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Keen on ensuring a more definite contribution of education to their competitive standing, the countries of South Eastern Europe have signed up to a number of benchmarks which aim to promote more developed learning economies. Enshrined within the European Charter for Small Enterprise and the Small Business Act for Europe, lifelong entrepreneurial learning stands apart as a specific area for development.

The South East European Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning (hereinafter: SEECEL) is an independent, non-profit institution founded in 2009 on the initiative of eight (8) South East European countries:
SEECEL's work programme and activities are fully supported by the European Commission and the Croatian Government represented by the Ministry of Entrepreneurship and Crafts of the Republic of Croatia, being one of the two co-founders. The second co-founder is the Croatian Chamber of Economy.

SEECEL has an international governing board composed of appointed representatives from eight SEECEL member states (one from the ministry of education and one from the ministry responsible for the implementation of the Small Business Act for Europe) and representatives of the European Commission's DG Enlargement and DG Enterprise and Industry, the European Training Foundation, the Regional Cooperation Council and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. From its establishment SEECEL operates in the regional environment by involving the national authorities and experts in its activities.

From 2013 SEECEL also is applying the principle of secondment and based on this experience further encourages the equal opportunities of employment of experts coming from the region. SEECEL is also an active member in various working groups and thematic forums established under different macro-regional strategies, such as Danube Strategy and South East European 2020 Strategy, as well as reference point for various EU bodies and their expert working groups.

The main pillars of activities are:
SEECEL is born based on the expression of need of the pre-accession countries for institutionalisation of the regional dialogue and targeted cooperation in the field of entrepreneurial learning, within the Small Business Act for Europe (SBA), under Principles 1 and 8.
As a unique regional initiative and being funded by the European Commission through IPA multi-beneficiary programme, SEECEL enjoys the full support of its 8 SEE member countries that have come together for the purposes of co-working developments in entrepreneurial learning.

In 2012, SEECEL member states have re-confirmed their full support to the systematic development of lifelong entrepreneurial learning as a key competence through continued policy improvement, good practise sharing and regional cooperation, by sining "A Charter for Entrepreneurial Learning: The Keystone for Growth and Jobs".

Consequently, future SEECEL growth and development presupposes continued EU commitment to the pre-accession enlargement process of the SEE region, and establishment of structures to support this process, while backing up this commitment with specific EU programs and fund structures. Among 8 SEECEL member countries, Croatia has joined the EU in July 2013. As a new frontier country Croatia assumes additional responsibility for further stabilization of the region as well as the integration of the region with EU. This is spelled out as one of the three priorities of Croatian foreign policy that has been aligned with EU foreign policies. In light of this, SEECEL and its member countries shall benefit from Croatian EU membership as it has access to substantially larger resources, from which all of the member countries shall benefit.

SEECEL continues to mobilise collective efforts and participation in addressing issues related to the entrepreneurial learning agenda under the Small Business Act of Europe.  Multiple countries benefiting from single mutually coordinated programme want to move this agenda forward in a socially, politically and cost effective manner.

SEECEL’s methodology of work is based on Evidence Based Policy Making (EBPM) and on using the Open Method of Coordination (OMC).

SEECEL’s motto Think to Act Entrepreneurially is a joint motto of all SEECEL member states.

* This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo Declaration of independence

Mission, vision


SEECEL’s mission is to work on systematic development of lifelong entrepreneurial learning as a key competence, in line with policies and practice of those of the European Union, implemented through structured regional cooperation.

SEECEL´s vision aims to foster entrepreneurial-friendly environments and strengthen the mind-sets for building entrepreneurially literate societies that lead to sustainable economic growth and development.

A Charter for Entrepreneurial learning: Keystone for Growth and Jobs
SEECEL Strategic Plan 2013-2016
SEECEL Strategic Plan 2009-2012



Strategic Framework and Goals 2013-2016

SEECEL has identified a set of strategic goals that will determine the success of its work programme during the continuation of its operational activities. In the upcoming three years period (2013 – 2016), SEECEL will continue to work on accomplishments of a set of strategic goals listed below. These strategic goals are already translated into practical annual work programmes, which outline in more details the specific working components of SEECEL and respective implementing mechanisms and tools.

The overall goal is:
  • To further work on systematic approach to development of the entrepreneurially literate societies across the region and to support alignment of national policies with EU recommendations and policy essentials related to lifelong entrepreneurial learning.
The specific objective is:
  • Building on existing activities and results from the 2009–2012 implementation period and developments achieved, to further develop the lifelong entrepreneurial learning system through identified set of strategic goals in line with Human Capital Dimension of the SBA for Europe.

The Strategic Goal I is:
To continue to support participating countries in their efforts to accommodate EU recommendations for promotion of entrepreneurship as a key competence by specifically addressing entrepreneurship in early education (ISCED 1 and ISCED 2 level).

The Strategic Goal II is:
To support participating countries in their efforts to accommodate EU recommendations for promotion of entrepreneurship as a key competence by specifically addressing entrepreneurship at general part of secondary education (ISCED 3 level).

