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    Inside This Issue Editorial by Erhard Busek p. 1 ? It is an honour for me to be able to thank over Editorial by Erhard Busek

    thirty Stability Pact partner Governments for the p. 2 ? Working Table III meeting in Budapest, confidence they have shown by appointing me 27-28 November 2001

    Special Co-ordinator. The position is new for me, p. 3 ? Working Table II meeting in Sarajevo, but its content is not. I have been with SECI, itself 28-29 November 2001

    a Stability Pact participant, since 1996 and am ? Working Table I meeting in Skopje, therefore familiar with many of the issues as well 17-18 December 2001 as many of the persons involved with them. I will p. 4 ? Personnel Issues at SP Offices in Brussels do my utmost to apply this experience to our ? Moldova gets the Feel for the Stability Pact common cause of bringing stability to South

     ? Bosnia, Croatia, Yugoslavia - Over 100’000 Eastern Europe. Refugee Returns in 2001 p. 5 ? Stability Pact Parliamentary Troika

     ? Human Trafficking Regional Information Ex- change Mechanism

     ? Report on Trafficking in Women and Children to,

    through and from the Balkan Region

    p. 6 ? Moldova to join SEEGROUP

     ? Free Trade in SEE takes shape Timetable

    remains ambitious

     ? Regional Meeting of Social Cohesion

    Initiative in Paris

    p. 7 ? Preparation of Sava International River Treaty

     ? Busek at BAC in Sofia

     ? 2? Years of Stability Pact

     ? Fighting Bushfires Exercise in Croatia p. 8 ? New Permanent Secretariat for Disaster

    Prevention The Stability Pact is by now a mature organisa-

    tion. This was achieved through the tireless ? How to revise Anti-Trafficking Legislation

    efforts of Bodo Hombach, for which I am very ? MAI-initiative links up with EU Commission and grateful. Thanks to his work, the Pact's profile Stabilisation and Association Process has become clearer over the last two years. ? New Working Table Co-Chairs 2002 Funding efforts have been successful; the donor p. 9 ? Visits of outgoing Special Co-ordinator community has kept its promises of solid support. Bodo Hombach So did the countries of the region in meeting ? Visits of new Special Co-ordinator commitments to reforms and engaging in regional Erhard Busek

    Editor: Roland Bless, Spokesperson Tel: +32 (2) 401 87 25

    E-mail: press@stabilitypact.org

    co-operation. We are not there yet, I am aware. Working Table III meeting in But the progress made is obvious. The Stability Budapest, 27-28 November 2001 Pact clearly has helped to improve prospects for a

    region, which only just over two years ago was

    The Working Table on Security Issues held its making headlines almost every day usually

    fifth meeting in Budapest on 27-28 November negative ones.

    2001. This partnership between the donor community

    Taking account of the security environment that and the countries of South Eastern Europe must

    dramatically changed after 11 September, be reinforced and focused in critical areas where

    emphasis was put on the need for a follow up to we can have the greatest impact to transform the

    Bucharest Declaration on counter terrorism, region on its way to a better future. That future is

    especially through the ad hoc group established seen by all countries concerned in a further inte-

    within WT III. gration into European and Euro-Atlantic struc-

    tures. The ticket to ride this train is amongst During the plenary session, the Working Table other qualifications an established regional co-endorsed the Regional Implementation Plan for operation, good neighbourly relations and a func-combating the proliferation of Small Arms and tioning economic, civic and security framework Light Weapons (SALW), which include the compatible with European standards. Here I see establishment of a Regional Clearinghouse in a tremendous chance for Southeast Belgrade in March this year and welcomed the European Countries to maximise the use of the report of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Security Stability Pact to achieve these goals. The Pact Sector Reform, giving support to the outlook it with its cross-table tools and its facilitating and suggested. matchmaking instruments is well suited to serve

    Following the plenary, the work was followed these ends. This is the Pact’s help to a self-help through parallel meetings in Sub-Tables. approach, for which there is no alternative.

