Sub-Regional Consultation Meeting on the Establishment of the South East European Platform to Beat Pollution – SEEPP was held on June 24-25, 2019, at the premises of Vienna International Center. The meeting was organised by UN Environment – Vienna Programme Office in the framework of the project “Regional Cooperation in South Eastern Europe to Beat Pollution”, funded by the Directorate for Sustainable Development, Environmental Damage, European Union and International Affairs of the Italian Ministry of Environment, Land and Sea. This meeting is continuation of the process started in December 2019, during the Ministerial conference held in Belgrade, and side event, organized in margins of UNEA4, in March 2019, at the premises of UN Headquarter in Nairobi.
The countries of South East Europe and specifically countries from the Western Balkans, should stronger address crucial reforms and complete political, economic and social transformation, in order to fulfill requirements on their respective European paths. This is strong connected with complying with the EU Environmental acquis, what means opening of negotiations on Chapter 27 on Environment and Climate Change, which has not realized yet for some countries. At the global level, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is going to shape national development plans over the next more than 10 years. Progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals targets can be obtained by tackling pollution through existing agreements and synergies with different international initiatives.
Taking into account need for urgent action to beat pollution at all levels, supported by all sectors and involving all relevant stakeholders, South East European Platform to Beat Pollution – SEEPP should be established, with participation not only respective SEE countries, but also with all other actors having interest in this region.
During the Sub-Regional Consultation Meeting, civil society role in the future Platform was discussed among representatives of governments, CSOs and UN bodies. Possible roles of CSOs might be following:
Civil society contribution to the thematic clusters
Preparation of an assessment of possible civil society partners
Platform membership (including Taskforces when relevant)
Using CSOs Networks to communicate the work of the platform and to reach out to citizens
Regarding the last mentioned, Env.net network was presented as good and stable regional network, that can have high impact in future Platform. Environmental Ambassadors for Sustainable Development, together with Env.net partners from EEB and Co-plan, presented current state of the progress during seven years of existing of the Env.net. The main discussion, which is still opened, is regarding the self-designation of civil society organisations and a role within the Taskforce of the Platform. In the next period, it is expected that this and other crucial issues will be clarified, with active participation and contribution of CSOs representatives from the SEE region.
EnE19: Round table “AIR QUALITY IN SERBIA, YESTERDAY, TODAY, AND TOMORROW – CLEAN AIR – HEALTHY FUTURE “, will be held on June 4, 2019 in Belgrade in the premises of the Serbian Chamber of Commerce, Belgrade, Resavska 13-15, from 10h to 14h.
On the World Environment Day in the European sustainable development week, traditionally, this event is organized by “Environmental Ambassadors for Sustainable Development” and Serbian Chamber of Commerce – “Environment towards Europe – EnE19″.
This year, the focus will be on “AIR QUALITY IN SERBIA, YESTERDAY, TODAY, AND TOMORROW – CLEAN AIR – HEALTHY FUTURE “. Round table will be held on June 4, 2019 in Belgrade in the premises of the Serbian Chamber of Commerce, Belgrade, Resavska 13-15, from 10h to 14h. Conference is UNEP WED event, supporting EU Integration process through project ’’Development of the ENV.net in West Balkans and Turkey: giving citizens a voice to influence the environmental process reforms for closer EU integration’’.
Round table date is – June 4, 2019, (in Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Serbia 13-15 Resavska Street 11000 Belgrade, at 10 a.m. to 14 p.m.). The openings are usually held at 10 a.m. (on June 4), Opening session is usually from 10:00 to 11:00/11:30.
The conferences “Regional Conference Environment to Europe” we held earlier had a great success and they gained credibility at the national and international level.
China will host the global World Environment Day celebrations on 5 June 2019 with a theme of air pollution.
World Environment Day is a UN Environment-led global event, which takes place on June 5 every year and is celebrated by thousands of communities worldwide.
Since it began in 1972, it has grown to become the single largest celebration of our environment each year.
Air Pollution facts:
- 92 per cent of people worldwide do not breathe clean air
- Air pollution costs the global economy $5 trillion every year in welfare costs
- Ground-level ozone pollution is expected to reduce staple crop yields by 26 per cent by 2030
Ambient air pollution accounts for an estimated 4.2 million deaths per year due to stroke, heart disease, lung cancer and chronic respiratory diseases. Around 91% of the world’s population lives in places where air quality levels exceed WHO limits. While ambient air pollution affects developed and developing countries alike, low- and middle-income countries experience the highest burden. Policies and investments supporting cleaner transport, energy-efficient housing, power generation, industry and better municipal waste management can effectively reduce key sources of ambient air pollution.
Round Table “Environment to Europe” – EnE19 is an official UN event marking the European Sustainable Development Week (ESDW) in the Republic of Serbia. The ESDW initiative is spread across European countries that stimulates and makes visible activities, projects and events that promote Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It is held every year from May 30 to June 5, with the aim of raising awareness of Agenda 2030 in Europe and the importance of local stakeholders in achieving 17 goals of a sustainable development and sustainability in general.
In Nairobi, on March 7, 2019 started Global Major Groups and Stakeholder Forum (GMGSF). GMGSF is unique opportunity for civil society organisations to engage on agenda of the 2019 UN Environmental Assembly. The Forum is focused on INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS FOR ENVIRONMENTAL CHALLENGES AND SUSTAINABLE PRODUCTION AND CONSUMPTION.
As UN Environment accredited , EASD is participating. We also participate as the EEB network member and ENV.net regional network member.
After this meeting, we will participate at Science, Policy and Business Forum (9-10 March), UN Environment Assembly (11-15 March) and side events, Green Tent events and Sustainable Innovation Expo.
More in following days…….
“Advancing environmental sustainability action” is a new theme in the frame of the project: “ENV.Net Factoring the Environmental Portfolio for WB and Turkey in The EU Policy Agenda” (IPA 2017/ 394-372), connected to financial support to third party for monitoring and evidence-based advocacy. Awarded organizations and projects are following:
1. “Education Development Centre “Planet” from Sombor, project “The Hive- circular economy as a model of entrepreneurship for the youth”
2. Association of citizens „Zlatiborski krug“ from Čajetina, project „Model of circular economy in the service of environmental protection in the municipality of Cajetina“
3. Non-smoking Educational Center„EKO-Nec“ from Kragujevac, project „The contribution to media reporting on Chapter 27 and a circular economy”“.
During 2019 and partly in 2020, organizations will work to promote the concept of circular economy through entrepreneurial activities of young people at the local level, with customized trainings for different target groups, from children of school age, teachers, parents, representatives of local government, to reporting on the undertaken activities and results achieved, aimed to improve the state of the environment in terms of local sustainable development.
The projects will start with implementation on February 1, 2019 and will include over 200 participants from participating local communities and organizations of sub-grantees. We expect the first results in April and we believe that the concept of “circular economy” will not remain as a good idea that is being talked about, but will become an integral part of future entrepreneurial initiatives, from youth and educational level to business and economic, in order to improve initiatives and raise awareness on need to protect the environment and to safe resources as much as possible.
The first regional conference on circular economy, was held on November 2018 in Belgrade. See Agenda
At the beginning, as the host, EASD President Aleksandra Mladenovic, welcome participants to Belgrade. She also thanks to the Eco-Schools (for nice bags for participants) and to Serbian Chamber of Commerce.
Representative of EU Delegation in Serbia Antoine Avignon address the Conference .
In introductory address, Lead Partner Co-PLAN, Albania, representative Rodion Gjoka, thanks to Serbian Chamber of Commerce and EASD, for hosting and organizing Conference. He underlined that ENV.net is introducing circular economy concept in region.
On behalf of Serbian Chamber of Commerce (SCC) Isabel Airas informed on existence of Unit for Circular Economy in SCC , and noted positive and possible positive future cooperation with EASD.
Miroslav Tadic, from UNDP Serbia presented circular communities and circular economy relation with climate smart development. Special attention in presentation is dedicated to circular economy from climate change mitigation perspective in Serbia and links with Paris Agreement, highlighting UNDP Serbia ongoing project
Natasa Djereg, from NGO CEKOR from Subotica, Serbia, talk about climate action as incentive of circular economy, pointing out needs of decarburization of energy sector , Regional Energy Community Treaty and external costs for energy production, as well as moral/ethics when revise National Spatial Plan.
Conference continued with ENV.net Partners presentations.
On behalf of Punto.sud – Italy, Eleonora Puddu, express proudness of Punto.sud on ENV.net network, now and in the future (to note that Punto.sud was Lead Partner for 6 years in ENV,net 1 and ENV.net2 projects). She presents assessment methodology and ENV.net challenges.
Conference is followed by presentations by ENV.net Partners from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, FYR Macedonia, Montenegro, Turkey and Serbia.
Conference is followed by the Panel on Circular Economy , chaired by respective journalist Milica Momcilovic. Panelist are: Maja Krunic (Serbian Environmental Protection Agency/Ministry of Environmental Protection ), Richard Filcak (EEB, Brussels – ENV.net Partner organization), Jelena Kiš ( Ball Packaging Europe), Isabel Airas (Serbian Chamber of Commerce), Radmila Jokić (teacher from Sombor) and Zoran Jakovljevic ( GIZ Serbia).
Questions to Panelists are:
1. In your opinion, what are the main challenges/obstacles to introduce circular economy concept into national economy?
2. What is your experience regarding circular economy topic?
3. Is there any doubt regarding sustainability of this concept?
4. Is there any differences regarding implementation of this concept in developed and developing countries/countries in transition?
5. How to engage community and citizens to follow circular economy concept and implement it in everyday life?
6. if any other question?
Panelist main messages are: -importance of: knowledge and education, financial sources, consumption patterns, and coordination of all activities and sectors; -circular economy concept is complex, but present clear signal for future businesses; - corporate sustainability is important; it is important that region is connected; - the importance of sustainable production and cooperation on different levels; - “responsible entrepreneurship” are the key words for circular economy concept in practice; -difficulties in waste management practice influence possible achievements in circular economy.
EASD and CEKOR organised on October 12, 2018 Meeting of National Convention on the European Union (NCEU) Working Group for Chapter 27.
ENV.net Thematic Advisor Prof dr Andjelka Mihajlov presented ENV.net research related Circular Economy (Complexity).
ENV.net Serbia National Coordinator Aleksandra Mladenovic presented ENV.net Initiative to update National Strategy on Sustainable Use of Natural Resources and Goods by applying Circular Economy concept. The Initiative is acknowledged , and will be send to Ministry competent for Environment.
1st regional conference on circular economy
Belgrade, 25-27 November, 2018
Serbian Chamber of Commerce, Terazije 23, II floor
November 25, 2018
Participants and guests arrival to Belgrade, Env.net project Steering Committee meeting
November 26, 2018, Serbian Chamber of Commerce, Terazije 23/II
9.30-10.00 Introductory words: ENV.net representatives/partners (EASD, Co-Plan); Serbian Chamber of Commerce; EU Delegation (tbc)
10.00-10.20 The toolkit for the preparation of a general assessment regarding the state of the art of the circular economy, Ms. Eleonora Puddu, Punto.sud, Italy
10.20-10.45 Circular Economy and Climate Smart Development (Circular Communities), Mr. Miroslav Tadic, UNDP Portfolio Manager
10.45-11.00 Climate action as an incentive to transition to a circular economy, Mrs. Natasa Djereg, CEKOR
11.00-13.15 Circular economy in Western Balkan and Turkey, step forward (Albania, BiH, FYR of Macedonia, Montenegro, Kosovo*, Turkey, Serbia – 15 minutes per Partner)
13.15-14.00 Lunch break
14.00-15.30 Panel discussions: “Circular economy in theory and practice”.
Participants: Mr. Richard Filcak, EEB, Mrs. Jelena Kis (Ball Packaging Europe), Mr. Sinisa Mitrovic (Serbian Chamber of Commerce), Mrs. Maja Krunic (Serbian Environmental Protection Agency), Mrs. Radmila Jokic, Eco-school teacher (Sombor), Zoran Jakovljev (GIZ RS)
Moderator: Ms. Milica Momcilovic, journalist
Questions to Panelists:
- In your opinion, what are the main challenges/obstacles to introduce circular economy concept into national economy?
- What is your experience regarding circular economy topic?
- Is there any doubt regarding sustainability of this concept?
- Is there any differences regarding implementation of this concept in developed and developing countries/countries in transition?
- How to engage community and citizens to follow circular economy concept and implement it in everyday life?
- if any other question?
15.30-16.30 Discussion and conclusion
16.30 Closing of Conference
November 27, 2018
9.00 – 11.00 Field trip to Feplo, Cacak
11.00 – 13.00 Visiting of the factory
May 2018: Following project plan and Activity 1.8 Strengthening and expanding ENV.net communication strategy, lectures have been delivered at the University of Belgrade and University of Novi Sad. Prof. dr Andjelka Mihajlov, expert and honorably president of EASD, with support of Prof. dr Mirjana Drenovak Ivanovic, Faculty of Law University of Belgrade and Prof. dr Goran Vujic, Faculty of Technical Sciences University of Belgrade, had a lecture related to Circular Economy at the both Universities. Professor Mihajlov explained to the students of Law and students of Technical Sciences the concept of circular economy, and discussed reasons why is important to have all three pillars of sustainable development in balance. Students also had opportunity to learn how individuals, companies, decision makers and society as whole can contribute to overcoming problems in implementation of this concept faced in the previous period, pointing out that circular economy is concept and process, and still not “full circle”. During discussion, students tried to define circular economy as known term, and evident understanding after the lecture was recorded, compared to their opinions at the beginning. Some of the important highlights from the lecture will be involved in the ordinary test that will serve to check knowledge gained. Professor Mihajlov took the opportunity to present env.net3 project, experience from the previous project periods and to explain how is possible to reach decision makers having in mind strong partnership of civil societies and knowledge that could serve as the main force.
