Past PASOS projects


The V4 Online: Free and Uncensored?
A Google-funded project to assess the contemporary state of internet freedom and online privacy in the Visegrad 4 countries.

Enlargement and Citizenship: Looking to the Future
This project has 3 objectives: firstly, to educate European citizens and civil society actors in the processes through which the policies of the EU take form, and in communications strategies for advocating for EU policies, and spreading ownership of EU policymaking among EU citizens. Secondly, to raise awareness among the publics in EU members and prospective member countries around the need for citizens’ engagement to ensure their elected representatives and governments fully engage at the EU level in achieving policy decisions that meet the needs of their citizens. Finally, to strengthen citizens’ engagement in the policy process ahead of the European Parliament elections in 2014.

Association of Regional Analytical Centers: a tool to improve governance in the regions of Ukraine
Training regional think-tanks in Ukraine on local administration and policymaking, and on the monitoring of public administration in areas such as accountability, efficiency, and public service delivery.


The Role of Civil Society in EU Integration Processes: Real Engagement through Effective Involvement
Helping civil society actors in three Eastern Partnership countries (Armenia, Georgia, and Ukraine) draw on the EU integration experiences of NGOs in the Visegrad countries.


Enhancing the effectiveness of government by strengthening the role of think tanks in the decision-making arena
Creating new opportunities for independent, non-governmental participants to join the policymaking process in Azerbaijan by strengthening the capacities of think tanks.


Update of the current status of implementation of international/bilateral trade regimes with ODA recipients and the current role of civil society and private sectors as development actors in the new EU Member states

Lead Partner: Center for Economic Development (CED), Bulgaria
PASOS partners: Center for Policy Studies at the Central European University (Hungary) ; the Centre for Public Policy PROVIDUS (Latvia); the Institute of Public Affairs (Poland); the Institute for Public Policy (Romania); the Slovak Foreign Policy Association (Slovakia);  PRAXIS Center for Policy Studies (Estonia)
Other partners: SLOGA Slovenian NGDO platform (Slovenia)

The project’s overall objective is to build transnational alliances between new EU member states intended to capitalize and disseminate their best network and advocacy practices on the occasion of the existent international trade systems with ODA (“official development assistance”) recipients and the role of private and civil society sectors as development actors. The specific objectives of the project are as follows:

  • To analyze the level of progress of the MDG 8 (target 8a) implementation.

  • To examine the status of application of articles 13, 16 and 20 of the Accra Agenda for Action.

  • To boost the awareness and confidence building towards the network capacities of the policy oriented civil society organizations to contribute to the development effectiveness.

Activities associated with the 18-month project include workshops; policy research; the publication of policy briefs; an international advocacy event; the creation of 27 national task forces; and the publication and distribution of three publications with all research findings, conclusions and recommendations.


Three reports examine development assistance from new EU member states 

CED leads multi-NGO project on EU development aid

Updates from the partner websites:

Center for Economic Development

Institute for Public Policy

Centre for Public Policy PROVIDUS

Institute of Public Affairs

Center for Policy Studies at the Central European University


Slovak Foreign Policy Association

PRAXIS Center for Policy Studies

Linking change-makers in the Middle East and North Africa with democratic reformers of post-communist (Central and Eastern) Europe

Lead partner: PASOS Secretariat, Czech Republic
PASOS partners: Centre for Research and Policy Making (CRPM), Macedonia; Belgrade Centre for Security Policy (BCSP), Serbia
Other partner: NAZRA for Feminist Studies, Egypt

The objectives of the project are to strengthen the capacity of Egyptian policy centres to influence the democratic transition process and to promote cooperation and exchange experiences between Egyptian and Central and Eastern European (CEE) policy centres with relevant transition expertise. The project will run in the period July 2011 to May 2012, and the first phase will address women’s rights in Egypt. The project is made possible with the support of the National Endowment for Democracy.


PASOS seminar in Cairo marks first foray into Egypt

Representatives of PASOS and the Belgrade Centre for Security Policy (BCSP) held a four-day training seminar in Egypt May 10-13 for Egyptian NGOs.

