Western Balkans Agenda: Short summary

The Western Balkans Agenda on Innovation, Research, Education, Culture, Youth and Sport outlines a comprehensive, long-term strategy for cooperation with the Western Balkans.

Through increased investment, the agenda and its proposed actions will contribute to developing the region’s economic and societal development.

The EU supports stronger cooperation between the Western Balkans’ stakeholders and EU countries to successfully implement the deliverables of the agenda. The agenda and its action plan is built on 3 main pillars: Political, Thematic, and Regional.

Political agendaThematic agendaRegional agenda
Towards a sustainable future by stimulating an economy that supports the recovery and helps to create jobsTowards closer alignment with the EU strategic prioritiesTowards a closer regional economic integration through planned investments in human capital development and digital transformation
> reflecting the strategic importance of the region and supporting its integration process through increased EU engagement
> nurturing knowledge-based societies and evidence-informed policy making
> supporting the association to all EU programmes covering Research, Innovation, Education, Culture, Youth and Sport
> supporting the implementation of systemic changes and reforms
> transforming the national research and innovation eco-systems
> counteracting climate change and supporting the digital transformation
> promoting the implementation of the EU Green Deal in the Western Balkans
> enhancing the quality of education and training
> boosting human capital development
> reducing the gender and digital divide
> improving mobility and connectivity
> fostering cultural and regional cooperation


Action Table

Forthcoming Actions


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