    In the Sub-Table on Defence the participants Let me just mention a few examples: free trade

    welcomed the conclusions of Article V negotia-and refugee return. Both are necessary, both are

    tions, heard reports about the progress in Trans-imperative, both are preconditions to enter the

    parency in areas of Military Budgeting, Military European House. Other Stability Pact initiatives

    Restructuring, Mine Action, SALW and Disaster could be listed in this context. The overriding aim

    Preparedness and Prevention. The Sub-Table was remains to introduce a dose of European norma-

    also informed about the activities of SEE Defence lity into a region, which has in many places seen

    Ministerial (SEDM) process and the progress of the combined negative effects of armed conflict

    funding the Communication and Information Sys-and the struggle inflicted by an economic and

    tems project of the SEE Brigade. social post-communist transformation process.

    In the Sub-Table on Justice and Home Affairs, the Fortunately, the Pact is not alone in this mission.

    need for close co-ordination with the EU for sup-And far from singling out individual participants

    porting the implementation of Stabilisation and in the Pact, I do strongly believe that the EU, its

    Association Process was highlighted. The Sub-member states, USA and Canada, guaranteeing

    Table also welcomed the start of the implementa-the Pact’s transatlantic dimension, are perceived

    tion phase of SPAI (Anti-Corruption Initiative), as cornerstones for its existence. And this is true

    agreed for the establishment of a secretariat for in Brussels, as it is in the capitals of SEE. It is

    SPOC (Organised Crime Initiative), established therefore, with this grand design in mind, that I

    an ad hoc group to review the recommendations have started my tour of visits to partner countries

    of a Framework Documents for Judicial Reform and organisations. I am tasked to present a bal-

    that was presented by Council of Europe, wel-anced blueprint of where the Stability Pact is

    comed the successful launch of the first SP spon-going in its next phase, to the EU General Affairs

    sored Council in March. I kindly ask your continued

    regional police training courses, heard reports on support to move this endeavour ahead in the

    Border Management, Migration and Asylum months to come. Thank you.

    Initiative and Trafficking in Human Beings.

    At the end of the Working Table, Chairman Kim

    Traavik stated that he will be leaving his post in

    the SP due to his increase of responsibilities as

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    newly appointed State Secretary in Norway. The Bilateral co-operation should increasingly support Special Co-ordinator warmly thanked Mr. Traavik initiatives having a regional dimension. and expressed his hope that the new Chairman of On Energy Co-operation, the Albanian SEECP the Working Table would be from the region. Chair, acting along the lines of the last SEECP

     ministerial meeting, circulated and presented a

    non paper on Energy Co-ordination and Policies Working Table II meeting in in SEE. This non-paper calls for the enhancement Sarajevo, 28-29 November 2001 of the SEE Energy Co-ordination Process and for

    drawing up a regional Energy concept, building

    on existing initiatives. This proposal was The Working Table on Economic Reconstruction, welcomed by the WT. The Chairman encouraged Development and Co-operation held its fifth Albania to keep working on the concept which meeting on 30 November 2001 in Sarajevo. should be adopted at the SEECP summit in Tirana Main items on the agenda: Trade, Investment in March 2002. Compact, Social Cohesion and Energy. On Trade, the Signatory Countries to the Memorandum of

    Understanding (MoU) informed the WT of the Working Table I meeting in progress made on the negotiation of Free Trade

    Skopje, 17-18 December 2001 Agreements (FTA). Of the twenty-one

    agreements to be concluded by end of 2002, five thagreements have been signed and ten are under The 5 meeting of the Working Table on negotiation. In the meantime, it was possible to Democratisation and Human Rights that took conclude two further agreements (Bosnia-place on 17-18 December in Skopje discussed the Herzegovina and FRY, Albania and Macedonia process of decentralisation and the potential role see article below). The Chairman recalled of local communities in strengthening inter-ethnic commitments made by all countries and invited relations. The role of the civil society in diversity countries facing capacity problems to draw on management and culture of peace and its technical assistance through the Working Group influence on the political processes on the local, on Trade. national and regional level were examined.

