EFB’s Director Aleksandra Tomanic in an interview for Albanian Daily News: Enlargement Process doesn’t Prevent State Capture
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BiEPAG with a policy response and key recommendations to tackling the COVID-19 crisis in the Western Balkans
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[EWB Interview] Tomanić: Consequences of state capture in WB are now clearer than ever
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EFB in support of the live debate “Environmental Movements in the Balkans” at the first Balkan Trafik Digital edition
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The Balkans in Europe Policy Advisory Group
The Balkans in Europe Policy Advisory Group (BiEPAG) is an open group of policy analysts, scholars and researchers, established as a joint initiative of the European Fund for the Balkans and the Centre for Southeast European Studies of the University of Graz.READ MORE
Chair of the Steering Committee of the European Fund for the Balkans
The European Fund for the Balkans has managed to maintain its clear and relevant focus on the future integration of the Balkan countries and societies into the EU, with an ability to constantly adjust its programmes according to the ever changing environment. The King Baudouin Foundation is confident that by building upon its outstanding results so far, and more specifically onto new democratisation processes, the Fund is well equipped to for future challenges. We therefore look forward to our continuing involvement in this stimulating endeavour.
Member of the EFB Steering Committee
Since its inception in 2007 the European Fund for the Balkans has evolved into an independent player in the region which supports democratic development and European Integration in all the Balkan countries. We are convinced that in doing so the Fund will contribute to forming a unified Europe of which the Balkans will be an integral part. We at the Robert Bosch Stiftung greatly look forward to continuing our successful cooperation.
Member of the EFB Steering Committee
In the last period the European Fund for the Balkans has built a large network of professionals who today are shouldering the responsibility for a European and democratic development of their countries. As one of the founding institutions, ERSTE Foundation is proud of and happy for the achievements of the EFB and we are looking forward to continuing working with the Fund in helping it shape and orient its vision and work to the needs and aspirations of the people of Southeast Europe.
EFB Fellow with the Human Rights Ombudsman of the Republic Slovenia
(Fellowship Programme for Government Officials from the Western Balkans)
The EFB fellowship program gave me a remarkable opportunity to connect and interact with colleagues from the region who, like myself, are part of the civil service and state administrations and face similar challenges in their work. By exchanging our experiences while attending very informative and engaging lectures from prominent experts during our introductory and final seminar, I learned a lot and made friends for life.
During our partnership with the EFB we have had the opportunity to see 11 generations of fellows go through the unique journey of learning and experience that is the EFB’s Fellowship Programme for Government Officials from the Western Balkans. Capacity building for the public sector is our main field of work and our passion, so working with this outstanding group of people was a highlight of our yearly project cycle. Facilitating and accompanying a part of their experience was a joy, witnessing them tackle challenges – professional or personal – a privilege. Change in society never happens fast or easily, but we consider ourselves lucky having had the chance to make a shared contribution to this network of people and their potential to have an impact wherever they work.
We hope to meet you all again sometime in the future!
The Balkans are a complex place to inhabit.
The Balkans are between stimulus and response.
It mirrors Europe in many ways, with all of its differences and specificities, like its people!
and …the Balkans are in need of change.
Yet, the slow pace of change may require quick personal adaptation by those who create and apply policies.
Only cross-regional collaboration will make each of the Balkan countries grow and prosper.
The purpose behind my passionate involvement with the EFB community was to help grasp this big EU/Balkans picture – – and do so faster and clearer…
and responsibly, which is a feature shared by all of my fellow EFB community members – potentially influential and change-making citizens of the Balkans!
The EFB expertly provided participants with an excellent learning environment through top-notch trainers as well as an all-encompassing social experience by paying close attention to the networking and bonding opportunities. It was a pleasure cooperating with the team in the frames of the Fellowship Programme for Government Officials from the Western Balkans and seeing the long-lasting impact of the programme on the participants!
(Participant in the Southeast Europe and EU Leadership Development Programme 2012/2013)
My participation in the Southeast Europe and EU Leadership Development Programme organized by European Fund for the Balkans was an amazing and intense experience. I feel grateful for having that learning opportunity in the field of international affairs and European Union. The know-how and skills gained through the LDP shaped my career as a public servant in Albania, but the most valuable contribution to my life are the people I met through the program – from organizers, lecturers, experts to my classmates, most of which I still maintain contact with; and some of them I consider closest friends, if not family. Amongst numerous academic and professional programmes I’ve attended, LDP stands among at the best out of them.
Balkans Beyond Borders would not have existed without the SEE and EU Leadership Development Programme as it was created during the LDP 2009. Through this programme, EFB has managed to create a real network of young professionals, devoted to improving the region’s reality and who very often support each other in organizing activities.
The Leadership Development Programme gave motive to 6 young professionals from 5 different countries of Southeast Europe to create the Balkans Beyond Borders Short Film Festival in order to enhance the cooperation among Balkan peoples and the Balkans closer to the EU through the art of short film making and use of new media. The EFB’s contribution has been crucial for BBB as it helped us in organising a few editions of the successful short film festival in the past years, as well as the first BBB Short Film Festival through the LDP programme.