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January 2013

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4x4x4 Balkan Bridges Skopje joint the in January. The new member is a non-governmental organisation based in Skopje (Republic of Macedonia), working on adaptation of the Environmental and sustainable development legislation toward EU integration of the Balkan countries & Promotion of the sustainable regional and international cooperation.
4x4x4BB mission is accomplished through different policy-oriented programs and research projects, which contribute to and complement the attempts of policy-makers is policy design and implementation, and support central and local governments, business and nongovernmental sectors in their communication and cooperation (info).

The team wish to thanks 4x4x4BB for its kind commitments to support the project.

the project team

News from partners

All countries: is preparing a training programme tailored for CSOs in Albania, Kosovo, Serbia, Macedonia and Turkey on "how to access to EU funds" and on "environmental acquis". A detailed plan to be defined inthe coming month. Fore more info refer to website (more info)

Albania: Diversion of RADIKA river in the Region of Dibra Madhe (financed by the World Bank) for the construction of a Hydro Power Plant, in the Region of Dibra Madhe, affecting both countries FYR of Macedonia and Albania had raised a huge debate in both territories. (more info)

Serbia: European Parliament published resolution on the 2013 progress report on Serbia (more info partner organisation from Serbia, EASD, commented on the EP Resolution (click here).
TEMA Foundation assessed the best and worst developments regarding the environment in Turkey (more info).

Kosovo: The Energy Strategy in Kosovo 2013 – 2022 Priority –Energy efficiency (more info)

Macedonia: News on the approximation process in the Republic of Macedonia (more info)
Breathing in Tetovo, Republic of Macedonia is a risky adventure (more info)

News from the EU


I. White paper “ 2030 climate and energy goals for a competitive, secure and low-carbon EU economy” came into light on 22 January 2014.  A reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 40% below the 1990 level, an EU-wide binding target for renewable energy of at least 27%, renewed ambitions for energy efficiency policies, a new governance system and a set of new indicators to ensure a competitive and secure energy system. These are the pillars of the new EU framework on climate and energy for 2030 presented by the European Commission (more info)  The European Council is expected to consider the framework at its spring meeting on 20-21 March. According to the EEB it is a setback in EU’s climate leadership (more info)
II. The Minister of Environment, Energy and Climate Change, Yiannis Maniatis, on Thursday, January 23, presented the priorities of the Greek Presidency in the field of Environment before the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety of the European Parliament, in Brussels (more info).
III. All around the globe people are flocking to cities. In 2007, UN population figures showed that more than a half of the world’s population for the first time lived in urban areas. That proportion is set to rise to 60% by 2030 and 67% by 2050.  The new study by Arthur D. Little, the Global Management Consultancy highlights what is holding cities back, and, together with its partner the UITP – the International Association of Public Transport – identifies three strategic directions for cities to better shape the future of urban mobility. The study also describes 25 imperatives to consider when defining sustainable urban mobility policies and case studies of cities demonstrating good practice (more info)

IV. Draft EU rules requiring member states to clamp down on illegal waste shipments within the EU and to non-EU countries were backed by the Environment Committee on 22 January. The vote by the EP will be during the 14-17 April plenary session in Strasbourg (more info)

V. Negotiations with Serbia on its accession to the European Union were opened on 21 January at the first meeting of the Accession Conference at Ministerial level. At that meeting, the EU presented its Negotiating Framework, which was agreed by the Council on 17 December. The Negotiating Framework takes account of the experience of past enlargements and on-going accession negotiations, as well as the evolving acquis, and duly reflects Serbia's own merits and specific characteristics (see further)

VI. European Commission sets out the rules on State aid to promote Important Projects of Common European Interest (IPCEIs) and  is consulting the public on a draft communication on how Member States can support the execution of such projects. The draft communication is part of the State Aid Modernisation (SAM) agenda, which aims to modernise state aid control in order to foster smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. The draft communication provides guidance to Member States on how they can support, in line with EU state aid rules, transnational projects which are of strategic dimension for the EU and for the realisation of the objectives of Europe 2020, the EU's growth strategy. To read the document, click here, to read the consultation click here


Latest from the Region

ECRAN (Environment and Climate Regional Accession Network), is a programme financed by EU and managed by the European Commission, to assists the beneficiaries in exchange of information and experience related to preparation for accession.
ECRAN launched a Call for proposals for participation to the initiative (more info)


Funding opportunities

Call for proposals launched on Cross Border Cooperation Programme  Montenegro – Kosovo: an option also for protection of biodiversity and promotion of the sustainable use of natural resources; deadline 25 Mar 2014 (more info)
Call for proposals launched  in Macedonia, possible grants for Environmental actions (more info)


Frequently Asked Question of the month

Q: "What is a non state actor for the EU?"

A: "The term Non State Actors (NSAs) is used by the EU to describe a range of organizations that bring together the principal, existing, emerging structures of society outside the government and public administration. NSAs are created voluntarily by citizens, their aim being to promote an issue or an interest, either general or specific.  They are independent of the State and can be profit or non-profit-making organizations.  NSAs in the broader concept include Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in all its forms according to national characteristics, as well as private sector and economic partners, (including trade unions). ”.

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