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MOTIVATIONAL MEETINGS WITH CSOs, BELI MANASTIR 16th of September 2015.

On September the 16th, 2015. in the premises of Beli Manastir’s Community Center, motivational meeting was held with representatives of P.G.D.I., Peace Group “Oaza”, and the Roma Association – LUNA. Those three civil society organizations are currently associates on the project IPA 2011 “Civil Society for Accountable Governance”.

The content of the motivational meetings regarded the support in independent monitoring carried out by the above organization: P.G.D.I. monitors the the implementation of the measures “Guarantee for the youth”, while Peace Group “Oaza” monitors the implementation of the measures 7. “To provide permanent and temporary housing of 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.”(Chapter VI. “Care and support for victims of domestic violence”) and the Roma Association – LUNA monitors the implementation of the measure, 2.4.3. Organize public works programs and include unemployed persons of the Roma national minority from the action plan for the implementation of the national strategy for Roma inclusion 2013-2015 in Chapter 2. “Employment and participation in economic life”.

SURVEY ON THE AWARENESS OF YOUTH ABOUT “GUARANTEE FOR YOUTH”

PRONI Center for social education Osijek, Organization for civic initiatives Osijek-Osijek-O.G.I, a Project of Civic Democratic Initiatives-P.G.D.I. Beli Manastir and Center for Peace, Non-Violence and Human Rights, Osijek conduct a survey on the awareness of young people about the extent of the “Guarantee for youth” in the region of Slavonia and Baranja. Monitoring measures Guarantee “for the youth” is carried out in the framework of the project the IPA 2011 “civil society for a responsible management”, funded by the EU and the Association of the Office for the Government of the Republic of Croatia.

The purpose and goal of the questionnaire is to get an answer whether they are and how much they are young informed about the extent of the Ministry of labor “Guarantee for the youth”. A measure of the “youth Guarantee” is a new approach in addressing the issues of youth unemployment persons are working as fast as the labour market activation. It is a large number of submeasures (more than 20), and some, such as fiscal incentives for employment, training or education are most used. More about the extent of the www.gzm.hr

The survey can be downloaded at http://goo.gl/forms/GaXxnMX6dz

THIRD NATIONAL PROJECT PARTNERS MEETING, IPA 2011 “CIVIL SOCIETY FOR ACCOUNTABLE GOVERNANCE”, SLAVONSKI BROD, 23rd of JULY 2015.

On July 23, 2015. in the premises of an Informative Legal Center from Slavonski Brod, Slavonski Brod 63 Ante Starčević, was hold the third national project partners meeting of the project IPA 2011 “Civil Society for Accountable Governance”, financed by the European Union assistance funds from IPA 2011 “strengthening support to civil society organizations to increase transparency and sound management of public administration in Croatia.”

The meeting was attended by partners from the Serbian Democratic Forum from Pakrac and Informative legal Center, and the project coordinator Center for Peace, Non-violence and human rights – Osijek.
Key themes of the meeting were: the plan of activities of the project “Civil Society for Accountable Governance” (motivational meetings with CSOs, motivational meetings with local professional teams-platform, the beginning of a independant monitoring, …), the analysis of the monitoring forms.

LOCAL EXPERT TEAM – PLATFORM SET IN CITY OF OSIJEK – JULY 2015.

Center for Peace, Non-violence and Human Rights-Osijek in July 2015. organized a meeting and established a local expert team – platform Osijek made up of selected civil society organizations from the area of the city of Osijek, and representatives/ica local administration and public institutions of the city of Osijek, in order to strengthen the principles of good governance and anti-discrimination at the local level. The sequel is that on the establishment of a local professional platforms that are established during June in the Beli Manastir.

The purpose of the local expert team – platform is that through work develop cross-cutting partnerships and improve the implementation of the principles of good governance and anti-discrimination, suggest the steps and measures for implementing the principles of good governance and anti-discrimination at the local level; to serve as checkpoints for citizens and citizens in issues that concern the anti-discrimination and good governance, to promote the principles of good governance and anti-discrimination and at the meetings identify several problem in the environment in which they operate and to propose steps/measures to address the problem.

