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BIRN Publishes Western Balkans Stability Monitor

The Stability Monitor analyses developments and trends with an eye on events that have the potential to destabilise countries, governments, societies or the fragile region itself. As well as from providing analysis of what is going on, it also offers insights into where individual countries, societies and the region are heading, with a focus on developments that have the potential to destabilise. BIRN’s regional team worked together with analysts to produce the first issue at the end of 2018 in order to give readers a taste of what we will be offering in 2019. The Western Balkans Stability Monitor covers Albania, Bosnia and Hercegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia, and will be published on a bi-monthly basis. Contact BIRN Consultancy at [email protected] to find out more and subscribe. The post BIRN Publishes Western Balkans Stability Monitor appeared first on BIRN.

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Resonant Voices Fellows Selected

We are pleased to announce our very first group of Resonant Voices Fellows who will start working on their topics development during the upcoming workshop in Berlin. Over the next six to nine months, Aggelos Andreou, Yiannis Baboulias, Mirza Buljubasic, Michael Colborne, Dimitar Ganev, Barbora Hola, Akos Keller-Alant, Nenad Radicevic, Aleksandar Roknic, Ebi Spahiu, Katarina Tadic and Eleonora Vio will conduct research, collect stories and untangle the web of influences to expose and challenge extremist messaging targeting vulnerable audiences. The selected Fellows will look at more than 15 different countries in the EU and its immediate neighbourhood and will cover a wide range of topics. The research will track the evolution of links, networks and cooperation between extremist groups across borders, investigate disinformation campaigns run by governments and extremist groups and their effects on polarisation and radicalisation, analyse narratives of victimisation and injustice among ..

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UK Govt Declines Comment on Arms Shipments Reported by BIRN

10 Downing Street, the headquarters of the Government of the UK. [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)] Creative Commons The government said it “cannot comment on individuals or companies that have previously been, or are currently being investigated”. “HM Revenue and Customs, on behalf of the Government, investigates all credible allegations of strategic export control offences, which can proceed to a full criminal investigation. HMRC investigators will recommend prosecution when and where there is clear evidence of a serious criminal offence,” the government wrote in an answer to a question raised by the Labour MP Lloyd Russell-Moyle. In his question, Russell-Moyle cited BIRN’s last year’s article, according to which the UK failed to warn Sarajevo that almost 30 million Bosnian-made bullets sold to Saudi Arabia would end up in the wrong hands. The deal was brought to the UK’s attention because two British-based brokers had requested – and were eventually refuse..

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Resonant Voices Initiative Fellows Selected

The selected journalists, researchers and writers will have a unique opportunity to receive funding and professional support to conduct in-depth research and investigations, so they can produce quality, in-depth, investigative articles. The selected participants were chosen from the large number of applicants. This year’s selection was marked by the high number of quality applications received on topics such as: the nexus between Balkan-linked networks of organized crime and terrorism within EU borders; far-right networks operating in Europe with links to the Western Balkans; challenges to the integration of the Western Balkan communities within the European Union; and, links between political discourse and disinformation in the context of migration, security and terrorism, etc. RVI Fellows will receive 3,000-euro bursaries and attend a three-day workshop organized in Berlin at the end of March. At the workshop, the selected participants will increase their knowledge by receiving tra..

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Xheneta Murtezaj

She has a Bachelor degree from the College of Mass Communication in Journalism from AAB College, and now she is now undertaking a Master degree in Public Administration and Diplomacy at AAB College. Xheneta deals mainly with social issues and local governance, but reports widely across other sectors as well. The post Xheneta Murtezaj appeared first on BIRN.

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Eraldin Fazliu

Eraldin completed his Master’s on ‘European Politics’ at the Masaryk University in the Czech Republic in 2014. Through his studies Eraldin became interested in the EU’s external policies, particularly in promotion of the rule of law externally. The post Eraldin Fazliu appeared first on BIRN.

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Monitoring the Public Consultation Process at Government Level 2018

Summary BIRN Kosovo monitors the public consultation process for relevant government documents developed during 2018 and report on monitoring outcomes. Information Sheet Donor: Kosovo Civil Society Foundation (KCSF) Main Objective: Pressure on the Government of Kosovo during the decision-making process and policy-making to increase the participation of the civil society in the involved processes for the benefit of citizens Specific Objectives: Shaping attitudes in order for the community to create a permissive environment for successful prevention of violent extremism; Encourage public participation in prevention of violent extremism and the process of building resilience. Main Activities: Undertaking monitoring Communicating with the respective governmental unit to anticipate the starting time and expected results of the process; Target Groups: Public Institutions; Civil Society; Media Outlets. The post Monitoring the Public Consultation Process at Government Level 2018 ..

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BIG Deal – Monitoring of the Implementation of the Brussels Agreement

Summary Supporting the monitoring of the Brussels agreement between Kosovo and Serbia and ensuring a transparent and accountable leadership. Information Sheet Donor: The Balkan Trust for Democracy – BTD Main Objective: Increased transparency on the implementation of the EU-backed Kosovo-Serbia agreement that specifically affects the lives of citizens at the local level through producing and publishing accurate information for the public. Specific Objectives: Shaping attitudes in order for the community to create a permissive environment for successful prevention of violent extremism; Encourage public participation in prevention of violent extremism and the process of building resilience. Main Activities: Monitoring the progress reached in the implementation of the Brussels agreement. All findings will be published as part of the BIG DEAL initiative and will be disseminated across local, regional and international stakeholders; Publishing news in Albaninan, Serbian and Englis..

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Support Civil Society to Increase Public Oversight and Accountability of Kosovo Public Institutions

Summary Promoting the watchdog function of local CSOs and good governance, transparency and accountability of public institutions in the following areas: recruitment processes across public institutions, including the judiciary; handling of public procurement contracts; compliance of tax inspectors with professional standards and conflict of interest legislation; and compliance of targeted institutions with recommendations of the Auditor General Reports. Information Sheet Donor: British Embassy in Prishtina Main Objective: Increased transparency on the implementation of the EU-backed Kosovo-Serbia agreement that specifically affects the lives of citizens at the local level through producing and publishing accurate information for the public. Main Objective: To increase citizens’ awareness and accountability from public institutions regarding auditing processes, recuritment, and tax administration. Target Groups: To increase citizens’ awareness and accountability from public i..

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CSOs as Equal partners in Monitoring Public Finances

Summary Moreover, within the region the influence of CSOs in policy and decision making on public finance is poor. Therefore, CSOs recognized the growing need for systematic monitoring of public finance and financial institutions. The existing know-how in the region can be upgraded through the sharing and transfer among various shareholders. Information Sheet Donor: European Commission Main Objective: Overall objective of the action is to improve accountability and transparency of the public finance in seven targeted countries by strengthening the CSOs role and voice in monitoring the institutions’ performance in the area of public finance. Specific Objective: Strengthening regional CSO knowledge and capacity to monitor public finances and build know-how in advocating for transparency and accountability of public finance among the 10 partners and 80 other CSOs in the region Establish networking and cooperation platform of CSOs and other actors on monitoring of public finance a..

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