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THE 7th MEETING OF THE IPA 2011 “CIVIL SOCIETY FOR ACCOUNTABLE GOVERNANCE“ NATIONAL PARTNERS, OSIJEK, 16 SEPTEMBER 2016

On 16 September 2016, at the Centre for Peace, Nonviolence and Human Rights-Osijek office, Trg Augusta Šenoe 1, Osijek, the seventh meeting of the national partners on the IPA 2011 project “Civil Society for Accountable Governance“ was held. The project is being financed by the European Union’s assistance funds from the IPA 2011 programme “Strengthening Support to Civil Society Organisations for Increase of Transparency and Good Governance in Public Administration in Croatia“.

The meeting was attended by the partners from the Serbian Democratic Forum from Pakrac, and the Informative Legal Centre from Slavonski Brod, as well as the grant holder – Centre for Peace, Nonviolence and Human Rights-Osijek.

The key issues discussed at the meeting were: the plan of future activities on the IPA 2011 project “Civil Society for Accountable Governance“ (local reports, final analysis, joint statement, Regional Forum), and the preparation of local monitoring reports.

MOTIVATIONAL MEETING WITH CSOs – OSIJEK, 13 September 2016

On Thuesday, 13 September 2016, the Centre for Peace, Nonviolence and Human Rights-Osijek held a motivational meeting with representatives of the Info-Centre for Youth/PRONI Centre for Social Education and the Organisation for Civil Initiatives O.G.I. Osijek. The stated civil society organisations have been collaborating on the IPA 2011 project “Civil Society for Accountable Governance”.

The agenda/contents of the motivational meeting included a report on response to the participation in filling in the survey questionnaires on youth’s awareness/access to information regarding the measure “Guarantee for Youth”; response to filling in the survey questionnaires on effectiveness of measures “Guarantee for Youth”; response of employers to whom the survey questionnaires on effectiveness of the measures had been distributed to be filled in; as well as the planned project activities related to the independent monitoring and to the preparation of local reports.

The Project Coordinator informed the meeting attendees that from July – September 2016 we were commencing with a preparation of local reports regarding the areas that we had been independently monitoring. It was agreed that the Info-Centre for Youth/PRONI Centre for Social Education would analyse the collected data and draft the local report on youth’s awareness/access to information, whereas the Organisation for Civil Initiatives O.G.I. Osijek would draft the report on effectiveness of measures “Guarantee for Youth”. Earlier on, it had been agreed that the report on effectiveness of “Guarantee for Youth” measures in relation to the employers was to be drafted by the PGDI Beli Manastir.

MOTIVATIONAL MEETING WITH CSOs – OSIJEK, 06 September 2016

On Tuesday, 06 September 2016, the Centre for Peace, Nonviolence and Human Rights-Osijek held an individual motivational meeting with a representative of the Info-Centre for Youth/PRONI Centre for Social Education.

The agenda of the motivational meeting included a discussion about a report on response to participation in filling in the survey questionnaires regarding youth’s awareness/access to information on the “Guarantee for Youth” measure, as well as a discussion regarding the planned project activities related to the independent monitoring and the drafting of local reports.

The Project Coordinator handed over the filled-in paper copies of the survey questionnaires to the Info-Centre for Youth/PRONI Centre for Social Education representative for further processing. These were the paper copies of the survey questionnaires collected by the organisation collaborating on the IPA 2011 project – the Project of Civil Democratic Initiative P.G.D.I. from Beli Manastir. Another issue discussed at the meeting was the method of processing of the collected data, based on the instructions provided by Ms Daniela Širinić, Trainer/Lecturer at the Follow-up Training titled “The Reporting – from Data Collection to Interpretation and Presentation of the Report” which was held in Osijek from 27 April to 29 April 2016.

 

THE TRAINING “REPORTING – FROM DATA COLLECTION TO INTERPRETATION AND PRESENTATION OF THE REPORT” HELD IN OSIJEK IN THE PERIOD FROM 27 APRIL – 29 APRIL 2016

Centre for Peace, Nonviolence and Human Rights-Osijek, in partnership with the Informative Legal Centre from Slavonski Brodthe Serbian Democratic Forum, and our Dutch partners – PAX and the Hague Academy for Local Governance, organised a three-day follow-up training in Osijek titled “Reporting – from Data Collection to Interpretation and Presentation of the Report“  which is an integral part of the two-year project “Civil Society for Accountable Governance“ financed by the European Union assistance funds from the IPA 2011 programme titled “Reinforcing Support of CSOs` in Enhancing Transparency and Good Governance in Croatian Public Administration“.

The total of 32 representatives of civil society organisations, local self-government and public institutions from Osijek-Baranja County, Brod-Posavina County and Požega-Slavonia County participated in the training.

