Open call for Participants: Study Session “Green Perspectives on European Security”

Cooperation and Development Network Eastern Europe (CDN) and Federation of Young European Greens (FYEG) are announcing a call for participants for the Study Session “Green Perspectives on European Security”.

The event will take place during 23rd-28th October in the European Youth Center Budapest (EYCB), Hungary. Travel dates to and from Budapest are 22nd and 29th October.

With this activity, we aim to empower 35 young Europeans in accessing rights via human rights education, by providing participants with a holistic understanding of security not solely in terms of physical security (i.e. safety) but nutrition, housing, stability, etc.

The aim of the Study Session is to rethink and build a common understanding of security in the context of new global challenges and their intersection, guided by the values of democracy, the rule of law, self-determination, human rights and fundamental freedoms.
 We will achieve this through meeting the following objectives:

  1. Creating intercultural dialogue between youth from different European countries by providing a space to discuss the concept of security and ways to ensure it;

  2. Deepening the participants’ understanding of the current state of affairs of security in Europe;

  3. Analysing the concept of security at the intersection of diverse societal factors, exploring their interrelationships, and effects of the policy decisions on public security;

  4. Assessing the existing approaches to the concept of security and their strengths and weaknesses.

Who should apply?

We are looking for 35 young people, not older than 35, residing in one of the Council of Europe member states, Belarus or Kosovo*.

We encourage applications reflecting diversity in all forms; therefore, we welcome applications from those who identify as women, LGBT+ people, people of color, with migration background or with a different ability.

Participants who have activism experience in working on the security issues and policy making, as well as those interested in starting working on the topic and having high motivation to learn about the content of the Study Session are highly encouraged to apply.

! We strongly discourage the use of ChatGPT and other AI tool while filling out the application. We want your applications to reflect your experience, opinions, and motivation, and the use of AI tools will be taken as a disadvantage when choosing participants. !

Practicalities: 

Language: The main language of this activity will be English. Nonetheless, not being comfortable interacting in English should not prevent you from applying, majority of us at the event will be non-native speakers and the group will be able to help out if there is some term you might not know!

Costs: The full cost of working materials, visa and lodging (accommodation, food and refreshments) during the event will be covered by the EYCB. The participation fee is 50 EUR. Travel expenses will also be reimbursed, and for selection of travel means we encourage participants to combine the most economic and environmentally friendly way (lowest price + travel time + CO2 emissions).

DEADLINE for submitting online applications: 20th of August 23:59 CEST. You will be informed about the results of the selection within two weeks after the deadline. Please add project.coordinator@cdnee.org to your contacts, so that you do not receive our reply in spam folder.

*All references to Kosovo, whether to the territory, institutions or population, in this text shall be understood in full compliance with the United Nations Security Council Resolutions 1244 and without prejudice to the status of Kosovo.

 

Call for Preparatory Team: Cross-Regional Meeting for Women and Non-Binary Political Activists

We’re excited to announce a call for members of the preparatory team for our cross-regional meeting of youth wings of Green political parties. The event is taking place 22-24 September, Serbia; Hosted by our member organisation Green Youth of Serbia. 

About the event:

The meeting will bring together approx. 20 young women and non-binary individuals who are members of green political parties and/or their youth wings; the focus will be on members of our network; however, the event will be open for others as well.

This space will provide a platform for sharing experiences, discussing challenges, and addressing the unequal opportunities and barriers faced by women and non-binary individuals in Eastern European politics.

Simultaneously, we will equip participants with the necessary skills for political participation and running for decision-making positions. By providing comprehensive training and resources, we will empower these individuals to actively engage in political processes, both within and outside the party structure.

Additionally, we seek to foster a network of young women and non-binary political activists and politicians. This network will facilitate exchange, collaboration, and mutual learning among its members, further enhancing their collective impact and political influence.

Through these interconnected efforts, we aim to increase the representation and political influence of young women and non-binary individuals within Green political parties in Eastern Europe. By providing a supportive environment, essential skills, and a network for collaboration.

If you are a young woman or someone not of the gender binary under 35 yo, a member of one of CDN member organisations, are politically engaged and passionate about party politics, and want to contribute to shaping the event, apply to join the preparatory team! Prep-team members should speak English, be available during the preparation period, be responsible for fulfilling their tasks, have good organisational skills, be good team players and be committed to the aims of the event, and be more or less familiar with non-formal education methods.