Prof Andjelka Mihajlov: “Circular economy is concept and process, and still not full circle”
Project “ENV.net factoring the environmental portfolio for WB and Turkey in the EU Policy Agenda” (reference number 2017/394-372) represents a new round of projects ENV.net1 and ENV.net2, successfully implemented from 2012 to 2016. New project ENV.net3 started in December 2017.
Kick-off meeting with all project partners was held in Tirana, Albania, at the premises of leading partner CO-plan Institute for Habitat Development. In very positive and fruitful atmosphere, nine partners presented their activities planned to be performed during 36 months of the project period. Taking into account previous experience in building strong network of organisations that serve as specific force in advocacy and policy improvement giving the voice to the citizens, next period will be crucial in using bridges built among key stakeholders in accession countries to pay more media and decision maker’s attention on key environmental issues toward EU integration.
Two of partners come from EU countries, Belgium (EEB) and Italy (punto.sud), and will help in better understanding of EU policies, but also will help in transfer of knowledge and experience from more developed countries. Environmental Ambassadors for Sustainable Development is one of the partner, together with: 4X4X4 Balkan Bridges from the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, European Environmental Bureau from Belgium, Advocacy Training and Resource Center, from Kosovo,Green Home , from Montenegro, Lir Evolution, from Bosnia and Herzegovina, TEMA – the Turkish Foundation for Combating Soil Erosion, for Reforestation and Protection of Natural Habitats, from Turkey and Foundation Punto,Sud, from Italy.
After 5 years of activity, the ENV-net today, counts for a member in each Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance country, this includes two newly joined organisations from Montenegro, and Bosnia and Herzegovina which co-operate with the network since 2016. The network is supported by partners in Italy – punto.sud and Belgium – European Environmental Bureau – EEB, both bringing to the network experience and best practices from two EU member states, as well as the possibility to align with similar ongoing initiatives within the EU.
Why ENV-net factoring the environmental portfolio for Western Balkans and Turkey in the EU Policy Agenda?
Recent natural occurrences such as repeated massive floods, and the EU accession obligations the Western Balkans and Turkey region must fulfil, highlight the immediacy of action required in the field of climate change and environmental protection.
For it to be effective, such action requires a solid pan-regional commitment in monitoring, advocating and awareness raising in home countries and engagement in policy- discussions at EU level. It also requires well-established and qualified civil society and media actors to generate positive pressure on the relevant institutions, and keep the citizens informed in a way that is accessible and actionable.
Studies show that, despite efforts made in this regard, the Western Balkan and Turkey region faces a number of challenges impeding progress, such as: limited local buy-in of the reforms, conflicting legislation, lack of a critical mass that can monitor developments and exert pressure on policy-makers, weak dialogue with institutions, poor understanding and coverage of climate change and environmental news, and very sparse resonance with current EU environment-related discussions such as circular economy aspects.
In response to these needs, ENV-net, as a proven regional network and advocacy actor, in the forthcoming three years will work on improving evidence-based policy-making and policy-influencing on climate change and environmental legislation in each of the ENV.net partner countries.
The network focus will be to generate region-representative evidence-supported input to contribute to EU discussions on matters of climate change and environment, and to explore and introduce to the region new inter-related aspects such as circular economy.
In the process, the network foresees to also technically and financially support civil society organisations and media in each of the network partner countries, to better understand and work on these issues.
The action is supported by the European Commission through the programme for Consolidating Regional Thematic Networks of Civil Society Organisations
ENV.net team is inviting you to follow and join efforts. Stay tuned!
A Guideline of EU Accession Monitoring Tools for CSOs in candidate and potential candidate countries: Chapter 27, (Authors and contributors: Andjelka Mihajlov, Natasa Zugic-Drakulic, Filip Jovanovic, Federico Bastia, Simona Pogliani, Mara Silina, Teida Shehi and Dusko Hristov), Published by Environmental Ambassadors for Sustainable Development with the financial assistance of the EU – ENV.net project document, Belgrade January 2015
How to influence environmental policy through effective advocacy (Authors: Margherita Tolotto and Mara Silina), ENV.net Advocacy Toolkit, European Environmental Bureau, Brussels, January 2015
Climate change and challenges of the enlargement (Authors: Anja Kolmuss, Dragana Mileusnic, Zanna Vanrenterghem and Richard Filcak), ENV.net Advocacy Toolkit, European Environmental Bureau, Brussels,September 2016
Within the project “Development of ENV.net in the Western Balkans and Turkey: giving citizens a voice to influence the environmental process reforms for closer EU integration“, ENV.net team is organizing a regional conference titled “The environmental challenges, EU enlargement and public participation – the role of media on advocating environmental issues! ” to be held 21-22 October, 2016, in Struga, Macedonia.
The Regional Conference ‘’Environment to Europe – EnE16-ENV.net’’ was held on 6th of June 2016 in Belgrade (Serbia) to address issues related to climate changes and sustainability of resources. Traditionally, this Conference was organized by professional association “Environmental Ambassadors for Sustainable Development” and Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Serbia. Conference was UNEP WED event, supporting EU Integration process through project ’’Development of the ENV.net in West Balkans and Turkey: giving citizens a voice to influence the environmental process reforms for closer EU integration’’.
EnE16-ENV-net was opened with introductory speeches by Nermina Ljubovic, Executive Director of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Serbia, Stanojla Mandic, Deputy Commissioner for Information of Public Importance and Personal Data Protection of the Republic of Serbia, PhD Mirjana Drenovak-Ivanovic from Faculty of Law, University of Belgrade and member of the Government of the Republic of Serbia Negotiating Team for the Accession of the Republic of Serbia to the EU, responsible for specific sectors of Chapter 27 and prof. dr Anđelka Mihajlov, from Environmental Ambassador for Sustainable Development and member of the Government of the Republic of Serbia Negotiating Team for the Accession of the Republic of Serbia to the EU, responsible for specific sectors of Chapter 27. Conference was attended by representatives from government and non-government sectors, international organizations, scientific institutions and business associations.
Conference participants (about 170 registered participants) were unique in that: we have a respectable experts in the field of environment and climate change (both those with experience, and young professionals – who have difficulty finding employment in their profession). As the EU accession a significant priority for Serbia, so will the chapter relating to the environment and climate change (Chapter 27) will be increasingly important in the process that in our country we have European standards. Profession and experience should be the guarantor for the “right” solution to this path. Public participation in decision-making on issues relevant to the environment is one of the pillars of sustainability solutions. Appropriate environmental education is an important factor for the performance of the process of sustainable growth and development. Participants in the discussion have tried to provide answers to questions on how to be more effective in environmental protection and responsive to nature. More information
The Twelfth Regional Conference EnE16-ENV.net was held in Belgrade on June 6, 2016 – traditionally as the main UNEP WED event in country. This year Conference focus are Climate Change and Sustainability of Resources.
Moments from the Conference – Gallery of pictures.
Key messages from Conference:
1. Conference in continuity shows that we have a respectable experts in the field of environment and climate change (both those with experience and young professionals – who have difficulties to find the job in the profession),
2. As the EU accession is a significant priority for Serbia,the chapter related to the environment and climate change (Chapter 27) will be more and more important in the process of achieving EU standards. Knowledge and experience should be the guarantee for the “right” solution to this path towards EU environmental values
3. This conference contributes to the improvement of citizens’ influence on the process of reform in the environment sector in support of the European Union accession. The participation of the public in decision-making on issues relevant to the environment is one of the pillars of sustainability solutions
4. Adequate education for environment and sustainable development, is an important factor in the performance of the process of sustainable growth and development
At the Conference will hear the voice of young people – the winning article at the international competition “YRE“.
5. As this conference is supported by UNEP, as one of the official events to celebrate World Environment Day , we advocate and promote message that globally, environmental crime rise and it is the strong need to “reverse” performance in order to achieve sustainable growth and development
As a part of the ENV.net project, “Environmental Ambassadors for Sustainable Development” organized the training session: “CSO Participation in Accession Process”. The course was attended by over 20 participants. On the subject of strengthening the role of CSOs invited speakers were: Andjelka Mihajlov, representative of the Negotiating Team 27, Jelena Pajovic van Reenen, representative of the Office for Cooperation with Civil Society, Natasa Djereg, CEKOR, National Convention on the EU, Mirko Popovic, Belgrade Open School: Coalition 27, and Hristina Stevanovic-Carapina, Environmental Ambassadors for Sustainable Development. The main conclusions of the meeting were that the environment is not a priority for the Republic of Serbia and therefore the environmental civil society organizations face a problem of providing funds for their activities, and that stronger civil society can be achieved through more intense sharing of opinions and initiatives ( for example, initiatives related Post-screening document implementation).
9:30-10:00 Registration of participants
10:00-10:10 Short introduction of ENV.net project, Nataša Žugić-Drakulić, ENV.net coordinator for Serbia
10:10-11:10 Andjelka Mihajlov and Mirjana Drenovak Ivanovic, representatives of the Negotiation Team 27
11:10-11:30 Representative of the Negotiation Group 27, invited
11:30-11:50 Jelena Pajović van Reenen, representative of the Office for Cooperation with Civil Society
11:50-12:10 Natasa Djereg, Center for Ecology and Sustainable Development- CEKOR, National Convention on the EU: “Role of CSOs in Accession Process”
12:10-12:30 Hristina Stevanović-Čarapina, Environmental Ambassadors for Sustainable Development: “Position papers on Chemicals/Waste/IPPC, as the framework for discussion”
14:00-14:45 Richard Filcak, European Environmental Bureau: “Horizontal polices and legislation – lessons learned from the EU accession process, challenges and opportunities”
14:45-15:30 Richard Filcak, European Environmental Bureau: “CSOs in EC Progress Reporting”
15-30-16:00 Mirko Popović, Belgrade Open School: Coalition 27 Report on Serbia’s progress in the Chapter 27 (Environment and Climate Change) of the EU pre-accession negotiation 27: Environment and Climate Change
* Moderator: Aleksandra Mladenović, Executive Director, Environmental Ambassadors for Sustainable Development
Regional Conference: „Sustainability of the FPAs” was held in Brussels, in January 26-27, 2016. At the conference, all projects from the IPA Beneficiaries EuropeAid/133642/C/SER/Multi we presented, with a particular focus on the future plans of networks, and their sustainability, as well as sustainability of their outcomes. ENV.net, as one of 18 projects that was present, showed the future plans for development and sustainability of their network.
We are pleased to invite you to The Twelfth Regional Conference ”Environment to Europe EnE16 – ENV.net”, which will be held on June 6th 2016 in Belgrade (Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Serbia). Conference is UNEP WED event. Conference supports EU Integration process through the project “Development of the ENV.net in West Balkans and Turkey: giving citizens a voice to influence the environmental process reforms for closer EU integration”.
Environmental Ambassadors for Sustainable Development in partnership with Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Serbia organize The Twelfth Regional Conference ”Environment to Europe” EnE16 – ENV.net. Thematic area this year is Climate Change and Sustainability of Resources.
The Conference is an opportunity for institutions, organizations and experts to present their research and exchange viewpoints regarding climate change and sustainable use of natural resources.
We firmly believe that your scientific/research results and experience will substantially help a better understanding of these fields. Being aware of the necessity of a close cooperation between science and practice, including the practice within competent institutions, we invite you to take active participation in the Conference “Environment to Europe – EnE16-ENV.net”, either by preparing and presenting your paper or by contributing as an auditor and participant.
Conference Organizing Committee is pleased to inform you that, thanks to the support of the EU through ENV.net project, there will be no participation fee.First, you need to apply to the Conference “Environment to Europe” Program (http://feeserbia.com/
If you experience problems completing the registration, please send e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org .
Environment to Europe Program Coordinator
dr Dunja Prokić
Activities of the project include:
• The round table / seminar on 28 October at 12 am in the Media Center: Chapter 27, environment and climate change in the media ,
for journalists, includes Chapter 27, case reporting practices on this issue in our country (compared with reporting in other countries) …. (presentation of the project activities at the fair ECOFAIR 2015, with a public invitation to interested parties to apply for the seminar)
- preparing and making available information on-line brochure for the Press
Activities contribute to the objective of the project to influence the improvement of journalistic skills and knowledge for specialized reporting in the field of environmental protection and climate change, which would contribute to the improvement of ways, the quality and scope of media coverage and better information of the citizens. The project is support of the Ministry of Agriculture and Environmental Protection, which in 2015 co-financed ENV.net project.
The ESDW is a European-wide initiative aiming at stimulating and increasing the visibility of activities, projects and events that promote sustainable development.
The European Sustainable Development Week ensures that European citizens can take an active part in shaping the concept of sustainability in a bottom up approach. I am delighted that so many projects can be regarded as Best-Practice models and contribute to our common, sustainable future.’
The ESDW builds upon existing national sustainable development weeks and acts as an umbrella for new European wide projects. Public authorities, individual citizens, businesses, educational institutions, museums, foundations, civil society organizations, etc. can register their projects. All the activities and events will be displayed on the ESDW website (www.esdw.eu), in order to give organizers of innovative activities the opportunity to promote their initiatives.