For the members of the local platform selected are : Society to help people with intellectual disabilities – Osijek , Organization for the citizens initiative O.G.I. Osijek, PRONI Center for social education, “Consumer Forum” –  Association for protection and promotion of consumers rights Osijek, Women’s Association “Izvor” and representatives of the local administration and public institutions – the city of Osijek (Department of social welfare and health care and the Department of social services) and the Commission for gender equality of the city of Osijek.

At the initial meeting it was discussed about the lack of financial resources for specific services and programs of the CSOs, about the allocation of women victims of domestic violence, the structure of users of social care and the dynamics of employment of women of domestic violence and victims of trafficking, the work of the Council for the protection of the consumers of public services and a legal obligation to be formed into units of local and regional Governments and the obligations of the same bodies to consult when increase prices of individual services, about the lack of CSOs specialized for consumer protection in the region of Slavonia and Baranja, about the difficulties that occur in connection with a legal obligation of employers to employ people with disabilities, working serving/retiring of persons with disabilities and the positive examples from Hungary, on the right to disability pension in cases that a person is in the “daily stay” (dnevni boravak) for people with disabilities for more than eight hours, the assistants in teaching and non educating assistants when we talk about the individual assistance for persons with disabilities (for example, with intellectual disabilities), about the system of education of persons with disabilities, about the necessity of adopting a new Strategy the Equalization of Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities in the area of the city of Osijek for the period after 2015.

Members have also discussed giving a contribution to the public debate on the draft of a new National Plan for Combat Discrimination 2015. – 2020.

MOTIVATIONAL MEETINGS WITH CSOs -MONITORING “GUARANTEE FOR THE YOUTH”, OSIJEK 17th of June 2015.

On 17th of June 2015. a motivational meeting with representatives of partial civil society organizations from Osijek was held. The meeting was attended by: Miren Špek – project co-ordinator for the Osijek-Baranja County Center for Peace, Non-Violence and Human Rights, Osijek, Zdenka Radic, Mirjana Jozanović and Maja Knezevic – PRONI Center/Youth Info-Center Osijek, Martina Cangajst and Marina Mišanović, OCI Osijek.

Co-ordinator for Osijek presented a draft of the monitoring form for youth made by traineer Lars Burem during June. The goal of advocacy is improving the implementation and enhancing the effectiveness of measures to “Guarantee for the youth”, and the general goal of monitoring is the monitoring of the levels of implementation and level of performance measures “Guarantee for the youth”. Monitoring has two sub-objectives, the first whose task is to measure the awareness of young people about the measures (awareness of youth), and another that will measure the effectiveness and impact of the measures on youth employment in the long term. Target persons are between 15 to 30 years.

It was agreed that the survey on information go first, while the focus groups will be held during September 2015, and conclusions, suggestions of participants will use focus groups for updates to the two other remaining surveys – “on the effectiveness of the measures” and one toward employers. As part of the focus groups other than young people who have gone through some submeasures “Guarantees for the youth” invited will be employers, schools, and other public and State institutions. By sprucing up these two surveys will be distributed along with a survey on the awareness among the target groups. Polling will take place online and filling out a written survey. surveying will be conducted from July 2015. until September 2016. when every organization will make a brief report and participate in the analysis of the research – monitoring.

LOCAL EXPERT TEAM – PLATFORM SET IN CITY OF BELI MANASTIR – JUNE 2015.

On 16th of June  2015. we established a local expert team – platform consisting of five members of selected civil society organizations from the area of the city of Beli Manastir, and representatives of the local government and public institutions of the city of Beli Manastir, for the purpose of strengthening the principles of good governance and anti-discrimination at the local level.

The first initial meeting of local expert team – platform was held with wholehearted support and assistance of the city administration by providing a space “Mala vijećnica” of the Beli Manastir Town Hall for the purposes of the initial meeting, and the meeting attended the members of the project team IPA 2011 “Civil Society for a Accountable Governance” project manager Ljiljana Božić Krstanović and project assistant Una Josipović. The establishment of local expert team – platform is preceded by a five-day training in Zagreb, on the theme “Monitoring of policies related with good governance and anti-discrimination” which led the coaches from the Netherlands, and motivational meetings in the white Monastery during April 2015.

In the local professional platform of Beli Manastir are representative of the Peacekeeping group OASIS, representative of the Project Civic Democratic Initiatives – P.G.D.I. and representative of the Roma Association of friendship LUNA, President of the Commission for gender equality of the town of Beli Manastir, and a representative of the town of Beli Manastir in Baranja development agencies.

