Train Programme (Think Tanks providing Research and Advice through Interaction and Networking) 2017 seeks to foster a fruitful policy dialogue between think tanks and political actors in the EU candidate countries and potential candidate countries of the Western Balkans (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia). The programme focuses on four areas: 1) Training to build upon and enhance existing capacities; 2) Regional co-operation to exchange good practices; 3) Interaction with national political actors to influence policy debates; 4) Networking with EU actors to increase visibility on the Brussels stage. The TRAIN Programme 2017 is open to twelve researchers from different think tanks across the Western Balkans region. Each participating researcher will be expected to draft a policy paper dealing with a topic which is relevant to the EU integration process of his/her respective country or the region as a whole and closely related to the overarching theme of the 2017 TRAIN Programme, namely corruption and informal practices in the Western Balkans. More information Is available here.