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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.

SECOND NATIONAL PROJECT PARTNERS MEETING, IPA 2011 “CIVIL SOCIETY FOR ACCOUNTABLE GOVERNANCE”, CENTER FOR PEACE, NON-VIOLECE AND HUMAN RIGHTS, OSIJEK, 23. MARCH 2015.

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On 23rd of March 2015 coordinator Center for Peace, Non-Violence and Human Rights, Osijek organized, in its premises, the second national project partners meeting IPA 2011 “Civil Society for Accountable Governance”. The meeting was attended by partners from the Informative Legal Center, Slavonski Brod, the Serbian Democratic Forum from Pakrac and hosts the Center for Peace, Non-Violence and Human Rights, Osijek.

A key theme of the meeting was the selection of civil society organisations which have expressed an interest in involvement in project activities (training, monitoring, working in local platforms), and the contents of the training on good governance and anti-discrimination that will take place at the end of May 2015 in city of Zagreb.

It was agreed that in the coming days, all organizations (coordinator and national partners) will hold meeting with selected civil society organizations in six cities (Beli Manastir, Osijek, Slavonski Brod, Nova Gradiska, Pakrac and Lipik) in order to introduce them in the planned project activities, exchange the information about the potential local policies/strategies/action plans (related to target groups such as disabled persons, young people and children, national minorities, the Roma, women) and identify a preliminary list of potential participants.

In April they will also hold meetings with representatives of the local governments in those cities and representatives of public institutions related to the specified target groups, in order to be involved in training, monitoring, and work in local platforms, together with selected civil society organisations.

Center for Peace, Non-violence and Human Rights – Osijek, in partnership with the Informative Legal Centre from Slavonski Brod, the Serbian Democratic Forum, PAX from Utrecht (the Netherlands) and The Hague Academy for Local Governance (the Netherlands), from 30st of December 2014 implement a 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”.

More about the objectives of the project, project activities, and the first national project partners meeting  look on;

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PANEL DISCUSSION ON CIVIL SOCIETY CONTRIBUTION TO COMBATING CORRUPTION AND PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION REFORM HELD

On the occasion of the end of project contracting process under the IPA 2011 programme “Reinforcing Support of CSOs in Enhancing Transparency and Good Governance in Croatian Public Administration”, the Government Office for Cooperation with NGOs organized panel discussion on contribution of civil society to combating corruption and public administration reform. The discussion was held on 5 February 2015 in the House of Europe in Zagreb.

On the discussion attended and participated Ljubo Manojlović, Serbian Democratic Forum and Miren Špek, Center for Peace, Non-Violence and Human Rights, Osijek, otherwise the partners on the 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”.

Introductory note on the objectives and expected results of the contracted projects was held by Igor Vidačak, Director of the Government Office, Nataša Vidačak, Director of the Central Finance and Contracting Agency, and Branko Baričević, European Commission Representation in Croatia. Projects worth more than 20 million kunas are cofinanced by the IPA 2011 Programme and by the State budget allocations for the Government Office for Cooperation with NGOs, and will be implemented in cooperation of 12 associations and 50 partner organizations in 17 counties. These projects represent continuation of previous investments made through CARDS 2003/4, PHARE 2006 and IPA 2008, 2010 and 2011 programmes.

Panelists in the discussion were Arsen Bauk, Public Administration Minister, Sandra Artuković Kunšt, Deputy Justice Minister, Anamarija Musa, Information Commissioner, Dalija Orešković, President of the Commission for the Resolution of Conflicts of Interest, Zdravko Petak, Professor at the Faculty of Political Science in Zagreb and Munir Podumljak, activist from the NGO Partnership for Social Development. The discussion was moderated by journalist Tihomir Ponoš. Representatives of civil society organizations were active participants during the discussion.
A wide range of topics was tackled by the discussion, such as comments on the new Strategy for combating corruption in the period from 2014 to 2020, Action Plan for combating corruption and Strategy for public administration development as well as the Law on the Right of Access to Information. Minister Bauk announced the possibility of establishing the new Government Office that would deal with public administration development with the aim of better coordination of strategic activities in this area, while the Information Commissioner Musa emphasized the importance of the Open Government Partnership initiative as the mechanism for public authorities to get closer to citizens.
The efforts of civil society organizations have been recognized as critical for monitoring the public authorities and combating corruption. The necessity for objective reporting and active media work in combating corruption and in the active control of public bodies work has also been highlighted.
Moreover, the transparency of civil society organizations’ activities is necessary, especially concerning the fact there are more than 6000 bodies in the system, many of them allocating funds to civil society organizations.
Finally, as all of the participants concluded, the establishment of the quality monitoring system of state and local bodies’ work is not feasible without the contribution of active and strong civil society, as well as without corresponding financial support of the efforts, with the aim of enhancing the transparency of public authorities’ work and combating corruption on all levels.

