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March 2014


Design good actions for a greener Europe launching its capacity development programme on EU project design and EU environmental policy.

Starting from April 2014 (3 day training sessions in Albania) the is planning courses also in Kosovo, Serbia, Turkey and Macedonia. The main objective of these courses is to provide a general understanding of the necessary steps to be successful in getting funds from the EU and enable participants to actively participate in call for proposals launched by the European Commission and the EU Delegations for projects to be implemented in Western Balkan and Turkey and in other third countries. Moreover, participants are expected to improve their capacity in preparing effective project proposals by using the logframe approach.
The course will also support CSOs to familiarize with selected EU policy areas, highlighting possibilities to be better informed and involved and seek ways how they can contribute to the national and EU policy making.

The first three days course in Tirana, in particular,  will focus on EU programming process, calls for proposals system, the logframe approach, EU Climate and Energy Policy and on the 7th Environmental Action Programme and the ways Albanian CSOs can be involved to the ‘approximation’ process.
For more info on training programme, click here).

the project team

News from partners

All countries: first group of calls for proposals, first phase, is concluded. Four calls have been completed for Albania, Serbia, Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina. More than 200 applications have been collected and are now under assessment, proving an high interest of CSOs in promoting small actions aimed at raising awareness among citizens and influence public sector reform processes on the approximation of target countries to the EU environmental standards (read more).
This activity is also expected to expand the, by involving CSOs in Western Balkans with regard to the objectives. On call for proposals is planned to be launched in the coming weeks in Turkey.

Albania: In the framework of the projects on Technical Assistance to Enforce Capacities of Ministry of Environment for Preparation and Implementation of National Environmental Legislation (SELEA) and Consolidation of Law Enforcement Capacities in Albania (PAMECA IV), Ministry of Environment and EU Delegation in Albania organized, during the month of March, a national Conference on “Preventing Environmental Crime in Albania”. The ministry proposed to the Ministry of Justice to start legal procedure to amend the chapter of the Criminal Code “On criminal acts on environment”, to enrich it with other criminal acts as requirement for the implementation of National Convents, as “CITES”, “BASEL”, “MARPOL”, which Albania is part of (read more)

Turkey: 3rd Bridge, 3rd Airport and Channel Istanbul. The effects of the projects that will affect the future of Istanbul, were accumulated in a scientific report under the leadership of TEMA. The results of the Istanbul Projects Report were shared with public at a press conference on Tuesday, 25 March 2014 (read more).

Sub-grants programme. After viewing and ranking 87 proposals that arrived as a response to the open call for proposals for sub-granting of small projects in Serbia, two of the proposals were selected for funding (read more). project was presented to the Environmental Performance Review (EPR) Team at the meeting organised by the United Nation Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE, read more) and EASD, member in Serbia, prepared and sent to EC Delegation in Serbia written contribution to the 2014 Progress Report- Chapter 27 (read more).

Kosovo: On March 26, 2014, ATRC, in the framework of the regional project Env.Net organized the roundtable “The impact of transport on air quality in the municipality.” In the roundtable participated the representatives of the Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Trade and Industry, Ministry of European Integration, Municipality of Prishtina, Ombudsman, independent agencies and institutes, and organizations of civil society (read more).

Macedonia: "Factories are suffocating us!”, Tetovo activists on protest in Skopje. Hundreds of activists from Tetovo protested in Skopje asking the Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning not to allow extension of the deadline by which industries in the Tetovo region must put filters and provide environmental permits (read more).

News from the EU


I.  European Commission launches public online consultation on investor protection in TTIP - As part of its efforts to make negotiations with the US the most open and transparent trade talks to date, the European Commission launches a public consultation on investor protection and investor-to-state dispute settlement (ISDS) in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). The aim of the consultation is to better define the EU’s approach to investor protection and ISDS in the proposed TTIP negotiation by allowing all stakeholders an opportunity to provide their reflections.  NGOs say  -TTIP consultation welcome, but arbitrators must not decide on our laws – see EEB’s and T&E press reaction – (read more). Access to the public consultation, here.
EU leaders postpone decision on 2030 targets - On 21 March, the European Council has reneged on its leadership responsibilities, kicking an urgently needed decision on the EU’s climate target for 2030 until October ‘at the latest’ as they concluded by agreeing to delay any decision (Council conclusions, EEB Reaction).
Global Atlas of environmental conflicts launched in Brussels - Global Atlas of Environmental Justice was launched on 19 March at the event “Mapping Environmental Justice” co-organised by the European Environmental Bureau and the United Nations Environment Programme’s Liaison Office to the EU Institutions. The Atlas is a product of the EU-funded EJOLT project. Over 100 people from 23 universities and environmental justice organisations in 18 countries plus dozens of independent collaborators from all around the world have joined forces to create this huge and valuable resource. More info on Global Atlas of Environmental Justice, here; EEB Press Release, here.

IV.  EU scientists finally recognize dental mercury causes 'secondary poisoning' - The European Commission and its non-food Scientific Committee on Health and Environmental Risks (SCHER) published the final opinion on Environmental risks and indirect health effects of mercury from dental amalgam. For the first time, the European Commission’s scientific committee has recognized that the use and subsequent release of mercury from dental amalgam can contaminate the fish we eat (Final opinion).
To know more on a study on the potential for reducing mercury pollution from dental amalgam and batteries, click here). More info on the Minamata Convention on Mercury here; EEB reaction.

V.  European smog must be a wakeup call for EU -  High pollutant levels currently experienced in parts of France, Belgium and Germany are leading some areas to take urgent action to lower air pollution– for example, public transport is free in Paris over the weekend as an incentive for people to avoid car use (read more, EEB Press Release).

VI.  European Parliament  vote on EIA Directive an important contribution to better environmental protection -  Adopted 25 years ago, the Environmental Impact Assessment Directive (known as the EIA Directive) should be adapted to reflect the experience gained as well as changes in EU legislation and policy, and European Court of Justice case law.  The vote in the European Parliament Plenary on 12 March 2014 is one step closer to the adoption of the new EIA Directive (The review process: read more; EEB reaction).

Latest from the Region

South East Europe (SEE) 2020 Strategy adopted by the Regional Cooperation Council, which implication for environment?  The document outlines ways to improve living conditions in the region and bring competitiveness and development back in focus, closely following the vision of the EU strategy Europe 2020 (read more).


Funding opportunities

Nrowgian Funds: As an integrated part of the overall Norwegian assistance to the Western Balkans, Norwegian Embassy in Belgrade manages a grant scheme for developing civil society and local communities in Serbia, Montenegro and Macedonia. Energy, Environment and Climate issues are incuded as priority areas (read more).

Frequently Asked Question of the month

Q: "What does it mean logframe approach and is it essential for the preparation of action proposal to the EU?"

A:  "The so called logframe approach refers to a set of methods and tools nowadays highly recommended by most of the donors like the EU.  Its name derives by the logframe matrix which constitutes, by all mean, the key tool for the design and monitoring of a project. It is strongly recommended to follow the logframe approach as it facilitates the disciplined production of key documents required for a sound design and implementation of an action.
With regard to the logframe matrix, is worth mentioning that different donors and agencies use different formats and rules but, in general, the approach remains the same. For the EU the logframe approach is particularly important and, consequently, is highly advisable to be familiar with this method and with the tools (such as the logframe matrix) that are the basis of it. More precisely, it is requested to apply this approach from the early stages of project design and to write application forms in observance of the terminology and techniques  of this method.
On this regard can be useful the reading of manuals on this subject, for instance the TACSO Practical manual for implementing EC grants (read more and download)


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