News archive - [Event Review] 2nd Research and Innovation Meeting, Skopje 21-22 March 2018

The second Western Balkans Research and Innovation meeting took place in Skopje on March 21-22, 2018 within the framework of the European Commission’s Support for the Steering Platform (SP) on Research and Innovation for the Western Balkan countries (WBC). Participants discussed the state of research and innovation policy in Western Balkan countries in the wake of the European Commission's new enlargement strategy. In particular, participants discussed the ongoing elaboration of smart specialisation strategies in the Western Balkans and their alignment with countries' research priorities and economic policies.

Presentations held at the meeting can be found below and linked with the respective items on the agenda. Minutes and Conclusions from the meeting will follow soon.

Western Balkans Research and Innovation Meeting, Skopje, 21-22 March 2018


Wednesday, 21 March 2018

11:30 – 13:00

Networking Lunch & Registration

13:00 – 13:30

Welcome remarks | Opening statements

• Ministry of Education and Science
• European Commission, DG Research and Innovation
• European Commission, Joint Research Centre
• Regional Cooperation Council

13:30 – 15:30

Towards Steering Platform meeting 2018

Recent R&I cooperation developments in/with the Western Balkans

FP9, International Research Facility in South East Europe (European Commission, Chair of SEEIIST Steering Committee)
Follow-up Belgrade, R&I Strategies, R&I Budgets (update from the Western Balkan 6)

Upcoming | Next steps
• EU - Western Balkan Summit, Sofia, May 17, 2018 (Bulgarian EU Council Presidency)
Multi-Annual Action Plan on Regional Economic Area: Progress and needs assessment report on R&D and Innovation related actions (Regional Cooperation Council)
• Towards Joint Science Conference, Rome, 2018; Western Balkans Research Foundation (Berlin Process / Joint Science Conference)
• Discussion | Summing up towards Steering Platform meeting / Ministerial Meeting, Brussels, June 25-26, 2018 (European Commission)

15:30 – 16:00

Coffee break

16:00 – 17:15


New Enlargement Strategy: “Credible enlargement perspective for and enhanced EU engagement with the Western Balkans”

Short presentation of the Strategy with focus on R&I (European Commission)
• Role of Western Balkan 6 in FP9 in view of Enlargement (European Commission and Western Balkan 6)
• Discussion

17.15 – 18.00

Conclusions and summary of the preparatory tasks for the Steering Platform meeting / Ministerial Meeting, Brussels, June 25-26, 2018

Measures (e.g. capacity building, finance, etc.) to be undertaken by Western Balkan 6 in view of Enlargement


Networking Dinner

Thursday, 22 March 2018


08:30 – 10:30

Smart specialisation in the context of R&I capacity building

Update on capacity building through the Enlargement and Integration Action (E&IA) initiative (DG Joint Research Center)
• Update on smart specialisation activities in the region (Regional Cooperation Council)
S3 and Industry 4.0: A Way Forward for the Western Balkans (Tambourine Innovation Ventures)
Measures in support of research and innovation capacity building (META Group)
• Croatia’s Experience with S3
Economic Reform Programme (ERP) measures and smart specialisation activities (update from the Western Balkan 6)
• Discussion: Why is it so important to focus on S3 R&I capacity building efforts?

10:30 – 11:00

Coffee break


11:00 – 12:30

Development of regional research infrastructures based on smart specialisation and industry cooperation

• International Research Facility in South East Europe and related efforts – updates (Montenegro, European Commission, Croatia, Bulgaria)
• Linking of accompanying research infrastructure efforts across the region and beyond (European Commission)
• Socio-economic impact of research infrastructures (European Commission)
• Input by Western Balkan 6 and all stakeholders
• Discussion


12:30 – 13:30

Conclusions on the further integration of the Western Balkans into existing knowledge networks in the EU

14:00 – 16:30

Bilateral Meetings

Conclusions and minutes of the meeting have just been published, please follow the links below. Minutes of the meeting are available only to Steering Platform members (Steering Platform member area).

Geographical focus
  • Albania
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Kosovo*
  • Montenegro
  • Republic of North Macedonia
  • Serbia
  • Western Balkans
Scientifc field / Thematic focus
  • Cross-thematic/Interdisciplinary

Entry created by Admin on March 28, 2018
Modified on April 23, 2018