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RACVIAC – Centre for Security Cooperation


Zagreb (Bestovje), Croatia

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Short description

RACVIAC fosters dialogue and cooperation on security matters in South-east Europe, targeting three overarching themes: a cooperative security environment, with a focus on arms control; SSR; and international and regional cooperation with a focus on Euro-Atlantic integration.


RACVIAC’s budget, which is divided into two parts—operating and programme—is approximately EUR 600,000. Members primarily finance the operating or daily running costs. Associate members, international partners, and other donors cover a large part of the programme budget through general or marked contributions.

Within the framework of the Stability Pact (see RCC entry), RACVIAC was established in October 2000. In 2007, it became the ‘Centre for Security Cooperation’ and after a three-year process, a new agreement and legal status was established in 2010. The new agreement entered into force in December 2011 upon its fifth ratification. Bulgaria, however, has not yet signed the new agreement. The Multinational Advisory Group, its decisionmaking body, is made up of its members, 14 associates, and six observers. Associate members are Austria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, the Russian Federation, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. Observers are Canada, Moldova, Poland, Slovakia, Ukraine, and the United States.


10 members (all UN member states)

  • Current members*: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Turkey (Bold: founding member, Grey: suspended member)
  • Former members: Moldova
  • Membership pending: None

Overlapping memberships with other ROs

RACVIAC members represent:

  • 6 of 12 BSEC members
  • 3 of 27 EU members
  • 6 of 28 NATO members
  • 10 of 56 OSCE members
  • 10 of 13 SELEC members

* Information accurate as of 8 June 2012

PoA Point of Contact

  • Capt. Marija Čičak
  • Public Affairs Officer


PoA-related activities

RACVIAC organizes and hosts seminars, workshops, courses, symposiums, conferences, and meetings on regional security issues, among them SSR, confidence-building measures, arms control, physical stockpile management, organized crime, and dual-use items. These activities are open to its members, associates, and observers, as well as other countries, international organizations, and institutions. For example, in 2011, RACVIAC held a three-day symposium on arms control. Thirty-four participants representing ministries, political institutions, and organizations from nine countries and international organizations attended the event. Also in 2011, RACVIAC hosted a three-day conference entitled ‘Towards a Sustainable Solution for Excess Weapons and Ammunition: Policy, Logistical and Financial Aspects of Excess Weapons and Ammunition Disposal’. The event brought together 31 representatives (from 6 countries and 5 organizations) of logistics, policy/planning, and finance departments in ministries of defence within the region, giving them an opportunity to exchange information and experiences. The event raised awareness and a paper was issued as a result.

PoA-related programmes and initiatives

PoA-relevant cooperation with other ROs

RACVIAC supports regional members with EU and NATO accession. RACVIAC regularly cooperates with the RCC, SEESAC, and a number of other regional organizations and initiatives. It is a member of the RASR Steering Committee. RACVIAC also cooperates regularly with the OSCE.

Legally binding regional instruments

  • None

Other official documents of interest

  • Terms of Reference for the Multinational Advisory Group (MAG) for RACVIAC (2007)
  • Agreement on RACVIAC – Centre for Security Cooperation (2010)
  • RACVIAC Strategy 2012–2015 (2011)


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