The SEE 2020 strategy targets deeper regional trade and investment linkages to support and export-led and FDI-driven type of growth in South East Europe trough policy efforts in its key dimensions.
South East Europe is committed to advancing from state of low activity and high social exclusion to a situation where benefits of growth are shared by all by undertaking concrete joint actions in employment and health.
South East Europe has the potential to build a new competitive edge, driven by knowledge and innovation and based on its human capital, which, together with innovative entrepreneurship shape the foundations, grounded on modern information and communications technologies, for advancement of creative industries.
Sustainable and accessible transport and energy infrastructure lead to a competitive economic base and a resource efficient economy.
Public governance is a key cross-cutting issue in the agenda of SEE 2020. The strategy sets ambitious targets for public governance from setting up transparent, well functioning and efficient administrations to the containment of corruption and major progress in instituting the rule of law.
The Regional Cooperation Council promotes mutual cooperation and European and Euro-Atlantic integration of South East Europe in order to inspire development in the region to benefit its people
Regional Cooperation Day ends in Brussels
The Regional Cooperation Day concluded in Brussels with closing remarks by Igor Luksic, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Montenegro, MEP Andrej Plenkovic, Vice Chair of the Committee on Foreign Affairs and Andreas Brandstaetter from the Austrian Foreign Ministry.
Two panel discussions in the afternoon dealt with enlargement, economic growth and governance as well as enlargement and connectivity and links to the Berlin Process and the Vienna summit in August this year. The full list of speakers can be found at the Programme of the event.
Earlier, the High Level Conference on cooperation and enlargement in the Western Balkans started with Albanian Foreign Minister Ditmir Bushati, the EU Commissioner for European Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations, Johannes Hahn, the Head of the Representation of the State of Baden-Württemberg, Johannes Jung and the RCC Secretary General Goran Svilanovic.
The audience heard that the Western Balkans must do more to close the gaps between its ambitions and its current capacities; that further development of regional cooperation is a priority for the region itself and the European Union as well and that connectivity is one of key drivers for growth and jobs in SEE. The speakers also agreed that the Western Balkans have seen significant progress, but that much work needs to be done on the road to EU accession. What was also clear was strong political support for the enlargement process despite or even because of all the problems that it is facing.
Prior to the High Level Conference, the RCC, the European Fund for the Balkans and the Representation of the State of Baden-Württemberg – the three organisers of the Regional Cooperation Day - presented a mini concert by three Balkan Ethno Music divas: Bilja Krstic, Amira Medunjanin and Tamara Obrovac – Les Femmes des Balkans.
The Regional Cooperation day kicked off at noon with the first public presentation of the Balkan Barometer (BB). The BB is a comprehensive survey encompassing public and business opinion and sentiment on crucial economic and development issues. It is a part of an RCC’s ”toolbox” in tracking the progress of the South East Europe 2020 Strategy (SEE 2020). The Balkan Barometer 2015 can be accessed on RCC website http://www.rcc.int/seeds/results/2/balkan-opinion-barometar, and http://www.rcc.int/seeds/results/3/balkan-business-barometar.
The Regional Cooperation Day is a joint effort of the RCC the Representation of the State of Baden-Württemberg to the EU and the European Fund for the Balkans.
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