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”.