Regional Cooperation Council Board holds last meeting in 2013, supports final preparations for SEE 2020 growth strategy

The Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Board RCC Board heard today a report by Secretary General on activities of the organization’s Secretariat in the period April-September 2013, as well as information on future plans.

The report focuses on final preparations for the upcoming implementation of the RCC Strategy and Work Programme 2014-2016, particularly its core element, the South East Europe (SEE 2020) strategy for growth and new jobs in the region, which is currently being drafted under RCC coordination.

"We have just completed the first cycle of consultations with governments in the region, regional initiatives and international organizations on the draft SEE 2020", said Goran Svilanovic, RCC Secretary General.

"The governments have identified food and beverage processing, and tourism, as priority areas of cooperation under SEE 2020. The goal is to finalize the strategy in the next month and a half, so that the ministers of economy from the region adopt it at their meeting in Sarajevo on 21 November 2013."

The Board was also informed about the 13th Coordination Meeting of the Troika of the South-East European Cooperation Process (SEECP), currently chaired by Romania, the RCC Secretariat and the European Union, held yesterday.

The RCC Board meets three times a year and is chaired by the RCC Secretary General. The Board provides the RCC with operational guidance and supervision. It consists of those RCC participants contributing to the budget of the RCC Secretariat as well as the European Union.

The Report of the RCC Secretary General on the activities of the RCC Secretariat.