WBC-INCO.NET organized a series of meetings on 4-6 June 2013 in Budva, Montenegro

WBC-INCO.NET held the Executive Steering Board and the General Assembly of the project on 4 and 5 June, in Budva, Montenegro. The Executive Steering Board focused on the sustainability of the project results and cooperation with other initiatives, the General Assembly included an overview on current and upcoming activities as well as on new activities suggested in WBC-INCO.NET. Both meetings were restricted to project team members.

One of the meetings held was the 14th Steering Platform on Research for the Western Balkan Countries. The Steering Platform was co-chaired by Montenegro – who hosted the event on behalf of the Western Balkan Countries, Irish Presidency of the Council of the European Union and the European Commission.

The Steering Platform facilitates the interaction between the Western Balkan Countries, the EU member states, the candidate and potential candidate countries and other states associated to the Framework Programmes for RTD and the European Commission. Its main objective is to support the enhanced integration of the WBCs in the European Research Area. It is a strategic body to deal with European, multilateral and regional issues of Science and Technology policies in and with the WBCs. It acts as an information exchange centre, clearing house for joint ideas and activities, and coordination forum for needs, suggestions and proposals of the WBCs to the European Commission, the EU27, candidate and potential candidate countries and the countries associated to FP7 (AC) and vice versa.

The discussion of the Steering Platform was centered on latest developments, novelties and support in view of Horizon 2020. Besides that, also progresses of other regional cooperation initiatives and strategies were debated.

On this page you can find progress reports on recent developments regarding S&T cooperation in/with/for the Western Balkan Countries for download from the 14th Steering Platform: