About Partnership for Competitive Region

Partnership for Competitive Region (CORE Partnership) – is committed to improving business environment, promoting green and socially responsible doing business through connecting actors and sharing knowledge across the region.

11 Years of Experience in Building a Favorable Business Environment

For the past 11 years, we have been actively working towards bringing about changes in the region’s economy. However, complicated administrative procedures, inadequate legislation, and the lack of strategic documents have made it challenging to connect the economy with public institutions. This problem is shared by all the countries of the Western Balkans and beyond, which is why we believe that having a partnership is key to implementing these changes.

Solving the Shared Problems of the Western Balkans and Beyond


Through the CORE Partnership, we have been able to cooperate with partners from the region to find solutions and good practices. This led us to organize the CORE Days conference, where we share what we have learned, present our successes, and showcase new ideas for the future.

What Have We Done So Far?

• Harmonized and improved the business environment on the local and regional level through implementation of joint standard;
• Facilitated implementation of EU policies and good governance standards on the local level through
revisions of the BFC SEE standard;
• Knowledge exchange and replication of best practices, local policies and regulatory solutions among the local governments and countries in the region and the EU;
• Strengthened the image of South East Europe as investment destination through the common seal of
quality (BFC SEE) and promotion of business friendly cities and municipalities;
• Strengthened competitiveness on the local and national level and ranked on international lists;
• Provided information to investors, governments, and donors regarding local communities with greatest
investment and development potential;
• Networked with economic development stakeholders from public, private and civil sectors and participated in national and regional projects

BFC SEE: Highlighting Business-Friendly Cities and Municipalities

One of the key initiatives of the CORE Partnership is the Business Friendly Certification South East Europe (BFC SEE) standard. This standard enables local self-governments to showcase their business-friendly environment, set criteria for their work, and improve their procedures to attract investors.

Creating a Better World Through Partnership

However, being business-friendly is not enough. Local self-governments must also be efficient and responsible. That’s why CORE Days and the entire partnership will focus on two additional topics: the green economy and digitization. We believe that these two elements are critical to changing the world for the better.

We invite you to join us in our mission to establish a favorable business environment in the Western Balkans region. Together, we can make a difference and inspire change.

Previous Conferences:

Partnership for Competitive Region Conference 2022 Highlights Importance of Knowledge Exchange and Cross-Border Cooperation for Regional Growth

The Partnership for Competitive Region (CORE Partnership) successfully held its annual conference, CORE Days 2022, to promote local economic development and highlight the importance of cross-border cooperation for regional growth. The conference focused on key topics such as Going Digital and Smarter, Reaching Closer to the EU, Greening the Economy, How We Did It: Learning from Best Practices, and Better Business Environment for Growth.


The conference highlighted the achievements of the BFC SEE network, which helps local self-governments in Southeast Europe to attract investors by setting criteria and improving procedures, and recognized 30 cities and municipalities from the Western Balkans that successfully passed the Business-Friendly Certification program.



Speakers from various countries and organizations such as the European Affairs Fund of Autonomous Province of Vojvodina, the Region of Western Greece, the European Parliament, and the Government of the regional economies shared insights on important topics such as digitization, tax policies, environmental protection, and cross-border cooperation.



The conference emphasized the importance of exchanging knowledge and experiences among Southeast Europe partners to establish favorable conditions for regional growth and development. CORE Partnership, sparked and supported by the German Development Cooperation implemented by GIZ through the Open Regional Fund Modernization of Municipal Services (GIZ ORF MMS), is committed to promoting cross-border partnerships for better economic and environmental outcomes in the region.

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