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Western Balkans Research and Innovation Meeting TUESDAY, 26 MARCH 2019 11:30-13:00       Networking Lunch & Registration 13:00-13:30       Welcome remarks | Opening statements Ministry of Civil Affairs, Bosnia and Herzegovina Delegation of the European Union to BiH European Commission, DG Research and Innovation Romanian EU Council Presidency Regional Cooperation Council European Commission, DG Joint Research Center ...
... on the participations and collaborations of EU Member States. This Flash provides insights on the participation of non-EU countries, i.e. third countries, to Horizon 2020, based on their status in Horizon 2020: Associated countries: Albania, Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Faroe Islands, Georgia, Iceland, Israel, North Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Norway, Serbia, Switzerland, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine. Non-associated third countries: countries that are not EU Member States and not associated to the Framework Programme. The cut-off date for the analysis data recorded in the Common Research Data Warehouse (CORDA), is 1/1/2019. Projects under Public-to-Public Partnerships, EIT’s Knowledge and Innovation Communities ...
... region to ERA and Innovation Union. This study provides a comprehensive map of all state structures, adopted national strategies, legislation and budget dedicated to the areas of research and education, offering a clear view of current situation in all Western Balkan regions in general, focusing on Albania and Kosovo, including Serbia’s positive experiences. In addition, through a regional angle it tackles the factors that hinder the absorption of EU funds in education and research. Being a first of its kind, by comparing the WB countries current situation through qualitative and quantitative data gathered and analysed, the study serves as a ...
... region to ERA and Innovation Union. This study provides a comprehensive map of all state structures, adopted national strategies, legislation and budget dedicated to the areas of research and education, offering a clear view of current situation in all Western Balkan regions in general, focusing on Albania and Kosovo, including Serbia’s positive experiences. In addition, through a regional angle it tackles the factors that hinder the absorption of EU funds in education and research. Being a first of its kind, by comparing the WB countries current situation through qualitative and quantitative data gathered and analysed, the study serves as a ...
30% WBC-RTI.INFO Newsletters sent in 2018 Document 22. Feb. 2019
Find below all issues of 2018 newsletters. WBC-RTI.INFohas prepared several newsletter issues in 2018. Thematic articles were drafted while relevant stakeholders contacted and in some cases also interviewed.
The Danubius Award was created in 2011 by the Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe (IDM) and the Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, Science and Research (BMBWF) to honor persons with extraordinary scientific achievements and output in relation to the Danube Region. Within a rotation system in one year achievements in the fields of humanities, social and cultural studies are awarded, in the following year achievements in the fields of life sciences. 2019 it is envisaged to ...
... and marketing of agricultural and fishery products" are currently operational in Montenegro You can see the details of the national IPARD programme in force and the related information http://www.ipard.gov.me For details of the application process, please contact the IPARD Agency at: http://www.ipard.gov.me Serbia Measure 1: "Investments in physical assets of agricultural holdings" and Measure 3 "Investments in physical assets concerning processing and marketing of agricultural and fishery products" are currently operational in Serbia. You can see the details of the national IPARD programme in force and the related information http://www.minpolj.gov ...
... help with the aim of making their agricultural sector and rural areas more sustainable aligning them with the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy and EU standards. IPARD also helps set up good governance for rural development. The current candidate countries and beneficiaries are Albania, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey. For the period 2014-2020, the total indicative allocation for the IPARD programmes has been 1.1 billion EUR as follows: Albania- 39 million EUR, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia: 15 million EUR, Montenegro: 39 million EUR, Turkey: 801 million EUR. The actual amounts are decided annually in the ...
... Serbia has benefited from several NATO SPS activities since it has joined that Programme in 2007, including projects on defense against chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear agents and counter-terrorism, and raising the profile of women in peace and security. NATO SPS projects have contributed to many scientific areas in Serbia and ...
Minister Joksimovic stressed that the package is aimed at important development projects and sustainable development of Serbia. “The most important part of this package, worth €49.6 million, is intended for the gas interconnector between Serbia and Bulgaria. That is one of the most important projects that will contribute to Serbia’s energy diversification, supply stability and strengthening of the gas infrastructure. That is of utmost importance ...
