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USAID Civil Society Project

Nine Ad-hoc Grants Awarded



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In response to the Request for Applications for Ad-Hoc Grants of the USAID Civil Society Project (CSP) announced in February, 2013, a total of 96 applications were submitted to the Foundation Open Society Macedonia (FOSM) in the period from June to August, 2013. Nine project proposals were selected for grants totaling $68,159 (the list of grantees is provided below).

These grants are made possible by the generous support of the American people through USAID. Selected projects will be implemented for a period of five to six months. FOSM will provide opportunities for networking and technical assistance to all grantees.

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PUBLIC HEALTH PROGRAM

Training on Advocacy and Policy Influencing



The Public Health Program of the Foundation Open Society - Macedonia (FOSM) organized a three-day training on advocacy and policy influencing in cooperation with the Youth Educational Forum (MOF), and with the support of the Media and Health Initiative New York. The event was held in Skopje, October 25-27, 2013.

This event is the first in a series of training sessions, to be held as a part of the year-long program for Communication Strategy and Action Plan prepared by MOF, the organization that is also providing the technical support for this purpose. Argumentation and Debate, Communications and Public Relations (PR), online activism and social networks and audio and video activism are the areas for implementation of the activities within the one-year program.

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Hungary: Journalists will not remain silent


Media freedom in Hungary is being suppressed more and more with every day. After the pressure from Brussels, the Law on media became milder, but only on paper

Radio host Attila Mong was the first one to react to the new Law on media adopted by the Hungarian government three years ago. The law introduced strict controls in reporting, and the decision on whether something would be written and how it would be written was to be made by a separate controlling body composed of members of the ruling party. On December 21, 2010, the morning after the announcement of this law, Attila Mong started his radio show on the state radio station Kossuth with a minute of silence. Any comments on the latest law were forbidden anyway. He was fired the same day." When we protested on the streets of Budapest in 1989 and asked for the introduction of democracy in our country, I could not even imagine that 20 years later, as a journalist, I would be facing such an anti-democratic and repressive law on media," says Mong.
USAID Civil Society Project

Information Sessions



Requests for Applications:
Grants for Joint Actions of CSOs and Small Grants for CSO Fellowships

The Foundation Open Society Macedonia (FOSM), within the USAID Civil Society Project (CSP), announced Requests for Applications for awarding Grants for Joint Actions of CSOs and Small Grants for CSO Fellowships. CSP is made possible by the generous support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). 

The purpose of these Requests for Applications is to provide support to CSOs in the Republic of Macedonia through the following two types of grants:

1. Grants for Joint Actions of CSOs to support jointly-developed CSO actions, partnerships or networks that animate civil society actors to provide solidarity and come together around a specific issue (grants of up to US$ 25,000);

2. Small Grants for CSO Fellowships to provide an opportunity for dedicated researchers and CSO activists to spend from three to six months in leading CSOs in Macedonia (grants of up to US$ 2,400).

The deadline for submitting applications expires on November 1, 2013, at 16:00 for the Grants for Joint Actions of CSOs, and on November 6, at 16.00 for the Small Grants for CSO Fellowships. Application materials can be downloaded from www.civilsociety.mk.

FOSM will hold information sessions about these Requests for Applications on October 26th and October 28th 2013 in Kumanovo, Tetovo and Berovo. FOSM invites all interested CSOs and activists potential applicants to the sessions as follows:
 Kumanovo, October 28th 2013 (Monday), 10:00, Former Committee of Kumanovo, circle hall
Tetovo, October 28th 2013 (Monday), 14:30, Municipality Tetovo, big hall
 Berovo, October 26th 2013 (Sathurday), 18:00, Hotel Manastir Berovo
 
Half of Macedonians have at least one legal problem


On October 18, Foundation Open Society - Macedonia promoted the eighth analysis of the edition The application of the laws under scrutiny analyzing the legal problems that citizens are facing in the Republic of Macedonia and their perception about the fairness of the legal system.

According to the results from the survey in the analysis 'The legal needs and the road to justice in the Republic of Macedonia, half of the respondents (49%) have experienced at least one legal problem in the past three years. Only two thirds of them instituted legal proceedings, and the longest lasting disputes were the ones against the state and the employers, while the disputes between private organizations and individuals were resolved quicker. More than 60% believe that the justice system is unfair to poorer citizens. A quarter of the legal problems are related to housing, while 19.9 % of the legal issues are related to work and employment.


