The OECD and South East Europe
The OECD has been working with South East Europe (SEE) since 2000 to ensure peace, stability and prosperity in a region weakened by conflict, but endowed with rich resources and dynamism. Governments, business leaders and civil society have worked together under the leadership of the OECD to meet economic challenges, including weathering the global economic and financial crisis and preparing for European Union accession. The OECD has supported the region to design and implement reforms to foster private sector development and competitiveness, attract more and better investment and raise living standards.
This support has ranged from policy analysis and monitoring to policy design, capacity building and implementation support. The OECD has also been active in facilitating policy dialogue at technical and high political level and in transferring good policy practices across various policy areas from OECD member states to the SEE region. The OECD’s policy analysis and diagnosis is also widely leveraged by its international development partners and feeds into strategic documents such as the European Commission’s annual Progress Reports or international development agencies’ resource prioritisation.
- Consult the South East Europe programme's publications
* 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.
- New Project: Digital Transition
- New Project: Supporting Green Transition through Circular Economy Roadmaps
- "Friends of South East Europe" meetings
- OECD and EU launch project to reinforce competitiveness and sustainability in the Western Balkans and Türkiye
- Western Balkan Summit of the Berlin Process
- OECD holds collective action meetings in support of fair market conditions
- Launch of the SME Policy Index: Western Balkans and Turkey 2022 | Pocketbook
- Launch of Labour Migration in the Western Balkans: Mapping Patterns, Addressing Challenges and Reaping Benefits
- Launch of the 2021 Competitiveness Outlook | Pocketbook
- High-Level Conference on South East Europe: Human Capital Flight - Shaping the Future together
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High-Level Conference on South East Europe
Examines the relevance of Special Economic Zones as a policy tool for sustainable and responsible investment in the region
Analyzes the exports from the region, identifying promising products and sectors that may contribute to higher economic sophistication and faster development
Features 40 indicators on public finance, public employment, centre of government, budgeting practices and procedures (7 July 2020)
One of the most comprehensive assessments of policies critical to competitiveness in South East Europe
Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are essential drivers of sustainable economic growth in the Western Balkans and Turkey, where they make up 99% of all firms, generate 65% value added and account for 75% of employment.
The report Labour Migration in the Western Balkans: Mapping Patterns, Addressing Challenges and Reaping Benefits analyses labour migration patterns of the Western Balkan economies, investigates their root causes as well as potential consequences, and examines the economies’ current migration and diaspora policies.