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Can the EU assert its leadership and truly deliver on gender equality in 2021 (and beyond)?

In this opinion piece, Vice President of CONCORD and EU Representative & Head of Office of CARE International, Céline Mias, takes a critical perspective on the EU’s actions on gender equality for the past year. With these insights, the article identifies 10 opportunities for the EU to demonstrate its urge…

EU Civil Protection Mechanism – post-earthquake relief

Lidija Knežević, Obris.org On Friday, January 29, it was exactly a month since the 6.2 magnitude earthquake hit Sisak-Moslavina County, leaving unforeseeable consequences for space and people. During those first months, another 622 earthquakes of magnitude greater than or equal to 2.0 followed, which further traumatized the citizens of the…

Reporting from Banija: 72-year old man slept in tractor carry basket for days

Written by Barbara Matejčić, published by Index.hr IT is eight in the morning, we are on the road to Banija, it’s January 8th, ten days after the big earthquake. Luka Juranić is driving. Ian Grgić is co-driver and navigator. Ivana Kordić is sitting in the back next to me. She…

Round table discussion with Sakharov award lauréats at Human Rights Film Festival 2020

This year CROSOL is again participating in the Human Rights Film Festival program, albeit in an online form. In cooperation with European Parliament’s Office in Croatia, we have organized a discussion with this year’s winners of the Sakharov award for freedom of thought.  The Sakharov award for 2020 was awarded…

EU, Croatia and “Europe that protects”

By: Igor Tabak (obris.org) At the end of 2019, the Republic of Croatia presented its Presidency Program of the Council of the EU, aptly named “Strong Europe in a world full of challenges”. It identified four main priority areas, including “Europe that protects” in third place – an area that…

CIVIL SOCIETY EUROPE RESPONSE TO THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION ANNUAL RULE OF LAW REPORT

This contribution has been prepared by the working group on Civic Space of Civil Society Europe which is composed of CSE members, the European Foundation Centre as a partner organisation and several organisations working in the area of civic freedoms.  As Civil Society Europe works primarily on the enabling Framework…

OPEN LETTER ON BREACHES IN TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY OF MEMBER STATES NOMINATIONS TO THE EESC 2020-2025

Based on article 302 of the Treaties, Civil Society Europe addressed a letter the Vice President of the European Commission in charge of Interinstitutional Relations, Mr Maroš Šefčovič in order to bring forward some concerns on the proposed nominations by Member States of some members of the European Economic and…

Serbian CSOs urge the EU to insist on fundamental values in Serbia amidst political crisis and police brutality

BELGRADE – It can reasonably be expected that the results of the elections in Serbia on 21 June will lead to a political crisis, while the trust in government policy on fighting the pandemic has been dealt a serious blow in recent weeks, seven civil society organisations from the country…

An overview of the Croatian Presidency of the Council of the EU from the perspective of civil society

Forum 2020*, an informal platform of more than 30 civil society organizations gathered for the occasion of the Croatian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, coordinated by CROSOL – Croatian Platform for International Citizen Solidarity within the project “Towards open, fair and sustainable Europe in the world -…

Election of members of the European Economic and Social Committee in Croatia: CIVIL SOCIETY REPRESENTATIVES WITHOUT VOICES FROM CIVIL SOCIETY

In Croatia, members of the Economic and Social Committee representing civil society are elected by members of the Council for Civil Society Development, which is an advisory body to the Government of the Republic of Croatia, whose task is to develop and strengthen cooperation between the Government and civil society…

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