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November 2014

Email phase two approved by the EU staff is glad to announce that the second phase of the project “Development of the in West Balkan and Turkey: giving citizens a voice to influence the environmental process reforms for closer EU integration” has been just approved by the European Commission for the next 2 years.

In the new phase of the project, the team will continue the monitoring of the approximation process to the EU environmental acquis in the partners countries. The findings of this exercise will be visible and accessible by all interested stakeholders through an interactive web-based platform that will be soon developed.
Common position papers will be prepared and shared among the CSOs environmental community and used for lobbying on the national and local authorities of partners’ countries. Moreover, simultaneous events will be organised, in cooperation with citizens, in all countries on specific International Environmental days to make the citizens aware of the benefits of being compliant with the EU environmental policy. The capacity development program, targeting CSOs of the region, will continue in the second phase of the project with traditional training sessions and e-learning courses.

Based on this positive continuation consider even more essential the involvement of interested CSOs of the region to develop common strategies in order to promote actions to foster commitments of targeted institutions towards the approximation process.

So, keep in touch with us and help us growing the community!
the project team
Macedonia, Mavrovo e RostuÅ¡a  

News from partners


All countries: training programme

1) Environment in the EU: funding mechanisms and policies processes,  the first learning programme was concluded with the last successful training  held in Skopje the 14th-15th November.
With the second phase of the project, a new training programme will be developed. For more information, please check the website here.

2) Distance learning courses:
a)“Social media, Activism and participation”, The course on social media (read more):  Next e-trainings: 9th December – 23rd December 2014, 13rd - 27th January 2015 and 17th February - 3rd March 2015.
b) “Get funding from the European Union”, the new course developed by regards the EU as resource partner (read more).  Next e-trainings: 25th November – 9th December 2014, 15th - 29th December 2014; 8th - 22nd January 2015 and 3rd - 17th February 2015.
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: team in Albania participated at the Fair “Energy the Future Challenge”
- On 7th-9 th November 2014, Co-PLAN under project in collaboration with POLIS University and DAPEEWB and ConSus project, funded by EU TEMPUS took part in the Fair organized by the Ministry of Energy and Industry and Tirana EXPO Center “Energy the Future Challenge”. During these 3 days, at our stand, the community was able to be involved in our regional project, where during 2014 there has been developed small sub-grant projects for the installation of solar panels to provide electric energy, educational hours on energy efficiency in a 9 year old school and installation of LED lamps in the school, and also awareness campaign on potential of renewable energy at the south of the country. Read more here and here.
Turkey: Water for Life.  TEMA Foundation, within its annual Week to Combat Erosion activities, is drawing attention to water this year. Water scarcity is effecting more than 4 billion hectares of land and threatening lives of 1,4 billion people. 
During 17th -23rd November, all over Turkey, many events had been organised with the support of Env-net project to highlight the necessity to conserve our water resources both through individual consumption and through legislative protection with the Draft Framework Law on Water. Read More.
Macedonia: The final trainng of the series of trainings envisaged for capacity building of national CSOs was held on 14th -15th November, 2014, in Skopje, Macedonia. In total, 22 participants from 17 CSOs from Macedonia attended the two-day training delivered by the staff. It is worth noting that participants expressed high interest in the topics and welcomed the possibility to be part of the future trainings envisaged by the project. Read More.
Serbia: Serbia on Environmental Education. Team in Serbia is working in these days for the preparation of Seminar targeting teachers to promote environmental education. The event is planned to be held on the 12th December 2014 in Belgrade. 

Kosovo: Saving forests is a priority for Kamenica Municipality.The partner Advocacy Training and Recourse Center (ATRC) in cooperation with organization ProActive, held a roundtable disscussion regarding forest management and measures to be taken to prevent illegal logging in Municipality. Read more.

News from the EU

I. Mission ongoing: the EEB looks ahead on its 40th anniversary. At a high-level conference next week to mark its 40th anniversary [1] the European Environmental Bureau (EEB) will bring together politicians, environmentalists, academics, and other stakeholders to debate the challenges facing the environment in the coming years. The conference on 1st-2nd December has been given a new significance by the European Commission’s announcement of plans which represent a severe downgrading of EU environmental policies. To read more, please follow the link here and here.

II. New Commission floats first “kill list” of green EU laws. Jean-Claude Juncker, the new President of the European Commission, pledged to refocus the EU executive on the bigger political issues of the day and cut regulations seen as unnecessary or hampering business activity.  Not long after the new Commission took office, its President announced possible withdrawal of waste and air packages in 2015. The European Environmental Bureau (EEB) has written to Europe’s Prime Ministers urging them to oppose any withdrawal of the Commission’s Clean Air and Waste Packages. This follows reports that European Commission President Juncker and First Vice-President Timmermans have put these recently issued proposals on a short list of legislation that could be axed. To read more, please follow the link here.