Participation in the workshop on the application of the new Law on areas of special State concern

4. February 2015. Project Manager Ms.Ljiljana Božić-Krstanović (CPO) and the project coordinator for BPC, Ms.Natasa Kovacevic (ILC) participated in the workshop on the application of the new law on areas of special State concern in the Organization of the State Office for reconstruction and housing care. The workshop was held with the aim of educating and assist the representatives of the Office of the State administration in the counties and the competent governing body of the city of Zagreb but also civil society organisations that are in their work touch the housing, on the procedure of resolving by demands for housing.
Executed was the presentation of the thematic sections and this order: presentation of the execution of the plan for housing in 2014.; the application in practice of the law on areas of special State concern (“Narodne novine”, no. 86/06, 57/11, 51A/13, 148/13,76/14 and 147/14); review on the last modified date of the specified laws and informing the participants of the workshop on the preparation of the adoption of the new law on the allocation in accordance with the law on regional development (“Narodne novine”, no. 147/14) in 2015.
State Office for reconstruction and housing care on workshop presented by the execution of housing plans for 2014. and pointed out the following conclusion:
– high degree of execution of the annual plans for the users of organised accommodation and other users in accordance with the list of Championships;
-a satisfactory degree of execution of the annual plan for former tenancy and these procedures should be intensified;
– a revision of the status of refugees and displaced persons is not completed in accordance with the decision, and it should be as soon as possible put an end to the objects that are related to the Reconstruction needs is a priority to solve because the deadline for the submission of applications expired 2004. and these users if don’t exercise the right according to the law on reconstruction, can become users per ZPPDS-in.
In the second part of the workshop the representatives of the Office of the State administration presented support for instance tracking solutions Office of the State administration and the governing body of the city of Zagreb and is presented to the format of the form solutions for reconstruction and housing care.

FIRST NATIONAL PROJECT PARTNERS MEETING IPA 2011 “CIVIL SOCIETY FOR ACCOUNTABLE GOVERNANCE” – 28th of JANUARY 2015., OSIJEK

On 28th of January 2015 coordinator Center for Peace, Non-Violence and Human Rights, Osijek organized, in its premises, the first national project partners meeting IPA 2011 “Civil Society for Accountable Governance”. The meeting was attended by partners from the Informative Legal Center, Slavonski Brod, the Serbian Democratic Forum from Pakrac and hosts the Center for Peace, Non-Violence and Human Rights, Osijek. The key discussion was the implementation of the project, activities, and partner commitments.

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Otherwise, the Center for Peace, Non-Violence and Human Rights – Osijek, in partnership with the Informative Legal Centre from Slavonski Brod, the Serbian Democratic Forum, PAX from Utrecht (the Netherlands) and The Hague Academy for Local Governance (the Netherlands), from  30st of December 2014  implements a 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”.

The objectives of the project are to strengthen the capacity of local civil society organizations for the monitoring, analysis and reporting on the implementation of the policies associated with the good governance and anti-discrimination, strengthen cross-sector partnership through the establishment of local expert teams (consisting of representatives of civil society organisations, local authorities and public institutions) for the purpose of strengthening the principles of good governance and anti-discrimination at the local level and a structured dialogue between civil society organizations, local governments, public institutions and experts from EU, with the support of the creation and promotion of new mechanisms for the monitoring of the policies in the area of good governance and anti-discrimination.

Project activities are to strengthen the capacities of local civil society organizations and local governments and public institutions through training and follow-up with the experts from the Netherlands and the development of cooperation between them, maintaining regular motivational meetings with civil society organisations and local expert teams, monitoring good governance and anti-discrimination, drafting local reports and Final Analysis/publication and organization of the Regional Forum at the final stage of project implementation.

Beneficiaries of the project are local civil society organizations established to promote, exercise and protect the rights and interests of vulnerable groups (minorities, the Roma, sex/gender, disabled persons, youth) or work in the field of human rights, representatives of the local government and public institutions in whose jurisdiction are the implementation of these policies. Also the beneficiaries are Local Councils of National Minorities, the Government’s Office for Human Rights, the Ombudsman and the other Ombudsmen, citizens and the general public.

The project is implemented on the territory of the Republic of Croatia, in six cities in the Osijek-baranja, Brod-posavina, Požega-slavonia County : Osijek, Beli Manastir, Slavonski Brod, Nova Gradiska, Pakrac and Lipik.
For more information about the project can be obtained at;

Center for Peace, Non-Violence and Human Rights – Osijek, Augusta Senoe 1, Osijek

phone/fax: + 385 031 206-887,  www.centar-za-mir.hr.

Contact person: Ljiljana Bozic- Krstanovic, Project Manager,

E-mail : ljiljanabk@centar-za-mir.hr

Contact person: Miren Spek, Project coordinator for Osijek-baranja county

E-mail : miren@centar-za-mir.hr

Visit to Croatia from Israel and Palestine

Under the implementation of the Project „Give me your hand for next step – developing tools for inter-ethnic dialogue and peace-building“, the Centre for Peace, Nonviolence and Human Rights-Osijek is the host to the working visit of young people from Israel and Palestine in the period from 6 to 11 May 2013 to Osijek and surrounding region.

On 10 May 2013 at 10 hours the final conference will be held as well as the opening of the Exhibition of Photographs taken by young authors under the title „Dreams beyond the walls“.