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September 2014

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ENV.net launching a new distance learning course:
How to Get Funds from the EU


Why a course on EU funding mechanisms? While many CSOs active in Western Balkans and Turkey are promoting good practices and important initiatives regarding the Environment protection, the ENV.net team has found a still limited consideration of the EU as a resource partner.

For this reason, this new ENV.net e-learning course is designed to provide an understanding of the most important funding opportunities and mechanisms offered by the EU to support projects of CSOs. In particular it focuses on supporting projects of CSOs from Western Balkans and Turkey and on all the necessary steps to carry out in order to apply for Grants under the EU Calls for proposals system.

The course is designed for beginners in EU-funded projects and the calls for proposals system and does not require a preliminary knowledge of the subject. It focuses on the main EU institutions involved in External Aid, on the EU programming and funding modalities, on the call for proposals system and the preparation of the application form and the budget.

This new e-learning initiative is planned to be officially launched by the end of October (More info here).

the ENV.net project team
Kravica Waterfalls (river Trebižat) , Bosnia and Heregovina   

News from ENV.net partners

 

All countries: ENV.net training programme

1) Environment in the EU: funding mechanisms and policies processes, new training in Beograd. As part of the ENV.net agenda, a new training is planned for the 22nd-23rd of October. The training will touch themes as EU programming system, calls for proposals mechanism, action design and EU environmental policies (read more on ENV.net training programme). For application, click here.
2) Distance learning courses on social media is still running:  to take part, interested participants should first register to the ENV.net e-learning platform here and then choose the course to attend from the course catalogue. Next course:  4th November -18th November. Further inquiries about the course may be sent to env.net-helpdesk@puntosud.org (or click here).


In-country news: ENV.net in action

Albania: ENV.net promoting photovoltaic solar panels
initiatives. One of the sub-grants awarded by ENV.net team in Albania promoted the new technology of PV panels to provide electricity power. The project took place during summer, where 6 PV panels were installed in different villages in Albania: i) PV panel was installed in a beehive facility to provide electricity during night, where the beekeeper milk honey; ii) 2 PV panel were installed in a sheep and pig flocks to provide electricity during the afternoon and evening hours and in early mornings; iii) PV panel was installed in a dairy, where electricity power network is far away, and daily dairy activities were being developed in darkness; iv) PV panel was installed in a village to provide 24h electricity for the yard of a house, even where the owners are not there; v) PV panel was installed in a small market in a village, where electricity power was not provided (read more).

Turkey: Culture Comes from Nature: European Mobility Week and the Car Free Day was celebrated in Istanbul on 20th-21st of September as a collaboration of AFSGD (AFS Volunteers Association), TEMA Foundation and EMBARQ Turkey (Sustainable Transportation and Urban Development Association) under the ENV.net project (read more).
 
Macedonia: European Mobility Week 2014: "Car-Free Day" in Skopje. The September 22th, several thousand citizens, students, and lovers of recreational cycling participated in the grand parade of bikes on the city streets of Skopje, marking the day without cars and European Mobility Week. Parade was lead by the Mayor of the city of Skopje, Koce Trajanovski, the Deputy Minister of Environment, Stevo Temelkovski and the Deputy Ambassador of the European Union in Macedonia, Robert Liddell.
The Car-free day (the last day of the European Mobility Week) this year across Europe is held under the motto "Our streets, our choice." The purpose of this event is to convey a message to the citizens that their choice of transport - bicycles, walking and public transport - can actively contribute to better quality of life, reduce urban pollution and improve quality of ambient air.

Serbia: News from two sub-grantees of the ENV.net project in Serbia. 1) Association for protection and improvement of environment and built heritage – Protego from Subotica, published a brochure titled “Species of plants and animals of special conservation concern in EU”, in Serbian (click here). 2) Center for development of the Civil Society “PROTECTA“ from Nis, is working on the project “My choice, my right – healthy environment!” and has organised an environmental forum on September 30, 2014. 

Kosovo: Three initiatives promoted by ENV.net in Kosovo: Forest management and measure taken to prevent illegal logging in Peja Region (read more)We deserve a clean environment (read more), Germia Park – challenges for a sustainable park (read more).  The three round tables have given the opportunity to public institutions and civil society organisations to discuss important themes, trying to share common concerns and define recommendations for the future.

