News - June 2013

- 27 – 29 June 2013, Split: Representative of the Center for Peace – Vukovar, Mr. Drago Pepić, participated in the workshop “Analytical approach to developing anti-discrimination policy in Croatia: Improving the design of the National Plan to Combat Discrimination”. Workshop was organized within the framework of the project Creating society to tackle discrimination implemented by Cenzura Plus in partnership with the Office of Ombudsman, Ombudsman for Gender Equality, Zagreb Pride, Center for Peace Studies, Center for Civic Initiatives Poreč, Center for Peace, Legal Advice and Psychosocial Assistance – Vukovar and Croatian Journalists’ Association.  Workshop was conducted by Mrs. Anka Kekez Koštro from the Faculty of Political Science of the University in Zagreb.

- 24 – 26 June 2013, Kovačica (Serbia): Representatives of the Center for Peace – Vukovar attended the first thematic meeting of the regional network of non-governmental human rights organizations in 2013, organized within the framework of the programme "Development of the Civil Society Network in the Western Balkans region”, implemented by Group 484 from Belgrade and supported by the OSCE Mission to Serbia. Together with representatives of the OSCE Mission to Serbia, the meeting was attended by representatives of non-governmental organizations from Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro. The topic of the meeting was access to rights by all migrant groups according to regulated residence and creating official regional network web-site. At the end of the three-day meeting, joint conclusions were drawn and future activities of the network agreed upon.


- 20 - 21 June 2013, Osijek: The training „Preparation and implementation of EU projects“  was organized within the framework of the "Project Generation Facility" project (PGF Croatia) and financially supported by the OSF Budapest. The aim of the training was to increase knowledge and skills of young people to successfully prepare, develop and implement EU funded projects. The training was intended for young people active in Roma and pro-Roma organization active in working to improve the quality of life of Roma and the entire Roma community in the Republic of Croatia.


- 19 June 2013, Zagreb: Representatives of the Center for Peace - Vukovar, Milena Babic and Ljubomir Mikic, attended the 24th International Steering Committee Meeting of the Decade of Roma Inclusion 2005 – 2015. The meeting also included the formal handover of the presidency of the Decade of Roma Inclusion between the governments of the Republic of Croatia and Montenegro, who will chair the Decade for the period of one year. Issues discussed at the meeting, participated by senior officials of the Decade Participating Countries and observer status countries, Mr. George Soros, representatives of many international organizations and civil society organizations, among others, included achievements and future perspectives of the Decade after 2015, strategies for the inclusion of young Roma into initiatives within the Decade, as well as the contribution of international partners of the Decade. The last plenary session of the first working day of the conference and the entire following day, 20 June, were devoted to the presentation and consideration of country reports on the progress made within the framework of the Decade in the previous period.


- 18 June 2013, Kuršanec: Representatives of the Center for Peace - Vukovar, Milena Babic and Ljubomir Mikic, attended the event held at the Family Center in Kuršanec. The event was organized by the UNDP and the U.S. Embassy within the framework of the "Comprehensive Programme for Roma Inclusion in Medjimurje County'', financially supported by the OSI initiative -" Making the Most of EU Funds for Roma". During the course of the event, several of the activities implemented in this local ethnically mixed community and the Family Center in Kuršanec under the UNDP project were presented. U.S. Embassy also donated computer equipment to the Family Center and the local kindergarten "Pirgo".


- 5 - 6 June 2013, Čakovec: Within the framework of the PGF Croatia project, the last of three educational workshops „The way to a successful EU project“ was held in Čakovec. The workshop was intended for education of organizations focused on improving the quality of life of Roma community in the area of Međimurska County, Varaždinska County, Koprivničko-križevačka County and Krapinsko-zagorska County. 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 Međimurska County, Varaždinska County,  Koprivničko-križevačka County and Krapinsko-zagorska County, 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.


- 4 June 2013, Osijek: Representatives of the Center for Peace – Vukovar, Mr. Ljubomir Mikić and Mr. Branislav Tekić, participated in the work of the roundtable discussion “Efficient combating discrimination at regional and local level through the presence of Ombudsman”. This roundtable discussion was organized as one of the activities of the IPA TAIB 2009 project “Establishing a comprehensive system for anti-discrimination protection“, which the Office of Ombudsman is implementing in cooperation with a twinning partner the Austrian Institute for Human Rights Ludwig Boltzman. This roundtable discussion had an aim to improve the existing system for protection against discrimination through consultations of the Office of Ombudsman with regional and local institutions and organizations on discrimination, experience in work on combating discrimination as well as initiatives and suggestions to improve the functioning of the system.