The results and recommendations of “Participation of CSOs in cross-border cooperation” presented in Skopje
CSOs in Macedonia are facing challenges in the implementation of projects in cross-border cooperation and greater participation into the programming of the programmes is needed, the new research “Participation of CSOs in cross-border cooperation” conducted by ALDA shows.
The results of the research were presented today by Ivana Petrovska, director of ALDA Skopje.
“One of the challenges that CSOs are facing in the implementation of projects in cross-border cooperation programmes is the financial stability in the realization of the project. Actually, although Macedonia is the only country in the region which covers the co-financing of 15% in the projects, the finances are being transferred when the project is finished, so the time period is long and CSOs are facing financial problems,” she revealed during the presentation.
The results also show that in the cooperation between CSOs and municipalities, cross-border cooperation can be a motivation for developing partnerships. However, greater participation of CSOs in the programmes for cross-border cooperation is needed. The recommendations of the study include ensuring participation of CSOs in the decision making processes and establishing a so called “guarantee fund” that would advance money to beneficiaries.
The study was implemented within the project “CSOs: carriers of the cross-border cooperation” as part of IPA 2 Mechanism, which is a network of CSOs that work for greater participation of the civil sector in the programming of the EU funds.
The research will be available for download online soon.