At the initial meeting it was discussec about the problems of the Roma minority in Beli Manastir, and Darda, the problem of housing victims of domestic violence, and therefore of the inadequacy of their housing, about the problem of unemployment and the walkouts in other countries an increasing number of young people from Baranja, and lack of financial resources for a growing percentage of socially disadvantaged persons.

TRAINING “MONITORING OF POLICIES RELATED TO GOOD GOVERNANCE AND ANTI-DISCRIMINATION ” HELD IN ZAGREB, 25-29 OF MAY 2015.

Organized by the Centre for Peace, Non-Violence and Human Rights, Osijek, in partnership with Informative Legal Centre from Slavonski Brod, the Serb Democratic Forum, and Dutch partners PAX-om and the Hague Academy for local governance in Zagreb organized the five-day educational training, titled “Monitoring of policies related to good governance and anti-discrimination”, which is an integral part of two-year project “Civil Society for Accountable Governance”, funded by the European Union – under the IPA 2011 Programme “Reinforcing Support of CSOs in Enhancing Transparency and Good Governance in Croatian Public Administration”.

Interactive training, at which participated representatives of civil society organizations, local governments and public institutions from Osijek, Beli Manastir, Slavonski Brod, Nova Gradiska, Pakrac and Lipik was held at Hotel Panorama Zagreb, in the period of 25th till 29th of May 2015., and was held by experts of our Dutch partner PAX from of Utrecht and the Hague Academy for local governance Mr. Lars Burema, Dion van der Berg and Gregor Niessen.

The first day, 25th of May, in opening of the training the representative of the  Ombudsman Office, Mrs. Sylvia Trgovec Greif  introduced to the attendants with legislative and institutional framework for the protection from discrimination in the Republic of Croatia and the experience of the Office as the central body responsible for combating discrimination. Taking into consideration a declared goal of the training (empowerment of local civil society organizations in the focus of the promotion and protection of human rights and the interests of particularly vulnerable groups for monitoring and reporting on the implementation of the policies associated with good management and by combating discrimination) part of the presentation was devoted to clarify the roles of public-legal bodies and civil society organizations in the field of combating discrimination.

With the institutional and legislative framework of the anti-discrimination in Croatia at practice facilities are processed:
• International standards of good governance and anti-discrimination;
• Methods of monitoring, indicators and monitoring form;

At the end of the training established are intersectoral local professional platform for the cities of Beli Manastir, Osijek, Slavonski Brod, Nova Gradiska, Pakrac and Lipik from representatives of civil society organizations, local governments and public institutions for the purpose of strengthening the implementation of the principles of good governance and anti-discrimination at the local level. All participants also received certificates of participation in training, and a closing ceremony was held at the end of the training.

Training in Zagreb also was the occasion for a meeting of all partners in the project the IPA 2011 “Civil Society for Accountable Governance”.

IPA 2011 Training “Monitoring of policies related to good governance and anti-discrimination”

Center for Peace, Non-violence and Human Rights – Osijek, in partnership with the Informative Legal Centre from Slavonski Brod, the Serbian Democratic Forum, and  project partners from Netherlands PAX  and The Hague Academy for Local Governance, organize training “Monitoring of policies relating to good governance and anti-discrimination” as integral part of two-year project “Civil Society for Accountable Governance”, funded by the European Union – under the IPA 2011 Programme “Reinforcing Support of CSOs in Enhancing Transparency and Good Governance in Croatian Public Administration”.

Training will be held in Zagreb, from 25th till 29th of May in Hotel Panorama, and presence confirmed representative of civil society organization and representative of local government and public institutions from cities of Osijek, Beli Manastir, Slavonski Brod, Nova Gradiška, Pakrac and Lipik.

On Monday 25th of May Councillor of Ombudswomen, Mrs. Silvija Trgovec Greif will greet the representatives and hold introductory about institutional and legal framework on anti-discrimination in Republic of Croatia.

Training will be conducted by international project partners from Netherlands by PAX and The Hague Academy for Local Governance.

