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
Job Growth is a part of the Inclusive Growth pillar of the SEE 2020 Strategy to enhance employment through skills development, employment creation and labour market participation by all, including vulnerable groups and minorities. Moreover, it means fighting poverty, modernising labour markets and strengthening training and educational systems. Efforts will be needed to combat poverty and reduce health inequalities, in order to ensure that everybody can benefit from growth.
Within the SEE 2020, the countries in the region have committed themselves to undertaking coordinated policy actions, which should ensure significant progress towards greater inclusiveness and social cohesion.
This target is based on the broadest possible definition of employment, pursuant to the International Labour Organisation (ILO) definition, which includes persons aged 15 and over.
Dimensions and Actions:
This dimension addresses labour mobility, labour market governance and the promotion of social economy activities as the main priorities. Labour mobility focuses on the creation of a regional consultancy process on mobility and the abolition of labour market restrictions in the region, while labour market governance prioritises enhancing and strengthening capacities of labour market institutions and enabling people to acquire new skills to adapt to new conditions, forging programmes for vulnerable groups and tackling informal employment.
A coordinated regional approach to address the existing mismatch between the competences required by the labour market and the skills generated by the educational and training systems of the SEE countries will be essential. Public employment services will play a key role in that respect.
Dimension coordinator: Social Agenda 2020 – Intergovernmental Working Group
This dimension prioritises the improvement of the health and well being of all those living in the SEE region, by, among other things, harmonising cross-border health legislation, standards and procedures and enabling the creation of a Free Trade Area from a public health perspective.
The Strategy suggests moving towards a clearly delineated system of health governance, in which the role of each stakeholder and governing body is well defined at every level. This is of great importance for the efficiency and success of the health system in each SEE country. In addition to well-defined responsibilities, transparency between institutions and in relation to the public is vital, as is accountability in health governance.
Dimension coordinator: SEE Health Network
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