Newsletter 25/2013 - RCC events calendar

20.03.2013 - 21.03.2013

17th meeting of the ERI SEE Governing Board and Consultative Body, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

The meeting, hosted by the Regional Cooperation Council Secretariat, will summarize achievements in 2012 and discuss future perspectives of cooperation within the Education Reform Initiative of South Eastern Europe (ERI SEE). It will also provide update on the ongoing process of ratification of the host country agreement on the seat of the ERI SEE Secretariat in Belgrade.

The event will be an opportunity for the ERI SEE Governing Board to define possible role of the ERI SEE in the process of development and implementation of the South East Europe 2020 regional growth strategy.  


First meeting on Research, Development and Innovation dimension of SEE 2020 strategy, Vienna, Austria

The meeting, organized by the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretariat, will provide representatives of the ministries of science from South East Europe (SEE), the European Commission, the World Bank as well as other relevant regional and international partners with an opportunity to get acquainted with the process of development of the SEE 2020 regional growth strategy. The participants will focus on devising the Research & Development and Innovation dimension of the strategy, as well as a future mechanism which will coordinate implementation of the strategy in this area. 

The event will discuss agreed goals of the SEE 2020 smart growth pillar on the ways to increase the GDP per person employed by 33% and add 300,000 highly educated people to the workforce in SEE by 2020, as the two main targets of the pillar. Each target is to be accompanied by complementary regional objectives, to the benefit of the participating countries.

Following the endorsement of high-level regional headline targets for growth by the SEE region’s ministers of economy, the Regional Cooperation Council and its partners initiated the development of the SEE 2020 strategy, as the main regional framework for growth. The strategy is based on five pillars: (i) integrated growth, (ii) smart growth, (iii) sustainable growth, (v) inclusive growth, and (vi) good governance for growth, and should be adopted by the ministers of economy in November 2013. 

17.04.2013 - 18.04.2013

South East European Forum on Climate Change Adaptation (SEEFCCA) Network Coordinators Meeting, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

The meeting will discuss developments on national level (network activities, prospects and funding options), agree upon a regional coordination structure and the division of tasks, develop a joint regional project application to be submitted for external funding, and work to ensure sustainable regional exchange and continuation of the SEEFCCA.

It will bring together coordinators of national climate change adaptation networks from Croatia, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia as well as representatives of the Austrian Red Cross, WWF Danube-Carpathian Programme, Environmental Improvement Center and the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretariat.

The event is being co-organised by the SEEFCCA and the RCC Secretariat with support of the Austrian Red Cross.