The process of accession to the EU requires a good knowledge of the complex EU institutional structure on the one hand, as well as the country’s legislation, on the other. That is why it is especially important for institutions and civil society to be prepared when the Republic of North Macedonia begins negotiations with the European Union. In principle, although EU accession is a process that is distinctive and different for each candidate country, regional experiences can provide insights and examples that could potentially have practical application in the negotiations. From this point of view, regional experiences deserve a detailed analysis to draw conclusions that would further assist the country in negotiating with the EU.
The involvement of civil society in the negotiation process at an early stage is of particular importance, given that CSOs always bear in mind the interests of citizens and, if involved, will ensure that the process is an opportunity for genuine social reform, and not a practice to only marked as checked the fulfilled obligations.
In order to increase the capacity and knowledge of CSOs and public administration on the EU accession negotiation process, the Foundation Open Society – Macedonia in partnership with the European Policy Institute (EPI) in Berlin and Eurotink – Center for European Strategies in Skopje is organizing the fifth training for civil society representatives and institutions.
The training is taking place on 28- 31 October in Berovo and is dedicated to the EU negotiation framework on anti-discrimination.
Luka MADJERIC, Lawyer, Former Head of the Office for Fundamental Rights in Croatia and member of the Working Group on Chapter 23, Zagreb, Croatia
Katrin WLADASCH, Senior Researcher and Head of the Anti-Discrimination Team at the Boltzmann Institute for Human Rights, Vienna Austria
Ines BOJIC, Lawyer, expert in the field of anti-discrimination, member of the European Equality Network, Zagreb Croatia