In December 2016 Analytica think tank and ELIAMEP (Greece) started working on one year joint research project examining various layers of cooperation between Macedonia and Greece such as cross-border cooperation as well as education.
Analytica is happy to announce its next CVE related project titled ‘Working towards resilient communities’. The duration of the project will be 12 months, and it will include two segments.
Analytica during this period will work on the project Transport and energy sector's current standing in the country, how to accelerate the reform process which is funded by the IPA 2 CSO Mechanism, an EU funded project implemented by the MCET, Eco-Svest, Reactor and Zenith.
The aim of the project is improving the situation with the reforms in the sectors of transport and energy; greater involvement of civil society in the development of sectoral policies on the above topics; preparation of an expert report which will identify the main problems existing in these two sectors from which should result innovative solutions to accelerate the EU reform processes; improving public debates on policies that will lead to an increase in the number and quality of the participants in the debates on such important issues like energy and transport.
The analysis refers to two sectors: transport and energy, i.e. the responsible authorities for these sectors, the Ministry of Economy, Ministry of Transport and Communications, the Energy Agency, the Energy Regulatory Commission, etc.
The results of the research will be useful for the donors who help the Macedonian institutions in the reforming of these two sectors as well as civil society organizations working on issues related to energy and transport policies, the media and so on.
The second target group are the citizens who will be informed of the status of the reforms in these two sectors and what needs to be done in order to improve their functioning.
|Sonja Risteska for the media regarding the new study on transport and energy reform processes in Macedonia|
Analytica Think Tank is happy to announce its next project, titled “Mother Schools for Countering Radicalism”. This project will be implemented in cooperation with Women Without Borders, our partner organization from Austria. The project aims to raise awareness on countering radicalism and enhance the competences and capabilities of mothers from Macedonia to deal with the phenomenon of radicalization, in their relationship with children.
The project will provide trainings for mothers in order to empower them to build a community based security strategy to counter radical ideologies. Moreover it will provide mothers with the capacity and knowledge to preempt and react to early warning signs of radicalization in their children. Within this model, mothers can work to demystify the threat and engage their families and communities to be vigilant and mobilized against this threat.
The implementation of the project is set to start in December 2016 and finish in March 2017.
Our partner organization Women without Borders has an extensive track record when it comes to working with affected communities throughout the world. Analytica is delighted for being chosen as a local partner in Macedonia and the project as such is pilot activity in the whole of the Western Balkans. Moreover for the implementation of this project we have partnered up with Adelina Marku, a respected and influential women's and civil society activist.
More information about Women Without Borders is available here: http://www.women-without-borders.org
Within the next two-year programme for legislative advocacy led by the National Democratic Institute (https://www.ndi.org/macedonia), Analytica was selected with the proposal for new legislation i.e with the initiative to amend the Energy Law in order to enable individuals, without them having to start a business and open a company, to be authorized producers and sellers of electricity from renewable sources.
One of the measures to stimulate the development of the use of renewable energy among citizens is exactly the possibility of individuals without establishing a firm to be able to produce electricity from renewable sources and sell it directly to the system. So far this possibility does not exist, with that even though there is quite a progress in the RES sector it has been slow and inadequate. As an incentive for developing and encouraging the use of renewable energy, this is an opportunity to activate households through enabling them if they invest in solar panels, to sell the electricity they produce with a prior agreement with the operator i.e. distributor EVN (or whoever) and not only use it for their own purposes.
Although until now there have been initiatives from various stakeholders, institutions, etc. this measure did not become part of any energy related legislation. There are expected obstacles and problems in making this part of the legislation such as lack of capacity of the network to receive the electricity, etc., however, these issues can be explained and properly addressed in the legal solution that will only give the opportunity to households to sell their electricity and thus stimulate further market development of RES.
The utilization of RES in this way can encourage the strengthening of households as consumers as it would enable active participation as well as profit from participation in the electricity market. It will also encourage smarter consumer habits. Besides sales, the consumption of energy, which they produce, can reduce the cost of the energy system, as for example the use of photovoltaics in sunny countries like Macedonia could help reduce peak demand in the network when, for example everybody turns on the air-conditioners on working days when it is very hot outside. Further, by local production and consumption of electricity, the losses in the system can be reduced and also it can provide financing to the energy transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy.
The idea is to make an analysis of the Macedonian legislation through comparative analysis with a country/ies where this measure is successfully implemented in order to be able to draw up a legal solution to finally grant private persons the possibility to sell electricity from renewable energy, with which measure not only will the households benefit, but also the companies and the state itself.
|Настан - Мрежно мерење во РМ, можности, перспективи, примери – како до почиста енергија|
Analytica has started implementing activities as part of the “Transparent and efficient state regulatory and oversight bodies” framework project supported by the British Embassy in Skopje.