Main responsibilities of the prep team:

  • Active participation in the regular online meetings before the event (July-September / 1-2 h a week);
  • Participation in two extended prep team meetings (online, 5 h);
  • Other meetings scheduled weekly or bi-weekly;
  • Disseminating and assisting in the selection process of participants, ensuring that chosen participants are well-prepared and provided with all necessary information regarding the program.
  • Preparation and facilitation of the programme of the event; designing and preparing sessions based on non-formal education methodology, invitation and communication with speakers, experts and partners in accordance with the project aims;
  • Assisting with the promotion of the event and ensuring media visibility;
  • Full participation during the entire event and prep team meeting before and after: 19th of September, departure on 25th of September.
  • Supporting the finalisation of the outputs;
  • Helping with the reporting of the event.

Being a prep-team member at this event would offer you:

  • Working in a lively international environment;
  • Experience in managing youth projects – preparation, implementation and reporting;
  • Getting to know political activists from different Eastern European contexts and their work;
  • A possibility to develop your leadership and group work skills;
  • A lot of fun!

Practicalities: Accommodation, food, working space, travel and visa costs for the preparatory team will be fully covered by CDN. For the selection of travel means the condition is to combine the most economical and environmentally friendly way (lowest price + travel time + CO2 emissions).

Deadline for submitting online applications is the 23rd of July, 23:59 CEST. You will be informed by email approximately 2 weeks after the deadline. 

Call for the Applications for the Eastern European Climate Campaigns

We are opening the call for the applications for the second activity within our annual work plan “Bring your tote-bag, but smash the system!”. The call for the applications for climate campaigns is an opportunity for the youth organisations or a group of young people that participated in the previous stage of the project (but not only!) to submit the applications consisting of the Climate Campaigns Application and Draft Budget.

The 2nd part of the annual work plan aims to empower young people from the Eastern Europe to bring the systemic change in their local communities and regions. This will be achieved by reaching the following objectives:

1. providing the young activists with an opportunity to practically apply gained knowledge.
2. providing the young activists with an opportunity to influence relevant stakeholders and climate crisis related processes across Eastern European countries.
3. showcasing different practices of fighting for climate justice in countries of the Eastern Europe with different levels of shrinking space for the civil society.

We will provide funding for climate campaigns in 10 different countries through a 5-month period of preparation, implementation and reporting. In this period, CC organisers will create an activity which will contribute to project aims and raise awareness on climate crisis issues or tackle the problems related to climate crisis, all on local, regional or cross-regional levels.

The Climate campaigns should:


• Deal with the specific issues related to climate crisis;
• Focus on concrete problems and concrete solutions tied to the countries or regions they are being implemented;
• Be connected to the topic of the Work Plan;
• Have clear Aim and Objectives;
• Answer the needs of the local youth;
• Have clearly defined climate, youth, and gender perspectives;
• Involve young people of different backgrounds in the activity;
• Have a clear Outcome.

The Secretariat and EC responsible people for the project will decide on the grants to be allocated for each campaign. CDN offers maximum of 2200 EUR as a grant per country involved in the campaign. Applicants can focus on one country and apply individually OR can apply jointly with activists from one or more countries (up to 4 countries involved!) and conduct the joint campaign. NOTE that the grant is PER COUNTRY meaning that if two countries apply the maximum grant is 4400 EUR and so on.

The decision on the grants will be brought according to the feasibility of the action plan as well as the realistic assessment of the budget.

Local/regional/cross-regional teams will be fully responsible for executing the project along with people they select as team members, activists, and participants, who are required to match all criteria of CDN activities. We strongly encourage representation and participation of all social groups, especially women and queer people. Local teams are encouraged to hire additional experts on skills or topics, and we are striving for NFE tools and methodologies, as well as the safe space policy to be used during the preparation and implementation of the whole project. CDN will be eager to provide expertise as well as contextual or project-related assistance if required by the local teams.

