Greening the Balkan Economies: EGP Balkan Network Meeting

28. November 2016

Last weekend the Balkan Network of the European Green Party (EGP) together with the local host, Democratic Renewal of Macedonia (DOM) organised a conference titled Greening the Balkan Economies in Skopje, Macedonia.

The conference brought together representatives of the European Green Party with members of Green Parties from Albania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Hungary, Montenegro and Serbia as well as CDN’s representatives – members of youth wings of green parties and green youth organisations from the Balkans and people from CDN’s working groups. As speakers and guests we welcomed local and international politicians, civil society activists, experts and representatives of institutions. Continue reading

Подайте заявку на тренинг: Активизм в зеленых тонах – зеленые ценности для Украины

 

Приглашаем вас принять участие в тренинге, посвященном Зеленым ценностям, который состоится 16-18 декабря в Киеве. 15 молодых людей из разных регионов Украины,а также их ровесники – гости из Беларуси, Молдовы и Евросоюза соберутся вместе, чтобы более тесно познакомиться с международным Зеленым движением и обсудить возможности сотрудничества.

Рабочий язык мероприятия – русский, некоторые сессии будут на английском (в случае необходимости будет обеспечен перевод).

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Caucasus Regional Meeting 2016

From the 28th to 30th of October 2016 Cooperation and Development Network, together with the Georgian Young Greens organised a Caucasus Regional Meeting in Tbilisi, Georgia. The event gathered 25 green-minded activists coming from CDN Member and associated organisations from Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan.

CDN and the Georgian Young Greens have a tradition of organising Caucasus Regional meetings since 2011. Regional meetings gather young greens and green activists from all over the South Caucasus to discuss joint challenges of the region and to set the strategies to solve the problems. The purpose of these meetings is to strengthen and support cooperation and exchange between young people, provide them space and a platform to build bridges between their actions and political struggles under the Green umbrella. Continue reading

LGBT+ issues in South Caucasus / Caucasus Regional Meeting

After the fall of the Soviet Union, not being heterosexual was decriminalized in the South Caucasus and the movement started to take shape. Thus, LGBT+ movements in the South Caucasus region does not have a long history. When the movement started to get organised, the abbreviation was often used – awareness of the existence of LGBT+ people was higher, but the attitude towards them was mostly negative. The community is becoming more visible once again, but unfortunately it also results in the increase of violence towards LGBT+ people. At the moment the number of NGOs working with the community is very low and are not strong enough to speak on the whole community’s behalf. Continue reading

Climate Change and the South Caucasus /Caucasus Regional Meeting

The greenhouse effect is a phenomenon in which the atmosphere of a planet traps radiation emitted by its sun. It is caused by gases such as carbon dioxide, water vapor, and methane that allow incoming sunlight to pass through but retain heat radiated back from the planet’s surface. Given normal circumstances these gases provide the Earth its average temperature of 15 °C, making life possible. However, extensive industrial activity and the burning of oil, coal and natural gases have extensively increased the amount of greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere causing global warming – the increase in Earth’s near-surface air and ocean temperatures. Continue reading

Caucasus Regional Meeting 2016: Call for participants

Dear friends!

Cooperation and Development Network Eastern Europe and Georgian Young Greens are announcing a call for participants for Caucasus Regional Meeting, that is taking place in Georgia, Tbilisi from 28th to 30th of October 2016. This year, the regional meeting will focus on the three topics: Climate Change and its effects on Caucasus, LGBT+ rights and Freedom of Expression. Continue reading

Green Academy: Information War

Green Academy 2016 with main topic – “Information War” was organized by Belarus Young Greens and Cooperation and Development Network Eastern Europe with the support of Green Forum Sweden during 15th – 17th January 2016 in Lviv, Ukraine. During 3 days 20 participants from Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Russia gathered to explore media and its influence on mass-consciousness. The program tackled mechanisms of propaganda, starting with historical perspective, its development, and emphasis on consequences and effects on people’s conscious (hate speech, empathy, polarization of society, marking people), finishing with present initiatives – what is currently being done and what are the possible ways to combat it. Continue reading

Зелёная Академия: Открытый конкурс для участников (Львов, Украина)

 Сеть Сотрудничества и Развития в Восточной Европе (Cooperation and Development Network of Eastern Europe) и Молодые зелёные Беларуси при поддержке Зелёного Форума Швеции (Green Forum Sweden) приглашают принять участие в трехдневной Зеленой Академии, посвященной теме информационной войны и возможностям противодействия ей.

