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MOTIVATIONAL MEETING WITH CSOs – OSIJEK 03 June 2016

On 03 June 2016, commencing at 10:00 hours, 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 implementation of Article 25 of the Consumers Protection Act (founding of Advisory (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, Ljiljana Božić-Krstanović – Project Manager at the Centre for Peace, Nonviolence and Human Rights-Osijek, and Tihana Režić from the Association “Potrošački forum” (Consumers’ Forum) Osijek.

The main issues discussed at the meeting were: a brief review of the filled questionnaires which were received so far, a response provided by the Administration for Inspection Dealings in Economy, as well as the planned project activities in relation to the independent monitoring (Monitoring of implementation of Article 25 of the Consumers Protection Act) and a preparation of the local reports. The “Consumers Forum“ representative expressed her dissatisfaction concerning a response to the survey, therefore, it was agreed that the repeated enquiries would be sent.

MOTIVATIONAL MEETING WITH CSOs – OSIJEK 03 June 2016

On 03 June 2016, commencing at 10:00 hours, 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 implementation of Article 25 of the Consumers Protection Act (founding of Advisory (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, Ljiljana Božić-Krstanović – Project Manager at the Centre for Peace, Nonviolence and Human Rights-Osijek, and Tihana Režić from the Association “Potrošački forum” (Consumers’ Forum) Osijek.

The main issues discussed at the meeting were: a brief review of the filled questionnaires which were received so far, a response provided by the Administration for Inspection Dealings in Economy, as well as the planned project activities in relation to the independent monitoring (Monitoring of implementation of Article 25 of the Consumers Protection Act) and a preparation of the local reports. The “Consumers Forum“ representative expressed her dissatisfaction concerning a response to the survey, therefore, it was agreed that the repeated enquiries would be sent.

MOTIVATIONAL MEETING WITH CSOs – OSIJEK 24 May 2016

On Tuesday, 24 May 2016, the Centre for Peace, Nonviolence and Human Rights-Osijek held a motivational meeting with representatives of the 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 project IPA 2011 “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“, as well as survey questionnaires on effectiveness of the measures “Guarantee for Youth“, filling in the survey questionnaires on effectiveness of measures which had been distributed to employers to fill them in, and the planned project activities related to the independent monitoring and preparation of local reports.

It was agreed that the survey would be continued further on, and that the invitations/requests for participation in the survey would be distributed again among the targeted population to tackle the issue of a relatively low initial response.

INDIVIDUAL MOTIVATIONAL MEETING WITH CSOs – OSIJEK 17 May 2016

On 17 May 2016, commencing at 10:00, an individual motivational meeting was held with representatives of the civil society organisation from Tenja – Women’s Association “Izvor” – as a support to the independent monitoring of measures “Monitoring of implementation efficiency of the Measure 7 – Providing permanent and temporary housing care for victims of domestic violence“ stated in the National strategy for protection against domestic violence for the period from 2011 to 2016. The meeting was attended by Natalija Havelka – Project Coordinator for Osijek-Baranja County and Ljiljana Božić-Krstanović, Project Manager from the Centre for Peace, Nonviolence and Human Rights-Osijek, and Mirjana Šimunović and Nikolina Zec, representatives of the Women’s Association “Izvor“.

At the meeting, the Project Coordinator briefly presented main conclusions from the recently held training “The Reporting – from Data Collection to Interpretation and Presentation of the Report“. After that, discussion was continued in relation to incoming activities regarding the continuation of the independent monitoring of the measure 7 of the National strategy for protection against domestic violence for the period from 2011 to 2016.

INDIVIDUAL MOTIVATIONAL MEETING WITH CSOs – BELI MANASTIR 13 April 2016

On Wednesday, 13 April 2016, the Centre for Peace, Nonviolence and Human Rights-Osijek held an individual motivational meeting with the Association of Roma friendship “LUNA“ from Beli Manastir. The meeting was attended Mr Duško Kostić,  representative of the Association of Roma friendship “LUNA“ and Natalija Havelka, Project Coordinator for Osijek-Baranja County. The stated organisation is a collaborator on the IPA 2011 project “Civil Society for Accountable Governance“.

The contents of the motivational meeting was a coordination and agreement regarding the future activities in relation to the independent monitoring of implementation of measure 2.4.3. Organisation of programmes of public works and inclusion of long-term unemployed persons-members of Roma national minority stated in the Action plan for the implementation of the National strategy for inclusion of Roma persons 2013-2015.   The Project Coordinator and the representative of the Association of Roma friendship “LUNA“, discussed, inter alia, the National strategy for inclusion of Roma persons for the period from 2013 to 2020, and the possibility of its revision, as well as the dismissal of the National Roma Strategy Monitoring Board, and passing the decision on founding the Board for monitoring of implementation of the National strategy for Roma inclusion, for the period from 2013 to 2020.

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.