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European Policy Centre - CEP, in cooperation with partner organizations from 6 Western Balkan countries and Europe, held the regional kick-off meeting of the joint EU-funded project "Western Balkans Enabling Project for Civil Society Monitoring of Public Administration Reform (WeBER)“.
Six think tanks from Albania, Macedonia, Montenegro, Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia are gathered within the Think for Europe Network. In the framework of the WeBER project, the network of partner organizations will jointly implement activities, aiming to enable civil society and the media to improve their understanding of the importance of reforms and monitoring of the reform process in the context of EU accession and building of modern and efficient public administrations in the region. The participation of the European Policy Centre (EPC), a renowned think tank from Brussels, in the project will additionally increase visibility and publicity of the project results at the European level.
The WeBER Project, supported by the European Union with 1.3 million Euros, is dedicated to the strengthening of competences and participation of the civil society and the media in the public administration reform process and public policy dialogue, including enhancement of the media reporting on PAR in respective countries.
"European Commission’s Enlargement Strategy highlights public administration reform as one of the three pillars of fundamental reforms in the early in the enlargement process. This is the reason why this project is so relevant for all participating countries, especially having in mind common challenges faced by civil society, media and governments in the region during the public administration reform process", said Milena Lazarević, Programme Director in CEP.
The third workshop in the framework of the project Strengthening Consumer Protection Organisations for better Municipal Services in SEE, was about the role, work, functioning and membership of BEUC - European Consumer Organization. The workshop was organized by Think for Europe – TEN in Skopje, Macedonia, September 12 - 13, 2015.
The workshop covered the following topics: the role, functioning and priorities of BEUC – European Consumer Organisation; criteria’s and conditions to become a member of BEUC; public utilities issues that affect consumers; the needs of consumer organisations in order to develop further capacity building activities; activities and challenges consumer’s organizations are faced with.
oTEN network, consisting of European Policy Centre (CEP) from Belgrade, European Policy Institute (EPI) from Skopje and Institute Alternative from Podgorica (IA), held a two-day regional conference "Improving Performance of Public Administration: Current Experiences and Future Perspectives".
Focus of the conference was the role and significance of performance audit and policy evaluation for the improvement of policy making and achieving better public administration in the context of the EU accession process.
Officially opening the conference, Nebojsa Lazarevic, CEP Director, stressed that accession negotiations represent the greatest challenge for Serbia, not only in terms of joining the EU but becoming successful member state in the future, that is capable of gaining benefits from the EU membership and representing own interests once it starts participating in the decision-making on the EU level.The key test for public administration will be to manage EU structural funds that Serbia approaches with EU membership.
It is our great pleasure to announce the conference Improving Performance of Public Administration: Current Experiences and Future Perspectives, which will be held on 9-10 September 2015 at the Zira Hotel in Belgrade.
Hosted by three TEN members – the European Policy Centre (CEP) from Belgrade, the European Policy Institute (EPI) from Skopje and the Institute Alternativa (IA) from Podgorica – the conference aims to open a regional debate on the public administration performance in the Western Balkan countries. A special focus will be placed on the role and significance of performance audit and policy evaluation for the improvement of policy making and achieving better public administration in the context of the EU accession process.
The conference will host various panel discussions with renowned participants representing civil society, state institutions and international organisations and networks. A comparative regional policy study produced by TEN members will be presented, containing research findings on the level of performance audit development and policy evaluation (as well as possibilities for their linkage) in Serbia, Macedonia and Montenegro. In addition, public administration scholars and researchers from around the Europe will share national experiences in public administration reform by presenting high quality research papers and discussing their findings in the organised working groups.
The Conference is being organised within the project Performance Audit and Policy Evaluation: On the Same or Parallel Tracks supported by the Regional Research Promotion Programme in the Western Balkans (RRPP), financed by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).
The official hashtag of the conference is #TENConference2015
We look forward to welcoming you this September!
TEN representatives presented the joint research paper on successful comparative experiences illustrating the manners in which countries link performance audit and public policy evaluation on the International Conference on Public Policy (ICPP) in Milan, at the panel moderated by Marleen Brans, Professor at the Catholic University of Leuven. The participation on the conference and presentation of preliminary findings of the research are activities under the project Performance Audit and Public Policy: On the Same or Parallel Tracks?.
