Meet the new CDN Office Assistant

Although we were sad to see Kiki go, we’re excited to have Ivana Vojnov with us in the Office Assistant position.

Ivana attended her first Green event back in 2018 organised by Serbian Green Youth when she discovered a network where she immediately blended in. Since then, she became an active member of the SGY and in August 2020, she became SGYs Board Member. This experience has brought her a larger understanding of the Green movement and Green politics, which she aims to continue working on, improve and fight for.

Welcome to the team and we wish you an adventurous ride with CDN!!!

CDN Executive Committee and Secretariat

Open call for Participants for the Online course “Cities for all: Why?”

The Green European Foundation with the support of Cooperation and Development Network Eastern Europe is announcing a call for Participants for the online course  “Cities for all: why?”. 

This online course is phase one of the Annual Work Plan of CDN, “Cities for all: Inclusive urban planning and decision making in the Eastern European cities”. The online course will be taking place on online learning platform of the Green European Foundation during May 2021. Aside from interactive educational content on the platform, you will have opportunity to learn, have fun and meet new people on weekly meetings, webinars with experts and workshops. Zoom meetings will happen on Mondays (at 18:00 CET), Wednesdays (at 18:00 CET) and Saturdays (at 12:00 CET). All webinars will be recorded and sent to the participants of the OC. All participants will receive a workbook on their residence address in which they will track online course progress and other tasks.

The course attendants will be encouraged to continue their learning in the scope of project through the second phase of the Work Plan, which will take place in Croatia in July 2021 (depending on COVID situation) and involvement in both events is a precondition for applying for Local Actions sub-grant that will take place in September 2021.

Online course “Cities for all: why?”  will aim to understand how patriarchy shapes our cities, urban infrastructure and lives of urban youth and has the following objectives:

  • Provide the participants with the theoretical knowledge on how the cities are affecting the lives of young people of different genders and sexualities.
  • Create an inter-cultural safe space for young women and LGBT+ people to share their struggles and stimulate the discussion on the values, principles and the directions about the future of inclusive cities.
  • Empower the participants with the tools and analytical skills for identifying the local challenges of their communities in regards of gender inclusive city planning.
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CDN General Assembly 2021 (Online)

Due to the travel ban and other restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the CDN 2021 General Assembly will take place online on 10-11th April.

General Assembly (GA) is the highest decision-making body of CDN that gathers at least once a year and has the full power to take any necessary decision in order to realize the objectives of CDN.

GA consists of delegates from Member and Partner organisations of CDN and brings other friends from Green European family to share, network and discuss. GA elects Executive Committee, adopts activity and financial plan for the next year and makes other relevant decisions.

MEMBER ORGANISATION of CDN has a right to be represented by two delegates with voting rights at the General Assembly and has full right to nominate its candidate for any organisational group/position or submit amendments to any organisational document of CDN.

PARTNER ORGANISATION of CDN has a right to send two delegates with no voting right to the GA and has full right to nominate its candidate for any organisational group/position or submit amendments to any organisational document of CDN.

GUESTS are also welcomed at the CDN GA.

Technicalities regarding the online platforms will be communicated to the registered GA attendees.

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All the relevant calls, forms and other documents will be uploaded below in the upcoming weeks:

Calls and Forms:

Call for Presidency (CLOSED)

Call for Delegates and Guests

GA 2021 agenda

Call for new Member/Partner/Observer Organizations (Deadline: 25th March / 23:59 CET)

Application form for new Member/Partner/Observer Organizations

Call for Executive Committee 2021 (Deadline: 9th April / 23:59 CET)

Application form for Executive Committee Candidate (Deadline: 9th April/ 23:59 CET)

Platform for Amendments to CDN Documents

CDN Documents

Statutes

Political platform

Internal Rules of Procedure

Strategy Statement 2019-2021

Strategy Statement 2022-2024 (to be voted on by GA 2021)

Safe Space policy (to be voted on by GA 2021)

FYEG relations paper

Minutes from the GA 2020

Minutes from the GA 2021

EC Candidates

Giorgi Ptskialadze: Application; CV; Support letter

Kateryna Andrieieva: Application; CV; Support letter

Liudmila Gavrilenko: Application; CV; Support letter

Natalia Sofronova: Application; CV; Support letter

Nijat Guliyev: Application; CV; Support letter

Salih Tuna: Application; CV; Support letter

Selma Levrence Application; CV; Support letter

Member/ Partner/ Observer Organisation Candidates:

Youth Forum URA

Call for Office Assistant

Cooperation and Development Network Eastern Europe (CDN) is announcing a call for the position of Office Assistant in its office in Belgrade, Serbia. This is a paid, full time (40 hours a week) position, beginning from mid-April (starting date is flexible). The deadline to submit applications is 11th March 2021 (23:59 CET).

