Belgrade, March 31, Palace Serbia – European Policy Centre presented the first report of the Independent Reporting Mechanism on the progress of Serbia for 2014-2015, within the multilateral initiative Open Government Partnership (OGP). Opening addresses were given by Kori Udovički, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Administration and Local Self-Government, Veronica Cretu, Member of the Steering Board of the Open Government Partnership, and Milena Lazrević, Programme Director of the European Policy Centre (CEP). The event was organized by CEP, and along with government representatives, also gathered representatives of civil society organizations and independent state institutions.
Report findings point out that Serbia has been able to implement its OGP commitments to a significant extent, with the most important achievements being related to budget transparency and civil society capacity building. "The most prominent challenge appears to be participation at the local level, and a recommendation for the coming period would be for the local governments to work on engaging and developing the civil society sector, as well as to participate more proactively themselves," said Milena Lazarević.
April 27, 2016. - Dusan Protić, Programme Manager for Internal Market and Competitiveness at CEP, spoke at the third plenary session of the National Convention on the European Union (NKEU), as the coordinator of the working group on Chapter 1 - Free movement of goods and Chapter 28 - Consumer and Health Protection. He presented the key results of [ ... ]More
Belgrade, March 3rd, 2016. – The third session of the Working Group (WG) of the National Convention on the EU (NKEU) for Chapter 28 – Consumer and Health Protection - was held today in the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia. The session was attended by the representatives of the Ministry of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications, the Mi [ ... ]More
Programme Director Milena Lazarević participated on 25-26 February 2016 in the international conference Civil Society and Beyond: A Joint Dialogue on the European Path, organised in Belgrade by the European Movement International and European Movement in Serbia, in partnership with TACSO and the Serbian European [ ... ]More
The Ideas Lab is an annual event bringing together think tanks, policy-makers and practitioners from across Europe to discuss burning issues facing the EU. It enables think-tanks to help national governments, Parliaments and European institutions to find the best possible solutions to the above mentioned problems. Some of the thirty three sessions [ ... ]More
In cooperation with 5 partner organisations from the Western Balkan countries and European Policy Centre, Brussels, CEP held a regional kick-off meeting of the joint project "Western Balkans Enabling Project for Civil Society Monitoring of Public Administration Reform (WeBER)“, on February 22-23, 2016. The WeBER Project, funded by the [ ... ]More
Milena Lazarevic, CEP Senior Programme Manager and Senior Researcher, was one of the key speakers at “2015 Global Go To Think Tanks Report” presentation, held on January 28th in Brussels. The report has been traditionally composed by the University of Pennsylvania within their "Think Tanks and Civil Societies Programme". Milena spoke at the “ [ ... ]More
CEP representatives took part in the ReSPA conference on Monitoring and Evaluation of Public Policies, held in Danilovgrad, Montenegro from 13th to 14th of October. Milena Lazarevic, CEP senior programme manager, moderated two sessions and contributed her expertise to developing the conference concept. Milos Djindjic, CEP researcher, participa [ ... ]More
What makes CEP a standout think tank? By virtue of wich acomiplishments have we been able to represent a marketplace of ideas for an evidence-based policymaking? To which programme areas do we commit our research activities? What are the qualities of CEP team and partner networks that we build within the country and region-wide? Answers to these an [ ... ]More
What is the current state of Vojvodina’s nature? How are nature protection areas regulated and financed? What are the challenges and opportunities with regard to the EU integration process? The new study addresses these questions and more, and provides a set of anwers as well as recommendations for better nature protection in line with the EU sta [ ... ]More
CEP, as the national researcher of the Independent Reporting Mechanism (IRM) under the Open Government Partnership (OGP), has produced the Progress Report 2014-15 for Serbia. The IRM assesses development and implementation of national action plans to foster dialogue among stakeholders and improve accountability. “Completion of Serbia’s [ ... ]More
By: Milena Lazarević, Sena Marić, Katarina Kosmina, Lana Radovanović Starting from 1 January 2016, the Netherlands took over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union from Luxembourg which held it for the second half of 2015. They plan to focus on the essentials, by which they mean innovation, growth, jobs, and stronger relationships [ ... ]More
A comprehensive analysis of the EC's country reports has been lacking on the regional level. There have been eﬀorts by CSOs at country level to provide a systematic input to the annual country reports and to the strategy through the so-called “shadow reports”, primarily intended to provide objective assessment of the accession process by the [ ... ]More
The aim of the study is to explore the current state of competition policy in Serbia, identify and consider the key obstacles and shortcomings that hinder the full and adequate implementation of the rules of competition protection, and to make recommendations for improvement of competition policy. The recommendations are primarily intended for deci [ ... ]More
By: Katarina Kosmina, Lana Radovanović As the massive refugee influx continues to grow, the European Union is attempting and failing to find effective solutions. The most recent such attempt was the meeting in Brussels at the end of October, which gathered leaders from Albania, Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Macedonia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Roma [ ... ]More