    Participants agreed that the WT I should contrib-On the Investment Compact, participants voiced ute to the process that would support the strong support for the work of this initiative. The development of democratic and civic structures at Chairman stressed the importance of IFIs being the local government level and strengthen actual active in working in partnership with the possibilities of citizens to participate in decisions Investment Compact process. The UK, OECD relevant to their local situation. and Stability Pact Office presented a non-paper

    called Strategy for a Common Regional Regarding the Regional Return Initiative for Investment Space in SEE. The objective is to Refugees and Displaced Persons, Chairman give new impetus to some key points covered by Rondos underlined that its implementation will be the Investment Compact. In that regard, it might the most demanding single challenge in the be necessary to have a ministerial level MoU as a coming year. As there have been more than sign of renewed and high level political 100'000 minority returns in 2001 in Bosnia and commitment to reform, complementing the Croatia alone, all donors are requested to original text of the Investment Compact. The UK complement the efforts made by the governments announced that, while remaining a strong concerned. In addition, the Housing Programme supporter of the IC Process, it would step down Development Study for Bosnia Herzegovina, from the co-chairmanship. Chairman Saccomanni Croatia and FR Yugoslavia was presented. This thanked the UK for their important contributions study aims at enhancing construction and and welcomed Austria as the new co-chair. reconstruction activities through more efficient

    use of resources and will explore new partnerships As far as the Social Cohesion Initiative is including the private sector. concerned, the Chairman concluded that it was

    necessary to capture the momentum demonstrated As for Education and Youth, the Chairman con-by several donor countries and international cluded that a well-functioning society will always organisations which have pledged their support to require a focus on young people, praising the the process as well as their financial commitment. valuable work already done in this field. Partici-

    pants welcomed the idea of an enhanced involve-

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ment of civil society actors in education reform Ebert-Stiftung, Moldavian politicians, civil activities and to enable local authorities in SEE to servants and media made good use of familiari-actively participate in educational management. sing themselves with the structures and working The Task Force committed itself to play an active methods of the Pact. Outgoing Stability Pact role in strengthening co-operation between local Co-ordinator Bodo Hombach delivered a keynote governments in education and youth issues. To address to the conference, while paying his first this end, support would be given to information visit to Moldova since its full membership as of exchange and networking between its different 28 June 2001. Other speakers included Nicolae members (government representatives, NGOs, Dudau, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Moldova experts) on a national level and to establishing and Helmut Kurth, Head of the Regional Office of contacts with key actors and associated countries the Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation. in the Enhanced Szeged Process framework.

    The three blocks of the Conference touched upon Implementation of the Media Charter is now on all Stability Pact activities following the order of track. With the Media Strategy for SEE in place, the three Working Tables. The presentations National Working Groups are by now established helped to develop a realistic level of expectations in seven countries. Their primary task is to iden-amongst Moldavian participants, including an tify concrete measures to promote independent idea of the time frame needed to accomplish first and free media. On 19 February, the Media Task results. Participants stressed that the incorpora-Force will determine which proposals should be tion of Moldova in the Pact will act as an accel-presented to donors for financial support. As the erator for social and economic reforms. An im-Pact focuses on regional projects for support, it portant element was the comparison with experi-transpires that the following topics emerge in the ences made in other SP member states of the re-forefront (1) transition from state-owned to public gion. broadcasting; (2) inter-ethnic reconciliation as

    element in TV programmes, and (3) professional training and professional ethics of journalists. Bosnia, Croatia, Yugoslavia - Over

     100’000 Refugee Returns in 2001

    Personnel Issues at SP Offices With approximately 90’000 in Bosnia-

    Herzegovina and 23’000 in Croatia in 2001, the in Brussels number of returning refugees has been at its highest since the Dayton agreement was reached

    Apart from the arrival of a new Special Co-in 1995, as Stability Pact Co-ordinator Erhard

    ordinator, some other changes have taken place Busek stated on the occasion of his meeting with in Brussels. Didier Fau, Director of Working UN High Commissioner Ruud Lubbers in Geneva Table II has left the Pact. His successor as on 30 January 2002. Director is Beate Grzeski, former Executive

    Assistant to Bodo Hombach. The function of In BiH, close to 200’000 members of minority

    Executive Assistant to the new Co-ordinator communities have returned over the past 3 years,

    Erhard Busek is with Vera Maria Budway, who also to extremely difficult areas, such as Srebe-will also act as SECI liaison, whereas Katalin nica or Foca. Good progress has been made in Tünde Huber is the new Personal Assistant of BiH as well as in Croatia to return property to Erhard Busek and in charge of his secretariat. their The Social Cohesion Initiative and DPPI both have former owners. The Croat national action plan permanent executive secretaries within the Stabil-envisages completion of this operation by the end ity Pact office in Brussels: for ISC, it is Patrizia of 2002. Mauro; for DPPI, it is Cvetka Krajic Tomin.

