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Dialogue Forum of the “Krunoslav Sukić” Peace Award

Achievements, Difficulties and Controversies related to Peaceful Integration of the Eastern Croatia 1996 – 2015

Osijek, December 8 2015

 The Dialogue Forum of the” Krunoslav Sukić” Peace Award was initiated in 2012 in response to the alarming shrinking of public space for dialogue, along with the growing trend of polarization and exclusion by ideological / worldview bases in Croatian society. We consider this a serious shortage of democracy which converts it into its distorted image (obstruction of government instead of creative criticism and democratic game). It favours the escalation of violence which is evident by the recent increasing hate speech in public space on the one hand, and apathy caused by lack of trust in politics and democracy on the other.

We seek to contribute to change by creating environments and opportunities for dialogue – the Dialogue Forum of the Krunoslav Sukić Peace Award, relying on the richness of insights, knowledge and social networks from which the Award laureates, friends and guests come.

We opted for this year’s topic  – the  Achievements, Difficulties and Controversies related to Peaceful Integration of the Eastern Croatia 1996 – 2015 primarily because the process of integration of people – building trust at least to a level that will enable dialogue and cooperation in the search for common ground for coexistence – has not been completed yet. Moreover, it is constantly the subject to political controversy which, in the form of conflict about the introduction of Cyrillic inscriptions, escalates to threats of violence with repeated negative assessments of peaceful integration that allegedly “left an unresolved situation, unlike the clear and clean victory which enabled the military operation Storm.”

Systematic work on social completion of the peaceful integration has not been implemented, and we are aware that this is, at least partially, also the issue of ignorance. Specifically, the UNTAES mission which is considered one of the most successful UN peacekeeping missions ever, is little known in Croatia; it is rarely discussed even in private, let alone in the public sphere; that victory of peace by peaceful means is neither marked nor celebrated at the national level. And almost no one talks about a joint venture involving politics, international and state institutions and ordinary people, although that venture was carried out by thousands and thousands of women and men (mostly direct victims of the war) who expressed willingness to accept peaceful resolution of the war conflict, gave up revenge and demonstrated courage which was necessary to take on the risk of living once again in a common environment. Those people coped with new traumas upon return / meetings and devised ways to overcome the difficulties of the early post-war period and begin to rebuild their homes and community relations. Today, it seems as if they themselves are not aware of the enterprise that they had performed.

At the Dialogue Forum, the Centre for Peace will present its archival footage on the contribution of civilians and civil society to peaceful integration – as an introduction to the question of where we are today. We invited as keynote speakers Mr. Ivan Vrkić, the Mayor of Osijek who was the representative of the Croatian Government at UNTAES mission (not confirmed) and Mr. Ivan Šimonović, Assistant Secretary – General, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (not confirmed). At the Dialogue Forum, apart from the key actors of the peaceful reintegration, we will also invite people from different professional, social and political backgrounds who reside in this territory and who live with different political, social and economic consequences of peaceful reintegration every day. We believe that Forum will provide a valuable contribution to the atmosphere of dialogue – to transcend from rigid positions to joint dialogue about the issue how to move on from here?

The Organizing Committee:

Laureats:

Ladislav Bognar

Ana i Otto Raffai

Barbara Matejčić

Ljiljana Gehrecke

Veljko Viljević

Šerif Isaković

Veselinka Kastratović

In cooperation with:

European House Vukovar, Nansen dialogue Centar Osijek, Local Democracy Agency, Osijek

For more information:

http://krunoslav-sukic.org/

nagrada@centar-za-mir.hr

++385 135 0008

Contact : Katarina Kruhonja

The Award and Recognitions for the Promotion of Peacebuilding, Nonviolence and Human Rights “Krunoslav Sukić”

Recognition Peacemaking School

Centre for Peace, Nonviolence and Human Rights – Osijek established in 2009 the award for the promotion of peace-making, nonviolence and human rights in the honour of one of its founders, peace activist and humanist Krunoslav Sukić.

This year the new category Recognition Peacemaking School will be introduced.

The aim of the Recognition Peacemaking School is strengthening the culture of nonviolence as one of the fundamental democratic values. It promotes education for peace in primary and secondary schools and emphasises the schools’ contribution in building a culture of nonviolence at the community level. It consists of the Charter and 7days educational study visit for 14 pupils, 2 teachers, 2 members of parents’ council of the award-winning school and 2 members of their local government.

The Recognition Peacemaking School will sensitise schools and general public on the subject of education for peacebuilding; winning school will be awarded the possibility to strengthen its capacities with additional knowledge and skills of conflict management, peer mediation and nonviolent action. In the long term, the network of Peacemaking Schools will be empowered through sharing knowledge, experiences and motivation for joint activities.

Public call for nomination 2015′ will be relased on September 5.

http://krunoslav-sukic.org/

The Recognition Peacemaking School is supported by National Fondation for Development of Civil Society.

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.

