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Competitiveness in South East Europe

A Policy Outlook 2018

In series:Competitiveness and Private Sector Developmentview more titles

Published on April 24, 2018

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Future economic development and the well-being of citizens in South East Europe (SEE) increasingly depend on greater economic competitiveness. Realising the region’s economic potential requires a holistic, growth-oriented policy approach. Against the backdrop of enhanced European Union (EU) accession prospects and a drive towards deeper regional co-operation, SEE governments have demonstrated a renewed commitment to enacting policy reforms.   The second edition of Competitiveness in South East Europe: A Policy Outlook seeks to help SEE policy makers assess progress made towards their growth goals and benchmark them against regional peers and OECD good practices. The 17 policy dimensions addressed in this report encompass a wide range of areas key to economic competitiveness including the business environment, skills and capacity, the region's economic structure and its governance. The report leveraged a highly participatory assessment process which brought together more than 1 500 individual stakeholders including OECD experts, SEE policy makers, private sector representatives and regional policy networks and organisations to create a balanced view of performance.Since the latest edition of the report, there have been areas of noteworthy progress. The six assessed SEE economies have adopted strategies to improve the overall standard of education, acted to remove technical barriers to trade and taken steps to establish better financing mechanisms for small and medium-sized enterprises. Further efforts are underway to expand broadband services and close the digital divide, tackle inefficiencies in the energy and agriculture sectors, and address demographic challenges posed by long-term unemployment. Notwithstanding these important gains, there remain considerable challenges for these economies as they continue their journey towards structural reform.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Foreword
Acronyms and abbreviations
Executive summary
Methodology
Overview
Investment policy and promotion in South East Europe
Trade policy and facilitation in South East Europe
Access to finance in South East Europe
Tax policy in South East Europe
Competition policy in South East Europe
State-owned enterprises in South East Europe
Education and competencies in South East Europe
Employment policy in South East Europe
Science, technology and innovation in South East Europe
Digital society in South East Europe
Transport policy and performance in South East Europe
Energy policy in South East Europe
Environmental policy in South East Europe
Agriculture in South East Europe
Tourism in South East Europe
Public services in South East Europe
Anti-corruption policy in South East Europe
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