The Centre for Southeast European Studies (CSEES) will implement a project titled "Current Practices of Science Communication in Western Balkan Countries and their Impacts" supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation project PERFORM. Science communication is a key element of any research system. Good science communication is of benefit to the individual researcher, for the community of researchers, their institutions, policy and decision makers, and the wider public.
New BiEPAG Policy Brief on the state of Democracy in the Western Balkans has just been launched. The state of democracy and freedom has been backsliding or stagnating in the countries of the Western Balkans over the past decade.There is no single turning point for the entire region, but the downward spiral began a decade ago, and accelerated with the economic crisis in 2008 and multiple crises within the EU that distracted the Union from enlargement.
The Centre for Southeast European Studies is partner in a Jean Monnet Network – “CTRL + Enter Europe: Jean Monnet Migrant Crisis Network (MIGRATE)”, awarded funding for three years in the 2016 call. The network will focus on the ‘Balkan human corridor’ of Europe’s ‘migration crisis’, addressing the question – ‘To what extent can further EU integration and enlargement offer a viable solution to the migrant crisis?’
In recent months, Europe has moved into great uncertainty. This uncertainty threatens to unravel some of the pillars of stability on the European continent that have been in place for decades. Western European democracies have well-developed civil societies, strong political parties and established media that can provide a bulwark against these challenges. Democracies in Southeast Europe are more fragile. They have been backsliding for nearly a decade and a number of countries are governed by semi-authoritarian leaders whose commitment to democracy is lukewarm at best.
A book titled EU Rule of Law Promotion: Judiciary Reform in the Western Balkans written by Marko Kmezic is published by Routledge. Despite the fact that academic scholarship and democratic politics agree on rule of law as a legitimizing principle for the exercise of state authority, there is no uniform European standard for institution-building or monitoring activities by the EU in this area.
The Centre for Southeast European Studies of the University of Graz is selected to implement the Project 'Promoting Human Rights and Minority Protection In South East Europe' (Publication of good Practice) supported by the Council of Europe and European Union. The project aims to improve access to rights for minorities at various levels of government based upon Council of Europe standards in this field and in particular on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities (FCNM) and the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages (ECRML).