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May 2014


Social Media, Activism and Participation:
 e-learning course registration is now open

The course, held in English and free of charge, aims at providing support to CSOs that would like to start or improve their communication strategy through the use of social media. It helps in understanding how to use the most common social networks, like twitter, facebook, and linkedin and provide step-by-step suggestions to organise on-line petitions or campaigns.
This on-line self-learning course offers high degree of flexibility to participants who are free to follow the lessons at any time, but are requested to complete the course within its global duration of 15 days.
First courses are planned as follows:
•    3rd June - 17th June 2014
•    18th June - 2nd July 2014
•    18th August – 1st September

To apply in one of these courses, users are requested to register in the e-learning platform here  by clicking on 'Register' and then follow the registration and subscription procedure.
For more information send a e-mail to and read here for additional information concerning this course and the registration process.
Hope to see you in one of virtual classes!!

the project team   
 Mount Honaz, Aegean Region, Turkey    

News from partners

All countries: members met to further develop project agenda.  The 22nd and 23rd of May, partners met in Milan for the development of the second phase strategy (next 2 years) of project. Main themes have been how to increase the added value of the in terms of better impact in covered countries, how to strengthen the actions on the basis of the lesson learnt and what can be made to ensure mid-term sustainability to the initiative. The meeting pointed out the importance of monitoring the environmental acquis in target countries and the action to be taken to reinforce advocacy actions. Capacity development initiatives resulted also a key activities to support CSOs in the region (read more).

Albania: “Get together to get things done” initiative – clean up day In Albania (9th of May 2014). On 9th of May 2014, Co-PLAN together with another organization, located in Vlora city in Albania, CRCD (Center for Research Cooperation and Development) organized in Vlora city, Albania a cleaning day “Get together to get things done” with almost 130 pupils in three different schools of the city “Jani MINGA, Ali DEMI and Qemal ATATURK” (read more)
Turkey: TEMA Foundation held a two day Training session in Istanbul which was delivered by staff,  EEB staff and TEMA Foundation targeting key staff of Turkish CSOs (NGOs/CBOs, youth organizations, academic institutions, and other type of no-profit organizations) involved in the planning and management of EU-funded development programs and in selected areas of the EU environmental policy (read more).

Serbia: On May 10, 2014. Serbia team organised the public event promoting EU “Let ’s clean up Europe day!”.  Event was organised at the Centre of aquatic sports on Ada Ciganlije and was attended by children from one kindergarten “1001 radost” and two elementary schools “Janko Veselinovic” and “Despot Stefan Lazarevic”, as well as by other young visitors from Ada Ciganilja (read more).
Kosovo:  Application open for the course on Environment in the European Union: Funding Mechanisms and Policy Processes. The course will be held by European Environmental Bureau and punto.sud at the Hotel Sirius – Prishtina (map) the 11th and 12th of June 2014.  The main objective of the course is to provide a general understanding of the necessary steps to be successful in getting funds from the EU and to familiarize with Environmental EU policy areas. The course is free of charge; for application click here.

Macedonia: Call for creative works (dead line 9th of June): Face to face with my environment. The initiative is sponsored by and is implemented by the Centre for Media Activities from Skopje (who recieved a Grant by the project). The Centre, which is running the platform of activism and is issuing the street paper “Lice v lice”, is calling citizens to participate in the call for creative works (posters, photos, drawings, digital art…).  The works should represent the citizen`s reactions to the environmental issues, towards building a better and greener society (for mre details, clcik here).

News from the EU

I.  28 member states have voted the new European Parliament which now enters a period of formation of political group, appointment to key top jobs and implementation of committees. Despite a rise in anti-European parties, political balances remained broadly unchanged in the European Parliament with the centre-right and centre-left parties on track for a grand coalition. The centre-right European People’s Party (EPP) won 212 seats in the European parliament, followed by the Socialists and Democrats (S&D), with 186 seats (out of 751). The centrist liberal groups could got 70 seats, Green parties 55 and the right-wing Conservatives and Reformist group, 44. The far-left obtained 43 seats, while the far-right Europe of Freedom and Democracy group got 36.The big question mark relates to the 38 Non-affiliated MEPs and the 67 “other” MEPs who do not yet belong to any political grouping. Most of those belong to populist and extremist parties hostile to European integration. It is too early to judge what kind of support ill be for  the environment in the new Parliament  but one is clear - environmental organisations need to get stronger and be ready for different times ahead (read more).
II. Energy Security Strategy fails to explore full savings potential. The European Energy Security Strategy published on 28 May fails to provide a real and credible solution to Europe’s overdependence on imports on fossil energy sources. Despite being asked in March by heads of EU governments to make energy efficiency central to this strategy, it has moved too far down the list of priorities in the Commission’s proposal. For more, see EEB Press reaction here.
III. EU biofuels policy revision one step closer. Since the failure to reach an agreement on a revision of EU biofuels policy under the Lithuanian Presidency (when Hungary, Poland formed a blocking minority to reject a Presidency compromise, but were also joined by progressive MS such as Denmark, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg and Italy) the Greek Presidency has worked on a new compromise to secure a first reading position in the Council. This first reading position of the Council is needed to allow the second reading to start (and hence trialogues with the Parliament, the Council and the Commission). (Read more).
IV. Withdrawn Access to Justice and Soil Directives must be replaced. The European Commission’s withdrawal of two crucial pieces of environmental policy at the moment that citizens across Europe are voting in the European elections sends a bad signal as to what Europe’s priorities are (read more).

V. Sometimes also good news: Water quality excellent at most of Europe's bathing sites. The water at Europe's beaches, rivers and lakes was generally of high quality in 2013, with 95 % of these sites meeting minimum requirements. Coastal sites performed slightly better than inland bathing waters, the data shows. Read more. Unfortunately Albania’s Beaches are the Dirtiest in Europe, Report Says.
VI.  EU enlargement 10 years after. What was the impact on CSOs. A short view by CONCORD members here.

Latest from the Region

First International Conference on the green agenda for local strategies on climate change.
On 30th May, 2014 in Tetovo, started the First International Conference on the green agenda for local strategies on climate change.
The conference was opened by the Macedonian Minister of Environment and Physical Planning, Mr. Abdilaqim Ademi and the U.S. Ambassador in Macedonia, Mr. Paul Wohlers,
The purpose of this two-day conference was to unite together all relevant representatives of the SEE region, local and national authorities, civil society organizations, academic institutions and international organizations to discuss the issues related to climate change and its consequences on a long run. 
The conference is part of the USAID Municipal strategies for climate change.  More info here and here.

Funding opportunities

The European Union Office in Kosovo is seeking proposals which objective is to support socio-economic development of northern Kosovo through improving basic municipal infrastructure and therefore directly impacting alleviation of unemployment, strengthening agriculture, environment, business and civil society sector, with a view to improving economic situation, social cohesion, integration and cooperation; (read more).
Know-how Exchange Programme (KEP) ITALY (Central European Initiative - CEI Fund at the EBRD) Call for Proposals 2014 is officially open. Deadline for applications: 15 July 2014. Options also for environmental CSOs in Serbia, Albania and Macedonia. Instruction and format for application here.
Call on Macedonian only. Call for Proposals: Philanthropy through green ideas 2014: dead  line 10 june. More information and rules here.

Frequently Asked Question of the month

Q: "What is the differences between EU Open and Restricted calls for proposals?"

A:  "In the case of participation in an open Call for Proposals, all application documents must be submitted together (Concept Note and Full Application Form). Concept Notes will be evaluated first and following their appraisal, the EC will send a letter to the applicants whose Concept Notes have been evaluated, indicating whether their full application will be evaluated or not.
In the case of participation in a restricted Call for Proposals, only Concept Notes need to be submitted initially. Subsequently, applicants whose Concept Notes are pre-selected will be invited in writing to submit a Full Application Form.
Calls for proposals in general are restricted and only in exceptional cases, calls for proposals may be open. EU chooses between the two procedures according to the technical nature of the field, the budget available, and/or the expected number of proposals.
The type of Call for Proposals is stated on the first page (Notice) of the Guidelines for Applicants of each call".

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