... of informing the interested public on the achievements of the outgoing presidency, and priorities of the upcoming. The panel discussion was moderated by Ms Milena Lazarević, CEP Programme Director, while the following panellists joined the debate on this topic: H.E. Mr Sem Fabrizi, Head of the EU Delegation to Serbia, H.E. Mr Nikolaus Lutterotti, Ambassador of Austria to Serbia, H.E. Oana-Cristina Popa, Ambassador of Romania to Serbia, Prof. Tanja Miščević, Head of the Negotiating Team for Accession of Serbia to the EU, and Mr Srđan Majstorović, Chairman of the CEP Governing Board. Mr Fabrizi emphasized that the EU wants to preserve the spirit of enlargement in the coming period. Commenting on whether Serbia should be satisfied with the number of opened chapters during 2018, he commented that it is ...
29% PERFORM Hosted Its Final Event News 27. Dec. 2018
... between social sciences and different domains of society, including policy institutions. Evidence-informed policy-making is today a term more commonly used in discussions and an expanding practice, and PERFORM has contributed significantly to that”, said Dr Dietz.       After four years of supporting the social science research communities in Serbia and Albania, the project will end its mandate on 31 December 2018. Ms Ursula Läubli, Director of the Swiss Cooperation Office, said that the project contributed to strengthening the social science research system by increasing capacities of researchers at universities and institutes to provide high quality research. In order to ...
... discussed bilateral relations under the Stabilisation and Association Agreement and the state of play of the implementation of the agreement. There was also an exchange of views on developments in the Western Balkans. Joint press statement following the fifth meeting of the Stabilisation and Association Council between the EU and Serbia Source The Stabilisation and Association Council reviewed the state of EU-Serbia bilateral relations ...
... from the EU, it still maintains its presence and doubles its support to reforms in the Western Balkan, and Poland, as the next country holding the EU Presidency, will focus itself on conflict resolution and connectivity boosting. economic cooperation, security and youth cooperation among FYR of Macedonia, Albania, Montenegro, Kosovo, Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. For more details. please visit the source page A presentation of the policy paper “2018 Western Balkans Summit: 3 key takeaways from London”, authored by Zoran Nechev and Ivan Nikolovski from the Institute of Democracy “Societas Civilis” – Skopje (IDSCS), Jelena Minić form European Movement of Serbia ...
Ctizens of Montenegro, Serbia and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia can travel to the EU without a visa since December 2009. For citizens of Albania and Bosnia and Herzegovina, this is possible since the end of 2010. All countries have taken measures to address irregular migration, however further efforts are needed to improve ...
The preparatory meeting tackled several aspects of the 2nd WB Digital Summit that is to take place in Belgrade, Serbia on 4-5 April 2019. The participants discussed logistical, administrative and content details as well as potential side events.   The first Western Balkans’s Digital Summit, supported and co-organised by the RCC together with the host government, and in cooperation with the European Commission (EC) and German Federal Ministry ...
... the region and the EU. For more information visit the source page “EU and Western Balkans in 2019”, organised by European Fund for the Balkans (EFB), Balkans in Europe Policy Advisory Group (BiEPAG) and European Western Balkans (EWB), took place on 14 December in Belgrade, Serbia. This high-level event gathered more than 30 most influential opinion makers from the region and EU to discuss on predictions about the trends and dynamics of policy developments in 2019 ...
... Professionals in the Western Balkans – Round II (YPS 2018), the action implementing two training programmes in EU academic institutions and a regional exchange component for early career civil servants from the six countries of the Western Balkans (Albania, Bosnia & Hercegovina, Kosovo*, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia). Applications were open until 13th September 2018 ...
... submit key national accounts data in accordance with European System of National and Regional Accounts (ESA) 2010 and other relevant requirements together with the required detailed description of the methodology used. Source Delegations of Montenegro and Serbia have opened new negotiating chapters at their twelfth and ninth Accession Conference in Brussels, respectively. Montenegro has opened Chapter 27 – Environment and Climate Change, while Serbia has opened Chapter 17 – Economic and monetary policy and Chapter 18 – Statistics ...
The Social Innovation Community presents some country profiles related to the Social Innovation. Find below those from WBC. Albania Bosnia and Herzegovina FR of Macedonia Serbia https://www.siceurope.eu/countries
... of EU effort in this field, reflected through the work of Council of European Social Science Data Archives (CESSDA), organization that gathers social data archives across Europe. In addition, we analyze the current practice of data archiving in Western Balkan countries and possibilities to build the prototype of DDA in Serbia according to the European standards. by Aleksandra Bradić-Martinović and Aleksandar Zdravković (Institute of Economic Sciences, Belgrade, Serbia) Find more information and the document here ...
