View this email in your browser
View this email in your browser

News from the

April 2016


The distance learning on fundraising is online!

The team is glad to announce the new distance learning course "Fundraising for CSOs" developed in the framework of the project. The course  is designed to give you practical and appropriate tips to raise funds successfully in favour of your organisation’s activities. You will familiarise with marketing and strategic elements. You will then learn how to elaborate your fundraising plan  to include key donors, corporate partnership, as well as how to approach individuals and online donors.
Competition among CSOs in the acquisition of donor funding is very strong. In order to face the donors’ expectations, the fundraisers have to improve and professionalise their work.
Do not miss the opportunity to follow this interesting course to get tips and suggestions on how to manage the fundraising process within your organisation! Have a look to the website!
Spring in Goreme, Turkey

News from partners


All countries: training programme

Distance learning courses:
a) "Fundraising for CSOs", the new course about fundraising for CSOs. Next e-trainings: 10th - 24th May 2016
b) "CSOs activism and participation", the course on how to develop an advocacy and lobbying strategy and to influence the decision making process: Next e-trainings: 5th - 19th May 2016
c) “Social media, Activism and participation”, The course on social media (read more):  Next e-trainings: 17th - 31st March 2016.
d) “Get funding from the European Union”: the course developed by regards the EU as resource partner (read more).  Next e-trainings: 9th - 23th May 2016
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

Albania:  The second round of sub-grantee of project for grass-root organizations in Albania was closed on 13th of April. 7 NGOs were invited to participate in the restricted call "Green Initiatives toward complying with EU environmental standards". From 6 proposals delivered, only two of them were awarded. The first project was awarded to NGO Eco-Movement “The collection and management of rainwater in the garden” and it aims at ensuring sustainable water supply, reducing cost of water bill in the kindergarten No. 31 in Tirana, promoting green technologies, through this pilot project. The second project was awarded to NGO Milieukontakt “Coordinated management of Coastal Waters in Vlora Region”. The project aims firstly at establishing a collaboration between local and central government towards monitoring and protection of coastal waters in terms of quality, and secondly supporting the responsible authorities to set up a coordination mechanism to comply with EU Water Quality Directives (read more).
Albania signed the Global Agreement for Climate.  Albania is not an industrialized country and its gas emissions do not reach even the allowed level. However, Albania has joint the historical agreement of 175 countries signed United Nations "Paris Agreement" on Climate Change. The agreement is a legal global binding on climate change, where signing countries agreed to lower emissions of green house gases and to keep the increase of temperature under to 2 degrees due to climate change.

The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia:  To mark and celebrate 22nd April, the International Mother Earth Day, Macedonian team, together with Vila Zora and other local CSOs from Veles organised a social event that brought together more than 200 citizens. The event aimed at raising awareness on the key challenges: environmental pollution and weather changes as a result of our joint negligence, and at drawing our attention on the screaming message that Mother Earth is sending us that it is high time to take action.
"Plastic bags-NO thank you" was the logo of the campaign "Think globally, act locally" in Veles, supported by and EU. Our idea was to educate citizens to use cotton, not plastic bags, for environmental protection, human health and save money. Vila Zora members and 4x4x4 Balkan Bridges as an partner for Macedonia gave / exchange more than 500 cotton bags to citizens in Veles. In common celebration, EA “Eko zivot – Life” from Kavadarci, member of the Green Platform Macedonia, participated. Have a look to the blog to read more.
Mr. Dusko Hristov, as representative from the Macedonia, was invited to participate as a key note in a public debate titled “Environmental topics in the media - advantages, barriers and opportunities”. The event, held on 28th April, 2016 in Skopje, was organised by the Centre for Environmental Democracy - FLOROZON and Development Association of the Roma Community – SUMNAL and it was part of the “Development of Environmental Investigative Journalism” project, supported by the EU Delegation in Skopje under the IPA Civil Society Facility and Media Program 2014. It was a good opportunity to present the progress and achievement of the project, as well as to share information about the attempts to raise this issue on a higher regional level.  Have a look to the blog to read more.    

Kosovo (under UNSCR 1244/99): The Balkan Green Foundation (BGF), in collaboration with the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and the European Office in Kosovo/EUSR, organized a high-level regional conference to discuss matters regarding sustainable development, climate change, and Western Balkan countries pathway towards Europe. The team in Kosovo, ATRC, participated to the conference.
The conference tackled energy, climate change, and environmental policies, in the context of the Western Balkans. Specific focus is afforded to national strategies on energy and climate change, targets and obligations within the Energy Community Treaty, and the potential of a liberalized energy market. Ministers of the Environment and Energy/Economic Development from the region presented their commitments for the above-mentioned topics, especially with regard to the Paris agreement.
Additionally, representatives of the European Commission and other EU institutions addressed achievements and what path each country should undertake towards a sustainable energy policy. To know more, have a look to the blog.
Serbia: Chapter 27: CSOs participation
As a part of the project, “Environmental Ambassadors for Sustainable Development” organized the training session: “CSO Participation in Accession Process” which was held on April 8, 2016 in Belgrade . The course was attended by over 20 participants. On the subject of strengthening the role of CSOs invited speakers were: Andjelka Mihajlov, representative of the Negotiating Team 27, Jelena Pajovic van Reenen, representative of the Office for Cooperation with Civil Society, Natasa Djereg, CEKOR, National Convention on the EU, Mirko Popovic, Belgrade Open School: Coalition 27, and Hristina Stevanovic-Carapina, Environmental Ambassadors for Sustainable Development. The main conclusions of the meeting were that the environment is not a priority for the Republic of Serbia and therefore the environmental civil society organizations face a problem of providing funds for their activities, and that stronger civil society can be achieved through more intense sharing of opinions and initiatives (read more).

