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NEWSLETTER Black Sea NGO Newsletter, no.7 Spring 2013

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REPUBLIC OF MOLDOVA RUSSIA TURKEY EU Documentation & Information: reports, photo projects …………………………………………………………..........................8 Capacity building opportunities: events &trainings, sharing best practices…..............................................10 Funding opportunities………..…………...........................12


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This material is elaborated in the framework of the Black Sea NGO Forum, which was launched in 2008 by FOND (Romanian NGDO Platform) with the support of the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Representation of the European Commission in Romania and the Black Sea Trust, as part of the Black Sea Synergy. The Forum aims at increasing the level of dialogue and cooperation among NGOs in the wider Black Sea Region, strengthening the NGOs capacity to influence regional and national policies and to increase the number and quality of regional partnerships and projects.

Black Sea NGO Trimestrial Newsletter Spring 2013 FOLLOW-UP OF THE BLACK SEA NGO Forum builds consistently on the Black Sea NGO Forum and now calls for a regional fund for children

child-protection-recommendation The Recommendation - in particular its implementation - was discussed at the 2012 gathering of the Black Sea








representatives from the wider Black Sea area came together in a special panel at the Black Sea NGO Forum to discuss child protection developments and challenges in the region, as well as the state of the child-focused civil society. The main outcome of that panel was the decision of this group of child protection leaders to create ChildPact - the Regional Coalition for Child Protection in the Wider Black Sea Area. A ''Regional Coalition Mandate'' was drafted in 2011 in Bucharest and then circulated and debated in the first 6 months of 2012. In September a Memorandum of Understanding was signed by 8 coalitions from 8 different countries (Albania,





Moldova, Romania, Serbia) and ChildPact was officially created to represent the most vulnerable children from the wider Black Sea area in policy dialogues at regional and international levels. Based on contacts made at the 2011 Black Sea NGO Forum, ChildPact was involved in

NGO Forum. A panel formed of 4 members of national parliaments from Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Serbia (all members of the PABSEC Committee of Educational, Cultural and Social Affairs) and BSEC Deputy Secretary General Traian Chebeleu met in Bucharest and offered their support in favour of implementing the 127/2012 Recommendation, in particular the creation of a regional fund for children. You can watch the video of this meeting here: You can also watch this video to learn more about ChildPact and the need for a regional coalition for child protection



region: In the run-up to the next edition of the Black Sea NGO Forum ChildPact will be launched in Brussels and will advocate for creation a regional mechanism for cooperation in child protection, to be supported by a regional fund for children.

drafting the PABSEC (Parliamentay Assembly of the Organisation of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation) Recommendation 127/2012 on Child Protection in the BSEC Member States.

For more information, you can contact: Mirela Oprea, ChildPact Secretary General, or visit the website ( and Facebook page.

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Black Sea NGO Trimestrial Newsletter Spring 2013 COUNTRIES IN FOCUS ARMENIA NGO-NETWORK WEB-PAGE LAUNCHED The Yerevan-based Analytical Centre on Globalization and Regional Cooperation (ACGRC) with the support of the International Visegrad Fund (IVF) launched The aims of the web-page are: •

Promotion of cooperation between the civil society actors from Visegrad and Eastern Partnership countries

Providing information on recent announcements and calls

Creation of a common space/platform for NGOs from Eastern Partnership and Visegrad group countries

Information and experience sharing



How Far Is Belarusian Education from European Standards? "Belarus aspires to the integration with the universal educational system preserving its achievements and traditions", – said the Deputy Minister of Education Alexander Zhuk on 3 April 2013. However, what he meant under "traditions" sometimes clearly contradicts the principles of education accepted elsewhere in Europe. The system of manual control, absence of real self-governance, political pressure on students and universities plague the atmosphere of educational freedom in the geographic heart of Europe. Belarus remains the only European state outside of the Bologna system. This gap complicates recognition of Belarusian academic degrees and slows down the Belarusian-European academic exchanges. Bologna system experts expect substantially greater amount of academic freedoms in Belarus - something which the government of Belarus resists. With this approach it will be really hard not just to join the Bologna process, but even to maintain the current level of quality in higher education. De-politicisation, guarantees of academic freedoms and creating real student selfgovernment bodies must become the first steps in the right direction. Source:

