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October 2014


EU Progress report, reaction on Chapter 27

The EU progress reports for candidate and potential candidate countries were released on 8th October. as a network covering four candidate countries (Albania, Macedonia, Serbia and Turkey), one potential candidate country (Kosovo) and two CSOs from EU countries did a quick scan of the environmental situation (Chapter 27) in the respective partner countries.

According to the EC, countries have made little or no progress in the field of environment (approximation of legislation to acquis and implementation) and climate change. Reading these reports, we can see three main directions in countries’ approach and commitments towards regarding approximation of their environmental legislation to the EU acquis: (i) Some countries are at very early stages in aligning the legislation to the acquis; (ii) In other countries the process of harmonizing the legislation to acquis is still not completed and (iii) in Turkey the story is completely different, as the new legislation being continuously adopted is not at all in compliance with EU Directives.

For more details concerning each country, please click here.

the project team
Montenegro, landscape  

News from partners


All countries: training programme

1) Environment in the EU: funding mechanisms and policies processes, new training in Skopje. As part of the agenda, a new training is planned for the 14th-15th November. The training will touch themes as EU programming system, calls for proposals mechanism, action design and EU environmental policies (read more on training programme). For application, click here.
2) Distance learning courses:
a)“Social media, Activism and participation”, The course on social media (read more):  Next courses: 4th November – 18th November 2014 and 9th December – 23rd December.
b) “Get funding from the European Union”, the new courses developed by regarding the EU as resource partner (read more).  Next courses 4th November – 18th November 2014 and 25th November – 9th December 2014.
To take part, interested participants should first register to the e-learning platform here and then choose the course to attend from the course catalogue. Further inquiries about the course may be sent to (or click here).

In-country news: in action

Two initiative developed by Co-PLAN:
1) project supported the international workshop “SKIN”- Transparent and Translucent building skin as Multilayered, Multipurpose and Filtering system. Read more.
2) Co-PLAN in cooperation with the Municipality of Tirana and IFC, under the project, funded by European Commission organized the Roundtable “On Integrated Management of Solid Waste in the City of Tirana”, read more.

Turkey: Coal is not the solution!  In 2014, Turkey witnessed two horrible coal mine accidents. 18 miners are still trapped in a mine flooded with underground water reserves on 28.10.2014. As TEMA, we join the Global Action Day against Coal and call the government for urgent action and divestment from coal as source of energy. Coal is not clean, it is not safe. Coal doesn’t provide the solution. Read more.
Macedonia: â€œFor today and future generation”, the first Conference of the Platform for Green Macedonia, established with the support of project, was held on 24th October in Veles with more than 50 participants from the NGO sector, national and local governments . Read more.
Serbia: training session in Serbia. Last training of the programme, titled “Environment in the European Union: Funding Mechanisms and Policy Processes” was held in Belgrade on 22nd -23rd October 2014. Overall aim of this course was to encourage environmental NGOs to be involved in the EU processes and become more competent while doing so. The course consisted of two modules delivered by staff. Read more.

Kosovo: Two regional workshops were organised by ATRC, partner in Kosovo, on 9th and 10th of October in the Municipalities of Ferizaj and Podujeva on the theme “Forest management and measures dealing with the prevention of illegal logging.” Read more here and here.

News from the EU

I. The European Parliament has approved on 22nd October the new college of Commissioners by 423 votes in favour, 209 against, and 67 abstained. The new team can now officially take office on 1 November.  Karmenu Vella from Malta will be the new Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries. The Climate Action and Energy portfolio was given to Miguel Arias Canete from Spain despite quite big opposition from civil society organisations as well as some MEPs.  Johannes Hahn from Austria will be dealing with the European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations. For more information, see the link here  and  Political guidelines for the new Commission here.
II. The EEB condemned the outcome of 23rd October night’s marathon session by EU leaders that escalated into a race to the bottom and led to a desperately ineffective set of targets of 27% energy efficiency, 27% renewables and 40% GHG emissions to be met by 2030. It is a blow to Europeans who hoped and expected their governments to act responsibly on climate change. For more info, see the link here. For the Council conclusions, download the document here.
III. Denmark is looking into how the country can stop using coal as an energy supply by 2025, the Climate and Energy Minister Rasmus Helveg Petersen said on Wednesday (29th October). The Scandinavian country's centre-left government had previously aimed at being coal-independent by 2030.  Today, 20% of Denmark's energy supply comes from coal, 40% comes from oil and gas, while another 30% comes from wind energy. The country aims at having wind energy to make up 50% of the overall power supply by 2020. Denmark is the only country in the EU which is a net exporter of energy. Read more.
IV. The EU Environment Council took place on 28th October in Luxembourg. The Council adopted, among others, conclusions on the preparations for the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 20), which will take place from 1st to 12th December 2014 in Lima, Peru and on Greening the European Semester and the Europe 2020 Strategy. For more information, download the document here.
V. European Union (EU) greenhouse gas emissions fell almost 2 % between 2012 and 2013, putting the EU very close to its 2020 reduction target, according to new analysis from the European Environment Agency (EEA). The EU is also on track to meet two other targets to boost renewable energy and energy efficiency by 2020. For more information, see the link here.
VI. Climate, environmental and energy initiatives in the Swedish Government's budget proposal for 2015 include major investments in local climate action, renewable energy and protection of more marine and nature environments. Read more.

Latest from the Region

Ministerial Conference "Energy transformations"  held the 10th October, 2014 in Vienna. The Ministerial Conference of the Central European Initiative, was attended by Ministers responsible for environment from 10 countries in the region. Participants discussed about the contribution of the region in the fight against climate change through increased use of renewable energy and the benefits of their use.
As recommended, the following year the chair of the Central European Initiative will be the Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning of the Republic Macedonia . Read more.

Funding opportunities

1) The U.S. Embassy Democracy Commission Grants Program awards grants to Macedonian non-profit and non-governmental organizations that support the development of democratic institutions in the Republic of Macedonia. 
Opportunity also for CSOs for working for environmental protection. Info
 2) The Humanitarian Innovation Fund supports organisations and individuals to identify, nurture and share innovative and scalable solutions to the challenges facing effective humanitarian assistance. Environments is not the main focus but remains a cross-cutting-issue. Info

Frequently Asked Questions of the month

Q: “which documents shall an organisation fill to apply for an EU call?"
A: “Whenever applying to a call for proposals, applicants should care of using the standard documents: the Application Form, (Annex A), the Budget, (Annex B) and the Logframe matrix (Annex C). Annex A is composed by 2 parts, parts A (concept note) and part B (full application). Only the templates annexed to the specific guidelines have to be used. (In case of incoherency between the annexes template and a narrative indications in the guidelines, the templates annexes have to be considered. Annexes A; B; C; are published with the CfP guidelines on the CfP webpage. Even if they look similar, guidelines and annexed documents and templates are specific for each CfP.
The application from mainly comprises the following parts: a concept note (Part A of Annex A) and a section about the action proposed / Full application (Part B of Annex A). Tha Part B is also composed by a section about the applicant, a section about implementing partners and associates (if any) and a section about the associates (if any)”.

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