Quality education, research and innovation are the foundations of a competitive and successful economy. While the Western Balkan economies have significantly improved in terms of innovation performance over the last ten years, the region still lags behind the European average.
But the potential is there, and the talent is there! The EU is already behind many initiatives that support young researchers and enable cooperation between research and business, and across borders – and is increasing support and collaboration opportunities to unlock talents across the region.
Education is the backbone of a competitive workforce and economy. The EU is behind many initiatives to improve the skills base and support quality education in the Western Balkans.
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The Erasmus+ 2023 European Universities call is now open for the participation of higher education institutions from all Western Balkans countries as full partners.
Factsheets | Published in: 2021
The EU Economic and Investment Plan for the Western Balkans plan identifies ten investment flagships. It aims to spur long-term recovery, accelerate the green and digital transition, and foster regional cooperation and convergence with the EU.
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