Regional Cooperation Council
November 20, 2013
TheSrpskaTimes

The creation of a million new jobs in South East Europe by 2020 is the main objective of the strategy “Jobs and Prosperity in the European Perspective”.

This strategy, otherwise known as “South East Europe 2020” and proposed by the Regional Cooperation Council, should be adopted on the 21st of November in Sarajevo at the Ministerial Conference held by the Investment Committee for South-East Europe. It will bring together ministers from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Macedonia and representatives of the European Commission and other regional and international partners and initiatives, international organizations and the donor community.

The strategy emphasizes the creation of a common vision for Southeast Europe by 2020 which will result in the opening of a million new jobs and will increase the employment rate from 39 to 44 percent. An increase in total regional trade turnover from 94 to 210 billion EUR is envisioned, as well as the growth of the gross domestic product per capita from 36 percent to 44 percent of the EU average and the increase in number of highly educated in the workforce by 300,000 people.

The Ministerial Conference will be opened by the Secretary General of RCC, Goran Svilanovic, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations, Ermina Salkicevic Dizdarevic and the Special Representative of the EU in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Peter Sorensen.