In the next period our researchers will be focusing on the work of the Commission for Protection of the Right to Free Access to Public Information and Directorate for Personal Data Protection as state oversight and regulatory bodies. The main purpose of this project is enhanced public scrutiny through monitoring and publicising the work of these two bodies in order to contribute to improvement of their performance, effectiveness, transparency and accountability.
The main activity for achieving this objective is monitoring the progress in the performance of the chosen institutions against clear indicators and publishing quarterly reports with recommendations. Other products include a policy report in order to establish the baselines of legislation, roles and responsibilities of the monitored bodies and a final report on the trends and progress noted in the quarterly reports. Moreover a mixture of events: conferences, round tables in 3 different cities, press conferences, a training course and two installations will be also organized.
|October - December 2016
January - March 2017
April - June 2017
July - September 2017
|Основни документи за следење на работата на Комисијата за заштита на правото на слободен пристап до информации од јавен карактер и Дирекцијата за заштита на личните податоци|
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Eko-svest and project partners Reactor - Research in Action, Analytica, Center for Climate Change, Macedonian Green Center and ORT - Training for Sustainable Development have joined their forces to work on the issue of air pollution in Macedonia which has reached alarming levels in the last several years. The aim of the 12-month long project is to advocate for clean air on more levels, by improving communication between relevant bodies dealing with air pollution, working with Macedonian Assembly and working with media to ensure US and EU practices on reduction of air pollution are implemented in Macedonia. The beneficiaries are the Macedonian Assembly, relevant institutions dealing with air pollution and media, as well as all citizens of Macedonia. At the end of this project beneficiaries will have better communication and a Short-term Action Plan for response to high air pollution will be generated.
The goal of the proposed project is to ensure that air pollution is done on all levels and that access to clean air and clean environment is guaranteed for each citizen.
The objectives of the proposed project are:
- improvement of cooperation between institutions responsible for sectors that cause most severe air pollution
- proposing a response plan for air pollution management in Skopje
- working with Macedonian Assembly to initiate public debate on air pollution
- working with media to ensure they take an active role in solving the problem of air pollution
- mobilizing citizens to express their opinion of air pollution before relevant authorities in a structured way
- EU and US practices on reduction of air pollution are implemented in Macedonia
|ПРЕДЛОГ ПЛАН ЗА УПРАВУВАЊЕ СО ЗАГАДУВАЊЕТО НА АМБИЕНТАЛНИОТ ВОЗДУХ ВО МАКЕДОНИЈА|
|ASSESSMENT OF POLICE INTEGRITY IN MACEDONIA|
|ПРОЦЕНКА НА ПОЛИЦИСКИОТ ИНТЕГРИТЕТ ВО МАКЕДОНИЈА|
The projects overall objective is to contribute to increasing trust and confidence in the law enforcement agencies in the Western Balkans by promoting police integrity and helping fight against corruption in the police.
Analytica Think Tank since February 2016 joined the network of six regional civil society organizations (Belgrade Centre for Security Policy (BCSP) and Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN), Centre for Security Studies from Sarajevo, Institute Alternative (IA) from Montenegro and Kosovo Centre for Security Studies (KCSS) from Prishtina, Institute for Democracy and Mediation Albania (IDM)) into POINTPULSE project (Western Balkans Pulse for Police Integrity and Trust) which main aim is to enhance the oversight of police integrity in the Western Balkans.
Overall objective(s): Contribute to increased trust and confidence in the law enforcement agencies in the Western Balkans by fighting police corruption and promoting police integrity.
Specific objective(s): Established regional civilian oversight network in the Western Balkans fully competent to understand and monitor the state of police integrity and advocate for policy changes in the region.
The project partners will implement the following activities:
1. Establishing the fully functional oversight network of civil society organizations: Western Balkans Pulse for Police Integrity and Trust (POINTPULSE).
2. Developing POINTPULSE methodological framework for analysing police corruption and providing a coherent, comprehensive framework for assessing the state of play regarding police integrity.
3. Monitoring and benchmarking police integrity in the Western Balkans (including public opinion survey, production of analysis, country reports and annual report).
4. Influencing policy makers and raising awareness on police integrity (including workshops with representatives of the regional initiatives, panel discussions, online POINTPULSE platform, media feature stories and annual conference).
The project is supported by the European Union through Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA) programme Civil Society Facility (CSF) EuropeAid/136-034/C/ACT/Multi.
The online platform could be checked at the following link: http://pointpulse.net/