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 -…

Trio-presidency programme: A relay with a German sprint

” Germany, Portugal and Slovenia presented their joint EU presidency programme for the next 18 months on Tuesday (16 June), seeking to focus primarily on social recovery in the wake of the pandemic. Despite expectations, the 31 pages are otherwise filled with little substance. EURACTIV Germany reports. One week before Germany’s Federal Cabinet…

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…

Trio-presidency programme: A relay with a German sprint

Germany, Portugal and Slovenia presented their joint EU presidency programme for the next 18 months on Tuesday (16 June), seeking to focus primarily on social recovery in the wake of the pandemic. Despite expectations, the 31 pages are otherwise filled with little substance. EURACTIV Germany reports. One week before Germany’s Federal Cabinet is…

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…

CSOs open letter to EU and national leaders: MFF cuts in funding for CSOs

The letter was drafted and initiated by the European Civic Forum and Stefan Batory Foundation and signed by numerous civic organizations. The list is still growing and, as a sign of support, the letter can be signed here. “On May 27th, the European Commission presented a strategy of overcoming negative…

International conference – “Just EUrope -Strengthening the rule of law and human rights in Europe” – video presentations

Within our project „Towards an open, fair and sustainable Europe in the world – EU Presidency Project 2019-2021’’ which shadows Croatian EU presidency from civil society perspective, we planed to held an international conference “Just EUrope – Strengthening the rule of law and human rights in Europe” on the 18th of March…

EU, disinformation and the Western Balkans

On 7 May 2020, Crosol co-organized a webinar titled “EU, disinformation and the Western Balkans”, along with the European Parliament’s Office in Croatia. Member of the European Parliament Tonino Picula discusses the EU’s enlargement policy towards the Western Balkans and how COVID-19 has changed the dynamics of this process, whereas…

No room for the environment at the EU-Western Balkans Zagreb Summit

“Zagreb- The Declaration, which came out last week at the conclusion of the EU-Western Balkans Zagreb Summit, failed to recognize the transition towards a just and sustainable future, which can be implemented through the European Green Deal. Furthermore, it ignored the European sustainability agenda, important in the context of European…

Video of performance “With or without E(U)?”

Simultaneously with the Zagreb EU Summit on the Western Balkans, within the Croatian presidency of the EU Council, during which, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the leaders of the EU member states and the Western Balkan countries discussed the prospects of the Western Balkan countries joining the EU, civil society…

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