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South East Europe – SEE2030 Strategy

The South East European Co-operation Process (SEECP) leaders tasked the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) at the SEECP Summit held in 2019 to develop a long-term strategy for the South East European (SEE) region, following the successes and lessons learned from the previous SEE 2020 Strategy and based on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs).

The RCC is developing the SEE 2030 in a highly collaborative process to ensure maximum regional ownership, with inputs from public authorities of all thirteen SEECP participants as well as their civil society, public sector, think tanks and academia representatives, led by the principles of a bottom-up approach. Participation of a wide range of regional and international organisations and international financial institutions during the preparation of the document has provided a high level of synergy which will continue throughout the implementation stages.

The SEE 2030 Strategy seeks to promote and advance through regional cooperation the implementation of UN SDGs within the SEE region across the three dimensions of sustainable development:

  • Prosperity

  • People

  • Peace and Partnerships


By supporting the design of regional, all-inclusive and coherent policies, the aim is to achieve regionally sustainable economic growth in order to reduce poverty and inequalities, improve social inclusion, empower women, decelerate depopulation, enhance the overall quality of life for citizens and accelerate the green and digital transition without disrupting competitiveness and private sector development.

Led by the principles of green and digital transformation, SEE 2030 Strategy is fully in line with global development trajectories and European Union (EU) priorities, thereby also serving to promote Euro-Atlantic integration. Furthermore, it will complement the recovery of the region following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic and contribute to strengthening the resilience of societies to external shocks and challenges.

The SEE 2030 Strategy is expected to be adopted at the SEECP Summit in Antalya in June 2021. 

SEECP participants:

- Albania

- Croatia

- Moldova

- Romania

- Turkey

- Bosnia and Herzegovina

- Greece

- Montenegro

- Slovenia

- Bulgaria

- Kosovo*

- Republic of North Macedonia

- Serbia



* This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.

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12.5% of people in SEE live below mid-high income economy poverty line

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Average unemployment rate in SEE was 11% on 2020 with YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT reaching 22,5%

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South East Europe is a region of 150 milion people... by 2100 that number will fall to less than 123milion

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South East Europe GDP suffered decrease by 5.7% due to Covid-19 pandemic

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Average citizen of South East Europe lives 3 years less than a citizen of the European Union

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In SEE the use of coal in energy supply is 26%, in some cases the percentages goes even above 50% while the EU average is 16%