12 Oct 2021
Foresight study sets out possible scenarios for research and innovation policies in the Western Balkans by 2035
The European Commission has published a foresight study which sets out possible scenarios for research and innovation policies in the Western Balkans by 2035. The scenarios were developed in a co-creation process with R&I experts from the Western Balkans who represent academia, civil society, the private sector, international organisations as well as central and subnational governments. The scenarios aim to sensitise policy-makers in the Western Balkans for different possible futures and for actions they can take today to shape the future they want:
- Scenario 1 - Joining the Common Market: outlines a potential future in which the latest EU Members Albania, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia benefit from a range of European Framework Programmes and tailored support initiatives such as the European Commission’s Green Deal Just Transition Mechanism.
- Scenario 2 - Looking beyond EU borders: constitutes a scenario in which EU accession negotiations have come to a standstill.
- Scenario 3 - Putting Business First: depicts a scenario in which economic modernisation and public sector innovation are supported by EU institutions as well as by the European Investment Bank.
The study concludes with initial roadmaps tailored for each of the Western Balkans that can inspire decision-makers with goals and actions needed to further develop their R&I systems.