More than a decade ago, Lisbon Strategy highlighted the importance of investing in R&D as crucial factor of social development.

Nowadays, though, in a period of economic instability, the investment in Research and Innovation is even more required and has been proposed as a reliable solution to major societal challenges. Hence, EU Member States renewed their commitments towards an Innovation Union by 2020.

To this end, WeB-InUnion project contributes in realising three of the Innovation Union (IU) commitments in Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, FYRoMacedonia, Greece, Montenegro and Serbia, so as to be an example of successful regional collaboration towards European integration.

Commitment #1 is being implemented by promoting the C&C principles and bringing research organisations closer to Human Resources Strategies respecting the C&C principles.

Commitment #4 is achieved by exploring the current situation on mobility issues in the region and preparing recommendations to stakeholders, as well as by promoting the EURAXESS Jobs portal as a tool to establish open recruitment practices.

Finally, commitment #30 is being achieved by initiating or maintaining a dialogue with Diaspora researchers, investigating possible motives for their return in Europe and proposing relevant recommendations at national policy makers.