The purpose of the training is to strengthen the capacities of local civil society organizations established to promote, exercise and protect the rights and interests of vulnerable groups and human rights (minorities, Roma, sex, gender, disabled persons, youth) for monitoring and reporting on the implementation of the policy related to the good governance and anti-discrimination and strengthen cross-cutting partnership through the establishment of local expert groups-platform of civil society organisations, local authorities and public institutions for the purpose of strengthening the implementation of the principles of good governance and anti-discrimination at the local level.

Through interactive presentations and group sessions the following content will be elaborated:

• The institutional and legislative framework of the anti-discrimination in Croatia;
• International standards of good governance and anti-discrimination;
• The importance of monitoring in combating discrimination and promoting good governance;
• Methods of monitoring, indicators and monitoring form;
• The establishment of a cross-sectoral, local, professional platform, the roles and responsibilities

Training is preceded by information about the project and an invitation to participate in which 22 civil society organizations from six cities and 14 representatives of the local administration and public institutions linked with the target groups applied. During March and April we held motivational meetings, on which we spoke of the next planned project activities, discussed potential local policies/strategies/action plans that will be the subject of future monitoring and local expert teams/platform (which will be set up during training).


IPA 2011 “CIVIL SOCIETY FOR ACCOUNTABLE GOVERNANCE”- HELD MOTIVATIONAL MEETINGS WITH SELECTED CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANIZATIONS IN OSIJEK AND BELI MANASTIR 31st of March, 21st and 27th of APRIL 2015.

Held motivational meetings with selected civil society organizations in Osijek and Beli Manastir

On the 31st of March and 27th of April 2015. in the premises of the Center for Peace, Non-Violence and Human Rights, Osijek, Trg Augusta Šenoe 1, held motivational meetings with local civil society organizations, selected to participate in the project IPA 2011 “Civil Society for Accountable Governance,” funded by the European Union – under the IPA 2011 Programme “Reinforcing Support of CSOs in Enhancing Transparency and Good Governance in Croatian Public Administration”.

Objectives of the project are to strengthen the capacities of local civil society organizations for the monitoring, analysis and reporting on the implementation of the policies related to the good governance and anti-discrimination, to strengthen cross-sector partnership through the establishment of local expert groups-platforms of civil society organisations, local government and public institutions in order to improve implementation of good governance and anti-discrimination on the local level and to foster structured dialogue between civil society organizations, local government and public institutions, government bodies and experts from the EU, with the support of the creation and promotion of new mechanisms for the monitoring of policies in the field of good governance and anti-discrimination.

The meeting was attended by representatives of the organisations from Osijek, PRONI Center for social education Osijek, “Consumer Forum” –  Association for protection and promotion of consumers rights Osijek, Organization for the citizens initiative -O.G.I. Osijek, Society to help people with intellectual disabilities – Osijek and the Women’s Association “Izvor”.

The theme of the meeting was a prelude to the planned project activities, the exchange of informations about potential local policies/strategies/action plans (related to the target groups) that will be subject to monitoring.

Project Manager Ljiljana Bozić Krstanović introduced to the present how the IPA 2011 is sort of sequel to the previous IPA 2008 that he’s been implementing by Center for Peace, Non-Violence and Human Rights, which had focus on strengthening the capacity of civil society organizations for greater participation in legislative initiatives and the development of anti-discrimination policies through education on monitoring of public policies and to increase the availability of free legal assistance to marginalized groups that are at risk of discrimination. The focus of the monitoring was the implementation of the law on free legal aid as a mechanism for the exercise of the right to equal treatment in all areas and by all discriminatory grounds that a law on combating discrimination, prescribes. She also introduced representatives of OCDs with aim of the upcoming training/education to be held in Zagreb, with establishment, purpose and duration of local expert teams- platforms and  obligations of the members in future platform. Follow up training in 2016 is also described as continuation of first training (control of what we’ve learned and how we made reports), and the purpose and time of organisation of the Regional Forum, and who will like follow up be held in Osijek. The Manager explained the tasks of organisations such as writing reports by monitoring the form which will be determined on the training in Zagreb, and how they will have support by the Center for peace in their work.

“Consumer Forum” –  Association for protection and promotion of consumers rights Osijek have stressed that association has cooperation with the local government, which is evident through the work of the Council and of the Commission. It was emphasized how according the Law on the Protection of the Consumers and the regulations, Ministry of economy and the City of Osijek are obliged to co-finance the work of Counseling of their Association, but that is not happening by the city of Osijek, because currently they simply can not fund them. “Consumer Forum” explained the problem of frequent hole in their funding, and how this impacts on the quality of work of the Council. Association sees also the problem with “sliding down” obligations with national to local, and locally there are no funds to do mentioned work by default. Association wants to improve the rights of consumers, and also see the problem in respecting the Law on Waste, according to which the waste was often billed towards the square footage before, and not according to volume, quantity, or to the people who create it. Today, in generally, there are  not charge per square footage than by volume, but the volume is determined by the number of household members. This is not the solution either, because there exists sort of lump-sum.

Otherwise, the novelty is in the modifications and amendments of the Law on Protection of Consumers which stipulates that the composition of the National Council for Consumer Protection extends with the representatives of local government and, in which there are such Counseling to consumers. It is quite important because often in the meetings of the Council issues related to utilities are discussed, and they’re not there.

PRONI Center for social education, participated in the drafting of programmes for young people for the the area of the City of Osijek for the year 2014-2017, and themselves are holders of, or associates of the City on the execution of several activities, such as the elaboration of the catalogue of informal educational programmes offered by institutions, organizations and economic entities on the city level, the promotion of a culture of non-violence, etc. Otherwise the PRONI conducts numerous training for young people, have “a small school with life skills,” teaching young people to be active in society.

The representative of the Society to help people with intellectual disabilities – Osijek stressed that the main problem with intellectual disabilities the right to work. Problem is also in the absence of financial resources for the introduction of the new user in the system of education/schooling. It is necessary to raise the quality of life of adults with intellectual disabilities and their families and to prevent the isolation of adults with intellectual disabilities upon completion of the process of education — education and employment training. They see the key problem in the absence of providing social services for all users, or people with intellectual disabilities, in the area of the city of Osijek. The problem is also in understanding the person with a commandeered the business ability — because they are viewed as “the kids” (these persons are not allowed to marry, they do not have the right to enter into contracts, etc.).

Representatives of the Organization for the citizens initiative O.G.I. Osijek have proposed monitoring of the implementation of the “Guarantee for the youth”, which was recently featured. Guarantee for youth  is a new approach in addressing the issues of youth unemployment, which all persons under the age of 30 years seeks to quickly activate on the labour market. Express activation on the labour market implies getting quality offerings within four months from the time of leaving or the completion of education or entry into unemployment, even if a person has been reported to the Department of employment or not. Quality offer applies to: a job offer or an offer of apprenticeship, or trainee and internships or continuation of education with an emphasis on adaptation to the individual abilities and needs of the individual young person.
CES has started with the implementation of Guarantee for youth people on 1st of July 2013. and it is a package of measures for the young “young and creative” rewrite with an additional 11 measures (www.hzz.hr/default.aspx?id=11698) primarily aimed at young people to 29 years. The measures are aimed at raising the competences and the preparation of young people for employment, and in particular strengthening and involvement of young people in entrepreneurship and the development of civil society organizations as all significant stakeholders in the labour market.
He also passed a law in which an employer who hires a young person up to 30 years old for an indefinite period of time through five years of releases from the payment of contributions from the so-called. gross II. It should, with the assistance of CES statistics-be seen how it be carried out one of the 20 measures for young people.

Women’s Association “Izvor” – finds that in the focus of future monitoring and platforms may be housing of victims of domestic violence (with an emphasis on women), whose treatment is one of the goal of the National Strategy of Protection required by domestic violence 2011-2016, and illogical is seen in the fact that on these users applies a completely inappropriate law on areas of special State concern, and is a consequence of indirect discrimination on grounds of sex.
Women’s Association “Izvor” through legal counselling unit continuously monitors the actions of a woman victim of the partner and/or family violence, the applicant for housing, so that in that section and many years of experience in the area of the protection of the rights of women and housing is an integral part of the of the area and therefore feel that they can contribute to the project.

Project co-ordinator for the Osijek-Baranya County, Mirren Špek pointed out that through survey was found that the Strategy of compensating for disabled people of the city of Osijek, and an Action plan for the implementation of the measures of the national policy for gender equality in the area of Osijek is in the last period of the implementation (2015). As far as the consumers there are no local policy/strategy or action plan. The program for young people in the area of the city of Osijek (2014-2017) is a step-by-step strategic document, and on the occasion of making the public debate took place (online) with the interested public.

