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    • The best of BCSP in 2013

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    • Date: 31 December 2013
      BCSP activities in 2013 were highlighted by contributions to the systematic fight against corruption within police, military and security services, advancement of gender equality in security sector, opening of the dialogue on future of Serbian-Albanian relations and beginning of the independent monitoring of Serbia’s progress in chapters 23 and 24 of the EU negotiating process.

      In the beginning of 2013, Belgrade Centre for Security Policy (BCSP) found its place on the Global Go To Think Tanks list. BCSP was rated among the best 20 think tanks in Central & Eastern Europe and, beside three other organizations from the region, BCSP was included in the worldwide top 70 think tanks analyzing security affairs and international politics.

      Independent monitoring of the EU negotiations

      BCSP initiated the establishment of the first civil society organizations coalition for monitoring of Serbia’s progress in its negotiations with the EU - ,,prEUgovor” (in English prEUnup). Beside BCSP, coalition members are ASTRA, CPES, CINS, Group 484 and Transparency Serbia. We presented publicly our evaluation of Serbia’s progress in the fields of rule of law and protection of fundamental rights (chapter 23 of EU negotiations), justice, freedom and security (chapter 24). During bilateral analytical framework (screening) meeting, we gave our evaluation of Serbia’s legal approximation with the EU law. Besides giving an evaluation, we also demanded EU negotiations process to be opened to the public. Furthermore, BCSP called for a mechanism that would allow civil society to participate in monitoring of Serbia’s EU progress. Our goal is to use EU accession process to point out to the necessary changes needed for genuine advancement of Serbia’s democratic path.

      Fight against corruption

      In the book “Corruption in the Security Sector in Serbia” BCSP research team mapped main corruption risks in military, police and security services’ institutions. What attracted a great load of attention this year was also BCSP research finding that 90% of citizens consider police to be corrupted. For this reason, BCSP expanded A-COP group and got number of CSOs from inner Serbia to join fight against corruption in the police as well as to develop anti-corruption knowledge and skills on our joint seminars. In the beginning of the year, BCSP presented also results of Global Anti-Corruption Index which evaluated Serbia as a country with the high corruption risk in defense system. Besides pointing to the corruption risks, BCSP additionally initiated the research to determine best practices necessitated for build up of the integrity system within Serbia’s security sector. It also started development of partnership between CSOs, Assembly and independent state bodies for monitoring integrity of security sector. Important proposal from this initiative is pointing to the necessity of regulating incompatible police activities. BCSP was recognized for its monitoring work by the Public Procurement Office which appointed BCSP to name two staff members for the role of a Public Overseer for the procurements exceeding one billion dinars.

      Gender equality in security sector

      BCSP followed the realization of National Action Plan and thus continued its work on facilitating in Serbia and the Region the implementation of the UNSC Resolution 1325 Women, Peace and Security. Through study visits and trainings, BCSP familiarized journalists with gender equality topic. For the first time, authors of the best media pieces  on the role of women in security sector were awarded. With the support of the media and the fast reaction of Commissioner for Protection of Equality, BCSP managed to put an end to the discrimination against the female students applying on the Police Academy and the Military Academy. BCSP set in place trainings for the introduction of gender equality in police work and also it shared its respective knowledge with the expert teams from the Ministry of Interior. Additionally, BCSP organized the first regional dialogue of CSOs and state institutions on implementation of UNSC Resolution 1325. Together with the partners from Tirana, Pristina, Sarajevo and Skoplje, BCSP published comparative analysis “Women, Peace and Security in the Western Balkans”.

      Serbian-Albanian relations and exchange of experiences

      Starting from the assumption that the improvement of Serbian-Albanian relations reflects key factor for stabilizing Western Balkans, BCSP invested most of its effort in researching public perceptions on challenges and possibilities for establishing long-lasting peace between Serbian and Albanian people. Under the framework of Security Research Forum, BCSP opened up the dialogue in Tirana, Pristina and Belgrade which provided opportunities for each of the three communities to discuss possibilities for advancement of Serbian-Albanian relations’, but also to reflect on the risks for development of worst case scenarios. Great loads of attention were attracted by joint public opinion research on topics such as Brussels dialogue, future of Serbian-Albanian relations and human security, and conclusions of joint analysis “Municipal elections in North Kosovo: Towards a New Balance“. Beside that, BCSP talked in Belgrade and Tirana about possibilities for improving bilateral relations between Albania and Serbia. We analyzed best cooperation practices between police, military officials and diplomats that can transform the region effectively from the conflict zone into the security community. Our research findings were presented both in Belgrade and Skoplje and they will also be published by the Ashgate, academic book and journal publisher. Through cooperating with the partner organizations from the region, BCSP continued to analyze Western Balkans’ security challenges and to exchange best practices in monitoring of security sector institutions. We learned together with our partners about police anti-corruption policies and via cooperation with the RACVIAC, we continued to share our expertise with the employees working in security sector institutions across Western Balkans.

      European and International security

      Trade mark of BCSP international activities is the co-organization of Belgrade Security Forum, conference designed in such a way to bring global topics to the Western Balkans and to reflect on regional issues within global perspective. This year again, BCSP was in charge of BSF’s academic event and preparation of the conference analytical report. Beside that, BCSP organized advanced research workshop on counter-terrorism polices which gathered up in Belgrade 47 experts from all over Europe, Africa and America. Our contribution to the European security research was recognized and we received invitations to attend variety of globally important conferences as well as to become a part of international security networks. BCSP is the first organization from the Western Balkans that became a member of OSCE Network of Think Tanks and Academic Institutions. The goal of this network is help transforming OSCE and finding of solutions for overcoming increasing gap between Euro-Atlantic security community (centered around EU and NATO) and Eurasian one (centered around Russia). During the year of 2013, BCSP had partnership with the EurActivSerbia, portal specialized on the European integration affairs. Furthermore, we intensified partnership with the International Relations and Security Network (ISN) and became part ofinternational Network of Democracy Research Institutes.

      BCSP in numbers In 2013, BCSP published more then 40 specialized publications, organized and participated in more then 50 public events, BCSP and its representatives appeared more than 400 times in national and regional media. Also, BCSP enlarged research team with new members, mentored 16 domestic and foreign interns and visiting researchers, started new partnerships with CSOs from Serbia and the region.

      BCSP is determined this coming year to continue in contributing to the citizens’ security and rights by opening up important topics in security sector reform, regional security cooperation and international security trends.

      Our goal in the Year of 2014 is to become better through cooperation with you!

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