Region’s ministers to adopt South East Europe 2020 strategy for creating 1 million jobs in the region

19 November 2013

Workshop presenting the RCC’s SEE 2020 strategy, in Belgrade on 18 September 2013. (Photo: RCC/Dokukino)

Workshop presenting the RCC’s SEE 2020 strategy, in Belgrade on 18 September 2013. (Photo: RCC/Dokukino)

SARAJEVO – The RCC’s South East Europe (SEE) 2020 strategy is to be adopted in Sarajevo this Thursday, 21 November 2013, at the Ministerial Conference of the South East Europe Investment Committee. Creation of one million new jobs in SEE until 2020 is the most important aim of the strategy dubbed “Jobs and Prosperity in a European Perspective”. The event will bring together ministers of economy from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo*, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia and The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, representatives of the European Commission and other regional and international partners and initiatives, international organizations, and donor community.

The strategy was developed by the RCC Secretariat in consultations with governments from SEE, European Commission and relevant regional and international institutions, following a mandate by the region’s ministers of economy.

The goal of the SEE 2020 strategy is to improve living conditions in the region and bring competitiveness and development back in focus, closely following the vision of the EU strategy Europe 2020. It stresses out the shared vision of the SEE economies to open up to 1 million new jobs by 2020, by enabling employment growth from 39% to 44%, increase of total regional trade turnover by more than double from 94 to 210 billion euro, the rise of the region’s GDP per capita from current 36% to 44% of the EU average, and the addition of 300,000 highly qualified people to the workforce.

The Ministerial Conference will be opened by Goran Svilanović, Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council, Ermina Salkičević-Dizdarević, Deputy Minister of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Peter Sørensen, European Union Special Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina. The conference is being co-chaired by the government of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the RCC.

Journalists are invited to the press conference on Thursday, 21 November 2013, at 12.00 p.m., at the hotel Bristol, Fra Filipa Lastrića 2, 71000 Sarajevo. The conference will be hosted at the same venue, starting at 09.30.

The official language of the conference and the press conference will be English, with provided interpretation in an official language of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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*This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.