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July 2014

Email team designing project phase 2

As part of the Partnership Programmes for Civil Society Organisations, the EU is inviting the to submit a proposal for the a second phase of the project. The objective of the programme remain to increase commitment and capacity of civil society organization, networks to give citizens a voice and influence public sector reform processes through analysis, monitoring and advocacy. The team is actually engaged to develop an internal analysis on the outputs and outcomes achieved in these first years and to design a future framework of activities for the coming phase.
Based on past experience it is believed that the should continue and increase its efforts in monitor the progress in the approach to the environmental acquis in the partner countries and in promoting actions for the benefit of civil society involvement and participation.  
All this efforts, however, require a stronger communication and cooperation with and among those actors interested and committed to protect the environment, promoting a sustainable development and participatory democracy. For this reason the coming week will be dedicated to better tailor activities to the above-mentioned requirement. Inputs and suggestions are consequently very welcome and can be forward to the mail mail address:

Thanks for you co-operation

the project team   
 Heart Lake, Junik Mountains, Kosovo


News from partners

All countries: is programming the activities for the coming months. New distance learning courses on social media: 18 August 1st September and 2 September - 16 September (read more). A new course on "how to get funds form the EU" is also under preparation and will be launched in September.
Next training sessions are planned in Serbia (23-25 September 2014 to be confirmed) and Macedonia (28-30 October). For more info click here.

Albania:  Minster of Environment of Republic of Albania has signed the accession of Albania to the “Green Bridge” initiative, which is a multilateral, cross-sectoral and voluntary Partnership Programme, providing  a stable and long-term basis for green investment, transfer of new technologies and innovations from the developed countries in the developing world, to update the sectors of the economy and create new and long-term green jobs. The Programme was initiated by the 6th Ministerial Conference on Environment and Development of the Asia-Pacific region (ESCAP, Astana, 2010), and presented on the 7th Pan-European Ministerial Conference "Environment for Europe" (UNECE, Astana, 2011). The "Green Bridge" Programme for Europe, Asia and the Pacific represents 95 countries, 70% of the world's population and over 90% of GHG emissions.
Turkey: News from organisation receiving funds form the project in Turkey.  As part of the initiative TEMA, the partner in Turkey, has launched a call for small actions. Now these projects are under implementation contributing to promote the action initiative Read More.

Macedonia: Environmental organisations on the second working meeting with the president of the Republic of Macedonia.  On 1st July, over 30 environmental organisations (13 of them members of the Platform for Green Macedonia) were invited on the second working meeting with the President of the Republic of Macedonia, Mr. Ivanov. The meeting was also attended by Government representatives (the Minister of Agriculture, Deputy Minister of Environment), members of the Macedonian Parliament and distinguished professors in the field of ecology in Macedonia.
Exhibition and presentation of the awards to the best works from the call "face to face with the environment" held the 9th July 2014, Skopje, Macedonia: presented the most successful applications from call for creative works. Read more.

News from the EU

I. Outgoing Commission leaves uncertain future for energy savings. The European Environmental Bureau condemned proposal from the European Commission for an inadequate 30% efficiency target for 2030 that would only become binding if all Member States unanimously agree to that in their October meeting. Pieter de Pous, EEB Policy Director commented: “With everything pointing to a binding 40% savings target being the best for Europe, proposing anything less than that is downright irresponsible.” He added “With energy security and competitiveness currently topping the political agenda, it is hard to understand why the one solution that would provide exactly that, while also helping the EU to reduce its emissions substantially, is being discounted.” Click here for the full text of the press release.

II. Green growth and employment: the future of the European economy arrives to Milan - 20 million new green jobs by 2030 with the right resource productivity. On 17 July, Milan hosted the first joint informal meeting of the European Employment and Environment Ministers. This unprecedented meeting was called by the Italian Presidency of the Council of the European Union: indeed, for the first time during a European semester the two topics, environment and employment, were addressed during the same days of work and in a transversal manner. For more information, click here;   For the background document, click here.
III. European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) has launched an open consultation on the discussion paper “Transformation to an Open EFSA”. This document is a discussion paper released with the aim of collecting comments and suggestions from interested parties before drafting a policy document on Openness and Transparency at the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). This discussion paper sets forth a conceptual framework, a step-by-step methodology and a plan for the transformation of the EFSA into an Open Science organisation over the next five years. The Open EFSA initiative aims to explore how EFSA can better meet society’s expectations in EFSA’s second decade as the EU food safety system’s scientific risk assessor. It also aims to understand the implications that increased openness and transparency could have for the Authority’s organisational set up. Deadline to respond is 15 September 2014. More info.