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GEORGIA EU report on Georgia On 20 March the European Commission presented a report on the implementation of the European Neighborhood Policy in Georgia in 2012. The report is prepared annually by the European Commission and other European institutions. The aim of the report is to review the achievements of countries participating in the European Neighborhood Policy programs and to evaluate the most important processes aiming to the democratization of state institutions, such as the justice system, freedom of the media, civil liberties, the right to vote, transparency and more. Apart from the analysis of achievements, the report contains also recommendations and suggestions for the countries covered by the program for future years. This paper aims to list and discuss the statements of this report regarding international affairs and relations of Georgia with the EU. The year 2012 was a year of significant intensity in the political relations between the EU and Georgia. The leading politicians of Georgia paid official visits in the EU, including the president, who visited the EU on several occasions, the Prime Minister, ministers, MPs, who met, among others, the President of the European Commission, the President of the European








Also senior representatives of the EU, including Herman Van Rompuy, Ĺ tefan FĂźle, Catherine Ashton, paid numerous visits to Georgia. The report estimates that the recent parliamentary elections were the first democratic change of power in the history of Georgia, which greatly improved the image of Georgia in the eyes of the EU. However, the campaign was accompanied by a sharp and ruthless political struggle. The report calls Georgia to improve the existing electoral system and to reform the judiciary in order to achieve full independence of the judiciary and to ensure clean, transparent trials. The EU accuses Georgia of selective application of justice for political opponents. Source:

REPUBLIC OF MOLDOVA OSCE calls on Moldova and Transnistria to abstain from unilateral actions The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) calls upon both Moldova and its separatist region of Transnistria to abstain from unilateral actions and use the existing procedures to cooperate and overcome the problems.

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Black Sea NGO Trimestrial Newsletter Spring 2013 In a statement for Moldova.ORG, the press office of the OSCE Mission to Moldova said the organization has a close look at the latest developments in the region. “The OSCE Mission to Moldova is following recent developments and would call upon both sides to fully use all existing mechanisms to address problems and not to resort to unilateral actions” the Mission spokesperson Paula Redondo Alvarez-Palencia said. […] Special Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office for conflicts, Andrii Deshchytsia, who was on a three-day visit to Moldova, said the conflicting parties should have a constructive and positive attitude during the upcoming talks planned for May 23-24 in Odessa, Ukraine. Source:


RUSSIA Report on the Development of Civil Society in Russia A lively debate on the various ways of funding non-profit or non-governmental organizations (NGOs) comes in anticipation of the publication of the President’s Grant Programme to support NGOs in 2013. Within the framework of this programme, the government plans to triple its’ aid to non-governmental organizations. It also proposes to encourage the growth of NGOs in Russia in order to catch up with similar organizations in other countries. Bearing this in mind, the current system of support for NGOs was criticized in the report – here are the main grievances: •

Lack of transparency in the existing system of support for NGOs

Lack of information on the exact amount of funds allocated to specific NGOs.

Lack of transparency in choosing which NGO should receive a grant.

Poor system within NGOs of giving feedback on the results of grant funded programmes.

The scattering of funds over many small projects - thus preventing the creation of large (‘umbrella’) national NGOs.

Building up a regional network for cooperation between state institutions and NGOs to be run by advisory committees whose information is based on facts and figures supplied by social services. In developed countries public funding of NGOs makes up an average of 48% of their income in developing countries this is 22% and in Russia 5%) Income from their work, including membership fees makes up 35% (61% in developing countries and 22% in Russia). Donations from businesses, private individuals and foreign Foundations – 17%. (In developing countries 17% and in Russia 73%). [According to the Boston Consulting Group, 2011.] Source:

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TURKEY The CSR Agency becomes a founding member of the CSR Black Sea Network On 21 December 2012, in Istanbul, on behalf of Carpatcement Holding S.A. and with the participation of our partner, Dr. Simona Marinescu, Director of the Istanbul International Center for Private Sector in Development (IICPSD) – UNDP global center for inclusive business and development partnerships, The CSR Agency took part at the CSR Marketplace 2012 competition. Supported by German Marshall Fund Black Sea Trust, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Black Sea Network is an initiative designed to promote CSR and to create a new area of cooperation toward a sustainable development of Black Sea Region in the long term. Black Sea CSR initiative offers a new collaboration between Black Sea countries on CSR where it calls the CSR Organizations and the private sector who is interested in CSR in the region to come together, share and transfer good CSR practices and ideas. Beside The CSR Agency from Romania, the other founding members of the Network are: Armenia Marketing Association, CSR Azerbaijan, CSR Armenia, CSR Ukraine, Economic Policy Institute – Bulgaria, Global Compact Network Bulgaria, and CSR Turkey, the latter one being the driving force behind the future CSR Black Sea Website, one of the outcomes of the project. The motivation for this project resides in the fact that the regions are important for CSR networks as the countries have quite similar economic, social and environmental challenges where they can benefit from their own experience and knowhow. In the long term, these networks play an important role for the sustainable development of the regions. Thus bring the idea of the initiative CSR Black Sea, where the region has a very good potential and resources to develop innovative collaborative projects supported by companies operating in this region, like is Carpatcement Holding for example. Source:



