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 takes part in EU-Western Balkans ministerial meeting
Hido Biscevic, Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC), took part in the ministerial meeting EU-Western Balkans: Western Balkans Forum, held in Luxembourg yesterday.
Ahead of the next week’s RCC Annual Meeting, as well as ministerial and summit meetings of the South-East European Cooperation Process (SEECP), Secretary General Biscevic gave an overview of the state of cooperation in the region.
He stressed the importance of dialogue, reconciliation and rapprochement for the overall advancement of South East Europe.
“The rapprochement process should be as inclusive as possible, involving wide social groups, such as parliamentarians, civil society and the media, in order for it to be irreversible. The upcoming conclusion of accession talks with Croatia should serve as an impetus for the region to continue with necessary reforms and take up a historical responsibility to solve the remaining open issues in South East Europe, given the changes on the international agenda.”
The Secretary General underlined that the RCC continues with a robust implementation of its Strategy and Work Programme 2011-2013, with tangible progress already visible in justice and home affairs, security and economic cooperation, building human capital, etc.
“We need to strengthen awareness among the countries of the region of a need to cooperate more closely on large regional projects, such as railways reconstruction and similar trans-national projects”, concluded Biscevic.
The meeting was a part of continuous efforts of the EU to keep the enlargement countries of the Western Balkans closely in focus as they strive to meet requirements of the accession process. That point was underlined by the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and European Commission Vice-President, Catharine Ashton, who chaired the meeting, as European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy, Štefan Füle, gave an overview of the current track record of each aspiring country. The meeting was attended by a number of EU ministers of foreign affairs, ministers from the region, European External Action Service Managing Director for Europe and Central Asia, Miroslav Lajčák, the High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina, Valentine Inzko, and representatives of various international organizations.
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