Egyptian activists join CRPM debate on gender, Arab Spring

Opening the Doors of Policy-Making in the South Caucasus and Central Asia

“Opening the Doors of Policy-Making in the South Caucasus and Central Asia” seeks to empower civil society organizations and to enhance public participation in public policy development. It aims to strengthen CSOs, foster regional networking, and promote sustained dialogue with policymakers. The project draws on PASOS’ experience of training think-tank personnel in transitional countries. The initiative is supported by a grant from the United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF).


“Opening the Doors of Policy-Making in the South Caucasus and Central Asia” launches with Istanbul training

PASOS opens call for Skills Development Fellowships

Strengthening Policymaking Skills in Central Asia and the South Caucasus

Opening the Doors of Policy-Making Networking Conference

“Opening Doors” fellows release policy papers

“Opening the doors of policy-making is precisely what is needed.”


PASOS YouTube Channel “Opening Doors” playlist:

A full schedule of events connected to the project can be viewed here.


Standards-setting in ethical governance and policy work of think-tanks

This project’s objective is to produce professional quality benchmarks, and the ground rules for a set of guidelines, to govern policy work, so that a common set of standards applies to policy centres from different countries, in particular when working on joint projects. This will strengthen the credibility of policy institutes and enhance the quality of their policy work by increasing co-operation between policy centres and the trust of other stakeholders in their products.

Two publications setting out respectively ethical principles governing think-tank work, and principles and standards in policy work, “Thinking Ethically” and “How to win respect and influence policymakers,” were released at the annual PASOS members assembly in Warsaw November 26. The project is supported by the Local Government and Public Service Reform Initiative (LGI) of Open Society Foundations.

Download: Thinking Ethically

Download: How to win respect and influence policymakers

Transparency in Lobbying

Lead partner: PASOS Secretariat, Czech Republic, Centre for Public Policy PROVIDUS, Latvia
PASOS partners: EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy, Czech Republic, Institute for Public Policy (IPP), Romania, European Institute, Bulgaria, International Centre for Political Studies (ICPS), Ukraine
Project partner providing peer reviewing: Center for Political Studies at the Central European University (CPS-CEU), Hungary

This project, managed by the PASOS Secretariat with the funding support of LGI, is comprised of a multi-country comparative study of legislation regulating lobbying in several countries, with the aim to provide efficient tools for making professional lobbying transparent. The project will explore the possibility of a model legislative framework for lobbying, including private sector lobbying and NGO/advocacy groups’ lobbying in the public interest, with a view to standardising regulations in line with the best legislative practice applied or under development. The country research focuses on Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Romania, and Ukraine.

The project included a PASOS policy seminar held at the U.S. Embassy’s American Center in Prague 14 October, 2011, that featured a lively panel discussion on ethics, legislative strategy, and how lobbying regulations should impact NGOs, including think tanks.

Supporting documents:

Regulation of Lobbying in the Czech Republic: History, Debate and Perspective

EUROPEUM, Prague, PASOS project Transparency in Lobbying September 2011: Answers to Questionnaires

Transparency in Lobbying in Bulgaria

Transparency in Lobbying: Report on Ukraine

Transparency in Lobbying in Romania

Transparency in Lobbying: Comparative Review of Existing and Emerging Regulatory Regimes

Paving the Road towards Visa-free Travel between the Eastern Partnership countries and the EU

“Paving the Road towards Visa-free Travel between the Eastern Partnership countries and the EU” is a program of PASOS (Policy Association for an Open Society) and the Local Government and Public Service Reform Initiative (LGI) of the Open Society Foundations. A “No Visa” network of websites that includes country-specific versions of the site in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine, was launched in 2011.

The goal of the project is to create a tipping-point for the achievement of visa-free relations between the Eastern Partnership countries and EU member-states, and in the process to upgrade the legal and policy processes in the EaP countries and promote closer integration and people-to-people exchange and contacts between the Eastern Partnership countries and EU member-states.

The No Visa websites offer extensive background information about these project goals, news and developments relating to visa-liberalization in the Eastern Partnership (EaP), and downloads of publications and other research documents. Other site resources include a calendar of events, updates from the EaP Civil Society Forum, a hyperlinked list of other NGOs that support visa liberalization, and a glossary of visa-related terms.