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... WISE Facility) is to promote policy stability and continuity of reform in the Western Balkans’ research and innovation sector. This sector-wide approach will ultimately help improve the quality of public expenditures on research and innovation and thereby increase the sector’s contribution to economic growth and job creation.   Networks of Excellence The program will finance selected Joint Programs of Activities. These will consist of a set of integrated activities that describes how partners will work to enhance complementarity and develop mutual specialization, building on strengths and reducing their weaknesses. Source: Source: Western Balkans Regional R&D Strategy for Innovation -- World Bank Technical Assistance Project http://www.worldbank.org/en/events/2013/10/24/balkans-innovation-event
... Deskov, University American College Skopje Dr. Ivan Dodovski, Chairperson, University American College Skopje Dr. Stevo Pendarovski, University American College Skopje Dr. Marjan Petreski, University American College Skopje Dr. Miodraga Stefanovska, University American College Skopje This conference is organized in cooperation with Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, office in FYR of Macedonia. For more information visit: http://www.uacs.edu.mk/Conference/ This inter- and multi-disciplinary one-day conference seeks to explore potential vistas for building a strong European Union – one that capitalizes on creativity, innovation and digital technologies while strengthening its core political values of freedom, solidarity and integration ...
... piece to the Western Balkans Regional R&D Strategy for Innovation.  This Overview provides the background and analysis that informed the development of the strategy. It is informed by consultations with the Advisory Board, as well as by the research commissioned for the preparation of the strategy. This overview outlines the performance of the research  and innovation sector, and describes the major drivers of this performance. World Bank http://www.worldbank.org/content/dam/Worldbank/document/eca/WBRIS%20Overview%2010-21-13%20web.pdf
... under the Western Balkans Regional R&D Strategy for Innovation World Bank Technical Assistance Project funded by the European Commission (DG ENLARG – TF011064). In 2009 a Joint Statement was developed during a Ministerial Conference in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, expressing the interest of the Western Balkans region in developing a joint strategy on research and innovation. In September 2011, the World Bank and the European Commission signed an agreement to support the development of this Strategy. The resulting technical assistance is being financed through a Multi-beneficiary Instrument of Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA). The Strategy ...
... The most obvious case is Serbia, where the EU has strongly supported the DS and former President Boris Tadić, but where the incentive of EU membership has also resulted in a split (and the final diminishing) of the Radical Party. In other countries there has been less drastic change (Montenegro, FYR of Macedonia), but political elites have nevertheless had to engage with EU integration and progress towards membership in the EU as a key tool of political legitimacy ...
44% AcademLink Link 24. Oct. 2013
AcademLink is a scientific network which gathers researchers, post-graduates and university educators of South-East Europe.  The network connects more than 2000 members (mostly University professors and Institute researchers who are working in the SEE region – Serbia, Croatia, FYR Macedonia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Slovenia) and its membership is continually on the rise. AcademLink issues each Thursday newsletter which is distributed to: • All of its members (2000 researchers) • Scientists who are subscribed to newsletter, but are not members of AcademLink (more than 300 individuals) • All faculties, colleges and institutes ...
... workshop were researchers from a multitude of backgrounds: Academia; civil society organisations from fyr of Macedonia, Albania and Bosnia and Herzegovina; the private sector; and representatives from the World Bank, the International Organization for Migration, the International Centre for Migration Policy Development, Migration, Asylum, Refugees Regional Initiative (MARRI). Primary topics of concern were related to the positive and negative impacts of migration on, and remittances for, family members left behind in FYR of Macedonia and Albania. These impacts included a myriad of topics: Whether remittances in Macedonia affect poverty and inequality; negative long term effects of incoming remittances in Bosnia and Herzegovina; the impact of remittances for macroeconomic stabilisation and development in Macedonia; the role of emigration and remittances as adjustment mechanisms in labour markets, using FYR of Macedonia as an example; whether migration has any impact on women’s empowerment in traditionally patriarchal countries, similar to Albania, FYR  of Macedonia and Bosnia and Herzegovina; and the use and prospects of remittances in FYR of Macedonia.   Workshop Proceedings Migration and Remittances in the Western Balkans ...
... students in all major subfields of sociology, economy, political science, international relations and other related topics focusing particularly on the transition of Balkan countries. The 4th International Conference on European Studies Epoka University in Tirana, Albania in cooperation with other universities from Albania, UK, Turkey, USA, Italy, Greece, Bosnia, Serbia, FYR of Macedonia, Montenegro and Azerbaijan, organizes the 4th International Conference on European Studies (ICES'13) on “Social, Economic and Political Transition of Balkans”, which will take place on 8th and 9th of November in Tirana, Albania. http://ices.epoka.edu.al/2013/?c=631&p=631 Epoka University in Tirana
... in an interactive way by collecting already existing knowledge of the group about the relevant topics. Claudia Koegler from Austrian KPMG and Nevena Sicevic from Serbian KMPG, a well known European auditing institution, provided details and shared their personal experiences and concrete examples on most common pitfalls in the process of audits. Most interest and discussion obtained personnel costs: The rules and regulations of FP7 do not allow for any financial incentives for the (miserably paid) employed researchers of the Western Balkan Countries and at the same time their hourly rate (in average 8-9 EUR for the highest qualified and experienced researcher) extremely diverge from an average western European rate for the same performance ...
... encouraged for the WBCs and offers a good opportunity to prepare for innovation development. It is a valuable tool on the road to EU accession. Therefore RIS3 assessment which will create a useful foundation document to be used when preparing the RIS3 strategy in the future will be prepared for FYR of Macedonia as a pilot country (acting as a region) in WB region, while it will be presented and further discussed at the workshop to take place in November 20/21 2013 in Skopje. This workshop will be organised in cooperation with the World Bank Team (Regional R&D Strategy for ...
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