    Against this background, returns are expected

    to remain high or to even increase in 2002. However, close to one million people are still

    displaced in the three countries as a legacy of Moldova gets the feel for the the Croatian and Bosnian wars. Six years after Stability Pact Dayton, some of them still live in collective

    refugee centres. For the time being, we also have

    At an international conference organised on 7-8 to accept that many will not return to their places

    December 2001 by the German NGO Friedrich-of pre-war residence and need support as well.

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    Special Co-ordinator Busek expressed his concern the region-wide efforts in the fight against human that there remains a gap in financial support by trafficking. He pointed out that this was a typical the international community for refugee matters. example of the Pact's role as facilitator, bringing While the three governments have committed a together such important players as SECI or the combined ? 500 Mio in their national budgets, the OSCE with the countries of SEE. The EC international support for reconstruction is representative assured strong support for declining. He called on the donor community to developing closer co-operation. The commitment make the returns sustainable by supporting was signed by ministers and government housing schemes and the creation of employment, representatives of Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, especially through small enterprises. Bulgaria, Croatia, FRY, fYR of Macedonia, Erhard Busek thanked Hans Koschnick, who FRY/Montenegro, Moldova, Romania, Slovenia, ended his term as Chairman of the Stability Pact Turkey and UNMIK. Steering Committee on Refugee Returns, for his The commitment to exchange both strategic tireless efforts to bring these achievements about. and operational information on all aspects of trafficking in human beings and related crimes

    was very much welcomed by neighbouring and nd Regional Stability Pact Parliamentary supporting countries. The 2Ministerial Forum was hosted by the Croatian Troika Ministry of the Interior.

     The OSCE Parliamentary Assembly takes over

    the second rotating Chairmanship from the Euro-Report on Trafficking in Women pean Parliament from 1 January 2002 to 30 June and Children to, through and from 2002. Through its Foreign Affairs Committee, the

    EP gave significant political support to all three the Balkan Region working tables of the Stability Pact. It encou-

    raged all national parliaments and parliamentary In the framework of the Stability Pact Task Force assemblies to create ad hoc Stability Pact on Trafficking in Human Beings, the International structures as an effective means for information Organisation for Migration (IOM) has compiled a sharing. It reiterated its support for SP’s ongoing report on the extent of human trafficking in South initiatives on trade liberalisation, investment and Eastern Europe. infrastructure. Finally, it declared its commitment

    5'887 trafficking victims have been identified in to organise regular parliamentary debates on the

    Western Europe in 2000, of which almost 1'500 fight against organised crime and trafficking of

    originated from the Balkan region, the majority human beings in support of the respective

    from Albania and Moldova. The data as well as Stability Pact initiatives. The Parliamentary

    victim statements suggest that the region is Troika was established in June 2001. It includes

    increasingly used for transit en route to Western the European Parliament and the OSCE and

    Europe. The real figures of this clandestine sex Council of Europe Parliamentary Assemblies.

    business may be ten times higher, cautions Helga Konrad, Chairwoman of the SP Task Force. She

    underlines that trafficking in human beings rates Human Trafficking Regional In-as the fastest growing crime in the Balkans. It has formation Exchange Mechanism become the fastest growing source of income for

    criminal networks and, above all, it is an

    ndabhorrent human rights violation. At the 2 Regional Ministerial Forum, convened

    by the Stability Pact Task Force on Trafficking in The report recommends the further development Human Beings in Zagreb on 27 November 2001, of anti-trafficking policies throughout the Balkan SEE Ministers of the Interior agreed to develop a region and stresses the need to collect and Regional Information Exchange Mechanism, exchange information on human trafficking similar in methodology to that of Europol for the through a regional clearing point in order to European Member States, by using the channels enhance efforts to combat this crime (see above of the SECI Regional Centre in Bucharest and in article). The report was funded by Switzerland co-ordination with Interpol. and the Netherlands. Stability Pact Deputy Special Co-ordinator Don Full report: www.stabilitypact.org/antitraffickingtaskforce Kursch welcomed the additional impetus given to

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     allowing some space to overcome eventual

    constraints. Moldova to join SEEGROUP

    SECI and OECD were newcomers to the group. The Stability Pact is assisting Moldova to become Their contribution and co-operation as well as a a full member of SEEGROUP in the same way as stronger involvement of Moldova in the process it assisted FR Yugoslavia to become a member. were other points of discussion.

