Call for Local Actions: Mobilising Youth for Participation

Cooperation and Development Network Eastern Europe is happy to announce the third step of the annual work plan “We are the future, but we are here NOW!”. The call for local actions is an opportunity for the youth organisations or a group of young people that participated in the previous stage of the project to submit the applications consisting of the Local Action Plans and Budget.

The 3rd part of the project, “Mobilising Youth for Participation” aims to give space to youth to reclaim fight for democracy by raising awareness about importance of civic education and youth participation. Local actions will contribute to the objectives of:

  • Engaging young people in shaping democratic decision making processes in their local communities with direct participation of youth in them and promotion of youth inclusion.
  • Creating a network of activists and organisations for future collaboration and transfer of knowledge.
  • Raising visibility of young people and mobilising them for a common cause of ensuring a better future for all youth by giving voice and agency to them.
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Call for Feminists in the Environmental Movement: Local Reporters

CDN is opening the call for the Local Reporters for one year long project “Feminists in the Environmental Movement”. You can find more information about the project here.

This is a paid, part-time, home office based research position, starting from the late-mid February 2022. We are accepting applications by the 23rd of January 23:59 CET.

Working time: average of 2 hours/week, Spring-Summer 2022, flexible working hours (some activities might take place during weekends)
Remuneration and per diem: from EUR 350 to EUR 500, depending on the country the reporter lives in and does the interview in.

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Call for the Prep Team of the Work Plan “We are the future, but we are here NOW!”

Cooperation and Development Network (CDN) is announcing an open call for members of preparatory team (prep-team) for the two international activities of work plan “We are the future, but we are here NOW!” which will take place from 11-16th of April and 08-12th of June 2022. Locations of the events will be confirmed shortly. More information on the project you can find here. Please, read this information carefully before applying.

If you are young person from Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria,  Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Greece, Kosovo*,  Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovenia, Slovakia, Serbia, Turkey or Ukraine and you are interested in the topic of the event, you are more than welcome to apply to volunteer as a member of these preparatory teams. Prep-team members should speak English, be available during the preparation periods, be responsible about fulfilling their tasks, have good organisational skills, be good team players and committed to the aims of the project and CDN’s values and be familiar with non-formal education methods. Preparatory team for the first event will continue working on the second event and will be joined by 2-3 other young people. See the preliminary agendas of events to get acquainted with the amount of sessions that will be developed for both activities.

Main responsibilities of the prep-team:

  • Active participation in the regular online meetings prior to the events (February-April and April-June / 2-3 h a week);
  • Participation in online getting to know each other before the live meeting;
  • Participation in two day live prepteam meetings on 5-6th of February (2 full working days), arrival day 4th, departure 7th; 19-20th of April (1 day after the first event’s evaluation) departure 21st;
  • 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 program of the event, including one of the 4 parallel blocks for the 2nd activity; 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 of the general well-being of the participants;
  • Full participation during the entire event and prep team meeting before (2 days) and after (1 day): Arrival 8th of April, departure to the second PTM 18th of April; arrival 5th of June, departure 14th of June.
  • Working on the outputs of the Work Plan after each event as well as in the end of the year;
  • Working on the narrative reports of both events.

Being a prep-team member 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;
  • Getting to know activists from different European contexts and their work;
  • A possibility to develop your leadership and group work skills;
  • A lot of work and a lot of fun!

Practicalities: 

Accommodation, food, working space, travel and visa costs for 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).

COVID-19:

We are closely following the development of the situation and we are envisioning the events to take place live. The safety measurements will be taken both at the Prepteam meetings and the live events.

DEADLINE for submitting online applications is 10th of January, 23:59 CET. You will be informed by e-mail approximately in 1 week after the deadline. Please add project.coordinator@cdnee.org to your contacts, so that you do not receive our reply in spam folder. In case of having any questions, do not hesitate to write us on project.coordinator@cdnee.org

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Agenda of 1st International Activity

Agenda of 2nd International Activity

*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 HOST ORGANISATIONS: “We are the future, but we are here NOW!”

CDN is announcing a call for host organisations for the 2022 International Activities of Work Plan “We are the future, but we are here NOW!”. Detailed information about the project can be found at the Project Page.

All the Member and Partner Organisations are eligible to apply.

Details of the International Activities:

1st phase –  Why to participate 11-16th of April 2022

The first event of the Work plan is a 6 day long international activity with the aim to equip youth workers from Eastern Europe with knowledge of the importance of youth participation

2nd phase –  Skills for massive youth activation 13-17th of June 2022

The second activity of the WP is a 5 day international training course focusing on preparing the participants for the 3rd stage in depth through enhancing their skills. With this phase, we aim to equip youth workers from Eastern Europe with skills of engaging young people in lives of their communities

The host organisations are expected to:

  • Provide logistical support (help us with finding accommodation and venue, arranging catering, travel, visas, local speakers etc.);
  • Be there in case of emergency (someone getting sick, urgent purchases, extra needs, etc.;
  • Delegate two volunteers to become part of the local prep-team, that will be present at the event all the time, as well as assist at the prepteam meetings 2 months before the events.

If your organisation has capacities, time and motivation required to host the first or the second International Activities, please fill out this FORM (CLOSED).

Deadline for filling in the form is 20th of December 2021 23:59 CET.  

The Executive Committee of CDN will assess the applications and make a decision, which you’ll be informed about the latest by 14th of January.

Do not hesitate to contact us at project.coordinator@cdnee.org should you have any questions about the call or the application process.


 For more information about rights and responsibilities of a Host Organisation check this document.

Call for the PT of “Work that Works for all: Shaping Europe’s Future of Work” Study Session

Cooperation and Development Network (CDN) and Federation of Young European Greens (FYEG) are announcing an open call for members of preparatory team (prep-team) for the study session “Work that Works for all: Shaping Europe’s Future of Work”  which will take place from 16th to 21st of November 2021 in the European Youth Centre in Budapest, Hungary. The arrival date for the participants is 15th and departure date on 22nd. More information on the project you can find here.

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.
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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

Kateryna Andrieieva

Liudmila Gavrilenko

Natalia Sofronova

Nijat Guliyev

Salih Tuna

Selma Levrence

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