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
German MPs: Regional Cooperation Council has to be strengthened
Members of the German Parliament (Bundestag) from the Social Democratic Party (SDP) have said that the role of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) and the Central European Free Trade Agreement (CEFTA) have to be strengthened. This was presented in a document titled ‘Consolidating the European Idea in the Western Balkans’ which was presented also at a Conference of the same name, held in Belgrade and organised by the Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation and the Belgrade Fund for Political Excellence.
The German parliamentarians said they believe that Western Balkans economies have to be interlinked in a better way both between them and with the EU. Key elements for this are the road, rail and air transport connections as well as waterways and energy supplies. Achieving this is a joint task for the economies of the Western Balkans and the EU. The document prepared by the SDP parliamentarians says that “Appropriate financing models have to be developed in cooperation with the EU, international financial institutions, and donors”. Promotion of investments to facilitate this process is particularly important.
They warned that the region is made up of small market for which greater cooperation is of an existential importance. Therefore, the Parliamentarians state that the role of the RCC and CEFTA has to be strengthened. Also important is the promotion of innovations, i.e. to advance regional cooperation in the area of education and science. They also advocated more attention to the role of small and medium enterprises. More info on this Conference and its conclusions is available in the media:
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