• Think Tank Forum between Poland and Macedonia

    A think tank forum between Macedonia and Poland was held today, as a part of the working visit of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland H.E. Jacek Czaputowicz with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Macedonia, H.E. Nikola Dimitrov. The both ministries opened the forum of think tanks.

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  • How Effective are EU Benchmarks for the Western Balkans? - Belgrade Conference

    The final conference of the BENCHER project is being held today in Belgrade, hosted by the European Policy Centre in Belgrade. Below, we share with you some interesting points made during the discussion.

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  • The National Convention on the European Union started with Chapter 23

    The first meeting of the working group on Chapter 23 within the National Convention on the EU took place today at the Assembly of Macedonia. EPI presented its research findings on Chapter 23 and the work of the Network 23. See more.

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  • EU Strategy for the Western Balkans: (Un)justified euphoria?

    The European Commission highlights six initiatives for increased engagement with all countries in the region, which largely systematize the multiplicity of parallel processes that have begun in the past few years, while EU enlargement was in the background. We analyze the new EU Strategy for the Western Balkan.

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  • Merit or Partisan Led Police? [policy study]

    The research covers the problem of selection, recruitment and employment of police officers and the failure to provide a career development system based on merit and qualifications at all levels (strategic, tactical and operational) in the Macedonian Ministry of Interior and the Police.

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  • Citizens believe that EU membership will improve the democracy and economy in Macedonia

    EPI has presented the perception of the citizens from the Deliberative Poll, which focused on the gains and challenges from Macedonia’s EU accession. Some of the topics include the general views on the EU, the democratic and economic benefits and challenges, as well as citizens' views on the name issue.

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  • Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU and its Relevance to Macedonia

    One of the four priorities of the Bulgarian Presidency is the integration of the Western Balkans. What good can the Bulgarian Presidency bring to Macedonia?

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  • The Western Balkans’ bumpy quest for EU integration: 2016 Comparative overview

    The #BENCHER regional analysis is here! This year’s analysis dedicates a special focus to the recommendations provided by the EC in the 2015 and 2016 country reports, assessing the degree to which they were considered and implemented by each country.

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Application of RIA to the Law on courts

Timeframe: January – December 2018

Location: Skopje and the other three appellate regions (Stip, Bitola and Gostivar)

Budget: 9.991 EUR

The aim of this project is to enhance the...

Benchmarking for EU reform - how effective? BENCHER

Goal: Explore the effectiveness of the EU benchmarking mechanism for the Western Balkans and contribute to improving the benchmarking mechanism as an impetus for EU related reforms in the Western Balkan countries.

Promoting sustainable reintegration of the Roma returnees Macedonia

This is a follow up on the project “Combating barriers for exit: Roma on the Macedonian borders”, implemented in a partnership with KHAM Delchevo. The project will focus on the policies and practices affecting the Roma returnees, including their needs and necessities. The problem...

JUstice: Governance for growth MoNiTor – JudGMeNT

European Policy Institute (EPI) – Skopje, on 10th of July 2016 started implementing the project “JUstice: Governance for growth MoNiTor – JudGMeNT”. This project is funded by the Regional Cooperation Council under the RCC’s Grant Work Programme: “Support of...

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[policy brief] Merit or Partisan Led Police?



The challenges faced by the Roma returnees in Macedonia - Report



The Western Balkans' Bumpy quest for EU integration: Infographic [BENCHER]



2016 Macedonia country analysis: From a free fall to a new take-off?_BENCHER






Network 23

Western Balkans 6 AG