View the document here This study commissioned by PERFORM looks at how SSH are performing in terms of quality, excellence and relevance, discusses underlying reasons for their under-performance, and provides recommendations on how some of the issues can be addressed. http://www.perform.network/page/resources
... scholars interested in these fields but may not wish to present a paper can take part in this event as Listener. For more information click here International Conference on Research in Humanities and Social Sciences, happening on the 15th – 17th December 2018 at University of Belgrade, Serbia, aims to find innovative synergies of knowledge in the field of humanities and utilize the valuable experience of professors, experts, academics and scientific institutions of the world in order to provide an ideal opportunity for information exchange. Since the theme is a sensitive one at a global scale, much can ...
... number of suggestions on how to revise the draft documents to make them even more relevant to their target audiences. The ResInfra@DR project co-funded by ERDF and IPA funds under the Danube Transnational Programme includes a number of Danube-region countries including some Western Balkans countries, notably Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, and Montenegro. In this way, once finished the recommendations and guidelines documents will provide policymakers and stakeholders from Western Balkans countries a set of tools and methods on how to benefit from European and Danube-region good practices in making their research infrastructures more effective and relevant for their national innovation ...
... for connecting with the scientific community and effective ways of accessing information from institutions. A special focus of the workshops will be to strengthen the cross-border collaboration and the regional network of science journalists – and their links with colleagues in Western Europe. THE THREE EVENTS ARE SCHEDULED AS FOLLOWS: Belgrade, Serbia, in spring 2019 (the exact date is being confirmed); Lausanne, Switzerland, on July 1st2019,with the opportunity to attend the World Conference of Science Journalists, the main such event globally. APPLICATIONS FOR THIS EVENT ARE ALREADY OPEN; Trieste, Italy, in June 2020, in conjunction with the Euro Science ...
... of different types of waste in a safe, secure, and controlled way,” Dejana Milinković, director of the Association of the Cement Industry of Serbia (CIS) said. READ the full article here According to a roundtable recently organized by UNECOOP with the support of the Association of the Cement Industry of Serbia (CIS) and the Faculty of Applied Ecology – Futura, Serbia’s cement industry is ready to increase the use of biomass as fuel, which would have a positive impact on reducing CO2 emissions. This is what Balkan Green energy News reports on November 7th ...
... DanuBioValNet  is a project funded by the Danube Transnational Programme with focus on "Cross-clustering partnership for boosting eco-innovation by developing a joint bio-based value-added network for the Danube Region" It has conducted analyses of the satus quo of bioeconomy in its partners' countries. Two WBC are covered :   Montenegro Serbia   It has conducted analyses of the satus quo of bioeconomy in its partners' countries. Two WBC are covered : Montenegro Serbia For more information on other Danube countries and for downloading a syntesis report, please refer to DanuBioValNet page ...
Many economies where the EBRD invests have made progress in the area of green transition by ratifying the Paris Agreement and making legislative commitments to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, according to the report. Overall, however, significant challenges remain across the EBRD regions in the area of green transition, particularly as regards (i) reducing emissions in the construction, industrial and energy sectors, (ii) strengthening resistance to the negative impact of climate change ...
... strategic to integrate the region into a network of pan-European e-Infrastructures.  OpenAIRE (now Advance) is another project developing a network called the National Open Access Desks (NOAD) to support the Open Access and Open Data policies and implementation in Europe. There are NOADs already existing in the Western Balkans (Serbia, Croatia, FYROM) and pursuing this objective. The University of Belgrade (Serbia) is for instance one of them. The Analysis of Open Data and Open Science Policies in Europe  was recently updated to reflect Open Data policy changes that have surfaced between June and November 2017. New activity around national approaches to open data and open science has been identified also ...
29% Balkan Green Energy News Link 16. Nov. 2018
... an overview of the most important and relevant news, facts and figures so they can be more actively involved in shaping outcomes. Balkan Green Energy News is a project of the Centre for Promotion of Sustainable Development (Centar za promociju održivog razvoja – CPOR), a non-profit CSO from Belgrade, Serbia whose mission is to promote and facilitate implementation of sustainable development concept in Serbia and other Balkan region countries through awareness raising campaign, advocacy, information dissemination, education of relevant stakeholders and events organization. At the same time Centre for Promotion of Sustainable Development partners with and makes networks of relevant ...
... 2018 have been revised upward. Kosovo and Albania are expected to grow at 4% this year. At 3.8%, Montenegro’s growth is projected to be 1 percentage point higher, although still lower than last year. Growth in Bosnia and Herzegovina continues to be stable at an estimated 3.2%. Serbia’s economy has rebounded to 3.5% growth after last year’s weather-related slowdown. Macedonia’s growth also rebounded to 2.5%, as investor confidence was restored. Growth was stimulated by higher public investment and consumption. Driven by tax reforms and faster growth, higher tax revenues created fiscal space, which ...
