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
Svilanovic: We should turn to regional economic integration of the Western Balkans
MUNICH/SARAJEVO – Perspectives of the South East European economies’ reform processes in light of the current dilemma whether or not they should be continued against the European Union accession background, was the topic elaborately discussed at the BMW Foundation Global Dialogue session held in Munich today.
Goran Svilanovic, Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC), addressed the issue of regional reform paralysis underlining the critical need for the EU to find a way to include Western Balkans in its vision for the future, with greater engagement in solving outstanding issues that hinder the progress.
“The EU, if brought up as an idea beyond political narrative, could bring very positive influence, involving measures, which might be considered within the Berlin process, leading towards the regional economic integration of the Western Balkans. This reform stalemate could be broken by steps towards single labour market in the Western Balkans, allowing for free movement of labour, single information space when it comes to the ICT interoperability, single investment area, and liberalisation of trade in services to correspond to already fully liberalised regional trade.”
Svilanovic further explained that in that regard the ‘one region-one economy policy’ for the Western Balkans could become a welcomed novice if accompanied by more frequent interactions between the region’s line ministers and their EU colleagues and institutions.
The RCC Secretary General shared his experience and expertise in development of reform policies and transitional cooperation in the Western Balkans at the panel “Ending Reform Paralysis in the European Neighbourhood – with or without the EU” organised by the BMW Foundation onset of the 53rd Munich Security Conference.
Besides Svilanovic, panellists included Frans Timmermans, First Vice-President of the European Commission, Carl Bildt, Co-Chair of the European Council on Foreign Relations and Former Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Sweden, and Eka Tkeshelashvili, President of the Georgian Institute for Strategic Studies, former Vice-Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Georgia, with Michael Schaefer, Chairman of the BMW Foundation Board as a moderator.
Svilanovic is to take part at the Munich Security Conference later today. More information on this event is available at: http://www.securityconference.de/en/
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