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Multi-annual Action Plan for a Regional Economic Area in the Western Balkans - MAP

Multi-annual Action Plan for a Regional Economic Area in the Western Balkans - MAP

MAP – a driver of economic growth of the region, focusing on trade, investment, mobility and digital integration


 

The leaders of Western Balkans Six (WB6) endorsed the Multi-annual Action Plan on Regional Economic Area in the Western Balkans Six (MAP), at the Berlin-process summit held on 12 July 2017 in Trieste.

The MAP, whose development was coordinated by the RCC upon request of the WB6 Leaders and supported by the European Commission (EC), aims to enable unobstructed flow of goods, services, capital and highly skilled labour; making the region more attractive for investment and trade; and accelerating convergence with the EU, thus bringing prosperity to Western Balkans citizens.

Achieved Deliverables Next key actions
TRADE
  • CEFTA Additional Protocol 5 on trade facilitation entered into force
  • Launching of negotiations on trade dispute settlement mechanism agreed
  • CEFTA Trade Statistics portal launched
  • Complete ratification process of Additional Protocol 5 and advance with implementation
  • Populate CEFTA Statistical Portal
  • Adopt Additional Protocol 6 on liberalization of trade in services
  • Advance with negotiations on trade dispute settlement mechanism
INVESTMENT
  • Regional Investment Reform Agenda (RIRA) endorsed
  • Online Investment Platform for joint regional investment promotion launched
  • Regional programme for diversification of capital markets developed
  • Implement RIRA through individual-economy action plans
  • Reach out to private sector regarding RIRA promotion
  • Propose potential instrument for RIRA implementation
  • Develop regional strategy on capital markets
MOBILITY
  • Agreement to open negotiations on Mutual Recognition of Professional Qualifications (MRA) for selected professions reached
  • Principles for the Model of Automatic Recognition of Academic Qualifications in WB6 endorsed
  • Joint Exercise on Recognition of Academic Qualifications in implementation
  • Advance with negotiations on MRA on Professional Qualifications
  • Agree on a model for Recognition of Academic Qualifications
  • Launch Joint Information System to facilitate Recognition of Academic Qualifications
  • Complete Joint exercise on Recognition of Academic Qualifications
DIGITAL INTEGRATION
  • Digital Agenda for Western Balkans launched
  • Structured High-level regional political dialogue on digital transformation of WB established
  • Agreement reached to continue the processes of lowering the roaming costs for the full coverage of consumers  intra WB and in WB-EU
  • Maintain high-level regional dialogue on digital transformation of WB
  • Organize WB Digital Summit 2019
  • Lower roaming costs for full coverage of WB6 consumers and implement WB-EU Roaming Roadmap
  • Advance implementation of WB Digital Agenda

MORE INFORMATIONon deliverables and future actions


The MAP actions are designed to help the private sector reap the economies of scale of an almost 20-million market, and to refocus the growth model towards more indigenous, long-term driven growth. The actions are focused on:

  • promotion of further trade integration;
  • introduction of a dynamic regional investment space;
  • facilitation of regional mobility;
  • creation of a digital integration agenda

Since spring 2017, MAP has become the main focus of the RCC’s activities, which are complementary to the SEE 2020 Strategy. The MAP specifically focuses on trade, investment, mobility and digital integration that are equally important as a step closer to the EU and as a driver of economic growth of the region. Delivering on MAP measures can address the fragmentation of our region’s markets; make our region more open to trade and investments; strengthen our research and innovation base and digitalize our societies and businesses. It can also assist our region in meeting the economic criteria for EU membership.

The implementation of activities detailed in the MAP lies within the realm of responsibility of the National Authorities (NAs), with the support of the regional and international organisations active in the specific policy areas and under the guidance of MAP Coordinators.

