News from the Institute for Development and International Relations (IRMO)



IRMOIRMO participated as project partner responsible for pilot implementation of the 2015 Media Pluralism Monitor (MPM) in Croatia. The Media Pluralism Monitor 2015 is financed by the European Commission and coordinated by the Centre for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom (CMPF) of the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (RSCAS), European University Institute (EUI) in Florence, Italy. The monitor was initially created in 2009 and simplified in 2014. In 2015 it was streamlined and tested. The monitor is created to assess risks to media pluralism in European Union countries based on a number of legal, economic and socio-political variables. The risks are divided into four domains: basic protection, market plurality, political independence and social inclusiveness. In 2015 the monitor was implemented in 19 European Union countries: Austria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden. The local coordinator from IRMO for the project was Pasko Bilic, PhD. The Croatian media system scored low risk in the basic domain (28%), low risk in the market pluralism domain (29%), medium risk in the political independence domain (40%) and medium risk in the social inclusiveness domain (55%).

The full results of 2015 pilot implementation can be found here.

Since March 2016 IRMO participates in the implementation of the research project “Industrial relations in Central and Eastern Europe: Challenges ahead of economic recovery” financed by DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion. This project is coordinated by Centre for Economic Development (CED) Sofia, while IRMO participates as one of the six project partners. The aim is to deepen the knowledge on the national industrial relations systems through comparative research in six new EU Member States (Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Poland and Romania) and one candidate country (FYR Macedonia). The main objective is to reinvigorate national industrial relations systems in selected countries through evidence-based comparative research and advocacy in order to achieve a higher economic growth and competitiveness. The specific objectives are: to upgrade and update the existing body of knowledge on the development of industrial relations in selected countries, to stimulate the national policy debates between parties, to strengthen the cooperation among policy institutes and organisations of social partners, to provide an international platform for the exchanging expertise and to acquaint students form the economic universities with the project outcomes. The leader of the IRMO research team is TEPSA Board Member Visnja Samardzija, PhD.