In addition responsibilities of the applicant in case the grant is awarded are:

• Kicking off the preparations for the LA in mid-August 2023 and participating in the Kick off Zoom meeting;
• Implementing the activity based on the sent application and recommendations of CDN Secretariat and EC;
• Finalising the implementation of the activity by end of November 2023;
• Finalise the financial and content reporting to CDN by mid December 2023;
• Saving, organising and sending all the bills, invoices and other proofs of payments connected to the project and reported in the financial report;
• Sending both digital (scanned version in Nextcloud folder) and original bills (paper to CDN’s office in Belgrade);
• Using only Nextcloud folder and collaborative (doc, xls, ptt, etc.) files for the project for security reasons;
• Participating in the dissemination of the project;
• Ensuring the visibility of the project, CDN and EYF. Namely using hashtags #cdnee and #eyfcoe, as well as adding the logos of both organisations, as well as the Council of Europe logo on any material that will be produced at the local actions;
• Making and sending to CDN pictures and videos from the action with all the logos visible.

To apply for the grant, fill in the Climate Campaigns Application form and Draft Budget for the activities (you can find a Budget example here, and all funds can differ within lines, except Coordinator’s fees). We will be accepting the applications starting from 27th of June 2023. Deadline for submitting the applications is 31th of July 2023 23:59 CET. Please, consider, that any application sent after this date will be disqualified.

Filled in files must be sent to project.coordinator@cdnee.org with Climate Campaigns Application in the subject of the email. In case of questions, do not hesitate to contact Nikola, CDN’s project coordinator at the above-mentioned email.

«To facilitate the space where you can develop your ideas, get inspired from others, get answers to all your questions, and possibly find partners for cooperation, we will be hosting an Info Session on Zoom on the 25th of July, at 13pm CET. Please express your interest in participating by filling out this form, after which you will receive an email with the link and the agenda for the Session.»

Only full applications (Application and budget proposals) will be considered.

You will get the result and feedback approximately in 10 days after the deadline.

Please add the above-mentioned e-mail in your contact list to avoid our mails ending up in spam.

Application for Preparatory Team Member: Green Perspective on European Security

Call for Preparatory Team Member: Green Perspective on European Security

Cooperation and Development Network (CDN) and Federation of Young European Greens (FYEG) are excited to announce an open call for a dedicated and passionate woman or someone not of the gender binary to join the preparatory team (prep team) for the study session titled “Green Perspective on European Security.” This collaborative session will take place in Budapest from the 23rd to the 28th of October.

As a prep team member, you will play a crucial role in shaping this study session, working closely with CDN and FYEG.

The first preparatory team meeting is scheduled to be held in Budapest from the 25th to the 27th of August. Active participation during this meeting is vital for effective coordination and planning.

About the session:

The study session “Green Perspective on European Security” aims to foster a common understanding and reevaluation of security in light of new global challenges. Guided by democratic values, human rights, and the rule of law, this session will provide a platform for approximately 40 young Europeans from diverse backgrounds to engage in intercultural dialogue.

We will achieve this by meeting the following objectives:

1) Creating an intercultural dialogue between youth from different European countries by providing a space to discuss the concept of security and ways to ensure it;

2) Deepening the participants’ understanding of the current state of affairs of security in Europe;

3) Analysing the concept of security at the intersection of diverse societal factors, exploring their interrelationships effects of the policy decisions on public security;

4) Assessing the existing approaches to the concept of security and: their strengths and weaknesses.

If you are a young woman or someone not of the gender binary, a member of one of the CDN Member Organisations, and are interested in the event’s topic, apply to join this preparatory team! Prep-team members should speak English, be available during the preparation period, be responsible for fulfilling their tasks, have good organisational skills, be good team players and be committed to the aims of the project, CDN’s and FYEGs values and be familiar with non-formal education methods. 

Main responsibilities of the prep team:

  • Active participation in the regular online meetings before the event (August – October / 2-3 h a week);
  • Participation in a two-day live prep team meeting on 25-27th of August (2 full working days);
  • Other meetings scheduled weekly or bi-weekly;
  • Dissemination of the call and selection of participants, preparation of participants for the event and providing them with all the necessary information regarding the program;
  • Preparation and facilitation of the programme of the event; designing and preparing sessions based on non-formal education methodology, invitation and communication with speakers, experts and partners in accordance with the project aims (4-6 h a week);
  • Helping with the promotion of the event and ensuring media visibility;
  • Taking care of practicalities and the general well-being of the participants;
  • Full participation during the entire event and prep team meeting before and after: Arrival 22nd of October, departure on 28th of October;
  • Supporting the finalisation of the outputs;
  • Helping with the reporting of the event.