Currently, more than 1500 initiatives in 18 countries have been registered as part of the ESDW (THE ELEVENTH REGIONAL CONFERENCE ENVIRONMENT TO EUROPE – ENE15 – ENV.NET is one of the registered events).
EASD will be in Brussels for ESDW events!
THE ELEVENTH REGIONAL CONFERENCE ENVIRONMENT TO EUROPE – ENE15 – ENV.NET
Environmental Ambassadors for Sustainable Development, in partnership with the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Serbia, traditionally organizes the Regional Conference Environment to Europe. Through the years, the EnE Conference has grown into traditional gathering of experts and stakeholders in the field of environment and sustainable development, promoting adoption of the EU standards. Thematic areas this year is Horizontal Legislation: Methods, Standards and Tools toward EU Environmental Values. Traditionally, about 150 authors and co-authors of scientific papers, published in the form of the Conference Proceedings CD, participate at the EnE Conference every year. The Conference is an opportunity for institutions, organizations and experts to present their research and exchange view points regarding methods, standards and tools toward EU environmental values and challenges on the road to EU.
Conference is UNEP WED event, suporting EU Integration process through ENV.net project (EuropeAid/132438/C/ACT/Multi 2014/351-610).
ENV.net team Serbia, organised the Second Annual Seminar for Teachers, on December 12, 2014., in Belgrade. Over 50 participants were present from all levels of education institutions from pre-schools, elementary and secondary schools, to higher educational institutions (college and university). The main topics discussed include different ideas and methods on how environmental education in schools could be enhanced and better represented in school curriculum.
Some of ENV.net partners participated on ECF Annual Meeting in Brussels with European Commision (24-25 November 2014), using that opportunity to promote results of ENV.net project and to promote partnership. ENV.net broshure publish by Albanian partner is distributed.
Agenda of the Meeting includes:
- NGO SESSION: Self-organizing and preparatory meeting for discussion with the EC
- DIALOG WITH DG ENVIRONMENT REPRESENTATIVES: Mr Nicholas Hanley (head of Unit of International, Regional and Bilateral Relations), Mrs Madalina Ivanica (Policy officer-Unit of International, Regional and Bilateral Relations), Ms Marta Moren Abat (Policy Officer-Unit of International, Regional and Bilateral Relations), Mrs Slavitza Dobreva de Schietere (Policy Officer-Unit of Enforcement, Cohesion Policy and European Semester), Ms Iris Valkovic (Policy Officer-Unit of Enforcement, Cohesion Policy and European Semester), Mr Dimitrios ZEVGOLIS (DG Climate Action) and Mrs Ivana Mijatovic (DG Climate Action ), on thematic issues:
- - Water
- - EIA/SEA
- - Climate Change
Annual Meetings build on the outcomes of all Environment and Climate Forum (ECF) activities and the events represent the key opportunity for the civil society to get engaged into dialogue with high representatives of the European Commission. The agenda for the annual meetings is prepared in a bottom-up manner, with key input from the NGOs, as well as in consultation with the EC. The annual meetings are planned in a way to allow enough room for NGOs to self-organize , to provide state-of-the art information on EU policies and legislation, to develop capacities of NGOs, and allow time for bilateral meetings . Following preparatory steps at country level, the organisation of annual meetings builds on the outcomes of 8 conducted in-country preparatory meetings and wider consultations.
Key objectives of the meeting:
(i) To disseminate information (to the broad NGO community and other relevant stakeholders) about recent development, planned climate and environment policies and legislation of the European Union and evaluation of progress and bottlenecks in the EU accession process from the EC perspective;
(ii) To increase capacities of the regional NGOs to actively participate in EU enlargement;
(iii) To bring to the attention to the EU the enlargement points and concerns of civil society and discuss how to address issues and cases identified by the NGOs;
Participants: Representatives of 21 NGOs selected for ECF-ECRAN, Representatives of the European Commission, ECF Support Team and ECRAN experts.
ENV.net Serbia brochure is published.
On October 22-23 2014 in Belgrade, ENV.net team conducted ENV.net Training: Environment in the EU: Funding Mechanisms and Policy Processes
Certificates are awarded to: Berlekovic Danica, Bjelobrk Ana, Djuric Predrag, Djuricic Jovanka, Drasko Zlatko, Đurić Milan, Jovanovic Khumo Sekgabo, Kelember Marko, Kostic Milan, Kostic Sanja, Kukučka Andrej, Lanji Hnis Izabel, Lukovic Brankica, Momcilovic Milica, Randjelović Dragana, Starović Boris, Strugar Aleksandra, Tosic Sandra and Vujović Ivan. Congratulation to ENV.net and ENV.net Serbia Teams fo organisation!!!!
TITLE: FPA 306642 : Call for participation to new ENV.net e-learning course: Get funding from the EU
After the success of the e-learning course Social Media, Activism and Participation launched in June 2014, ENV.net team decided to develop a new course: Get funding from the European Union.
The course provides an understanding of the EU funding and programming system with a brief presentation of the main EU Institutions involved in this process. It also presents the funding opportunities available for CSOs from Western Balkans and Turkey to implement their projects. Moreover this course focuses on the necessary steps to carry out in order to apply for Grants under the EU Calls for proposals system.
The course is designed for beginners in EU-funded projects and the calls for proposals system and does not require a preliminary knowledge of the subject. It is delivered through the ENV.net e-learning platform and it is divided into four modules:
- The EU Institutions: this first module will give participants a broad idea of the most important EU Institutions involved in the decision making process, with a special focus on the role of the EC and its DGs involved in the external aid programmes. The role of the EU Delegation and of the EEAS will be also explained in this module
- EU Funding & Programming: the focus of this module is on the financial framework under which the European Commission and EU Delegations work to deliver aid to partner countries. It explains how the programming system works, from the Multi-annual Financial Framework with most interesting Financial instruments, to Country Strategy Papers, to the Annual Work Programme. This will help participants to understand how to align their actions to the objectives established by these programmes and consequently to get funding.
- The Calls for Proposals system: in this module, participants will get practical information on how CSOs from Western Balkans and Turkey can look for and apply to calls for proposals launched by the different DGs of the European Commission, in particular DG Enlargement and DG EuropeAid, to get contributions (Grants), for the execution of their projects.
- 4. Applying to a call for proposals: in the last module, participants will briefly look into the documents to be submitted to the EC to apply for a Grant. i.e. the application form, the budget and the logical framework
The course offers video-lessons, tests, exercises and also additional material (e.g. toolkits, official EU documents, useful links) for gaining insight into the proposed topics.
The participation to this on-line course requires a computer with a reliable internet connection and a web-browser (e.g. Internet Explorer, Firefox). The course materials are provided in the course modules. Participants are not required to purchase any additional software, materials, resources, or books.
This is an on-line self-learning course and offers high degree of flexibility to participants who are free to follow the lessons at any time, but are requested to complete the course within its global duration of 15 days. The average duration of the course is 3 days.
The course is in English and it is free of charge.
There are 3 periods in which interested users can attend the course Get funding from the EU
- 14th October – 28th October 2014
- 4th November – 18th November 2014
- 25th November – 9th December 2014
Moreover ENV.net course Social media, activism and participation is also still running and next sessions will be on the following dates:
- 4th November – 18th November 2014
- 9th December – 23rd December 2014
New e-learning sessions will be launched in 2015 for both courses.
To apply in one of these courses, you should first registered in the ENV.net e-learning platform from this link: http://dl.env-net.org/ by clicking on ‘Register’ and then follow the registration and subscription procedure.
Once chosen the course from the course catalogue, this will be accessible from the first day of the course period.
This news item has been published with TACSO assistance. The contents of this news item are the sole responsibility of the FPA which is listed in the contact details, and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of TACSO and the European Union.
Framework Partnership Agreement (FPA) Closing Event for Phase I was organised by EC and TACSO at the Diamant Bussiness and Conference Centre in Brussels on September 24-25, 2014. Over 100 participants from 18 projects exchanged information and discussed mid-term evaluation reports and further improvements of the project outcomes during the Phase II of the projects. Six partners from ENV.net team present at the conference had additional preparatory parthership meeting day before the conference, on September 23, 2014.
EnE14/ENV.net Conference on June 5, 2014 (World Environment Day) in Belgrade, thematically focused on Chapter 27 of Serbian negotiation with EU, present strong multi-stakeholder event (government-academia-industry-local communities-NGOs), with the presence and messages from representative of EU Delegation in Serbia, UN Resident Coordinator, OSCE and German Embassy, among others. See AGENDA , and Papers Proceedings.
“Chapter 27 within the EU accession negotiation, concerning ecology, is among the most demanding and most expensive ones, and Serbia is faced with a “bumpy” road when it comes to harmonisation with the European standards, said the participants of the “Environment towards Europe” conference, held at Belgrade Chamber of Commerce on the occasion of World Environment Day.
Head of the European Integration Section of the EU Delegation to Serbia Freek Janmat said that a considerable part of the EUR200 million of pre-accession funds for the period 2014-2020 would be earmarked for ecology. He said he expected Serbia would successfully face the challenges of harmonising domestic standards with the demanding EU regulations related to environment.
Janmat noted that many countries, with Croatia being the latest, went through the transitional period for implementation of certain standards, envisioned within the Chapter 27.
He said it was important to make a clear investment plan and pick “ripe” projects in the area of ecology, as well as to establish a specialised fund designed to finance ecological projects.
State Secretary at the Ministry of Agriculture and Environmental Protection Stana Božović said the negotiating Chapter 27 would be the most expensive, demanding, and serious one, adding that two thirds of all regulations and standards that need to be harmonised with the EU were related to ecology.
It takes EUR10,5 billion in order to achieve a full harmonisation with the EU ecology regulations, said Božović, adding that government, civil sector and economy should all work together on this path.”
More about the Conference , including the presentations
EASD is contributing to WED with activities:
- Interview with Prof Andjelka Mihajlov, Environmental Ambassador for Sustainable Development in daily newspaper POLITIKA (announcement)
On May 10, 2014 ENV.net Serbia/EASD held workshops for preschoolers and first graders in front of the Centre of aquatic sports,” Ada Ciganlija “. Workshops were held in the framework of the project “Development of the ENV.net in West Balkans and Turkey: giving citizens a voice to influence the environmental process reforms for closer EU integration,” and at the same time promoting EU “Let us clean up Europe!” day. The workshop was attended by children from Kindergarten “1001 radost” and elementary schools “Janko Veselinovic” and “Despot Stefan Lazarevic”.
Children actively participated in workshops and demonstrated a high level of knowledge on a given topic and a great interest.
Great moment was environmental performance “Ekosferci” which is the result of joint involvement of children, parents and teachers.
