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MOTIVATIONAL MEETING WITH CSOs – OSIJEK 12 April 2016

On 12 April 2016, commencing at 10:00, an individual motivational meeting was held with a representative of the civil society organisation from Osijek – “Potrošački forum” (Consumers’ Forum) – as a support to the independent monitoring of the measures “Monitoring of the implementation of Article 25 of the Consumers Protection Act (founding of Counselling bodies in six target towns in the area of Osijek-Baranja County, Brod-Posavina (Sava river region) County, and Požega-Slavonia County)“. The meeting was attended by Natalija Havelka – Project Coordinator for Osijek-Baranja County from the Centre for Peace, Nonviolence and Human Rights-Osijek, and Mira Lukačević-Brumerčak – representative of the “Potrošački forum” Association from Osijek.

At the meeting, the Project Coordinator announced the incoming training “The Reporting – from Data Collection to Interpretation and Presentation of the Report“ which would be held in Osijek in the period from 27 April to 29 April 2016. She emphasised that the purpose of the training was to strengthen the capacities of civil society organisations and local government and public institutions to perform analyses and make reports on implementation of policies in relation to a good governance and anti-discrimination and to engage in advocacy for changing of policies at the local/national level through gaining new knowledge and skills which would enable the CSOs, LG&PIs to analyse the collected data; to report – prepare the findings and recommendations for the change of policies; and to enable them to prepare local action plans.   

MOTIVATIONAL MEETING WITH CSOs – OSIJEK 05 April 2016

On Tuesday, 05 April 2016, the Centre for Peace, Nonviolence and Human Rights-Osijek held a motivational meeting with representatives of Info-Centre for the Young/PRONI Centre for Social Education and with the Organisation of Civil Initiative O.G.I. Osijek. The stated civil society organisations are the collaborators on the IPA 2011 project “Civil Society for Accountable Governance“.

The contents of the motivational meeting included a report on response regarding participation in filling in the survey questionnaires on awareness of young people and their access to information about the measure “Guarantee for Youth“, and the survey questionnaires on effectiveness of the measures “Guarantee for Youth“, as well as the survey questionnaires on effectiveness of measures which had been distributed to employers to fill them in. It was agreed that the survey would be continued further on, and that the invitations/requests for participation in the survey would be sent again to the targeted population, if required.

At the meeting, the Project Coordinator announced the incoming training “The Reporting – from Data Collection to Interpretation and Presentation of the Report“ which would be held in Osijek in the period from 27 April to 29 April 2016. She emphasised that the purpose of the training was to strengthen the capacities of civil society organisations and local government and public institutions to perform analyses and make reports on implementation of policies in relation to a good governance and anti-discrimination and to engage in advocacy for changing of policies at the local/national level through gaining new knowledge and skills which would enable the CSOs, LG&PIs to analyse the collected data; to report – prepare the findings and recommendations for the change of policies; and to enable them to prepare local action plans.

Motivational meeting with CSOs in Osijek, 12th of Feb. 2016.

On 12th of February 2016. at 11:45  individual motivational meeting with a representative of the civil society organizations from Osijek was held; Consumer forum Osijek -support in the independent monitoring of the measures “Monitoring of the implementation of article 25. The Law on consumer protection (establishment of advisory bodies in the six target cities in the area of Osijek-Baranja, Brodsko-posavska and Požega-Slavonia County)”. The meeting was attended by Miren Špek – project coordinator for the Osijek-Baranja County Center for Peace, Non-violence and Human rights, Osijek, Mira Lukacevic-Brumerčak – Association of Consumer forum Osijek.

FIFTH NATIONAL PROJECT PARTNERS MEETING, IPA 2011 “CIVIL SOCIETY FOR ACCOUNTABLE GOVERNANCE”, OSIJEK, 13th of JANUARY 2016.

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On 13th of January in premises of Centre for Peace, Non-violence and Human Rights Osijek, we held the fifth (5.) meeting of national partners in the project the IPA 2011 “Civil Society for Accountable Governance”, financed by the European Union  IPA 2011 Programme “Reinforcing Support of CSOs in Enhancing Transparency and Good Governance in Croatian Public Administration”.
The meeting was attended by partners from the Serbian Democratic Forum from Pakrac, Informative Legal Center from Slavonski Brod, and the project coordinator Centre for Peace, Non-violence and Human Rights Osijek.
A key theme of the meeting was a conversation and tasks (agreement) about interim report and plan of future activities in 2016. – second year of project implementation.