JOINT COMMUNICATION TO THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT, THE COUNCIL, THE EUROPEAN ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COMMITTEE AND THE COMMITTEE OF THE REGIONS European Neighborhood Policy: Working towards a Stronger Partnership The EU revised the European Neighborhood Policy (ENP) in 2011, establishing instruments to provide more support to partner countries building deep and sustainable democracy and to support inclusive economic development. The new ENP’s main features are political association and economic integration, the mobility of people, more EU financial assistance, a stronger partnership with civil society and better cooperation on specific sector policies. This joint Communication, accompanied by a set of Joint Staff working documents, looks at how the EU and partner countries have fared in the implementation of the jointly agreed reform objectives.

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Black Sea NGO Trimestrial Newsletter Spring 2013 Armenia, Georgia and Ukraine elected new parliaments, while Moldova’s parliament elected a president. Democratic structures are getting ever stronger though not all of these elections have fully met all international standards. Belarusians were called to elect their parliament as well. However, elections fell short of OSCE and international standards. A stronger partnership with society is central to the ENP. As a driving force of democratization and inclusiveness, civil society plays a key role in all aspects of democratic and socio-economic reform, in advancing women’s rights, in supporting the freedom of expression and association, in advocating environmental protection and generally in striving for greater social justice. The EU has continued to live up to its commitment to work with civil society, national parliaments and other key stakeholders such as social partners and business, to ensure that the reform objectives agreed with partner countries are a true reflection of their societies’ concerns and aspirations. Civil society also has a crucial role to play in promoting these reforms and in holding governments. Source:

ARMENIA, GEORGIA, REPUBLIC OF MOLDOVA Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area Agreements (DCFTAs) with Armenia, Georgia and Moldova to be finalized before Vilnius? The European Commission is making progress in negotiations on free trade agreements with several Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries and hopes to complete them with three – Armenia, Moldova and Georgia – by the EaP-EU Summit in Vilnius at the end of November. A sixth round of negotiations was held with Moldova on 12 March and a final round of negotiations was held in Georgia (there have been five rounds already) while Armenia, so far, has held four rounds of negotiations. Georgia is reported to be asking for the inclusion of a commitment to EU membership in its agreement and this demand could hold up the finalization of the negotiations. Stefan Füle, the Enlargement Commissioner, has recently been saying that the perspective of EU membership should be held out to those EaP partners who have made most progress maybe as early as the Vilnius Summit. But he is also urging Georgian politicians to stop bickering as this would help him in persuading his colleagues in Brussels of the merits of making such an offer to EaP countries like Georgia. The assessment of a country’s democratic credentials are still a major factor for the EU regardless of its drive to complete DCFTAs with the EaP countries. This for the moment puts Belarus and Azerbaijan beyond the pale, makes progress with Ukraine difficult and puts a question mark on Armenia. The four member states mentioned earlier say that “the political situation, respect for principles of democracy including democratic conduct of elections, rule of law…should remain important criteria for assessing the progress of partner countries” Source:

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Media Sustainability Index (MSI) - Europe & Eurasia

The 2013 MSI study for Europe & Eurasia found a mix of positive and negative developments in almost every country. As last year, overall significant improvement, defined as 0.10 points or more, was observed in six countries, while significant regression was observed in five. Eleven of 21 countries showed little overall average change from 2012. How Does IREX Define and Measure Sustainability? By “sustainability” IREX refers to the ability of media to play its vital role as the “fourth estate.” How sustainable is a media sector in the context of providing the public with useful, timely, and objective information? How well does it serve as a facilitator of public discussion? To measure this, the MSI assesses five “objectives” that shape a media system: freedom of speech, professional journalism, plurality of news, business management, and supporting institutions. Read the complete MSI Methodology for more information on how this is accomplished. The countries in focus are: Albania Armenia Azerbaijan Belarus Bosnia and Herzegovina Bulgaria Croatia Georgia Kazakhstan Kosovo Kyrgyzstan Macedonia Moldova Montenegro Romania Russia Serbia Tajikistan Turkmenistan Ukraine Uzbekistan For more information or to request a hard copy, email Please provide name, full mailing address, region(s), MSI publication year, and quantity. Source:


