TARGET GROUP | Decision makers in governments, ministries of finance, economy and social affairs, employees at central banks, members of parliament, and regulatory agencies.
DESCRIPTION | This course aims to increase awareness about the structural problems that the economies of Central, East, and Southeast Europe face, emphasizing the importance of implementing structural reforms and improving governance. Additionally, the course seeks to equip participants with the knowledge required to address these issues by drawing upon the experiences of Austrian authorities and exemplary cases from the region. The course covers a diverse range of topics, including the significance of structural reforms and their macroeconomic implications, the concept of good governance, strategies for sustainable development, the importance of environmental protection and methods for achieving it, reforms in education and healthcare to meet future challenges, the formulation of effective social policies to protect vulnerable groups and promote equal opportunities, the detrimental effects of economic inequality and approaches to reduce it, analysis of demographic trends in the region and potential alleviation measures, and the implementation of appropriate industrial policies to foster long-term and inclusive growth. The course will be delivered by highly experienced experts from academia and policy-making, from Austrian authorities, international organizations, and the region of Central, East, and Southeast Europe. It will be highly practical, with participants engaging in hands-on activities and exercises every day.