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
Very important part of Regional Cooperation Council’s (RCC) Strategy and Work Programme 2014-2016 (SWP) is devoted to Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) cooperation in the South East Europe (SEE), recognising its importance in the European Union (EU) enlargement process. Fighting serious and organised crime is one of the areas for which RCC SWP 2014-2016 envisages assistance to the SEE governments in meeting the EU accession criteria through the regional cooperation.
Fighting organised crime and corruption is fundamental to countering criminal infiltration. There is also a need to put in place stronger frameworks for tackling corruption and organised crime, which remain a serious concern in many enlargement countries. Efforts are needed to ensure a sustained track record of substantial results in this field based on efficient, effective and unbiased investigation, prosecution and court rulings in cases at all levels, including high level corruption.
One of the cornerstones of successful tackling of serious and organised crime, which should be based on a systematic and successful investigation and prosecution, includes ensuring a consistent follow-up in the form of financial investigation, including asset recovery. As the relevance of the Western Balkan region for the EU remains high, being a region of source as well as origin, this is also reflected in the priorities and planned actions of the EU Policy Cycle 2014-2017.
Existing initiatives, organizations and EU agencies such as EUROPOL (EU Law Enforcement Agency), CEPOL (European Police College), Secretariat of Police Cooperation Convention for Southeast Europe (PCC-SEE Secretariat), Southeast Europe Police Chiefs Association (SEPCA), Southeast European Law Enforcement Centre (SELEC) and Southeast European Prosecutors Advisory Group (SEEPAG) and the Western Balkans Prosecutor Network together with national administrations should have an important role in regional cooperation.
Balkan Barometer 2016: Public Opinion Survey