Working time: 40 hours/week;
Remuneration: 750 EUR gross;
Contract type: 8 months with 3 months probation period (with high possibility for renewal)

Location: Belgrade, Serbia

What is CDN?

CDN is a network of Green youth organizations from Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe and the South Caucasus. Currently CDN consists of 16 Member and 7 Partner Organisations as well as 5 working groups. The Network supports the development, cooperation and exchange of knowledge and skills between young people and their organisations and aims at enlarging the field of political work for Greens in Europe. CDN organises educational and capacity-building activities such as seminars, conferences and regional meetings and uses non-formal education to advance youth participation.
CDN stands for gender equality, equal participation, diversity, inclusion, respect for minorities, environmental and climate justice, direct democracy and non-violence. Our Political Platform lays out the values which the Network bases its actions on.

Role description

The The OFFICE ASSISTANT will be responsible for assisting  in the financial management of CDN’s projects and daily administration. The office assistant will be working closely with Network coordinator (NC) and and will be reporting directly to NC. The job will involve working with invoices, numbers, spreadsheets, reimbursement forms. Depending on workload in Secretariat and interests of the Office  Assistant, ocassionally other ad-hoc tasks might be added to this list.

We are looking for someone with the following profile:

  • Basic experience in administrative or financial work;
  • Ability to work independently and good organisation of one’s work;
  • Attention to details, good ability to work on numbers and performing administrative tasks;
  • Strong spreadsheet skills;
  • Good computer skills and ability to use various softwares;
  • Fluency in English language.

Skills that would be additional asset:

  • Curiosity in Eastern European civil society;
  • Knowledge of Green movement and Green politics;
  • Experience in managing finances of a non-governmental organisation;
  • Knowledge of any Eastern European language;
  • Use of (open-source) software (Linux, WordPress, Libre-office, Moodle etc.);
  • Knowledge of design programs (Canva, Photoshop etc.);
  • Knowledge of use of social media and communications ( Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Mailchimp, etc.)

Responsibilities:

  • Assisting CDN Secretariat in its daily management and implementation of CDN activity plan;
  • Preparing project financial documentation in cooperation with the Network Coordinator;
  • Collecting and archiving financial documents (bills, invoices, receipts);
  • Preparing invoices for third parties;
  • Preparing bank transfers;
  • Tracking all project expenses in financial spreadsheets;
  • Working on CDN’s bookkeeping together with Network Coordinator;
  • Assisting Network Coordinator with various financial and administrative tasks (reimbursements, reporting, etc);
  • Assisting the Network Coordinator in diversifying the financial resources (administrative grant);
  • Assisting the Secretariat in internal and external communication, creating webpages and online forms, use of social media tools, design of monthly newsletters.

Please apply by sending your CV and short cover letter (explaining your experience and interest in this position) in one PDF document to office@cdnee.org by 11th March 2021, Thursday (23:59 CET) with the subject “CDN Office Assistant application”. All candidates who submit an application will be notified on the result. Shortlisted candidates will be notified by the second half of March and contacted for an interview.

Please add the above mentioned e-mail to your contact list, to ensure that our reply doesn’t end up in spam.

Family rights in Latvia under attack

On January 7, 2021, the far- right National Alliance submitted a draft law in order to amend the Article 110 of the Latvian Constitution, which would narrow the definition of family to only a union of a man and a woman. 

We strongly condemn this draft law, which is a clear attempt to restrict family rights and consciously take away family rights from any other family forms, including single parents and same-sex couples. 

This reactionary draft law has the single aim of taking away family rights from families that were until now protected by the constitution. 

It’s obvious that this draft law is connected to lawmakers’ unwillingness to act according to a recent Constitutional court decision. 

NA’s offer would not solve the problem, as it is impossible to overrule the constitutional court’s decision. However, it could serve as a reason for several legal proceedings against Latvia as a state, including a case at the European Court of Human Rights. 

It is truly concerning that a party that is a part of the ruling coalition in an EU member state is ready to amend the constitution as a way to circumvent duties imposed by the current constitution. 

We see this as an attack on one of the oldest constitutions in Europe, as well as on the rule of law. 