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ANNOUNCEMENT


The Network for protection against discrimination filed charges requiring institutions to condemn the attacks on the LGBTI center

The Network for protection against discrimination condemns the silence of the institutions for the hate crimes and the threats against LGBTI people and activists, occurring continuously for a long time. Namely, starting from the multiple attacks on the Support Centre, the attack on the people present in the LGBTI center during "Pride Week", the attacks on activists in Bitola who are fighting for the rights of LGBTI people, the homophobic threats on social networks, the beating of two boys in the center of Skopje, including the attack of the home of an actor who spoke publicly about his sexual orientation.

As a result of the silence of the institutions regarding the attacks of the LGBTI support centre, the Network for protection against discrimination filed criminal charges on October 8, 2013 to the Public Prosecutor's Office - Skopje. The criminal charges were filed against unknown persons on grounds of suspicion for committing crimes such as "Violence", "Racial and Other Discrimination", "Violation of the equality of citizens" and "Causing general danger".
Legal requirements and the long road to justice in the Republic of Macedonia


On October 18, 2013, at the Holiday Inn hotel, Millennium Hall I, 10.30 am, the Foundation Open Society - Macedonia will promote the eighth analysis of the edition "The application of the laws under scrutiny", analyzing the legal problems that the citizens of the Republic of Macedonia are facing, as well as their perception about the rectitude of the legal system.

The analysis detects the type and frequency of the various legal problems that the citizens are facing, at the same time categorizing them in a specific group of problems (housing problems, consumer problems, financial problems, employment problems, problems with services and transfers in the public sector, educational problems, problems with partners and children, health problems, discrimination, problems with the police). In addition, each of the detected problems is also analyzed in terms of socio-demographic characteristics: age, sex, ethnicity, education level, place of residence depending on the region of the country, rural or urban area, the status of the labor market, household income of the respondents. The second part of the publication is analyzing the experience of the people who have had legal problems in getting justice, as well as the problems they have encountered along the way. At the same time, the analysis also identifies some of the implications for policy reforms, especially when it comes to the legal assistance services available in Macedonia.

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- Analysis (.pdf)
- Agenda (in Macedonian) (.pdf)
Project Syndicate

Angela Merkels Pyrrhic Victory



By George Soros

george sorosBUDAPEST As far as Germany is concerned, the drama of the euro crisis is over. The subject was barely discussed in the countrys recent election campaign. Chancellor Angela Merkel did what was necessary to ensure the euros survival, and she did so at the least possible cost to Germany a feat that earned her the support of both pro-European Germans and those who trust her to protect German interests. Not surprisingly, she won re-election resoundingly.

But it was a Pyrrhic victory. The eurozone /status quo/ is neither tolerable nor stable. Mainstream economists would call it an inferior equilibrium; I call it a nightmare one that is inflicting tremendous pain and suffering that could be easily avoided if the misconceptions and taboos that sustain it were dispelled. The problem is that the debtor countries feel all the pain, while the creditors impose the misconceptions and taboos.

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USAID Civil Society Project

Request for Applications: Small Grants for CSO Fellowships



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The Foundation Open Society Macedonia (FOSM), as part of the USAID Civil Society Project (CSP), announces the Request for Applications for awarding grants to Civil Society Organizations (CSOs). CSP supports civil society to promote democratic reforms. CSP is made possible by the generous support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

The purpose of these grants is to provide an opportunity for interested researchers and civic activists to engage in ongoing research projects for leading CSOs through awarding small grants for CSO fellowships (grants up to US$ 2,400).

Submission Deadline: November 06, 2013, at 16:00 hours

Applications should be submitted to FOSM at Blvd. Jane Sandanski 111, 1000 Skopje.

Documents:
- Announcement(.pdf)
- Announcement (in Albanian language)(.pdf)
- Application Form(.docx)
- Budget(.docx)
- Attachment 1 Time Schedule (.docx)
- Budget Instructions(.pdf)
USAID Civil Society Project

18 Grants Awarded to Civil Society Organizations (CSOs)



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In response to the Request for Applications for Grants to CSOs of the USAID Civil Society Project (CSP) announced in April, 2013, a total of 99 applications were submitted to the Foundation Open Society Macedonia (FOSM). Eighteen project proposals were selected for grants totaling $415,887 (the list of grantees is provided below).

