Tuesday, 21 February 2017

RCC TFCS - About Us

RCC TFCS KEY DATA

RCC TFCS: Regional Cooperation Council Task Force on Culture and Society

OBJECTIVES: The aim of the RCCTFCS is to promote regional cooperation in the sphere of culture by creating a platform for dialogue of relevant stakeholders. The subsequent goal is to maximize the benefits of investment in culture through its contribution to sustainable economic and social development by ensuring the coherency with other actions promoted at regional and national level.

MISSION: The mandate of the Task Force includes in particular the following:

  • Awareness raising for the importance of culture and its values for society;
  • Agenda setting in this policy area and promotional activities;
  • Promotion of a regular dialogue, information exchange and coordination of activities in South East Europe and formulation of recommendations for the RCC and the SEECP;
  • Coordination with other priority areas of the RCC, as contribution to a coherent and sustainable approach to regional cooperation in South East Europe by all actors involved.

ACTIVITIES: The main focus of the RCC TFCS in the inception phase in the period 2011-2014 is to coordinate activities at regional level and to monitor progress of the implementation of the Ljubljana Process II - Rehabilitating Our Common Heritage. The RCC TFCS has also guided the implementation of the €0.5 million EU grant for Sustaining the Rehabilitation of Cultural Heritage in the Western Balkans and was also instrumental for the €2.8 million EU Grant for Preserving and Restoring Cultural Heritage in the Western Balkans. Since 2013, the RCC TFCS has been involved in the SEE 2020 Strategy as a Coordinator of the Cultural and Creative Sectors Dimension of the Smart Growth Pillar.

APPROACH: In order to reach its aims, the RCC Task Force on Culture and Society closely cooperates with the RCC Secretariat, in particular with its SEE 2020 Strategy Coordination Unit and coordinates its actions in the framework of the regular Task Force meetings.

MEMBERS: The RCC Task Force on Culture and Society is composed by a representative of the Regional Cooperation Council, a representative of the European Commission, a representative of the Council of Europe and one representative from the respective governmental institutions of the RCC members from South East Europe: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Kosovo*, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Turkey.

BACKGROUND

South East Europe has a rich and diverse cultural heritage, with great potential as a dynamic economic and social asset to sustainable regional development, and has long been a hotbed of talent and creativity. In this context, strengthening regional cooperation in the area of culture is essential and has an important political, economic and social dimension by contributing to mutual openness, shared values and reconciliation. Development of relevant projects and promotion of intercultural dialogue contributes to respect for and promotion of cultural diversity and good neighbourly relations. Regional cooperation will also allow the region to make its voice heard in a broader European context in this domain.

The Regional Cooperation Council Task Force on Culture and Society (RCC TFCS) is a regional platform for cooperation in the field of culture, established by the Board of the RCC in 2010. Its initial focus is to coordinate activities at regional level and monitor progress of “Ljubljana Process II - Rehabilitating Our Common Heritage“, as a regional program implemented since 2011.

Ljubljana Process II continues the Council of Europe (CoE) / European Commission (EC) Joint Programme, the “Integrated Rehabilitation Projects Plan / Survey of the Architectural and Archaeological Heritage” (IRPP/SAAH), set up in 2003 and completed in 2010. The "Ljubljana Process: Funding the rehabilitation of heritage in South-East Europe" was launched in 2008. (Read more)

During the Ministerial Conference organized in Ljubljana, Slovenia on “Rehabilitating our Common Heritage” (6-7 November 2009), Ministers responsible for Culture from South East Europe adopted the “Statement of the Ljubljana Process on the rehabilitation of cultural heritage of South-East European beneficiaries for the implementation of the next phase of the Ljubljana Process”, confirming their will to continue with the integrated rehabilitation approach, after the completion of the Council of Europe/European Commission Joint Programme. The Ljubljana Process Ministerial Statement considered that the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) could become a key partner during the next phase of the Ljubljana Process.

The Council of Ministers of Culture of South East Europe (CoMoCoSEE) held in Cetinje, Montenegro, on 23-24 April 2010 adopted a Ministerial Statement on the implementation of the Ljubljana Process II: Rehabilitating our Common Heritage. The statement confirms the Ljubljana Ministerial Declaration of November 2009 on the important results of the IRPP/SAAH and sets ground for continuation of the rehabilitation of cultural heritage after 2010 under the auspices of the RCC.

The RCC Strategy and Work Programme 2011-2013, endorsed by the Heads of State and Government of the South-East European Cooperation Process (SEECP) Participating States in June 2010 stipulated that, in line with the decision by the Western Balkans Ministers of Culture, the RCC  took the role of coordinator in the new phase of Ljubljana Process after 2010 (Ljubljana Process II).