    * The Memorandum on Trade Liberalisation and The participation of Moldova is deemed essential

    Facilitation was signed 27 June 2001 in Brussels. also in view of the upcoming Moldavian

    co-chairmanship of WT III in the second half of 2002. SEEGROUP (South East European

    Security Co-operation Steering Group) is a re-Regional Meeting of Social gionally led forum within NATO’s South East Cohesion Initiative in Paris European Initiative (SEEI). It is not a NATO

    body, but is supported by the International Special Co-ordinator Erhard Busek said in his Secretariat of NATO. Currently, Romania is opening address, that a "thorough reform of the chairing SEEGROUP and their senior level meet-social sector in the countries of Southeastern ings are traditionally held in the margins of WT Europe was imperative, if market economies are III. to be introduced and the countries eventually want SEEGROUP objectives include co-ordinating pro-to join the European Union". He also underlined jects relevant to SEEI and the Pact’s WT III. that this Pact initiative is by its very nature SEEGROUP's SEESTUDY (study on compara-complementary to the EU Commission’s tive national security strategies) is one of two Stabilisation and Association process, as the studies that guide the Stability Pact process on social legal framework is part of the EU acquis Security Sector Reform. Another SEEGROUP communautaire. project, The Compendium of Anti Terrorist The Paris meeting on 20-22 January 2002 resulted Measures, compiles data, which is useful for the in a better-defined role for the Initiative and first work of the SP Ad Hoc Group on Counter Terror-achievements could be reported. Financing of ism. social sector reforms can be sustained mainly Apart from the SP, the participants of SEE-from within the countries themselves; the Initia-GROUP are SEE countries, NATO members tive can not be used as a funding mechanism. Its Greece, Italy, Turkey, US and Partnership for main task is awareness raising, the sharing of Peace countries like Austria and Switzerland. know-how and mobilising expertise. The initia-

    tive’s main asset resides in being a unique forum to address issues related to social policy in SEE. Free Trade in SEE takes shape Regarding health policy, progress was made to

    soon renovate and modernise the "Andrija Timetable remains ambitious Stampar" School of Public Health in Zagreb and

    the International Centre for Health Service The SP Trade Working Group, mandated to moni-management in Dubrovnik with a ? 2.8 Mio loan tor the creation of a network of bilateral Free to be provided by the Council of Europe Deve-Trade Agreements* amongst Albania, BIH, lopment Bank. Initial funds were confirmed for Bulgaria, Croatia, Macedonia, Romania and activities related to the control and surveillance of Yugoslavia by the end of 2002, reported good communicable diseases, food safety and nutrition progress. Hosted by the British Department for services. Attention was given to the development International Development (DIFID), the London of mental health. On 7-8 June 2002 Greece will (23-24 January) meeting learnt, that out of a total host a ministerial meeting with a view to establish of 21 agreements, 6 had existed prior to the an Observatory on mental health issues. signing of the MoU, 3 new ones were concluded

    Slovenia accepted to take the lead on the reform since and 7 are under negotiation. The schedule

    of pension legislation in the countries of the agreed to in London proposes that all countries

    region, thereby sharing its own experiences of the engage in negotiations as soon as possible,

    last decade with their neighbours, which have a preferably before April, when the next Trade WG

    similar outset. The work will be undertaken in meeting is due. This would allow concluding all

    line with EU standards and with the participation bilateral FTAs as planned by the end of the year,

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of relevant EC services, ILO and CoE. On a Busek at BAC in Sofia related note, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia and

