first Phase of the project provided for the organization of five
(5) Workshops, each of which had duration of two weeks and was
structured in 10 sessions. During the second Phase four (4) one-week-Workshops
consisting of 5 sessions each were organised. Each session
focused on a specific topic, on which presentations from all participating
countries were heard. A Greek expert undertook the introductory
presentation, as well as the coordination of the discussion that
followed. During the Workshop visits to institutions relevant to
the topics discussed were organized by the CECL. The participants
received a certificate of participation in the Workshop.
After the conclusion of each
Workshop, each national team undertakes to draft a comprehensive
report on their country's experience in the issues discussed.
Each report must have a minimum length of 25 pages and must
be written in the English language. In order to assist the
participants in drafting the report, a questionnaire is distributed
to them during the Workshop. The national report must be forwarded
to the CECL within one month from the conclusion of the Workshop.
The reports are reviewed by an evaluation committee in Athens,
which may request corrections or additions. The Greek experts
undertake subsequently, on the basis of the national reports,
to draft a comparative report, in which the institutional
reforms in the recipient countries are evaluated as a whole.
The national reports, as well as the comparative evaluation
report are then introduced in the project's data bank.
During the first Phase of
the project the CECL has created a special website on the
Internet and a databank, aiming at comparatively evaluating
the on going reforms and the overall situation in the fields
under study. It constitutes an "observatory" of the institutional
developments in the countries of South Eastern Europe and
a means of communication and exchange of ideas, scientific
information and useful material. In the second Phase the databank
will be enriched with legal material on additional areas and
topics. Every national team undertakes to provide previously
agreed upon information (e.g. on legislation, jurisprudence,
administrative bodies, NGOs, bibliography) and the Workshop
reports. For this purpose, the CECL has nominated resident
associates in each participating country and supplied them
with the necessary computer infrastructure.