Development of researchers mobility policy guidelines for the region of Western Balkans - 2005-2007

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More specifically these guidelines will aim at the following:

  1. To enhance the policy of the countries of the region to prevent the brain-drain of researchers and generally to support the research policy of the countries in the area, in terms of strategic planning for the exploitation of human resources, becoming an area of free mobility of researchers.
  2. To create synergies acting in close cooperation and complementary to the ERAMORE Network, with main objective to keep researchers in their region or to direct them within Europe, fostering the realization of the European Research Area in the region.

Therefore, in the consortium there will be participants from all countries of the Western Balkan Region, and two neighboring member states participating in the ERAMORE Network, Austria and Greece.

To achieve this general scopes the project will focus on the following detailed objectives:

  1. To carry out an extended mapping exercise to identify the existing situation in the Western Balkan region, in terms of researcher’s mobility. More specifically the mapping exercise will identify research and academic organizations capable to attract researchers from the region or to direct them within Europe. The identification of focal points within ministries, governmental organizations, local authorities, professional associations and chambers to produce mechanisms offering information or assistance in respect of overcoming mobility obstacles coming from the national legislations, like visa requirements, work permits, social security, pension rights etc., will be another objective of this mapping exercise. The mapping exercise will include identification of web addresses of web sites or portals providing relative information to the aforementioned topics or to daily lives in matters such as health care, accommodation, day care and schooling, language courses, general culture of the host country, etc. Topics like intellectual property rights, job opportunities, salaries and taxation, will be included as well. All the above mentioned links could be exploitated by the European Mobility Portal by enriching its content with useful information from Western Balkans. The duration of the mapping exercises is estimated to be 9 months.
  2. To implement transnational activities during project’s implementation period like work shops, results dissemination events, promotion material to increase people awareness. The awareness activities will be focused on specific target groups that are the main stakeholders, like academics, governmental bodies, public services and local or regional authorities. The awareness activities will start at the 15th month and will terminate by the ending of project implementation (24th month).
  3. To obtain feedback from the aforementioned target groups presentations will be carried out and questionnaires will be distributed during the workshops or will be mailed. Both presentations and questionnaires will be based on five mobility reports one for each Western Balkan country. The reports will be prepared between 10th and 14th months after mapping exercise. Finally, a synthesis report will be prepared containing global remarks and conclusion for the area.
  4. To prepare mobility guidelines aiming at the contribution to the national governments for the formation of common policy in terms of enhancing researchers mobility policy and to eliminate mobility barriers between the countries of the region. The mobility guidelines will be prepared during the last four months of project implementation

WEB-MOB project is an
INCO FP6 project supported by
the European Commission

Development of researchers mobility policy guidelines for the region of Western Balkans - 2005-2007