A motivational meeting with selected civil society organizations in Beli Manastir 21. April 2015

On 21st of April 2015. in the premises of a Peace group Beli Manastir, OAZA Jozsefa Antala 3, held motivational meeting with the three selected local civil society organizations to participate in the project the IPA 2011 “Civil Society for Accountable Governance,” funded by the European Union – under the IPA 2011 Programme “Reinforcing Support of CSOs in Enhancing Transparency and Good Governance in Croatian Public Administration”.

The meeting was attended by representatives of civil society organizations from Beli Manastir, Vesna Nedic – OASIS peace group, Mirela Alagić – Project Civic Democratic initiative, and you, P.G.D. Dusko Kostić – Association of Roma of friendship LUNA.

Coordinator for Osijek-baranja county, Miren Špek pointed out that through research and by sending a query did not noticed any strategies/Plans or programs for the target groups in the project in the area of the town of Beli Manastir, i.e.,. the disabled, the young, the Roma. An action plan for the implementation of the measures of the national policy for gender equality in the area of Osijek is applicable and to the territory of the city of Beli Manastir, but it expires in 2015. year. The representatives agreed that there is no strategic documents at the local level in connection with the mentioned target groups.

At the meeting  is discussed the program for young people in the area of the city of Osijek and opportunities to advocate the adoption of a similar document, adaptive to the needs and opportunities of the town of Beli Manastir, and about the possibilities of making the action plan for Romas, who would then be able to keep up with. In the area of the town of Beli Manastir Romas are, along with the Hungarians and Serbs, most larger national minority population so present are considered to be very worthwhile to bring the same. Currently, it can be monitored the National strategy for Roma inclusion 2013-2020 and the related action plan for the implementation of the National strategy 2013-2015. Representatives of the organizations had noted that the biggest problem is in a fixed income and in the absence of financial resources for social services.

CSOs introduced the Center for peace with the fact that the town of Beli Manastir, together with five Croatian towns with the war fatalities, such as the area of Benkovac, Knin, Petrinja and Vukovar, will receive from the EU funds 24 million euros (total of 120 million euros), which should be spent to improve infrastructure, to strengthen growth potential, increase attractiveness for living and investment potential.

As for the youth, for the preparation, participation and the implementation of the monitoring and of certain of the city’s activities in relation to this group is in charge of the advice of the youth of the town of Beli Manastir, but it has not yet been created, it’s only at the stage of passing formal requirements of candidates, so it’s hard to expect the possibility of their attending a training session. Their candidates for the tip of the youth of the town of Beli Manastir have suggested and Oasis and P.G.D.I.

Representatives of the organization also took copies of reports on the monitoring of the implementation of the law on free legal aid and the law on combating discrimination for 2011. year and 2012.

REINFORCING SUPORT OF CSOs IN ENHANCING TRANSPARENCY AND GOOD GOVERNANCE IN CROATIAN PUBLIC ADMNISTRATION – IPA 2011 IMPLEMENTATION WORKSHOP FOR PREPARATION OF INTERIMS AND FINAL REPORTS– CFCA 26th of MARCH 2015 – ZAGREB

26th of March 2015 implementation workshop  for  preparation of interims, and the final reports for grant agreements within the IPA  2011 was held on the premises of the Central Finance and Contracting Agency programmes and projects of the European Union, Ulica Grada Vukovara 284, Zagreb.

Along with other representatives of civil society organizations at the workshop attended the project team of the Center for Peace, Non-Violence and Human rights, Osijek (Project Manager Ljiljana Božić-Krstanović and project assistant Una Josipović), which is implementing the project “Civil Society for Accountable governance” financed by European Union from the IPA 2011 ““Reinforcing Support of CSOs in Enhancing Transparency and Good Governance in Croatian Public Administration”.

The content of the workshops was; general part, narrative and financial part of the interims and final reports.
Lectures were : Maja Tomičić, Government Office for Cooperation with NGOs Republic of Croatia, and Ana Crnčec, Central Finance and Contracting Agency programmes and projects of the European Union.