ABOUT THE PROGRAM
This program covers 1) harmonization of the country’s bilateral relations with neighbouring EU member states, 2) participation in and promotion of instruments for deepening regional cooperation, which are complementary to the enlargement process such as the Berlin Process, the initiative to create a regional economic area and 3) Bilateral and multilateral political, economic, security and other cooperation between the countries of the Balkans and Southeast Europe. In the past two years, RSM has managed to significantly improve bilateral relations with neighbouring countries by signing good neighbourly agreements with Bulgaria and Greece. The implementation of the agreements has inevitably become the country’s bet in the hope of unblocking European integration and NATO membership. Thus, the implementation of the agreements is part of the conditionality policy and the accession process. In recent years, EUROTINK has worked to harmonize relations with Greece and Bulgaria, supporting the Prespa Agreement as an investment in stabilizing the region. In the forthcoming period, EUROTINK will closely monitor the implementation of the Prespa Agreement and will initiate and support initiatives for increased cooperation and trust between the actors from North Macedonia and Greece and through the Symphony Program. One of the main activities will be networking with actors from Greece and Bulgaria and creating a platform for joint advocacy to unblock European integration before hesitant Western European governments. In the face of enlargement fatigue, the growing hesitation of the Western European public towards the Western Balkans and the democratic setback in some of the countries in the process of accession negotiations, member states have launched a number of initiatives in recent years, such as the Berlin Process. EUROTHINK will continue to work to support all of these initiatives, including through the organization of regional civil society forums, networking, research and joint lobbying with partners in the region.
EUROTHINK - Center for European Strategies is a non-governmental, non-partisan, non-profit and secular civic association that supports the integration of North Macedonia in the European Union and Europeanization of society through evidence-based public policy research and policy development, vocational training and advice, regional cooperation and advocacy for change.
The vision of EUROTHINK is to see the Republic of North Macedonia as a developed, democratic and liberal society based on the principles of justice, equality, freedom and prosperity. We see the EU integration process as the best instrument for achieving our vision.