Headquarters: Svetog Nauma 7, 11000
Office address: Đorđa Vajferta 13, 11000
Phone:: +381 11 4529 323
Marketplace of ideas for better policymaking in Serbia
CEP is a non-governmental, non-profit, independent think tank founded in 2011 by a group of professionals in the areas of EU law, EU affairs, economics, and public administration reform. CEP’s team works with a shared vision of improving the policymaking environment in Serbia by rendering it more evidence-based, open and inclusive, and more substantially EU-accession-driven.
As of 2018, CEP is the best-ranked think tank in the Western Balkans and among the top ten in Central and Eastern Europe, according to Global Go To Think Tank reports.
The first programme area has been defined in a way which encompasses the various issues dealt with in the scope of the political criterion for EU accession. As these are the underlying issues which affect Serbia’s performance in several sectoral policies, this is also the largest programme area (in terms of scope and intensity of CEP’s activity). This programme deals with the issues which are the foundation and precondition for the success of all sectoral reforms in the transition and the EU integration process. Public administration reform (PAR) is at the centre of CEP’s Good Governance Programme Area as it is the cornerstone of the country’s reforms implementation towards the EU. This programme area should contribute to a more stable and accountable democratic system of governance based on respect for the rule of law and human and minority rights. Public administration reform, mechanisms for ensuring government accountability, decentralisation and functional links with the EU integration process to prepare Serbia for functioning within the EU multi-level system of governance represent the focal points of this programme. Some of the issues we address under this area relate to government accountability and openness, design and provision of high-quality public services for citizens and businesses, involvement of civil society and citizens in PAR and policy making in general.
CEP’s mission is to perform evidence-based policy research and analysis, and provide fit-for-purpose policy proposals in order to better facilitate reform processes and contribute to transforming Serbia into a successful future EU member state. To ensure the local and EU ownership of policy initiatives, CEP works on coalition building, citizen engagement and impactful advocacy.
In 2030, CEP is the leading think tank in the Western Balkan and Central and Eastern Europe, with internationally recognised and proven expertise in developing innovative policy solutions in areas of European affairs, good governance, and economic development and green policies.
CEP is considered, by EU and domestic policymakers, as an honest broker and go-to policy development hub that objectively assesses and addresses pertinent challenges, while developing future-proof policy solutions in the context of changing geopolitics and extended EU enlargement scope.
Goal 1: To further enhance quality of CEP’s research products by applying robust and diverse methodological approaches.
Goal 2: To increase organisation’s social impact through public outreach and evidence-based advocacy.
Goal 3: To improve CEP’s international visibility and recognition.
Goal 4: To improve CEP’s management and governance structures with focus on sustainable human resource management.
Goal 5: To ensure sustainable and diversified funding sources for the organisation.