5. juni June 5th
|Velika sala u PKS, Resavska 15||Serbian Chamber of Commerce, Resavska 15|
9:00 – 9:45 Registracija učesnika /Registration
9:45 – 10:00 Preparation to opening sharp at 10:00 / Priprema da otvaranje bude sa početkom tačno u 10h
10:00 – 11:00 Uvodna obraćanja sa uručivanjem Zahvalnica za partnerstvo “Životna sredina ka Evropi” / Opening remarks with handing out Recognitions for “Environment to Europe” partnership
Predsedništvo: Siniša Mitrović, prof.dr Andjelka Mihajlov , prof.dr Nataša Žugić-Drakulić, Dušan Stokić, doc. dr Dunja Prokić
- Irena Vojáčková – Sollorano, UN Resident Coordinator / Visoki predstavnik UN u Srbiji
- Freek Janmaat, Head of European Integration and Economic Section, Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Serbia, Direktor sektora za evropske integracije i ekonomiju, Delegacija Evropske unije u Republici Srbiji
- Gabriela Bennemann, Head of department for economy and trade at the German Embassy in the Republic of Serbia, Rukovodilac ekonomskog odeljenja nemačke ambasade u Republici Srbiji
- Stana Božović, State Secretary for Environment, Ministry for Agriculture and Environmental Protection/državna sekretarka za životnu sredinu (tbfc)
- Filip Radović, Head of Serbian Environmental Protection Agency – Ministry for Agriculture and Environmental Protection , Direktor Agencije za zaštitu životne sredine Republike Srbije-Ministarstvo poljoprvirede i zaštite životne sredine Republike Srbije
- Rodolјub Šabić,The Commissioner for Information of Public Importance and Personal Data /Poverenik za informacije od javnog značaja i zaštitu podataka o ličnosti Vlade Srbije
- Representative of the Government of Serbia’s Office for EU integration, Predstavnik Kancelarije za evropske integracije Vlade Srbije
- Željko Sertić, Serbian Chamber of Commerce President / Predsednik Privredne komore Srbije (tbc)
- Representative of SCC Commity of Environment and Sustainable Development/ Predstavnik Odbora za životnu sredinu i održivi razvoj PKS
- Snežana Radočaj, Head of Hemofarm Foundation/Direktorka Fondacije Hemofarm
- Aleksandar Dragišić, Head of Institute for nature conservation of Serbia/Direktor Zavoda za zaštitu prirode Srbije
- Prof. dr Stevan Lilić, Public Policy Institute Podgorica/Beograd/Ljubljana, Institut za javnu politiku Podgorica/Beograd/Ljubljana
- Saša Mihajlović,Green Serbian Chamber of Commerce President/ Predsednik Privredna komora Zelene Srbije
- Tatjana Trifunov, JP “Ada Ciganlija” Beograd
- Represebntative of OSCE in Serbia / Predstavnik OEBS u Srbiji
- Maja Spasojević, Head of Environmental Management, Health, Energy and Agriculture Department, EPTISA Regional Office for SEE, Eptisa Regional Office for SEE/ Direktor sektora zivotne sredine, energetike, zdravlja i poljoprivrede, EPTISA Regionalna kancelarija za jugoistocnu Evropu
- Prof.dr. Anđelka Mhajlov, Introductory message: Importance and Institutional set up in Serbia for Chapter 27 negotiation with EU / Uvodna poruka: Važnost i institucionalno organizovanje u Srbiji za pregovaranje poglavlja 27 sa EU
Note/Napomena: Pending invitation will be included in the final Agenda upon confirmation/ Uvaženi pozvani gosti će biti uvršćeni u finalni dnevni red, po dobijanju potvde učešća
11:00 -11:10 Technical Break / Tehnička pauza
11:10- 13:00 Plenary lectures / Plenarna predavanja
(Moderatori: Prof dr Hristina Stevanović-Čarapina, Prof. Dr. Predrag Simonović, Prof. Dr. Zora Dajić-Stevanovć, Draženko Bijelič, Milica Petrović)
Negotiating chapter 27: process and challenges, Arunas Kundrotas, Senior adviser on EU integration, ENVAP project, Jovana Majkic, Coordinator of Negotiaton Group 27, Ministry of Agriculture and Environmental Protection
EMAS III – DOBRODOŠLI U EU! / EMAS III – WELCOME TO EU!, DRAGANA PETROVIĆ, VICTORIA CONSULTING D.O.O./ EMAS NACIONALNI EKSPERT NA PROJEKTU EU: LAW ENFORCEMENT IN THE FIELD OF INDUSTRIAL POLLUTION CONTROL, PREVENTION OF CHEMICAL ACCIDENTS AND ESTABLISHING THE EMAS SYSTEM IN SERBIA,EUROPEAID/131555/C/SER/RS., BEOGRAD
CLIMATE CHANGE AND ECONOMY: TOURISM ASPECTS FOR GREECE, A.V. Michailidou, Ch. Vlachokostasa, Ch.-T. Tsourdioua, D. Spyridia, G. Baniasb, Ν. Moussiopoulosa, Laboratory of Heat Transfer and Environmental Engineering, Aristotle University Thessaloniki; School of Economics and Business Administration, International Hellenic University, Thermi, Greece
Multi-criteria Prioritization of the Flood Management Projects in Republica Srpska using PEPA Methodology, Merih Kerestecioglu, Mihajlo Stevanović, Ljiljana Stojić, Vassilis Evmopidis, COWI IPF Consortium ,Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management of Republika Srpska
Aktivnosti Zavoda za zaštitu prirode Srbije u oblasti zaštite prirode, Poglavlje 27, Verica Stojanović, član radne grupe za Poglavlje 27
ENV.net PROJEKAT : NAPREDAK I IZAZOVI / ENV.net Project: Progress and Chalanges, Nataša Žugić-Drakulić i Filip Jovanović, Naconalna koordinatorka i asistent projekta Development of ENV.net in West Balkan and Turkey: giving citizens a voice to influence the environmental process reforms for closer EU integration – Ambasadori održivog razvoja i životne sredine/Environmental Ambassadors for Sustainable Development
Moj izbor, moje pravo–zdrava životna sredina!, Zorica Stevanović, Centar za razvoj građanskog društva “PROTECTA”, Niš
Vrste biljaka i životinja značajnih za zaštitu prirode u EU, Gabor Mesaroš, Udruženje za zaštitu i razvoj okruženja i graditeljskog nasleđa – Protego, Subotica
13:00-14:00 Break with buffet / Pauza sa posluženjem
14:00-14:15 Zajedničko fotografisanje dobitnika Priznanja za partnerstvo “Životna sredina ka Evropi” / Group Photo of awarded with Diploma for Partnership Recognition), Spisak na kraju Agende/List of awarded is included in the Agenda
14:15-17:00 Nastavak plenarnih predavanja – Plenary presentation continuation
(Moderatori: Milica Petrović, Draženko Bijelić, Uroš Rakić, Milena Tabašević, Radmila Marjanov-Panjević, Nataša Žugić Drakulić)
Učestalost prekoračenja GV PM10 – poređenje stanja kvaliteta vazduha u Republici Srbiji i EU, Anđelka Radosavljević, Tihomir Popović, Lidija Marić Tanasković, Biljana Jović, Agencija za zaštitu životne sredine
MEĐUNARODNI PROPISI O UČEŠĆU JAVNOSTI U DONOŠENJU ODLUKA I REPUBLIKA SRBIJA, TINA JANJATOVIĆ, MINISTARSTVO POLJOPRIVREDE I ZAŠTITE ŽIVOTNE SREDINE , DRAGOLJUB TODIĆ, INSTITUT ZA MEĐUNARODNU POLITIKU I PRIVREDU, BEOGRAD
SRBIJA U PROCESU EVROPSKIH INTEGRACIJA I ZNAČAJ PRIMENE EMS U ORGANIZACIJAMA LOKALNE SAMOUPRAVE, Novica Staletović, Nataša Borojević, Violeta Ćulibrk, Srđan Kovačević, UnivErzitet Union-Nikola Tesla, Fakultet za ekologiju i zaštitu životne sredine, Beograd; SO Plandište: EPS JP PK, Beograd
REZULTATI I PROBLEMI U SPROVOĐENJU IPA PROGRAMA PREKOGRANIČNE SARADNJE OD ZNAČAJA ZA OBLAST ŽIVOTNE SREDINE I POGLAVLJE 27, MLADENKA IGNJATIĆ, DRAGOLJUB TODIĆ, ISTRAŽIVAČKI FORUM EVROPSKOG POKRETA U SRBIJI
Promena ekološke svesti građana Bora od LEAP-a 2003. do LEAP-a 2013, Dragan Ranđelović, Milan Trumić, Toplica Marjanović, Ljiljana Marković Luković, Maja Trumić, Društvo mladih istraživača Bor
Application of geographic information system (GIS) in environmental monitoring, Uroš Rakić, Institut zа јаvnо zdrаvljе Srbiје „Dr Milаn Јоvаnоvić Bаtut” Beograd
Assessing Territorial Attractiveness in South East Europe/Ocena atraktivnosti teritorija Jugoistocne Evrope, Projekat, Blaž Barborič, Geodetski institut Slovenije, Republička agencija za prostorno planiranje
Eko-standardi kao konkurentska prednost u hotelijerstvu i turizmu, Jovana Stevanovic, Ratko Trifunovic, Milica Petrovic, Marija Kostic, Fakultet za hotelijerstvo i turizam u Vrnjackoj Banji, Vrnjacka Banja
ADAPTACIJE NA KLIMATSKE PROMENE U OBLASTI BIODIVERZITETA U REPUBLICI SRBIJI, Daniela Cvetković, Slađana Đorđević, Tanja Kukobat, Miloš Nikolić, Fakultet za primenjenu ekologiju Futura, Univerzitet Singidunum, Beograd
EKOLOŠKE MREŽE U FUNKCIJI SMANJENJA NEGATIVNOG UTICAJA KLIMATSKIH PROMENA NA BIODIVERZITET, Ljubica Petrović, Geografski fakultet Beograd
MALE VODENE POVRŠINE U KONTEKSTU KLIMATSKIH PROMENA, Radmila Marjanov Panjević, Ines Trivan Krivo, Ante Stantić, JP „ Zavod za urbanizam Grada Subotice
Praktični rezultati usaglašavanja sadržaja arsena u pijaćoj vodi Vojvodine sa zahtevima direktive 98/83/EC, Andrej Kukučka, Udruženje zaštite životne sredine RIO , Nov Sad
Uticaj deponije na zagađivanje podzemnih voda , Draženko Bjelić, Dragana Nešković Markić, J.P.’’DEP-OT’’ Regionalna deponija Banja Luka
Emergentne supstance i istraživanja 2020, Mirjana Vojinović Miloradov, Ivan Španik, Ivana Mihajlović, Olga Vyviurska, Draginja Kalinić, Jelena Radonić, Maja Turk Sekulić, Departman za inženjerstvo zaštite životne sredine, Fakultet tehničkih nauka, Univerzitet u Novom Sadu; Slovački Tehnološki Univerzitet u Bratislavi, Institut za analitičku hemiju, Univerzitet u Bratislavi, Slovačka
Primena biootpada kao heterogenog katalizatora u proizvodnji biodizela, Sofija Miškov, Ivona Radović, Mirjana Kijevčanin, Tehnološko – metalurški fakultet Beograd
Dinamika aeroalergenog polena u Subotici , Nataša Čamprag Sabo, Zavod za javno zdravlje Subotica
OPORAVAK DEGRADIRANOG ŠUMSKOG ZEMLJIŠTA SA ASPEKTA ŽIVOTNE SREDINE, Milijana Petković-Kostić, Jelena Đurić, Milena Stanojević, JP Zavod za urbanizam Niš
Energy efficient lighting – pilot project at University of Belgrade, Todorović Dušan, Jovović Aleksandar, Radić Dejan, Obradović Marko, Stanojević Miroslav, Bodrožić Jasmina, Janković Petar University of Belgrade Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, OSRAM d.o.o., Belgrade,Serbia
ENERGETSKA REHABILITACIJA FASADA I BEZBEDNOST OD POŽARA, Mirjana Laban, Fakultet tehničkih nauka, Novi Sad, Srbija
BIOGAS-REGULATIVE, STRATEGIJE I UPOTREBA U EU I REGIONU, Jelena Velimirović, Univerzitet ”Union Nikola Tesla”, Fakultet za ekologiju i zaštitu životne sredine
ALTERNATIVNI IZVORI ENERGIJE KAO OSNOVA ZAŠTITE ŽIVOTNE SREDINE, Milica Bulatović, Fakultet političkih nauka, Beograd
Obnovljivi izvori energije, Dejan Doljak, Geografski fakultet Beograd
ARHUSKA KONVENCIJA – ZAKONSKA REGULATIVA ČIJOM PRIMENOM SE U TOKU INVESTICIONE REALIZACIJE U RUDARSTVU DOBIJA KVALITETNA PROJEKTNA DOKUMENTACIJA, Nenad Nikolić, Nataša Đereg, Mioljub Stanković, Jovica Veljučić – Kerčulj, NVO „Lokalna Agenda 21 za Kostolac – OPŠTINA“;Centar za ekologiju i održivi razvoj – CEKOR“, Subotica; . Privredno društvo ”Termoelektrane – Kopovi Kostolac“ Kostolac d.o.o
STAVOVI I ZNANJA UČENIKA SREDNJIH ŠKOLA O EFEKTU STAKLENE BAŠTE, Nataša Bukumirić, Vesna M. Alivojvodić, Šimon A. Đarmati, Beogradska politehnika, Beograd
Gde smo bili, gde smo sada i kuda idemo?, Aleksandar Savić, Dragan Knežević, TS Rade Koncar Beograd
Poučavanje ekologije u školama u Hrvatskoj, Zrinka Sablić, Klara Lisec, Veleučilište VERN’, Zagreb
POTREBA ZA UVOĐENJEM PERMANENTNOG EKOLOŠKOG OBRAZOVANJA NA PRIMERU SREDNJIH STRUČNIH ŠKOLA, Marija Đurković, Elektrotehnička škola ”Nikola Tesla” Beograd
Strukovne studije zaštite životne sredine – stanje i potrebe, Darja Žarković, Olivera Jovanović, Koviljka Banjević, Saša Marković, Visoka škola strukovnih studija Beogradska politehnika, Beograd
UTICAJ KLIMATSKIH PROMJENA, ADAPTACIJA I RANJIVOST, Ljiljana Crnogorac
Klima Severoistočne Bosne, Senada Nezirović, Evropski Univerzitet Brčko Distrikt
Hajde da sprečimo +6 zajedno, Brankica Luković, Prvoslav Jovanović, Ljiljana Plećević, Milun Miljković, Jelena Đurđević, Visoka tehnološka škola strukovnih studija, Aranđelovac
Poučavanje ekologije u vrtićima u Hrvatskoj , Zrinka Sablić, Klara Lisec, Zvonimir Grgas, Zrinka Sablić, Veleučilište VERN’, Zagreb
Moralni i vaspitni elementi individualnosti, kao filozofija života i shvatanja prioriteta unapređenja društvene svesti o zaštiti životne sredine, Slobodan Petrović, Fakultet za pravo, javnu upravu i bezbednost Megatrend univerzitet
|17:00 Zatvaranje konferencije / Conference closing|
In the context of preparations for the 2014 Progress Report, the Delegation of the European Union in Serbia is currently launching the round of consultations with the civil society. In this respect, they invited NSA to submit a written contribution to the to the 2014 Progress Report on the economic criteria and/or European standards.
EASD representative will participate to the Economic Criteria Consultations which will take place at the at the EU Delegation to Serbia premises, on Friday 4 April.
On March 26th, 2014., the United Nation Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) organized the meeting with representatives of NGOs from Serbia at the Ministry of Energy, Development and Environmental Protection premises. NGOs working in environmental-related projects talked with the Environmental Performance Review (EPR) Team of UNECE, and it was a great opportunity to discuss some of the major environmental issues and to share experiences of our NGOs in carrying out environmental projects. Representative from Environmental Ambassadors gave a brief presentation of ENV.net project.
