Strategic Foresight in the Western Balkans

With the COVID-19 crisis, the world is experiencing unprecedented disruption to daily lives and to the social, economic, and governance systems that support them. The Western Balkans are no exception. Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are struggling hard and looking for ways to respond to the still unfolding situation. Foresight is the discipline of exploring, anticipating and shaping the future to help building and using collective intelligence in a structured, systematic and systemic way to anticipate developments. Foresight can therefore help to cope with such uncertainties and understand the implications for SMEs and policymakers in the long term. Lessons learned in today’s pandemic could be used to inform tomorrow’s policy actions. While being overwhelmed by these challenges, the Western Balkans must not overlook the opportunities that crises can provide to re-imagine and rebuild our future. In the coming period, choices will be made on how to best allocate and invest resources to recover from the crisis. Such decisions will shape the coming decades and therefore it is important to start thinking about:

  • What are the biggest opportunities for transformation towards more resilient Western Balkans?
  • How will the Western Balkans' economy, society, and governance evolve until 2035?
  • What role can Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) play in the coming decades?

 

In such a framework, the Commission has recently published the study “Strategic Foresight in the Western Balkans: Recovery on the Horizon.” The study outlines three scenarios on the possible futures of Research and Innovation (R&I) policies in the Western Balkans region in 2035. Making use of Strategic Foresight will yield benefits for research and innovation eco-systems, as outlined in the ‘Western Balkans Agenda on Innovation, Research, Education, Culture, Youth and Sport’.

Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth said:

We need to think about how research and innovation policies can unfold their potential and bring added valued to all our citizens. The Western Balkans Agenda on Innovation, Research, Education, Culture, Youth and Sport will advance the most desirable shared future in this region and we are already delivering on one of its objectives with this foresight study.

The study’s scenarios are rooted in an extensive co-creation process with more than 700 experts on R&I from the Western Balkans, who represent academia, civil society, the private sector, international organisations as well as central and subnational governments. The scenarios help to envision different futures and highlight possible actions that can be taken today in the Western Balkans to work towards the most sustainable future:

  • Joining the Common Market: outlines a potential future in which the latest EU Members Albania, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia benefit from a range of European Framework Programmes and tailored support initiatives such as the European Commission’s Green Deal Just Transition Mechanism.
  • Looking beyond EU borders: constitutes a scenario in which EU accession negotiations have come to a standstill.
  • Putting Business First: depicts a scenario in which economic modernisation and public sector innovation are supported by EU institutions as well as by the European Investment Bank.

The study concludes with initial roadmaps tailored for each of the Western Balkans that can inspire decicion-makers with goals and actions needed to further develop their R&I systems.

 

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Events

  • 28th Conference of the ERCO-PGV

    The 28th Conference of the ERCO-PGV will be held in Ohrid, Macedonia, from 22 to 24 sept. 2022. It will be organized by the University in Skopje and will focus on : COOPERATIONS AND ENLARGEMENT: TWO CHALLENGES...

  • 17th International Energy Fair

    International Energy Fair (with UFI license) is the largest annual regional get together of companies, corporations, enterprises, institutions and professionals dealing with electric power, coal, oil...

  • Launch of the 11th survey round of the European Social Survey

    The launch of the 11th survey round of the ESS will take place on 28.06.2022 in Tirana, Albania. All WB6 can participate in the survey for the first time Survey results are expected to become available...

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  • Western Balkans Alumni Association

    The Western Balkans Alumni Association (WBAA) is a regional association of alumni from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Kosovo * and Serbia, who pursued international learning...

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  • Balkan Barometer

    Balkan Barometer is an annual survey of public opinion and business sentiments in six Western Balkans economies, commissioned by the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC). It is examining aspirations and...

  • Strategic foresight

    Foresight is the discipline of exploring, anticipating and shaping the future to help building and using collective intelligence in a structured, systematic and systemic way to anticipate developments...

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Projects

  • Western Balkans Youth Lab Project

    The three-year EU funded and RCC implemented Western Balkans Youth Lab Project that kicked-off in January 2020 aims to provide opportunities for youth to participate in decision-making. The project is...

  • EU Scheme for Young Professionals in BiH

    Who are we? The EU Scheme for Young Professionals in BiH is a project which assists Bosnia and Herzegovina in developing a professional, de-politicised and merit-based service system. The program provides...

  • Regional Programme on Local Democracy in the Western Balkans 2

    Regional Programme on Local Democracy in the Western Balkans 2 (ReLOaD2) is a continuation of a regional project effort funded by the European Union and implemented by the United Nations Development...

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