Turkey: Turkish team attended the natural law monitoring initiative meeting. On April 18, Nature Protection Law Monitoring Initiative representatives held a meeting on the Draft Law of Preserving the Nature and Biodiversity with the Environment Commission of the Parliament and representatives of Forest and Water Affairs Ministry.
The participants’ demands including the Turkish team ones, were as follows:
-    CSO inclusion in the Biodiversity and Nature Protection Committee;
-    Elimination of the 2 year limit for reevaluation of protected areas;
-    Protection of special environmental protection zones and wildlife development sites, inclusion of protection and usage principles;
-    Readjustment of ecological impact assessment.
The Law is expected to come to the Parliament in the second half of 2016. 
Additionally, the two subgrantees from Turkey, Tunceli Wildcat Communication Network and Society for the Protection of Natural and Cultural Entities of Kazdağı, have reported on their projects’ progress.  Have a look to the blog to read more.
A workshop entitled “Activist to Activists: Environmental advocacy skill-share in South East Europe and Turkey” was organised in Istanbul on 24-25 April, as part of the ETNAR project. Cem Ä°skender Aydın from TEMA Foundation, the Turkish partner of the, presented the “Map of threats to water resources in Turkey” which was compiled thanks to support. He also talked about mapping as an advocacy tool and about other potential applications using data from mapping platforms. 

News from the EU

I. How the Natura 2000 network contributes to ecosystem restoration?
The European Commission has initiated a survey to gather evidence on how the Natura 2000 network contributes to ecosystem restoration. Those involved in ecosystem restoration actions or with information about restoration work within Natura 2000 sites are requested to participate in the survey, including experts working within the framework of LIFE projects. Responses should be completed by 15 April 2016.
This questionnaire is a part of a wider data-gathering effort for the study ‘Technical support in relation to the promotion of restoration in the context of the EU biodiversity strategy to 2020’, which is reporting to the Commission. The aim is to develop a better understanding of what is happening in relation to ecosystem restoration activities across the EU, in different Member States, for different sectors, and for different types of habitat.
II. Take part in our photography competition ‘My City’
Cities play an increasingly important part in our lives. Urban areas are where we live, work, rest and play. The European Environment Agency (EEA) invites you to participate in the ‘My City’ photography competition and share the moments you captured in European cities.
Participants can focus on one of the following three categories:
1.    Sustainable lifestyle in a city
2.    Getting around in a city
3.    Leisure time in a city      
Competition winners will receive a cash prize. All entries may be promoted by the EEA and its partners across Europe. Entrants may submit their photos until 15 August. The competition is open to citizens of the 33 EEA member countries and 6 West Balkan cooperating countries. All participants must be 18 or older. The cities depicted in the entries must be located in the countries mentioned above. For more information click here.
III. Eurostat: Environmental tax reform far from the declared goals
Environmental taxes made up 6.3% of tax revenues in the EU in 2014. In the European Union (EU), environmental taxes amounted to €343.6 bn in 2014, compared with €282.0 bn in 2004. However, the share of environment taxes in total revenues from taxes and social contributions has decreased over this 10-year period, from 6.8% in 2004 to 6.3% in 2014. Two of the countries with best results in the share of environmental taxes in the EU are new member states Slovenia and Croatia. For the Eurostat report, click here.

Latest from the region

TACSO organised a regional conference “Monitoring of the EU Guidelines – year 2” on 27-28 April 2016 in Skopje.
The aim of the conference is to continuously contribute to steering the processes along the desired changes across the countries set in and by the ‘Guidelines for EU support to civil society in the enlargement countries, 2014-2020’ (EU Guidelines).
These Guidelines represent the key monitoring, reporting and programming European Union (EU) orientation/streamlining document for matters related to the civil society organisations (CSOs) located in the Western Balkans and Turkey (read more).

Funding opportunities

IPA Information and Communication Programme 2015: the aim is to satisfy the demand in Serbia for more and better quality information about EU accession by enabling the creative potential and local knowledge of CSOs, TV, radios etc and established library network.
The restricted call proposal with deadline on May 27th has as a global objective to increase the knowledge about values and the functioning of the EU among the population in Serbia. It is composed of 2 lots: one for production and broadcasting of TV and radio content and the other for organisation and implementation of events both about Serbia's accession process,  reforms needed, etc.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Which are the requirements for visibility in EU-funded projects?
A: All leaflets and brochures should display the basic elements of the EU visual identity, i.e. the EU flag and the disclaimer, and project details, contact name, address, telephone, fax and e-mail. They should also clearly display a definition of the EU as reported in Annex 4 of the Manual. The cover page of any leaflet and brochure must clearly identify the action as being part of an EU-funded action, and the lower banner of the front page should display the disclaimer. Copies (including electronic copies) should be made available to the Commission.
✔ The basic elements of the EU visual identity are to be displayed in all leaflets and brochures
✔ Different communication products may be used to publicise the fact that the EU has financed or co-financed the Action (e.g. banners, promotional items, press releases, information campaigns etc.)

See what's going on in partners' countries

This document has been produced with the financial assistance of the European Union.
The contents of this document are the sole responsibility of consortium and can under no circumstances be regarded as reflecting the position of the European Union


Mailing address:
via angera 3
Milano, Lombardia 20125

Add us to your address book

unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences