Western Balkans and EU collaboration: Western Balkans and EU collaboration
- Ognjen Prnjat (GRNET)
One of the priorities of the Slovenian EU Presidency entitled "A credible and secure European Union, capable of ensuring security and stability in its neighbourhood" is paying special attention to the development in the Western Balkans region (Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, Northern Macedonia, Serbia) also with regard to the enlargement of the EU.
Research Infrastructures and electronic infrastructures (e-Infrastructures) are key enablers for research collaboration across the globe, and are even more important in regions with long-standing disagreements. Research networking and establishment of National Research and Education Networks (NRENs) are fundamental to interconnect researchers and thus bridge the digital divide between parts of the SEE region and the rest of Europe. The session aims to provide insights into the latest developments to further research and education in the Western Balkans region via relevant work on the development of such infrastructures, including related foresight studies, as a means for integration with Europe and foundation for economic development.