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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.

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Health policy in South East Europe

Health policy aims to improve the state of physical, mental and social well-being of a person. Four sub-dimensions analyse the Health Policy Dimension. The Universal Health Coverage Sub-Dimension examines whether universal, high-quality health systems have been adopted and the extent to which they address services at all levels of care and health in low-income and vulnerable groups. The Health Governance and Resources Sub-Dimension assesses intergovernmental mechanisms for co-ordinated policy action and health intelligence systems. The Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Sub-Dimension evaluates health literacy and empowerment initiatives and instruments for curbing tobacco and alcohol consumption. The Regional Co-operation Sub-Dimension describes cross-border harmonisation activities.

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