These grants are made possible by the generous support of the American people through USAID. Selected projects will be implemented for a period of four to ten months. FOSM will provide opportunities for networking and technical assistance to all grantees.

USAID Civil Society Project

Second cycle of trainings on monitoring and advocacy



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The second cycle of trainings for capacity building of civil society organizations for monitoring and advocacy organized by FOSM will take place in the period September-November 2013 within the framework of USAIDs Civil Society Project.

Through a series of 10 training sessions, the representatives of civil society organizations will acquire knowledge and skills in the following areas:

Writing effective policy papers (September 26 -27 and 28-29)
Through the two-day training for writing effective policy papers, participants will acquire the knowledge and resources for developing skills for writing policy papers, as tools for influencing decision making. Through the joint work of the participants, the training also aims to create networks of policy researchers and analysts.

Advocacy (October 3-4 and 5-6)
The two-day advocacy workshop will enhance the capacity of participants for designing a completely targeted and relevant campaign for advocacy of policies. The workshop is focused on planning and implementing effective advocacy campaigns through effective transfer of strategic persuasive messages for specific policies.

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George Soros on The Future of Europe


George Soros on The Future of Europe: Remarks delivered at the Global Economic Symposium, October 1, 2013 in Kiel, Germany

I shall take a holistic approach to the future of Europe. I have developed a conceptual framework, which has guided me in my decisions throughout my adult life. The framework is much broader than the financial markets; it deals with the relationship between thinking and reality. What makes that relationship so complicated is that the thoughts and actions of participants are part of the reality they have to think about. Their thinking serves a dual function: on the one hand they try to understand the world in which they live that is the cognitive function; on the other, they want to influence the events in which they participate that is the manipulative function. The two functions interfere with each other I call the interference reflexivity. The cornerstone of my conceptual framework is the human uncertainty principle, which is based on the twin pillars of fallibility and reflexivity.

The human uncertainty principle has far reaching implications for scientific method. It applies only to social phenomena and thereby it separates the social sciences from the natural sciences. Economic theory has sought to imitate the natural sciences, particularly Newtonian physics. Consequently my conceptual framework is in direct conflict with mainstream economic theory.

The differences are especially pronounced in dealing with financial problems in general and the euro crisis in particular. Mainstream economics has pursued timelessly and universally valid laws whose validity can be tested by reference to the facts. I contend that the facts produced by social processes do not constitute a reliable criterion for judging the validity of theories because of the human uncertainty principle. I do not deny the possibility of establishing universally and timelessly valid laws the human uncertainty principle is one of them but I consider such laws too vague and general to be of much use in producing specific predictions and explanations.

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USAID Civil Society Project

Request for Applications: Grants for Joint Actions of CSOs



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The Foundation Open Society Macedonia (FOSM), within the USAID Civil Society Project (CSP), announces the Request for Applications for awarding grants for joint actions of civil society organizations (CSOs). CSP supports civil society to promote democratic reforms. CSP is made possible by the generous support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

The purpose of this Request for Applications is to support jointly-developed CSO actions, partnerships or networks that animate civil society actors to provide solidarity and come together around a specific issue through Grants for Joint Actions of CSOs (grants of up to US$ 25,000).

FOSM will provide technical assistance to all project grantees based on their specific levels of competence.

This Request for Applications will support innovative and bold proposals that:
directly support the objectives of the CSP;
demonstrate a commitment to citizen outreach and inclusion, and effective strategies to engage or mobilize citizens;
provide creative and effective strategies for accessing information and offering policy input;
employ, when appropriate, strategic use of media in promoting objectives;
promote an integrative approach with special focus on ethnicity and gender;
tackle difficult reform issues.

Submission Deadline: November 1, 2013, at 16:00 hours

Applications should be submitted to FOSM at Blvd. Jane Sandanski 111, 1000 Skopje.

Documents:
- Request for Applications (.pdf)
- Application Form (.doc)
- Budget (.doc)
- Budget Instructions (.pdf)
- Attachment 1. Implementation Schedule (.doc)
- Attachment 2. General Information for Partner Organizations (.doc)
- Attachment 3. Executive Summary (.doc)
7th analysis from the edition 'The application of the laws under scrutiny'


The rulings of the European Court of Human Rights should be implemented

On September 30, 2013, the Foundation Open Society - Macedonia promoted the 7th Analysis from the edition 'The application of the laws under scrutiny', analyzing the implementation and the understanding of the rulings of the European Court of Human Rights in the Republic of Macedonia.

