• EPI's commentary on the conclusions of the Council of EU on Macedonia and Albania

    The conditions in the conclusions are not new, neither surprising and they refer to the areas in which the country needs to improve. The following 12 months should be used to make up for the lost time, with which we would have an advantage after the start of negotiations.

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  • Тhe European future of Macedonia starts with the Chapter 23 [Policy Brief]

    This policy brief is based on the views expressed on the final conference of the project “Network 23+”. The conference consisted of four sessions, according to the structure of the Chapter 23, in which politicians, experts, speakers from institutions, organizations and international partners took part in a debate on the future challenges.

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  • To make it or break it: Macedonia decision at the June European Council

    The decision by the European Council this June will have a historic impact on Macedonia. Read the blog of Simonida Kacarska, EPI's Director, for BiEPAG.

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  • There is a need for deepening of the reforms in Chapter 23

    The reforms in Chapter 23 need to be deepened in order to promote the rule of law in the Republic of Macedonia. This is the view of the participants at the closing conference of the project "Network 23+" under the title "Chapter 23: Pandora's box or the key to good governance?".

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  • First Regional Western Balkans Service Delivery Survey: Governments don’t ask citizens’ feedback on quality of public services

    Only 43% of the general public in 6 Western Balkan countries thinks that dealing with their public administration has become easier, says one of the findings of a comprehensive survey conducted by the WeBER Project.

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  • Network 23 is highlighted as a positive example by the European Commission

    The Mid-term Evaluation on the Civil Society Facility for Western Balkans and Turkey by the European Commission highlights the Network 23 as a positive example in terms of its role in strengthening the rule of law in Macedonia.

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  • The challenges faced by Roma returnees in Macedonia [reserach]

    This research report outlines the identified key challenges and difficulties that Roma returnees face when reintegrating into their native communities, in the attempt to secure a decent life for themselves and their families in Macedonia. The research focused on five areas: social protection (including the right to access to personal documentation), healthcare, education, employment and housing.

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    The EC has recommended accession negotiations again. Unlike the last recommendation of 2014, which had a comforting tone, this recommendation holds perspective. The report gives wind in the government sails first, for the reforms and second, solving the name dispute. The recommendation is strengthened with a positive assessment of the fulfilment of the Przino Agreement and the Urgent Reform Priorities. EPI's analysis of the 2018 European Commission Report on the Republic of Macedonia.

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  • Sitting on the bench and marking - How effective? [Benchmarking in Macedonia]

    The European Policy Institute (EPI) published the research on the effectiveness of the European Union benchmarking mechanism in Macedonia, which has been done within the BENCHER project. The research analyzes the effectiveness of EU benchmarks for Macedonia in eight areas from Chapters 23 and 24.

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  • Network 23 published the new Shadow Report on Chapter 23

    This report encompasses the period between the beginning of May 2016 and the end of January 2018. The report’s period has been extended in order to correspond to the new cycle of European Commission reports, which are to be released in April.

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Effects of SAP instruments on WB6 European Integrations and Regional Cooperation

Europeanization of the Western Balkans (WB) is shadowed by multiple factors on both side – EU and WB states. EU internal challenges (economic crisis, migrant crisis, rising of euroscepticism, etc.) have omitted the Enlargement from Brussels’ agenda for a while. On the other hand...

Application of RIA to the Law on courts

Timeframe: January – December 2018

Location: Skopje and the other three appellate regions (Stip, Bitola and Gostivar)

Budget: 9.991 EUR

The aim of this project is to enhance the...

Benchmarking for EU reform - how effective? BENCHER

Goal: Explore the effectiveness of the EU benchmarking mechanism for the Western Balkans and contribute to improving the benchmarking mechanism as an impetus for EU related reforms in the Western Balkan countries.

Promoting sustainable reintegration of the Roma returnees Macedonia

This is a follow up on the project “Combating barriers for exit: Roma on the Macedonian borders”, implemented in a partnership with KHAM Delchevo. The project will focus on the policies and practices affecting the Roma returnees, including their needs and necessities. The problem...

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Effects of Stabilisation and Association Agreements and CEFTA2006 on WB6 European integration and regional cooperation: Achievements and ways forward



Twelve proposals for EU enlargement from the Western Balkans



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