    Former Yugoslavia committed themselves to a The Business Advisory Council will have its next speedy procedure for an agreement on informa-meeting on 7 February in Sofia. Main items on tion exchange on pension entitlements for the the agenda will be the investment conditions in most vulnerable people, especially refugees. Bulgaria and the project to create a Regional Financed by France, Switzerland and Italy a Investment Space, comprising all countries in Social Dialogue project to strengthen the role of SEE. The new Special Co-ordinator Erhard trade unions, employers’ organisations and related Busek will attend. The BAC meeting will be governmental bodies will begin in April 2002. precluded by a mission of international business The Council of Europe Development Bank, people led by the two co-chairs of the BAC, Man-Council of Europe and the UN specialised agency fred Nussbaumer (Germany) and Yves-Thibault HABITAT, are determined to create a financial de Silguy (France). More than 70 and legislative framework for the creation of a business people from Europe and the US are functioning housing market in SEE countries. expected to take part in this event, which will be Regional experts are scheduled to meet in Bel-opened by the Bulgarian Prime Minister. grade on 25-26 February and a ministerial meet- ing is tentatively scheduled for November 2002.

    The Initiative for Social Cohesion was consoli-2? Years of Stability Pact: dated in April 2001 and is co-chaired by France

    Lessons and and Yugoslavia. It focuses on five sectors,

    namely health policy, social protection, social dia-Policy Recommendations logue, vocational training and labour market and

     housing policy. All its efforts to modernise the

    social sector of SEE countries are undertaken in In his last address to the General Affairs Council line with European and International standards. on 11 December 2001, outgoing Special

     Co-ordinator Bodo Hombach presented an

    assessment on the role of the Stability Pact in

    its first phase of existence. The document sent Preparation of Sava International to EU Foreign Ministers lists ten conclusions and River Treaty recommendations. It also has a detailed annex of

    the Stability Pact's major achievements.

    The 23 page document can be found in full at: The great political and economic changes that

    have taken place in the four countries of the Sava http://www.stabilitypact.org/stabilitypactcgi/catalog/view_file. cgi?prod_id=5735&prop_unit=file basin (Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Slovenia and

    Federal Republic of Yugoslavia) after the split of

    former Yugoslavia has called the attention of the Stability Pact towards promoting a co-ordinated

    effort for defining, promoting and organising the Fighting Bushfires

    best usage of the Sava waterway and related Exercise in Croatia resources. A priority is the reestablishment and

    development of navigation on the Sava and its An international bushfire fighting exercise main tributaries Drina and Una. labelled “Taming the Dragon – Dalmatia 2002” A Letter of Intent was signed in Sarajevo by the and jointly organised by the Croatian Ministry of four countries, 29 November 2001. It established the Interior and NATO will be another focal point two Working Groups which are tasked to prepare of DPPI activities in the months to come. Seven an International Treaty on the Sava River and a Stability Pact countries are expected to 5-Year Action Plan. Both Working Groups will participate; the aim is to improve response in case be convened for the first time in Brcko on 22 of massive bushfires. The Main Planning February 2002. Conference will be held in Split (Croatia) on 29 to

    31 January 2002.

    As part of the Pact’s DPPI, a UN – Civil Military

    Co-ordination Course will be held in Slovenia

    26 to 31 May 2002 for up to two country

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representatives of SEE. The Course is hosted by and policy makers who are involved in revising the Slovenian Ministry of Defence in co-operation their respective legislation. It is also a useful with the UN Office for the Co-ordination of source of information for lobbying purposes, for Humanitarian Affairs. The aim of this pro-instance for NGOs. For further information: gramme is to improve the effective use of military www.osce.org/odihr/democratization/trafficking/ and civil defence resources in international relief operations.

     MAI-initiative links up with EU

    Commission and Stabilisation and New Permanent Secretariat for Association Process Disaster Prevention

    The Vienna based Support Unit of the Migration After a solid network amongst disaster and crisis and Asylum Initiative (MAI) is moving fast to management authorities in the countries of SEE make Europe-wide knowledge available to the and international organisations has been five countries of the Stabilisation and Association established during its initial phase, the Disaster Process (Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Preparedness and Prevention Initiative DPPI has FYR Macedonia, Yugoslavia). Typically, each of now received a permanent secretariat. The the five countries is benefiting from a twinning Executive Secretary is Cvetka Krajic Tomin program run by one or two Western European (Slovenia) who has many years of experience in governments, one or two EU Accession countries disaster management. The post, located at the SP and one SAP country. This process ensures offices in Brussels, is funded by Norway, a maximum of know-how transfer, training, Switzerland and the U.S. capacity building and compatibility with EU and

    international legal standards and best practice. At As several projects benefiting regional prepared-

    a combined meeting 21 January 2001 in Vienna, ness for natural and other disasters or accidents

    with cross-border effects have been developed, the EC Commission joined the process with a the next working meeting in Budapest on 11-13 view to potentially making MAI an element of the March 2002 will be of particular importance. It is CARDS program, thereby securing the long-term hoped that donors can be found to enable the funding of the whole project. The Vienna

    meeting also provided the first opportunity for the implementation of these projects. The agenda for

