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
Good Governance is a part of the Governance for Growth pillar of the SEE 2020 Strategy and is a key cross-cutting issue in its agenda, as a prerequisite for the achievement of the Strategy’s objectives and for the effective implementation of the Strategy’s policy measures and instruments across all pillars.
Regional cooperation in this whole area is important in terms of mutual learning and the adoption of best practice, but even more so in terms of long-term stability. Integrated, smart, sustainable growth requires regional institutional harmonisation, regulatory arbitrage, and policy cooperation and coordination.
These indicators are based on six dimensions of governance, not all of which are covered by the SEE 2020 Strategy.
Dimensions and Actions:
1. Effective public services
Efficient and effective public administration is crucial in improving governance through more stable institutions and in implementing the anti-corruption agenda. One of the main aspects of the reform should be a transformation of the “traditional” administration into a citizen-oriented one, which would be aligned with citizens and clients´ needs and requirements.
Besides professionalization, democratization and modernization, one of the elements of the Strategy is decentralisation, especially the application of the subsidiarity principle, which allocates responsibility and capacity to the level of government that is best placed to use them. This should result in the enhanced provision of local public goods and more equal regional development.
Dimension coordinator(s): Regional School for Public Administration (ReSPA), and Network of Associations of Local Authorities of South-East Europe (NALAS)
The overall objective of this dimension is to formulate coordinated regional measures that seek to reduce corruption in public administration, so as to improve government effectiveness, enhance the business environment and support the implementation of the other pillars. The need to counter corruption is essential to the broad goal of promoting growth, since corruption is a major deterrent to investment.
Dimension coordinator: Regional Anticorruption Initiative (RAI)
This dimension focuses its activities on achieving a significant improvement in the functioning of the judicial system in SEE. An independent, efficient and accountable judiciary is a sine qua non precondition for the rule of law, democracy and human rights development, for which reason Chapter 23 of the European Union acquis communautaire requires the establishment of an independent, efficient and accountable judiciary.
Ministries of justice need to enhance their capacity by improving their structure and internal management, in order to achieve more efficient workflow processes and results.
Efficiency goes hand in hand with competence. A sustainable quality of the justice system ensures predictable case law, which supports foreign investment and business growth. Universities could also increase regional cooperation to create regional capacities for implementing legal reforms, to strengthen scientific research and to prepare regional legal publications.
Dimension coordinator: Regional Cooperation Council Secretariat
Balkan Barometer 2016: Public Opinion Survey