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.

Contacts

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

Milena Lazarević
CEP Belgrade

Milena Lazarevic is one of the founders and Programme Director at the European Policy Centre (CEP), independent, non-profit think-tank based in Belgrade, Serbia. Milena is a proven expert in the field of public administration reform, in Serbia and in the Western Balkan region. Between May 2014 and March 2015, she acted as the Special Adviser to the Serbian Deputy Prime Minister in charge of public administration reform.

As a consultant, she has worked for SIGMA/OECD, Regional School for Public Administration (ReSPA), the World Bank and several major international consultancy companies. Before co-founding CEP, Lazarevic worked for almost six years as a civil servant in the Serbian administration, first in the EU Integration Office of the Serbian Government (SEIO) and later in the Ministry of Public Administration. She is a Soros scholar and has an MA degree in European studies from the College of Europe and an MA in European Administrative Law from Belgrade University.

Anida Šabanović
FPI Sarajevo

Anida holds a Master degree in Economics. She has contributed to FPI’s professionalism and served in many positions in the organisation. She covers the research in public administration, good governance and economic areas. Anida works on projects dealing with European integration, policy creation, capacity building of government institutions, fight against corruption, promotion of human rights and women’s rights.

She has experience in drafting policies and has cooperated with different non-governmental organizations in BiH as well as international organisations. Anida has experience in consultancy and has been author, co-author or contributor of reports, political analyses and texts related to European integration process as well as gender issues. She is one of co-authors of a book chapter Negotiating Political Authority in Bosnia-Herzegovina, which will be published in Research Handbook on Gender and Negotiation edited by Mara Olekalns, Professor of Management (Negotiations) at Melbourne Business School. The Handbook is in the final editing phase and is expected to be published by summer 2020.

She is a director of FPI BH since April 2019.

Dr. Arbëresha Loxha
GLPS Pristina

Dr. Arbëresha Loxha is the Executive Director and a Senior Research Fellow at GLPS. Dr. Loxha holds both a Masters and a PhD in Economics from the University of Staffordshire, United Kingdom. Arbëresha is among the first research fellows at GLPS, who has unequivocally contributed to GLPS’s growth and professionalism. At GLPS, Arbëresha served in many positions and primarily covered the research in economic, good governance and public administration areas. In addition, Arbëresha led dozens of research projects in Kosovo and abroad, and was an active member of economic research initiatives. She was a leading expert to take part in testimonies for numerous institutions and government bodies in Kosovo and international organization based in Kosovo, in which she shared her expertise on a range of social and economic issues.

Over the last two years, Arbëresha was a professor covering management courses at both bachelor and master level of studies. Dr. Loxha rich background of academic research and publications are yet another confirmation of her standing as an expert, leader and powerful women. In this new position, Dr. Loxha aspires to lead GLPS further growth and impact, diversify its portfolio, expand its European network and help Kosovo democratize.

Stevo Muk
IA Podgorica

Stevo Muk graduated at the Law Faculty (University of Montenegro) in 1998. He completed postgraduate studies at the Faculty of Political Sciences. His previous work experiences entail Center for Development of Non-governmental organizations CRNVO (executive director 1999-2007), Open Society Foundation Montenegro (program officer for Civil society, Media and Roma (2001). He served as member of Balkan Trust for Democracy (BTD) Advisory Board. He was member of Ministry of Justice Advisory Council for Public administration reform (2003 -2006). He worked with Swedish Institute for Public Administration (SIPU) in regional TACSO project.

Apart from work in the Institute Alternative, he has authored or co-authored “Nations in Transit“ – Report on Montenegro for 2010 and 2011, Freedom House, 2011; article on “Freedom of association, European and domestic legislation and praxis” in “Human Rights and Culture of Human Rights”, Centre for Civic Education, 2007; “Weak tradition, Uncertain future”- Civicus Civil Society Index for Montenegro, Centre for Development of NGOs, Podgorica, 2007; articles on “European Economic and Social Committee” and “Civil Society in Europe” in “Learn about EU”, Monitoring Centre – CEMI). He is one of the founders of Institute alternative, and has been the president of IA’s managing board since 2007.

Gjergji Vurmo
IDM Tirana

Gjergji Vurmo is IDM’s Programme Director and a senior researcher on good governance, civil society, security and western Balkan’s EU accession. His work focuses on governance, the European Union, and a number of security-related issues, including radicalism and violent extremism. He is author of several IDM studies and reports related to civil society development, governance and anti-corruption, EU accession process, radicalism and violent extremism.

Mr. Vurmo has served as Steering Board member of various networks of research institutes in the SEE region (PASOS, BCSDN) and is a contributor on the WB region for various EU think tanks. He has monitored and reported on Albania for well-known global reports such as the Open Government partnership (2013-2018), USAID CSO’s Sustainability Index (2010-2013), Open Parliaments 2012 report, and starting from November 2018 also the Freedom House’s Nations in Transit global report. Before working with IDM, Mr. Vurmo has been engaged with various think tanks in the WB region for over seven years.

Gjergji studied law at Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje and obtained his MA degree on European studies at the University of Bologna, Italy. Languages: Albanian (native); English and Macedonian (C2, fluent); French and Italian (B2); Serbian & Croatian (B1).

Dr. Simonida Kacarska
EPI Skopje

Dr. Simonida Kacarska is a Director of  the European Policy Institute in Skopje, Macedonia. She holds a PhD in Politics and International Studies from the University of Leeds (United Kingdom) and a MA in European Politics from the Sussex European Institute (United Kingdom).

Simonida is one EPI’s founders and works in the Institute since 2011. In the period between 2005 and 2011, Simonida has worked in the Secretariat for European Affairs in the Government of the Republic of Macedonia, in the Unit for Justice, Freedom and Security, Sector for Integration.

She was a research fellow at the Central European University, University of Oxford, the College of Europe and the European Research Council project The Europeanisation of Citizenship in the Successor States of the Former Yugoslavia based at the University of Edinburgh School of Law. Simonida provided expert and consultancy services to international organisations (CoE and OSCE). She has both practitioner and research experience related to the political transformation and European integration of the Balkans with a focus on national minority policies.

She is a director of EPI since February 2017.