Project duration: 9/2015 – 8/2018

Project manager: Višnja Samardžija, PhD

Client: European Commission, Erasmus+

Within the framework of Jean Monnet Activities of the Erasmus+ programme, IRMO received a three-year support to institutions for the theme of POLO-Cro28 – Policy Observatory in Croatia. POLO is aimed at strengthening IRMO’s capacities in multidisciplinary policy analysis, and the project will contribute to the spread of knowledge and understanding of EU policies in Croatia, as well as the professional development of young researchers. Outputs of the project are analytical policy papers, brief periodical reports-reviews available online at a separate web page within the IRMO web site, Round table meetings and debates, an international conference and a book that will publish the consolidated research results. The research focus is aimed at policy areas of significance for the future of Croatia as a new EU-member: economic policy and the European Semester, competitiveness, social policy and youth unemployment, cohesion policy and management of EU funds, energy policy and environmental protection. Through the planned research activities and events and research, the project will contribute to a rising awareness about the need for a continuous implementation of economic and social reforms within the framework of the revised Europe 2020 Strategy. The project implementation started in 2015, and by the end of 2017 it resulted in five round table meetings, three policy papers (in Croatian and English), seventeen analytical commentaries by young researchers, and a regularly updated web page.

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