• “Prepare for participation”: A new CEP project

    Belgrade, 6 March 2019 – A kick-off meeting was held in Belgrade today to begin the implementation of the Strengthening the Capacities of Civil Society Organisations for Active Participation in EU Accession Negotiations Through  Certain Working Groups of the National Convention on the EU project. The project coordinator is the European Policy Centre – CEP. The project will be implemented together with the National Alliance for Local Economic Development – NALED – and the Center for Contemporary Policy – CSP (through its news portal European Western Balkans as a partner with the project).

    The overall goal of the project is to enable different sectors of civil society to actively participate in the process of accession negotiations with the EU, in order to make this process more transparent to citizens. In addition to increasing the participation of civil society organizations (CSOs) in the negotiation process with the EU, the project aims to strengthen the capacities of CSOs to protect the interests of citizens in their projects and initiatives. The project will therefore aim to enable the effective involvement of civil society with working groups of the National Convention on the EU (NKEU) in selected economic chapters of EU accession negotiations. With increased knowledge and skills in this area, Serbia’s civil society will be able to continuously protect and represent the interests of citizens to decisionmakers.

    This kick-off meeting presented the plan and time frame for the implementation of the project, as well as a draft communication plan, and discussed other organizational issues related to the project. The meeting was attended by project partners, including the Commission for the Protection of Competition (KPC), the Serbian Chamber of Commerce (SCC), the Ministry of the Economy and the Ministry of Tourism, Trade and Telecommunications (MTT).

    This project is funded by the Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Serbia, within the organization’s Civil Society and Media Support Program aimed at strengthening participatory democracies and EU integration processes through empowering civil society to actively participate in decision making.

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