News - December 2015

- 15 - 18 December 2015, Palic (Serbia): Representatives of the Center for Peace - Vukovar participated in the final meeting of the regional network of non-governmental organizations organized within the framework of the program "Development of the Civil Society Network in the Western Balkans", implemented by the Group 484 from Belgrade (Serbia) with the support of the OSCE Mission in Serbia. The final working meeting of the network was attended by representatives of NGOs from Bosnia and Herzegovina (Your Rights, Sarajevo; SDF, Banja Luka), Montenegro (Legal Center, Podgorica), Serbia (Group 484, Belgrade; IDC, Belgrade; Praxis, Belgrade; HCIT Novi Sad) and Croatia (Center for Peace, Non-Violence and Human Rights, Osijek; Center for Peace, Legal advice and Psychosocial Assistance, Vukovar).Topics, activities and results achieved in 2015 were presented during the meeting; information of relevance to the members of the network were exchanged, areas of work were identified and activities of the network in 2016 were proposed.

- 7 December 2015, Osijek: Representatives of the Center for Peace - Vukovar, Milena Babic, Danka Katanić and Ivana Juričević, attended the 10th Regional conference of civil society organizations in Slavonija and Baranja - The Crowd at the Counter - The virtues of solidarity. The conference program included, among other things, the panel discussion: "European solidarity and the role of civil society organizations", the debate New areas of development: Operational Programme "Effective Human Resources" 2014 - 2020, within which the representative of the Ministry of Labour and Pension System presented the up-coming open call - Social entrepreneurship "Establishment of institutional and legislative framework for the development of social entrepreneurship" and "Strengthening the business of social entrepreneurs I", presentation of the example of good practice "Social Entrepreneurship" – by ACT group from Čakovec, presenting the announced open call by the Office for Cooperation with NGOs of the Croatian government “Support to development of partnerships between OCDs and higher educational institutions to implement community learning programs" and consultations about the strategic objectives and the support of the National Foundation for Civil Society Development for the period 2016 – 2020. The conference was organised under the Programme Salter, implemented by the Volunteer's Center Osijek as a regional support center, in partnership with the county cooperative organisations:  PRONI Center for the social teaching – branch office Vukovar, "Oppidum" from Pleternica and Information Legal Center (ILC) from Slavonski Brod, in cooperation and financial support of the National Foundation for Civil Society Development.

- 3 - 4 December 2015, Osijek: Representatives of the Center for Peace - Vukovar, Milena Babic and Ivana Juričević, attended the two-day workshop “From unsuccessful projects to grant allocation”, which was organized within the the project “Preparation of project pipeline and support to the ESF beneficiaries”, implemented by WYG International in partnership with the Ministry of Labour and Pension System. Over two days, participants of the workshop, previously successful and unsuccessful applicants, as well as organizations and institutions – first time ESF applicants, attempted to improve their practical knowledge, based on lessons learned from applications submitted under the ESF 2007 – 2013, and with the exchange of experiences with other participants of the workshop to further their work on developing a successful, relevant and feasible applications to open calls for ESF funds under the new programming period 2014 – 2020.