EnE14 / ENV.net Conference will be held on June 5, 2014 in Belgrade (it will 10th regional conference!). Thematic focus: Chapter 27.
Main Organizers: Environmental Ambassadors for Sustainable Development, Serbian Chamber of Commerce, UNEP and Ministry of Energy, Development and Environmental Protection of Serbia.
This year, participation and support is already confirmed by: Arunas Kundrotas, Lithuanian former minister of environment, Professor Vlachokostas from University of Thessaloniki, Serbian Ministry for Environment, Serbian Agency for Environment, Institute for Nature Protection, Public Policy Institute Podgorica/Beograd/Ljubljana, as well as “Eptisa“.
We are inviting you to participate on the Conference Environment to Europe – EnE14-ENV.net, either by preparing and presenting your paper/statement, or by contributing as an auditor and participant.
Deadline for submission of applications form and abstract: April, 20
Abstract acceptance notification: May, 6
Deadline for submission of paper (extended abstracts): May, 15
Paper acceptance notification: May, 27
Early registration deadline: May, 23
Late registration deadline: May, 31
Deadline for submission of application form for participants without paper: May, 25
Workshop on Water-Food-Energy-Ecosystems Nexus Assessment in the Sava River Basin was organised by the International Sava River Basin Commission (ISRBC) from March 4-6, 2014. in Zagreb. Among more than 60 representatives from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Slovenia, Serbia, Montenegro, as well as representatives from UNECE, ISRBC, ICPDR, FAO, RCC, and other international organisations, representative from ENV.net team from Environmental Ambassadors, prof. Natasa Zugic-Drakulic, was also present.
National conference „Get Involved – Define the Civil Society you want!” The Vision for the Civil Society in Serbia in 2018. – creation of the first National Strategy for the enabling environment for the development of civil society” was held on February 20-21. 2014. in Belgrade. More than 280 representatives from civil society organisations, including the representative from the Environmental Ambassadors for Sustainable Development , participated in developing the first strategic framework for creating the better environment for the civil society development in Serbia by using Open Space Methodology. This conference was organised by the Governmental Office for Cooperation with Civil Society and TACSO Office in Serbia. Delegation of EU in Serbia participated.
Public Policy Institute organized on 18 February, 2014 in Belgrade the Panel discussion „Negotiations as a priority – priorities in the negotiations“.
- representatives of the PPI : Prof. Nikola Samardzic, Prof. Stevan Lilić, Prof. Mijat Damjanovic, Prof. Anđelka Mihajlov, andGordana Lazarevic.
- representatives of the Government of Serbia: Dr. Tanja Miščević, Head of the Serbian negotiating team with the European Union,Nikola Selaković, Minister of Justice and Public Administration, and Lazar Krstic, Minister of Finance.
Moderator of the panel was Selena Tasic.
The important issues of priority in the negotiations were addressed, including the background information why environmental sector should be among the priorities.
Prof. Anđelka Mihajlov raised the question: If the knowledge is used as a tool and we know that one-third of the EU acquis is in environment sector, should that sector be among the priorities of European integration?
She pointed out that the answer is self-explanatory and that Chapter 27 should be among priorities. She underlined that Chapter 27 is very difficult to negotiate, among other things, because it affects the competence of many ministries with the significant responsibility of the Ministry of Finance. In addition, she pointed out that other sections of the negotiation, such as food security, rural development and agriculture, fisheries and energy, in many areas depend on the infrastructure achieved in waste management, waste water management and industrial pollution control. She also said that now it will be good to take advantage of momentum when we are because after more than ten years of “ knocking on the EU’s door, have the door opened,” and mobilize teams for each chapter.
Representative of the ENV.net project participated at this meeting.
The deadline for submission of the applications is 28th February 2014 at 23.59. ( In accordance with procedure, QUESTIONS by potential applicants with our ANSWERS are posted on web site on February 26, at 07:00 , taking in account questions received by February 25 at 23:59).
We are announcing the call for proposals under EU funded ENV.net project for the CSOs in the Western Balkans and Turkey: Development of the ENV.net in West Balkan and Turkey: giving citizens a voice to influence the environmental process reforms for closer EU integration, PROJECT CODE: 2012/306-642.
- EU: we watch and learn to be ready!
- EU: we watch and learn to be ready!
- EU: we watch and learn to be ready!
Framework of the action is to support environment education activities and promotion of EU environmental values in schools and for youth, considering today’s children and youth in Serbia as the future EU citizens.
Priority thematic categories are:
a) waste related actions- as the outreach of ENV.net Serbia 2013 Survey, and
b) promotion of EU environmental values
Activities that may be financed under this call
Only the following types of activity are eligible for funding:
- Organisation of public events aiming at sensitise environmental educational activities in schools.
- Preparation and publication of leaflets, brochures, booklets, web sites, focused to promotion of EU environmental values
Size of Grants
Any grant requested under this Call for Proposals must fall between the following minimum and maximum amounts:
- minimum amount: € 1,000
- maximum amount: € 3,000
Organisation that is awarded with a grant must contribute to the overall budget of the proposed action with 5% from their own sources (example: for the grant of 3000 euros, your contribution should be 150 euros).
Who can apply?
In order to be eligible for a grant, the applicant must:
- be legal persons and
- be non-profit-making and
- be specific types of organisations such as: Non-Governmental Organisations/Community Based Organisations (NGO/CBO), social partners (trade unions, employers’ associations), universities, cultural associations, media, etc. and
- be established in Serbia.
The project should be implemented in Serbia.
The project will start upon signature of the contract; tentative date is March 10, 2014.
Activities started prior this date cannot be funded.
Maximum duration of the project is 6 months.
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By invitation of the Delegation of the European Union in Serbia, EASD -ENV.net Serbia representative participated to the public hearing by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) Study Group , held in Belgrade on 30 January 2014. The main purpose of this public hearing was presentation and discussion of EESC opinion on The role of civil society in EU Serbia relations adopted in July 2013. In addition, CSOs were informed about the EU-Serbia Joint Consultative Committee (JCC).
The EESC Study Group Delegation was composed of Dimitris Dimitriadis, Former President of the EESC and President of the Study Group on The role of civil society in EU-Serbia relations (Employers’ Group, Greece), Ionut Sibian, President of the Western Balkans Follow-up Committee and Rapporteur for this Opinion (Various interests’ group, Romania), and Christoph Lechner, Co-Rapporteur for this Opinion (Employees’ Group, Austria).
EASD / ENV.net Team reading of EP Resolution (European Parliament resolution on the 2013 progress report on Serbia 2013/2880 RSP) with focus on ENV.net related issues :
- the role of civil society organisations, i
- environment and climate change.
CSOs - Calls on Serbia to engage civil society through a constructive consultative mechanism during the entire accession process since it has a major role to play as a critical observer of the continued implementation of European reforms, while ensuring that dialogue and good neighbourly relations with Serbia’s neighbours take firm root within society; stresses the central role of active and independent civil society organisations (CSOs) and civil society’s role as a watchdog; underlines the importance of dialogue with CSOs and stresses the crucial role of civil society actors in contributing to enhanced regional cooperation on social and political issues; welcomes the government’s improved cooperation with NGOs, but calls for their broader consultation in policy making, including the formulation of policies and legislation and the monitoring of the authorities’ activities; calls on the Serbian Government to work increasingly with European institutions in order to ensure better access to European funds made available to civil society organisations, with a view to supporting their work as essential actors in Serbia’s European integration process; insists that state institutions must act in a transparent and accountable manner; urges the Serbian authorities to consult civil society and the business community and to include them in working groups on the drafting of new legislation.
Environment and Climate change- Considers it regrettable that too little progress has been made in the areas of the environment and climate change and calls on the Serbian authorities to adopt a comprehensive climate strategy in line with EU targets as quickly as possible; urges the authorities to step up reform efforts in the area of sustainable management of natural resources.
Regrets the lack of progress and continuing delays in the practical implementation of the renewable energy framework; notes that Serbia lags behind other applicant countries in the utilisation of renewable energy sources and expresses concern that Serbia’s 2020 renewable energy targets will not be met; emphasises the need for transparency in government consultation processes and regrets the Serbian authorities’ failure to take account of the views of international financial institutions in the adoption of the Power Purchasing Agreement (PPA); Urges the Serbian authorities to improve consumer protection policies, in particular with regard to general food safety principles and the establishment of a national reference laboratory; considers it regrettable that the law on genetically modified organisms has not yet been aligned with EU legislation; Supports the Belgrade city authorities’ campaign for Belgrade as European Capital of Culture 2020, and encourages related projects aimed at bringing Belgrade and Serbia culturally closer to the EU, in particular with regard to interethnic coexistence, multicultural understanding and interreligious dialogue.
Centre of the European Union publishes its fifth edition of the Europa Diary. Seventy six thousand copies of this specific textbook will be distributed to the 2nd grade students of all high schools in Serbia at the beginning of the 2nd semester. Europa Diary users are 2nd grade students in almost 500 four- and three-year high schools in Serbia. The Diary contents topics on Serbia’s European integration process, but also other topics that are important to the students, such as environment, consumer protection, sport, travel, and human rights. All topics are adapted to the age group. In addition to the Diaries 3,200 Teacher’s Guides will be delivered to the teachers. The Guides are designed to complement the Diary providing a selection of activities, worksheets and class preparations for the teachers. Serbian edition continues to be the only edition published outside the European Union and therefore the only edition in non EU official language. Europa Diary project is funded by the Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Serbia and has been implemented in the schools for several years with the support of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology Development of the Republic of Serbia. A substantial support was also given of drafting some of the texts by the Office for European Integration of the Government of Serbia. A copy of this year’s edition of the Europa Diary and Teacher`s Guide is available on the EU Delegation website or EU Info Centre website .
In accordance with EASD Mission to environmental educate future EU citizens in Serbia (as the outreach of ENV.net Survey and “Serbia we want” process), we are sharing this publications, with special attention to p.51-61 of Europa Diary.
In the Palace of Serbia, on 16 December 2013th , Workshop for strategic planning of further work SECO mechanism is organised. Workshop organizers are: the Office for European Integration of Serbia – Department of Planning, Programming, Monitoring and Reporting on EU Funds and Development Assistance, Office of cooperation with Civil Society – Government of Serbia, TACSO project and TRAG foundation. Agenda includes reviews the functioning of SECO mechanism, a discussion on the current mode and define recommendations for improvement of the mechanism. EASD is the leading organization in SECO mechanism for Environment and Energy. The representative of the EASD-ENV.net Serbia in the workshop is Filip Jovanovic. The meeting is also attended by organisations in the same cluster, i.e. representatives of organizations CEKOR and Young researchers if Serbia.
On December 20th, 2013, at the premises of Journalists’ Association of Serbia (UNS), Environmental Ambassadors are organizing the seminar „Environmental Education for Further EU Citizens“. Almost 20 schools participated.
This participatory seminar was extremely successful! Motivated teachers were interesting in all topics; however recycling and upcycling, as well as involving children as the environmental reporters, as the tool to educate youth (future EU citizens), had the most attention. ENV.net lecturers, as well as presenters from Slovenia and Macedonia, contributed to the success of the seminar.
EASD President Prof dr Andjelka Mihajlov, on December 3, 2013, talked with the master students from the Faculty of Security Studies, University of Belgrade. Conversation is focused on Environmental and Energy Security, including some actual problems. Among others, the goals of ENV.net project were presented.
As FPA project grantee, EASD-ENV.net Serbia Team presented project update and further project strategy to Mr. Nicola Bertolini (Head of Section, European Commission, DG Enlargement, Unit D3, Regional Cooperation and Programmes) and task managers and political officers of the Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Serbia on November 28, 2013.
Under the umbrella of ENV.net activities, on November 22 in the premises of Tourist Organisation of Belgrade, successful Round-table on waste management in marinas, integrated water management and EU integration was organised. After presentations, it was fruitful discussion, focused on national laws implementation gaps, as well as international and EU environmental related standards.
On November 5th, 2013, ENV.net Serbia representative participated in the Meeting where draft changes on Law of Waste was presented by Ministry of Energy, Development and Environmental Protection. Meeting was organised by Serbian Chamber of Commerce. Presentation was followed by discussion and about 140 persons participated. The day before, draft changes on Law of Environment were presented.
EASD / ENV.net Serbia is concerned that some of changes should be carefully checked related to compliance with relevant EU directives.
The third partnership meeting of organizations from six countries participating in ENV.net project is being held from 5-8. November, 2013., in Milan, Italy.
The first day was dedicated to presentation of activities undertaken in the last months and description in details how each partner organisation is planning to implement activities foreseen in the project strategy in 2014. In the afternoon of the 1st day a practical training session on the use of social networks was delivered by Claudia Vago, consultant.
The 2nd day was dedicated to the EEB Training session on advocacy and monitoring the approximation process to the environmental acquis. In the 3rd day, a Training of Trainer (ToT) was organised in order to identify a common methodology to be used, followed by a short information session on how to use the website, to add pages and posts. The 4th day was focused in defining the project strategy and specific activities for 2014.
EASD, as the CSO National SAICM focal point, active participated in the 2013 International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week of Action, October 20-26, 2013 (Color pencils with and without lead).
