Within the framework of the International Visegrad Fund (Visegrad-Balkan Public Policy Fund), Young Researchers Programme, on the 24th of April 2014 in Skopje, the “Promotion of the selected IVF Fellowships from Macedonia” took place, organized by BCSDN. The project is implemented by the Balkan Civil Society Development Network-BCSDN (Macedonia), the Pontis Foundation (Slovakia), The Association for Democracy Assistance and Human Rights – Demas (Czech Republic), the Kosovar Civil Society Development Foundation – KCSF (Kosovo) and the Foundation for Development of Democratic Rights – Demnet (Hungary).
The event was opened by Ms Tanja Hafner Ademi, Executive Director of BCSDN, who introduced the participants to the mission of the Network. The Slovak Ambassador in Macedonia, Mr Martin Bezak, addressed the participants and highlighted the cooperation history and the support to Macedonia and the European integration process provided by Slovakia. Ms Deniza Bundalevska, Project Coordinator in BCSDN, presented the IVF programme and BCSDN’d role in the IVF’s Young Researchers’ Programme and Mr Fatmir Curri presented KCSF and their role as project partners. Ms Andrea Cox from the Pontis Foundation spoke about the opportunities for further cooperation in the region, after what followed the presentations of the fellows: their experience and research projects. Mr Aleksandar Jovanovski presented his policy paper on the Use of EU funds in the accession phase of the Western Balkans, Ms Elena Anchevska presented her research study on Reproducive Rights – Birth Rights, Ms Aleksandra Zivkovikj spoke about her fellowship in Improving media professionalism through practical experience in Transitions, and Ms Arta Uka from Kosovo introduced her fellowship topic Monitoring waiting lists and corruption in the health care system. The event was an excellent opportunity to inform the public about the possibilities offered through this programme through presentations of the selected research fellowships, and served as a platform for exchange of experiences and for discussion on the opportunities for further cooperation.