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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…

Report on sexual abuse at Croatian universities

By Barbara Matejčić “WHEN I was 14, I played a minor role in one play. Older actors and actresses, and me, almost a girl. An hour before the premiere, one of the actors in the sixties, otherwise highly esteemed among the audience, approached me in the dressing room as I…

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…

Has the Black Lives Matter movement really started to change things in Europe as well? Interview with a London-based journalist

In an interview with Barbara Matječić for Telegram.hr, Angelo Boccato analyses how the Italian and British milieu stand when it comes to racism. Angelo Boccato is an Italian freelance journalist who moved to London in 2013 and writes for Italian and British media about, among other things, racism and the…

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…

An Interview with an Expert Adviser of the European Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA): ‘The impact of the pandemic on human rights”

We spoke to Ioannis Dimitrakopoulos, who is in charge of numerous reports of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights. By Barbara Matejčić The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) is responsible for the promotion and protection of fundamental human rights in the EU and operates at several levels:…

Interview with the head of the European Federation of Journalists: Politicians’ lawsuits against the media are one of our most important topics

We are conveying Barbara Matejčić’s interview with Renata Schroeder, published on the Telegram.hr news site:  “Renate Schroeder is the director of the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), the largest European journalism organization, representing 320,000 journalists across Europe and advocating for better working conditions as well as quality and independent journalism.…

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…

Challenges to local democracy in the Western Balkans – opinion of the Committee of the Regions

Author: Senada Šelo Šabić, Senior Research Associate, Institute for Development and International Relations, Zagreb The European Committee of the Regions will discuss and likely adopt an opinion entitled Challenges to Local Democracy in the Western Balkans at its plenary session scheduled for October this year. The opinion accurately detects the…

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