental Forum Preparatory Meeting in Belgrade highlights need for regional co-operation in water governance

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