News - November 2013

- 26 - 27 November 2013, Čakovec: The first in a series of roundtables, trainings and workshops was organized by the Center for Democracy and Reconciliation of South Eastern Europe (CDRSEE) from Thessaloniki and the Center for Peace, Legal Advice and Psychosocial Assistance – Vukovar within the framework of project “Uniting Differences - Fostering the Integration of Roma Preschool Children”, funded by the European Union. The project began in August 2013 and will last 18 months. During the project period a new methodology will be published on multicultural learning of Roma children of preschool age in the form of a manual.  The training will include about 40 preschool teachers.


- 22 November 2013, Budapest (Hungary): Decade of Roma Inclusion 2005 - 2015 Secretariat Foundation from Budapest organized a kick-off workshop for the lead researchers and project managers of national civil society coalitions monitoring the implementation of National Roma Integration Strategies and Decade Action Plan in 2012 and 2013. The meeting launched implementation of the annual monitoring program which will result in the creation of alternative CSO reports for Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, France, Germany, Italy, Montenegro, Serbia and UK. National component of the project in Croatia will be carried out by a CSO consortium consisting of the Institute of the Association for Transitional Researches and National Education - STINA Institute from Split, the Roma National Council from Zagreb and the Center for Peace – Vukovar. 


- 13-15 November 2013, Palić (Republic of Serbia): Representatives of the Center for Peace – Vukovar participated in the 3rd thematic meeting of the regional network of non-governmental organizations held within the framework of the program "Development of the Civil Society Network in the Western Balkans region”, implemented by Group 484 from Belgrade (Serbia) with the support of the OSCE Mission to Serbia. Thematic meeting was attended by representatives of non-governmental organizations from Bosnia and Herzegovina (Vaša prava, Sarajevo; SDF, Banja Luka), Montenegro (Legal center, Podgorica), Serbia (Group 484, Belgrade; IDC, Belgrade, PRAXIS, Belgrade; HCIT, Novi Sad; RPC, Belgrade; Balkan Center for Migrations, Belgrade) and Croatia (Center for Peace, Legal Advice and Psychosocial Assistance – Vukovar; Center for Peace, Non-violence and Human Rights – Osijek). During the meeting a general agreement was reached regarding activities of the regional network for the coming year, as well as the structure and methodology for the regional thematic paper with the working title: “Registration of permanent residence / temporary residence / place of temporary residence / place of permanent residence as a legal basis for accessing rights of migrants and foreigners”.



- 14 November 2013, Vukovar: During his visit to Vukovar, the new Ambassor of the Kingdom of Sweeden Mr. Lars Schmidt, accompanied by the Counsellor of the Swedish Embassy Mrs. Karin Anderman and the trainee Mrs. Katarina Kukavica, met the representatives of the Center for Peace, Legal Advice and Psychosocial Assistance – Vukovar, Center for Peace, Non-violence and Human Rights – Osijek and Youth Peace Group Danube from Vukovar.




- 11 November 2013: Center for Peace, Legal Advice and Psychosocial Assistance – Vukovar, in cooperation with Roma National Council from Zagreb and financially supported by the Open Society Foundation, produced a document “Use of EU funds for Roma inclusion in Croatia: Lessons learned and future perspectives for period 2014 – 2020’’.

The document is based on presentations and discussion from the aforementioned conference held in Zagreb on 4 October 2013 and its aim is to advocate relevant inclusion of Roma issues in operational programs of cohesion and structural EU funds in the Republic of Croatia for the period 2014-2020.

The document can be found here.

- 4 November 2013, Zagreb: Representative of the Center for Peace – Vukovar, Ljubomir Mikic, attended the presentation and discussion of the implementation of the National Programme for the Protection and Promotion of Human Rights for the period 2013 -2016, organized by the Office for Human Rights and Rights of National Minorities of the Croatian Government.