11.05.2011 - UNESCO Venice Office

Research Policies for Western Balkan Countries. Steering Platform meets

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The Western Balkan Countries INCO-NET platform enhances integration of the Western Balkan countries (WBC) in the European Research Area. The project WBC-INCO.NET is supported by the European Commission under the 7th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (2007-2013). Mario Scalet, head of Science unit of UNESCO Venice Office, will be participating as member of the WBC-INCO.NET Steering Platform in the upcoming session to be held in Ohrid, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, on 26 May 2011. The issue of enlargement in the direction of the so-called Western Balkan countries is high on the political agenda of the European Union. The Western Balkan countries INCO-NET project assists in developing policies and cooperation activities between the EU and the WBCs in the area of science and technology (S&T).

Throughout its total duration of six years (2008 to 2013), the project supports the Steering Platform on Research for the Western Balkan countries in the facilitation of interaction between the Western Balkan countries, the EU Member States, states associated to the Framework Programmes for RTD and the European Commission. It is a strategic body designed to deal with European, multilateral and regional issues of science and technology policies in and with the WBCs.

The core objectives of WBC-INCO.NET are: to support the bi-regional dialogue on science and technology (S&T) by benefiting from and interacting with the Steering Platform on Research for the Western Balkan countries, To identify RTD potentials and priorities for take-up in FP7 and other European programmes in a transparent and methodologically sound way, and To enhance participation of researchers from the WBC in European projects of mutual interest and benefit by capacity building measures and accompanying networking activities.

The project objectives are being achieved in close interaction with the Steering Platform on Research for the Western Balkan countries, launched under the Austrian EU Presidency in 2006. Twice a year, representatives of EU Member States, the European Commission, candidate and potential candidate countries and FP7 associated states, and other relevant stakeholders active in the region meet in the frame of the Steering Platform to discuss achievements and perspectives of bi-regional R&D cooperation.

Website : www.wbc-inco.net

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