TRAIN Programme

Fostering Policy Dialogue in the Western Balkans

The countries of the Western Balkans aspire to membership in the European Union. Until their accession, however, they have to tackle a comprehensive and ambitious reform agenda under the EU's Stabilization and Association Process; from meeting the political and economic criteria to adopting some 100,000 pages of acquis communautaire.

Think tanks and independent policy research institutes in the region play a crucial role in supporting, but also critically analyzing, this comprehensive transformation process.

With the aim of fostering policy dialogue between think tanks and political actors in the Western Balkans, the TRAIN programme (Think Tanks Providing Research and Advice through Interaction and Networking) offers organizations from Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia training and networking opportunities.

In a series of workshops, participating researchers work on writing policy papers and advocacy strategies and have the opportunity to discuss their respective research projects. Afterward the participants present their findings to decision-makers in Brussels as well as at the national level.

The TRAIN programme is funded by the German Federal Foreign Office (Stability Pact for South Eastern Europe) and run by the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP).

TRAIN 2017 - Collection of Policy Papers

TRAIN 2018: Strategic Foresight

Throughout the year 2018, a group of twelve TRAIN alumni and three experts from EU member states will engage in an in-depth strategic foresight project dedicated to the future of the Western Balkans’ EU integration. In workshops in Berlin, Belgrade and Brussels, the think tank analysts will develop scenarios for the Western Balkans from which they will draw ideas and recommendations for the EU enlargement policy. Their findings will be discussed with EU decision makers and summarized in a final publication. The process will be facilitated by Foresight Intelligence.

Responsible Persons

  • Sarah Wohlfeld

    Sarah Wohlfeld

  • Frauke Seebass

    Frauke Seebass

    Project Assistant, Alfred von Oppenheim Center for European Policy Studies
    Tel.: +49 (0)30 25 42 31-44
    Fax: +49 (0)30 25 42 31-16

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