Royal Norwegian Embassy in Belgrade and BTD-GMF continue their support to civil society organizations in Serbia, Montenegro and North Macedonia

The Royal Norwegian Embassy in Belgrade and The Balkan Trust for Democracy of The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF-BTD) continue supporting European integration and reform processes in North Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia.

With the intention of helping the Western Balkans to become a zone of stability and security through the implementation of reforms within the EU integration process, with an emphasis on the rule of law and economic development, civil society has been recognized as a significant driver and promoter of reform processes through the project Strengthening EU integration in North Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia.

Support is provided for almost one-third of the areas that need to be reformed in order for these countries to become members of the European Union.

The project envisages support for activities stemming from the most important negotiating chapters – reforming the rule of law and judiciary (Chapter 23), creating the area of ​​justice, freedom and security (Chapter 24), as well as reforming public procurement (Chapter 5), competition policy (Chapter 8), information society and media (Chapter 10), energy (Chapter 15), environmental protection (Chapter 27), common foreign and security policy (Chapter 31) and financial controls (Chapter 32).

Support is divided into three groups, depending on the type of activities and the actors implementing them i.e. whether they are individual CSO or coalitions/networks of organizations.

The implementation of activities of organizing strategic convening/events and initiatives in the areas of reform is supported with funds ranging from €20,000 to €200,000 in the period of 6 to 24 months.

Project proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis. More details about the terms of the Project can be found HERE.