U.S. Issues Country Reports On Human Rights Practices

The U.S. State Department has released its "Country Reports On Human Rights Practices" for 2012, highlighting crackdowns on civil society, struggles for democratic change, and threats to freedom of expression. U.S. Secretary of State John














The document states that “governments continued to repress or attack the means by which individuals can organize, assemble








The report faults Russia for “large increases in fines for unauthorized protests, a law recriminalizing libel, a law that limits Internet freedom by allowing authorities to block certain Web sites without a court order, and amendments to the criminal code


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Black Sea NGO Trimestrial Newsletter Spring 2013 The report says a record high of 232 journalists were in prisons in 2012, where Turkey had the most behind bars, with 49. Also, the document emphaises that too many governments allow the persecution of women and minority groups, including The

migrants, State






bisexual, report











Country in focus: Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Georgia, Iran, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Kyrkyzstan, Macedonia, Moldova, Pakistan, Russia, Serbia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan. Source:


Tibilisi Photo Festival 2013, May 28th – June 4th 2013, Georgia For its fourth edition, the Tbilisi Photo Festival (TPF) explores the fringes of: Geography… the TPF is devoting a large exhibition to the North Caucasus, the untamable “march” of Russia, in full transformation with the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games approaching. The temporal… with Guram Tsibakhashvili’s chronicle of the years 1986-2000 in Georgia at the




The human….with Vortex by Antoine D’Agata who plunges us into the night, prostitution, alternative experiences, and with Transgression I and II, disrupting genres (such as work by Pep Bonet, on the transsexuals in Brazil, and by Justyna Mielnikiewicz, on the Femen movement). The TPF is: •

The best of world photography appearing in the heart of the Caucasus. The partnership with the prestigious French festival, Les rencontres d"Arles, and the renowned names attending this year such as the Noor Agency and National Geographic as honorary guests of the fourth TPF.

The best of Caucasian and regional photography presented to the world… The TPF carries on its tradition of representing the prodigiously divergent region that encompasses the ancient crossroad of the Caucasus. Are you looking for Ukrainian, Russian, Kurdish, Romanian, Egyptian, Iranian photography? Welcome to Tbilisi!


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Black Sea NGO Trimestrial Newsletter Spring 2013 CAPACITY BUILDING OPPORTUNITIES: EVENTS & TRAININGS, SHARING BEST PRACTICES EVENTS 8th Economic Forum of Young Leaders, September 3-6, 2013, Nowy Sącz, Poland The 8th Economic Forum of Young Leaders will be held on 3-6 September, 2013 in Nowy Sącz, Poland. Young leaders from all over Europe meet in Poland to discuss current political, economic and social issues. The mission of the Forum is to create ideas for the future of Europe. Each year the Forum gathers around 350 leaders of political, social, economic and civil society organizations from 42 countries from the European Union, Eastern Europe, the Balkans and the South Caucasus. Idea of the Forum The Economic Forum of Young Leaders is a platform on which the views on the future of the European Union and the whole European continent are exchanged. Its mission is to create ideas for the future of Europe. The programme of the Forum consists of panel discussions, lectures, business presentations, thematic workshops and also a banquet and a reception organized in the Town Hall by the President of Nowy Sącz. Debates and the most important events of the Forum are broadcast live due to the involvement of the The subject area of the forum pertains to economic, political and international issues, the topics connected to the past and the vision of the European Union, the relations of the EU and its neighboring countries, the role of the young generation in contemporary world. Application deadline is 17 May 2013. Qualified participants of the Forum will be provided accommodation, catering, coffee breaks during the sessions, transportation between Nowy Sącz-Krynica-Nowy Sącz and simultaneous interpreting of the sessions. Because of limited budget organizers will cover accommodation costs and catering costs only for some of the participants. Participation fee is 200 Euro. Source:

4th AER Black Sea Summit in Rize (Turkey), 4 October 2013

The AER 4th Black Sea Summit will take place in Rize, Turkey, on 04th October 2013 and will follow the path undertaken in Paris in 2010, in occasion of the first AER Black Sea Summit, and continued with two further Summits in Adjara, Georgia in 2011

