March 1, 2018 – The European Policy Centre (CEP) in 2018 will continue with its work in the field of environmental protection. The consortium of organisations led by the CEP is one of the grantees of the CSOnnect Civil Society Support Program’s institutional grants. Today, at the EU Info Centre’s premises, a signing ceremony was held, and then the grantees presented their work plan within this grant.
Ola Anderson, Advisor and Manager for Serbia in the Development Cooperation Department of the Royal Swedish Embassy, which is the donor of these grants, pointed out that Sweden is participating in this project because it wants to help Serbia in the process of European integration, and because is aware that the Negotiating Chapter 27 (environment) is very challenging and difficult.
“Civil society has an important role in the work and monitoring of this Chapter, and for that reason we especially support the work of civil society organisations throughout Serbia,” Anderson said.
The meeting was also attended by Srđan Stanković, Advisor to the Minister in charge of cooperation with civil society in the Ministry of Environmental Protection. Participants agreed that one of the biggest issues is the untimely notifying and involving civil society in the lawmaking process.
Our Researcher in the field of environmental protection, Stefan Šipka, has briefly presented areas on which CEP and its partners (Ekološki centar Stanište, Ekološki pokret Odžaka, Lokalni ekološki pokret iz Smedereva and Business and Economy Center) will work in the upcoming period.
“CEP will place a special focus on strengthening the capacities and advocacy potential of civil society organisations, as well as the media, and in the forthcoming period we will be organising workshops throughout Serbia. Aware of the importance of networking and collaborative work in order to achieve greater results, CEP will network with other organisations which also work in the field of environmental protection, in Serbia, but also in European countries,” said Šipka.
Institutional grant is financed with the funds provided via the CSOnnect Institutional Grant which is implemented by the Regional Environmental Centre(REC). Programme is financed by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA).