About project

The Regional School for Political Development is intended for young people from Croatia, North Macedonia and Serbia who are interested in promoting active citizenship and the green agenda. This project was conceived with the aim of establishing an educational program to promote active citizenship, political participation and European values in the context of sustainable development and climate action.

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The Regional School for Political Development will host three seminars tailored for young leaders aiming to utilize their gained knowledge, experience, and practical skills for the advancement and advocacy of green public policies. These seminars are scheduled to take place in Croatia, North Macedonia, and Serbia.

During the initial seminar, participants will delve into understanding political institutions within the EU and the specific contexts of Croatia, Serbia, and Macedonia. Additionally, they will explore the principles of green politics and policies within the EU framework, facilitated through a series of lectures and interactive workshops.

The second seminar will focus on fostering skills in public policy development. The aim is to equip participants with the ability to craft comprehensive policy proposals, covering aspects such as needs assessment, problem analysis, stakeholder engagement, proposal development, approval processes, implementation strategies, and ongoing monitoring and evaluation.

The third seminar will center around promoting active citizenship and youth participation. Participants will be empowered to engage in public advocacy efforts and enhance their communication skills to effectively convey their ideas.

Over the whole program of the seminar series, participants will benefit from continuous mentorship. Initially, each group will pinpoint a particular issue during the first seminar, followed by drafting an analysis of the situation between the first and second seminars, all while collaborating with mentors. Between the second and third seminars, participants will utilize their accumulated knowledge to craft policy recommendations. Subsequently, during the third seminar, participants will focus on developing and advancing advocacy initiatives.

As part of the program, a four-day visit to Croatia is planned, encompassing exploration of youth involvement practices in Rijeka, interaction with local and national youth organizations, and learning from environmental initiatives on the island of Krk, particularly in waste and water management and engagement of young people in local environmental activities.

Furthermore, a four-day study visit to Brussels will be organized, featuring visits to key EU institutions such as the European Commission, the European Parliament, the European Council, and relevant non-governmental organizations focusing on environmental protection within the EU.

18 December 2023 - 18 February 2024

Call for applications

19 February 2024 - 14 March 2024

Selection of participants

Second part of March 2024

Onboarding digital meeting

19 - 21 April 2024

First seminar in Croatia

April - June 2024

Online work with mentors on initiatives development

14 - 16 June 2024

Second seminar in North Macedonia

June - September

Online work with mentors in policy proposals

20 - 22 September 2024

Third seminar in Serbia

4 - 6 October 2024

Study visit to Rijeka and island of Krk

September - November 2024

Online work with mentors on public advocacy

December 2024

Study visit to Brussels

December 2024 - February 2025

Advocacy initiatives implementation

February 2025

Final conference in Belgrade


The Foundation BFPE for a Responsible Society (BFPE) is a nonprofit organization founded in 2003, with the aim of contributing to the continuous development of policies and practices of responsible society, with a focus on the development of leadership and citizen participation in democratic processes.

The idea of establishing BFPE was conceived by Sonja Licht, the president and founder, during her participation at a conference at the Central European University in Budapest, where she met Elena Nemirovskaya, the founder of the Moscow School of Political Studies, back in 1992.

BFPE’s vision is a well-developed Serbia, based on democratic values and principles, with responsible social and political elites working for the benefit of all citizens. In order to achieve this vision BFPE actively works in four key pillars: political education and improving capacities, fostering social dialogue, sustainable development goals, and international, regional and multilateral cooperation in the context of European integration. BFPE’s key values are culture of dialogue, professionalism, solidarity, responsibility, consistency, collaboration.


Academy for Political Development (Croatian: APR – Akademija za politički razvoj – APR), founded in 2004, is the biggest national intersectoral network of people with different political views and backgrounds, exceptional in their fields, willing to publicly contribute to the development of society.  Academy is a Croatian CSO that operates under the auspices of the Council of Europe, as a part of the Network of Schools of Political Studies.

The Academy’s vision is to contribute to the quality of political processes in Croatia by providing political education to young leaders and by motivating them to participate in public affairs. Our mission is to develop a democratic political culture and promote dialogue and cooperation among future leaders.

APD alumni community includes more than 500 members – among them MPs, ministers, NGO activists, businessmen, media experts, public servants, artists, and scientists – strengthening cooperation among Croatian, regional, and international stakeholders and promoting a culture of dialogue and openness to different views in the society.


The Center for Research and Policy Making is a non-governmental, non-profit think tank that has been at the forefront of efforts to improve policy-making processes and strengthen democratic institutions in the country. Our primary aim is to promote good governance, sustainable development, and social cohesion, aligning with the principles of the European Union. To achieve this, CRPM focuses on research, policy analysis, advocacy and capacity building.

Our mission is to drive positive change and improve the quality of life in Macedonia and the SEE region by conducting comprehensive, in-depth research and advocating for inclusive, gender-equal and sustainable policies. We are committed to fostering a culture of informed decision-making and encouraging constructive dialogue among all stakeholders.

The School of Public Policy “Mother Teresa” is CRPM’s teaching arm which is part of a network of Schools of political studies organized in cooperation with the Council of Europe. Since its inception, and refashioning in 2011, the School of Public Policy trains future generations of Macedonian political, economic, social and cultural leaders and policy makers.