One year after Trieste, work in progress

The coordination mechanisms for MAP are established in each WB6 economy, with the appointments of MAP Coordinators and Component Contact Points finalised. In addition to the internal mechanism, designated persons for each component from CEFTA and RCC Secretariats and DG NEAR of the European Commission are appointed to facilitate the coordination of work. As defined by the Guidelines on Governance, Coordination and Reporting for MAP, the role of the RCC is to coordinate MAP implementation jointly with CEFTA Secretariat and to monitor MAP implementation process, regularly informing PMs’ Sherpas and reporting to the Annual Western Balkans Summits on the progress made.

The principle of ‘all-inclusiveness’ is promoted in all structures involved in the coordination and monitoring of activities within the MAP. The RCC will work to mobilize and unite the efforts of the entire regional “architecture”, including the existing structures from private sector and regional initiatives, to facilitate the implementation of MAP measures.

Regular meetings of the MAP Coordinators (31 October 2017 and 30 January 2018) and MAP CCPs (12 March 2018 and 15 May 2018) offer the opportunity to review the progress on the MAP measures, discuss future activities and deliverables, and elaborate coordination and horizontal aspects for MAP implementation.

The Stock Taking and Needs Assessment Report is finalized and identifies the major policy gaps and needs, including assistance through bilateral or regional projects, and proposes a set of measures needed to overcome them with a view of effective and timely implementation of the MAP as a whole. The report is prepared by RCC in cooperation with the CEFTA Secretariat following a process of self-identification of needs and validation through consultations in all WB economies. Moreover, the main findings and needs were presented during the Fourth Meeting on Donor Coordination held on 13 March 2018.

The MAP Annual report is prepared by the RCC and CEFTA Secretariats highlighting the key developments at regional level and at the level of each economy one year after Trieste Summit. The report enables a snapshot of the progress across all components, proposing next steps and deliverables. Progress on MAP was also reviewed at the Economy Ministers’ Meeting of the London Western Balkans Summit, held on 4 July. Economy fiches are prepared providing progress across all components and proposed next steps for each economy.

Chair’s Conclusions of the Heads’ meeting of the London Western Balkans Summit, 10 July 2018

 

Annual Report on Implementation of the Multi-Annual Action Plan for a Regional Economic Area (MAP REA) in Western Balkan Six (WB6)

Annual Report on Implementation of the Multi-Annual Action Plan for a Regional Economic Area (MAP REA) in Western Balkan Six (WB6)
report | 03 JUL 2018

The Multi-annual Action Plan (MAP) for a Regional Economic Area (REA) in the Western Balkans Six (WB6), endorsed at the Trieste Summit of 12 July 2017, puts forward a strategic joint agenda for the Western Balkan economies to further regional economic cooperation with a view to unleash the potentials for growth, create conditions for better, transparent and predictable investment climate and improve the overall economic competitiveness of the WB6 economies. The actions introduced in the MAP REA are expected to be implemented until 2020, with some extensions until 2023, focusing on four key components: Trade, Investment, Mobility and Digital Integration.

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MAP Stocktaking and Needs Assessment Report

MAP Stocktaking and Needs Assessment Report
report | 19 JUN 2018

The overall aim of the Multi-Annual Action Plan (MAP) Stocktaking and Needs Assessment Report is to take stock of the measures and resources needed to implement the key objectives set out in the MAP and recommend future actions, both at economy and regional level. The report identifies the major policy gaps and needs, including assistance through bilateral or regional projects, and proposes a set of measures needed to overcome them with a view to effective and timely implementation of the MAP as a whole.

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THE RCC POINT OF CONTACT FOR MAP IMPLEMENTATION

Pranvera Kastrati

Maja Handjiska Trendafilova
Head of SEE 2020 Strategy Coordination Unit
SEE 2020 and Regional Economic Area (REA)
Coordinator

Tel: +387 33 561 719
Fax: +387 33 561 701
E-mail: maja.handjiska-trendafilova@rcc.int

Pranvera Kastrati

Pranvera Kastrati
Senior Expert on Economic and
Digital Connectivity

Tel: +387 33 561 722
Fax: +387 33 561 701
E-mail: pranvera.kastrati@rcc.int