Being a prep-team member at this event would offer you:

  • Working in a lively international environment;
  • Experience in managing youth projects – preparation, implementation and reporting;
  • Getting familiar with Green values and the work of CDN and FYEG;
  • Getting to know activists from different European contexts and their work;
  • A possibility to develop your leadership and group work skills;
  • A lot of fun!

Practicalities: 

Accommodation, food, working space, travel and visa costs for the preparatory team will be fully covered. For selection of travel means the condition is to combine the most economic and environmentally friendly way (lowest price + travel time + CO2 emissions).

DEADLINE for submitting online applications is 6 June 2023, 23:59 CEST

IMPORTANT! The CDN prep team call and FYEG prep team call have been issued independently of each other. Applying for one does not mean applying for both. 

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Application for the Participants for the Eastern European Climate Summer Camp

Cooperation and Development Network Eastern Europe (CDN) is announcing a call for participants for the Eastern European Climate Summer Camp.

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Call for the Participants for the Eastern European Climate Summer Camp 

Cooperation and Development Network Eastern Europe (CDN) is announcing a call for participants for the Eastern European Climate Summer Camp.

The summer camp will take place from 5th of June until 11th of June in Montenegro. The arrival date for the participants is 4th of June and departure date is 12th of June.

With this activity we aim to equip 45 young Eastern Europeans with better understanding of climate crisis and skills for mobilizing the youth around the issue, in order to empower them to bring systemic change in their local communities and regions.  

This will be done by meeting the following objectives:

  • To equip the participants with the knowledge on climate crisis, its history and outcomes

  • To explore the causes and effects of the climate crisis on the Eastern European level

  • To empower the participants to fight for better climate, in order to sustain the society, culture and the world we live in

  • To equip the participants with skills and tools for mobilizing around climate crisis

You can read more about the project on this page. 

Who should apply?

We are looking for 45 young people under 30 (15% of participants can be between ages 30 and 35), from Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina,  Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Estonia, Georgia, Greece, Kosovo*, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Serbia, Turkey or Ukraine.

We encourage applications reflecting diversity in all forms; therefore, we welcome applications from those who identify as women, LGBT+ people, people of color, with migration background, with a different ability or with any other disadvantaged backgrounds.

Participants who have activism experience in working on climate crisis, as well as those interested in starting working on the topics, and having high motivation to learn about the content of the Summer Camp, are highly encouraged to apply.

Practicalities: 

Language: The main language of this activity will be English. Nonetheless, not being comfortable interacting in English should not prevent you from applying, majority of us at the event will be non-native speakers and the group will be able to help out if there is some term you might not know!

Costs: The full cost of working materials, travel costs, visa and lodging (accommodation in double rooms, food and refreshments) during the event will be covered by the CDN. For selection of travel means we encourage participants to combine the most economic and environmentally friendly way (lowest price + travel time + CO2 emissions).

The participation fee for the event is from 10 EUR to 50 EUR. It is up to participants to choose by their abilities.

Please, make sure to take a look at this PROVISIONAL AGENDA before applying.

DEADLINE for submitting online applications: 18th of April. The Deadline is way in advance before the event, so that the participants that need visa have enough time to obtain it. You will be informed about the results of the selection latest within two weeks after the deadline. Please add project.coordinator@cdnee.org and project.assistant@cdnee.org to your contacts, so that you do not receive our reply in spam folder.

APPLY HERE

*All references to Kosovo, whether to the territory, institutions or population, in this text shall be understood in full compliance with the United Nations Security Council Resolutions 1244 and without prejudice to the status of Kosovo.

Call for new Members of the Network

Dear Young Greens and Activists,

We would like to announce a call for the membership of our Network which is going to be decided upon by the upcoming General Assembly in Poland from 9-12th March 2023.

According to the Statutes, an organisation of young people with Green values, based in a country that hadn’t been a member of the European Union prior to the 1st of January 2007 can apply to be a Member Organisation. Organisations not fitting in the prior criteria can apply as Partner or Observer Organisations (see our Statutes and IRPs for more information on the profile of MOs, POs and OOs).

More information about CDN, our principles, our documents, work in the past and our plans can be found on the CDN website. Linked you can find CDN Statutes, Internal Rules and Procedures and Political Platform.

