An Economic and Investment Plan for the Western Balkans

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Series Details COM (2020) 641
Publication Date 06/10/2020
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Communication published by the European Commission on 6 October 2020, setting out an Economic and Investment Plan for the Western Balkans.

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The Plan aims to spur the long-term economic recovery of the region, support a green and digital transition, foster regional integration and convergence with the European Union (EU). It sets out a substantial investment package mobilising up to €9 billion of funding for the region. It is set to support sustainable connectivity, human capital, competitiveness and inclusive growth, and the twin green and digital transition.

A set of guidelines for implementing the Green Agenda in the Western Balkans was also presented. This was expected to be adopted at a forthcoming Western Balkans summit later in the year.

The Economic and Investment Plan was put forward alongside the publication of the annual Enlargement Package reports.

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Associated Press, 06/10/2020: EU unveils 9 billion euro investment plan for the Balkans
Deutsche Welle, 06/10/2020: EU set to invest €9 billion in Balkans

EUR-Lex: SWD(2020)223: Staff Working Document accompanying the Communication - Guidelines for the Implementation of the Green Agenda for the Western Balkans
European Commission: Press Release, 06/10/2020: Western Balkans: An Economic and Investment Plan to support the economic recovery and convergence
European Commission: Questions and Answers: Economic and Investment Plan for the Western Balkans (6 October 2020)

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