Competitiveness in South East Europe

A Policy Outlook

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Future economic development and the wellbeing of citizens in South East Europe (SEE) depend more than ever on greater economic competitiveness. To underpin the drive to improve competitiveness and foster private investment, an integrated policy approach is needed. This first edition of Competitiveness in South East Europe: A Policy Outlook seeks to help policy makers in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Kosovo, and Serbia assess their progress towards their growth goals and benchmark them against the good practices adopted by OECD countries and the performance of their regional peers.

This report addresses 15 policy dimensions critical to competitive economies that draw on the South East Europe 2020 Strategy (SEE 2020), a regional growth strategy drawn up by the Regional Cooperation Council and adopted by SEE governments in 2013. The qualitative assessments presented herein use scoring frameworks to enable regional comparisons. A participatory assessment process – that brings together regional policy networks and organisations, policy makers, independent experts and the private sector – ensures a balanced view of performance.



Environmental policy in South East Europe

Environmental policies seek to meet sustainability objectives by ensuring that critical input factors, such as human and natural resources, remain available over time. This chapter on the Environmental Policy Dimension considers three sub-dimensions in its assessment of environmental performance and policy development. The Capacity for Climate Change Adaptation Sub-Dimension assesses how economic and social systems adapt to changes in the environment attributable to climate change. The Environmental Protection Sub-Dimension examines the efficiency, consistency and enforceability of environmental legislation, institutions and policy. The Natural Resource Management Sub-Dimension investigates policies to balance the use of natural resources as an economic asset while safeguarding their long-term sustainability.




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