Competitiveness in South East Europe 2021

A Policy Outlook

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The future sustainable economic development and well-being of citizens in South East Europe depend on greater economic competitiveness. Reinforcing the region’s economic potential in a post-COVID-19 context requires a holistic, inclusive and growth‑oriented approach to policy making. Against the backdrop of enhanced European Union (EU) accession prospects and a drive towards deeper regional integration, the governments of the six Western Balkan (WB6) economies have demonstrated a renewed commitment to enacting policy reforms.

The third edition of Competitiveness in South East Europe: A Policy Outlook comprehensively assesses policy reforms in the WB6 economies across 16 policy dimensions crucial to their competitiveness. It leverages a highly participatory assessment process, which brought together the views of OECD experts, WB6 policy makers and local non-governmental stakeholders to create a balanced and realistic depiction of their performance. The report seeks to provide WB6 policy makers with a multi-dimensional benchmarking tool, enabling them to compare performance against regional peers as well as OECD good practices, and to design future policies based on rich evidence and actionable policy recommendations.

Economy-specific profiles complement the regional assessment for the first time in this edition of Competitiveness in South East Europe: A Policy Outlook, and provide each WB6 economy with an in-depth analysis of their competitive potential as well as policy recommendations tailored to their specific challenges to inform their structural economic reforms and sustainable development agenda.



U posljednje dvije decenije šest ekonomija Zapadnog Balkana (WB6) implementirale su niz ekonomskih reformi koje su ojačale njihovu konkurentnost; ipak, 2020. godine suočile su se s neviđenim problemima. Pandemija bolesti COVID-19 imala je teške posljedice za regiju; bruto domaći proizvod smanjio se za 3,3%, što pogoršava postojeće strukturne probleme i stavlja nove u prvi plan. Pandemija je otkrila potrebu za preusmjeravanjem reformskih prioriteta u regiji ka većem fokusu na održivost, uključivost i dobrobit građana. U ovom je kontekstu holistički, na dokazima zasnovan program strukturnih reformi koji oblikuje put ka održivom, uključivom rastu i povećanju životnog standarda od najveće važnosti za svih šest ekonomija Zapadnog Balkana.

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