Democracy and Rule of Law: Network 23

By the end of April 2014, EPI as a lead partner (in cooperation with the Helsinki Committee Macedonia and the Center for Change Management) was granted its first Civil Society Facility IPA grant. The project also includes a re-granting scheme for capacity building of local civil society organizations. This will be the first re-granting scheme to be implemented by EPI.

The main objectives of the project are: creating structured coordination between CSOs regarding the implementation of the areas covered by Chapter 23 of the Acquis – Judiciary and Fundamental rights; increasing the capacity of CSO to act as watch-dog organization in the process of monitoring and evolution of Chapter 23 on national and local level through a concrete transfer of know-how, enabling mechanism for CSOs to influence the policy making process through coordinated input on the network; and finally by raising awareness on the implications of Chapter 23 on the overall progress of the accession process. Consequently, the specific aim is to foster commitment and capacity of civil society organization networks/partnerships to give citizens a voice and influence the key sector reforms in the country through analysis, monitoring and advocacy as a key factor for ensuring sustainability of democratic reforms in the area of rule of law.

Urgent Reform Priorities Monitor

This project is funded by the Royal Dutch Embassy Royal Dutch in the Republic of Macedonia (MATRA)

Project coordinator: European Policy Institute – Skopje

Project contributors: Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in the Republic of Macedonia, Institute for Human Rights, Coalition “All for fair trials”, Foundation NVO – Infocentar

Objective: To contribute towards the monitoring of and advocacy for the implementation of the Political agreement and the EC Urgent Reform Priorities, through a structured input of Network 23.

Specific objectives:

- To establish structured monitoring of the implementation of the Political agreement and Urgent Reform     Priorities in the context of the EU accession process;
- To further increase the capacity of CSOs to produce quality monitoring reports;
- To influence the policy making process through coordinated input on the network.

Estimated results:

R1: Consistent monitoring reports of the Political agreement and Urgent Reform Priorities, in the selected areas of Judiciary and Fundamental Rights;
R2: Published and disseminated policy products (policy briefs and policy memos) on the basis of structured monitoring, including recommendations;
R3: Increased public awareness on the status of the implementation of the Political agreement and EC Urgent Reform Priorities.

Main activities:

A. Structured monitoring by Network 23
B. Production of monitoring briefs, policy briefs and policy memos
C. Policy influence/communication