News - April 2012

- 26 April 2012, Vinkovci: Legal advisor of the Center for Peace – Vukovar, Mr. Drago Pepić, attended the 2nd consultations organized by the Croatian Institute for Local Self-government (HILS) in partnership with Vukovar-Srijem County within the framework of the project „Equality Scan“. The purpose of this project is strengthening OCD capacities in Vukovar-Srijem for monitoring public policies related to national minorities. Consultations were conducted by Mr. Aleksa Đokić, Ph. D., advisor with the government’s Office for National Minorities and expert on national minorities issues at HILS in the course of this project. These consultations also included the participation of representative of the Ministry of Administration Mr. Ljubomir Mikić, head of the Department for political system and national minorities. Topics of the consultations were: elections for councils and representatives of national minorities, employment of persons belonging to national minorities, as well as discussion on issues of council’s sessions caused by the delays in decisions’ delivery and other issues in competence of institutions.

- 20 April 2012, Zagreb: Representative of the Center for Peace - Vukovar, Ms. Milica Mutić, participated in the roundtable discussion in the Croatian Parliament, on which occasion “The Assessment of the first 112 days of the new government from the perspective of the civil society gathered around the Platform 112 – for Croatia governed by the rule of law “, which gathers some 60 leading organizations of the civil society focused on the necessity of all reforms stemming from negotiations in Chapter 23 for the purpose of real and lasting rule of law in the Republic of Croatia. The roundtable „Presentation of the Report of the Platform 112 on the work of the new government in first 112 days“ is one of the activities of the project 1000 ZA-ŠTO o EU project financed by the European Union’s IPA INFO programme, with participation of MPs, representatives of the government, civil society and International community. The Report was presented to MPs, representatives of the EU Delegation in Croatia, Ombudsman, Ombudsman for persons with disabilities, representative of the Ombudsman for children and Union representatives, who discussed the assessment of the work of the new government compared to Platform 112 demands.  

- 2 April 2012, Zagreb: An agreement has been signed on cooperation in the field of combating discrimination between the Office of Ombudsman, the body responsible for combating discrimination and promotion of equality in the Republic of Croatia and the Center for Peace, Legal Advice and Psychosocial Assistance– Vukovar. The Agreement on cooperation was concluded with an aim to establish a partnership between the Center for Peace – Vukovar, a contact point for combating discrimination in the region of east Croatia and the establishment of which was envisaged by the project “Equal in diversity”, and the Office of Ombudsman. As a contact point, the Center for Peace – Vukovar will provide information to the Ombudsman on projects, activities and initiatives carried out in respect to combating discrimination, on discrimination in the region of east Croatia and on discrimination complaints. The Ombudsman and the contact point will act in coordination, each in their field of work and jurisdiction, will exchange information and participate in activities undertaken in the field of combating discrimination in the region of east Croatia.