New research project within the Think and Link Regional Policy Programme aims to analyze issues in the implementation of competition policy in Serbia. Therefore, CEP will perform a comprehensive, methodologically thorough analysis of the obstacles preventing effective implementation of competition policy and also inform and raise awareness of the main stakeholders of the potential mechanisms for advancements of this policy in line with the Serbia’s EU integration process and Stabilisation and Association Agreement, including better monitoring of the competition policy. Spanning over 9 months the project will include advocacy phase as well for the promotion of policy outputs and recommendations in the relevant policy community.
Research project is funded by the European Fund for the Balkans who is also administering Think and Link Regional Policy Programme, which seeks to foster inclusive and evidence-based policy making in the Western Balkans. Read more on the Think and Link here.
In the framework of Regional Research Promotion Programme in the Western Balkans (RRPP), European Policy Centre, together with European Policy Institute (EPI) from Skopje and Institute Alternativa from Podgorica, will have an opportunity to conduct a research on policy evaluation and performance audit, which will last for 12 months.
The research project with the title “Performance Audit and Policy Evaluation: On the Same or Parallel Tracks?” is financially supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).
The Project aims to analyse the relationship between performance audit and policy evaluation and to define conclusions based on comparative practices. In order to do so, the performance audit and policy evaluation will be examined in Serbia, Montenegro and Macedonia, together with comparative practices from six EU Member States. The final product of the research will be a study containing conclusions and recommendations that will aim to promote good governance principles and contribute to the introduction of improved policy evaluation system in public administration.
The research results will be presented at the regional conference in Belgrade.
The RRPP is aimed at fostering and promoting social science research in the Western Balkans (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia). Social science research aids in the understanding of the specific needs for reform and in identifying the long-term implications of potential policy choices. Researchers receive support through research grants, methodological and thematic trainings, as well as opportunities for regional and international exchange and networking. 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.
High turnover of Serbia's public administration employees has been identified in the context of the EU accession process, particularly affecting the organisational units in charge of EU affairs, including the management of EU and international development funds. Concurrently, retention policy for staff working on EU integration and funds management tasks represents a key prerequisite for successful EU integration and membership, due to the complexity and specificity of the tasks involved. Accordingly, CEP has been one of the first policy-relevant actors to recognise the importance and the neccesity to develop a comprehensive analysis of the current state with regards to the turnover of quality administrative staff, and consequently provide recommendations for a sustainable policy to ensure that people working on these tasks stay in the administration.
This research project aims to explore the practices and capacities of the Serbian government to perform monitoring and evaluation functions, as well as to examine the potential of the civil society organisations to take part in this respect. Involvement of civil society will be instigated through advocacy, awareness raising and capacity building of public administration and civil sector on ways to improve the quality of monitoring and evaluation processes. Main beneficiaries of the project are the ministries in charge of public administration reform, social policy and employment as well as the relevant Serbian civil society organisations.
Specific aims of the project are:
Foundation for the Advancement of Economics (FREN) and European Policy Centre are jointly implementing project activities.
This project is funded by the European Union.
Legal acts on environmental protection in the Republic of Serbia are to large extent aligned with the European acquis, whereas lack of implementation and involvement of stakeholders and public remain major challenges. In that regard, application of the Law on strategic environmental impact assessment and Law on environmental impact assessment is no exception and it can be additionally advanced to meet the goal of better management of the environment. Successful application of these legal acts additionally stimulates advancement towards EU accession in the framework of the Negotiating chapter 27 – Environment.
European Policy Centre, together with Ecological Center Habitat from Vršac and Serbia on the Move will be working on the project “Think-Act-Impact: Ensuring Improved Implementation of EU Directives on Environmental Impact Assessment in Serbia” during the following year. Project will comprise thorough research of problems and challenges in the implementation of environmental impact assessment with focus on local communities in order to provide solutions for overcoming the obstacles. Alongside research, educational-activist component will be conducted in selected local communities together with local civil society organisations and citizens.
This project is financially supported by The Royal Norwegian Embassy in Belgrade.
Do Serbian civil servants have adequate capacities for the tasks related to EU integrations and membership negotiations? To what extent can the recruitment process of new civil servants contribute to a better performance in the accession process, and then EU membership? In light of the ever increasing importance being placed on a substantially enforced public administration reform as a conditio sine qua non in the accession negotiations, European Policy Centre – CEP, supported by the French Embassy in Serbia, tries to answer to these questions in a joint research project. The goal of this research is to analyse the Serbian civil service recruitment system as one of the aspects of the creation of a merit-based civil service, to highlight the possibilities of its improvement in the context of the accession process, to demonstrate its importance with respect to the overall functioning of the state and thus to instigate future research and engagement on this topic. The research findings were presented in Belgrade on November 28th 2014 in a joint conference held in the French Institute.