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