Steering Platform on Research and Innovation for Western Balkans

The Steering Platform on Research and Innovation for Western Balkans was established in 2006 to facilitate the interaction between the Western Balkan economies, the EU member states, the candidate and potential candidate countries and other states associated to the Framework Programmes for RTD and the European Commission.

Its main objective is to support the enhanced integration of the WBs in the European Research Area. Therefore it is a strategic body to deal with European, multilateral and regional issues of Science, Technology and Innovation policies in and with the WBs. It acts moreover as an information exchange centre, clearing house for joint ideas and activities, and coordination forum for needs, suggestions and proposals of the WB6 to the European Commission, the EU Member States, candidate and potential candidate countries and the countries associated to Horizon 2020 and vice versa.

In this spirit, the Platform continues and intensifies the progress achieved under the EU-Balkan Countries Action Plan on Science and Technology since 2006. In 2017 new scheme for the support of the SP meetings was introduced funded by the European Commission (International Cooperation Support Facility of the European Commission). Within this facility, plans include the organisation of two Steering Platform meetings in 2017 and in 2018, as well as three thematic meetings including the preparatory meetings for the SP. The last 21th Western Balkans Steering Platform on Research and Innovation was organised in Brussels on 23-24 September 2019.


SP was in focus of the newsletter in July 2015. The related article is available here. The 18th SP meeting was held in Sarajevo in June 2016 (find an update here) while the 19th SP was held in September 2017 (information is accessible by clicking here). Eventually, Brussels was the location for the 20th Western Balkans Steering Platform on Research and Innovation. All  the latest SP-related articles are available below.  Please note that some of them are not public but restricted to SP members only.


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