On October 23. from 9:45 in Eco-School OŠ “Drinka Pavlović” ,Beograd , EASD team, in partnership with the APOS , gave a public lecture on “The sources of lead in the environment” , related lead in environment and lead poisoning (by different pencils and paint products). Our hosts and audience were biology professor Tatiana Tursijan, chemistry professor Dragana Ilic, and 7. and 8. grade students.
EASD presentation on lead from environmental angle : AOR Olovo 22.10.2013.
Events have media attention, for example.
Lead is well-known toxic chemical with ability to harm human health and cause wide range of health disorders including neurological disorders, anaemia, tiredness and muscle weakness, paralysis, kidney and liver damage and stomach upsets. According to WHO assessments lead exposure is estimated to account for 0.6% of the global burden of disease, with the highest burden in developing regions.
In children, the potential for adverse effects of exposure to lead is increased because of their physiological, metabolic and behavioural specificity. Lead can pose the risk to unborn child due to its possibility moves through placenta. Childhood lead exposure causes cognitive functions disorder resulted in about 600,000 new cases of children with intellectual disabilities every year. Latest scientific findings confirmed that there is no safe threshold for lead and that lead poisoning is entirely preventable.
The phasing out of lead from petrol, first in western Europe and later in central and eastern Europe, has resulted in a significant fall in blood lead levels in children over the last two decades. Nevertheless there are still a lot of sources of lead releases into environment such as industrial processes, paint, solder in canned foods and water pipes. It is still necessary to further reduce the levels of lead in the blood because there is no known safe level in children and pregnant women.
To facilitate action aim preventing of lead poisonings globally and especially exposure to lead from paint WHO together with UNEP created Global Alliance to Eliminated Lead from Paint (GAELP) that includes United States Centres for Diseases Control, US EPA and International Paediatric Association as well as Who and UNEP. The GAELP aims to elimination of lead from paint till 2020 in the majority of countries.
To raise awareness about lead poisoning, highlight countries and partners’ efforts to prevent childhood lead poisoning and urge further action to eliminate lead paint WHO through the GAELP will facilitate an international campaign on lead poisoning prevention (with a focus on lead paint), to take place 20-26 October 2013. This will be a campaign involving voluntary country-led activities, and we are now at the stage where countries (and NGOs) can volunteer to take part.
In WHO European Region four public health institutions and poison centres in Albania, Georgia, Republic of Moldova, and Serbia and a number of non-governmental organizations located in Armenia, France, Kazakhstan, Kirgizstan, Republic of Moldova and Serbia registered events that they will organize during Lead Poisoning Prevention Week. The diversity of events that are planned reflect countries priorities in elimination of lead poisonings that for WHO/ Europe Member States includes awareness raising workshops with decision-makers, legislators, industry representatives, TV events and mass media publications, distribution of booklets, national conferences are planned in the participating countries. Interesting events such as exhibition on lead poisonings and screening of the preventive movie will take place in France. Clinical toxicologists will inform from CHRU Lilly (France) Poison Control Centre will send mail to approximately 1500 City halls and to Paediatricians and Child Professionals.
Action to eliminate leaded paints should take place in all countries.
EC Delegation in Serbia, present to relevant CSOs, on October 18, 2013 , Serbia Progress Report 2013, in which the Commission services present their assessment of what Serbia as the candidate country has achieved over the last year. Presentation on 2013 Reports’ economic chapters is followed by discussion by CSOs representatives, including the NGOs as the one of category of CSOs. Environmental Chapter have great attention in discussion part of the meeting.
Related to Chapter 27, overall EC conclusions is “little progress”.
Although there are a lot of challenges ( EU Enlargement Factsheets – Energy, Climate Change and Environment ), EC conclusion is in some relevant segments different that ENV.net Study (ENV.net-Study-Extended-Summary-June-2013 ).
ENV.net Serbia Team prepared document: Reading of 2013 Progress Report for Serbia and Strategy by ENV.net Serbia Team ( Serbia 2013 Progress Report and Strategy – Reading by ENV.net Serbia Team ). Resulting key words are : Group 1 : civil society organizations, empowered civil society, Dialogue between decision makers and stakeholders , Public awareness, public participation and consultation process; Group 2: sustainable growth, synergies between environment and economy, emissions to air /air quality , waste management , environmental governance , climate change, protected areas, water management, chemicals management, environmental impact assessment, integral pollution and prevention control (industrial emissions); Group 3: implementation of adopted legislation, Intra- and inter-institutional cooperation, proper functioning of the core institutions, coordination of sectoral policies; Group 4: the skills gap, education and training.
Some background information for SERBIA: candidate – applied in 2009, obtained candidate status in March 2012. The EU-facilitated dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina was launched in March 2011. The First agreement of principles governing normalisation of relations was reached with Kosovo in April 2013. The momentum of reforms has also been reinvigorated in Serbia. The European Council decided in June 2013 to open accession negotiations. The first Intergovernmental Conference on Serbia’s accession negotiations will be held in January 2014 at the very latest, after the Council adopts the negotiating framework, which was proposed by the Commission in July 2013. In the meantime, the ‘screening’ began in September 2013. The Stabilisation and Association Agreement (SAA) entered into force on 1 September. – see more
EASD experts presented research results at international conferences.
- Rethinking Waste Management within the Resource-efficient Concept, Anđelka Mihajlov and Hristina Stevanović-Čarapina, key note lecture
- Identification and characterization of Marinas in Vojvodina, Serbia, Nataša Žugić-Drakulić, Hristina Stevanović- Čarapina and Anđelka Mihajlov
were presented at the 7th ICEEM Conference: Challenges for Sustainability, Vienna, September 2013 ( full program).
Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA): meaning and framework , Nebojsa Pokimica and Andjelka Mihajlov
was presented at the FIRST REGIONAL CONFERENCE ON ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT, Zadar, Croatia, September , 2013.
2013 ISWA world Congress – October Vienna. Almost 1,300 delegates from 84 countries gathered in the beautiful city of Vienna, which constitutes once again a new record participation for the ISWA World Congress. The participants were offered a lot during the 3 congress days, from the inspiring opening to the tropical closing ceremony, e.g. 250 speeches in 56 sessions, 180 poster presentations. EASD / ENV.net team participated. EVALUATION CRITERIA FOR LOCAL SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT PLANS, Hristina Stevanovic Carapina and Andjelka Mihajlov was presented.
Presentations are ENV.net study related.
Different events organised to raise awareness to EU approximation environmental challenges.
International Fair Eko-Svet was held from 2.6. october 2013. in Novi Sad where different innovations and new technologies were presented. Also, numerous interesting presentations on environmental issues were organized as an important part of this Fair.
10th International Environmental Protection and Natural Resources Fair – ECOFAIR is held from 9-12. October 2013. in Belgrade. Aside from participation of major national and international companies and institutions which are active in the field of environmental protection, there is also very rich professional and scientific program. For example, Regional Conference on Environmental Reporting – precondition for investment and sustainable business was held in the organization of Camber of Commerce and Industry of Serbia.
ENV.net Team awareness on climate change have media attention.
The First SEE Regional Science Promotion Conference (SCIPROM), is opened on October 2, 2013 in Belgrade, with the aim to bring together science promotion professionals, practitioners and enthusiasts to share experience and network in order to strengthen the link between science and society in our Region. In the current competitive global environment it is an imperative to enhance economic and social capacities by improving the educational structure of society, inspiring innovation and technological advancement and creating a milieu for appreciation of the value and benefits of knowledge.
In the opening address, Minister for Education, Science and Technology development of Serbia Tomislav Jovanovic underlined, among others the importance of knowledge based actions, as well as the importance of drinking water for development.
Conference bring international experts and representatives of international organizations, research and educational institutions, science camps, science communicators, NGOs, private sector and media on board. ENV.net team participated.
This conference justify the path of ENV.net Serbia development linking European Integration, Knowledge based activities and sectors : Education, Science and Environment/Natural Resources.
EASD representative participate at the 5th CEE regional meeting on SAICM in Skopje, Macedonia FYR, from 23 to 26 September 2013. EASD is National NGO/CSO Focal Point for SAICM. Besade the EASD representative, the representative from Cleaner Production Center – Belgrade participated. Overall, the dynamic of the meeting was very positive with a total of 48 people participating, including 11 Governments, 6 IGOs, 3 regional centres and 9 NGOs. List of participants is available ( CEE Rm 5 INF15_LOP ),
First day : CEE regional workshop on endocrine disrupting chemicals, lead by UNEP in collaboration with WHO and OECD.
Second day: Technical Information Sharing session – featuring information on Chemicals in Products, Lead in paints, Children’s environmental health, nanotechnologies and nanomaterials and other themes of interest for the region
Third day - SAICM priority setting workshop, looking at progress to date, identifying gaps and regional priorities and setting the course of action to reach the 2020 goal in the framework of the Overall Orientation and Guidance exercise mandated by ICCM3.
4th day: 5th Central and Eastern European regional meeting on SAICM.
Some of the key highlights of the meeting outcome include:
(i) Selection of Poland as the Regional Focal Point for the remainder of the term until ICCM4;
(ii) identification of priority Strategic Approach implementation activities for the region (that will also feed into the Overall Orientation and Guidance document);
(iii) request to review synergies from a Strategic Approach perspective; and
(iv) identified need and request for WHO to build capacity in the region for Poison Control Centres.
In the corridor of the Meeting, ENV.net networking meetings took place.
ENV.net snapshot analysis
Legislation: In terms of the degree of compliance with the EU environmental acquis, intense legislative activity of the Ministry in charge of Environment and other institutions with responsibility in this area has led to a significant level of transposition of the relevant EU regulations. According to the Progress Monitoring Report for the year of 2012, the majority of EU directives relating to the so-called horizontal issues, nature protection, management of chemicals and noise are completely or almost completely transposed into national legislation. In other areas (air quality, waste management, water protection and industrial pollution control) the bulk of EU legislation has largely been transposed into national legislation. With regard to the obligations of the Republic of Serbia as a non-Annex 1 country in the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and the complexity and cost of implementation of these regulations, the compliance with the acquis in the climate package has just started. National Environmental Approximation Strategy, with the assumption that the Serbia will be a member of the EU by 2019, provides for the achievement of full transposition of most of the acquis by the end of 2014.
Administrative and institutional capacity: The existing administrative capacity, especially at the local level are assessed as insufficient for adequate implementation. Given the complexity of the environmental acquis, and the fact that the jurisdiction of the EU is divided between a numbers of institutions in this area, there is a strong need to further strengthen inter-agency cooperation and coordination.
Environmental infrastructure: Given the state of the infrastructure, as well as the experience of the new EU member states in this process, the Strategy estimates that full implementation of EU regulations will be completed by 2030, and that the total cost of full implementation of EU legislation in the field of environment will be around 10.6 billion euros.
Financial investments: Given the institutional complexity and multidisciplinary nature of the field of environment, full transposition of the acquis may require a longer time frame, especially in the case of directives that require large financial investments (heavy investment directives).
Year 2013: The activities in the sector stagnated in 2013, and it is to be seen how it will be reported in the 2013 Progress Report, as well as to see the further “speed” to implement commitments in environmental sector.
EASD participated in the process towards Progress report for 2013 (2013-Progress-Report-EASD-contribution).
March 2019: UN Environment : 4th Assembly (and pre- and side-events) , ENV.net related event
Call for sub-grants (6.novembar 2018: Otvoren poziv za dodelu sub-grantova u okviru ENV.net projekta)
ENV.net Initiative: to update National Strategy on Sustainable Use of Natural Resources and Goods, by applying Circular Economy concept ; ENV.net Initiative and Knowledge based advocacy: to update National Strategy of Sustainable Use of Natural Resources
Follow project at : facebook.com/envnetsite/ and www.env-net.org
February 2018 – ENV.net 3 Kick-off Meeting in Tirana
In December 2017. we started with ENV.net 3 : ENV-net factoring the environmental portfolio for Western Balkans and Turkey in the EU Policy Agenda
(reference number 2017/394-372)
Development of ENV.net in West Balkan and Turkey: giving citizens a voice to influence the environmental process reforms for closer EU integration – EuropeAid/132438/C/ACT/Multi – 2012/306-642 and 2014/351-610 (2012-2016)
The project builds on the experience of an EU-funded project, namely the Environment Forum , implemented in the period 2009-2012, aiming at developing capacities of environmental NGOs to establish a constructive dialogue with national authorities. The present project strategy has been designed to achieve a greater commitment and capacity of a group of CSOs coming from Environment Forum experience and which have agreed on the creation of a new network, the ENV.net, to support the civil activism, give citizens a voice and influence the public reform processes in the approximation to the environment acquis. With the view to further enhance their capacities to work with CSOs and to share experience with other European countries, EEB has accepted to participate and to share its experience. Project objective - Greater commitment and capacity of the ENV.net to give citizens a voice and influence public sector reform processes in the environment sector through analysis, monitoring and advocacy.
ENV.net – Serbia team include: Dr Nataša Žugić Drakulić –National Coordinator and Filip Jovanović – assistant , chosen in transparent process by „ Environmental Ambassadors for Sustainable Development“, partner organisation in this project. In addition, National consultant for European integration is Prof dr Andjelka Mihajlov (in the first year of the project), dr Hristina Stevanović Čarapina is leading expert .
Some of activities could be followed only in Serbian, like calls to participate, and other actions targeted to citizens in Serbia.