The training was held in the Hotel Waldinger in Osijek, in the duration from 27 April to 29 April 2016, and it was lectured/presented by Ms Danijela Širinić, PhD Sc, a Scientific Novice/Junior Scientific Staff member and a Lecturer at the Bachelor collegia – Statistics, Media Publics Research Methods, and Research Methods held at the Faculty of Political Sciences of the University of Zagreb. Whereas the participants of the first training session had gained basic knowledge concerning the creation/identification of indicators and developed the monitoring forms in accordance with specific local topics, this follow-up training session provided the participants with an opportunity to gain skills in data preparation, analysis and reporting on the collected data. The knowledge and skills obtained at the training will enable the participants to apply the monitoring tools and to use the data for a well-argued advocacy.

      

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.

THE SIXTH MEETING OF THE NATIONAL PARTNERS ON IPA 2011 “CIVIL SOCIETY FOR ACCOUNTABLE GOVERNANCE“, SLAVONSKI BROD, 30 MARCH 2016

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On 30 March 2016, on the premises of the Informative Legal Centre, in Slavonski Brod, 63, Ante Starcevic street, the sixth meeting of the national partners on the IPA 2011 project titled “Civil Society for Accountable Governance“, funded by the European Union assistance funds from the programme IPA 2011 “Reinforcing Support of Civil Society Organisations in Enhancing Transparency and Good Governance in Croatian Public Administration“.

The meeting was attended by the partners from the Serbian Democratic Forum from Pakrac and the Informative Legal Centre, as well as the grant holder Centre for Peace, Nonviolence and Human Rights-Osijek.

Key issues that were discussed at the meeting was the information on preparations for the follow-up training which would be held from 27 April to 29 April 2016 in Osijek, as well as the plan for future activities on the IPA 2011 project “Civil Society for Accountable Governance“.

MOTIVATIONAL MEETING WITH CSOs – BELI MANASTIR, 09 MARCH 2016

On Wednesday, 09 March 2016, Centre for Peace, Nonviolence and Human Rights– Osijek held a motivational meeting, in Beli Manastir`s Social Centre, with representatives of the P.G.D.I. – Ms Mirela Alagić and Ms Erika Jasnić, the representative of the “Oaza“ Peace Group – Ms Ana Jeličić and the representative of the “Luna“ Association of the Roma Friendship – Mr Duško Kostić. The stated civil society organisations are cooperating on the IPA 2011 project titled “Civil Society for Accountable Governance”.

Contents of the motivational meeting was an arrangement concerning the future activities within the independent monitoring which has been implemented by the stated organisations: P.G.D.I. Project of Civil Democratic Initiative has been monitoring the efficiency of implementation of the measure “Guarantee for Youth“, Peace Group Oaza has been monitoring the efficiency of implementation of the Measure 7 “To provide permanent and temporary housing care for the victims of domestic violence in accordance with the available housing units“ as stated in the “National Strategy of Protection against Domestic Violence, for the period from 2011 until 2016”, whereas the Association of Roma Friendship has been monitoring the implementation of the Measure 2.4.3 “To organise the programmes of public works and include in these programmes the long-term unemployed persons – members of Roma national minority“ as stated in the Action Plan for Implementation of the National Strategy for Inclusion of Roma people for 2013-2015.

The Project of Civil Democratic Initiative – P.G.D.I from Beli Manastir and the Project Coordinator have determined that there was a poor response of youngsters for the participation in the survey (poll) on the efficiency of measures of the “Guarantee for Youth“. Concerning the stated fact, the Project Coordinator has sent kind requests to the addresses of several municipalities and town administrations in our county requesting them to distribute the survey to the young who were using or had been using some of the measures of the “Guarantee for Youth“ within their administrative bodies. The same kind request has been sent to the Kneževi Vinogradi Municipality Youth Council.

The Association of Roma Friendship “Luna“ from Beli Manastir has continued with a distribution of survey questionnaires to members of Roma national minority – the users of the public works. The Project Coordinator has received a memo sent by the HZZ Croatian Employment Agency – Beli Manastir Department concerning the actual number of members of Roma national minority who had been included in the programmes of public works during 2015. According to their records, there was a total of 137 members of Roma national minority who were included in the programmes in the Baranja region during 2015.

The representative of the Peace Group “OAZA“ from Beli Manastir has submitted the survey questionnaires filled out by the City of Beli Manastir and the Beli Manastir Centre for Social Welfare, co-holder of the Measure 7 – provision of a permanent or a temporary housing care for the victims of domestic violence as stated in the National Strategy of Protection against Domestic Violence for the period from 2011 to 2016. None of the mentioned co-holders has recorded any housing care requests for the domestic violence victims whatsoever during 2015.

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.