News from the EU

I. On 25th September the European Commission proposed measures that will cut emissions of major air pollutants from engines in non-road mobile machinery and cut the complexity of the legal framework for the sector. This proposal provides for more stringent emission limit values for internal combustion engines installed in non-road mobile machinery (NRMM). The new Regulation addresses the following major air pollutants: nitrogen oxides (NOx), hydro-carbons (HC), carbon-monoxide (CO) and particulate matters. As for the latter, it introduces in most engine categories - for the first time ever in the NRMM sector – a limit on particle numbers (PN) complementing the limit on particle mass (PM): in this way, emissions of so-called ultrafine particles will also be limited, taking up the most recent conclusive evidence on their adverse health effects. Read More

II. Air pollution is one of Europe’s gravest environmental threats. Every year 400,000 people die prematurely because of poor air quality, but the European Parliament has the power to change that. Members of the European Parliament are now starting to work on a number of EU laws, including the National Emissions Ceilings and Medium Combustion Plants Directives, which could substantially improve the air we breathe. That’s why the EEB has created the toolkit to help them make the right decisions. It includes a video, that shows MEPs just how dirty the air they breathe in Brussels’ EU quarter is, and twelve factsheets on air pollution around the EU and how to tackle it. To read and see more, click here.

III. The EEB has reacted with deep concern to the structure of the proposed new Commission that was unveiled by Jean-Claude Juncker on 10th September: ‘Instead of putting sustainability central to his new team, Juncker has decided to relegate it to the margins by scrapping the dedicated posts of a climate and an environment commissioner and appointing a deregulation first Vice-President to put a competitiveness filter on all initiatives’, EEB Secretary General Jeremy Wates commented on the announcement. Read more. See also the Green 10 letters to the European Commission’s  President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker here.

IV. European Parliament President Martin Schulz has sent a letter to Jean-Claude Juncker, urging the European Commission President-elect to include sustainable development in the portfolio of Jyrki Katainen, responsible for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness. Read more.

V. The new Commission proposed by Jean-Claude Juncker gets a lot of attention during these last weeks. On 29th September the European Parliament is starting their hearings of the proposed Commissioners. This two weeks process should lead to the new Commission taking the office as of 1st November 2014. According to the rules, the EP cannot reject one or more proposed Commissioners. In case this happens, all College is rejected and Jean-Claude Juncker would need to come up with the new structure.  Meanwhile, the pressure is building up for the EP hearings for some of the proposed candidates, namely Karmenu Vella (Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries), Miguel Arias Canete (Climate Action and Energy), Alenka Bratusek (proposed for vice-president on Energy Union) and few more.  Read more.

Latest from the Region


1) From September 11th to 12th, Centre for Environment organised a regional conference in Banja Luka dedicated to natural resources and energy, which brought together leading civil society organizations in the region that deal with these issues. ENV. net partner together with representatives from Macedonia took part in the Conference.
The aim of the conference was to find common solutions to manage natural resources, especially water, as an extremely important and sensitive element of the environment. Special attention was paid to the management of flood risks, with the focus on climate change and the necessary mitigation of their consequences on the environment and society. Also, emphasis was placed on unsustainable energy systems in the region and the necessity of shifting from fossil to renewable energy sources. (read more).

2) Explanatory screening for Chapter 27 (Environment and Climate Change) for Serbia was held in Brussels from 15th-19th September, 2014 organised by the Serbian Chamber of Commerce. The ENV.net team in Belgrade followed the explanatory screening procedure (read more).

Funding opportunities


1) The National Endowment for Democracy (NED) is a private, non for profit US foundation dedicated to the growth and strengthening of democratic institutions around the world.
Each year the National Endowment for Democracy makes direct grants to hundreds of nongovernmental organizations worldwide working to advance democratic goals and strengthen democratic institutions. Opportunities to Strengthen Environmental civil society organizations.
Next dead line for application: October 3rd, 2014, January 16th, 2015.
To read more on NED programmes and application procedures, click here.

2) Funding opportunities for Macedonia:  the U.S. Embassy Democracy Commission Grants Program awards grants to Macedonian non-profit and non-governmental organizations and independent media for projects that support the development of democratic institutions in the Republic of Macedonia.
Environmental protection project are eligible.
Deadlines: Reviews applications every four months, next: 1st of December.
More info and procedures for application here.

Frequently Asked Questions of the month

 
Q: "What is a meaning of grant for the EU? Is it true that Grant beneficiaries must always ensure a co-financing?"

A:  "A grant is a direct financial contribution, by way of donation, from the EU Budget to cover the costs of an agreed project. That means that no profit may be generated by the action financed and that the organisation must ensure that all the funds allocated for the project must be used only to cover real costs of the action.
The EU only exceptionally finances projects up to 100%.  The maximum contribution varies according to the Call for Proposals and the nationality of the applicant. More often, the applicant must contribute to the action with its own funds or another donors' ones. The sources of co-financing must be declared at the moment of submission of the proposal.
The maximum percentage of EU co-financing is mentioned in the Guidelines for Applicants of each Call for Proposals. The applicant must be sure it is able to co-finance the action before submitting its application. In-kind contributions cannot be considered co-financing".

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