Presentation on theme: "Europe 2020, Western Balkans and the Role of the RCC Secretariat"— Presentation transcript:
1Europe 2020, Western Balkans and the Role of the RCC Secretariat Western Balkans and Europe 2020 – Towards Convergence and Growth Regional Coordination MeetingEurope 2020, Western Balkans and the Role of the RCC SecretariatJelica MinićDeputy Secretary General of the RCCBrussels, March 2011
2Key challenges in the Western Balkans Reconciliation, stability and good neighbourly relations.Necessity for a new model of development and growth (export led growth, investments in tradables, SMEs, PPP)Re-positioning in European and global constellations.Poor physical, institutional and social infrastructure.Under-utilization of existing resources.Lack of human capital and low innovation capacity.Slow reforms – strengthening the EU Accession leverage is needed.Improved regulatory framework, institution building and enhanced administrative capacities .Synchronizing and focusing activities of regional cooperation networks.
3Europe 2020: Relevance for Enlargement Policy Europe 2020 offers the enlargement countries an anchor for reforms.The countries are invited to adapt and adopt relevant headline targetsEnlargement countries should participate actively in the European Union programmes.The countries are invited to organise their work on the Europe 2020 related issues in regional groups.
4Europe 2020: Three interlinked priorities 1.Smart growth: developing an economy based on knowledge and innovation2.Sustainable growth: promoting a more efficient, greener and more competitive economy3.Inclusive growth: fostering a high-employment economy delivering social and territorial cohesion
6Europe 2020: Integrated Guidelines for National Reforms Programmes Guideline 1: Ensuring the quality and the sustainability of public financesGuideline 2: Addressing macroeconomic imbalancesGuideline 3: Reducing imbalances within the euro areaGuideline 4: Optimising support for R & D and innovation, strengthening the knowledge triangle and unleashing the potential of the digital economyGuideline 5: Improving resource efficiency and reducing greenhouse gasesGuideline 6: Improving the business and consumer environment, and modernising and developing the industrial baseGuideline 7: Increasing labour market participation and reducing structural unemploymentGuideline 8: Developing a skilled workforce responding to labour market needs, promoting job quality and lifelong learningGuideline 9: Improving the performance of education and training systems at all levels and increasing participation in tertiary educationGuideline 10: Promoting social inclusion and combating poverty
7Europe 2020 “flagship initiatives” Innovation UnionYouth on the moveDigital Agenda for EuropeResource efficient EuropeIndustrial policy for the globalization eraAgenda for new skills and jobsEuropean platform against poverty
8Mechanisms of cooperation in the framework of Europe 2020 Europe 2020 flagship initiatives recognise that in some areas, enlargement countries can work together with member states and join the open method of coordination exercises.Policy coordination organised under the 7 initiatives implies peer learning, setting joint targets and regular reporting.These activities can be financed via EU Programmes such as the 7th Framework Programme, Competitiveness and Innovation, Lifelong Learning and others.Most enlargement countries participate in EU programmes and can, if their administrative capacities allow, fully benefit from activities at the EU level.
9New RCC Strategy for 2011-2013: Horizontal Priorities Represent the regionAssist the SEECPMonitor regional activitiesExert strategic leadership in regional cooperationProvide a regional perspective in donor assistanceSupport increased involvement of civil society in regional activitiesPriority areasEconomic and social developmentEnergy and infrastructureJustice and home affairsSecurity cooperationBuilding human capital and overarching issues
10Priority 1: Smart Growth EU 2020 FLAGSHIP INITIATIVE (“Areas most in need of attention”)CORRESPONDING REGIONAL PLATFORM(“Setting the Strategy and Mapping Convergence”)REGIONAL INITIATIVES/GOVERNANCE MECHANISMS/TOOLS FOR IMPLEMENTATION(“Monitoring and Supporting implementation”)1. Digital agenda for EuropeeSEE Agenda+eSEE/bSEE Working Group,CeGDSEE ICT ForumCommunity Programmes (e.g. CIP, FP7)Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA, TAIEX)2. Innovation UnionRegional R&D Strategy for InnovationSteering Platform onWBC-INCO.NETSEE-ERA.Net, ERA-Net+3. Youth on the MoveHigher Education Reform in the Western BalkansERISEETFBHCCommunity Programmes (Youth in Action, ERASMUS Mundus)