Highlights: ENV.net publications
- A Guideline of EU Accession Monitoring Tools for CSOs in candidate and potential candidate countries: Chapter 27, (Authors and contributors: Andjelka Mihajlov, Natasa Zugic-Drakulic, Filip Jovanovic, Federico Bastia, Simona Pogliani, Mara Silina, Teida Shehi and Dusko Hristov), Published by Environmental Ambassadors for Sustainable Development with the financial assistance of the EU – ENV.net project document, Belgrade January 2015
- How to influence environmental policy through effective advocacy (Authors: Margherita Tolotto and Mara Silina), ENV.net Advocacy Toolkit, European Environmental Bureau, Brussels, January 2015
- Climate change and challenges of the enlargement (Authors: Anja Kolmuss, Dragana Mileusnic, Zanna Vanrenterghem and Richard Filcak), ENV.net Advocacy Toolkit, European Environmental Bureau, Brussels,September 2016
March 2016 - New internet portal: Greenweb
January 2016 – Save the date for EnE16-ENV.net Conference ; We participate: Regional Conference: „Sustainability of the FPAs” , Brussels . Water-food-energy-ecosystems nexus assessment in the Sava River Basin – Lessons learned and further steps
May 26, 2015 – Promotional activity
April - THE ELEVENTH REGIONAL CONFERENCE ENVIRONMENT TO EUROPE – ENE15 – ENV.NET acknowledged as the European Sustainable Development Week event
February 2, 2015: Invitation for EnE15-ENV.net Conference launched
January 29, 2015: A Guideline of EU Accession Monitoring Tools for CSOs in candidate and potential candidate countries (ENV.net region): Chapter 27 , document finalized
January 27, 2015: Promotion of Publication
January 8, 2015: Promotion of Publication
December 31: Thematic Publication “Environment to Europe”, 2014 ( Tematski zbornik radova “Životna sredina ka Evropi”)
October 28 – Ministry of Agriculture and Environmental Protection is co-funded ENV.net project , contract signed
October 2014 – ENV.net brochure published and presented
October 14 – ENV.net related: Participation on Conference “Eco-standards and Education”
September 29 – ENV.net Round-table Dialogue for Green Future (ENV.net okrugli sto sa niškim srednjoškolcima “Dijalogom ka zelenijoj budućnosti“) (sub-grant)
September 23-25, Brussels: ENV.net preparatory partnership meeting and Framework Partnership Agreement (FPA) Closing Event for Phase I
September 19-24 , We are following Explanatory Screening for the Chapter 27
July 27 – Partnership with media – Radio Beograd 2
May 22-24, 2014 – 4th Partners Meeting in Milan
May 10, 2014 – ENV.net Let us clean up Europe! event: Ada Ciganlija Beograd ; ENV.net Serbia with children, parents and teachers “cleaning up Serbia” , Event in pictures
May 22-24, 2014 – 4th ENV.net Partners Meeting in Milan
April 5, 2014 – Education for future citizens of EU: guest lecturing at the Law Faculty
April 2, 2014 – ECRAN NGOs Environment and Climate Change Forum – Evaluation Outcome - Congratulation to ENV.net partners!!!!
April 1, 2014 – Protego and Protecta sign subcontracting contracts
Marc 20-9, 2014 – EASD written contribution to the 2014 Progress Report
From February 2014 – EU negotiation process: we are following explanatory screenings
February 26, 2014 - In accordance with procedure, QUESTIONS by potential applicants with our ANSWERS are posted on web site on February 26, at 07:00 , taking in account questions received by February 25 at 23:59
February 13, 2014 - Environment in youth policy in Serbia
February 12, 2014 – Meeting with ENVAP2 Project representatives
February 7, 2014 - Participation on Training related the Sector Planning Documents – SPDs
January 30,2014 – Thematic meeting of the SECO mechanism on IPA II programming
January 19, 2014 – EASD / ENV.net Team reading of European Parliament Resolution, January 2014
January 07, 2014 – Starting preparation for ENV.net 2014 Round-table / Conference
January 2, 2014 – Attention to ENVIRONMENT in EUROPA DAIRY
December 23, 2013 – Workshop on environmental values for kindergarten children from Sombor (Minutes) , Participation on meetings in Nature Protection Institute and Agency for Environmental Protection
Decembar 20, 2013 – In media : Promotion of knowledge based information
December 17, 2013 – ENV.net region news: European Affairs ministers give green light to Serbia’s EU negotiations
December 16, 2013: Workshop for strategic planning of further work SECO mechanism
December 3, 2013 - ENV.net presented to the master students of Faculty of Security Studies
December 2, 2013 - Eye on EU integration process: Parliament of Serbia , Eye on SEE regional cooperation
November 28, 2013 - Meeting FPA project grantees with DG Enlargement representative
Environmental Education of future EU citizens: Activity on November 19,2013
|Acknowledging the outreach of ENV.net Survey and ENV.net 2013 Roudtable recomendations, EASD – ENV.net Serbia recognized importance of children/youth education for active EU citizenship , through promotion of EU environmental values. We would like to share moments from kindergarten “Pčelice”, from village Šetonje, as promotion event for environmental values in education. With children and teachers, as well as EASD Team, there were Prof dr Ivica Radovic and mr Ljubiša Antonijević, assistant ministers for education and science.|
Partnership with municipality - On November 18., 2013, ENV.net project presented on the Round table in Municipality Vračar (within City of Belgrade).
Cooperation with TACSO Serbia - On November 15. 2013, in Belgrade, TACSO Advisory Committee (LAG) organized a consultative meeting with representatives of civil society organizations and networks and Serbian civil society expert community. At the meeting a draft of a document on the assessment needs of civil society in Serbia was discussed.
EASD prepared Opinion and contribution to the Draft Strategy Paper for the Republic of Serbia 2014-2020. Through SECO mechanism opinion is sent to Governmental Office for European Integration. Opinion is based on Serbia 2013 Progress Report and Strategy – Reading by ENV.net Serbia Team .
Organisation capacity building process: EASD acknowledged becoming IPEN network Participating Organization
November 2013. - The third ENV.net partnership meeting in Milan
28. October - Meeting with European Parliamentarians
ENV.net Serbia Team prepared document: Reading of 2013 Progress Report for Serbia and Strategy by ENV.net Serbia Team ( Serbia 2013 Progress Report and Strategy – Reading by ENV.net Serbia Team ).
22. and 23 October - Education on sustainable management of lead/chemicals
October 18 - EC Delegation in Serbia, present to relevant CSOs, on October 18, 2013 , Serbia Progress Report 2013, in which the Commission services present their assessment of what Serbia as the candidate country has achieved over the last year.
Promotion of ENV.net facebook page!
October 2, 2013 - ENV.net team participated at the First SEE Regional Science Promotion Conference (SCIPROM), opened in Belgrade, with the aim to bring together science promotion professionals, practitioners and enthusiasts to share experience and network in order to strengthen the link between science and society in our Region. In the current competitive global environment it is an imperative to enhance economic and social capacities by improving the educational structure of society, inspiring innovation and technological advancement and creating a milieu for appreciation of the value and benefits of knowledge. In the opening address, Minister for Education, Science and Technology development of Serbia underlined, among others the importance of knowledge based actions, as well as the importance of drinking water for development. Conference bring international experts and representatives of international organizations, research and educational institutions, science camps, science communicators, NGOs, private sector and media on board.
This conference justify the path of ENV.net Serbia implementation and development, linking European Integration, Knowledge based activities and sectors : Education, Science and Environment/Natural Resources.
Waste management and water management are considered as two important segments of environmental acquis and studies in this area represent an important aspect of ENV.net project. Environmental accession status of Serbia ( waste , water and EIA thematic issues) was presented by EASD team at International Conferences in Vienna (Austria) and Zadar (Croatia), as well as on chemicals at SAICM Regional Meeting (Skopje, Macedonia FYR).
In Skopje, EASD representative met Macedonian 4x4x4 BB representative on September 26, 2013, to discuss possible enlargement of ENV.net project to Macedonia.
Added value for ENV.net Serbia is EASD activities within the development of Post-Rio+20 Agenda.
Office for Cooperation with Civil Society organised on September 6, 2013 Conference devoted to negotiating Chapter 27 (Environment). Presentation (in Serbian) from the Conference includes: Poglavlje 27 pregovori, Iskustvo R Slovenije, Natura 2000 Ministarstvo, Uloga civilnog drustva u monitoringu, Natura 2000 NGO )
September 2013: ENV.net project presented in the Ministry of Education, Science and Development of Serbia (Meeting of the National Committee for Environmental Education Programs)
August 2013. - Snapshot analysis
Project CHAPTER 27 is financial support in 2014 to ENV.net project by Ministry of Agriculture and Environment.
The “Chapter 27″ is composed of two phases:
Phase 1 – Tenth Regional Conference Environment to Europe (EnE14-ENV.net), with thematic focus to Chapter 27
Phase 2 – Thematic publication/s based in related issues.
This project present different phases in EU accession. Started to raise awareness of the importance of the UNECE Ministerial “Environment for Europe” Belgrade 2007 Conference, and further continuously is mobilizing interesting parties in Serbia and Region to catalyze environmental and sustainable development towards European values. EASD Activity circles represent the scope of our activities.
The ESDN Conference 2018 – we participate ; We participate - ESDN Conference 2018, “Stakeholder-Policy Cooperation in the Age of the SDGs: What new approaches are required to be successful?”, Vienna (Austria), 1-2 October, 2018
February 2018: ENV.net 3 Kick-off Meeting in Tirana
June 5, 2015 – 2015 Conference, Information, Proc. of papers
December 2014 - Thematic Publication “Environment to Europe” ( Tematski zbornik radova “Životna sredina ka Evropi”)
EnE14 / ENV.net Conference will be held on June 5, 2014 in Belgrade (it will 10th regional conference!). Thematic focus: Chapter 27. Reserve the date! More information soon. Follow the updated information related to event.
EnE13 – Environment to Europe Conference on June 10, 2013 is focused on local environment. The main messages from this participatory ENV.net event are: environmental sector activities should be knowledge based, and education for environment and sustainable development should be priority. Capacities and continuity is very important for inclusion environment in other sectoral policies. Conference is institutionally supported by Ministry of Energy, Development and Environmental Protection and Ministry of Natural Resources, Mining and Spatial Planning, as well as National Commision for UNESCO. This Conference is UNEP WED event.
|2013||EnE13||ENV.net RoundtableFocus: Local Environment||AgendaZbornik radova EnE13 – Zivotna sredina ka Evropi - Papers ProceedingsMinutesMore than 120 participants at EnE13 conference/ENV.net Roundtable: 10 June, 2013 in Belgrade|
Snapshots from the previous EnE “Environment to Europe” Conferences:
|Thematic focus||Published materials|
|2005||EnE05||Thematic focus : The importance of Environmental Sector in EU Integration process||Detailed Agenda published.CD Proceedings of Papers published.Book “Sustainable Development and Environment towards Europe in 95+ steps”, by A.Mihajlov, published in Serbian|
|2006||EnE06||European/developed countries values in environmental and related issues; lessons learnedAt the same time, the Civil Society Forum EfE07 Meeting towards UN Pan-European Ministerial Conference Belgrade 2007 “Environment for Europe” held.||Detailed Agenda published.CD Proceedings of Papers published.Book “Sustainable Sustainable Development and Environment Towards Europe in 95+ Steps”, by A.Mihajlov, published in English|
|2007||EnE07||Dedicated to contribute to upcoming UNECE “Environment for Europe” (2007, Belgrade) Pan-European Ministerial ConferenceNGO Declaration on Environmental Cohesion of Western Balkan agreed||Detailed Agenda published.CD Proceedings of Papers published.|
|2008||EnE08||Youth and Vulnerable Groups in Environmental EU Accession||Detailed Agenda published.SnapshotEnE08 Zbornik radova 4. regionalne Konferencije „Zivotna sredina ka Evropi“-sadrzaj published.|
|2009||EnE09||Climate Change and Sustainable Tourism Conference||Detailed Agenda published (agenda EnE09)SpeechCD Proceedings of Papers published.http://www.europa.rs/en/mediji/arhiva-vesti/2009/645/Environment+protection+is+a+joint+effort.html|
|2010||EnE10||Green Education and Green Economy||Detailed Agenda published ( Agenda EnE10 Konferencije )CD Proceedings of Papers published.Snapshot|
|2011||EnE11||Rural and Mountain Sustainable Development||Detailed Agenda published (agenda_ene11)http://www.ruralinfoserbia.rs/dokumenta/agenda_ene11.pdfCD Proceedings of Papers published.Publication with selected paper published.|
|2012||EnE12||Learning event for Rio=20 preparation – Green Economy and Governance for Sustainable Development||Detailed Agenda published ( Agenda EnE12 )http://www.pks.rs/Documents/Slu%C5%BEba%20za%20marketing/Agenda%20EnE12.pdfCDProceedings of Papers published.UNDP/UNEP Green Economy Study published http://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/content/documents/984serbia.pdf|
Within “Environment to Europe” Process, EASD actively participate and organize different supporting activities in different related thematic areas, like sustainable consumption and production, efficient resource use, chemicals, eco-consumers protection, participation at global, EC, regional and with papers at different conferences, etc. Regional cohesion projects supported Environment to Europe process.
