• Public availability of official government data on public service in the Western Balkan (WB) countries is partial at best. Countries are scoring low because of lacking practice to publish available data on the employment in central administration fully and regularly. Publicly available reporting on public service policy follows along the same lines: although there is regular reporting on specific key issues in some countries, it is still far from fully comprehensive.
  • Governments of the Western Balkan (WB) countries achieve low scores when it comes to information provision on their performance to the public. Assessment of availability of data on governmental results in the WB shows that there is still much to be done - from making both basic and more advanced data regularly available online for public scrutiny, to publishing reports on the work of governments in a regular and predictable way. Other than two examples which stand out, reluctance and negligence seem to prevail in communicating work results to the public.
  • Monitoring done within the regional WeBER project indicates worrying trends in proactive informing of the citizens by the governments of the Western Balkans, particularly in aspects related to annual reporting, budget, public consultation, with a clear lack of citizen-friendliness in presentation of information and absence of open data practices.
  • Impact Institute for Research (Skopje, Macedonia) conducted research within the framework of “Comparative analysis and recommendations for improvement of the practices for external consultation in policy creation of local self-governments in the South-East region in Macedonia” project.
  • Consultations of DG NEAR with representatives from international and non-governmental organisations took place on 19th of January 2018 in Brussels.
  • Preliminary results of the research on the civil society and citizen involvement in decision and policy-making process, conducted by Praxis within the project “Contributing to Public Administration Reform (PAR) in Kraljevo“ reveal that public participation in the process adopting legal acts in Kraljevo is almost non-existant.
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Western Balkans Enabling Project for Civil Society Monitoring of Public Administration Reform – WeBER

What

Western Balkans Enabling Project for Civil Society Monitoring of Public Administration Reform – WeBER – is a three-year project funded by the European Union and co-financed by the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

Who

WeBER is implemented by the Think for Europe Network (TEN) composed of EU policy oriented think tanks in the Western Balkans. European Policy Centre (CEP) from Belgrade is the coordinator of the Project. By partnering up with the European Policy Centre (EPC) from Brussels, WeBER will ensure EU level visibility.

Why

The overall goal of WeBER is to increase the relevance, participation and capacity of civil society organisations and media in the Western Balkans to advocate for and influence the design and implementation of public administration reform.

Think for Europe Network - TEN


WeBER is implemented by six Western Balkan think tank organisations, gathered in the Think for Europe Network – TEN

WeBER By Numbers


3YEARS
6COUNTRIES
1,273.411EUROS WORTH