11Priority 2: Sustainable Growth EU 2020 FLAGSHIP INITIATIVE (“Areas most in need of attention”)CORRESPONDING REGIONAL PLATFORM(“Setting the Strategy and Mapping Convergence”)REGIONAL INITIATIVES/GOVERNANCE MECHANISMS/TOOLS FOR IMPLEMENTATION(“Monitoring and Supporting implementation”)Resource Efficient EuropeIntegrated infrastructure developmentSustainable Energy Development Regional InitiativeECTRENASEETO/Transport CommunitySEE PPP NetworkCommunity Programmes (LIFE+ Financial Instrument for the Environment, FP7)Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA, TAIEX)2. An Industrial Policy for the Globalization EraSEE Investment CommitteeCEFTAABCBACOECD
12Priority 3: Inclusive Growth EU 2020 FLAGSHIP INITIATIVE (“Areas most in need of attention”)CORRESPONDING REGIONAL PLATFORM(“Setting the Strategy and Mapping Convergence”)REGIONAL INITIATIVES/GOVERNANCE MECHANISMS/TOOLS FOR IMPLEMENTATION(“Monitoring and Supporting implementation”)An Agenda for New Skills and JobsSocial Agenda for the Western Balkans 2020WB Social Agenda 2020 working groupsSEECELSEE Employment NetworkGTFETFCommunity Programmes (Integrated Action Programme in Lifelong Learning)Higher Education Reform (Tempus)Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA, TAIEX)2. European Platform Against PovertyWB Social Agenda Working GroupsSEE Health NetworkCommunity Programmes (PROGRESS)
13Priority 4: Governance for Growth EU 2020 FLAGSHIP INITIATIVE (“Areas most in need of attention”)CORRESPONDING REGIONAL PLATFORM(“Setting the Strategy and Mapping Convergence”)REGIONAL INITIATIVES/GOVERNANCE MECHANISMS/TOOLS FOR IMPLEMENTATION(“Monitoring and Supporting implementation”)Good Governance AgendaRegional Strategic Document for Justice and Home AffairsRESPACeGDNALASRAISECI/SELECSEEPAGPCC-SEE SecretariatSEDMOthers
14Western Balkans in 2020 Result of a Broad Consultative Process
15Survey of Regional Initiatives in SEE - Summary Findings -Institutional Outline of Cooperation in SEEFundingRegional CoordinationOverview of activities
16Economic and Social Development Taskforces and Initiatives in SEEAnnex ICountry Regional InitiativeAlbaniaBosnia and HerzegovinaBulgariaCroatiaGreeceRepublic of MoldovaMontenegroRomaniaSerbiaThe Former Yugoslav Republic of MacedoniaTurkeyUNMIK/ KosovoSlovenia and OthersEconomic and Social DevelopmentSEE Investment Committee (SEEIC)- ParisxCentral European Free Trade Agreement (CEFTA)- Brusselsx Business Advisory Council (BAC)- ThessalonikiRegional Network of NationalInvestment Promotion Agencies in SEE(RNIPA)- RotatingRegional Rural Development StandingWorking Group (SWG)- SkopjeSEE Employment and Social PolicyNetwork (SEESPN)- No headquartersCentre for Public Employment Servicesof SEE Countries (CPESSC)SloveniaSEE Trade Union Forum (SEETUF)- Zagreb/SarajevoAdriatic Region Employers' Centre(AREC)- ZagrebSEE Health NetworkSkopjeCentre for eGovernance Development(CeGD)- LjubljanaRCC/PPPeSEE Initiative and bSEE Task Force- UNDP Sarajevo
17Energy and Infrastructure Annex ITaskforces and Initiatives in SEECountry Regional InitiativeAlbaniaBosnia and HerzegovinaBulgariaCroatiaGreeceRepublic of MoldovaMontene-groRoma-niaSerbiaThe Former Yugoslav Republic of MacedoniaTurkeyUNMIK/ KosovoSlove=nia and OthersEnergy and InfrastructureEnergy Community Secretariat (ECS)-ViennaxSouth East Europe TransportObservatory (SEETO), expectedfuture Transport Community- BelgradeXISIS Programme Secretariat-BrusselsEC, RCCInternational Sava River BasinCommission (ISRBC)- ZagrebSloveniaRegional Environmental Centre forCentral and Eastern Europe (REC)- Szentendre, Hungary19 more European countries and USARegional Environmental Network for Accession- ViennaNetwork of Associations of LocalAuthorities of SEE (NALAS)- Skopjex xSlove-nia
18Justice and Home Affairs Taskforces and Initiatives in SEEAnnex ICountry Regional InitiativeAlbaniaBosnia and HerzegovinaBulgariaCroatiaGreeceRepublic of MoldovaMontene- groRomaniaSerbiaThe Former Yugoslav Republic of MacedoniaTurkeyUNMIK/ KosovoSlove- nia and OthersJustice and Home AffairsMigration, Asylum andRefugee Regional Initiative(MARRI)- SkopjexRegional AnticorruptionInitiative (RAI)- SarajevoObserverSoutheast EuropeanCooperative Initiative –Regional Centre forCombating TransborderCrime (SECI Centre) , futureSoutheast European LawEnforcement Centre (SELEC)- BucharestXHungary, SloveniaProsecutors AdvisoryGroup (SEEPAG)SloveniaSoutheast Europe PoliceChiefs Association (SEPCA)- SofiaWomen Police OfficerNetwork (WPON)- No headquartersSecretariat of PoliceCooperation Conventionfor Southeast Europe (PCC-SEE Secretariat)- LjubljanaWestern BalkansProsecutor Network(PROSECO)
