First edition of the Executive Program: Civil Society in the EU Accession process



KCSF’s Executive Program “Civil Society in the EU Accession process”, in partnership with the College of Europe, envisions to become a catalyst for civic engagement in the EU integration of Western Balkans.

Twenty representatives of civil society organisations from Western Balkans (Albania, Macedonia, Kosovo and Serbia) have gathered in Prishtina to boost their impact and join forces in influencing the EU accession process in the respective countries and throughout the Western Balkans.

CSO representatives engaged in advocacy actions, specifically towards EU institutions, are participating in the Executive Program “Civil Society in the EU Accession process”, organised by the Kosovar Civil Society Foundation (KCSF) in cooperation with the College of Europe.

The event which is being held during 11-15 September 2017, in Prishtina, Kosovo, seeks to increase collective knowledge and provide insights on key aspects of the EU accession in the region.

It will also analyse emerging challenges and explore effective strategies for civic engagement, in the context of evolving European Union and its upgraded priorities.

Main points of interest include condensed understanding of the substance and roles of EU institutions, CSOs’ impact in decision making of the accession process, as well as real cases of intervention and respective outcomes.

Lecturers from the College of Europe, with distinctive expertise on EU accession, will share their knowledge and practical insights with CSO representatives from the Balkan countries.

The envisioned long-term collaboration between KCSF and the College of Europe intends for this initiative to develop into a hub of expertise for civil society in the Western Balkans.

The College of Europe, established in 1949, is the world’s first university institute of postgraduate studies and training in European affairs. The College of Europe puts its expertise at the service of public and private sector organizations around the world in the design, development and delivery of a “tailor-made” training courses, genuine catalysts for lasting change and professional development.

For almost two decades, KCSF promotes Kosovo civil society through diverse and dynamic support, including cooperation with key international and local institutions. Financial support, sustainable capacity building programs and its contribution in formulating policies that benefit civil society, are among the main aspects of its work in fostering civic engagement and democratic culture, while promoting Kosovo’s path towards EU accession.

This Executive Program is supported by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and the Government of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.