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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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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.

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

Launched the Website concerning Free legal assistance

PRESS RELEASE by the National Foundation for Civil Society Development

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The Launch of the Web-site concerning Free Legal Assistance

 

http://tripleacitizens.eu/ is new Web-site enabling citizens to have access to free legal assistance.

 

New web-site is prepared within the framework of international project “Triple A for Citizens” http://tripleacitizens.eu/ and the National Foundation is one of its implementing partners.

 

The Web-site provides an interactive map offering an easy-access for its citizens to all organisations providing information, advices and free legal assistance in five countries of South-East Europe (Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Romania, Kosovo) and Turkey.

 

The project „Triple A for Citizens: Access to information, Advice & Active help“has been initiated by the ECAS from the Bruxelles, and financed by the European Commission. It rests on the principle that any individual has the right to be informed of his/her rights.

 

The National Foundation for Civil Society Development is the implementing partner of this Project in the Republic of Croatia.

 

For more information visit:

http://zaklada.civilnodrustvo.hr/category/106/subcategory/344

 

Center for Peace began the implementation of pilot project “PPP to Citizens”

From 1 January 2014 the CPO began with the implementation of the one year pilot project under the title „ Triple A: Access to Information, Advice and Active Legal Assistance to Citizens“ (abbreviated in Croatian: „PPP Građanima“. This project is implemented with the financial assistance provided by the National Foundation for Civil Society Development which is a partner to the European Citizen Action Service (ECAS) in the implementation of the international project „Triple A for Citizens“. The general objective of this project is broadening the concept of providing advice to citizens through the provision of information to citizens, legal counselling and direct legal assistance.

Targeted beneficiaries of Pilot-project are vulnerable and marginalised citizens like persons without/with poor incomes, unemployed and long-term unemployed, national minorities, women, pensioners with minimum pensions, people affected by the war – displaced persons, returnees and refugees. For advice, information and direct help, our citizens can reach us via e-mail, phone or by visiting our office. An innovation introduced with this pilot-project is the possibility of e-counselling via the web section „Questions and answers“ on our Web site.

More information about the pilot project is available hereppp visibility

Marking the fifth anniversary of presenting the Award “Krunoslav Sukić”

On 10 December 2013 on the occasion of International Human Rights Day, CPO organised the fifth ceremony of awarding the Award for the Promotion of Peacebuilding, Nonviolence and Human Rights “Krunoslav Sukić”. The ceremony included two interesting events – the MOnuMENTI Exhibition – The Changing Face of Rembrance and the Round Table “Some Answers to Challenges of Peace Building, Integration and Solidarity in Croatia” (in cooperation with Nansen Dialogue Centre).

The Award “Krunoslav Sukić” was awarded to two exceptional women, Veselinka Kastratović (CPO employee for over many years) and Barbara Matejčić. The Award “Krunoslav Sukić” for the work in the local community was presented to Duško Kostić from Beli Manastir, The Certificate of Appreciation for non-violent action “Krunoslav Sukić” was presented to Civic Initiative “Srđ is ours” from Dubrovnik. The Certificate of Appreciation for the Book of the Year in the field of peacebuilding, non-violence, human rights and civil society was granted to two publications: KNJIGOCID by Antun Lešaja and ZRCALO SJEĆANJA – kako pamtiti u nasilnu svijetu by Miroslav Volf.

Guests from entire Croatia attended the Ceremony expressing appreciation to the 2013 laureates. This Ceremony was organised under the auspices of President Josipović whose video-greeting speech was viewed at the Ceremony.