Mirjana Najcevska from the Centre for Human Rights and Conflict Resolution presented the key findings and recommendations included in the Analysis. The key case law violations in Macedonia, according to the rulings of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) are: violation of the right to a fair trial, the right to liberty and security, the right to an effective legal remedy, the right to property and the right of association. According to Najcevska, the rulings of the European Court represent a source of law, and therefore the Analysis features several recommendations that aim to improve Macedonia's judicial system, thus reducing the number of lawsuits filed in Strasbourg against Macedonia.

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LAW PROGRAM

Half of the citizens dont know that there is a Law on Free Access to Information



More than half, or 52.3 percent of the citizens have not heard about the Law on Free Access to Information of Public Character, even though it was enacted seven years ago. On the other hand, many of the administrative clerks holding public information are afraid to provide certain information. This is indicated by the results from the latest research about the implementation of the Law, presented on September 27, 2013, on the occasion of September 28, the International Day of the Right to Free Access to Information of Public Character.

The survey, conducted in the period from August to September 2013 included 1,228 citizens and 446 public information holders. The results show that only 18 percent of the population sought access to information, and that only half of them received a response. As much as 52.3 percent of the citizens were not aware about the Law on Free Access to Information. Dance Danilovska from FOSMs Law Program said that this percent, even though it has been reduced if compared to 2009, is still not sufficient and completely justifies the need for a public campaign of the authorities, which FOSM requested three years ago.



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Debate: "Win-Win Policy"

Government and civil society sector are in a strange confrontation



Foundation Open Society - Macedonia (FOSM) and the Macedonian Centre for European Training (MCET) held the debate 'Win- win policy on September 19, discussing about the possibility of involving the civil society sector in Macedonias EU accession process and about the funding of non-governmental organizations through the IPA 2 program.

Nicola Bartolini from the Directorate-General of the European Commission (EC) explained how civil society sector will be involved in the next financial framework the Commission for the period from 2014 to 2020. According to Bartolini, the main principle of the new framework will be the linking of the political and the financial support. Therefore, 40 milestones have been proposed, through which each year the contribution of civil society in European integration will be assessed. Assessing the current situation, Bartolini emphasized that the civil society sector and the government in Macedonia are in a strange confrontation, noting that the government should use the commitment of NGOs and combine its capacities with the capacities of the NGO sector.



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ANNOUNCEMENT

Funding of political parties under the auspices of the institutions



How long will the funds of political parties be treated as protected species in Macedonia? Transparency Macedonia strongly reacts to the decisions of the High Administrative Court of RM, limiting the right to free access to information on the funding of political parties. The requests for free access to information of public character were related to the funding of political parties during the parliamentary elections in 2011, in the period when political parties were still information holders according to the Commission for Protection of the Right to Free Access to Information of Public Character (KOMSPI).

The decisions of KOMSPI originally denying access to this information were challenged before the Administrative Court of the Republic of Macedonia, in the hope that this practice of KOMSPI not to provide a clear explanation on why political parties are no longer public information holders would be perceived as wrong. Nonetheless, the Administrative Court of the Republic of Macedonia had exactly the same point of view as the Commission, and all lawsuits filed before the Court were rejected as unfounded.

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USAID CIVIL SOCIETY PROJECT

First meeting of the grantees and training for communication with the public, monitoring and reporting



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The first meeting of this year's grantees of the USAID Civil Society Project implemented by FOSM will take place on September 19-20, 2013, in the Bistra hotel in Mavrovo.

During the meeting, participants will have the opportunity to learn more about the procedures for cooperation and networking of the grantees, and to monitor and coordinate the activities in their projects. They will also be familiarized with the basics of the process of preparation and implementation of strategies for advocacy and communication.
EIGHTEENTH REPORT ON THE MONITORING OF MACEDONIAS EU ACCESSION PROCESS

Civil society to engage in active employment measures



The 18th quarterly Report on the Monitoring of Macedonia's EU Accession Process was presented by the Macedonian Centre for European Training (MCET) in collaboration with the Foundation Open Society - Macedonia (FOSM) on September 3, 2013. The report "Win-Win Policy" addresses the fund allocation method of the IPA program in terms of funding for civil society organizations, and provides recommendations for the active engagement of the civil society sector in the employment measures.

