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
Education and Innovation is a part of the Smart Growth pillar of the SEE 2020 Strategy that needs to be fostered in the framework of a “knowledge-based economy” – an economy founded on the production, distribution and use of knowledge and information. The central objective of the Smart Growth pillar is to promote innovation and foster knowledge-driven growth in the region.
Several building blocks are needed for this transformation of the regional economies: investment in research and innovation, knowledge and information infrastructures, education, training, support to creative industries and new managerial work structures pivotal in encouraging smart growth.
To achieve these targets, SEE countries have identified key priority actions that they have committed to undertake in four main policy areas (dimensions).
Dimensions and Actions:
1. Research & Development and Innovation
SEE countries need to invest more and better in research and innovation, prioritizing investments and contributing to a “smart specialization’ of the region. This implies advancing institutional and policy reforms and undertaking strategic investments in four areas:
Dimension coordinator: WISE (currently being formalized)
2. Education and Competences
Education and Competences aims at increasing the share of highly skilled people in the region by improving regional knowledge and skills base. It sets specific objectives in two main domains:
Dimension coordinator: Education Reform Initiative of South Eastern Europe (ERI SEE)
3. Digital Society
The overall objective of the dimension ‘Digital Society’ is to further enhance the cooperation on economic and social development in South Eastern Europe and reap the full potential of the Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) to spur innovation, economic growth, regional competitiveness and improved quality of life. Priorities and corresponding actions are a continuation of the e-SEE Agenda and e-SEE Agenda+.:
Dimension coordinator: eSEE Initiative
4. Cultural and Creative Sectors
This dimension is also supportive to the other three dimensions: creativity has to be understood as an input into all dimensions of smart growth. The SEE 2020 Strategy will support the cultural and creative sectors, enabling them to increase their contribution to gross domestic product (GDP) and employment. Due to the complexity of the field, focussing on a small number of priority sectors and actions is of crucial importance.
Dimension coordinator: Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Task Force on Culture and Society (TFCS)
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