News archive - [Event Announcement] 15th Steering Platform on Research for Western Balkan countries, Zagreb, Croatia on December 11/12, 2013

Every 6 months, high level political dialogue meetings are organised linking the EU Member States, Associated Countries and the Western Balkan countries. The meetings are co-chaired by the European Commission, the EU Council presidency country and a country from the region. 

The next meeting takes place on December 11/12, 2013 in Zagreb, Croatia. The event is open only upon invitation.


The Steering Platform aims to facilitate the interaction between the Western Balkan Countries, 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 WBCs in the European Research Area. 

The Platform is a strategic body to deal with European, multilateral and regional issues of Science and Technology policies in and with the WBCs. It acts as an information exchange centre, clearing house for joint ideas and activities, and coordination forum for needs, suggestions and proposals of the WBCs to the European Commission, the EU28, candidate and potential candidate countries and the countries associated to FP7 (AC) and vice versa.

Usually, meetings open with the discussion of progress reports on recent developments regarding S&T coopration in/with/for the Western Balkan countries and ends with the adoption of specific conclusions.

At next meeting Horizon 2020 will be in focus, however other topics such update on regional cooperation issues, knowledge & technology transfer, ERA, IPA II etc. will be debated as well.

Further information will be provided in due time on this site.

Geographical focus
  • Danube Macroregion
  • European Union (EU 27)
  • SEE
  • Western Balkans
Scientifc field / Thematic focus
  • General

Entry created by Desiree Pecarz on August 22, 2013
Modified on December 5, 2013