About us

“Think for Europe” Network of Think Tanks and EU Policy Research Centres in South-East Europe (TEN) was established in 2013 against the background of weak regional cooperation in EU related policy research. In the process of EU accession, the countries in the region face similar challenges: rule of law, sustainability of reforms and administrative capacities to ensure implementation of law harmonised with the EU acquis. Furthermore, ownership of the reform process is crucial to ensure sustainability. Involvement of civil society, and especially think thanks in shaping the environment for change and advocating policy changes is substantial for successful EU integration of the region.

TEN members are brought together by the values of good governance and rule of law as primary drivers of the development of our societies. Furthermore, our cooperation aims to promote openness, transparency as well as partnership. Our example demonstrates how the regional cooperation can work and bring good to our region, stimulate the transfer of experience and induce healthy peer pressure.

In recognition to our work and achievements, the Global Go To Think Tank Index Reports for 2018 and 2019 placed TEN as one of the top think tank networks in the world.

TEN Members

Our members are non-profit, independent think-tank or policy research organisations focusing on the EU integration process and committed to the evidence-based policymaking and advocacy.
The members of TEN are think tanks with solid policy research portfolios and policy communication and advocacy capacities:

European Policy Centre (CEP)
Belgrade, Serbia
TEN Secretariat

Institute Alternative (IA)
Podgorica, Montenegro

European Policy Institute (EPI)
Skopje, Macedonia

Institute for Democracy and Mediation (IDM)
Tirana, Albania

Group for Legal and Political Studies (GLPS)
Pristina, Kosovo

Foreign Policy Initiative BH (FPI)
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Directors of Organsations

Milena Lazarević

Milena Lazarević

CEP Belgrade

Milena Lazarevic is one of the founders and Programme Director at the European Policy Centre (CEP) ...

Anida Šabanović

Anida Šabanović

FPI Sarajevo

Anida Šabanović is a Director and Senior Researcher at the Foreign Policy Initiative BH in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Anida holds...

Dr. Arbëresha Loxha

Dr. Arbëresha Loxha

GLPS Pristina

Dr. Arbëresha Loxha is the Executive Director and a Senior Research Fellow at GLPS. Dr. Loxha holds both ...

Stevo Muk

Stevo Muk

IA Podgorica

Stevo Muk graduated at the Law Faculty (University of Montenegro) in 1998. He completed postgraduate ...

Gjergji Vurmo

Gjergji Vurmo

IDM Tirana

Gjergji Vurmo is IDM’s Programme Director and a senior researcher on good governance, civil society, security ...

Dr. Simonida Kacarska

Dr. Simonida Kacarska

EPI Skopje

Dr. Simonida Kacarska is a Director of the European Policy Institute in Skopje, Macedonia. She holds a PhD ...

Areas of Expertise and Action

  • Civil society involvement in policymaking in the EU integration process;

  • Good governance, public administration reform and administrative capacities for EU integration;

  • Rule of law and democratic performance;

  • EU enlargement policy towards the Western Balkans;

  • The regional dimension of the EU accession process and regional sectoral integration;

  • Western Balkans and integration into the EU internal market;

  • Capacities for EU pre-accession funds management and IPA monitoring;

  • Government accountability and accountable public finances.

Flagship Initiatives


Western Balkans Enabling Project for Civil Society Monitoring of Public Administration Reform (WeBER)

This initiative aims to strengthen the capacity of civil society organisations and the media in the Western Balkans, to participate in the creation and implementation of public administration reform. So far, WeBER has involved 130 civil society organisations from the region in dialogue and monitoring of public administration reforms (PAR) through WeBER Platform meetings, which fostered meaningful interaction between civil society, governments, and international and regional organisations. Also, a region-wide WeBER Small Grant Facility enabled 33 locally based and grassroot organisations from the Western Balkans to monitor and get engaged in PAR in their cities and municipalities.
The European Commission has recognised WeBER as one of the examples of “long-haul efforts to bring in structural changes in an institutional environment that has recently become fairly acute and difficult (deterioration of the effectiveness of public administration, etc.).

Find more at www.par-monitor.org 

Europeanisation Beyond Process

TEN is strengthening cooperation with renowned think tanks from Germany, France, the Netherlands, Italy and Finland, in order to improve the quality of communication on the EU enlargement in the broader framework of the forthcoming redefinition of the EU and its future. Our approach in this project is to advocate not for the plain EU accession but rather for the WB as an entirety that has been going through numerous transformative processes the democratic governance and rule of law structures, economic governance as well as ambitious reform agendas for public administration. Apart from reaching out to the influential European capitals and engaging with the EU policy scene, TEN is conducting activities to improve its internal research, communication and advocacy skills. TEN’s ultimate goal is to make Western Balkan countries substantially involved in the debates and policy solutions pertinent to the future of Europe.

Benchmarking for EU Reform – How Effective? BENCHER

How effective is the EU mechanism for evaluating results achieved by the countries of the region within the EU integration/accession process? How does the new approach to the Chapters 23 and 24 which deal with rule of law issues function in practice? We are examining these questions and providing recommendations based on an in-house sui generis comparative methodology.


TEN Secretariat Address:
13 Djordja Vajferta, 11000 Belgrade, Serbia

Phone: +381 11 4082 265
E-mail: secretariat@thinkforeurope.org


European Policy Centre (CEP)
13 Djordja Vajferta
11000 Belgrade, Serbia
Phone: +381 11 40 82 265
Email: office@cep.org.rs

Institute Alternative (IA)
57, I/20 Bulevar Dzordza Vasingtona,
81000 Podgorica, Montenegro
Phone/fax: +382 20 268 686
Email: info@institut-alternativa.org

European Policy Institute (EPI)
2/2 Antonie Grubisic
1000 Skopje, North Macedonia
Phone: +3892 3 280 100
Email: contact@epi.оrg.mk

Institute fot Democracy and Medation (IDM)
Nd. 35, H. 1 Rr. Shenasi Dishnica
P.O.Box 8177
1017 Tirana, Albania
Phone: 355 4 240 0241
Email: info@idmalbania.org

Group for Legal and Political Studies (GLPS)
16/1 Rexhep Luci str.
10000 Prishtina, Kosovo
Phone: +383 38 234 456
Email: office@legalpoliticalstudies.org

Foreign Policy Initiative BH (FPI BH)
2C Marka Marulića
71000 Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Email: info@vpi.ba