A Center for Research and Policymaking campaign to raise awareness of the Open Government Partnership in the Macedonian civil-society community has resulted in a marked increase in participation by the sector on the country’s work toward adopting open government principles.
Albania needs to consider more of the recommendations made by those working on making Albania’s government more transparent, according to an Institute of Democracy and Mediation analysis of the country’s OGP Action Plan.
PASOS has announced a call for applications to participate in the 2014 Ilko Kucheriv Democracy Fellowship Program. Deadline to apply is April 16, 2014.
Albanian officials working on the country’s Action Plan for open government should provide a public consultation timeline ahead of an May 7 deadline to the plan to the Open Government Partnership, according to a set of recommendations drafted and presented at a PASOS project conference held in Tirana March 28.
NATO Deputy Secretary-General warns that Russian actions in Crimea undermine international security system (+video)
Speaking at a NATO training session organized by PASOS, NATO Deputy Secretary-General Alexander Vershbow warned that Russia’s occupation of the Crimean peninsula threatens to undo all of the efforts to build trust and cooperation between the alliance and Russia made after end of the Cold War.
Although only about 40 percent of Crimeans support a proposal to break away from Ukraine and become part of Russia, a March 16 referendum on the issue will likely be approved, according to Iryna Bekeshkina, head of the Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation.
PASOS calls on EU to lift visa requirements for Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia upon signature of association agreements
EU member states should show long-term commitment to Ukraine’s European integration by swift easing of visa requirements, followed by full visa liberalisation with Ukraine, Moldova, and Georgia upon signing of association agreements, according to a PASOS statement.