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
YEAR 2014 TO BE MARKED WITH BEGINNING OF SEE 2020 STRATEGY IMPLEMENTATION, by Gazmend Turdiu, Head of Expert Pool, RCC Secretariat
This is the last edition of the Regional Cooperation Council’s (RCC) newsletter. It does not just mark the forthcoming upgrade of RCC’s public relations and communication channels, but it also corresponds with a significant advance in our regional cooperation: the Ministerial Conference of the South East Europe Investment Committee (SEEIC), held on 21 November 2013 in Sarajevo, endorsed the South East Europe 2020 strategy (SEE 2020) “Jobs and Prosperity in a European Perspective”. From now on, cooperation in South East Europe (SEE) will be based upon clearly defined objectives and measurable targets. It will be focused on areas of the highest potential for joint action and result, as well as properly coordinated by agreed mechanisms that will follow its implementation and monitor the delivery of results.
Against this background, the RCC Secretariat is taking on a new role, and new responsibilities. Peace, stability and reconciliation used to be the number one priority at the time of RCC’s inception. As a consequence, the key RCC goal was to build confidence through regional cooperation. At present, while those matters still remain part of our agenda, the priority has shifted to promoting economic development, job creation and competitiveness.
Two years ago, the RCC was tasked to coordinate the drafting of a regional strategy that, through a regional concerted action, would push forward the European Union (EU) integration agenda of the candidate and potential candidate countries. The RCC has delivered. The SEE 2020 strategy is the result of intense consultations with over 1,500 representatives of the governments, private sector and civil society organizations.
As the very title of the SEE 2020 suggests - “Jobs and Prosperity in a European Perspective” - the strategy aims at narrowing the existing differences between the economies of the enlargement countries and the EU average, so that the candidates and potential candidates to the EU be better prepared to face the challenges of the accession process. In order to address the core challenges our region is facing, SEE 2020 has been based on these five pillars:
The paperwork is done. The implementation of the strategy is about to begin.
As the implementation of the strategy is to happen at national level, the next step undertaken by the RCC is to assist the translation of the strategic document into national action plans. This has already started with Albania and Bosnia Herzegovina, to be followed with the remaining Western Balkan economies.
Tasked by our stakeholders to coordinate joint efforts at regional level, assist implementation of SEE 2020 at national level, and monitor and report the progress achieved, the RCC Secretariat will be the catalyst of those processes that should generate growth and employment in our region, and that should also bring the candidate and potential candidate countries of the region closer to the EU.
Gazmend Turdiu, an Albanian national, has joined the Regional
Cooperation Council’s Secretariat in September 2013 as Head of Expert Pool.
Prior to that, Turdiu served many years at the Ministry
of Foreign Affairs of his home country at various positions
including Secretary General, Director General for Legal,
International and Consular Affairs, and Ambassador of Albania to the Federal
Republic of Germany, Swiss Confederation and Principality of Liechtenstein; Director
of Department for Economic Cooperation at the Ministry of Economic Cooperation
and Trade; and Diplomatic Advisor to the Minister of
Defence. He holds a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Tirana,