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T4G: Thinking for Governance

Program description

Sharing experiences with think-tanks from the countries of “Visegrad Four” with regard to European integration

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Program description

After four “Visegrad” countries (also known as the V4) joined the EU in 2004, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia move cooperate and support the countries of the Western Balkans and the Eastern Partnership to bring them closer to the EU and European values.

Close cooperation of non-governmental organizations, civil society and independent research centers with public administration is essential on the path towards the EU. Visegrad Fund has opened a window of opportunity for strengthening this cooperation, using the experiences of V4.

The idea of ​​the project is to come up with a broad spectrum of non-governmental organizations, civil society and independent research centers active in the Western Balkans and then share “V4” experiences in matters of cooperation with the public administration in the European integration process, especially membership negotiations, and its continuation after accession.

The project aims to bring together representatives of non-governmental organizations, civil society organizations and independent research centers from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo*, Montenegro, Macedonia and Serbia and that they present the best practices of such cooperation in the countries of the Visegrad Group.

While the Western Balkan countries stand at different stages of integration, it is necessary to prepare all structures for eventual accession negotiations, where “entry” or access granted to non-governmental organizations can be of special importance and positive impact on public opinion, so as to retain the support for membership.

Activities on the project will emphasize one key aspect of integration: Chapters 23 and 24 – “first to be opened and last to be closed” in all recent negotiations.

The project is supported by the International Visegrad Fund, with Polish Institute of International Affairs as lead organization.

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