Does national security justify mass surveillance?

Report on the “Digitised Security – How to read online surveillance and fight it!” seminar

From 24-30 April 2017, the Cooperation and Development Network of Eastern Europe (CDN) – in collaboration with the European Youth Foundation of the Council of Europe, and Green European Foundation (GEF), and with the support of Green Forum, ISOC Serbia, ISOC Europe, and MEP Terry Reintke – organised a six-day youth seminar on cybersecurity and digital rights in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. More than 40 young people from all over Europe explored how the Internet works, how it is governed, how it has developed since its inception, and what it means today for society, young people, and for (Green) activism and politics. Continue reading

General Assembly 2017 – Report

Cooperation and Development Network Eastern Europe AISBL (CDN) held its 8th GenerCDN_General_assembly_2017al Assembly from 23rd to 26th of February 2017 in Zagreb, Croatia. The host organisation of the General Assembly, FORa Zeleni Prozor, did amazing work, preparing perfect conditions for meetings and work and welcoming CDN’s delegates and guests. During the GA, the delegates and guests had an opportunity to participate in a panel discussion on the world population growth moderated by the hosts, which provided an excellent warm up before the heated debates on CDN’s new Political Platform. Continue reading

New CDN Network Coordinator!

We are happy to announce that Sopho Mchedlishvili will start as a new Network Coordinator, a position in CDN Secretariat, in January 2017. Being committed and politically interested, she has a background of Green activism, and is a former member of CDN Executive Committee (two mandates, in 2011 and 2012). She was one of the early members of CDN Member Organization Georgian Young Greens, Georgia. For over four years she had been involved in youth projects, non-formal education and the Green movement. Continue reading

Digitised security – How to read the surveillance discourse and fight it!

CDN, the digital [x] working group and Revolt are organising an international youth seminar on digital rights. It will take place from 24 – 30 April in Bosnia. It was inspired by a digital [x] webinar that looked at the political reactions sparked by the terrorist attacks in Paris and how the tension between security and freedom was framed by agenda setters. A year later, censorship and mass surveillance are becoming the norm, and we want to fight this: we want to change the discourse to achieve better policy and give everyone the tools to protect their freedom even in hostile environments.

Together we will:

  • explore how recent events have led to fear being instrumentalised to restrict our online freedoms;
  • analyse how online censorship and mass surveillance are justified by governing bodies, why these policies are ineffective at increasing security;
  • see how they harm personal freedoms and democracy;
  • look at why anonymity and privacy is important for oppressed and minority groups to avoid persecution and harassment.
  • develop skills to use software that protects us from surveillance and overcomes censorship.

During this week-long event we will bring together 40 young people from all over Europe. This event will burst the Green bubble by closely collaborating with digital rights and hacker organisations from across the region and the rest of Europe. This seminar is not for nerds only, it will unite people who are new to the topic with seasoned digital rights activists. We aim at creating a vibrant environment to produce sustainable and long lasting collaboration to fight for our common digital rights!

If you are curious about what’s at stake in the online world and how it connects to the wider political struggles of our time, join us! Everyone is warmly welcome!


Date: 24 – 30 April 2017
Duration: 6 working days
Location: (close to) Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Working language: English
Number of participants: 40


The programme will be based on the principles of non-formal education and intercultural learning. We strive for active, inclusive and direct communication and transfer of knowledge. Sessions will be balanced between theoretical inputs, workshops, role-plays, debates, discussions, reflection and other interactive methods of learning.

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Project Description


Call for Prep Team

Call for Participants

This Project is supported by the Youth Department of the Council of Europe, Green Forum (Sweden), Green European Foundation, Internet Society and Terry Reintke (Member of the European Parliament, The Greens/EFA)

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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

We are choosing a new logo!

Dear Member/Partner organisations and Green friends,

CDN is in the process of creating a new logo which will be voted on by the General Assembly at the beginning of 2017. The Visibility Team came up with several proposals. In order to arrange the selection in an inclusive manner and to select a logo which suits CDN the best, we would highly appreciate the feedback of our MOs.

Please, take a couple of minutes, discuss within the organization what you think about the logos and submit your votes (1 organization = 1 vote) by filling in THIS FORM.

Deadline to submit your votes is 9 December 2016.

We will take your recommendations into account and develop the ideas further.

CDN Executive Committee

First in-person Migration Working Group Meeting

Between 12th and 16th of October, Federation of Young European Greens held its annual working groups meeting in Brussels, Belgium. As in the previous years, the aim of the meeting was to gather members from the 10 active working groups under the FYEG in order to work jointly on exchange of ideas, creation of an action plan and development of strategies for its implementation in the forthcoming period. Continue reading

Call for CDN Network Coordinator

The Executive Committee of Cooperation and Development Network Eastern Europe AISBL (CDN) is announcing a call for a Network Coordinator. Together with the Office Coordinator the Network Coordinator (NC) constitute the Secretariat, who are the appointed officers and legal representatives of CDN. The Secretariat is responsible to the Executive Committee.

The contract is valid for two years and includes a probation period of three months. The contract begins from January 2017 and the work place is based in our office in Belgrade. Being member of the Secretariat of CDN is a highly demanding position, requiring excellent organisational skills as well as substantial knowledge of Green politics, the socio-political context of Eastern Europe and youth positions in Eastern European countries. Continue reading

Green Forum intern in CDN office

5 October 2016 CDN is happy to host Albin Arleskär, Green Forum‘s intern, for a month in our office in Belgrade. Exchange between Green partners from all over Europe is a crucial part of our work and helps us to understand each-other’s issues better, exchange practices in order to create better green policies on the local level. Read his introduction below: Continue reading