Ljupcho Petkovski from MCET noted that the civil society sector has a great employment potential. Petkovski took the 14 NGO projects financed by the IPA program in 2008 as an example, with a total fund of 0.7 million euros. These 14 projects employed over 30 people with paid contributions for a year, and about 1,000 people received an average additional income of 100 euros. Hence, with the new financial framework 2014 - 2020, and the new IPA 2 program, at least 7,700 people can be employed annually in Macedonia, and about 250,000 people will be able to earn additional income without the need for allocation of additional budget funds. The only thing that needs to be done is to reorganize the existing resources and create active measures for employment in the civil society sector.

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PRESS RELEASE



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PRESS RELEASE



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The USAID Civil Society Project Awards Seven Ad-hoc Grants



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USAID CIVIL SOCIETY PROJECT

Call for Participants at the School for Active Citizenship



USAID Civil Society Project


Call for Participants: Training on Oversight and Advocacy

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Citizens for European Macedonia vs. Stavreski

New hearing in the defamation case



On June 17, 2013, at 10:30 h. the Primary Court Skopje 2 will hold a new hearing in the defamation case against Zoran Stavreski. The case against Stavreski is already 2 years old.

The plaintiffs and members of the Citizens for European Macedonia (CEM) movement, Branko Gjeroski, Nikola Gelevski, Vladimir Milcin, Roberto Belicanec and Zarko Trajanovski filed the first private lawsuit against Stavreski on January 29, 2011 due to his allegations that CEM is part of the strategy named "Hope" created for the violent overthrow of the democratically elected institutions. Stavreski gave this statement at a press conference held on October 30, 2010, which was covered by all the relevant media in Macedonia and published in full on the website of VMRO-DPMNE.

With the adoption of the Law on civil liability for insult and defamation, the criminal proceedings against Stavreski were halted, and the private plaintiffs filed a new lawsuit within the legal deadline, to determine the liability of the defendant for defamation, and to seek compensation for the non-pecuniary damage caused to the plaintiffs with the defamation.

So far, Stavreski has not appeared at any of the previous court hearings, under the pretext that the Interior Ministry cannot find the real Zoran Stavreski because there were so many people with the same name and surname, though the appeal states that he is the Finance Minister. The first questioning of the parties is expected to take place at the hearing scheduled for June 17.
REGIONAL PROMOTION OF FREE LEGAL AID


The authorized associations for preliminary legal aid: Macedonian Young Lawyers Association, National Roma Centrum from Kumanovo, ROMA SOS from Prilep, Youth Cultural Centre from Bitola and EHO from Stip supported by the Foundation Open Society Macedonia are organizing regional meetings for promotion of the Analysis of the Implementation of the Law on Free Legal Aid for the period 2010-2012. The analysis is the last in the series of three annual reports on the implementation of the Law on Free Legal Aid (the Law) and is the result of the monitoring of the implementation of the Law since its enactment and entry into force to date.

The promotion of the analysis aims to contribute to the opening of a wide public debate on the problems faced by citizens in the implementation of the Law and to the creation of guidelines for future reforms that would help in overcoming those problems and establishing a system that will guarantee equal access to justice for all citizens. Associations which are not registered, but are experienced in providing free legal aid were invited to the meetings, as well as lawyers registered in the system for free legal aid in accordance with the Law, regional departments of the Ministry of Justice, representatives of social work centers and judges.

The meetings are scheduled for June 11 in Struga (Hotel Drim, 12:00), June 12 in Veles (Fokus Foundation, 10:00), June 12 in Kavadarci (Feni Hotel, 13:00), June 13 in Sv. Nikole (Municipality of Sveti Nikole, 11:00), June 19 in Tetovo (Hotel Lirak from 11:00) and June 20 in Radovis (Municipality of Radovis, 12:00).

Everyone interested can get more information via the toll free number 0800-44-222.
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LAW PROGRAM

Law on Free Legal Aid needs to be urgently amended



bppFoundation Open Society - Macedonia (FOSM) and the Macedonian Young Lawyers Association (MYLA) promoted the publication "Analysis of the implementation of the Law on Free Legal Aid (2010-2012)," on June 6, 2013, presenting the key findings from the three year monitoring of the implementation of the Law.

