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.