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The ‘FORSEE - Regional ICT Foresight exercise for Southeast European countries’ project targets ICT RTD policy reform in the South-eastern Europe (SEE) region, proposing a focused effort on introducing a Foresight culture in the region, which is necessary in order to accelerate socioeconomic growth in participating countries', striving to meet the challenges of the global networked economy and to participate on equal footing in the European Research Area. The FORSEE initiative aims to introduce a sustainable mechanism for ICT Foresight in the region, attempting to tackle the absence of a regular process applied for technological future orientation and research policy review.

FORSEE's main objective is to identify the shortcomings of the ICT RTD sector in the region and orchestrate the establishment of a regional collaboration network, working on ICT Foresight and exploring synergies and complementarities between research resources in the target countries. The project's efforts are going to address regional stakeholders in the sector and will provide a participatory platform for collaboration in order to ensure that the outputs will receive wide acceptance and will inspire the necessary sense of regional ownership. One of the most important elements of the project is the hands-on approach in the implementation of pilot ICT Foresight exercises in all participating countries based on a Regional methodology adapted to the region's capacities and resources. The project, therefore, acknowledges that significant savings of resources can be achieved by implementing a regional foresight initiative, coupled by the strong collaboration potential that such an approach will ensure.

FORSEE will put forward an innovative approach for implementing policy review in ICT Research introducing transnational cooperation underpinned by its regional partnership. The implementation team has a clear vision on the regional benefits that will result from implementing the foreseen Foresight activity through the synergies of its regional partners, in comparison to the outcomes produced through isolated national exercises. The benefit for the region stems from increasing the efficiency through regional cooperation and avoiding duplication of efforts and waste of valuable resources for activities that address common needs and problems in SE Europe. However, benefits will also be drawn from the recognition of cross border complementarities that will rise from the identification of national competences and advantages in each participating country. In this sense SEE countries’ small research communities will be given an opportunity to excel and address the needs of a greater unified geographical region. Careful selection of priorities in ICT research in each country will allow already limited available resources to be channelled into activities with existing potential for important achievements that will produce benefits and growth for national and regional economies, avoiding as much as possible waste of national funding into research areas where limited expertise exists or minor potential can be envisaged.

The project partnership, comprising organisations responsible for policy making in ICT or Science and Technological Development, ensures the Institutional capacity and political commitment that is needed in order to implement this ambitious initiative. Consortium members include the Hellenic Ministry of Education, Life-long learning and Religious Affairs, through its General secretariat for Research and Technology (GSRT), the Bulgarian Ministry of Education, Youth and Science (MOMH), the Slovenian Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology (MVZT), the Serbian Ministry of Science and Technological Development. The partnership also includes organisations with strong expertise in Foresight, policy review and International cooperation, especially in the SEE region, such as the University of Patras in Greece (UoP - project Lead Partner), the Centre for Social innovation in Austria (ZSI), the National Institute for Research and Development in Informatics in Romania, the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia, the Mihajlo Pupin Institute (MPI) in Serbia and the Bulgarian Association of Software Companies (BASSCOM). All above institutions have been involved in the planning and Implementation process of RTD in their countries and are strongly linked to the competent policy making institutions.

FORSEE will also seek networking and co-operation with other activities in the field of policy reform in the SEE countries, such as the 'electronic Southeast Europe Initiative and the CeGD - Center for eGovernance Development for South East Europe, who will contribute and benefit from FORSEE results. Synergies will be exploited to maximise impact and contribute to the definition of co-operation strategies. Established and new contacts will be utilised with partners of "The Information Office of the Steering INCO-NET (WBC-INCO.NET)", projects "IS2WEB" and "SCORE", only to name a few. Opportunities for increasing the visibility of this project, but also for linking it to the European Foresight networks for knowledge sharing will be exploited under the FOR-LEARN project, the EFMN (European Foresight Monitoring Network) and the FISTERA (Thematic Network on Foresight on Information Society Technologies in the European Research Area).