Macedonia in the accession negotiations for joining the European Union will use a model involving civil society organizations and experts outside the capacity of the civil service. The negotiation structure will contain 35 working groups and is similar to the model introduced by Montenegro. It is envisaged that special funds will be allocated for each of the groups to overcome the problems that have arisen in the experience of Montenegro where, due to lack of funds, CSOs can not completely follow the process. CSOs will be included in the working groups according to the topic that correspond with the field of their expertise.

These are part of the findings in the Discussion paper: “Macedonia’s model of inclusion of CSOs in the accession negotiations” by the author Ivan Nikolovski from IDSCS within the framework of the “Perform to Reform” project supported by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation.

The document was presented at the panel discussion “The Role of Civil Society in the Process of NATO and EU Integration” organized by IDSCS and KAS on September 20, at which as honorary speakers participated Mrs. Ursula von der Layen, Minister of Defense of the Federal Republic of Germany and Ms. Radmila Sekerinska, Minister of Defense of Republic of Macedonia. The importance of civil participation in the process and the challenges faced by the negotiating sides at the discussion held at the Marriott hotel were also addressed by Johannes D. Rai, KAS official in Macedonia, German Ambassador to Macedonia HE Thomas Gerberich, Zoran Nechev, senior researcher and head of the Center for European Integration at IDSCS and Emina Nuredinoska, Head of the Civil Society Department at the Macedonian Center for International Cooperation.

The presented discussion paper is available on the following link:

Discussion paper: “Macedonia’s model of inclusion of CSOs in the accession negotiations”