Business Friendly Certification South East Europe (BFC SEE) is a unique program for improving the quality of services and information that municipalities in the SEE region offer to companies. BFC SEE provides municipalities with a clear roadmap for creating a favorable business environment and introducing internationally recognized standards of efficient and transparent local administration.
For investors looking to move or expand their operations in South East Europe, BFC SEE serves as a standardized tool for assessing the local conditions for doing business, indicating which municipalities in the region provide the best investment climate.
With the support of Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and Open Regional Fund for Modernization of Municipal Services, the BFC SEE Program was launched by a network of partner institutions from the region with the goal of establishing common standards and a seal of quality for the business environment in municipalities and cities of South East Europe.
BFC SEE has been implemented since 2012 in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), Croatia, Macedonia, Serbia, and since 2016 in Montenegro. New countries and partners are welcome to join the BFC SEE platform, contributing to new investment, job creation, prosperity and growth in local communities.
Since 2012, more than 90 local governments from the region have joined the program, 45 of them being certified as business friendly. BiH: Banja Luka, Bihać, Bijeljina, Bosanska Krupa, Goražde, Gradačac, Gradiška, Doboj, Zenica, Jablanica, Laktaši, Kotor Varoš, Mrkonjić Grad, Novi Grad Sarajevo, Posušje, Prijedor, Sanski Most, Tešanj, Teslić, Trebinje and Žepče. Croatia: Bjelovar, Cres, Crikvenica, Grubišno Polje, Ivanec, Jastrebarsko, Kostrena, Labin and Pleternica. Macedonia: Bogdanci, Gazi Baba, Ilinden, Skopje, Štip, Stru-mica and Veles. Serbia: Leskovac, Novi Sad, Pančevo, Pirot, Ruma, Šabac, Sombor and Stara Pazova.