... PRESS RELEASE NO: 2019/ECA/31   " Growth for the Western Balkan region is estimated to strengthen to 3.5 percent for 2018, according to the latest Western Balkans Regular Economic Report, Higher but Fragile Growth. Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, FYR Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia are estimated to grow at rates between 2.5 percent and 4 percent. While employment also rose in five of the six countries in the region, the 91,400 new jobs created between July 2017 and July 2018 were significantly fewer than the 214,000 added one year earlier. Most ...
... to give a voice to small-scale food producers and rural communities, and to support them in upgrading their production from homemade to artisan, advocating for their social and political recognition, and supporting their access to markets. 100 participants (from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Macedonia, Romania, and Serbia) at the fifth edition of Terra Madre Balkans (21-23 May 2018) share the opinion that the integration of the Western Balkan countries into the EU is a major political goal that will ensure stability and development in the region. The conference built on the human dimension by demonstrating the potential ...
... far, resulting in an average 40% decrease of energy consumption. Antić also announced that the Energy Efficiency Fund will be formed and have EUR 10 million at its disposal annually, plus EU funding, according to the statement. Energy efficiency measures have so far been implemented in 39 public buildings in Serbia, soaking RSD 415 million (about EUR 3.5 million) in investment. Read the full article here According to Balkan Green Energy News Serbia’s budget fund for improving energy efficiency in 2019 will be worth RSD 500 million (about EUR 4.22 million), which was the fund’s overall value ...
... The conflicts over the break-up of the former Yugoslavia damaged much of the energy infrastructure and compounded the challenge of providing reliable energy supply. The Western Balkans – composed of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Kosovo – is a complex region facing significant energy challenges. The conflicts over the break-up of the former Yugoslavia damaged much of the energy infrastructure and compounded the challenge of providing reliable energy supply. Electricity systems in many parts of the region remain fragile and in need of investment.  ...
... from the greater use of renewable energy and energy efficiency measures by providing a combination of financing instruments, technical assistance and policy support to create a sustainable market for energy efficiency in the Western Balkans. The countries targeted are Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, FYR of Macedonia, Kosovo, Montenegro, and Serbia. ___ In June 2012, the Steering Committee of the Western Balkans Investment Framework (WBIF) approved a €23.35 million grant to the EBRD to establish the Regional Energy Efficiency Programme for the Western Balkans.  The WBIF is a joint initiative of the European Commission together with the partner IFIs ...
... energies predominantly through the provision of dedicated financing to businesses and households via partnering with financial institutions and direct financing. The Green for Growth Fund is currently active in nineteen target markets including Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Egypt, FYR Macedonia, Georgia, Jordan, Kosovo*, Lebanon, Moldova, Montenegro, Morocco, Serbia, the Palestinian Territories, Tunisia, Turkey, and Ukraine. GGF is a unique public-private partnership established in December, 2009 to promote energy efficiency in its target region and to reduce CO2 emissions. GGF's investments seek to achieve a 20% reduction in energy consumption and/or a 20% reduction in CO2 emissions, by ...
This is a result of the S2Biom Fp7 funded project  (D 8.3a) under responsibility of the Imperial College London (Calliope Panoutsou et.al.,). Albania Bosnia & Herzegovina FYR of Macedonia Kosovo Montenegro Serbia ___ S2Biom project has been supported by the European Commission under the 7th Framework Programme and have been running from September, 2013 until November, 2016. The research work in the S2Biom project covered the whole biomass delivery chain - from primary biomass to end-use of non-food products, and from logistics and ...
... succeed or fail. Three training workshops are scheduled between November and December and aim at attracting small and medium‐sized enterprises, early stage project managers in research, social and technological innovation, and young graduates as first time applicants to transnational projects from business sector. The events are organised respectively in Serbia, Croatia and Slovenia, to help participants understand the innovation dynamics and the theory of social innovation. Content includes practical tools to initiate and support social innovation as well as case studies, group activities, and open discussion. Training dates and registration links: Social Innovation Training in Novi Sad, Serbia Venue ...
... be the biggest contribution to regional countries to overcome their underdevelopment.  Austrian Chancellor assured that the EU cannot be complete without the Western Balkans and said that the integration can become functional only through cooperation in politics and economy. Kurz praised the European perspective of Montenegro as well as Serbia, estimating that it looks “better than ever”. A number of panel discussions took place at the conference. The participants of the panel “Economic and European perspective for the Balkans” were Prime Ministers of the Western Balkans countries: Montenegro, Kosovo, Macedonia and Serbia. They expressed great interest in enhancing European and ...
