Competitiveness - Meetings


High-Level Conference on Economic Reform Programmes and Launch of the OECD Competitiveness Outlook 2018
11-12 June 2018, Skopje
Draft agenda


Kick-off meeting of the ERP 2019-2021 and Launch of the OECD Competitiveness Outlook 2018
13 June 2018, Tirana
Draft Agenda


High-Level Conference: A New Reform Agenda for a more Competitive South East Europe
24 April 2018, Paris

Competitiveness Outlook 2018 cover

The OECD SEE High-Level Conference 2018 was held to support SEE economies in shaping a new reform agenda which strengthens economic competitiveness across four pillars: business environment, skills and capacity, economic structure and governance with a total of 17 policy areas. The conference served as a high-level forum for SEE economies to exchange experiences and good practices in using OECD tools and analysis in their policy reform processes. To enrich this discussion and reinforce this process, the Competitiveness in South East Europe: A Policy Outlook 2018 publication was launched.

Opening speeches were given by OECD Secretary-General, Mr Angel Gurría, DG NEAR Deputy Director General, Ms Katarína Mathernová of the European Commission, Deputy Prime Minister of Romania, Ms Ana Birchall, Minister of the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, Ms Liliana Pavlova and Secretary General of the Austrian Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs, Mr Michael Linhart.

The key-note speakers were Mr Ivan Mikloš, President of MESA10 and former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Slovak Republic and Mr Peter Pogańćar, State Secretary, Ministry of Labour, Family, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities, Slovenia.



Related materials:

• Meeting Agenda

Photos from the event

• More on the South East Europe Competitiveness project

Competitiveness in South East Europe: A Policy Outlook 2018

Pocketbook - SEE Competititveness Outlook 2018

The South East Europe Competitiveness Outlook Project (video)

• EU high-level conference: "Smart Specialisation and Technology Transfer as Innovation Drivers for Regional Growth", 3-4 May 2018, Sofia



Competitiveness Outlook Week, 3-5 July 2017, Paris

The meeting served as a forum to discuss the OECD’s draft analysis and regional-level policy recommendations for each of the 17 policy areas of the Competitiveness Outlook assessment. In addition, it has enabled participants to learn about OECD tools and good practices for selected key policy recommendations. Participants included Competitiveness Outlook Coordinators, Ministry representatives and directors of statistical offices from each of the six partner economies, as well as representatives from several Directorate Generals of the European Commission, the Regional Cooperation Council, South East European Embassies in France, and various OECD Directorates. The meeting has paved the way for the drafting of the OECD flagship publication Competitiveness in South East Europe: A Policy Outlook 2018, which will be published in April 2018.

CO Reconciliation Meetings, 28 March - 15 May 2017CO Reconciliation meetings 2017

The reconciliation phase of the project was implemented between 28 March and 15 May 2017 with the aim of meeting government and non-governmental stakeholders across South East Europe to fill remaining information gaps within the Competitiveness Outlook assessment and to align on differences between the government self-assessment the independent assessment. The OECD team met with more than 1,000 stakeholders across the six partner economies of South East Europe and held approximately 150 in-depth meetings across the 17 policy dimensions. As a next step, the government and the independent assessments will be reconciled into a single assessment which is the basis for analysing and drafting the Competitiveness Outlook publication.

Second Co-ordination Meeting and Training  Seminar of the SEE Competitiveness Outlook 2018 Cycle‌, 7-8 March 2017, Paris, France 

SEE/CO 08.02.2017The event brought together around 25 representatives from six South East European governments and partner organisations (European Commission, Eurostat, Regional Coordination Council) to prepare governments for the reconciliation and analysis phase of the project. In particular the reconciliation meetings were discussed and planned. These will take place throughout March, April and May in the region’s capitals.

First Co-ordination meeting for the SEE Competitiveness Outlook 2018 Cycle, 3-4 October, 2016 Paris, France

The event brought together around 30 representatives from six South East European governments and partner organisations (European Commission, Eurostat, Regional Coordination Council)  to kick-start the second Competitiveness Outlook cycle which will lead to the 2018 flagship publication. Meeting participants discussed the project design and prepared the assessment phase launched in October and November across the region's capital cities.

SEE in-country road show to launch the Competitiveness Outlook 2016

In addition to the high-level conference in Paris in February 2016, the Competitiveness Outlook 2016 publication was also launched in the capitals of each of the six beneficiary economies during March and April 2016. The meetings were usually opened at deputy Prime Minister or ministerial level of the host economy and were followed by a detailed presentation by the OECD Secretariat, displaying the regional and economy-specific results of the publication. The launch meetings were concluded by question and answer sessions with key stakeholders, including line ministries, government agencies, and representatives from academia, civil society and the private sector.

  • Sarajevo, 13 April 2016
  • Belgrade, 12 April 2016 
  • Podgorica, 7 April 2016
  • Tirana, 6 April 2016
  • Prishtina, 16 March 2016
  • Skopje, 15 March 2016 

Competitiveness for Growth in South East Europe26 February 2016, Paris, France

SEE/CO 26.02.2016
This event built on the work of the OECD South East Europe Regional Programme and created an opportunity to further strengthen the relations between the countries of the region and the OECD and support a broader, high-level debate on factors of competitiveness for growth in the region.

The event was structured around:


*This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with United Nations Security Council Resolution 1244/99 and the Advisory Opinion of the International Court of Justice on Kosovo’s declaration of independence.


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