    Lead Countries to share their approach for the meeting, which will be hosted by the

    developing National Action Plans for each of the Hungarian Ministry of the Interior, will be posted

    five SAP-countries. on the SP web page as it becomes available.

     The EU Commission stressed that the initiative

    was very promising, since the Stability Pact will

    foster regional co-operation amongst the five How to revise Anti-Trafficking

    countries. It was decided to hold regular meetings Legislation in this format, organised by the Support Unit (next

    planned meeting in May 2002). A detailed report In the framework of the Stability Pact Task Force is under preparation and will be put on the SP Trafficking in Human Beings, OSCE-ODIHR has website. compiled a "Reference Guide for Anti-Trafficking

    Legislative Review". This tool is intended for law

    New Working Table Co-Chairs 2002

    The beginning of 2002 puts Turkey in charge of co-chairing Working Table I,

    Bulgaria for Working Table II and Romania for Working Table III.

    The dates for the semestrial meetings of the Working Tables have not yet been set.

    They are tentatively scheduled for May and June in the respective capitals.

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A handover from outgoing WT III co-chair Hungary to Romania took place in

    Bucharest on 29 January 2002.

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    Outgoing Special Co-ordinator, Bodo Hombach, visited:

    th Bulgaria where he attended the 4 Euro- Romania, on 2 and 3 December, where he at-thAtlantic Conference “Bridging gaps in financ-tended the 9 Meeting of the OSCE Ministerial ing infrastructure” and met Mr. Passy, Minister Council and met Mr. Adrian Nastase, Prime for Foreign Affairs, on 16 and 17 October. He Minister, H.H. Daniel, Metropolite of Moldova also visited the Stability Pact project “Reset-and Bucovina and representatives of the

    Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Iasi; tlement Program for Redundant Military ser-

    vicemen” at the Resource Centre Foundation; Moldova, from 4 until 7 December, for mee-

    tings with Mr. Vladimir Voronin, President, Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, on 18 and

    Mr. Vasile Tarlev, Prime Minister, Mr. Nico-19 October, for meetings with Mr. Miroljub

    lae Dudau, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Labus, Vice President of the Federal govern-

    Mr. Victor Topa, Minister of Transport and ment, Mr. Zoran Djindjic, Prime Minister of

    Communications and Mr. Andrei Neguta, Serbia, Mr. Goran Pitic, Minister of Interna-

    Chairman of the Commission for Foreign tional Economic Relations of Serbia, Mr.

    Bozidar Djelic, Minister of Finance of Serbia; Relations of the Parliament. He also attended

    the conference “Participation of Moldova in Italy where he attended the CEI Summit and the Stability Pact as an accelerator of social met Mr. Zeman, Prime Minister of the Czech and economic reforms”, organised by the Frie-Republic, on 22 and 23 November; drich-Ebert-Foundation and the Moldavian

    Foreign Ministry.

    The new Special Co-ordinator, Erhard Busek, visited:

     Denchev, Chief Co-ordinator of the Bulgarian Bulgaria, on 15 January, where he met with

    Business Club “Vazrajdane”, Mr. Georgi Ta-President elect H.E. Georgi Parvanov, PM

    bakov, President of the Economic Forum as Simeon Saxecoburggotski and FM Solomon

    well as with Mr. Velichko Alexandrov, SP Passy; with Nadezhda Mihalova, Leader of the

    BAC. Furthermore, the SC was honoured by UDF in Bulgarian Parliament; Amb. Petco

    President Petar Stoyanov in a Decoration Draganov, Deputy Minister for Foreign

    Ceremony by the “Stara Planina”-award for his Affairs; Mr. Bojidar Danev, Chairman of the

    achievements in the framework of SECI. Bulgarian Industrialists Association,

    Amb. Ivan Stancioff (SECI-BAC), Mr. Stoyan

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