IV. The EC Consultation on "The urban dimension of EU policies – key features of an EU Urban Agenda". Europe continues to be faced with challenges related to the economy, the climate, the environment, and society at large. Most of these challenges have a strong urban dimension. But although cities’ role for economic, social and cultural development, and their potential for a more resource efficient habitat, have long been recognised, the policy response at European and national level has been slow and piecemeal, with many but poorly integrated sectoral initiatives. More info.
V. About 150,000 people have responded to the European Commission’s online consultation on the controversial investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) clause in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). In January, the EU executive stopped trade negotiations with the US on the ISDS mechanism. It launched the online consultation in March after widespread criticism of the clause, which will allow EU and US based corporations to directly sue governments at international tribunals. More info.
VI. Environment, health and well-being: a systemic approach. The natural environment can benefit our health and quality of life, while environmental pollution has significant costs. Unfortunately, such links between environment, health and well-being are often ignored within science and policy. A new report highlights the importance of taking a broader, more systemic view. Read more

VII. The 'green economy' can encourage jobs and innovation – study. Europe can create jobs and encourage innovation by using resources much more efficiently, according to a new report from the European Environment Agency (EEA) which describes a range of policies with proven environmental and economic benefits. Read more.

Latest from the Region

Skopje hosted regional conference on adaptation to climate change “to invest or pay the price?” held on 2 July 2014 in Skopje.
According to the latest report by the UNEP Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, countries from the Western Balkan and Turkey are highly vulnerable to climate change and are likely to feel the intense effects of rising of temperatures, disruptions in rainfall regimes, together with more extreme events, including droughts, floods, heat waves, and strong winds and devastating forest fires.
All this requires coordinated, preventive activities at national, regional and global levels, including the support that the European Union is giving to the region.
The Euro ambassador, Mr. Aivo Orav, in his addressing speech noted that the European Union remains ready to support activities not only in Macedonia, but also in other countries in the region towards the harmonization of national legislations with those of the EU on climate change, as well as towards capacity building to implement the legislation which in this area is very ambitious.

Funding opportunities

EU Civil Society Facility, Operating Grants to IPA CSO Associations, Support to regional thematic associations, Reference: EuropeAid/136-034/C/ACT/Multi.
The global objective of this Call for Proposals is to achieve: A more dynamic civil society actively participating in public debate on democracy, human rights, social inclusion and the rule of law and with capacity to influence policy and decision making processes.The Full Guidelines for Applicants are available for consultation here.  Deadline for submission of full application: 22/09/2014.
Other calls: 1) Programme for Prevention, preparedness and response to floods in the Western Balkans and Turkey, (possible opportunity for environmental CSOs on Specific objective 2);. dead line 1/09/14. Link. 2)  Civil Society Facility – Civic Initiative and Capacity Building in Albania, dead line 12/09/2014, Main objective is to support and deliver sub-granting to target grass-roots based organizations which are usually not able to take part in EU funding schemes. All IPA countries are eligible. Link

Frequently Asked Question of the month

Q: "What is an annual action programme for the EU?"

A:  "The European Commission is responsible for the operative allocation of funds based on the multiannual programming it does, in cooperation with the EEAS for geographical programmes (such the IPA II the actual EU Instruments dedicated to acceding countries). On the basis of this multi-annual programming, the EC draws up Annual Action Programmes (AAPs) which are financing decisions to allocate funds for regional, country-based and cross-border cooperation programmes and for the implementation of thematic programmes.
AAPs specify objectives, fields of intervention, expected results, management procedures and total amount of financing planned for a specific country or region, or, more generally, in the ambit of a thematic programme. The AAP are important documents to be read carefully, as they allow partners to plan in advance with regard to yearly funding and eventual participation in EC Calls for Proposals. Moreover, by consulting the AAP, partners can identify the eligibility criteria for each call for proposal, as some programmes require the formation of partnerships and/or have other specific requirements. Such information is summarized in a few pages and should be considered by the potential applicant as key information when beginning the compilation of a project proposal".

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