Capacity Building Seminar gathered 24 young researchers coming from 12 different emerging Think Tanks in the Western Balkans which are dealing with topics relevant from the perspective of the Copenhagen criteria.
During the first day of the seminar respective speakers from various relevant Think Tanks in Europe shared their views on important roles of TT in creating and disseminating policy solutions to decision-makers.
Mr. Goran Buldioski, Director of Think Tank Fund, Open Society Institute from Budapest talked about status of the independent policy research in the Western Balkans and stressed still existing problem of poor quality of analytical products and nonexistent or poor communication strategies.
After the event all selected organizations are starting with their project researches. Their projects will be focused on analysis and case studies of the in-country policies against the needs and requirements derived from the EU acquis, necessary to ensure effective and complete compliance and, based on their research, they will develop concrete policy proposals, policy advice or policy options.
The research period within the project should not exceed 6 months and it should be conducted in the period of December 2009 and July 2010. Final papers should be submitted in August 2010.