II. MOTIVATIONAL MEETING WITH LOCAL EXPERT TEAMS – PLATFORMS IN OSIJEK – DECEMBER 2015.

Centre for Peace, Non-Violence and Human Rights – Osijek on 14th of December 2015. organized the second motivational meeting with the local expert team – platform Osijek in order to enhance the principles of good governance and anti-discrimination at the local level. The initial meeting of the platform took place in July this year.

In a meeting together with the members of the platform participated and Head of Department of finance and the procurement of the City of Osijek, Mr. David Krmpotic.

One of the key topics of the meeting was the transparency of the local budget, on the occasion of the City of Osijek award of recognition for the transparency of the budget for the year 2015., awareded by the Institute for the Public Finances. Mr. David Krmpotic, presented a new project of the City of Osijek – weblog “Čist račun – osječki proračun” in which citizens have a complete, accurate and timely information about the revenues and expenditures of the municipal/city budget. This project aims to ensure good communication between the City and its citizens, to get budget closer to the citizens and to encourage them to follow the activities of the City and participate in creation of the weblog.

Hereafter we discussed the annual financing of the Association/CSOs through the proposals on City’s competition and a new model of funding. The representative of “Potrošački forum” pointed out the problem of financing the Counseling for consumers, and the obligations of cities- local government, in accordance with the Law on the Protection of the Consumers to finance the work Counseling.
Members concluded that the mentioned project certainly contributes to the principles of good governance (citizens ‘ participation, transparency, …), and that should continue with the same.

At a meeting of the platform members exchanged the informations about the expiration of the City’s Strategy of Equalisation of Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities in the area of the city of Osijek for the period from 2011. to 2015. A member of the platform, a representative of the City’s Department of Social Welfare and Health reported that in mid-2016. new local strategy will be adopted, and in the process of drafting together with he  Commission for people with dissabilities a role will be given to numerous CSOs that will be invited to teh round table in in early 2016. so the city get feedback and recommendations.
Members of the platform agreed that in the process of drafting new local Strategies should include all the relevant stakeholders, and in particular the CSOs for disabled to clearly point to the new problems and give recommendations to address them. Members of the platform consider the local Strategy was certainly a successful tool in the combat against discrimination of persons with disabilities.

The current implementation of the Action plan for the implementation of the measures of the national policy for gender equality for the 2011-2015 in the area of Osijek-Baranja County was commented in relation to the City of Osijek. President of the Commission for gender equality of the City of Osijek, Mrs. Sanja Stipanić presented to the members implementation of the Action plan at the local level. Members discussed about implementations of campaigns and other activities whose aim was to familiarise the public with the Law on gender equality and other discriminatory laws and mechanisms of protection against gender discrimination, about the marking of the relevant days related to gender equality, and on the political representation of women in the legislative and executive authorities, at regional and local level (Out of two deputy mayors none is woman, 2 out of 7 Heads of Departments are women and 9 out of 36 City delegates are women).
Members of the platforms consider that during the drafting of the next Action plan, City Commissions (Beli Manastir and Osijek) propose to the County Commision to include a measure that will relate to housing of victims of  domestic violence.

To the members was presented and the process of an independent monitoring by CSOs in the area of Osijek “Civil Society for Accounatble Governance” IPA 2011.

MOTIVATIONAL MEETINGS WITH CSOs IN BELI MANASTIR ON 16th of DECEMBER 2015.

On Wednesday, 16th of December 2015., Center for Peace, Non-violence and Human Rights – Osijek, held at the Beli Manastir Community Center motivational meeting with representatives of P.C.D.I.  Erika Jasnić and Mirela Alagić, Peace group “Oaza” Ana Jelicic and Association of Roma friendship “Luna” Duško Kostić. Civil society organizations are associates on the project IPA 2011 “Civil Society for Accountable Governance”.

The contents of the motivational meeting regarded support in independent monitoring carried out by the above organization: P.C.D.I. monitors the effectiveness of the implementation of the measures “Guarantee for the Youth”, a Peace group “OAZA” monitors the effectiveness of the implementation of the measures 7. “To provide permanent and temporary housing to victims of domestic violence in accordance with the available housing areas” of the “National Strategy for Protection from Domestic violence, for the period from 2011.-2016.” and Association of the Roma friendship monitors the implementation of the measure 2.4.3 “To organize public works programs and include the long-term unemployed persons, members of the Roma national minority from the Action plan for the implementation of the National strategy for Roma inclusion 2013-2015.”

The meeting discussed the process of a independent monitoring from July to December 2015., the progress made and future activities.
Peace group “Oaza” – Beli Manastir and the Women’s Association “IZVOR” in mentioned period fulfilled several surveys with users. It’s about the victims of domestic violence and the possibility of applying for a housing care. During November/December of 2015. they sent memos with survey questionnaire toward subcarrier of the measures (local Centres for social care Osijek and Beli Manastir, the administrative departments of cities, State Real Estate Agency).

