[CEPS WEB] Policymaking in the Western Balkans

The aim of the project Centre of Excellence on Policymaking Systems in the Western Balkans (CEPS WeB) was to create a Centre for Excellence within the institutional framework provided by the Think for Europe Network (TEN). Its members are six think tank organisations from the Western Balkans:

• European Policy Centre – Belgrade
• Institute Alternativa – Podgorica
• European Policy Institute – Skopje
• Foreign Policy Initiative – Sarajevo
• Institute for Democracy and Mediation – Tirana and
• Group for Legal and Political Studies – Pristina.

The project is financed under the framework of the Regional Research Promotion Programme (RRPP). The RRPP promotes social science research in the Western Balkans (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia). Social science research aids in the understanding of the specific reform needs of countries in the region and in identifying the longterm implications of policy choices. Researchers receive support through research grants, methodological and thematic trainings as well as opportunities for regional and international networking and mentoring. The RRPP is coordinated and operated by the Interfaculty Institute for Central and Eastern Europe (IICEE) at the University of Fribourg (Switzerland). The programme is fully funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), Federal Department of Foreign Affairs. The views expressed in this policy brief are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent opinions of the SDC and the University of Fribourg.

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