Balkan Economic Forum

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Lobbying Costs

10,000€ - 24,999€

Financial year: Jan 2022 - Dec 2022

Lobbyists (Full time equivalent)

0.2 Fte (2)

Lobbyists with EP accreditation


High-level Commission meetings


Lobbying Costs over the years

  • Info

    Balkan Economic Forum   (BEF)

    EU Transparency Register

    012701314185-90 First registered on 07 Aug 2014

    Goals / Remit

    The Balkan Economic Forum was established for the development and implementation of innovative strategies and creative solutions to the current economic challenges facing the countries that share the Balkan Peninsula in order to stimulate regional economic growth which, in turn, strengthens regional cooperation, peace and security.

    The Balkan Economic Forum is independent of any national government, political party or any other vested interest and operates with an inclusive approach that respects universal human rights and recognises the potential of every individual to actively contribute to the achievement of tangible economic development for the social welfare of a region.

    In furtherance of this mission, the Balkan Economic Forum serves:

    • To advance regional economic development by focusing on the creation of diverse investment opportunities with the participation of key financial institutions to promote sustainable employment, socio-economic stability and the pro (...)

    Main EU files targeted

    The Balkan Stabilisation and Association Process
    The Common Foreign and Security Policy
    The Common Security and Defence Policy
    The EU Enlargement Policy
    EU regional Policy
    EU Neighborhood Policy
    Agriculture Policy
    EU Environmental policies


    Head Office
    Blvd. Kuzman Josifovski – Pitu no. 19/5-27
    Skopje 1000
    EU Office
    Blvd. Kuzman Josifovski – Pitu no. 19/5-27
    Skopje 1000


  • People

    Total lobbyists declared


    Employment timeLobbyists

    Lobbyists (Full time equivalent)


    Lobbyists with EP accreditation

    No lobbyists with EP accreditations

    Complementary Information

    BEF does not have full time employed persons, we implement our activities pro bono

    Person in charge of EU relations

    Data not provided by Register Secretariat due to GDPR

    Person with legal responsibility

    Data not provided by Register Secretariat due to GDPR

  • Categories


    Think tanks and research institutions

  • Networking


    1) BEF is partner of the European Academy of the Regions - EAR (Mr. Sasho Kjosev, BEF President, serves as member of the EAR's Board of Directors and is EAR's representative in North Macedonia)
    2) MoU with Western Balkans Green Center (
    4) MoU with Center for Balkan Studies (
    5) MoU with Cyprus Forum (
    6) MoU with the Lab on Entrepreneurship and Development (

    Member organisations

    None declared

  • Financial Data

    Interests represented

    Promotes their own interests or the collective interests of their members

    Closed financial year

    Jan 2022 - Dec 2022

    Lobbying costs for closed financial year

    10,000€ - 24,999€

    Major contributions in closed year

    None declared

    Intermediaries for closed year

    None declared

    Intermediaries for current year

    None declared

    Closed year Costs

    10,000€ - 24,999€

    Other financial info

    None declared

  • EU Structures

    Groups (European Commission)


    Groups (European Parliament)


    Other activities

    - Starting from October 2018 BEF has a permanent representative in Brussels. Mr Toni Popovski is a member of the Advisory Board of BEF and supports BEF as a project developer. He is husband of Ambassador and Head of the Mission of the Republic of North Macedonia to the EU in Brussels, Mrs. Agneza Rusi.

    - Mr Popovski was the First Minister of Environment and Physical Planning in Macedonia and co-chair (with EC DG Environment) of the Task Force that coordinated the implementation of the Regional Environmental Reconstruction Program for South-East Europe. He also served as Executive Director of the Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe (2001 - 2003) and Project Manager/Deputy Team Leader of several path breaking projects on decentralization (EAR/CARDS), national water sector reform (MEPP/IPA) and biodiversity protection (UNDP/GEF). He was a member of the International Jury of the European Awards for Environment – Industry (December 2001 - December 2002; the European Environment and Health Committee (June 2001- June 2003); the International Advisory Board of UNEP IETC – International Environment and Technology Centre based in Osaka/Japan (June 2001 - June 2003) and the Environmental Advisory Committee of EBRD, London/UK (June 2001 - May 2005)
    He works as a freelance consultant with 23 years of professional experience and strong expertise in public policy analyses and formulation with a focus on good governance, EU integration and stakeholder’s involvement, sub-national government reform and delivery of public services, decentralization, regional and rural development, environmental protection, and spatial and urban planning.

    - Besides the relevant EU/EC institutions such as the DG Environment, DG Regio and DG NEAR, Mr Popovski scheduled meetings with the UNDP and Regional Cooperation Council officials and representatives in Brussels as well as the organizations and associations of the European sub-national and local authorities.

    - Starting from 01.01.2019, we included four persons in our team:
    a) Ragmi Jusufi, Head of international business development and cooperation
    b) Aleksandar Marjanovik, Head of project development and implementation
    c) Nadica Jovanovska Boshkovska, Head of international education and training
    d) Snezhana Hristova, Strategic Advisor

    - We included three persons in our Advisory Board (in 2020):
    a) Nelu Neacsu (President, European Academy of the Regions,
    b) Nicolas Kyriakides (Founder and Head of the Steering Committee of the Cyprus Forum,
    c) Biljana Markovic Stamenova, MBA (Co-founder and Managing Partner at PrimePoint Partners;

    - We signed two Memorandums of Cooperation:
    a) Center for Economic Diplomacy (
    b) Cyprus Forum (

    - Sustainable Fisheries Development Socio-Economic Study. This paper was prepared "pro-bono" at the request of a Member of the European Parliament's Fisheries Committee who wished to have Mr. Alexander's proposal for the European Fisheries Reform. His paper was distributed to the President of the European Commission, the European Commissioner for Fisheries, Members of the Fisheries Committee of the European Parliament, European Fisheries Ministers and others including European stakeholders.

  • Meetings


    None declared

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