In order to apply, the organisation must submit:

  • General information, introduction on the application page
  • Filled in the Application form (access here)
  • Statutes of the organisation in English
  • Copy of legal act of registration of the organisation (if applicable)

In addition, if there are any other relevant documents (political platform, manifesto, statements, resolutions) in English that your organisation works accordingly to, it should be submitted as well.

 
 

The Deadline for submitting candidacies is February 7th extended until 22nd February, 23:59 CET. However, the earlier you apply the more chance delegates will have to see your candidacy on the platform.

Each candidate organisation’s application will be reviewed by EC and a recommendation for the delegates will be written and presented during the General Assembly.

Each Candidate Organisation will be given a chance to present their candidacy at the General Assembly. If the Candidate Organisation doesn’t have a representative at the GA, another way for the presentation of the candidacy will be ensured.

If you need financial assistance for participating in-person, get in touch with our office in advance and will try to find the best solution on an individual basis.

Applications should be submitted on the GA Digital Platform.

Check more information on practicalities, more detailed information will be provided via e-mail after registration.

Note: In addition to the candidacy-related documents, each candidate organisation represnetative needs to fill in the Regisration form for GA attendees as well.

In case of any questions do not hesitate to write us at giorgi.ptskialadze@cdnee.org.

 

Executive Committee Candidates

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Call for Executive Committee Members

Dear Young Greens and Activists,

This is your chance to join our network as the Executive Committee member for the mandate 2023-24 and contribute to the growing Green movement in Eastern Europe.

The Executive Committee (EC) is the political body elected by the General Assembly. EC is responsible for decision-making, implementing activity plans, communication with members of our network, following Working Groups, etc.

The presentation of candidates and election of the new Executive Committee will take place at the General Assembly, 9-12th March 2023 in Warsaw, Poland. For which you need to be present in-person. We will be covering all related costs for participation (transport, accommodation, etc.)

The candidate should submit:

  • Filled Application form (access here);
  • Candidate’s CV;
  • Photo;
  • Introduction to your candidacy;
  • Official letter of support from a Candidate’s organisation or any CDN Member or Partner organisation*

 *Only CDN Member and Partner organisations can nominate a candidate for the Executive Committee.

 

The Executive Committee tasks:

  • Work on the implementation of CDN’s Activity Plan, approved by the General Assembly;
  • Maintaining close and continuous communication with members of our Network;
  • Actively following and supporting the smooth work-flow of the Working Groups;
  • Representing and promoting CDN during its and partners’ activities;
  • Answering challenges and making decisions throughout the year, between GAs, based on the Strategy and CDN’s best interest;
  • Actively participating in the regular (biweekly) EC meetings (lasting usually 2h).
  • Keeping track of the well-being of the Office.

 The candidate for the Executive Committee should:

  • Be motivated to advance the Green movement in Eastern Europe;
  • Be dedicated to the goals of CDN, subscribe its political platform and the Green Ideas;
  • Be comfortable working in an international environment and have good communication and organisational skills;
  • Be willing and available for active online engagement throughout the 1 year mandate;
  • Be prepared for frequent travelling, participating in the live committee meetings, CDN activities and likely several other occasions;
  • Be regularly available via the e-mail for ongoing discussions, work and decision-making, together with regular online conferences;
  • Have a good command of English (written and spoken);
  • Have an interest to follow political developments in Eastern Europe and react to them with available tools such as producing statements, organising and supporting campaigns, assisting member and partner organisations, communicating with other Green stakeholders, etc.

 If elected, candidates are asked to stay for the transfer meeting with the current committee and the first EC meeting. Departure day for EC Candidates is the 14th of March. CDN will cover the costs of accommodation for all Candidates, no matter if they are elected or not.

Applications should be submitted on the GA Digital Platform.

The Deadline for submitting candidacies is February 7th extended until the 22nd of February, 23:59 CET. However, the earlier you apply the more chance delegates will have to see your candidacy on the platform.

Check more information on practicalities, more detailed information will be provided via e-mail after registration.

Note: In addition to the candidacy-related documents, each Executive Committee candidate needs to fill in the Regisration form for GA attendees as well.

In case of any questions do not hesitate to write to giorgi.ptskialadze@cdnee.org.

 

Executive Committee Candidates

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Warsaw, March 9-12, for the most important political and decision-making event for our network.

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