Приглашаем 20 участников из Украины, Беларуси, Молдовы, России – молодых людей, которые обеспокоены тенденциями в информационном пространстве региона и хотели бы понять, каким образом можно повлиять на ситуацию. Continue reading

Call for Prep-Team Members: “I know, therefore I act! Information War and Youth Participation”

Dear friends,

Cooperation and Development Network Eastern Europe is announcing a call for members of the international preparatory team for the seminar I know, therefore I act! Information War and Youth Participation. It is a seven days long seminar for 40 young Europeans about information war, propaganda, freedom of media and right to access information. The seminar will take place in Ukraine 24-30th of April 2016. The call is open for active, young people, who share the Green values, coming from Council of Europe member states, Belarus, Kosovo and Kazakhstan.

 

DEADLINE for submitting online applications: 3rd of January 2015 at midnight (CET). Continue reading

Balkan Solidarity Group: Call on solidarity with Refugees

We, young Green activists from the Balkans who have been witnessing tens of thousands of refugees passing through our countries in the last months, dying while trying to reach to countries which would offer them a protection and their rights being violated on every step of our countries’ lands, are calling on all the governments of Balkan countries to take the responsibility and provide safe transits through those countries as it has not been the case by now.

At this historical moment of a great human displacement, its volume of consequences is very hard to predict. Greens of Balkans and Balkan civil society must not remain silent as the governments are unable to respond adequately to this issue and the EU constantly refuses to take its historical responsibility.

Hundreds of thousands of refugees who fled their homelands during this year tried to seek asylum in some of the EU countries. Balkan countries found themselves on the one of the most used routes for refugees to this part of the world. Balkan countries, being on the periphery are now those executing the border and migration control on the doorstep of the EU.

The Balkan governments are failing to respond to this crisis from the legal, practical, technical and human perspective. The civil society role in the Balkans has been crucial in managing the crisis on the spot and preventing the complete humanitarian breakdown. This was used as a cover for the governments’ absence of reaction and shifting a huge part of its responsibility to the civil society.

Legal support and information for refugees who arrive are almost non-existing and if so, are provided by the civil sector. The much-needed medical assistance it is highly insufficient as well as resources for meeting the basic people’s needs such as water, food and shelter.

We, as a part of the civil sector which strives and actively pushes for a fairer Balkan society, solidarity and equality for all, demand from our governments:

1. Police to stop using any kind of violent methods, including use of tear gas and rubber bullets as well as robbery and harassment of refugees and all the reported cases of such nature to be processed.

2. All the governments to ease the bureaucratic registration procedures and ensure that all the refugees are treated with dignity and their human rights respected.

3. Keep the borders open and stop forced returns! Proper management of the situation and responsible behavior towards the refugees by state institutions has to be provided.

4. Provide basic health care, medical treatment and meet basic people’s needs (food, clothes, shelter) on the main border cross-points, especially for the most vulnerable groups as children and old people which should be prioritized.

5. Set up strong refugee systems allowing people to apply for asylum, treating their refugee claims fairly, resettling the most vulnerable of all.

6. Increase legal support and flux of information for the refugees by the national bodies in Balkans responsible for the issue, provide refugees with interpretation and translation.

7. Coordinate actions between other governments in Balkans (on the main migration route) in order to better prepare for responding to refugees’ needs.

8. Support already existing civil society, volunteer-based structures which are helping refugees on different levels.

9. Together with the Balkan society to ensure the process of full integration of the refugees who decide to seek asylum in those countries by providing full access to education, labor market, social rights, culture and language.

The raise of far-right discourses will change Europe dramatically. All the citizens, civil movements and the governments should be trying to create more humane and accepting atmosphere. The current crisis can be resolved by stopping the war and repression over people that force them to flee in the first place. That being beyond our capabilities as young activists, we need to come up with concrete solutions and put a pressure on our governments and international bodies to meet our demands through actions, protests, and campaigning. We need to push for high international cooperation. We need to call on our fellow citizens to show their solidarity and compassion not only through direct help to refugees, but also trough constant demanding for proper treatment of the refugees passing through or staying in their countries.

We call on all the people for much-needed solidarity!

Balkan Solidarity Group

October 2015, Balkans

CDN Member and Partner Organisations supported the statement:

Mladinska organizacija na DOM (MODOM), Macedonia

Young Cyprus Greens, Cyprus

Les Jeunes Ecologistes, France

Omladinski Pokret Revolt, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Albanian Young Greens, Albania

Green Window, Croatia

Serbian Green Youth, Serbia

STATEMENT (PDF)