CORE Days 2023

Growing Smart and Green - Local, Regional, European

Welcome to second CORE Days, the conference for local economic development in the Western Balkans region and beyond! This year’s event brings together decision-makers, including high level officials, mayors, international community and business representatives from all across Europe!

Hyatt Regency Kotor Bay Resort, 9-11. oct 2023.


What are CORE Days?

At CORE Days, our key objective is to connect decision-makers in the SEE region, allowing them to exchange best practices, present their work, and promote important projects that will advance the local development. Key topics include business environment and competitiveness, focusing on the socially and environmentally responsible doing business. Our goal is to promote sustainable growth – focusing on green, social and innovation- driven eco-systems, partnership between relevant actors and exchange of practical solutions across region.

But CORE Days is more than just a conference – it’s an opportunity to network with like-minded professionals, present your work and good practices on improving the local economy, develop ideas for future projects, promote the activities of local governments, but also boost relevant economic reforms at the central level.


Be part of the largest conference intended for the leaders of economic development of the Western Balkans!

Share your experiences!

Key Speakers

Meet our Business Friendly Cities and Communities in SEE

Partnership for Competitive Region (CORE partnership) was established in 2012 by institutions and organizations from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, North Macedonia and Serbia, with the support of German Development Cooperation implemented by GIZ Open Regional Fund for Modernization of Municipal Services (GIZ ORF MMS), with the aim of creating the first joint BFC SEE standard and a seal of quality for the business environment in cities and municipalities of the region.

Over the years, new partners from Montenegro (2016), Albania and Kosovo* (2022) have joined the network, transforming it into a Partnership with a mission to create a strong and competitive region.

Also, the Memorandum of Understanding was signed with the CPMR (Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions) setting the framework for joint initiatives and projects to promote business friendly environment in the Balkans, Adriatic-Ionian, and wider Black Sea regions.

See which cities and municipalities we are working with us to improve the competitiveness of the region

Business Friendly Certification South East Europe (BFC SEE) is a unique program for improving the quality of services and information that municipalities in the SEE region offer to companies. 

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From October 2021, at selected local governments in Serbia and Bosnia and Hercegovina, citizens will have MIA – a digital assistant (chatbot) providing information on procedures and necessary documentation, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, using the Viber or Facebook Messenger platform.

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AgroLife is a unique platform that enables easier and automated management of agricultural production and all types of land.

Available as an application on a mobile phone or computer, AgroLife allows farmers to plan and organize crop cultivation more easily, and as a special advantage it brings a large amount of data collected through sensors and enables easier planning.

the focus of the research was placed on existing institutional capacities for Cohesion Policy, relevant strategic framework and regional development policies, territorial organization, the inclusion of key stakeholders in planning, implementation, and monitoring of EU policies and financial support through the IPA Pre-Accession Assistance Instrument.

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Latest publications​

- Sustainable Business Environment Regional 2023 Report

- Business Friendly Certification

- Progress in regional policy of the WB6 and Turkey

- Chatbot for better municipal services

Have a question for us?

Write to us! We will be happy to provide you with all the necessary information because together we make the region more successful!

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