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December 2013


Why this newsletter
for the project?

Adoption of the EU Environmental acquis is one of the biggest challenges behind the legislative changes in the candidate and potential candidate countries in the Western Balkans and Turkey.  Most of the time, when it comes to the EU mechanisms, local NGOs and citizens are lost!

What are the mechanisms for participation in the decision making, what kind of support is available at the EU level for Western Balkans and Turkey, what are the current discussions within EU countries, what are the requirements for countries who want to join the EU and the roadmap for membership?

A newsletter will not provide answers to all these questions but hopefully will help to develop the right contacts and provide a platform to share experiences.

So, we would appreciate if you can join us in our ongoing efforts to give voice to citizens of the Balkans and Turkey in this process!

Season's Greatings,
the project team


Warsaw: The nineteenth session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change 11 and 22 November.
This meeting can hardly be called a success and, therefore, it was not surprising that more than 800 civil society representatives walked out of the COP-19 expressing disgust at government's backwards slide in mitigation, refusal to commit significant amounts of climate finance, and the Polish government's insistence that the COP serve the interests of its fossil fuel industry over the necessities of climate solutions.
(more info)

From partners

Albania: The law on integrated waste management approved in the late 2011 has been lately reviewed (more info)

On December 20th, 2013, at the premises of Journalists’ Association of Serbia (UNS), Environmental Ambassadors ( Serbia) is organizing the seminar, Environmental Education for Further EU Citizens“ (more info)
A round table on waste management in marinas, integrated water management and EU integration organised by in Belgrade (more info)

Turkey: European Environmental Bureau General Assembly adopted a resolution urging Turkey to sign Aarhus Convention (more info).

Kosovo: Kosovo, monitoring of Committee Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Spatial Planning (more info)

News from the EU

I. On 18 December, the European Commission has proposed its long overdue package of laws to improve air quality in Europe.  The European Environmental Bureau (EEB) welcomes the proposal to deal with the biggest environmental health issue of our times, but regrets the overall lack of ambition of the package. For more info click here and here:
II. On 10 December in Strasbourg, fifteen MEPs representing the main political groups from across the political spectrum gathered in front of the European Parliament in Strasbourg to call upon the European Commission to propose its air package before the end of the European Year of Air (more info)
III. At their meeting on 12 December, the EU Energy ministers have failed to reach a deal on reforming the EU’s biofuels laws, with some pushing for a more generous regime for conventional, food-based fuels, while others argued for a more radical plan than that currently on the table. For more information, please see the EU Presidency statement (more info)  and the NGO reaction to that (more info)
IV. The European Parliament gave its approval to the long-term budget plan for the years 2014- 2020. One-fifth of total EU budget to be spent on climate action (more info)
V The European Commission welcomes the 7th Environment Action Programme (more info)



Latest from the Region

Key agreement by Representatives of the eight Western Balkan’s countries signed for the protection of the environment (more info)


Funding opportunities

Call for proposals launched!
Cross Border Cooperation Programme Macedonia-Kosovo: an option also for protecting environment - deadline 20 Jan 2014 (more info)


Frequently Asked Question of the months

Q: "Could I apply to EU grant even if my organisation is small?"

A: "Eligibility of applicants does not require a specific size of a given organisation, what is important is to be sure that the EU call covers also the country where the organisation is established and its non-for profit Status. In case an organisation feels that an EU grant might be too complicate for its own management capacity, a good option could be to develop a partnership with a bigger organisation”.

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