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;

www.centar-za-mir.hr/vijesti/ipa-2011-civilno-drustvo-za-odgovorno-upravljanje/
www.centar-za-mir.hr/vijesti/informacija-o-projektu-i-poziv-za-sudjelovanje-u-projektu-civilno-drustvo-za-odgovorno-upravljanje/

Information about the project and Invitation to participate in the project “Civil Society for Accountable Governance”

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”.

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,
  • 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.

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. Beneficiaries are also 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.

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.

One of the key activities that we plan to implement at the end of the May 2015 is five-day interactive and participatory training implemented by trainers from the Netherlands. Topics of the training will be: the successes/shortcomings in the present monitoring and advocating for the change of policy; methods of monitoring and indicators; data analysis and interpretation; formatting the findings and recommendations; the final report and communication.

Training will be divided into two parts, separated workshops for 3 days with the local government and public institutions on the one side and the OCDs on other side, and the common workshop with all participants for a period of 2 days. Simultaneous translation will be organized.

Training with the local government and public institutions will lead The Hague Academy for Local Government on the subject of good governance, transparency, integration, accountability and participation. What principles we talk, how to implement them, which are examples of good practice?

Training with OCDs will be guided by trainers from PAX on the subject of models of civic participation, taking into account, particular vulnerable groups (minorities, Roma, sex, gender, disabled persons, young people) from the three counties in the Republic of Croatia, and the monitoring of the implementation of the principles of good governance and anti-discrimination, including the definition of the mechanism (models) of the successful monitoring of policies related with good governance and anti-discrimination.

On the joint training, the participants will get the answers to some of the questions such as: what is good governance and anti-discrimination, why do we have to follow up the implementation, in what way will the two groups cooperate and why should they cooperate?

All participants will receive a training practical Manual which will be of use for future advocacy activities.

In the second year of the project implementation, we will organise follow-up training, a kind of a continuation of the training that will include all the participants/ice. The purpose of this training is to support cross-sector partnership: check out how the local expert groups-platform work, is there any difficulties and obstacles, how to overcome them and to provide extra support and motivation to target groups for further independent action.

How many times have you heard of “good governance”? Do you know which are the principles of good governance and who is obliged to implement them? Can you as citizens contribute? Can the implementation of policies relating to vulnerable groups in which interests and the protection you founded organization change or improve? How to do it? Are the local governments ready for cross-sector cooperation and are they open to civic participation? Why is it important the interested groups of citizens participate?

In order to get the replies to these and other interesting questions we invite you to engage in the training, and with the support of experts from the EU establish cross-sector cooperation through the establishment of local expert groups-platforms in targeted cities, develop models of monitoring the policy related to the principles of good governance and anti-discrimination, develop action plans for the successful implementation of the measures and policies, and in this way, we advocate for the establishment and/or promotion measures and policies and contribute to better position of targeted vulnerable groups in local communities.

In order to get the answers to these and other interesting questions we invite you to engage in training, and with the support of experts from the EU establish cross-sectoral cooperation through the establishment of local platforms in targeted cities, develop models of monitoring the policy associated with the principles of good governance and anti-discrimination, develop action plans for the successful implementation of the measures and policies, and in this way, we advocate for the establishment and/or promotion measures and policies and contribute to better position the targeted vulnerable groups in local communities.

Please no later than 2nd of March 2015 fill out the Survey/Questionnaire: Anketni upitnik_IPA 2011_20-2-2015 and forward it to the below email addresses in order to make the selection of the participants because the number is limited.

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

REINFORCING SUPORT OF CSOs IN ENHANCING TRANSPARENCY AND GOOD GOVERNANCE IN CROATIAN PUBLIC ADMNISTRATION – IPA 2011 IMPLEMENTATION WORKSHOP – CFCA 6th of FEBRUARY 2015 – ZAGREB

On February 6th, 2015,  implementation workshop was held for users of grants. The workshop was held in the premises of the Central Finance and Contracting Agency (CFCA), in Zagreb.

Along with other representatives of civil society organizations at the workshop attended and project team of the Center for Peace, Non-Violence and Human Rights, Osijek, which implements the project “Civil Society for Accountable Governance” financed by European Union under the IPA 2011 programme “Reinforcing Support of CSOs in Enhancing Transparency and Good Governance in Croatian Public Administration”.

The content of the workshop was Contract Grant(s), the General provisions of the Contract (article 1), reporting (article 2., 14., 15., 16.), amendments to the Contract (article 9), the secondary procurement (article 10 and Annex IV), the communication and visibility (article 6) and the procedure for exemption from VAT.

The lectures were : Kristina Ozimec Škof, CFCA and Jelena Zvonarić, Marta Government Office for Cooperation with NGOs Republic of Croatia.
The project team of the Center for Peace: Ljiljana Božić-Krstanović, project manager, Una Josipovic, Project Assistant and Miren Špek, project coordinator for the Osijek-baranja County.

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.