III.EU court ruling on UK’s air pollution as Commission mulls dropping Clean Air Package. On Wednesday 19th November the European Court of Justice (ECJ) will deliver its ruling in a case against the UK government over its failure to tackle air pollution [1]. This is the first ever ruling on enforcement of the 2008 Ambient Air Quality (AAQ) Directive, which sets air quality standards for citizens across the EU. It will bind national courts in the 27 other EU member states and be keenly watched by governments, many of whom are infringing local air quality standards. The ruling takes place amidst growing concerns that the European Commission is considering a withdrawal of the Clean Air Package which is essential to help local governments improve air quality. To read more, follow the link here.

IV. Plastic bag cliff-hanger agreement successfully concluded. The Council of Ministers, the European Parliament and the European Commission have reached a crucial agreement which will lead to substantial reductions in the use of plastic bags across Europe. Member States have the choice of either adopting a plastic bag reduction target of 90 bags per person per year by 2019 and then 40 bags per person per year by 2025; or introducing a ban on the handing out of plastic carrier bags for free by 2018; or banning plastic carrier bags at national level altogether. To read more, follow the link here.

V. Commission Priority: Investment Plan. “We are launching an investment offensive. A major new initiative to get Europe growing again and get people back to work” – says Commission President Juncker. What the plan is about, please follow the link here.

VI. Costs of air pollution from European industrial facilities 2008 – 2012.  In their new study, the EEA has found that 90% of the total damage costs are due to only 1,529 facilities (out of a total of 14,325), and just 147 facilities (that is just 1% of all the facilities) are responsible for 50% of the total damage costs. To read and download this study, please follow the link here.

VII. Environment Committee backs flexibility for EU countries to ban GMOS crops. Long-awaited draft plans to allow EU member states to restrict, or ban, the cultivation of crops containing genetically modified organisms on their own territory even if it is allowed at EU level won the support of the Environment Committee. To read more, please follow the link here.

Latest from the Region on the margins of Environment and Climate Forum (ECF), Annual Meeting in Brussels with European Commission.
Some of partners participated on ECF Annual Meeting in Brussels with European Commission (24th-25th November 2014), using that opportunity to promote results of project and to promote partnership. brochure published by Albanian partner was distributed.
Annual Meetings build on the outcomes of all ECF activities and the events represented the key opportunity for the civil society to get engaged into dialogue with high representatives of the European Commission. The annual meetings was planned in a way to allow enough room for NGOs to self-organize, to provide state-of-the art information on EU policies and legislation, to develop capacities of NGOs, and allow time for bilateral meetings. Read more.

Funding opportunities

The Global Innovation Fund invests in social innovations that aim to improve the livelihood conditions and opportunities of millions of people in the developing world. GIF has just launched and is ready to accept applications for funding. No specific deadline to apply. GIF welcomes applicants to propose innovative, cost-effective solutions that address any major development challenge in any country (or in multiple countries) in the developing world.
Although GIF is specifically targeting low-income and lower-middle income countries (as Kosovo) it is potentially open to considering applications that require initial piloting and field testing to take place in upper-middle income countries (all the other Western Balkan Countries plus Turkey), particularly in poor regions of those countries, for innovations that could ultimately scale in low-income and lower middle-income regions. Read More.

Frequently Asked Questions of the month

Q: “Is visibility compulsory with the EU?"
A: “Visibility is an importantissue for the EU. When implementing a EuropeAid-funded project, the Grant Beneficiary should ensure that the action’s beneficiaries, the general public, European citizens and any other stakeholders involved in the Action, are aware of the European Commission’s role as main donor. As a general rule, the main aspects to be highlighted in the selected format should reflect the partnership with the EC and the impact/achievements of the Action, rather than the way it is implemented. The basic visibility rule is straightforward: partners must include the visual identity of the European Commission wherever their own logo is being displayed, in the field or elsewhere (Grant Beneficiary’s website, publications about the project etc.).
In all Actions, communication and visibility activities should be properly planned. These are key aspects which should be thoroughly considered at proposal stage and quantified in terms of budget allocation and activity planning. The organisation shall identify a priori the resources that it will need to carry out activities aimed at promoting the visibility of the EC and the results achieved. When the project is small and outreach information is minimal, the Grant Beneficiary should nonetheless allocate a minimum budget to ensuring basic visibility"

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