Towards More Effective Administrative-Lobbying Capacities of Serbia in Brussels

Think Tank Fund Open Society FoundationsThis research project addresses an under-researched topic of Serbian administrative, diplomatic, political and lobbying capacities towards the main EU institutions. The study will explore the current state of Serbian capacities and key shortcomings. It will also provide recommendations for improvement of such capacities, in order to ensure a greater success rate of Serbia on its path to the EU. The results of this study are intended for Serbian decision-makers and other relevant stakeholders.

This project is funded by the Think Tank Fund of the Open Society Foundations through its Young Professional Development Programme. As part of the programme, fellow researcher Strahinja Subotić has joined CEP team and he will be engaged in the research.The Think Tank Young Professional Development Programme intends to help think tanks from Central and Eastern Europe to attract recent graduate and post-graduate students of social sciences, giving them an opportunity to attain the first-hand experience in policy research.

Partnership for Public Administration Reform and Public Services in Serbia – PARtnerships

USAIDThe project “Partnership for Public Administration Reform and Public Services in Serbia – PARtnerships” aims to contribute to the creation and implementation of policies in the area of public administration reform ensuring more participatory and citizen-centric design and improving accountability and responsiveness of the Serbian government for the quality of services it delivers. Working both at the level of policy development and community level, the project will focus on improving quality and transparency in designing and delivering the most requested types of public services in the area of health, education and internal affairs. 

“Partnership for Public Administration Reform and Public Services” is the two-year project implemented by two main partners European Policy Centre (CEP) and European Movement in Serbia (EMinS). The project is realised in cooperation with 12 other partners in Serbia: Pro-Pozitiv, Protecta – Nis, Youth Centre Timok i 9 members of the Network of European Movement in Serbia in Subotica, Novi Sad, Sremska Mitrovica, Lazarevac, Valjevo, Kraljevo, Kruševac, Novi Pazar i Leskovac.

The goals of the project:

  1. To ensure involvement of CSOs across the Serbian territory in monitoring the progress of PAR and in designing high quality and evidence-based proposals for reviewing/improving the PAR policy
  2. To create two-way communication between citizens and responsible public authorities on PAR and public services provision, by collecting citizens’ feedback on the quality of administration and public services and ensuring the reaction of the responsible authorities
  3. To deliver methodologically solid evidence on citizens’ satisfaction with three widely used and salient public services, as one of the key reform areas under the EU accession framework for PAR, and on the quality of policy making in those policy areas
  4. To provide evidence-based recommendations and inputs related to PAR in the context of EU accession negotiations

The project is supported by:

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID/Serbia)

Duration of the project:

May 2016 – May 2018

Institutional Grant of the CSOnnect Programme for Support to the Civil Society in the Area of Environmental Protection

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Consortium led by the European Policy Centre (CEP) is awarded with the institutional grant within the CSOnnect programme for support to the civil society pertaining to environmental protection. During the period 26 October 2016 – 26 October 2017, together with partner organizations (Ecological Centre Habitat, Ecological Movement of Odzaci, Local Ecological Movement from Smederevo and Business and Economy Center) CEP will use the CSOnnect institutional grant in order to contribute to the improvement of the civil society participation in the decision making processes which pertain to the accession negotiations with regard to negotiating chapter 27 as well as following the EU accession. 

In order to make the aforementioned contribution CEP and partner organizations will implement trainings of the CSOs and the media, policy analysis of the financing of environmental protection at the local level, consultations with the representatives of public administration and school educations, among other activities envisaged to strengthen the capacities of the civil society for effective engagement in the areas pertaining to environmental protection and the EU accession process.

Institutional grant is financed with the funds provided via the CSOnnect Institutional Grant which is implemented by the Regional Environmental Centre (REC). Programme is financed by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA).

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Centre of Excellence on Policymaking Systems in the Western Balkans (CEPS WeB)

The project aims to create the Centre of Excellence on Policymaking Systems in the Western Balkans (CEPS WeB), within the institutional framework provided by the Think for Europe Network (TEN). It would be oriented towards creating demand and raising awareness of the necessity for policy research and analysis at the regional level, through joint policy research and advocacy in the region. CEPS WeB would, hence, pinpoint regional aspects of policymaking systems, procedures, approaches, and capacities that are common across the region and go beyond national agendas.