The RCC strategic document 2011-2013 envisaged that a Task Force on Culture and Society will be established by the RCC and a permanent secretariat will be appointed by the RCC in cooperation with the Council of Europe and the European Commission, in order to undertake the Ljubljana Process II management and to be a counterpart of the National Task Forces which will be created in each Ljubljana Process participant of the region.

The Task Force on Culture and Society of The Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) was established by the Board of the RCC with a decision adopted on 16 September 2010. The European Commission allocated a grant from multi-beneficiary IPA, intended to support the RCCTFCS and Ljubljana Process II.

The RCC TFCS constitutive meeting was held in Cetinje on 22-23 June 2011, also marking its establishment and the official opening of the RCC TFCS Secretariat, in addition to appointing the RCC TFCS Chair (the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia) and Co-Chair (Slovenia).

MEETINGS

Since its inception, the RCC TFCS has enabled a regular dialogue, information exchange and coordination in formulating common goals and implementation of regional actions. The enhancement and sustainability of this cooperation has been an important element of Ljubljana Process and its synergy has continued to progress, in particular through the regular coordination meetings of the RCC TFCS.

Meetings:

Force (Rules of Procedure, General Reference Framework of the Ljubljana Process and the General Action Plan);

state of progress in the establishment of the National Task Forces (NTFs), Terms of Reference of the Council of Europe (CoE) Expert Pool and the upcoming CoMoCoSEE Meeting;

setting the stage for the €0.5 million EU grant for Sustaining the Rehabilitation of Cultural Heritage in the Western Balkans state of progress of NTFs and the development of Priority Intervention Lists (PILs);

back to back with the Ministerial Conference on National Museums in South East Europe, on operability of the NTFs (at this point established in all beneficiaries), developments of €0.5 million EU grant, Heritage Assessment Reports (HARs);

progress on selection of monuments for the €2.8 million EU Grant for Preserving and Restoring Cultural Heritage in the Western Balkans visibility and sustainability of the Ljubljana Process and role of the RCC TFCS in development of the Cultural and Creative Sectors Dimension of the SEE Strategy 2020;

final selection of monuments/sites for the EU Grant for Preserving and Restoring Cultural Heritage in the Western Balkans, implementation of the €0.5million EU Grant, sustainability and future of the Ljubljana Process in SEE 2020 Strategy;

progress of €0.5mill EU Grant, sustainability of the RCC TFCS and the Ljubljana Process, the Cultural and Creative Sectors Dimension of the SEE 2020 Strategy, Rotation of RCC TFCS Chair (Serbia) and Co-chair (Croatia).

state of progress of EU grants, bilateral consultations with Western Balkans Ministers of Culture, future and sustainability of the RCC TFCS/Ljubljana Process;

state of progress of EU grants, next steps for the RCC TFCS/Ljubljana Process, the SEE 2020 Strategy, presentation at the CoMoCoSEE meeting, usage of PIU funds, visibility activities.

SECRETARIAT

The RCC TFCS Secretariat is the main contact point for regional coordination and implementation of Ljubljana Process, the EU grant for Sustaining the Rehabilitation of Cultural Heritage in the Western Balkans, support to the coordinative process in the €2.8 million Grant for Preserving and Restoring Cultural Heritage in the Western Balkans, as well as for overall support to the RCC TFCS activities and objectives.

RCC TFCS Secretariat, composed of three full-time international staff: a Head of Office, a Project Manager and a Project Administrator. Being the operational arm of the Task Force, the Secretariat has the responsibility for technical management of the Task Force’s activities and projects and conducts daily follow-up of activities. It undertakes the work to achieve the objectives of Ljubljana Process II and to foster successful transfer of the Ljubljana Process to the region.


  • administration of Ljubljana Process and € 0.5 million EU grant;
  • assistance to beneficiaries in the overall operational, financial and technical implementation of both Ljubljana Process and the € 0.5 million EU grant;
  • organisation of the coordination meetings of the RCC TFCS and the meetings with the Project Coordinators;
  • organisation of workshops and other events;
  • production of educational and promotional materials;
  • managing the daily follow-up and monitoring of the regional implementation of activities;
  • overall support to the Regional Expert Pool activities;
  • maintenance of close cooperation with the RCC, European Commission and Council of Europe and reporting activities to all partners;
  • ensuring the administration and reporting of the project to the European Commission;
  • dissemination of the documents produced and collected;
  • support to the RCC TFCS as the coordinator of the Cultural and Creative Sectors Dimension of the SEE 2020 Strategy;
  • promotion of the RCC TFCS mission and objectives, results and potential of the Ljubljana Process and the regional approach to rehabilitation.

The Secretariat is hosted by the Ministry of Culture of Montenegro, situated in Cetinje.

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* This designation is without prejudice in positions on status and is in line with UNSC 1244 and ICJ opinion on the Kosovo declaration on independence.