Second S3 Thematic Workshop for the Western Balkans - Collaboration in the ICT Domain

  • 26 Sep 2022 to 27 Sep 2022
  • Online event

The JRC aims at supporting initiatives and actions that may increase collaboration opportunities for the Western Balkan economies that can enhance competitiveness of the region in terms of its economic and innovation potential. Deeper analysis of the regional ICT potential, being a common priority area for the economies that are in the advanced stage of the Smart Specialisation process, and the related analysis of ICT value chains in the region serve this objective. 

To this purpose, a two-day online workshop will be held on September 26 and 27 in order to identify the opportunities for regional cooperation in the Smart Specialisation priority domain of ICT (and respective sub-domains), as well as initiatives to promote such cooperation. 

This event will bring together various national stakeholders in the ICT area from the Western Balkan region who will discuss potential promising areas for cooperation, regional research and innovation potential in the context of ICT cooperation, and opportunities and challenges for joining efforts in advancing regional competitiveness in the ICT area.

The workshop will build on previous works on the topic, JRC’s findings from the ongoing research on value chains in the Western Balkans as well as on the updates on the ongoing S3 processes in the six economies.


26 September, 2022

  1. 10:00-10:20
    Opening session and welcome note
    • Alesandro Rainoldi, Head of Unit, Joint Research Centre
    • Monika Matusiak, Team Leader, Joint Research Centre
  2. 10:20-10:30
    Smart Specialisation and collaboration opportunities in the ICT priority area in the Western Balkans
    • Nikola Radovanovic, Senior Economic and Policy Analyst, Joint Research Centre
  3. 10:30-11:45
    Supporting regional I&R collaboration in the ICT area in the Western Balkans

    Panel discussion moderated by Elisa Gerussi, Economic and Policy Analyst, Joint Research Centre 

    • Malgorzata Nikowska, Head of Unit, DG CNECT
    • Youssef Tadros, Policy Officer, DG NEAR
    • Bernhard Fabianek, Policy Officer, DG RTD
    • Sinisa Marcic, Expert on Human Capital Development, Regional Cooperation Council
    • Judith Litjens, Policy Officer, COST
    • Pirita Vuorinen, Human Capital Development Specialist, European Training Foundation
  4. 11:45-12:00
    Technical break
  5. 12:00-13:30
    Round table “ICT in the Western Balkans - From smart priorities to smart implementation”

    Round table moderated by Alasdair Reid


    • Marijeta Barjaktarovic Lanzardi, Head of the S3 team of Montenegro
    • Viktor Nedovic, Head of the S3 team of Serbia
    • Vladimir Atanasovski, professor at the FEIT UKIM Skopje, North Macedonia
    • Geron Kamberi, S3 team expert, Albania
    • Adnan Ahmeti, Senior Strategic Planning Officer/Prime Minister's Office, Kosovo*
    • Tanja Lucic, Directorate for Economic Planning, Bosnia and Herzegovina

    Discussants will include other representatives from the Western Balkan economies


    (*)     This designation is without prejudice to positions on status and is in line with UNSCR 1244/1999 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence. 

  6. 13:30-13:45
    Technical break (for summing up the results from the round table)
  7. 13:45-14:15
    Expert summing up of the round table

    Discussion moderated by Aleksandar Jevremovic

  8. 14:15-14:30
    Wrap-up of Day 1
  9. 14:30
    End of day 1

27 September, 2022

  1. 10:00-10:15
    ICT complementarities in the Western Balkans
    • Nikola Radovanovic, Senior Economic and Policy Analyst, Joint Research Centre
  2. 10:15-10:45
    Understanding ICT value chains in the Western Balkans
    • Branimir Jovanovic, Economist, The Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies
  3. 10:45-12:30
    “Strengths and challenges for research and innovation collaboration in the ICT area in the Western Balkans and beyond”

    Panel discussion moderated by Aleksandar Jevremovic

    • Prof. Tomo Popović, Associate Professor, Faculty for Information System and Technologies - University of Donja Gorica - Montenegro; 
    • Mrs. Sanja Gardašević, CEO, Alicorn LTD - Montenegro; 
    • Prof. dr Djuro Kutlaca - Scientific advisor at Mihailo Pupin Institute, Serbia
    • Srdjan Atanasijevic, - Delivery Partner at Endava and Senior Lecturer University of Kragujevac – Serbia
    • Dr. Ivan Chorbev, Dean at the Faculty of Computer Science & Engineering, North Macedonia
    • Mr. Dimitar Janevski, Managing Director & Senior Product Manager at Digital Office Inbox, North Macedonia
    • Dr. Samir Lemes Dean of the Faculty for the Polytechnics, Bosnia & Herzegovina
  4. 12:30-12:45
    Technical break
  5. 12:45-13:30
    Exploiting collaboration opportunities - way forward

    Expert feedback on the panel discussion

    • Discussion moderated by Alasdair Reid
  6. 13:30-13:45
    Wrap-up by JRC
  7. 13:45
    End of day 2

Practical Information

26 Sep 2022 to 27 Sep 2022

Online event

Registration Information

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Registration for this event is limited. Registered participants will receive the link to the event the day before.