Political Parties and Minority Participation

Minority political participation is where minority rights and social attitudes towards minorities meet. Conventionally, minority rights include approaches to avoid discrimination and affirm cultural distinctiveness of the community. Minority rights have experienced substantial progress over the past decade. From a marginal topic during the Cold War, they have entered mainstream debates and instruments of human rights. The establishment of the High Commissioner on National Minorities of the OSCE, the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities of the Council of Europe and the Copenhagen Criteria for the admission of new members to the EU each provided for substantial advances in the promotion of minority rights.


Strengthening Regional Stability through Human Security

The Friedrich Ebert Stiftung and the Center for Prevention and European Values (former Initiative for Peace-building and Democracy) in 2004 launched a project entitled “Partners in Peace and Prevention” which aimed at endorsing the concept of conflict prevention in order to raise awareness and social responsibility of the beneficiaries in the process of peace-building, democratization and integration. This conference was a continuation of the previous regional conferences “Prevention through Integration” and “Regional Perspective on Prevention-Stability, Human Security and Development”, which took place in Skopje, November 2005 and 2006 respectively, under the same project. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Macedonia…


Synopsis of the flat tax rates in the region of South East Europe

The main purpose of this Brochure: “Synopsis of the Flat Tax Rates in the Region of South East Europe” is to present selected economic information in a simple and comprehensible way to decision-makers of diverse professional background. This Brochure is focused on reviewing certain economic indicators and, more specifically, the flat tax rates /FTR/ regiments, if any, applied in different states in the region of the South East Europe - SEE. As there is no agreed use of the term “South East Europe” due to different reasons, the countries, which are subject to this brochure, in alphabetical order, are the following: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, and Slovenia – a total…


New Perspectives on a Longer Working Life in Croatia and Slovenia

The 27 member states of the European Union are facing, among other structural challenges, a new reality of demographic changes to a dramatic degree. At present, a much higher percentage of the population has a life expectancy exceeding 75-80 years than 10 to 15 years ago, which is good news to most of us. The trouble starts when one looks at the figures to find out that the younger population in comparison with the older population is stagnating, if not shrinking.


Reframing Social Policy - Actors, Dimensions and Reforms

Like elsewhere in the region of Southeast Europe, the support for future membership in the EU among the population of Macedonia is very high, about 80–90%. The citizens’ aspirations are focusing a lot on the economic and social prospects for themselves and their children. This aspiration is mainly based on the huge difference in economic living conditions between Southeast Europe and the “old EUmember-states” and at the same time the extreme difference between rich and poor in SEE. The Gini-Index of Macedonia for example - based on the Human development report of the UN in 2006 - is with an indicator of 39 the worst in Europe (but Portugal as an EU-member state being close to it). Huge parts of the population hope that this situation could…


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