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This event will focus on the latest developments in the Black Sea region, on the future of European Neighborhood Policy (ENP) towards the region after 2014, and on the lessons learned from the implementation of the Black Sea CBC Programme. It will be a unique opportunity to discuss with other regional representatives about interregional cooperation projects and address in the best possible way the challenges specific to the Black Sea Region, support its growth and foster its







Regional officials will also have the chance to take part in a training session that will take place on the eve of the event, 03 October 2013, and seize the opportunity to know more about the EU financial tools to fund interregional projects during the















All of the documents related to the Conference ( agenda, registration form, practical information, call for papers) are available




website: Contact: Agnès Ciccarone, Director Members Relations, Academic and Institutional Affairs,, and Serena






Political Transformation Workshop: Western Balkans and Turkey, 3 - 7 June, 2013 in Warsaw, Poland

The European Academy of Diplomacy is proud to announce the 1st Edition of the Political Transformation Workshop: Western Balkans and Turkey, to be held 3 - 7 June, 2013 in Warsaw, Poland. Recruitment is currently open. Deadline for scholarship applications: 21 April 2013. The PTW will cover the following topics over an intensive 48 hour week of lectures, workshops, case study discussions and study visits: •

Analysis of EU policy towards Turkey and Western Balkans

Managing a divided nation in Cyprus

Europization and free-market reforms in Turkey

Post-War Recovery and Reconciliation in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Building statehood in Kosovo

Croatian and Serbian path to EU

Additionally, participants will have master level skills training in: •

Leadership & Team Building

Public Speaking

Social Media for Public Diplomacy

Mediation and Reconciliation

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Black Sea NGO Trimestrial Newsletter Spring 2013 The Political Transformation Workshop: Western Balkans & Turkey is a weeklong program devoted to exploring the current transformational processes in the Western Balkans region and Turkey from the European Union perspective. The Workshop is designed to assess the current state of affairs, successes and failures of both the policies of Turkey and Western Balkan states, and the EU regional leadership and relationship with each country. The added value of the program is the communication block, which aims to deliver up-to-date and practical knowledge on public speaking, social media and mediation processes. For








(, contact EAD Program Coordinator Andrzej Ocalewicz at

(+48) 22 378 11 99 or

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES Confidence Building 2013 -2014 Call for Applications Confidence Building in the South Caucasus – a joint initiative of the Robert Bosch Stiftung(RBSG) and the Black Sea Trustfor Regional Cooperation of the German Marshall Fund (BST) to support confidence building activities of non-state actors in the South Caucasus and its neighboring countries. Program Description The projects should be initiated by civil society organizations which can effectively engage target audiences within the population of the region in their projects’ activities. Organizations requesting grants must be legally registered in one of the following countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Georgia, Moldova, Romania, Russia, Turkey, and Ukraine. The involvement of additional partners (especially those from the EU) is possible and welcome. Projects working in the following areas would be especially appreciated: cross-border initiatives for youth; approaches to civic education or active citizenship; approaches to reconciliation and peace that incorporate experiences from history and convey them to the younger generation; • the role of media in overcoming stereotypes.

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The average grant will be around 23,000 USD (about 18,000 EUR). Multilateral projects may exceed that amount in exceptional cases. A grant letter to the selected projects will be issued by the end of June 2013, and respectively, November 2013. Applications have to be sent to Two different application deadlines are offered in the 2013 – 2014 Call. The partners recommend applying in spring since funds are limited.

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1) For the May 12, 2013 deadline, interested organizations are invited to submit project proposals from April 10, 2013 until May 12, 2013, at 18:00 in Bucharest, Romania (UTC+3:00). The projects must be completed by May 2014 and reported to BST within one month of the project’s completion. The maximum duration of the project should not exceed 11 months. 2)


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proposalsonly from September 1, 2013 until October 1, 2013, at 18:00 in Bucharest, Romania (UTC+3:00). The projects must be completed by May 2014 and reported to BST within one month of the project’s completion. The maximum duration of the project should not exceed 6 months. Source:

HIGHLIGHTS The EU Neighbourhood Barometer (opinion polling and media monitoring) is part of the EU-funded Regional Communication Programme, and aims at assessing knowledge and perception of the EU Neighbourhood Policy and its cooperation activities and programmes. (EU Neighbourhood Info)

The surveys were conducted in November-December 2012 in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine, based on around 1,000 interviews in each country. Source:

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