The proposed amendments would only worsen the current situation for LGBTQIA+ rights in Latvia, which is already the second- worst in the EU. 

Furthermore, this amendment would go against one of the main points in the Latvian Constitution- legal equality and the exercise of human rights without discrimination. 

It must be noted that the current constitutional definition of marriage as a union between a man and a woman is quite recent- Article 110 was amended in 2006 as a result of a homophobic campaign by a ruling, oligarch-sponsored party, shockingly similar to events currently ongoing in Poland.

During the pandemic, lawmakers should act in solidarity with society and families by providing them with the necessary economic and social support and the necessary means to facilitate the well-being of both children and adults in a time where socio-economic gaps are increasing. 

However, National Alliance is attempting to do the exact opposite by showing their disregard for democracy and the rule of law. No family will benefit from hate directed at other families. All families, both “traditional”, but especially socially vulnerable families, same-sex families and single-parent families need real support in this time, not populistic hate slogans. 

We stand in solidarity with all families in Latvia and ask the Saeima to vote against National Alliance’s proposal and instead comply with the Constitutional court’s decision and provide legal protection and support for all families. 

Protests/ Latvia

AYG organise General Assembly and a Climate protest

Tirana / Albania

14.11.2020

Albanian Young Greens organized a series of activities on 14th November with the following theme: “Climate is changing, our future is being destroyed”.

“For us as young people, the problem of climate change must be resolved as soon as possible as it seriously threatens our lives and the future. This is our task, our challenge, for which time is calling us. Although we are living in an unusual situation due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we can think ahead to tackle the climate crisis, making the right choices to move on the right path towards progress and green policy development.


The AYG Assembly was held in the spirit of a greater commitment of young people to the challenge of climate change. During the Assembly a variety of sessions took place, filled with constructive debates about environmental, social, green policies, schooling and youth employment.


The involvement of young people in politics was stressed out, the leadership of the organization and the space they should have in the leading and decision-making structures of the Green Party.
The presence of young people from all branches of the Youth Forum, local councilors, as well as representatives of the Albanian Greens, created a vivid space for fruitful debate by sharing experiences with young people and exchanging ideas for strengthening and development of the green youth movement in Albania.


The General Assembly adopted a number of important political documents and resolutions.
“Let us all act together now to protect the environment and the climate”: this resolution calls for the massive action of the climate movement as a necessity to raise awareness of decision-makers to act quickly.
The General Assembly also elected new leadership. The two co-chair persons are Mrs. Ambra Durro and Mr. Brahim Demi.
Mr. Brahim Demi is our councilor in the local parliament. He also represents the green voice in the municipal council of the city of Lezha.

The green weekend was finalised with the Climate protest organized by members of the AYG.

The message of this protest was as following: The movement known as “Fridays for Future” must be spread across the country as a call for urgent action against climate change”.

Young Greens ask for immediate ceasefire in Nagorno Karabakh!

Young Greens from Azerbaijan and Armenia ask for immediate ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh.

The most recent outbreak of fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan has seen more than 100 confirmed deaths and more wounded. Military forces of both countries are in conflict over the Nagorno-Karabakh region and surrounding regions. As a result, more people become displaced, either as refugees or internally displaced persons (IDPs). It is these people, and every citizen, the international community must protect.

As Young Greens, we join the Peace Statement.

“The main victim of this war is not objective truth. Rather it destroys the lives of real people, real children. It is becoming a losing battle for the entire South Caucasus region. Defending peace is not a neutral position. We reject the militarist positions conditioned by narratives of war and instead seek pathways to build peace.”

We ask the governments of Armenia and Azerbaijan to:

  • Understand that sustainable peace can never be reached through violence,
  • Realize the negative consequences of conflict and war on those people who are longing for safety, security and peace,
  • Prioritize the needs of different marginalized groups, including displaced people – women and children
  • Pursue a common agenda for peace with respect of human rights.

We ask the government of Turkey to:

  • Abandon hostile rhetoric that adversely affects Armenians living in Turkey,
  • Stop escalating the conflict and glorifying the war for inner political gains
  • Not provide military support to Azerbaijan.

We ask the government of Georgia to: 

  • Stay utterly neutral in the conflict;
  • Not allow transit of the military equipment through Georgia to either Armenia or Azerbaijan.

We ask the government of Russia to:

  • Stay utterly neutral in the conflict
  • Not provide military support to Armenia.

