Word of welcome:
Welcome to the first issue of the Think for Europe Newsletter! In our TEN News section, we present latest info on activities of the Network, while recent achievements and actions from TEN members are presenteed within On the Go section. Spotlight section features an interview with CEP Program Director Milena Lazarevic. The WeBER project has its premiere in this issue in the WeBER news section, where you can find out how CSOs from 6 Western Balkan countries have gathered around a common cause – to improve pubilc administration in their countries. You will also have an opportunity to view educational and interesting videos featuring specific aspects of public administration reform. We hope you will enjoy this first issue and we will continue to work during the summer on preparing more exciting news and updates.
Introducing Think for Europe Network
“Think for Europe” Network of Think Tanks and EU Policy Research Centers in South East Europe (TEN) was established with the aim to strengthen regional cooperation in EU related policy research, and jointly face common challenges on their road to EU membership. Regional cooperation and joint research and advocacy activities can also ensure regional peer pressure to improve standards of policy research and analysis.
The members of TEN are think tanks with solid policy research portfolios and policy communication and advocacy capacities: European Policy Centre (CEP), based in Belgrade, Serbia, Institut Alternativa (IA), based in Podgorica, Montenegro, European Policy Institute (EPI), based in Skopje, Macedonia, Institute for Democracy and Mediation (IDM), based in Tirana, Albania, Group for Legal and Political Studies (GLPS), based in Pristina, Kosovo and Foreign Policy Initiative BH (FPI), based in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
For more information, visit: ten.europeanpolicy.org
Six think tanks from Albania, Macedonia, Montenegro, Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia gathered within the Think for Europe Network and form the "Western Balkans Enabling Project for Civil Society Monitoring of Public Administration Reform (WeBER)“. The WeBER Project started at the beginning of 2016. The WeBER Project, supported by the European Union with 1.3 million Euros, and 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.
Series of seminars on SIGMA Principles of Public Administration
CSOs from WB had the opportunity to learn from SIGMA experts on the framework of Principles of Public Administration, to participate in workshops and see the premiere of multimedia presentations about the key reform areas these Principles cover. The seminars were organized in Serbia, Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro, as part of the WeBER Project and more than 130 CSOs took part.
The aim was to introduce SIGMA Principles of Public Administration to a wider group of CSOs coming from local communities who are active in PAR related areas. SIGMA (Support for Improvement in Governance and Management) is a joint initiative of the OECD and the European Union, aimed at supporting public administration reform in the EU enlargement countries.
Watch animation series focused on the areas of PAR developed by SIGMA/OECD.WATCH HERE
SERIES OF SEMINARS FOR CSOs “Effective monitoring of public policies”
Within the framework of the WeBER project, and in cooperation with the Visegrad Fund, a seminar “Effective monitoring of public policies” was organized in Serbia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Macedonia, BiH and Albania. The goal of the seminars was to support capacity-building of local CSOs, through increasing their knowledge and understanding of the Public Administration Reform (PAR).