Project Civic Democratic Initiatives – Beli Manastir, Youth Info-Center/PRONI Center for social education and Organization of Citizens Initiative – O.C.I. in Osijek rolled and distributed a survey about awareness among young people about the measures “Guarantee for the Youth”. The survey has been filled by more than 200 young persons (15-30 years). Organisations collected the number of informative workshops by Ministry of labour on the measures “Guarantee for the Youth”, as well as the statistical data of the Croatian Employment Service in relation to the number of unemployed young people in 2013/2014. and the first half of the year 2015. In November a focus group was held which was attended by 16 participants. In December, on the basis of held focus groups, organisations made the survey on the effectiveness of measures to “Guarantee for the Youth” that is currently in distribution.
The Association of Roma friendship “Luna” from Beli Manastir drafted and began with the distribution of the survey questionnaire towards the Roma – users of public works. During November organisation received the reply from the CES – Regional Office – Osijek and Beli Manastir – branch office regarding the obtaining of statistical data on the number of members of the Roma national minority that are involved in public works programs in the area of Baranja, for 2014. During November/December memos to the municipalities and Roma associations which have carried out a program of public works for the Roma in 2014. were sent together with a survey about customer satisfaction program.

Participation in the public debate – Conference “together in preventing and fighting violence against women and domestic violence” Osijek, 25. November 2015.

Women’s Association “Izvor” in cooperation with the Commissions for Gender Equality of Osijek-Baranja County and City of Osijek marked the international day for the Elimination of violence against women and the beginning of the world campaign “16 days of activism against violence against women” by organizing professional public hearing on 25. 11. 2015.  in the premises of the Osijek-baranja County.
The aim of the discussions was to provide the option of the holders of all of the major activities in the area of protection against domestic violence to get acquainted, exchange of practice, the scope of the National strategy for protection from family violence for the period from 2011. by 2016. and proposing solutions for the improvement of administration and progress.

The debate is a contribution towards sensitising the professional and the general public about the problem of family violence and the need for active involvement in the Elimination of all forms of violence and support to all the victims of domestic violence, and above all women, as a group which is most endangered.

In a discussion with the representative of the independent service for victims and witnesses support of the Ministry of Justice, a representative of the Office of Ombudsman, a representative of the Office of the Ombudsman for children, two representatives of the Office of the Ombudsman for disabled persons, two judge Misdemeanor Court in Osijek, two representatives of the State Prosecutor’s Office in Osijek, two representatives of the Police Department of Osijek-Baranja, representative of the social welfare centre of Osijek, two representatives of the Clinical Hospital Osijek, members of Office of State Adminsitration in OBC, but also participated and two representatives of the Center for peace, non-violence and human rights Osijek, a lawyer at the free legal assistance program and project manager “Civil Society for Accountable Governance” IPA 2011 Ms.Ljiljana Božić-Krstanović.
Women’s Association “Izvor” is also and the organization – associate on the mentioned project “Civil Society for Accountable Governance”, which together with OAZA from Beli Manastir and Club woman from Pakrac monitors the effectiveness of the implementation of the Measures 7. -insurance of permanent and temporary housing of victims of violence in the family of the national strategy for protection from family violence for the period from 2011. by 2016. year, while in the work of the local professional team/platform participate in Osijek and the Commission for gender equality of the city of Osijek.
The conclusions from the public debate can be downloaded here:

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FOCUS GROUP – MONITORING OF IMPLEMENTATION “YOUTH GUARANTEE” – OSIJEK, 3.11.2015.

On the 3rd of November 2015. (on Tuesday) starting at 12:00 in the premises of Regional info-Centre for youth, Ribarska 1, Osijek held a focus group as part of a independent monitoring “Youth Guarantee”.

PRONI/Info-Center for youth Osijek, Organization for Civic Initatives Osijek and Project Civic Democratic Initiatives – Beli Manastir, all associate organisations of the Center for Peace, Non-violence and Human Rights – Osijek, as part of this project “Civil Society for Accountable Governance”, monitor the implementation and effectiveness of the “Youth Guarantee” in the area of Osijek-Baranja County. For the duration of the monitoring of the “Youth Guarantee”, organizations created and distributed (and still distribute) a survey about awareness among young people about the extent of the “Youth Guarantee”, and in the plan is also a developement of a survey on the effectiveness of the measures which it is preceded by the focus groups.

