• Network 23 is highlighted as a positive example by the European Commission

    The Mid-term Evaluation on the Civil Society Facility for Western Balkans and Turkey by the European Commission highlights the Network 23 as a positive example in terms of its role in strengthening the rule of law in Macedonia.

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  • The challenges faced by Roma returnees in Macedonia [reserach]

    This research report outlines the identified key challenges and difficulties that Roma returnees face when reintegrating into their native communities, in the attempt to secure a decent life for themselves and their families in Macedonia. The research focused on five areas: social protection (including the right to access to personal documentation), healthcare, education, employment and housing.

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    The EC has recommended accession negotiations again. Unlike the last recommendation of 2014, which had a comforting tone, this recommendation holds perspective. The report gives wind in the government sails first, for the reforms and second, solving the name dispute. The recommendation is strengthened with a positive assessment of the fulfilment of the Przino Agreement and the Urgent Reform Priorities. EPI's analysis of the 2018 European Commission Report on the Republic of Macedonia.

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  • Sitting on the bench and marking - How effective? [Benchmarking in Macedonia]

    The European Policy Institute (EPI) published the research on the effectiveness of the European Union benchmarking mechanism in Macedonia, which has been done within the BENCHER project. The research analyzes the effectiveness of EU benchmarks for Macedonia in eight areas from Chapters 23 and 24.

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  • Network 23 published the new Shadow Report on Chapter 23

    This report encompasses the period between the beginning of May 2016 and the end of January 2018. The report’s period has been extended in order to correspond to the new cycle of European Commission reports, which are to be released in April.

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  • 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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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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RECOMMENDATION WITH A FUTURE? Analysis of the 2018 European Commission Report on the Republic of Macedonia



[Benchmarking in Macedonia] Sitting on the bench and marking - How effective?



[policy brief] Merit or Partisan Led Police?



The challenges faced by the Roma returnees in Macedonia - Report






Network 23

Western Balkans 6 AG