Registration for the project, The Balkan Debate and Public Policy Challenge which is implemented by IDEA SEE, Macedonia in partnership with the Balkan Forum from Kosovo, and Južne Vesti from Serbia is open now! The overarching topic is: “Joint Future of the Western Balkans in the European Union”


  • The call is open for candidates from Kosovo, Macedonia and Serbia.
  • Eligible candidates are young persons, 18 years and older, interested in topics of rule of law, democracy, environment, education and regional reconciliation an cooperation
  • Write a policy brief of 1500-2000 words written in Times New Roman 12, spacing 1.5 addressing one of three topics on the overarching theme of “Joint Future of the Western Balkans in the European Union.” Topics for selection are as follows:
    • Joint Customs Balkans: Western Balkans Union
    • Joint Action Plan for the implementation of regional environmental measures on:
      1. Air Quality
      2. Waste Management
      3. Natural Resources Management
    • Improving Education Mobility in the Western Balkans
  • The Policy Briefs should be submitted to their respective country organization, in English.
    • For Kosovo applicants to The Balkan Forum’s e-mail address no later than May 10th, 2019.
    • For Macedonia applicant to IDEA SEE’s email address no later than May 10th, 2019.
    • For Serbia applicant to Južne Vesti’s email address no later than May 10th, 2019.

Why is this Important:

A policy brief provides policymakers with the essential information they need to do their jobs. It should break complex issues down into core facts, evaluate possible policy solutions and recommend a particular course of action. An effective policy brief will convince the target audience that the issues outlined require urgent action and that the policies proposed are the best way of responding to them. Your policy brief should also look at the ways in which civil society groups and other important stakeholders could interact with governments as the policy is planned and implemented.


The best 10 authors from each country will be selected and notified by May 10th 2019. The best 30 participants with the best briefs will then participate in the local forums to be held in May 2019 (date TBA) where they will present their briefs to a local expert panel.  The best 3 briefs selected of each local forum will then participate in the final FORUM in Skopje to be held in May 2019 (date TBA).  In Skopje, the 9 participants will compete for the best three policy briefs and will also win an internship opportunity with IDEA SEE, The Balkan Forum, and Južne Vesti. The 3 winners will have their policy briefs published on the official website of the project and receive symbolic prices such as books, Amazon Kindle and others.

If you need any additional information or help regarding the project, internship or other information, please do not hesitate to contact us via e-mail: Kosovo:;   Macedonia:; Serbia: