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June 2014


Social Media, Activism and Participation:
 a good response from users

The first e-learning course “Social media, activism and participation”, developed in the framework of the project, ended on the 17th of June. Participants seem to have appreciated this e-learning experience with regard to course contents and usefulness of information received (read more).

The initiative seems also well appreciated in consideration of the increasing number or requests (more than 70 for the upcoming course). For this reason, the team has decided to open an additional course in September and is now working for the preparation of a new e-learning course on EU funding mechanisms, which is supposed to be ready for the end of September.
For more information, send an e-mail to and read here to know more concerning the coming courses, contents, and the registration process.

Hope to see you in one of virtual classes!!

the project team   
 Devil's Town, Radan Mountain, Serbia

News from partners

All countries: support to Civil Society Organisations dealing with environmental issues is going on. The programme is supporting several small actions in Western Balkans and Turkey. These projects are implementing their activities showing the importance of involving students, local authorities and citizens in general with practical actions to preserve the environment. Read more on good stories from Macedonia (here and here) and Albania (here and here). The programme is also supporting actions in Serbia, Kosovo, Turkey, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro.

Albania:  Albania is ranked on 6th position in the Balkan for its environmental performance, as a study from Yale University stated. During 2014, the country was ranked on the 67th position in the world for its performance on environmental issues.  But at Balkan level, it is ranked on the 6th position,. Despite the fact that Albania does not hold a very good position, it is one of the countries that during these last 10 years has made good progress on environmental issues (approximately 11.79% improvements).
Turkey: sub-grantees in Turkey started their activities.  Two project have been awarded. The first is about Legendary Pallid Scoops Owl,which can only be found only in Birecik region in Europe. The second project aims is to raise awareness in Van, hometown of walnut trees in Anatolia, through plantation efforts of school children. Two meetings with the organizations which have been awarded subgrants in the framework of programme have been organised to start up the actions (read more).

Serbia: On World Environment Day, June 5, 2014, multi-stakeholder Conference on Chapter 27  was held in Belgrade. Thematic focus of the conference was Chapter 27 of Serbian negotiation with EU, which presented strong  multi-stakeholder event (government-academia-industry-local communities-NGOs), with the presence and messages from representative of EU Delegation in Serbia, UN Resident Coordinator, OSCE and German Embassy, among others. event was acknowledge by UNDP (read more). 
Kosovo:  The 11th and 12th June, staff organised the training session “Environment in the European Union: Funding Mechanisms and Policy Processes“, in Prishtina, Kosovo.Around 20 CSOs staff members actively participated to the course (read more).

Macedonia: Green events in Macedonia. On the World Environment Day the 5th June, the President of Macedonia, Mr. George Ivanov, organised a meeting with representatives of 15 civil society organisations active in the field of environmental protection, among which partner Balkan Bridges 4x4x4 (read more). In addition to celebrate the World Environment Day, an event titled “Green Macedonia” was held on June 9th 2014 in Kavadarci. The event was an initiative of 25 environmental organizations, members of the Green Platform of Macedonia (read more).

News from the EU

I. Elements of the European Commission’s Circular Economy Package which were leaked last week provide the basis for advancing resource efficiency, but would fall short of building a circular economy in Europe. To read more, please see the EEB press briefing here,  and the report on benefits of an ambitious EU waste palicy here.
II. The Annual report 2013 and Environmental statement 2014, by the European Environment Agency (EEA) is published. The document (available here) describes the work carried out by the EEA in 2013.
III. The European Commission, through its programme European Mobility Week 2014 released a Best Practice Guide, describing exemplary sustainable mobility cases from ten European cities. Particular focus is given to innovative campaigns, city partnerships with stakeholders and permanent measures implemented (read more
IV. Slovenian capital Ljubljana has been named European Green Capital 2016 for its sustainability strategy ‘Vision 2025’, covering environmental protection, mobility, energy and electric transport (read more).
V. The European Commission has launched the first call for proposals under the LIFE funding programme for projects dedicated to environment. The LIFE sub-programme for environment will provide €238.86 million in 2014 to develop and implement innovative ways to respond to environmental challenges across Europe, focusing on the conservation of nature and biodiversity, resource efficiency and environmental governance and information (read more).
VI. The European Environmental Bureau (EEB) is deeply concerned about the lack of commitment in fighting air pollution shown by several national ministers at yesterday’s Environment Council in Luxembourg. The Council meeting was an opportunity for EU member states to discuss the Clean Air Package released by the European Commission at the end of 2013, but a number of ministers complained about the targets put forward as too ambitious or not sufficiently cost-effective (Read more).

Latest from the Region

UNESCO approves the status of Oher and Presapa Lakes (Albania, Macedonia and Greece) as a “Transboundary Biosphere Reserve”. This decision was taken during the 26th session of the International Coordination Council “Man and Biosphere” held in Jönköping, Sweden on 11th of June 2014.

The European Commission will host a Donors' Conference in Brussels on 16 July to continue its help with the aftermath of the devastating floods in the Western Balkans and mobilise further support to Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina to deal with the consequences of this natural disaster. The conference will be co-organised with France and Slovenia (read more).

Funding opportunities

A few new calls launched by the EU in the area, an opportunity for organisation dealing with the environment:

Civil Society Facility Operating Grants to IPA CSO Associations. Deadline for submission of full application: 22/09/2014 (read more).
Civil Society Facility – Civic Initiative and Capacity Building in Albania  (this is a particular programme aimed to manage the redistribution of at least 70% of the value of the contract through sub-granting to small organisations in the country). Dead line for this call is 12 September 2014 (read more).
Sustainable civil society programme in Macedonia. The ead line, 29th July 2014, (read more).

Frequently Asked Question of the month

Q: "What is the difference between co-applicants and associates?"

A:  "Any EU-funded action, in general, require the presence of a consortium, that is to say that the applicant (the project coordinator, with the new EU terminology) shall submit the proposal with one or more partners. The latter take the name of Co-applicant(s), which is/are expected to participate in the designing and the implementation of the action. Therefore, the co-applicant costs are eligible in the same way as those incurred by the applicant and shall satisfy the eligibility criteria as applicable to the applicant himself. The co-applicant(s), finally shall also sign the Mandate in the grant application form and, if awarded Grant contract, the co-applicant(s) will become beneficiaries in the Action (together with the applicant).
On the contrary, Associate(s) is/are not partners in the same sense. Associate(s) is/are other organisations, which is/are planned to be involved in the action with a limit role. For this reason, they are not going to receive funding from the grant but are entitled to receive only the repayment of travel costs (such as per diem, tickets, etc.) for activities where it is planned their presences (e.g. seminars, conferences). In order to be “Associate(s)” the organisation(s) shall be mentioned in the Grant Application Form".

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