Civil society involvement in policymaking in the EU integration process;
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:
Areas of Expertise and Action
This platform was created as a part of a project implemented by a group of think tanks under TEN and their partners from Poland, Italy and Belgium (Institute for International Affairs, the Bronsilav Geremek Foundation Centre and the European Policy Centre). It is intended to survey the voices of the youth, aged 16 to 25, to propagate them and stimulate discussion regarding various topics, among which internet freedoms, issues regarding the environment and rule of law will be featured. It was created as a part of the Make Future Together: EU and the Western Balkans from the Youth Perspective initiative, supported by the European Commission but will serve for the continuous involvement and engagement with the youth.
Find more at www.mladirini.org
Western Balkan Civil Society Empowerment for a Reformed Public Administration (WeBER2.0)
In December 2019, the EU granted support for the continuation of WeBER – the Western Balkans Enabling Project for Civil Society Monitoring of Public Administration Reform, a three-year project that was implemented from 2015 to 2018, funded by the European Union and co-funded by the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Guided by the SIGMA Principles, WeBER has pioneered an evidence- and civil society-based approach to monitoring progress of the region’s governments in public administration reform (PAR) based on EU requirements. It has also built bottom-up demand for reform by creating the regional WeBER Platform for dialogue on PAR and by empowering civil society organisations (CSOs) through capacity building and consultation events and meetings. This has laid the foundations for the continuous involvement of civil society in PAR, relying on a regional approach to the topic and on producing regionally-comparable WeBER monitoring results.
Under the refreshed name, “Western Balkan Civil Society Empowerment for a Reformed Public Administration”, the design of WeBER2.0 relies and further builds on the results of the previous WeBER cycle and products, most notably the PAR Monitor reports, the regional consultative WeBER Platform and the Small Grant Facility for Support for Civil Society Monitoring of Public Administration Reform at Local Level. WeBER2.0 will last until December 2022.
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.