... towards a progressive deepening of the socio-economic integration of WB6 within the region and with the EU. In this context, REA should be considered as an important milestone for the preparation of WB6 EU accession. Currently, the speed of EU accession process of WB countries has been relatively slow. Despite Serbia and Montenegro, identified as countries for a possible membership in 2025, for other countries such perspective seems to be far away. In this context, REA will accelerate the economic development and EU accession process of WB6 by supporting their efforts in terms of harmonizing and complying with the EU standards ...
... between existing Research Infrastructures and researchers from the WB6. The current status of the mapping RIs in the region was presented by the representatives of the individual WB6 economies. Montenegro has embarked on a revision of the national Research Infrastructure Roadmap in light of strategic developments at the national level; Serbia is in the final stage of the process of preparation of their first RI Roadmap to be completed this year; The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia has  formed a national working groups to start the development of national RI Roadmap; while Albania, Kosovo* and Bosnia and Herzegovina have ...
... these fields need to be improved.” - Prof. Dr Ivanka Popovic, Rector of Belgrade University Prof. Tibor Sabo pointed out that a significant improvement in the SSH filed has been made, although much still needs to be done to improve the quality and visibility of SSH research:  “In 2003 in Serbia only 10 papers from SSH were published in SCI listed journals. That same year in Croatia, 45 papers only from the field of sociology were published in SCI listed journals. In 2018, so far, 386 papers by Serbian SSH researchers have been published in SCI listed journals. This is a ...
... This study investigates the potential of using open data about higher education and research activities as a basis for constructing university rankings at the national level. In the case study, open data from the Ministry of Education, Science, and Technological Development of Serbia served as a foundation for deriving indicators of university performance and calculating ranks of universities from Serbia. In addition to reviewing notable international rankings of universities, authors extracted the international standings of universities from Serbia and discussed the national university rankings that were generated during our investigation. Find the study ...
... The aim of the Conference is to introduce to researchers from Serbia the principles of open science and current initiatives and requirements in this area, especially in the context of projects funded by the European Commission. Invited foreign speakers will present successful examples of the application of open science in the European Union. Also, visitor will be able to get acquainted with ...
... open science principles and enhance the social inclusiveness and accountability of publicly-funded research. Find here the outcomes BE-OPEN (Boosting Engagement of Serbian Universities in Open Science) is a structural project funded under the Erasmus+ Capacity Building in Higher Education action. The project is coordinated by the University of Novi Sad, Serbia. The main objective of the project is to develop conditions for the implementation of the core principles of Open Science at universities in Serbia. BE-OPEN http://www.beopen.uns.ac.rs
... June and November 2017, and encompasses the 28 EU member states as well as several non-EU members of the European Research Area, such as Iceland, Norway and Switzerland. New activity around national approaches to open data and open science has been identified in several countries, notably the Czech Republic, Hungary, Serbia and Sweden. Among other key findings: 11 of 28 EU member states have national, research-data related policies in place The majority of these policies are owned by – or heavily involved – national research funders; and thus, generally focus on expectations for grant recipients. Policies generally took effect between 2009 and 2017 ...
... South East Europe: A Policy Outlook 2018. Mr Fexer confirmed us that Smart specialisation has an important role to play in the Western Balkans’ further economic development and added that the process is a demanding one but will itself prove fruitful through the extensive public-private dialogue that it entails. Although Serbia and Montenegro started their smart specialisation journey a few months earlier and are currently more advanced, all Western Balkan governments seem to have recognised the value of the cmart specialisation exercise and are now starting theirs. Along the way, all six economies will face challenges. Their smart specialisation processes will ...
... 000 CHF. The aim of the tender is the selection of a consortium for the implementation of the Programme, which will include an international and a local implementation partner, with the international partner as the leader. The consortium should submit a concept for further development of civil society in Serbia. The deadline for submission of proposals is 26 October 2018. More information can be found HERE. The information on the Competition can be downloaded from civilnodrustvo.gov.rs The Swiss Cooperation Office in Serbia has announced the invitation for participating in the tender for the new programme of ...
... the second round of policy research projects organised by Public Policy Secretariat and PERFORM, and it focuses on identifying the barriers faced by women in higher education, examining the ways in which scientists combine their professional life with family responsibilities, and identifying opportunities for improving the higher education system in Serbia. “There is a common misconception that the issue of gender equality at the University of Belgrade is a resolved issue. That is why research like these are very important. The University of Belgrade is preparing Gender Equality Action Plan, which should be adopted at the next session of UB Council ...
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