TRAIN Programme 2013
Analytica was accepted for the second time to be part of the TRAIN Programme (Think Tanks providing Research and Advice through Interaction and Networking) funded by the Federal Foreign Office (Stability Pact for South Eastern Europe) and run by the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP).
Analytica’s research team will be composed by Ana Stojilovska and Magdalena Lembovska. They will work on the paper “Security and energy sectors’ cooperation with the civil society in Macedonia – friends or foes?” The aim of this policy paper is to assess the cooperativeness of the relevant institutions in the energy and security sector in Macedonia with the civil society following the benchmarks in the Strategy for cooperation of the Government with the civil society and offering also comparison between these two sectors. The overall aim is getting a precise picture regarding the real cooperation of these “closed” sectors with the civil society and their will to engage themselves in such cooperation, thus drafting concrete recommendations for improving the situation.
The programme seeks to foster a fruitful policy dialogue between think tanks and political actors in the Western Balkans. Think tanks and independent policy research institutes in the region play a crucial role in supporting, but also critically analyzing the comprehensive transformation processes of their countries on the way to the European Union.
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:
- Training to build upon and enhance existing capacities;
- Regional co-operation to exchange good practices;
- Interaction with national political actors to influence policy debates;
- Networking with EU actors to increase visibility on the Brussels stage.
The TRAIN programme is divided into four key stages:
1. An introductory regional seminar 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. A mid-term seminar in Berlin will allow for reviewing of the draft policy papers and discussion with relevant actors from the German policy scene on the chosen topics.
3. A wrap-up seminar 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.
4. The dissemination stage of the programme will take place at the national level and should bring together key decision-makers and stakeholders. Building upon the findings in the policy papers, think tanks should establish a fruitful policy dialogue and actively feed their ideas into the policy process.
Security and energy sectors' cooperation with the civil society in Macedonia – friends or foes?
Соработка на секторите за безбедност и енергетика со граѓанското општество во Македонија – (не)пријатели?