Tuesday, 21 February 2017

SEE 2020 Strategy


RCC, together with national administrations, regional bodies, international partners and relevant initiatives have engaged in a collaborative process to prepare the SEE 2020 Strategy: Jobs and Prosperity in a European Perspective as a regional development and growth strategy. The rationale behind its development reflects the region’s profound need to boost prosperity and job creation, improve living conditions in the region and bring competitiveness and development back in focus. It builds on a European perspective of the region’s future, also closely following the vision of the EU strategy Europe 2020.


  • Increase regional GDP PPP (Gross Domestic Product Purchasing Power Parity) per capita from 38% to 46% of the EU-27 average
  • Grow the region’s total value of trade in goods and services by more than 130%
  • Reduce the region’s trade deficit from 14.1 to 11.6 percent of regional GDP
  • Increase GDP per person employed by 32%
  • Add 300,000 highly qualified people to the region’s’ workforce
  • Improve governments’ effectiveness as measured by the World Bank Governance Index from 2.33 to 2.9 by 2020
  • Increase net enterprise creation (new businesses per year) from 30,107 to 33,760
  • Increase exports of goods &services per capita from the region from EUR 1,780 to EUR 4,250
  • Increase in the overall employment rate, as a percentage of the 15+ population, from 39.5% to 44.4%
  • Increase in the overall employment rate, as a percentage of the 15+ population, from 39.5% to 44.4%
  • Increase SEE intra-regional trade in goods by more than 140%
  • Increase overall annual Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) inflows to the region by at least 160%


More than a dozen regional structures took part in the development of the Strategy and will be acting as primary coordinators for various policy dimensions of the SEE 2020 implementation.

The goal of the SEE 2020 Strategy is to improve living conditions in the region and enhance competitiveness and development, closely following the vision of the EU strategy Europe 2020 through 5 pillars comprising of 16 policy dimensions:

    1. Integrated Growth (Trade and Investment)
      • Free Trade Area
      • Competitive Economic Environment
      • Integration into the Global Economy
    2. Smart Growth (Education and Innovation)
      • Research & Development and Innovation
      • Education and Competences
      • Digital Society
      • Cultural and Creative Sectors (CCSs)
    3. Sustainable Growth (Infrastructure and Environment)
      • Energy
      • Transport
      • Environment
      • Competitiveness
    4. Inclusive Growth (Job Growth)
      • Employment
      • Health
    5. Governance for Growth (Good Governance)
      • Effective public services
      • Anti-corruption
      • Justice

You can download the SEE2020 strategy matrix here.


The regional programs in the field of culture have logically found its place in the Smart Growth Pillar under the Cultural and Creative Sectors Dimension. At the first workshop on the South East Europe 2020 Strategy, held 31 January - 1 February 2013 in Sarajevo, possible synergies with the Ljubljana Process were discussed as well as potential role of the RCC TFCS within Cultural and Creative Sectors Dimension.

This idea was further elaborated at the Fifth meeting of the RCC TFCS, Budva, Montenegro, 23-24 April 2013, where the RCC presented the process of development and coordination of the Strategy and the inclusion of this Dimension that could be coordinated by the RCC TFCS, bearing in mind potential benefits for the mechanism through involvement in implementation of the SEE 2020, in relation to emerging IPA II mechanism. At this meeting, the RCC TFCS decided that the mechanism will coordinate future activities of the cultural and creative sectors dimension of the Smart Growth pillar.

At the Sixth RCC TFCS meeting, the RCC TFCS acknowledged the updates on the process of development of the SEE 2020 Strategy and received the first draft of the Cultural and Creative Sectors Dimension text. The members took part in the coordination with the external consultant from the Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies through the RCC TFCS Secretariat, providing the needed national inputs. The RCC TFCS approved the text of the Culture and Creative Sectors dimension of the SEE2020 Strategy.


With the SEE 2020 Strategy, cultural and creative sectors are placed in a strategic regional context for development and growth, emphasizing their strategic importance, development of synergies to promote intra-regional cultural actions and assessment of the existing strategies in a wider context. Taking into account that the astonishingly rich cultural heritage of the region, its position as a hotbed for talent and creativity, as well as the potential of the region’s cultural and creative sectors as development drivers and sources of growth, focus has been put on a small number of priority sectors and actions:

  • Cultural heritage Rehabilitation:
    Continuation of common approaches to cultural heritage rehabilitation through the Ljubljana Process, positioning cultural heritage as an important factor of economic and sustainable development;
  • Regional Audio-Visual Fund:
    Facilitation of active cooperation in the audio-visual sector, between film policy bodies, public broadcasters, production and distribution companies, and ideation of the Regional Film Fund;
  • Regional Design Incubator:
    Support to the design sector through a Regional Design Incubator, based on design network composed of relevant actors.


In the course of development and first steps of the SEE 2020 implementation, the RCC TFCS as a Dimension Coordinator took part in 6 regional events, also using the opportunity for networking with other regional initiatives for future possibilities of coordinated actions within the Strategy

  • Second Meeting of the SEE2020 Strategy Coordination Board, 18 July 2013, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina:
    to discuss the zero draft of the SEE 2020 Strategy with the objective of providing clear recommendations and inputs by the RCC and Dimension Coordinators for improving the document.
  • 14th Meeting of the South East Europe Investment Committee, 26 September 2013, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina:
    the main objective was to discuss the first draft of the SEE 2020 Strategy based on the final inputs to the five pillars (Integrated, Smart, Sustainable, Inclusive and Governance for Growth).
  • Ministerial Conference of the South East Europe Investment Committee, 21 November 2013, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina:
    with a goal of adopting the SEE 2020 Strategy. The RCC TFCS Secretariat conveyed the standpoint of importance of inclusion of Cultural and Creative Sectors in this strategic document of the shared vision of the SEE economies.
  • Third Meeting of the South East Europe 2020 Strategy Coordination Board, 16 January 2014, Brussels, Belgium:
    with a main objective to discuss SEE 2020 Action Plans, Monitoring of SEE 2020, implementation of SEE 2020 through flagship initiatives, as well as governance structures and mechanisms.
  • Workshop on Monitoring the South East Europe 2020 Strategy, 10 March 2014, Paris, France:
    Organized by the OECD, with the main purpose to discuss the methodology and timeline for SEE2020 monitoring, gather feedback on policy and outcome quantitative indicators and define the structure of final assessment framework and receive first feedback on data collection.

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