The kick off meetings in the framework of the Slovak Balkan Public Policy Fund took place in Macedonia, Albania and Montenegro. On the 29th February, 2nd and the 3rd of March the selected grantees had an opportunity to participate on the trainings organized in each country with the aim to provide a good basis for their projects on advocacy and theories of public policy. The training was open for the researchers that will be writing the policy papers with which they applied as well as to other interested staff from these organizations. To find out whom the grantees are click here. The trainings were organized by BCSDN and its members and Pontis Foundation experts and project team were trainers. All three trainings were open by the Slovak ambassadors in the respective countries which once aging showed their willingness to cooperate with civil society.
The main objective of the project is to utilize Slovak transition experiences and to subsequently contribute to the capacity building of the expert public of the Western Balkans and its engagement with the creation of public policy concerning EU integration. By the means of a grant mechanism the Slovak Balkan Public Policy Fund focuses on the young generations of civil society members, analysts, academics, journalists and engaged individuals who can apply through grant calls.
The grantees were invited to receive training on how to write analytical papers in the style of policy papers and policy briefs prepared by European think-tanks. The main outcome of the selected projects will be a policy papers series of articles, case studies published online on BCSDN and Pontis Foundation website.
These papers, guided by consultation with experts, will help to bring the EU membership debate into a broader point of view. Later, not only will they be used for communication with the wider public, but they will also be offered to national governments as well as the European Commission.