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
RCC Secretary General meets U.S. State Department officials
The state of play in regional cooperation and future RCC activities discussed at regular annual meetings in Washington D.C.
Sarajevo/Washington – Interventions of Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) in regional cooperation in South East Europe (SEE), with special emphasis on areas of governance, rule of law and security were discussed at the series of regular annual meetings of the organisation's Secretary General, Goran Svilanovic, with officials of the U.S. State Department in Washington D.C in the past three days.
During his U.S visit Secretary General Svilanovic met with Hoyt Brian Yee, Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian affairs; Raffi Gregorian, Director of Counterterrorism Multilateral Affairs; Matthew Palmer, Director of the Balkans Office; and other officials.
SEE 2020 implementation: a full liberalization of trade in goods in South east Europe achieved
Svilanovic informed his counterparts about progress achieved in promoting regional cooperation, specifically in implementation of the SEE growth Strategy SEE 2020 as well as of the future interventions envisaged by the organisation's three-year Strategy and Work Programme 2017-2019.
Mentioning progress in implementation of SEE 2020 Svilanovic highlighted results achieved: a full liberalization of trade in goods; a regional roadmap for promoting labour mobility in the Western Balkans; agreement on starting the process of negotiating mutual recognition of qualifications, to mention just a few.
RCC advances with the Regional Platform for Countering Radicalization and Violent Extremism Leading to Terrorism and Foreign Terrorist Fighters in SEE
Noting areas in which RCC continues to invest increased efforts to advance regional cooperation Secretary General stressed the activities in the regional fight against corruption, justice, fight against serious and organised crime, security cooperation/foreign terrorist fighters, cooperation with the civil society and Prevention/Countering Violent Extremism leading to Terrorism and Foreign Terrorist Fighters.
„As the RCC was recognized as an important player in addressing common challenges in the region, and radicalisation and violent extremism being one of them, as tasked by the South East European Cooperation Process (SEECP) Ministers, we undertook concrete steps towards countering this challenge and developed the Regional Platform for Countering Radicalization and Violent Extremism Leading to Terrorism and Foreign Terrorist Fighters in SEE (SEE CVE-FTF Platform), implementation of which is well underway”, said Svilanovic.
The meetings also covered issues pertaining to the overall stability, the EU and Euro-Atlantic integration process as well as developments in dealing with bilateral disputes in the region.
Svilanovic expressed his gratitude for the political and financial support of the United States as an important participant in the RCC Board by which they are reaffirming their contribution to promote stability, democracy and overall progress in SEE.
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