• SERSER
  • Prepare to Participate – P2P

    In December 2018, European Policy Centre (CEP) started implementing a two-year project Strengthening Capacities of Civil Society Organisations for Active Participation in EU Negotiations through Selected National Convention for EU Working Group (‘’Prepare to Participate – P2P’’) together with National Alliance for Local Economic Development (NALED), and Centre of Contemporary Policies (CSP) as co-applicants.

    The general objective of the project was to enable diverse segments of the civil society to actively take part in the EU accession process so as to fully open the process to citizens. In addition to increasing the civil society organisations (CSOs) involvement in the EU negotiation process, the project goal is to strengthen their capacities to protect citizens’ interests in their own projects and initiatives. Therefore, the project activities facilitated the effective involvement of civil society, in the EU negotiations on selected economic acquis chapters through the National Convention for EU (NCEU) Working Groups (WGs). With enhancing knowledge and skills in this area, civil society in Serbia is more enabled to continually protect and advocate the interests of citizens to policy makers.

    Being active coordinators and members of NCEU WGs, the two applicants (CEP, NALED) had an opportunity to consult with other CSOs at national and local level about the need for civil society’s more active and substantiated role in the EU accession process, particularly economic acquis chapters, and, in relation to these, their involvement in activities related to the accession process, such as Economic Reform Programme (ERP) preparation. The consensus is that civil society does not possess sufficient capacities to take active engagement and contribute to the EU negotiations on economic topics with the acknowledgement that it is of high importance to have them included in the process through NCEU WGs.

    In this regard, the main results of the implementation of this project were related to:

    • Facilitation of effective involvement of civil society in the EU negotiations on selected economic acquis chapters through NCEU.
    • Raising awareness and improve understanding of the CSOs and policy makers about the needs and ways of involving the civil society in the EU negotiations on the selected economic acquis
    • Strengthening the capacities of the civil society to actively partake in the EU negotiations on selected economic acquis chapters and to engage in evidence-based advocacy towards policymakers.
    • Empowerment the local CSOs to actively participate in and contribute to the EU negotiations on selected economic chapters.

    The project is financed by Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Serbia as a part of Civil Society Facility and Media Programme which aim is to strengthen participatory democracies and the EU integration process by empowering civil society to actively take part in decision making.

    Publications that we have published within the project so far:

    Policy briefs

    Financial Management and Control: Can’t see forest for the trees
    Equalization of excise burden on strong alcoholic beverages a prerequisite for joining the EU

    Studies

    Consumer Protection in Serbia – What are some possible directions for progress?

    Discussion papers

    Free movement of goods – how far we are from the European Union: How far we are from the European Union
    Finansijsko upravljanje i kontrola: Od drveta, ne vidimo šumu

    Infographics

    From Production to the Market
    Economic measures against COVID-19: How the Western Balkans is struggling with the consequences of COVID-19

    “Do you know” campaign

    Do you know how easy it is to move inside the European Union?
    Do you know that the state aid is allowed in the European Union?
    Do you know that there are two different CE signs?

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