Centre of Excellence on Policymaking Systems in the Western Balkans (CEPS WeB) Created
The aim of the project Centre of Excellence on Policymaking Systems in the Western Balkans (CEPS WeB) was to create a centre of excellence within the institutional framework provided by the Think for Europe Network (TEN). Hence, CEPS WeB builds upon the previous track record of close co-operation between the organisations involved. This co-operation first evolved within the regional network of think tanks (TEN) in response to weak regional co-operation in the field of EU-related policy research, especially in the areas of civil society involvement in policy- and decision-making, regional dimension of the EU accession process, public administration reform and administrative capacities for EU integration, good governance and government accountability.
The mission of the CEPS WeB is to promote the use of research as the basis for policy- and decision-making in the Western Balkans by providing evidence-based and high-quality contributions to advance the existing policy processes. The CEPS WeB will build sustainable partnerships between its members and with key stakeholders at the national, regional and EU level. Building on its comparative regional research, the CEPS WeB will support regional policy dialogue by focusing on best practices and fostering healthy competition between the six Western Balkan countries. Its long-term objective is to develop into an independent centre of excellence with a wide network of regional and international experts and its own operational structures.
The project comprised a series of activities aimed at conceptualising CEPS WeB. These activities proceeded mainly through interactive workshops between the TEN member organisations and research of comparative good practices in establishing centres of excellence focusing on policy-making systems and processes in Europe and worldwide. In the last stage, a public event was organised to present the final deliverable of collaborative effort during and between the workshops (CEPS WeB position paper) and to disseminate the CEPS WeB appeal among the relevant stakeholders.
The members of CEPS WeB are six think tank organisations from the Western Balkans, also members of TEN: 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).