On the focus group participants discussed about the awareness of young people and employers about the scheme and measures in the scheme “Youth Guarantee”, they exchanged the experiences and the positive and negative aspects of measures, the effectiveness of the measures in relation to youth employment, the problems of employers and other relevant entities in this process.

The participants of the focus groups were the Deputy Mayor of the City of Osijek, Mr.Denis Ambruš, Dorotea Telarović,  Department for education, culture and sport Osijek-Baranya County, Ivan Ravlić, representative of the Croatian Employment Service – Osijek, as well as a representative of CISOK, CES, and representatives of the real and the public sector (employers), representatives of civil society organizations, young people who are unemployed and have not used any of the measures of the scheme “Youth Guarantee” as well as those who, passed through a measure  and today they are working on similar or the same jobs for which they were “educated” through one of the measure.

It was concluded, inter alia, that the crucial problem of youth unemployment is educational system-enrolment quotas in certain professions, IE. discrepancy in relation to the labour market, the necessity of practice in secondary schools, particular measures must be seen as a continuation of schooling, parents are sometimes crucial factor at the incitement of children/young people, young people need to be more motivated, interested in search of the measures, as well it is important they need to inform themselves about the path after they finish with certain measure, mentoring is crucial, the specifics of the technical sector in relation to the measure of professional training and that there is a problem in smaller towns and rural areas because lack of institutions/establishments in which young people can do some of the measures.

Shortly before the beginning of the focus groups, representatives of PRONI/Info-Center for youth, presented the key questions and the answers of young, preliminary results from a survey about awareness among young people about the extent of the “Youth Guarantee”.

II. MOTIVATIONAL MEETING WITH LOCAL EXPERT TEAMS – PLATFORMS IN BELI MANASTIR – SEPTEMBER 2015.

Center for Peace, Non-violence and Human Rights – Osijek on 30th of September 2015. organized the second motivational meeting of the local expert team – platform of Beli Manastir for the purpose of strengthening the principles of good governance and anti-discrimination at the local level. The initial meeting of the platform took place in June of this year.

A meeting of the local expert team – platform was held with wholehearted support and assistance of the city administration by providing a free space of “Mala vijećnica” of the Beli Manastir Town Hall for the purpose of the meeting.

Along with the members of the platform, on the meeting participated and one of the Deputy Mayor of the city of Beli Manastir, Mr. Marko Bogatić.

At the meeting it was discussed about the program of integrated physical, economic and social regeneration of the Beli Manastir. The program integrates the activities of the Operational Programme “Competetivness and cohesion 2014-2020” and “Efficient Human Resources 2014-2020” financed from the European Regional Development Fund and European Social Fund. Deputy Mayor of the city of Beli Manastir, Mr. Marko Bogatić introduced to the memebers of the platform with the program, the content and the objectives.

Members of the local platfor concluded that when making intervention plans for the City of Beli Manastir in relation with above mentioned program, City of Beli Manastir must include ideas of local civil society organizations, all the more as some of them are social services providers, and for many years act for the benefit of the community.

At the meeting, they also exchanged information after the refugee crisis in Beli Manastir and have given recommendations how there have to be more coordination so that at every moment, everyone know what is whose responsibility.

Memebers of the local platform discussed the end of the Action plan of the implementation of the measures of the national policy for gender equality for the period 2011-2015 in the area of Osijek-Baranja County. The President of the Commission for gender equality of the city of Beli Manastir presented the activities of the Commission and the implementation of the action plan. The platform adopted a recommendation that for the next period County Commission must include as one of the measure the measure of housing of victims of family violence.

The meeting ended by presenting the process of independent monitoring of selected civil society organizations from Beli Manastir, which began in July 2015.

FOURTH NATIONAL PROJECT PARTNERS MEETING, IPA 2011 “CIVIL SOCIETY FOR ACCOUNTABLE GOVERNANCE”, SDF, PAKRAC, 29th of SEPTEMBER 2015.

On 29th of September 2015. in the premises of Pakrac Office of the SDF, Osijek street 2, Pakrac, we held the fourth meeting of national partners in the project the IPA 2011 “Civil Society for Accountable Governance”, financed by the European Union  IPA 2011 Programme “Reinforcing Support of CSOs in Enhancing Transparency and Good Governance in Croatian Public Administration”.
The meeting was attended by partners from the Serbian Democratic Forum from Pakrac, Informative Legal Center from Slavonski Brod, and the project coordinator Center for Peace, Non-violence and Human Rights Osijek.
A key theme of the meeting was a recapitulation of carried out activities as well as a plan of future activities on the project the IPA 2011.