By invitation, Prof dr Hristina Stevanovic Carapina, had plenary lecture: RELIABILITY OF DATA ON WASTE GENERATION IN THE APPLICATION OF LCA AS A PREREQUISITE IN DECISION-MAKING PROCESS ABOUT THE INTRODUCTION OF RECYCLING IN MUNICIPALITY OF BOR (coauthors: Jasna Stepanov, Dunja Prokić, Ljiljana Ćurčić, Nataša Žugić Drakulić, Anđelka Mihajlov – majority of research team are EASD experts and members), at the eight Symposium “Recycling Technologies and Sustainable Development”, held in July 2013 in Bor. Presentation addressed some concerns raised within the ENV.net process.
The main messages from this participatory ENV.net event are: environmental sector activities should be knowledge based, and education for environment and sustainable development should be priority. Capacities and continuity is very important for inclusion environment in other sectoral policies. Conference is institutionally supported by Ministry of Energy, Development and Environmental Protection and Ministry of Natural Resources, Mining and Spatial Planning, as well as National Commision for UNESCO. Draft Agenda ( Agenda FINAL on 06 06, strane 2-8 ) and CD Proceeding of Papers are published. This Conference is UNEP WED event.
At the opening session, Mrs. Prof. dr Zorana Mihajlović, Minister of Energy, Development and Environmental Protection of Republic of Serbia, Mr. Christoph Eichen, First Secretary Economic Cooperation, Embassy of Germany in Serbia, Mr Andrew Headey, EC Delegation in Serbia, Mr Jürg Staudenmann Deputy Resident Representative UNDP Serbia, SEIO Representative, European Integration Office, Government of the Republic of Serbia, Mr. Prof dr. Ivica Radović, Assistant Minister, Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development of the Republic of Serbia, Mr Klaus Schmidt – Team Leader of IMPACT project – Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, Representative of Eptisa Regional Office for SEE, as well as Mr Dušan Stokic of Serbian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, shared the views related environmental sector and EU Integration. Event is officially oppened by Mr. Goran Trivan, Secretary for Environmental Protection, City of Belgrade.
Municipal Infrastructure Support Programme (MISP), EU-IPA Project, EPTISA, is presented by Dragana Vasić, Deputy Team Leader. MFA, LCA and Cleaner Production as Analitical Tools in Environment are presented by , prof. dr Hristina Stevanović Čarapina, IMPACT project- Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH representative.
The Importance of the Participation of Civil Society Organizations in Decision-Making Process is addressed by Milena Banović, Office for Cooperation with Civil Society, Government of the Republic of Serbia Representative .
Analysis of current status of EU Environmental Integration and ENV.net project is presented by Prof dr Nataša Žugić Drakulić, National Coordinator, ENV.net Project .
Coordinator for Conference is Doc dr Dunja Prokić. Conference chair person is Prof f dr Andjelka Mihajlov.
Selected presentation: Dragana Vasić EnE13 -MISP for Serbia
Minutes from event are posted in gallery.
Reported by ACUNS, UNEP, FEE.
On behalf of Organizing Committee of the ninth Regional Conference “Environment to Europe-EnE13″, we want to inform you that the conference will be held on 10 June, 2013, presenting one of the events for World Environment Day (UNEP), as well as conference supporting EU accession process in sector Environment through project “Development of the ENV.net in West Balkans and Turkey: giving citizens a voice to influence the environmental process reforms for closer EU integration”. Serbian Ministry of Energy, Development and Environmental Protection acknowledged the importance of this Conference.
The theme for this year’s World Environment Day celebrations is Think.Eat.Save. Think.Eat.Save is an anti-food waste and food loss campaign that encourages you to reduce your foodprint.
Focus thematic issue this year is Local Environment. Each year EnE Conferences have different thematic focus.
We are inviting you to active participate on the Conference Environment to Europe – EnE13, either by preparing and presenting your paper, or by contributing as an auditor and participant (f application form_EnE13, Gidelines for paper preparation EnE13) .
Application forms (with or without paper) and abstracts-papers send using email contact: conference.ene13@
Deadline for submission of applications form (for participants wishing to participate with paper): April, 15th
Deadline for submission of abstracts: April, 25th
Abstract acceptance notification: May, 6th
Deadline for submission of paper (extended abstracts): May, 15th (3-6 pages, in English or in Serbian / other language from former Yugoslavian Republics with Abstract in English)
Paper acceptance notification: May, 27th
Early registration deadline: May, 27th
Late registration deadline: May, 31st
Deadline for submission of application form without paper: May, 31st
Conference: June, 10
Participation fee :
Registration fee paid by May, 23 is 55 €
Regular price registration fee is 100 €
Payment: for details / account, please contact organizers by Email
Students are exempt from paying the registration fee.
Conference (EnE conferences) contributes to: EU and Accession, Regional Cooperation, International Cooperation, UNEP promotion , represent Scientific and other Conferences, Educational Signals and Courses, Scientific Signals and Projects, Promotion of Science, as well as Environmental Experts’ Networking
The Regional Conference “CSF Framework for Partnership Agreement Inception Conference” titled “EC and Partners: growing together – Framework for Partnership Agreement” held in Belgrade on May 23-24 at Palace of Serbia, Yugoslavia Hall.
Over 200 representatives of CSOs that are awarded with EU funding within IPA SCF projects took part in this conference. Among 18 awarded projects ENV.net had its representatives (9 participants from 6 countries).
Environmental Ambassadors had 2 representatives present on this important meeting with other CSOs, as well as EU and National Authorities representatives.
The second meeting of the ENV.net project is organized in Belgrade on May 21. and 22., 2013. (ENV.net is EU funded project, EuropeAid/132438/C/ACT/Multi, 2012/306-642). Meeting is taking place in the Hotel Tulip Inn, Putnik, where representatives from the „Environmental Ambassadors for Sustainable Development” are participating.
42 CSOs responded to ENV.net questionnaire (March-April 2013). 80% were NGOs (majority having interest in environmental issues “among the others”, and minority established as “environmental” NGOs ) while 20% belonged to other categories of the CSOs.
As one of the main interests, need for education is identified. Most of the CSOs agreed that teaching/learning about environmental issues, environmental problems and solutions throughout informal education for adults as for example are seminars, and semi-formal education as for example are implementation of international program Eco-Schools, might be the most fruitful way to improve status of their knowledge about environmental issues in our country. Most CSOs were interested to hear more about ENV.net project.
Regarding different segments of environmental acquis, most of the CSOs which answered ENV.net questionnaire were interested to waste management (i.e. recycling), nature protection, and public access to environmental information.
The Delegation of the EU to Serbia organized, together with the DG Environment colleagues, a consultative meeting with the NGO representatives on 7th March 2013, in EU Delegation premises in Belgrade. The purpose of the meeting is preparation for the Enhanced Dialogue on Environment and Climate Change. Ms Madalina IVANICA, DG Environment, Mr Dimitrios ZEVGOLIS, DG Climate Action and Mr Rainer FREUND, Delegation of the EU to Serbia, lead the meeting.
Among the invited CSOs participants, Environmental Ambassadors for Sustainable Development representatives at the meeting were: Andjelka Mihajlov (who was Thematic Expert in Environment Forum Project http://www.envforum.eu ) and Dragana Grujicic. Within the context of the CSOs role in supporting environmental and climate change EU accession, A. Mihajlov informed on potentials of ENV.net project (See http://www.tacso.org/doc/130110_information-sheet-ENV.NET-project_REVISED.pdf for more information).
The fist ENV.net partnership kick-off meeting is organised in EEB premises on January 22 and 23 in Brussels (ENV.net is EU funded project, EuropeAid/132438/C/ACT/Multi, 2012/306-642). Nataša Žugić-Drakulić, Hristina Stevanović-Čarapina and Andjelka Mihajlov, represented EASD on this meeting.
ENV.net – Serbia team include: Dr Nataša Žugić Drakulić –National Coordinator and Filip Jovanović – assistant , chosen in transparent process by „ Environmental Ambassadors for Sustainable Development“, partner organisation in this project. In addition, National consultant for European integration is Prof dr Andjelka Mihajlov, .dr Hristina Stevanović Čarapina is leading expert and Sandra Radunović is an expert.
EASD written contribution to 2014 Progress Report
ENV.net is EC supported project intended to empower a citizen’s voice to influence the environmental process reforms for closer EU integration in Western Balkan and Turkey.
EASD written contribution to 2013 Progress Report in Environmental Sector
In the context of preparations for the 2013 Progress Report, the Delegation of the European Union in Serbia launch the round of consultations with the civil society. In this respect, EASD submit written contribution ( 2013 Progress Report – EASD contribution ) as the position paper (April 2013).
Within the project “Support to the Department of Planning, Programming, Monitoring and Reporting on EU Funds and development assistance to the Office for European Integration of Serbia, for establishing a partnership to promote the use of international assistance “in March 2011 the mechanism was established, enabling civil society participation in planning and monitoring of EU and other international development assistance.
SEKO leading organization for the sector of environment and energy is a consortium of organizations (selected in a public competition):
CEKOR-Centre for Ecology and sustainable development,
ENVIRONMENTAL AMBASSADORS FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT, and
Center for Civil Society Development PROTECTA.
SEKO Leading organizations are forming network NGO SEKO Forum “Environment and Energy” to work together to provide opinion related to official documents in the programming process, the identification of priority programs / projects, defining the strategic basis for defining priority projects for international assistance. 48 CSO are the member of this network, and it is open for the new members.
More information can be found (in Serbian) http://www.cdspredlaze.org.rs/
January 30,2014 - Thematic meeting of the SECO mechanism on IPA II programming
December 16, 2013: Workshop for strategic planning of further work SECO mechanism
EASD prepared Opinion and contribution to the Draft Strategy Paper for the Republic of Serbia 2014-2020. Through SECO mechanism opinion is sent to Governmental Office for European Integration. Opinion is based on Serbia 2013 Progress Report and Strategy – Reading by ENV.net Serbia Team .
More details on activities in Serbian language……..
Eighteen projects (selected out of 172 applications) will be funded for the next two years by the European Union as a part of Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA) and Civil Society Facility (CSF) funds. More about these projects at (https://sites.google.com/site
Environmental Ambassadors for Sustainable Development is participating as a partner in one of the selected projects: Development of the ENV.net in West Balkan and Turkey: giving citizens a voice to influence the environmental process reforms for closer EU integration.
On the 21st of January, 2013, the European Commission organized a joint kick-off meeting in Brussels, for the project leaders and partners of the 18 selected projects. The purpose of the meeting was to give project coordinators detailed information on administrative and financial aspects of managing their projects. It was also an opportunity to meet EU and TACSO representatives and to network with other project coordinators.
Together with five other partners participating in the ENV.net project, Environmental Ambassadors for Sustainable Development representative (Natasa Zugic-Drakulic) attended this meeting.
REGIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL COHESION, from Initiative to Process
Initiative - Environmental Cohesion Initiative as the strategic concept is visionary perspective, promoting “environment as the no-borders concept” and “environmental soft diplomacy” tool for regional cooperation. Initiated in Western Balkan in 2003 by at that time Serbian Minister for the Protection of Natural Resources and Environment, through different Project implementation, become Process.
Our projects implemented (2005-2011)
|2005/2006||Building a common ‘green’ future in Europe (Regional Initiative for cohesion in the field of environment), project supported by Open society Fund||Environmental Ambassadors-Serbia,Biosfera – Macedonia,Most – Montenegro,Konak-Kosovo territory,Center for Energy Efficiency – Bosnia and Herzegovina,Sun of Liquenas – Albania
|The platform SEE Regional Delaration on Environmental Cohesion as the tool to EU integration and Sustainable Development is approved in 2006 (on Regional FORUM EfE07 Preparatory Meeting in Belgrade, June 5th). Further, Declaration is presented at UNECE Committee on Environment Policy, Ad Hoc Preparatory Working Group of Senior Officials “Environment for Europe”, Second meeting, Geneva, 29-30 June 2006, with request to include it in Belgrade 2007 Conference.|
|2007/2008||RENCO – Regional Environmental Cohesion: Towards sustainable development strategy for urban South-East Europe, project supported by Sida and Serbian Ministry of Environment||I. Čarapina, N. Azemovski, S. Stevović, M. Apostolovski, M. Šarić, L. Bratić, A. Jovanović, T. Knez-Milojković, Z. Moravčević, A. Knez-Milojković, A.Mihajlov, REGIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL COHESION: TOWARDS SEE URBAN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY (RENCO), Sustainable Spatial Development of Towns and Cities, Thematic Conference Proceedings, Volume 1 (M. Vujošević, ed.), Institute or Architecture and Urban&Spatial Planning of Serbia, ISBN: 978-86-80329-51-2, Belgrade, 2007, pp.279-296 ( In Serbian rad ICarapina i dr RENCO-final)|
|2009-2011||Regional environmental advocacy and cohesion of the Western Balkans (abbreviation: REA), Project supported by the the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.||„ Urban Research Institute (URI)“ (Tirana),„Center for ecology i energy“ (Tuzla),„Advocacy Training and Resource Center“ (Pristina),„4x4x4 Balkan Bridges“ (Skopje),„Green Home“ (Podgorica),„Center for modern skills“ (Beograd)„Environmental Ambassadors“ from Belgrade, as the Regional coordinator.||Snapshots|
From 2003, when initiated, though project implemented, Regional Environmental Cohesion toward EU integration and Sustainable Development become Process, having different paths of implementation in years 2012+.
With our activities in years 2013+, Environmental Ambassadors for Sustainable Development, is further supporting this strategic mission, through project implementation (like ENV.net, Environment to Europe)