Civil Society Forum Belgrade – Open Call

Civil Society Forum Belgrade_Call

We would like to invite interested civil society organisations from the Western Balkans to express their interest in participating in the Civil Society Forum Belgrade, taking place on 12-13 May 2016.

In order to apply, interested organisations should send a short overview/ portfolio (see the application form) of their activities related to one of the four key topics which will be discussed at the forum: youth cooperation, migration/border crisis, bilateral disputes, environmental/climate change and green growth.

Please note that due to reduced capacities only a limited number of participants can join the events in Belgrade. All travel and accommodation costs will be covered by the organisers.

Application deadline: Thursday noon, 21 April 2016
Please fill the application available on this link.

The Civil Society Forum Belgrade is a joint initiative of the European Fund for the Balkans and ERSTE Foundation, supported by the Regional Cooperation Council, and in close cooperation with the European Movement in Serbia – Local Council Novi Sad and the Center for Regionalism.

At the last Western Balkans Summit in Vienna in August 2015, a Civil Society Forum was held for the first time, where political decision makers came to dialogue with civil society, and one civil society representative was able to join the leaders’ summit. Various civil society organisations gathered around this initiative with the desire to develop a common position when it comes to following the footsteps of the first Berlin Summit 2014, and to construct a sustainable platform for civil society to cooperate and develop a dialogue with political leaders and governments.

The Civil Society Forum Belgrade intends to continue to contribute to the greater role, visibility and impact of the civil society in the so-called “Berlin process”.

The May 2016 Forum will build on the work already done by following the Vienna Civil Society Forum held in August 2015 and RCC’s Regional Cooperation Day in Sarajevo in December 2015.

Heading towards the Western Balkans Paris Summit in early July 2016, it is legitimate to ask how civil society from the region can contribute to the continuation and promotion of this important initiative. Its main aim is to establish a sustainable and relevant second-track process as a common WB-EU platform dedicated to the challenges in the Western Balkans, but first and foremost to broader European cohesion, which has to be co-shaped by the civil society, policy community, media and other relevant stakeholders.

For detailed information about the Civil Society Forum Belgrade, have a look here.