News - May 2013

- 28 - 29 May 2013, Zagreb: Within the framework of the PGF Croatia project, first out of three educational workshops „The way to a successful EU project“ was held in Zagreb on 28-29 May 2013. The workshop was intended for education of organizations focused on improving the quality of life of Roma community in the area of Bjelovarsko-bilogorska County, Virovitičko-podravska County, Sisačko-moslavačka County, Zagrebačka County and Town Zagreb. The purpose of this workshop was to prepare potential project beneficiaries for better use of PGF support through the lectures conducted by members of the Volunteer Center Osijek expert team, one of the partners in the PGF Croatia Consortium.
The workshop was attended by representatives of Roma CSOs and councils of Roma national minority from Bjelovarsko-bilogorska County, Sisačko-moslavačka County, Zagrebačka County and Town Zagreb, who are working on the improvement of life of Roma and are interested in development and implementation of projects supported by PGF expert’s team as well as participation in other activities aimed at strengthening organizational capacities. During the course of the workshop participants were informed about the perspective and opportunities arising from EU structural funds and ways to develop and submit project proposals on open Calls. In addition, workshop participants went through preparations for a more successful use of support in order to develop project ideas into project proposals with the support of PGF expert.

    

- 27 May 2013, Zagreb: Representative of the Center for Peace – Vukovar, Mr. Branislav Tekić, participated in the work of the workshop “Improving the National Plan for Combating Discrimination: Development and Communication of Policy Analysis”. The workshop is the continuation of the process of empowerment of CSOs to develop anti-discrimination policies in the Republic of Croatia. Analytical work resulted with a finalized content and form of a text, comprehensive and relevant assessment of design (aims and instruments) and recommendations for the improvement of the National Plan for Combating Discrimination in the new implementation cycle.

 

- 23 May 2013, Čakovec: Member of the Center for Peace – Vukovar, Mr. Ljubomir Mikić, attended the final presentation of the two-years project „Empowering Roma parents to support the development and education of their children”, implemented by the Open University Korak po korak from Zagreb in cooperation with four primary schools from Medjimurje and Sisačko-moslavačka Counties.

- 21 – 22 May 2013, Zagreb: Member of the Center for Peace – Vukovar, Mr. Ljubomir Mikić, attended the conference „Exercising minority rights – integration or conflict and separation?“, organized by the Center for Peace Studies and Law Faculty in Zagreb, under the auspices of the President of the Republic of Croatia Ivo Josipović. The conference was dedicated to the discussion of the application of the Constitutional Law on Rights of National Minorities, issue of bilingualism in Croatia, application of other laws protecting national minorities and human rights and the opportunity of opening a true intercultural dialog in the Republic of Croatia. The aim of the discussion was to present different views and approaches of experts, decision makers and interest groups in view of implementation of Constitutional law provisions as well as reasons of resistance by one part of the population and interest groups. After the conference, the second day of the event, the training was organized dedicated to issues of monitoring and reporting on minority rights. During the training, at the panel discussion: Shadow Report - to whom do we write it and what they deem important?, Mr. Mikic presented experiences of the Center for Peace - Vukovar in development of the shadow report on the implementation of the Framework Convention of the Council of Europe for the protection of the national minorities in the Republic of Croatia in the course of the last two 5-year reporting cycles.

- 17 May 2013, Geneva (Switzerland): UPR Info (an independent Geneva based NGO aimed at promoting and strengthening the Universal Periodic Review process - UPR) has released the Mid-term Implementation Assessment (MIA) on Croatia. The MIA is based on information received from all stakeholders, and it details whether recommendations received by Croatia under 2010 UPR were fully, partially or not implemented approximately two years and a half after UPR.
 
The MIA can be downloaded at the following link

- 16 - 17 May 2013, Osijek: Within the framework of the PGF Croatia project, first out of three educational workshops „The way to a successful EU project“ was held in Osijek on 16-17 May 2013. The workshop was intended for education of organizations focused on improving the quality of life of Roma community in the area of Slavonija and Baranja. The purpose of this workshop was to prepare potential project beneficiaries for better use of PGF support through the lectures conducted by members of the Volunteer Center Osijek expert team, one of the partners in the PGF Croatia Consortium.
The workshop was attended by representatives of Roma CSOs and councils of Roma national minority from Brodsko-posavska and Osiječko-baranjska Counties, who are working on the improvement of life of Roma and are interested in development and implementation of projects supported by PGF expert’s team as well as participation in other activities aimed at strengthening organizational capacities. During the course of the workshop participants were informed about the perspective and opportunities arising from EU structural funds and ways to develop and submit project proposals on open Calls. In addition, workshop participants went through preparations for a more successful use of support in order to develop project ideas into project proposals with the support of PGF expert.

  

- 15 May 2013, Vukovar: Center for Peace, Legal Advice and  Psychosocial Assistance – Vukovar has contributed to the process of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Croatia conducted in November 2010 by sending a written submission for consideration to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). The UPR is a relatively new and unique mechanism of the United Nations which started in April 2008 and consists of the review of the human rights practices of all States in the world, once every four years and a half. Following the aforementioned contribution, the Center for Peace – Vukovar responded to the invitation of the UPR Info (an independent Geneva based NGO aimed at promoting and strengthening the UPR process) and made a follow-up submission of observations (information and comments) regarding the implementation of recommendations from Center’s areas of interest received by Croatia and adopted at the Human Rights Council under 2010 UPR. By its Follow-up program UPR Info tends to strengthen the UPR mechanism and to ensure the respect of engagements taken at the UPR.
For more information on the UPR Info and UPR process please visit http://www.upr-info.org

- 10 May 2013, Vukovar: Legal advisor of the Center for Peace, Legal Advice and Psychosocial Assistance Vukovar, Mr. Drago Pepić participated in a radio show of the Croatian Radio Vukovar "Living Together" along with Mr. Vlado Iljkić, representative of the Committee for the defense of Croatian Vukovar. Topics discussed were the announcement of introduction of bilingualism in Vukovar - legal and other aspects of justification or non-justification of the introduction of bilingualism, the current situation of coexistence in Vukovar and how interviewees see the prospects of Vukovar in the future.