About IPA mechanism

Description of IPA 2 CSO mechanism in Macedonia
July 2015

Primary aim

The IPA 2 mechanism was established by CSOs active in various policy sectors in Macedonia to enhance the partnership between CSOs, the European Union Delegation (hereinafter EUD) and the Governmental institutions in the country around the processes of programming, implementation and monitoring of the Instrument for Pre-accession assistance 2014-2020 framework (hereinafter IPA 2).

History

Anticipating the developments regarding of Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance 2014-2020 (IPA2) in 2013 a partnership between Eko-Svest, Macedonian Centre for European Training, Reactor, Zenit,Analytica, Front 21/42, Center for Civil Communications, Open Society Institute Foundation, Institute for European Policy and the representative of civil society in the National Council for European Integration was initially established. This partnership in May 2013 formally submitted a letter  to Mr. FatmirBesimi, the Deputy Prime Minister for European Affairs which requires the active involvement of civil society organizations in the programming of IPA 2 for the period 2014-2020 and transparency of all strategic documents. In July 2013 this partnership initiative has prepared a concrete proposal for the establishment of a mechanism for partnership between government and civil society .
In February 2014 the partner organizations organized a workshop for 120 representatives of civil society . They have mutually reached conclusions and contributions to the IPA 2 National Strategic Document, organised by sectors . Also representatives of civil society organizations in each sector (through a transparent process) were elected. Both representative of the Secretariat for European Affairs (SEA) of the Government ant the representative of the EU Delegation in Republic of Macedonia were present on this workshop. The “IPA 2 mechanism” established as a result of this event has additionally formally requested a meeting with Deputy Prime Minister for European Affairs. The contributions of civil society organizations  were sent to the government and EU prior the finalization of the National Indicative Strategy Paper .

Structure

The IPA 2 mechanism is consisted of a working group of CSOs (functioning as a coordinative body of the mechanism/network), elected CSOs and their representatives and the wider network of CSOs in the country (see organogram).

The working group of IPA mechanism are the CSOs who initiated the establishment of the network:Eko-Svest, Macedonian Centre for European Training, Reactor, Zenit,Analytica, Front 21/42, Center for Civil Communications, Open Society Institute Foundation and Institute for European Policy. The elected CSO representatives for each of the sectors indicated in the CSP function as the link between the working group, CSOs from the network and the Governmental institutions (ministries) in relation to the programming process. Their task is to collect input from a wide variety of stakeholders for the particular sector and develop policy positions based on this consultation, as well as to present and argument this position to the Government institution(s).

Currently the mechanism is consisted of 9 CSOs as a working group (coordinative body), 14 elected representatives of CSOs (2 for each of the sectors identified in the Country Strategy Paper) and 94 civil society organizations as members of the mechanism.

Approach of the IPA 2 mechanism

•    Regular meetings – among CSOs, EU and national government representatives regarding IPA2 issues;
•    Capacity building for participation in public policy making –transfer of specific knowledge;
•    Policy analysis – development of policy analysis for each sector/topic relevant to IPA2, based on wide consultation of the civil society sector.
•    Greater involvement – achieving meaningful participation in the programming of sectoral programmes (for the sectors without developed sectoral programmes), and monitoring of IPA2.

For more information contact:

contact@ipa2cso.mk

+389 (0)2 3217 247

+389 (0)2 321 75 11