9/12/2021: POW-BRIDGE: Final Steering Group Meeting

The POW-BRIDGE project had its final Steering Group Meeting, on 9 December 2021.  The project coordinators of all seven partner organizations came together to  discuss lessons learned, best practices and ideas for future collaboration.

In the POW-BRIDGE project coordinated by the European Centre, the partners delivered 8 case study reports, 8 policy briefs, 8 video podcasts, and one comparative working paper. At the same time, the partnership organized six events: one Kick-off meeting in Vienna, two Strategic Board Meetings online and organized by our partners in Belgrade and Warsaw, two Mutual Learning Labs online and organized by our partners in Koper and in Bratislava, and one Final Conference organised online by our partners in Venice. All partners expressed their willingness to continue their collaboration in the future.

POW-BRIDGE: Free videos with practical guides for posting companies

The POW-BRIDGE team produced video podcasts in the form of practical guides for posting companies in the eight project countries.

The POW-BRIDGE team produced video podcasts in the form of practical guides for posting companies in the eight project countries. You can access the videos in local language with English subtitles for free on VIMEO:

And also as a playlist on YouTube. Read more about the POW-BRIDGE project.

30/11/2021 first BBinar: Social spending in times of Covid-19

The inaugural BBinar (Bridge-Building Webinar) took place on 30 November 2021 and focused on social spending in times of Covid-19 in the Western Balkan region. Members of the Eastern European Social Policy Network (EESPN), European Centre colleagues, and a wider audience participate in these BBinars in order to exchange at a practical level about common challenges and progress on different social policy areas. Download the document to know more.

This BBinar fostered a lively discussion on the impact of social assistance programmes in the Western Balkan region and concluded with ideas how to overcome challenges exacerbated by the Covid-19 crisis.

The next BBinar will take place in February 2022 and will focus on social policies in the Eastern Partnership region. Please stay tuned for the exact time and topic!

18/10/21: CfP for Small Size Grants – The Balkan Forum

Support regional youth initiatives in the Western Balkans with the aim of accelerating the transition to the circular economy.

18/10/21: CfP for Small Size Grants – The Balkan Forum

The Youth Cooperation Fund is a grant scheme established by the Balkan Forum, with support of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, which aims to foster regional cooperation and dialogue between young people in the Western Balkan countries, namely Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia. Read more

08/10/21 CfP: Improved safety of women in Serbia

UN Women Serbia is inviting civil society organizations (CSOs) registered in Serbia, with experience in working in the field of women’s rights, their empowerment and/or and violence against women and girls to submit project proposals.

08/10/21 CfP: Improved safety of women in Serbia

UN Women Serbia is inviting civil society organizations (CSOs) registered in Serbia, with experience in working in the field of women’s rights, their empowerment and/or and violence against women and girls to submit project proposals. Proposals should focus on context-specific outreach and capacity-building activities for empowering rural women and girls for life without violence and information sharing of the available and accessible mechanisms for protection from VAWG and gender-based discrimination, under the project “Improved Safety of Women in Serbia”. Read more

Proposals containing all required application documents must be received by UN Women Serbia at the address grants.serbia@unwomen.org not later than 23.30 (CET) on 8 October 2021.

27/09/21: CfP awareness raising campaign on trafficking in children in Serbia

the Council of Europe is launching a call for grant, which is to be opened to non-governmental organisations registered in Republic of Serbia.

27/09/21: CfP awareness raising campaign on trafficking in children in Republic of Serbia

Within the framework of the European Union/Council of Europe programme “Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Turkey 2019-2022” and its action on “Preventing and combating trafficking in human beings in Serbia”, the Council of Europe is launching a call for grant, which is to be opened to non-governmental organisations registered in Republic of Serbia.

The deadline for the submission of applications is 27 September 2021. Read more

27/08/21: Get Balkanized Internship Programme

Since 2019, the University of Applied Sciences Bonn-Rhein-Sieg has been offering the Get Balkanized Internship Programme. They are optimistic to fully resume the programme in 2022 and fund up to 20 vacancies in the partner countries Albania, Bosnia-Hercegovina, Kosovo and Serbia.

27/08/21: Get Balkanized Internship Programme

Since 2019, the University of Applied Sciences Bonn-Rhein-Sieg has been offering the Get Balkanized Internship Programme. They are optimistic to fully resume the programme in 2022 and fund up to 20 vacancies in the partner countries Albania, Bosnia-Hercegovina, Kosovo and Serbia

In the following find the most important information on the programme’s framework conditions. Have as well a look at the cartoon that is summarising the programme, available here.

Please send an email expressing your interest and annex the corresponding vacancy to michael.sauer@h-brs.de by Friday, 27 August 2021

New project: Updated review of Western Balkan economies regarding the EPSR

The European Centre is currently updating the six reviews of the Western Balkan countries regarding the European Pillar of Social Rights (EPSR).

New project: Updated review of Western Balkan economies regarding the EPSR

The European Centre is currently updating the six reviews of the Western Balkan countries: Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, Republic of North Macedonia, & Serbia regarding the European Pillar of Social Rights (EPSR). The European Centre team is working with country experts to create high-quality reports to monitor the countries’ achievements and reform efforts of social rights as candidate and potential candidate countries and preparing a comparative overview report for 2021. Within the framework of the Employment and Social Affairs Platform 2 (ESAP 2) project that is implemented by the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) and funded by the EU. The European Centre was also engaged as the international expert organization in the reviews prepared in 2018/19 and coordinated the 2020 reviews. Read more

15/10/21: CfP Support to ‘Western Balkans 6’ for strengthening media freedom & fighting domestic & gender-based violence

The purpose of this Call for Proposals is to contribute to reforms processes underpinned by EU integration by supporting civil society actors in the ‘Western Balkans 6’ countries – Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, and Serbia.

15/10/21: CfP Strengthening civil society capacities & resilience in Armenia – The EU Delegation to Armenia 

The Balkan Trust for Democracy’s financial and technical assistance for this sub-granting process is part of the larger Norwegian efforts to support Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, and Serbia.

THE PURPOSE OF THE CALL

The purpose of this Call for Proposals is to contribute to reforms processes underpinned by EU integration by supporting civil society actors in the ‘Western Balkans 6’ countries – Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, and Serbia.

This sub-granting scheme of the Balkan Trust for Democracy (BTD) is being realized with the support of the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Belgrade.

Support is given to two priority areas:

I. Media Freedom
II. Fight against Domestic and Gender-based Violence 

This is an open call, and project proposals will be assessed continuously from 5 August 2020 up until 15 October 2021. Read more

POW-BRIDGE MLL2: Solutions to main challenges of posting of workers rules

POW-BRIDGE Mutual Learning Lab 2 (MLL2): Solutions to main challenges in the implementation of posting of workers rules

The Second Mutual Learning Lab (MLL2) of the POW-BRIDGE project took place on 26 May 2021. The aim of MLL2 was to follow up on the results from the first Mutual Learning Lab (MLL1) and to identify and discuss solutions addressing main challenges in the implementation practice of the posting of workers rules in 8 project countries: Austria, Hungary, Italy, Poland, North Macedonia, Serbia, Slovakia, and Slovenia. Read more, more about POW-BRIDGE