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February 2013

Email to fund small actions!

As part of the strategy, the consortium has just launched a sub-granting programme for the benefit of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) active in the environmental sectors in Western Balkan and Turkey. The objective of this programme is to stimulate innovative small projects aimed at fostering the state-civil society dialogue at national and regional levels.

Funds range from 3.000 to 5.000 Euro and will be awarded to CSOs presenting interesting and feasible proposals to be implemented in the following months. Four calls are already launched for actions in Serbia (read more), Albania (read more), Kosovo (read more) and for Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, and Montenegro (read more). One more call for proposals will be launched in Turkey.

The expects to establish a positive co-operation with beneficiaries of these grants to better expand the network activities and consolidate co-operation among CSOs in target countries.


the project team

News from partners

All countries: The training programme ready to start. First training will be organised in Albania (15-17 April 2014), application will be soon available on website. Future training are also planned in Kosovo, Serbia, Turkey and Macedonia. Main topics how to get funds form the EU and on EU Environmental acquis and policies. For more info on training programme, click here).

Albania: Environment Inspectorate inspection of hospital waste. During the month of February, Environmental Inspectorate in collaboration with the Inspectorate of Public Health began inspection to all public hospitals on how they treat their hospital waste, which was extended to the entire public hospital in the country, followed by other inspections in the private hospitals.
Albania is in the final steps of internal procedure process to ratify of amendments to the UNECE Convention on the Protection and Exploitation of Water Resources and International Lakes. Entry into force of these two amendments will enable the opening of this Convention to all member states of the UN. (read more, Albanian only)

Serbia: During February 2014, two important related meetings took place in Serbia.  Panel discussion “Negotiations as a priority – priority in the negotiations” was held on February 18, 2014 in Belgrade.   One of the conclusions of this knowledge based advocacy event was that Environment should be within priorities in the negotiations with EU (read more here and here);
National conference „Get Involved – Define the Civil Society you want!  The Vision for the Civil Society in Serbia in 2018. – creation of the first National Strategy for the enabling environment for the development of civil society” was held on February 20-21, 2014 in Belgrade.  More than 280 representatives from civil society organisations participated in developing the first strategic framework for creating the better environment for the civil society development in Serbia by using Open Space Methodology (read more).

Turkey: TEMA Foundation issued a call to candidate mayors prior to the March 2014 local elections.  Today, more than half of the World population and about 75% of Turkish population lives in cities. That’s why cities play a key role on basic needs of human beings from drinkable water to healthy air, and in general, on the life quality. How we want a city has become, in fact, directly related to how we want to lead our lives.  (more info on the call)

Kosovo:  ATRC, partner in Kosovo, as a part of the campaign against degradation of the Regional Park Gërmia, has developed actions to identify legal and procedural violation (Read more)

Capacity-building to facilitate the implementation of EU Emission Trading Scheme (read more). Initiatives to protect the environment: Vodno mountain, civic initiatives against the  the intensive destruction of the mountain with serious construction activities (read more) and Protests against any interventions in the National Park Mavrovo, in the Republic of Macedonia (read more) .

News from the EU


I. European Parliament backs law to cut car CO2 emissions: new rules designed to achieve the CO2 emission reduction target of 95g/km for new cars by 2020 were endorsed by Parliament on the 25th of February. These new regulations must still be approved by the Council of Ministers to enter into force. (Read more)
II. EESC Conference "A new global partnership: European civil society positions on the post-2015 framework": at the request of the EC the European Economic and Social Committee organised a conference that brought together different stakeholders to voice their positions and to debate on the Post-2015 framework (Read more)
III. The number of contaminated sites in Europe has been estimated at 342,000, of which only one third have been identified and 15% remediated. Joint Research Centre’s report Progress in the management of Contaminated Sites in Europe (read more)

IV. The European Commission has published report on the first phase of implementation of  the Marine Strategy Framework Directive  (2008/56/EC).  This new report paints a worrying picture of Europe's seas. The Commission's analysis, which will be presented at the "Healthy Oceans – Productive Ecosystems" (HOPE) conference in Brussels on 3-4 March, shows a marine environment that will require urgent efforts to reach good status by 2020 (read more).

V. Europe has a significant untapped potential for converting wastes from farming, forestry, industry and households to advanced low-carbon biofuels, but only if it sets a strong sustainability framework and ambitious decarbonisation targets for transport fuels in 2030, finds a new report entitled “Wasted: Europe’s Untapped Resource.” (read more)


Latest from the Region

EBRD hosts Investing in the Western Balkans Forum. All seven Prime Ministers from Western Balkans and Croatia at EBRD headquarters in London. More than 500 delegates gathered at the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development’s London headquarters for a day-long conference on investing in the Western Balkans – the first to group all the heads of government of the Western Balkans and Croatia to discuss future economic cooperation (read more).

Funding opportunities

Call for proposals launched on Erasmus+: the new EU programme for Education, Training, Youth, and Sport for 2014-2020 (read more).
In addition to 28 member states Western Balkan countries can  take part  (read more). Various deadlines for application. The earliest is 14 March 2014  (read more).
Small Grants Program for Macedonia, funded by the Democracy Commission, U.S. Embassy Skopje. Options also for projects regarding the protection of the environment (read more).

Frequently Asked Question of the month

Q: "what type of costs are elgible under EU funding"

A: “Potential applicants should think well in advance about norms and procedures before considering submitting a proposal to avoid unnecessary financial losses. It is extremely important for partners to carefully analyse the Call for Proposals (identified as a possible funding opportunity) and to check at a very early stage if the concept of eligibility is clear and reflected in the preparation of the activity plan and budget.
One way to proceed is to ensure that all identified costs satisfy the criteria (or principles) listed below. If a cost satisfies all of these criteria (and does not fall in the category of non-eligible costs), the cost itself is, in principle, eligible.
First of all costs shall be necessary (and reasonable) to reach the planned results, they shall be included in the approved budget, they shall be incurred during the action implementation (and shall relate to an activity completed during the approved period of implementation) they have to be real (so related to an effective disbursement of money and not to an hypothetical market value), and they shall be documented (recorded and backed by supporting documents)”.


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