In order to close the 14-month project ”Civil Society for European Integration: CS4EU” and to present its outcomes, which was implemented in Macedonia in partnership with European Projects Association (EPA) from Belgium and Green Center Skopje, CID held a final conference in Skopje, Macedonia, on the 16th of November and financed by the European Commission through the IPA Instrument for pre-Accession.
The conference, named ”The role of civil society organisations in the European integration”, aimed to provide room for discussion on the importance of civil society organisations in the EU integration, the challenges that are ahead of us, and the creation of a platform of organizations that will commit to support the integration process of the country in the EU. As an outcome of the conference, a declaration with recommendations towards stakeholders was created and published in the final publication of the project.
The conference included a discussion panel with speakers and 2 parallel workshops involving the public. Among the invited speakers who discussed the role of civil society organisations in the European integration of Macedonia were Blazen Maleski, the President of the National Youth Council of Macedonia, Aleksandar Kolekevski from Eurothink, Zoran Shapurikj, Minister without portfolio in charge of regulation to improve the investment climate for domestic enterprises and Mila Josifovska, project coordinator in CID. The conference was opened with key notes by Matej Manevski, the coordinator of CS4EU.
More information about the conference, as well as the project and its outcomes, can be found at www.cs4eu.org.