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Effective Impact of the Projects Implemented by the Associations and Supported by the Local Self-Government Units’ Budgets

This study was created within the project  "ReForce - Strengthening the role of civil society organizations in community development and in public administration reforms", conducted by the Belgrade Open School (BOS) and Permanent Conference of Cities and Municipalities - Standing Conference of Towns and Municipalities (SCTM). With this project BOS and SCTM empower both the CSOs and public administration for partner approach to local policymaking and promote the role of civil society in the development of the local community. The project improves the procedures for allocating funds to the associations and enhances the transparency and accountability of public administration in management of funds meant for associations. With this project a model of a partner's civil society approach has been developed and applied in local self-government process of local policies creation and community development. The project is funded by the EU funds in the framework of "Civil Society Support 2012" program. The project co-financed by Office for Cooperation with Civil Society of the Government of the Republic of Serbia.

Author: Ivana Radić Milosavljević

Country: Serbia

Organisation: Belgrade Open School - BOS

PAR Area: Accountability | Public Finance Management

Language: Bosnian/Montenegrin/Serbian

Civil Society and Policy Making in European Integration Process

Case Study of Public Discussions in Montenegro and Serbia

Author: Danijela Božović, Vanja Dolapčev, Jovana Marović, Tamara Branković

Country: Region

Organisation: Belgrade Open School - BOS

PAR Area: Policy Development and Co-ordination | Accountability

Language: Bosnian/Montenegrin/Serbian

Partnership for Development: Implementation of Partnership Principle in Regional Development Policy in Serbia

This document deals with the topic of partnership in the context of regional development policy in the Republic of Serbia. Starting from the experiences of the past in implementing the principle of partnership, as well as the examples of good practice from the EU member states, the document points to the necessity of practical application of the partnership principle and improvement of cooperation between competent institutions, civil society and economy. Also, this document promotes mechanisms that will make it easier to perform permanent and on-tome consultations between competent state institutions and social partners.

Author: Danijela Božović, Vanja Dolapčev

Country: Serbia

Organisation: Belgrade Open School - BOS

PAR Area: Policy Development and Co-ordination | Accountability

Language: Bosnian/Montenegrin/Serbian

Out of the EU Waiting Room: Civil Society Participation in the Light of the “New Approach” to Enlargement to the Western Balkans

This volume makes a valuable contribution to ongoing discussions on the degree and effectiveness of civil society involvement in the EU accession negotiations and in domestic policy-making more broadly. The country studies tackle both the legal framework in place and the practical mechanisms of civil society involvement. Findings are illustrated through concrete instances of participation, with each contribution thus painting a broad and comprehensive picture of the state of play across the Western Balkans region. The individual chapters point to a certain diversity in the extent and shape of civil society participation across the region. Yet, they also reveal some common challenges in ensuring the effective involvement of civil society in the policy-making process, most notably enhancing the receptiveness of political leaders to external input and the reliable implementation of agreed consultation procedures. These observations serve as a useful point of departure for further strategic thinking, about how to not only enhance the formal framework for mobilization, but also allow for the effective translation of civil society demands into adopted policies. 

Author: Ana Novaković, Vanja Dolapčev, Danijela Božović, Tamara Branković, Davide Denti, Catherina Ghobert, Lavdrim Lita

Country: Region

Organisation: Belgrade Open School - BOS

PAR Area: Policy Development and Co-ordination | Accountability

Language: English

Res Publica: Laws are Public Matter

Final Report on Six Months of Government of Republic of Serbia Activities


This report, created by Belgrade Open School (BOS), is an analysis of the legislative activity of the Government of the Republic of Serbia in the first six months of work, from August 11, 2016 to March 10, 2017. The basic subject of the research is the practice of holding public debates as a mechanism for citizen participation in creation of public policies in Serbia in the process of harmonizing national legislation with European (EU) legislation. The report was made within the framework of the project "Res Publica - Laws are a public matter" aimed to increase transparency, openness and accountability of public authorities through greater participation of citizens in the process of creating public policies.

Author: Danijela Božović

Country: Serbia

Organisation: Belgrade Open School - BOS

PAR Area: Accountability

Language: Bosnian/Montenegrin/Serbian