Raising capacities and advocacy potential of CSOs of Visegrad Group and Western Balkans


Policymaking in the Western Balkans (WB) is characterised by weak and unsystematic involvement of the civil society organisations (CSOs). On the other side, CSOs in Visegrad Group (V4) countries have more advanced policymaking systems which ensure CSOs involvement, while CSOs themselves have greater capacities and experience in that respect. However, sustainable and effective CSO participation in the policymaking based on evidence is a long­term challenge and objective for both regions.

This project will address the deficiencies of policymaking systems by enhancing CSOs capacities from the WB to take more active part in the policymaking and advocate for a more enabling legal environment for the CSOs through learning from the experiences of the V4 countries.


Through the exchange of knowledge and experience within the V4 region and together with the WB partners, capacities and advocacy potential of the V4 partners will be raised through study visits, trainings and capacity building workshops. The knowledge gained will be shared with 180 CSO representatives in the WB countries.


This project has been implemented by:

TEN network:

European Policy Centre, Serbia
Group for Legal and Political Studies, Kosovo
Foreign Policy Initiative BH (FPI BH), Bosnia and Herzegovina
Institute for Democracy and Mediation, Albania
European Policy Institute (EPI) ­Skopje, Macedonia
Institute Alternative, Montenegro

Partners from Visegrad countries:

EUROPEUM – Institute for European Policy, Czech Republic
Central European University, Hungary
Slovak Governance Institute, Slovakia
Fundacja IDEA Rozwoju, Poland


March 2017 – February 2018

Target audience

Our target audience are civil society organisations, civil servants, national governments and European Commission.

This project is realised with the kind support of the International Visegrad Fund.