First Stakeholder meeting (Ljubljana)

20160929_111003-popravljenaThe Centre for Political Science Research (CPR) organised its first stakeholder meeting within the framework of the ongoing international “Comparative Interest Group Surveyā€¯. Researchers presented their preliminary research findings, while the representatives of the interest groups interviewed took part in an interesting and in-depth discussion on the functioning of interest groups at both national and EU levels and the potential for improvement. The meeting was also attended by Professor William Maloney (University of Newcastle), who highlighted the advantages and disadvantages of the professionalisation of interest groups influencing public policies, and by Dr Olivera Komar (University of Montenegro). Further meetings are planned to address possible solutions to the problems of integrating interest groups into the process of public policy formulation and implementation. These will be organised according to key policy areas and will discuss lobbying and participation in the formulation of national positions to the proposals of EU directives.