FIRST NATIONAL PROJECT PARTNERS MEETING IPA 2011 "CIVIL SOCIETY FOR ACCOUNTABLE GOVERNANCE" – 28th of JANUARY 2015., OSIJEK

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On 28th of January 2015 coordinator Center for Peace, Non-Violence and Human Rights, Osijek organized, in its premises, the first national project partners meeting IPA 2011 "Civil Society for Accountable Governance". The meeting was attended by partners from the Informative Legal Center, Slavonski Brod, the Serbian Democratic Forum from Pakrac and hosts the Center for Peace, Non-Violence and Human Rights, Osijek. The key discussion was the implementation of the project, activities, and partner commitments.

Otherwise, the Center for Peace, Non-Violence and Human Rights – Osijek, in partnership with the Informative Legal Centre from Slavonski Brod, the Serbian Democratic Forum, PAX from Utrecht (the Netherlands) and The Hague Academy for Local Governance (the Netherlands), from 30st of December 2014 implements a two-year project "Civil Society for Accountable Governance", funded by the European Union under the IPA 2011 Programme "Reinforcing Support of CSOs in Enhancing Transparency and Good Governance in Croatian Public Administration".

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The objectives of the project are to strengthen the capacity of local civil society organizations for the monitoring, analysis and reporting on the implementation of the policies associated with the good governance and anti-discrimination, strengthen cross-sector partnership through the establishment of local expert teams (consisting of representatives of civil society organisations, local authorities and public institutions) for the purpose of strengthening the principles of good governance and anti-discrimination at the local level and a structured dialogue between civil society organizations, local governments, public institutions and experts from EU, with the support of the creation and promotion of new mechanisms for the monitoring of the policies in the area of good governance and anti-discrimination.

Project activities are to strengthen the capacities of local civil society organizations and local governments and public institutions through training and follow-up with the experts from the Netherlands and the development of cooperation between them, maintaining regular motivational meetings with civil society organisations and local expert teams, monitoring good governance and anti-discrimination, drafting local reports and Final Analysis/publication and organization of the Regional Forum at the final stage of project implementation.

Beneficiaries of the project are local civil society organizations established to promote, exercise and protect the rights and interests of vulnerable groups (minorities, the Roma, sex/gender, disabled persons, youth) or work in the field of human rights, representatives of the local government and public institutions in whose jurisdiction are the implementation of these policies. Also the beneficiaries are Local Councils of National Minorities, the Government's Office for Human Rights, the Ombudsman and the other Ombudsmen, citizens and the general public.

The project is implemented on the territory of the Republic of Croatia, in six cities in the Osijek-baranja, Brod-posavina, Požega-slavonia County : Osijek, Beli Manastir, Slavonski Brod, Nova Gradiska, Pakrac and Lipik. .