Roadmap Local Coordination Meetings in the Western Balkans

Within the framework for the implementation of the Regional Roadmap for a sustainable solution to arms control in the Western Balkans, local coordination meetings were organized online by the SALW Commissions in Pristina on 5 November, in Skopje on 10 November, in Podgorica on 12 November, in Tirana on 16 November and in Sarajevo on 20 November.

The meetings brought together relevant institutions responsible for SALW control, regional and international partners including EMPACT, OSCE, UNDP, UNODC, NATO, INTERPOL, ITF Enhancing Human Security, EUFOR, GIZ and PAMECA, as well as representatives from the European Union and the Embassies of France, Germany, United Kingdom, Sweden and the Netherlands.

SALW Commissions provided information on the progress, challenges and needs as per the goals of the Roadmap, as well as the challenges caused by the COVID-19 crisis, while the international organizations and donors presented the current and planned contributions in countering the proliferation and illicit trafficking of small arms and light weapons, within the Roadmap framework.

The meetings were organized with the funding support of the European Union through its Council Decision (CFSP) 2018/1788 in support of the implementation of the Roadmap and SEESAC’s technical support.