The project will last six months and will comprise a series of activities aimed at conceptualising CEPS WeB. These activities proceed mainly through interactive workshops between the TEN member organisations and their associates in the process of joining. A public event will be organized in the last month of the project, to present the final deliverable of collaborative effort during and between the workshops - CEPS WeB position paper. In addition, research of comparative good practices of establishing centres of excellence focusing on policymaking systems and processes in Europe and worldwide will be performed.

This project is implemented by the Think for Europe Network (TEN) and financed under the framework of the Regional Research Promotion Programme (RRPP). The RRPP is coordinated and operated by the Interfaculty Institute for Central and Eastern Europe (IICEE) at the University of Fribourg (Switzerland). The programme is fully funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), Federal Department of Foreign Affairs.


Monitoring of public administration reform in Western Balkans

EUSince december 2015, European policy centre implemets  three-year project "Western Balkans Enabling Project for Civil Society Monitoring of Public Administration Reform (WeBER)“.

The project is supported by European Commission within „ The Civil Society Facility and Media Programme 2014-2015 - Support to Regional Thematic Networks of CSOs ", and in partnership with six organisations from the Western Balkans and Europe (EPI - Macedonia, IA- Crna Gora, IDM - Albania, VPI - BiH, GLPS - Kosovo and EPC - Belgium).

The project aims to strengthen the capacity of civil society organisations and the media in the Western Balkans to participate in the creation and implementation of public administration reform. Civil society organisations have been recognized as important actors in creating public policy at the national and regional levels, wich is why this project seeks to strengthen its supervisory and consulting capabilities. Quality and analytical reporting by the media on the topic of public administration reform based on the arguments and evidence has an equally important role in these processes. Therefore, the project as another target group turns right media.

CEP in the Open Government Partnership - Independent Reporting Mechanism

Open Government PartnershipFollowing June 2014, the European Policy Centre became the organization selected as the National Researcher of the Independent Reporting Mechanism (IRM) under the Open Government Partnership (OGP). OGP is a multilateral initiative with headquarters in Washington DC, US that promotes transparency, citizens’ empowerment and participation in policy making, and promotion of public accountability through the use of new technologies.The goal of the IRM is to hold accountable the institutions and stakeholders made responsible of the implementation of particular commitments in the Action Plans. CEP monitors the development and implementation of the OGP Action Plan for Serbia as means to stimulate a discussion between the public and civil sector and assure the included commitments, actions and milestones towards better governance are agreed upon by relevant stakeholders.  In front of CEP are Aleksandra Rabrenovic as Senior Researcher, and Jelena Miletic and Amanda Orza as Researchers.

Serbia began the process to join in March 2012 at the time under the Ministry of Culture Media and Information Society and signed the high-level Open Government Declaration. The first Action Plan was adopted in April 2013, but was not evaluated. The second one was to be developed under the coordination of the Ministry of Public Administration and Local Self-Government and was expected to be adopted in July 2014 for the period 2014-2015, but the process was finalized only in February 2015. The Action Plan can be found here in English.

Europe Café

Europe Cafe Setting and ConceptWhat is Europe Café?

Europe Café represents a series of discussions taking place in a relaxed, dynamic and informal environment of a café setting. Europe Café revolves around the goal to discuss and exchange thoughts, questions and ideas on various topics in relation to Serbia’s EU integration process with stakeholders, decision makers, partner organisations, civil society organisations and the public.

The aim of Europe Café is to provide a platform for an open and prolific discussion which will yield new ideas for common efforts in advancing Serbia’s EU integration, inform the public about the particular aspects of the Serbia EU accession process and involve the relevant stakeholders into the debate.

Where does the idea come from?

Europe Café is designed according to the principles of the World Café method. This method ensures an effective and flexible format for hosting a series of discussions with a potentially large group of participants and can be modified to correspond to specific needs.

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