The research encompassed the overview of the state of affairs in the fields of performance audit and public policy evaluation and the potentials of connecting the two processes in Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia, as well as in-depth research of good practices in three member states of the EU in order to draw conclusions and design recommendations for Western Balkans countries. The goal of the researchers was not merely to present the conclusions, but also to gather relevant feedback in an international environment.
The International Conference of Public Policy was held from July 1 to July 4, at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore and it gathered academics, researchers and decision makers from all over the world. TEN was at the conference represented by Miloš Đinđić (CEP), Simonida Kacarska (EPI) i Jovana Marović (IA).
The second Workshop, realised through the project Strengthening Consumer Protection Organisations for better Municipal Services in SEE, put the focus on the topics of fundraising and EU-funded project management. The Workshop was organised by Think for Europe Network (TEN) in Budva, Montenegro, June 7 – 11, 2015, with the aim of strengthening consumer protection organisations active in the field of consumer rights and local services.
Over the course of four days, the participants had a chance to gain new knowlegde in the domain of EU-funded project writing and project management. Workshop sessions, first and foremost, introduced the stages of project management cycle to the participants, upon which practical group work focused on specific examples of project proposals.
CEP Researcher Miloš Đinđić presented the current results of the regional research project Performance Audit and Policy Evaluation: On the Same or Parallel Tracks in the workshop on the first day of the annual Regional Research Promotion Programme (RRPP) conference "Social, Political and Economic Change in the Western Balkans", and announced the activities that will unfold in the coming months.
This year's annual conference is being held in Ohrid on May 28-29 2015, gathering research community from the Western Balkans and beyond in order to provide opportunities for researchers dealing with the region to meet and discuss their research results and current challenges, as well as to discuss potential areas that may be addressed to more efficiently influence policy development with the aid of scientific research results.
More information on the programme of the Conference and participants' contributions you can found on the RRPP webpage.
Improving Performance of Public Administration: Current Experiences and Future Perspectives
Deadline for submission of abstracts for the Conference Improving Performance of Public Administration: Current Experiences and Future Perspectives has expired!
We would like to thank all applicants for sending their applications.
TEN Selection Committe has examined the submitted abstracts and selected 13 most successful authors with the highest quality paper proposals.
Conference is to be held in Belgrade, Serbia, on 9-10 September 2015.
From 21st to 23rd May2015, Think for Europe Network (TEN) had the pleasure to participate in the 23rd NISPAcee Annual Conference Insourcing and/or outsourcing How do they contribute to the public administration reform?, held in Tbilisi, Georgia. Within the Working Group on Policy Analysis Development Issues, TEN's representative Milena Lazarević presented the research paper titled "Performance Audit and Policy Evaluation: On the same or parallel tracks? Insight from the Western Balkans", which was well-received by the WG's coordinators and participants. The paper was produced as a result of a research project implemented in three TEN member countries, and was co-authored by s Simonida Kacarska (EPI), Jovana Marović (IA) and Miloš Đinđić (CEP).
Think for Europe Network (TEN) organised a two-day workshop in Belgrade, March 30-31st 2015, where the consumer protection organisations from Serbia, Montenegro and Macedonia had the chance to discuss analytical framework and data collection in order to strengthen their capacities in advocating the rights of consumers of municipal services in South-East Europe.
The workshop gathered representatives of TEN member organisations 3 consumer protection organisations – National Consumer Protection Organisation of Serbia (NOPS), Consumer Protection Centre of Montenegro (CEZAP) and Consumer's Organisation of Macedonia (OPM).
The kick-off meeting of the project "Strengthening Consumer Protection Organizations for better Municipal Services in SEE" was held in Belgrade on February, 18th 2015. The main objective of the project is to strengthen the capacities of consumer organizations in advocating the rights of consumers of municipal services in South East Europe. The project is financed by German organization for international cooperation (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit) - GIZ, through Open Regional Fund for Modernisation of Municipal services and is implemented by the Think for Europe Network (TEN).
National consumer protection organizations from all three countries will also be involved in project implementation while consumer protection organizations from other countries of the region will gradually be involved in project activities.
The project will achieve the following results: 1) The consumer organisations will develop a position upon the challenges related to protection of consumers of municipal services, 2) The consumer organisations are expected to strengthen their capacities for raising awareness and improving the information level of their target groups, 3) Potential cooperation initiatives among consumer organisations and with other stakeholders should be identified at the regional and national level.