The Strategic Goal III is:
To continue to enhance the contribution of third-level education to the competitiveness drive by way of increased awareness and understanding among higher education establishments of entrepreneurial learning particularly in non-business disciplines (ISCED 5&6).

The Strategic Goal IV is:
To continue to reinforce more sustainable development of enterprise-driven training needs analysis frameworks in participating countries, both general ones (TNA) and those focused on women (WETNAS).

The Strategic Goal V is:
To support participating countries in SBA assessment by establishing a peer-learning methodology for SBA assessment (for principles 1 and 8) and by running the first regional SBA peer-learning exercise.

The Strategic Goal VI is:
To actively involve national teacher training authorities in development of lifelong entrepreneurial learning as a key competence and its introduction to the educational systems at national levels.

The Strategic Goal VII is:
To support development of policies and to promote best policy practices in women entrepreneurship in line with the Small Business Act for Europe and capacity building of national and regional women entrepreneur's networks & associations.

A horizontal pillar of activities and Strategic Goal VIII is:
To further work on development and improvement of Information Gateway, called Community of Practise (CoP) that proved to be a relevant tool for exchange of information and good practices, as well as a useful platform for expert work.


SEECEL is governed by an International Steering Committee. The composition of the Committee is as follows:
  • National co-ordinators from South East Europe of the Small Business Act for Europe (SBA);
  • Representatives of national line ministries responsible for the human capital dimensions of the SBA;
  • European Commission (Directorate General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations and Directorate General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs);
  • A representative of the European Training Foundation (ETF);
  • A representative of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD);
  • A representative of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC);
  • A representative of the Croatian Chamber of Economy (CCE).
A Management Support Team (MST) provides advice and support to the SEECEL Director on management and technical issues.
The MST is composed of 3 national co-ordinators of the Small Business Act for Europe (the Croatian co-ordinator as permanent MST member and two other on a six-month rotation applying the "EU troika" rotation principle ).

Current state members of the MST are as follows (since December 2016):
  • Serbia
  • Turkey
  • Croatia


In compliance with the "project-driven" approach of SEECEL as well as limited human resources, the management of SEECEL is based on the matrix organization concept, i.e. an endeavour to create internal synergism through shared responsibility between functional and project management.

Ms Maja Ljubić, Programme Development Coordinator

Ms Sonja Šegvić, Office and Event Manager

The Interns are young individuals with no or with limited professional experience who contribute to the work of SEECEL by applying specific skills linked to their educational and university background, including assistance with high-level administrative and logistical tasks.


And others about us ...

Nationalism is not putting a damper on this trillion-dollar sector
14.11.2016. - CNBC

Earth, wind, sun fuel Seecel’s new home

19.1.2016. -

Entrepreneurship education in South East Europe and Turkey
1.20.2015. - Eehub blog

Efka Heder – woman director with an attitude of a rock
22.05.2014. - Europa News

Giving a boost to business culture through lifelong learning
April 2014. - European Commission

Regional Cooperation Council presents Champion of Regional Cooperation award for 2013, marks 6th anniversary
03.03.2014. -

ETF and SEECEL reinforce cooperation on entrepreneurial learning
16.01.2014. - ETF, European Training Fundation

The European Projects Awards IPA 2013 and the EPA Conference on Perspectives of territorial cooperation 2014-2020 Expectations after Croatian Accession at the European Parliament
07.10.2013. - European Projects Association

SEECEL's Publication: Training Needs Analysis for SMEs
06.05.2013. -

SEECEL - Regional Cooperation to Enhance Entrepreneurial Learning
02.04.2013. - The Brown Forum

FYROM's Economy Minister addresses regional summit "Entrepreneurship - Education" in Croatia
24.10.2012. -

Kosova përfaqësohet në Samitin Rajonal për Edukim në Ndërmarrësi
23.10.2012. - KosovaPress

The second ‘European Workshop on Enabling Teachers for Entrepreneurship Education - CPD’
28.09.2012. - ICF GHK

The Development of Entrepreneurial University- the presentation of SEECEL pilot project at the Faculty of Economics and Engineering Management in Novi Sad
28.12.2011. - FIMEK, Fakultet za ekonomiju i inženjerski menadžment

Construction and Development of the Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning and Strengthening Competitiveness Economy (Entrepreneurial Learning)
23.06.2011. - WBIF, Western Balkans Investment Framework

Entrepreneurial learning – towards greater youth employment in Serbia!
30.11.2010. - YEM, Youth Employment and Migration

Building human capital instrumental to achieving market competitiveness
02/2010. - RCC, Regional Cooperation Council

European Training Foundation, SEECEL and EMUNI establishing mutual cooperation on Entrepreneurship learning
22.07.2009. - EMUNI University


“Creators for Centuries 2015”  for its contribution to the development of entrepreneurship
International economic forum Perspective

National Winner 2014
European Enterprise Promotion Awards 2014
Champion of Regional Cooperation for best achievement in cooperation in South Europe in 2013
Regional Cooperation Council Secretariat
2nd Classified in the category "ongoing project"
European Project Awards IPA 2013
Best Practice Award 2012
Knowledge Economy Network

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