We ask the European Union to:

  • Closely monitor the situation and condemn any act of violence against peaceful citizens, destructions of villages and towns 
  • Suggest peacebuilding tools for post-conflict processes (applied to macro-level distinction, predominantly) to Armenia and Azerbaijan,
  • Allocate more financial resources on inclusive, participatory peace advocacy in Armenia and Azerbaijan.
  • Prepare a realistic plan for the peace process, persuade both parties to employ the proposed plan and closely monitor the implementation of the plan.
  • Reiterate the decision of European Court of Human Rights on 06 October 2020, asking all States directly or indirectly involved in the conflict, including Turkey, to refrain from actions that contribute to breaches of the European Convention on Human Rights, and to respect their obligations under the Convention.

Cooperation and Development Network Eastern Europe

Federation of Young Europeans Greens

Global Young Greens

Meet the CDN Project Assistant

As CDN office is getting bigger, we are happy to announce that the Secretariat will be joined by Elena Petrovska in the Project Assistant position.

Elena’s first encounter with the Green Youth movement dates back to 2017, when she first joined Serbian Green Youth. Afterwards, she’s been active as a Board member of SGY from 2018, and a member of its Secretariat from 2020. In march 2020, she joined the Executive Committee of CDN. Through these years, Elena’s interests and understanding of Green topics were growing, and she remains determined to fight climate and social injustices.

Welcome to the team Elena and we wish you a joyful Green ride with CDN!!!

CDN Executive Committee and Secretariat

Open call for Participants: Study Session “Work that Works for all: Shaping Europe’s Future of Work” (CANCELLED)

Cooperation and Development Network Eastern Europe (CDN) and Federation of Young European Greens (FYEG) are announcing a call for participants for the Study Session “Work that Works for all: Shaping Europe’s Future of Work”. The event will take place on 12-17 of October in European Youth Center Budapest (EYCB), Budapest, Hungary (11th and 18th are travel dates to and from Budapest for the participants).

With this activity we aim to empower 40 young Europeans in accessing their social rights – the right to decent work (the right to work, and the right to adequate social protection) and support them in becoming agents of change in their local communities through human rights education. This will be done by meeting the following objectives:

  • To explore the legal, structural and societal challenges and barriers young people face while accessing their right to decent work in different European countries;
  • To deepen participants’ understanding of youth unemployment and youth precarity, their social (political, economic) and individual (physical and mental health) consequences, and the intersection of these consequences;
  • To explore the existing opportunities and initiatives for young people in accessing meaningful work, adequate standard of living and social security, as well as to develop participants’ understanding and solidarity about the social and economic conditions their peers are facing;
  • To equip the participants and their organisations with the tools for countering the challenges and consequences of  inaccessible Social rights.

You can read more about the project on this page.

Who should apply?

We are looking for 35 young people, not older than 30, 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 labor rights 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.

Practicalities: 

Language: The main language of this activity will be English. But 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 in multi-bed rooms, food and refreshments) during the event will be covered by the EYCB. The participation fee is EUR 50. 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: 31st of August 23:59 CEST. You will be informed about the results of the selection within two weeks after the deadline.

*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.

 Apply here! 

Covid-19 update:

Due to the new measures against Covid-19 pandemic, this event together with other activities planned for this year in the European Youth Center in Budapest will be cancelled.

ELECTIONVISION – CALL FOR SPEAKERS

In 2020, we faced lot of changes. They were mainly related to the coronavirus pandemic and the results that it had on us, the democracy in the region and space that is left for us for fighting for our rights, but on other hand, in some countries of the Eastern Europe, there are bright political changes coming or have already come.

What is happening in one country, can also have an effect on the neighbouring countries.  To see how this affects the situation in the Eastern Europe, Cooperation and Development Network Eastern Europe (CDN) decided to hold a series of informal online discussions “Electionvision”  to share the impressions, experience and prognoses regarding the latest elections in the countries of CDN Member and Partner Organisations.

The meetings are expected to cover the following topics: pre-election situation, candidate`s’ campaigns, outcomes and many other.

The aim of this activity is to Politisize CDN Organisations and hang-arounds through the online meetings and sharing the impressions regarding the latest elections. We want to get to know the political situation on the local and national levels in different countries and be aware of the latest developments. This way we will be able to support each other, know what to expect from the political climate in the region and know our needs as a network better.

If there were or will be local, regional or national elections in your country, share interesting information about them with everyone! You can organise Electionvision before, or after the elections. All you need to do is to fill out this form and CDN EC will approach you with more information. The Electionvision will take place on Tuesdays at 18:00 CEST.