Our members joint projects

December 13, 2014

A sample of our members‘ joint initiatives in 2014

 

Lessons Learned for Belarus and Ukraine

Lead partner: Association for International Affairs, Czech Republic

PASOS partners: Polish-Ukrainian Cooperation Foundation, Poland Other partners: School of Young Managers in Public Administration, Belarus; Centre for Political and Legal Reforms, Ukraine; Pontis Foundation, Slovakia; Hungarian European Society, Hungary

This project aims to empower civil society and to contribute to building a modern and efficient public administration system based on transparent democratic values in Belarus and Ukraine. Partners intend to put an emphasis on issues such as the lowering of bureaucracy and corruption, recruitment and further education of civil servants, e-government, and reforms of local government.

 

Security Research Forum: “Belgrade-Prishtina-Tirana”

Lead partner: Belgrade Centre for Security Policy, Serbia PASOS partners: Institute for Democracy and Mediation, Albania Other partners: Kosovar Center for Security Studies, Kosovo

The Security Research Forum is meant to foster balanced debate among the think-tank community, academia, public policy practitioners, and media in order to provide researchbased alternative solutions to ongoing challenges of co-operation among Serbia, Kosovo and Albania. For that purpose, three participating think-tanks will have a peer-to-peer exchange of practices, positive and negative lessons learned, and work with national security communities in Belgrade-Prishtina-Tirana

 

MPs’ Rules of Conduct – A Step Ahead for Improving the Credibility and Legitimacy of the Romanian Parliament, Parliament of Moldova, and the Georgian Parliament

Lead partner: Institute for Public Policy, Romania PASOS partners: Caucasus Institute for Peace, Democracy and Development, Georgia; Institute for Development and Social Initiatives IDIS “Viitorul”, Moldova

The specific objectives of the project are to identify misconduct in parliamentary activity that can be deemed to affect the credibility/legitimacy and legality of the work of the national parliaments in the three countries, and to advance an open space for debate and reflection together with other civil society organisations on the necessary institutional/legal steps for institutionalising effective rules of ethics in the three countries.

 

Online Platform on the EU Accession Experiences of the V4 countries

Lead partner: Center for EU Enlargement Studies at Central European University, Hungary PASOS partners: Association for International Affairs, Czech Republic; Research Centre of the Slovak Foreign Policy Association, Slovakia; Institute of Public Affairs, Poland; Kosovar Civil Society Foundation, Kosovo Other partners: Belgrade Fund for Political Excellence, Serbia; Institute for Development and International Relations, Croatia; Albanian Institute for International Studies, Albania; Foreign Policy Initiative BH, Bosnia and Herzegovina; Civic Alliance, Montenegro

The project goal is to use the experiences of the Visegrad Four countries to assist Western Balkans countries with their aspirations of European integration. The project aims to learn from and identify V4 best practices and to share these lessons with current and prospective EU candidates in the Western Balkans. To ensure that the lessons reach the widest audience, the consortium plans to create an online platform.

 

Piloting Civic Rural and Urban Involvement in School Budgeting and Spending for Efficient Preschool and Primary School Services

Lead partner: Center for Economic and Social Development, Azerbaijan PASOS partners: Center for Economic Development, Bulgaria; Local Governance Innovation & Development, Ltd (LGID), Hungary Other partners: Uluchay, Azerbaijan

This project aims to enhance the scope of, and promote sustainability of, the involvement of Azerbaijani CSOs and local communities in the processes of public budgeting and spending for, and provision of, services at rural and urban preschool and primary schools in the regions, in order to increase services’ efficiency at these levels throughout the country through improving transparency and accountability in the allocation and use of public funds.

 

Courts as Policy-Makers? Examining the Role of Constitutional Courts as Agents of Change in the Western Balkans

Lead partner: Analitika – Center for Social Research, Bosnia and Herzegovina PASOS partners: Center for Research and Policy Making, Macedonia Other partners: Belgrade Centre for Human Rights, Serbia; Group for Legal and Political Studies, Kosovo

The study focuses on constitutional courts in Macedonia, Kosovo, Albania, and Bosnia and Herzegovina. The underlying hypothesis that constitutional courts have made a positive contribution to political and social change and to the overall transition to democracy will be tested on cases that are “the most challenging and least favourable to it“. Up to six cases (constitutional court decisions) that have marked the four states’ respective transitions to democracy (dealing broadly with power-sharing, ethnic/minority rights, federalism/ organisation of government, or issues pertaining to division of powers) will be thoroughly examined.

