Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council
Goran Svilanovic took office as the Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council on 1 January 2013, following the appointment by the South-East European Cooperation Process (SEECP) Foreign Ministers in Belgrade on 14 June 2012.
A Serbian diplomat and politician, he previously served as coordinator of the OSCE Economic and Environmental Activities (2008-2012). As a head of the Second dimension of OSCE, he was designing activities of 56 participating states of OSCE in the area of energy cooperation, economy and environment and security. During 2011 and 2012 he was presiding Management Board of Environment and Security Initiative (ENVSEC), bringing together OSCE, UNECE, UNDP, UNEP, REC and NATO.
In November 2004, he became Chairman of the Working Table I (democratization and human rights) of the Stability Pact for South Eastern Europe, where he served until the end of 2007. He was a member of the Senior Review Group of the Stability Pact, which proposed the transformation of the Stability Pact into the Regional Cooperation Council.
From 2000-2004, Mr. Svilanovic was a Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, which was renamed to Serbia and Montenegro in 2003. Between 2000 and 2007, he was a Member of Parliament.
With Ph.D. from the Union University in Belgrade, Master and undergraduate law degrees from the University of Belgrade, Mr. Svilanovic has also studied at the Institute for Human Rights in Strasbourg, France, the University of Saarland in Germany, and the European University Center for Peace Studies in Staadtschlaining in Austria.
Mr. Svilanovic has worked with a number of organizations and committees, such as the Centre for Antiwar Action (1995-1999), the International Commission on the Balkans (2004-2006) and the Belgrade Centre for Human Rights (2007-2008). Since 2008, Mr. Svilanovic has been Assistant Professor of Law at Union University in Belgrade