We are proud to inform you that, for the third year in a row, European Policy Centre (CEP) is the highest-ranked think tank organisation in Serbia and in the Western Balkan region. CEP is also ranked among the ten best research organisations in the region of Central and Eastern Europe, placing seventh, as announced today in the “Global Go To Think Tank Index“ report published by the University of Pennsylvania in the United States of America.
For the past 14 years, this prestigious report has ranked the most influential research organisations (think tanks) from around the world. When ranking organisations from all over Central and Eastern Europe, along with the largest organisations from Russia, Ukraine, Poland and other countries in the region, CEP was ranked within the first ten, more specifically, ranking seventh out of a total of 106 organisations included in the report.
The report states that “CEP is the first organisation in the country which focuses on the need to improve the policymaking in Serbia. CEP’s recommendations are highly integrated into official addresses of Ministers and high-level government officials of Serbia, making it the focal point for EU integration issues in Serbia.”
When the report is published, events around the world are simultaneously organized in order to present it, discuss the role and importance of think tanks for the development of democracy and the rule of law. Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, most of these events will be held online. For the fourth year in a row, the presentation of the report is being organized in Belgrade, based on CEP’s initiative. This year, the overall topic of discussion is the difficult situation in which the organisations found themselves, since, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the conditions for policymaking have significantly deteriorated. Many hybrid regimes, including those in the Western Balkans, used the pandemic to strengthen their authoritarian mechanisms, while indicators of the degree of democracy continued to decline and deteriorate. Despite unfavourable conditions, research organisations in the Western Balkans have found, and continue to find, ways to make their voices heard and gain domestic influence, for which their impact on policymaking is recognized by this report.
European Policy Centre (CEP) was founded in 2011. It mostly deals with monitoring the process of Serbia’s accession to the EU, but also the public administration reform, examining the crucial conditions needed for meeting the economic criteria Serbia needs to fulfil in order to gain an EU membership, as well as with environmental issues.
Lastly, as stated in the report, the regional network Think for Europe, which consists of six research organisations from the Western Balkans, and whose CEP is the founder and coordinator, also reached the list of the world’s best networks of research organisations for the third year in a row.