 

Shaping European Integration by Being Active Home: Opportunities for Organised Civil Society to Influence EU Decision-making via National Positions

Lead partner: Centre for Public Policy PROVIDUS, Latvia PASOS partners: Institute of Public Affairs, Poland; EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy, Czech Republic

The project poses the following research question: How actively do civil society organisations (CSOs) participate in shaping European integration in their own capitals via work on national positions on EU legislative proposals and policy documents? The project has three objectives: 1) to compare the different opportunities and practices of CSO input in national positions in Latvia, Poland, the Czech Republic, and other member states; 2) to contribute to increased understanding among CSOs about opportunities to shape European integration; 3) to demonstrate the value added of CSO involvement in European integration, especially advocating for evidence and research-based input.

 

Effective Activism in Slovenia – A Bilateral Exchange of Croatian and Slovenian Activists

Lead partner: Peace Institute, Slovenia PASOS partners: iDemo Institute for Democracy, Croatia

Within this project, the partners organised an exchange of Slovenian and Croatian activists engaged in new social movements that have developed in the past few years. The twoday event, which took place in Maribor, Slovenia, on 7-9 November 2014, provided a forum for the mutual exchange of knowledge, experiences and ideas among the activists from Slovenia and Croatia, who were joined by guests from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Spain, and Iceland. The activists shared their experience on the topics of the transformative power of protests, labour rights, conservative threats towards open society, and citizens’ comanagement of public affairs.

 

 

A sample of joint projects of PASOS members in 2012-13

Exchange of EU Best Practices in the Area of Anti-Discrimination Legislation Enforcement
Lead partner: Center for Economic Development, Bulgaria
PASOS partners: Center for Research and Policy Making, Macedonia
The project aimed at increasing civil society involvement in the enforcement and improvement
of national anti-discrimination legislation. It reviewed the national law and its compliance
with the acquis communautaire; and included information and analysis of case studies of
discrimination on various grounds. It also provided an opportunity to share the EU experience
of anti-discrimination practices. It worked to improve citizens’ awareness and that of central
and local administration in eight regions and 17 cities on matters related to anti-discrimination,
aiming at perfecting the national framework on anti-discrimination legislation, and protection
and monitoring mechanisms, especially with regard to sexual orientation as a ground for
discrimination.

Future EU Leaders’ Academy – What Europe in 2020?
Lead partner: EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy, Czech Republic
PASOS partners: Institute of Public Affairs, Poland; Center for Research and Policy Making,
Macedonia; Centre for Public Policy PROVIDUS, Latvia
The aim of this project was to bring together prospective future leaders from six different
European countries – the Czech Republic, France, Spain, Poland, Latvia, and Macedonia – and
from different segments of society (political parties, academia, NGOs, and media) to discuss
some of the crucial issues and challenges facing the EU in the current decade. The group
engaged in an intensive week of seminars, debates and simulations under the leadership of
the project partners in Prague at the end of July and the beginning of August 2012.

European Integration School
Lead partner: Kosovar Civil Society Foundation, Kosovo
PASOS partners: Forum 2015, Kosovo
The goal of the “School for European Integration” (SEI) is to prepare the society of Kosovo to
meet the challenges of European integration. The SEI brings together established and emerging
leaders of Kosovo to learn about the European integration process and accordingly transfer
the acquired knowledge into their working environment. During 2013, the SEI organised
basic and advanced courses on EU integration for a variety of groups. The School underwent
an upgrade in 2013 when two groups of basic workshops and two groups of advanced
workshops took place, totalling about 140 participants during 2013.

How Effective Are Independent State Institutions in Security Sector
Oversight In the Western Balkans?
Lead partner: Belgrade Centre for Security Policy, Serbia
PASOS partners: Institute for Democracy and Mediation, Albania;
Centre for Democracy and Human Rights (CEDEM), Montenegro
Other partners: Institute for International Relations, Croatia; Centre for Security Studies, Bosnia
and Herzegovina; Kosovar Centre for Security Studies, Kosovo; Analytica, Macedonia
The project aimed to assess the performance of independent state institutions with regard to
oversight of the security sector in each of the countries in the Western Balkans, to address
obstacles these institutions face in relation to the security sector, and to offer recommendations
on how to improve their work.

Building Gender and Security Network in the Western Balkans
Lead partner: Belgrade Centre for Security Policy, Serbia
PASOS partners: Institute for Democracy and Mediation, Albania; Center for Research and
Policy Making, Macedonia
Other partners: Women to Women, Bosnia; Kosovar Centre for Security Studies, Kosovo
This project’s objective is to allow for security and gender professionals from Serbia, Bosnia
and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Albania, and Macedonia to establish co-operation and exchange
experiences on best ways to introduce gender mainstreaming in security sector governance,
through development and advancement of national action plans (NAPs) for the implementation
of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 in their respective countries.

