The program seeks to foster a fruitful policy dialogue between think tanks and political actors in the Western Balkans.
Especially with a view to the European integration process, the voice of regional think tanks and their impact upon national policy-making must be strengthened and their visibility and credibility vis-à-vis EU actors enhanced. In order to build the necessary institutional capacity in the countries concerned and to support networking within the region as well as in Brussels, the programme focuses on four areas:
1. An introductory regional conference will offer the occasion to set the research agenda, exchange good practices, and begin networking. Targeted workshops will aim to enhance existing capacities with regard to the drafting of policy papers, media relations, and efficient dissemination strategies.
2. Individual work on the policy paper and dissemination strategy will take up the bulk of the programme duration. Participating think tanks will be expected to draft a policy paper closely related to a topic relevant to the EU integration process of their respective country and containing concrete advice and policy options. The results of this process should be communicated to national parliamentarians and media in the framework of a hearing organised by the think tank.
3. A final wrap-up conference in Brussels will allow the participating think tanks to present their findings to EU decision-makers and thus to establish contacts with relevant Brussels actors.
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