19Taskforces and Initiatives in SEE Annex ICountry Regional InitiativeAlbaniaBosnia and HerzegovinaBulgariaCroatiaGreeceRepublic of MoldovaMontene-groRomaniaSerbiaThe Former Yugoslav Republic of MacedoniaTurkeyUNMIK/ KosovoOthersSecurity CooperationCentre for SecurityCooperation(RACVIAC)ZagrebxDisasterPreparedness andPreventionInitiative (DPPI SEE)- SarajevoSloveniaSouth Eastern andEastern EuropeClearinghouse forthe Control of SmallArms and LightWeapons (SEESAC)- BelgradeRCC, UNDPSouth East EuropeDefense Ministerial(SEDM)- RotatingObserverItaly, Ukraine, Slovenia,USAThe United States-Adriatic Charter- No headquartersUSASouth EasternEuropeClearinghouse(SEEC)
20Taskforces and Initiatives in SEE Annex ITaskforces and Initiatives in SEECountry Regional InitiativeAlbaniaBosnia and HerzegovinaBulgariaCroatiaGreeceRepublic of MoldovaMontenegroRomaniaSerbiaThe Former Yugoslav Republic of MacedoniaTurkeyUNMIK/ KosovoSlovenia and OthersBuilding Human Capital andCross-cutting IssuesRCC Task ForceFostering and BuildingHuman Capital (TFBHC)-ViennaxAll members of RCC BoardRCC Gender TaskForce (GTF)- ZagrebSloveniaEducation ReformInitiative of SouthEastern Europe (ERISEE)-BelgradeTFFBHCRegional School ofPublic Administration(RESPA)-DanilovgradSouth East EuropeanCentre forEntrepreneurialLearning (SEECEL)-Zagreb
21Taskforces and Initiatives in SEE Annex ICountry Regional InitiativeAlbaniaBosnia and Herzego-vinaBulgariaCroatiaGreeceRepublic of MoldovaMontene-groRomaniaSerbiaThe Former Yugoslav Republic of MacedoniaTurkeyUNMIK/ KosovoSloveniaand OthersParliamentary CooperationRegional Secretariatfor ParliamentaryCooperation in SouthEastern Europe (RSPCSEE)- SofiaxConference of theEuropean IntegrationParliamentaryCommittees of Statesparticipating to theStabilization andAssociation Process(COSAP)- RotatingCETINJEParliamentary Forum- CetinjeRegional CooperationCouncilxTotal: 4238402439920251317Sloven.12HeadquartersSouth EastEurope:26+ 4 rotatingPercountry:426132Slov.7others
22Figure 1. Institutional structure and legal form of RIs
26Additional suggestions 1. Networking and information exchange – a number of RIs indicated that there is a need for regular periodic meetings, both between the RIs and with donors in order to exchange information and network with others;2. Increasing awareness on regional cooperation initiatives and structures – awareness raising activities to target not just a narrow circle of practitioners, but also the general public in the countries of the region;3. Better streamlining of existing RIs – avoiding and eliminating duplication, while further strengthening successful structures and cooperation programmes;4. Involvement of regional civil society initiatives and networks in the work of RCC and other sectoral organizations.
27Enlargement Strategy and Main Challenges 2010-2011 “The enlargement process contributes to the objectives of the Europe 2020 strategy by extending the area of the EU’s regulatory framework and creating new trading opportunities. The Commission welcomes the intention of many enlargement countries to reflect the Europe 2020 strategy in their national reform priorities. The Commission will associate enlargement countries with initiatives taken at EU level to meet the goals of smart, sustainable and inclusive growth, delivering high levels of employment, productivity and social cohesion...The Commission will propose to the Regional Cooperation Council that it sets up platforms for dialogue and peer review in …areas in line with Europe 2020 priorities. When programming IPA assistance, the Commission will take into account the priorities of the Europe 2020 strategy”.9 November, 2010
28Relevance of EU umbrella strategies for candidates and potential candidates Strong potential to anchor reforms and facilitate EU accession:competitiveness, employment, education, research, innovations,meeting challenge of good governance - not additional criteriaStrategic thinking - strategic approach to policy development:identifying regional priorities and objectives in different areas, prioritizationCommitment to common goals helps to change national policies:strategic documents, action plans, common targets, policy learningAdoption of good practice:improving system of monitoring, peer reviews, benchmarking, and collectingindicators, harmonised with EU structural indicators (EUROSTAT)Support of European Commission - facilitating implementation:deepening policy dialogue with EU, strengthening institutional capacities,support from pre-accession funds (IPA; IPA Multi-Beneficiary)Regional initiatives / activities - asset for supporting reforms:coordinated efforts and strengthening focus on Europe 2020 related reformsRCC - Regional Cooperation Council’s role:providing political commitment, networking and coordination, streamlining,strengthening bottom-up approach and regional ownership