Security Transitions in the Western Balkans –
From Conflict Zone to Security Community?
Lead partner: Belgrade Centre for Security Policy, Serbia
PASOS partners: Institute for Democracy and Mediation, Albania;
Centre for Democracy and Human Rights (CEDEM), Montenegro
Other partners: Institute for International Relations, Croatia; Centre for Security Studies, Bosnia
and Herzegovina; Kosovar Centre for Security Studies, Kosovo; Analytica, Macedonia
This research project was implemented by a consortium of seven think-tanks from the Western
Balkans in co-operation with NUPI (Norwegian Institute of International Affairs). The project
was supported by the Research Council of Norway. The purpose was to explore if and how
security in the Western Balkans is transforming from conflict formation towards a security
community. The research methodology was guided by “practice theories” and professionals’
theories. Articles and papers were published in e-journals, and a book was released in 2013,
including a chapter on each country. A website showcasing the main findings, literature
reviews and contributions from the researchers was also par t of the project.

Developing Partnership for Local Actions
Lead partner: Kosovar Civil Society Foundation, Kosovo
PASOS partners: EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy, Czech Republic
Other partners: EC Ma Ndryshe, Kosovo, Syri i Vizionit, Kosovo, CMB, Kosovo
The goal of this project was to strengthen partnership and co-operation between NGOS active
in local administration issues in the Kosovar municipalities of Prizren, Peja and Mitrovica. The
main aim of the project was to generate better performance and joint projects in the areas of
cultural heritage, ecotourism and local economic development in these three municipalities. The
project identified pressing issues of concern in cultural heritage, ecotourism and agriculture, and
local economic development in the three municipalities. It also familiarised local stakeholders
with best practices of co-operation and initiatives at the local level in the Czech Republic, and
resulted in the development of three local projects/strategies under the leadership of a Czech
tutor in the three municipalities.

National Convention on EU in Moldova
Lead partner: Research Centre of the Slovak Foreign Policy Association, Slovakia
PASOS partners: Expert-Grup, Moldova; Institute for Development and Social Initiatives (IDIS)
“Viitorul”, Moldova
Other partners: Foreign Policy Association, Moldova
The project facilitated public debate on EU-related issues based on the partnership of
governmental and non-governmental organisations in Moldova. Three permanent working
groups were established. They held regular meetings and covered all key issues in the fulfilment
of Moldova’s EU commitments, including the Eastern Partnership. At the same time, they worked
to prepare Moldova for negotiations on the Association Agreement with the EU, and focused
on visa dialogue with the EU, as well as on agriculture and regional development, trade – free
movement of capital and services – and trade competition rules.

Eastern Partnership European Integration Index
Lead partner: International Renaissance Foundation, Ukraine; Open Society Institute – Brussels
PASOS partners: Belarusian Institute for Strategic Studies, Belarus; Caucasus Institute for Peace,
Democracy and Development, Georgia; Institute for Development and Social Initiatives IDIS
“Viitorul”, Moldova
Other partners: Institute for Economic Research and Political Consulting, Ukraine; Yerevan Press
Club, Armenia; Center for National and International Studies, Azerbaijan
The Index interprets “progress in European integration” as the combination of two separate
yet interdependent processes: increased linkages between each of the EaP countries and the
European Union; and greater approximation between those countries’ institutions, legislation
and practices and those of the EU. The six countries are assessed along the same list of
questions and indicators. The Index shows where each EaP country stands in terms of reforms
and its relationship with the EU. As such, the Index points to those reform areas where more
progress is needed and serves as a reference point for civil society organisations in the EaP
region that want to advocate policy change.

“Alternative politics”? The Rise of New Political Formations in Central
Europe: Reasons, Factors, Consequences
Lead partner: Institute for Public Affairs, Slovakia
PASOS partners: Institute of Public Affairs, Poland
Other partners: Center for Social Sciences – Institute for Political Science, Hungarian Academy
of Sciences, Hungary; Masaryk University, Czech Republic
The project objective was to analyse the underlying reasons, factors and consequences of the
emergence of “alternative politics” in Central Europe – the rise of new political formations in
the Visegrad Four states. The project concentrated on analytical responses to the following
questions: What are the reasons behind the emergence of new political formations? How
do they communicate with voters? What are the consequences for the voting behaviour of
the population as a whole of new types of mobilisation used by new parties? What are the
consequences of “alternative politics” for the existing party systems? What is the impact of
”alternative politics” on the governance and policy-making process?

Assessing Needs of Care in European Nations – ANCIEN
Lead partner: Center for European Policy Studies, Belgium
PASOS partners: PRAXIS Center for Policy Studies, Estonia; CASE – Center for Social and
Economic Research, Poland
The project examined all facets of the long-term care (LTC) provisions in the EU member
states, including such factors as the effect of demography and lifestyle on the need for care;
developments in the supply of informal and formal care, and the choice between the two; and
the potential role of technology in solving LTC problems.

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