Dance Danilovska from FOSM emphasized that the Foundation financially supports six local associations to obtain authorization from the Ministry of Justice for providing legal aid to citizens. "Authorized associations are the first step towards the realization of the right to free legal aid for the citizens, and this is why the Foundation monitors the implementation of the Law on Free Legal Aid along with these associations. The goal is to directly identify the problems and challenges faced by the applicants for free legal assistance, the lawyers, associations and government agencies in the implementation of the Law, in order to establish a system in which citizens would have equal access to justice," said Danilovska adding that authorized associations provided preliminary legal aid in 632 cases in 2012, being compensated for 7 cases totaling approximately 11,000 denars. These funds are not sufficient for associations to fulfill their legal obligations, therefore Danilovska and FOSM asked the Ministry of Justice to publish their contacts on the website so that they would be more visible for people who need free legal assistance.



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EDUCATION PROGRAM

There is no quality support for the students from vulnerable groups



The unequal interpretation of the regulations regarding the implementation of additional tuition as a mechanism for supporting students with poor achievements in the schools in Macedonia on one hand, and the deteriorating achievements of our students according to international researches on the other hand, were the impetus for the Foundation Open Society Macedonia (FOSM), to carry out two thorough analyses about the education of students with low achievements, within the framework of the Roma Education Program, co-funded by the Children's Foundation Pestalozzi.

The starting point of both analyzes conducted at the end of 2012 were childrens equal rights to education. The first analysis is based on an empirical-field research focused on students with poor school achievements and the purpose of the research is to examine the effects of additional tuition, i.e. whether and how much have the legal changes improved the quality of education for poor achievement students. The second comparative analysis "Measures for supporting students with poor achievements" provides an overview of the actions taken by various countries to help these students and provide suggestions for measures that would be most appropriate or necessary for the Macedonian educational system. These researches particularly focused on students coming from vulnerable population groups.

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Regional Research Promotion Program in the Western Balkans Closing Conference


Scientific research in social sciences remains marginalized

The conference Improving Policies in the Field of Research in Social Sciences in the Republic of Macedonia" presenting the findings from four researches on applied policies was organized by the Regional Research Promotion Program in the Western Balkans (RRPP) on May 14, 2013. The researches were prepared by young researchers engaged in the component for improving the conditions in the area of social sciences.

During the conference, the results from the Regional Program so far were presented, and the issues with the implementation of the Law on Scientific Research and the anomalies of the Law on Higher Education were also covered. According to the assessments of the conference participants, the laws are not effectively implemented, and there is no sufficient financial support for scientific research, especially when it comes to social sciences. Slavica Indzevska from FOSM noted that social sciences research is increasingly marginalized, so science in Macedonia is not able to react to the social reality changes. According to Indzevska, there are expectations that the view on social sciences and processes would change through the Regional Program and other activities, and that the social sciences and processes would be addressed by the Macedonian institutions.

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USAID Civil Society Project


Information Sessions - Requests for Applications:
Grants for Civil Society Organizations and Informal Groups


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Debate held by MCET and FOSM

Spring rains - Spring Report of the European Commission



The debate Spring rains - Spring Report of the European Commission organized by the Macedonian Centre for European Training (MCET) and the Foundation Open Society Macedonia was held on May 7, providing an opportunity to discuss the High-Level Accession Dialogue (HLAD), the political criteria and the functioning of the institutions, as well as the dialogue about the freedom of expression, good neighborly relations and the recommendations from the spring report of the European Commission.

Bojan Maricic from MCET compared the results achieved with HLAD in 2012 with this year's results, highlighting that not only is there no progress in the accession dialogue, but that we are even regressing in certain areas, particularly in the reforms of the public administration and the amendments to the Electoral Code. Commenting on the political dialogue, Maricic said that Macedonia is continuously entering one crisis after another, adding that only our country and BiH need international mediation to overcome their inter-party differences. Maricic recommended that Macedonia should determine together with the European Commission whether to maintain the HLAD or replace it with the agreement from March 1. He also requested a complete monitoring of the democratization of institutions and clarification of the events from December 24.

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