Conference ‘New Skills for New Jobs in the Western Balkans?’

12-13 July 2012

Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

The conference focused on sharing knowledge, experience and good practices from the region in terms of skills gap analysis, and discussed ways for improved evidence-based policy making in this area. In light of the EU accession aspirations of the Western Balkan countries and the EU social agenda, the conference also discussed concrete steps for establishing a long-term vision of social development accompanied by tangible regional headline targets and indicators, as part of a broad social development agenda for the Western Balkan countries.

The event, which brought together representatives of ministries in charge of employment and social policies, social partners, researchers and international organizations, was co-organized by the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretariat and the Friedrich Ebert Foundation.



The views expressed in the presentations below belong solely to the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Regional Cooperation Council and its Secretariat. The RCC Secretariat is not responsible for the content of the presentations.

  • Lizzi Feiler, Labour Market Specialist, European Training Foundation (ETF)
  • Lejla Tanovic, National Coordinator, International Labor Organization, Office in Sarajevo (ILO)
  • Kathrin Höckel, Policy Analyst – Skills Strategy, Indicators and Analysis Division, Directorate for Education, Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
  • Almedina Music, Consultant – OECD Investment Compact for South East Europe, Private Sector Development Division, Directorate for Financial and Enterprise Affairs, Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
  • Will Bartlett, Research Fellow, London School of Economics (LSEE)
  • Teo Matkovic, Social Cohesion Research Network, London School of Economics (LSEE)
  • Nand Shani, Expert on Economic and Social Development, Regional Cooperation Council (RCC)