News archive - [Event review] - Western Balkans Steering Platform R&I and Ministerial Meetings (Brussels, 23-24 September 2019)

The Western Balkans (WBs) Steering Platform on Research and Innovation R&I and Ministerial meetings were organised in Brussels on 23rd and 24th September 2019. The event was co-chaired by the European Commission (DG Research and Innovation, Directorate for International Cooperation), the Finnish presidency of the Council of the European Union and Bosnia and Herzegovina on behalf of the Western Balkans. On 23rd September in the morning, the Regional Cooperation Council organised a meeting to discuss on Horizon Europe and the WB related position paper. The preparation of the Ministerial session has continued in the afternoon and the debated focused on Smart Specialisation, Research infrastructures and Mobility of researchers among other topics. On September 24th, the Ministers responsible for Science and Innovation have eventually gathered for a joint debate.

Presentations held at the meeting can be found below and linked with the respective items on the agenda. Minutes and Conclusions are under elaboration and will be available after approval.



23 September 2019



Venue: RCC Offices, Rue Joseph II 12-16, 1000 Brussels, Belgium

08:30 - 09:00 Registrations

09:00 - 09:30 Welcome remarks | Opening statements

  • Regional Cooperation Council
  • European Commission, DG Research and Innovation
  • Finnish EU Council Presidency 
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina co-chair on behalf of the Western Balkans

09:30 - 10:00 Progress reports on R&D and Innovation in the Western Balkans

10.00 - 11.45 Views and discussion on Horizon Europe – Western Balkan Six and EU Member States

  • Horizon Europe: current status and next steps, DG Research and Innovation
  • Reflections on Horizon Europe proposal by the Western Balkan Six
  • Discussion with the EU Member States

11.45 – 12.00 Summary and Conclusions



Venue: Hotel Le Plaza, Boulevard Adolphe Max 118/126, 1000 Brussels, Belgium (Room: Adolphe Max)

12:30 - 13:30 Networking Lunch (Room: Charleston)

13:30 - 15:30 First Session

15:30 - 16:00 Coffee break (Room: Esterel)

16:00 - 18:30 Second Session

18:45 End of meeting

20:00 – 22:00 Official Networking Dinner at La Manufacture (Rue Notre-Dame-du-Sommeil 12, 1000 Brussels)


24 September 2019

08:00 - 08:30 Registration and Welcome Coffee
(Hotel Le Plaza, Boulevard Adolphe Max 118-126, 1000 Brussels, Room: Theater)
08:30 - 09:00 Finalisation of Conclusions for the Ministerial Meeting

09:00 – 12.30 Ministerial Meeting

09:00 - 10:30 Welcome Remarks I Opening Statements

  • European Commission, DG Research and Innovation, Signe Ratso, Deputy Director-General
  • Finnish EU Council Presidency, Hanna Lehtinen, Ambassador
  • Keynote Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation
  • Keynote Vesselin Petrov Valkanov, Head of Liaison Office in Brussels, Regional Cooperation Council
  • Keynote Paulo Ferrão, President, European Cooperation in Science and Technology

First session

  • Report from the Steering Platform and R&I Meeting, Ammar Miraščija, Head of Department for Science, Ministry of Civil Affairs, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Western Balkans Position Paper on Horizon Europe, Viktor Nedovic, State Secretary, Serbia

First Round of Discussions, Ministers with Commissioner
Participation in Horizon 2020 – Expectations from Horizon Europe

  • Announcement by Elettra - Sincrotrone Trieste,  Alfonso Franciosi, President Elettra
  • Wrap up of the session by Commissioner Carlos Moedas

10:30 - 11:00 Coffee break (Room: Gallery Theatre)

11:00 - 12:30 Second Session

  • Keynote Charlina Vitcheva, Deputy Director-General, Joint Research Centre
  • Keynote Viviane Hoffmann, Deputy Director-General, Education, Youth, Sport and Culture 
  • Keynote Lorena Boix Alonso, Director, Communications, Networks, Content and Technology

Second Round of Discussions, Ministers

Smart Specialisation Strategies – Implementation, Impact on the national economy; the role of Research and Innovation to support this process

  • Closing Intervention by Jean-Eric Paquet, Director General, Research and Innovation

12:30              End of meeting

12:30 - 13:30 Lunch (Room: Adolphe Max)


14:00 Opening of R&I Days in Centre Pompidou


Geographical focus
  • Albania
  • Austria
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Croatia
  • EC
  • European Union (EU 27)
  • France
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Kosovo*
  • Montenegro
  • Serbia
  • Slovenia
  • Western Balkans
Scientifc field / Thematic focus
  • General

Entry created by Admin on September 26, 2019
Modified on October 4, 2019