Panel discussion on openness and transparency of institutions in the Western Balkans will take place on July 19, at 1:00 PM at the Parliament of the Republic of Macedonia. This discussion is part of the project ACTION SEE – Accountability, Technology and Institutional Openness Network in Southeastern Europe.

The event’s aim is official presentation of guidelines on institutional openness for each country, as the first step toward greater advocacy campaign that will promote openness and good governance, and an attempt to influence state institutions in the Western Balkans in order to increase their openness will be made. The regional panel discussion will be inaugurated by the president of the Parliament of the Republic of Macedonia, Mr. Talat Xhaferi, and the director of Westminster Foundation for Democracy’s Western Balkans Programme, Mr. Emil Atanasovski.

Furthermore, representatives of 6 partner organizations in the project, which conducted the measuring for the Index of openness in 6 countries: Macedonia, Serbia, Albania, Montenegro, Kosovo and Bosnia and Herzegovina, will present the conditions in these countries and the guidelines on improvement of their openness.

The discussion is the second advocacy event within the framework of the project ACTION SEE, as well as the first official presentation of the guidelines drafted by the project consortium.

Alongside representatives of regional CSOs that are part of the project, the panel will be attended by MPs from Parliaments from the region and Macedonia, CSOs working on Parliament-related activities, high representatives of international institutions and embassies to Macedonia.

The project ACTION SEE is implemented by the ACTION SEE Network (Accountability, Technology and Institutional Openness Network in Southeastern Europe), a network of civil society organizations from the region: Metamorphosis Foundation from Macedonia, Center for Democratic Transition (CDT) from Montenegro, Center for Research, Transparency and Accountability (CRTA) from Serbia, Citizens’ Association Why not? from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Westminster Foundation for Democracy, Open Data Kosovo and Mjaft from Albania, with financial support by the European Union.