Friday, March 30, 2012

Youth in Action opportunities open up to Eastern Partnership Youth Window initiative

The Eastern Partnership Youth Window is a new initiative within the EU-funded Youth in Action Programme aimed at fostering co-operation between the EU and Eastern Partnership countries in the field of youth, according to a press release from the EU Delegation to Ukraine.

The overall objective of the Youth in Action Programme is promoting mobility, non-formal learning, youth work development and encouraging the inclusion of all young people, regardless of their educational, social or cultural background.

With this new framework, the European Commission is giving an opportunity to participation for the Eastern Partnership countries.

The programme aims to help establish new contacts, share experience and search for new opportunities for learning and development between young people, youth organisations and youth workers from Eastern Partnership and EU countries.
  • Projects seeking to receive support under the Eastern Partnership Youth Window have to meet the following priorities:
  • Demonstrate a clear commitment to provide support to young people with fewer opportunities living in rural or deprived urban areas;
  • Raise awareness about the nature of youth work;
  • Promote sharing of best practices in the sphere of youth work.
Additional funds over the period 2012-2013 will be allocated for this initiative under the European Neighbourhood Policy Instrument (ENPI).

Promoters based in the Eastern Partnership countries and hosting the activity must submit their project proposals to the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency in Brussels. Details on how to submit a project to this Agency can be found here. (ENPI Info Centre)

Call for Applications: Russia (North Caucasus)

Take your chance to participate in this year's Russia-North Caucasus program of Joint Civic Education!

We are happy to announce our new Call for Applications for this year's program of Joint Civic Education in Russia (North Caucasus).

If you are from the North Caucasian Federal District, the Krasnodar Krai or the Republic of Adygea of the Russian Federation and between 18 and 24 years old, then take you chance to:

| Implement a project
| Improve your management skills
| Shape your social environment
| Build up a network of like-minded people

Joint Civic Education motivates young people for civic involvement by offering capacity building, start-up funding for volunteer‘s micro projects, and peer-to-peer mentoring.

Furthermore, alumni become part of a region-wide network of people facing similar challenges in the societies of Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, Russia and Turkey.

Please see the documents by this link

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Eastern Partnership countries and contacts between people

Due the Eastern Partnership increasing role in the Black Sea region we proposed you to be informed within the study on “Eastern Partnership Countries and Contacts Between People”. It was revised after the inputs from the meeting of the Forth working group – Contact Between People of the Eastern Partership Civil Society Forum in Prague at the beginning of March is recently published. The study was prepared by the organisers of the meeting in Prague – NGO association Demas.

Information is kindly re-posted from our partner's webresource. 

Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Partner Countries: towards a Common Knowledge and Innovation Space

Press pack: Euro-Mediterranean cooperation on Research and Innovation

Ahead of the Euro-Mediterranean Conference on Research and Innovation to take place in Barcelona next week, on 2 and 3 April, the ENPI Info Centre has prepared a press pack outlining ongoing cooperation in the field between the European Union and its Mediterranean partner countries.

The press pack looks at research and innovation as a key axis of cooperation, with particular attention on the EU's 7th Research Framework Programme (FP7), as well as the opportunities available for Mediterranean partners at a regional, bilateral, and individual research level.

Next week's high-level conference is being organised by the European Commission's Research and Innovation Directorate General in cooperation with other departments, the European Parliament, EU Member States and the Southern Mediterranean countries. (ENPI Info Centre)

Union for the Mediterranean: Parliamentary Assembly calls for political solution in Syria, resumption of Middle East talks, and support for democratic transition

Union for the Mediterranean: Parliamentary Assembly calls for political solution in Syria, resumption of Middle East talks, and support for democratic transition

A political solution to the conflict in Syria, a resumption of the Middle East peace process and support for the transition to democracy in countries on the Mediterranean's southern shore - these were the key wishes of the 8th Parliamentary Assembly of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM), held in Rabat (Morocco) on 24 and 25 March 2012. The European Parliament will now chair this Assembly for a year.

Технические работы

До конца недели в нашем блоге ведутся технические работы. В связи с этим возможна некорректная работа, задержка в публикации материалов и неправильно отображение некоторых элементов страниц.

Спасибо за понимание.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

The Book platform project in Armenia, Georgia and Ukraine launched

The Book Platform, a new EU-funded project to support the book sectors in Armenia, Georgia and Ukraine, was launched at the end of March. The project is being carried out as part of the Eastern Partnership Culture Programme.Over the next two and a half years the book sectors in Armenia, Georgia and Ukraine will be getting a helping hand in overcoming the challenges that publishing, writing and translating face today. 

According to a press release, the project is for everybody that is professionally involved and concerned about the future of books: publishers, writers, translators, booksellers, librarians and their associations, but also for public bodies in the cultural sphere and for cultural organisations. In a long-term perspective the project is about the readers who have the right to access to high quality books, in their own languages and at affordable prices. 

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Webinar: Armenia-Russia-Ukraine -- the Eurasian space for integration

The first web-seminar with young active representatives from different social organizations was held in 27 March. The webinar was devoted to CIS -- Russia, Armenia and Ukraine within framework of 'Integrational processes in Eurasia'. 

The main idea is to gather young active people from CIS countries within Eurasian platform of cooperation and to collaborate with them on different issues and actual problems of neighboring countries and Caucasian republics -- additionally with Georgia (and its seemed tense relations with Russia). As we can see the main goal is to change communication language from bureaucratic to humanitarian or even social which will allow to work within CSOs. And also, of course, to contradictions withdrawal among all republics and participants.

The next webinar will be held in 4 April 2012 and it will take a place between other participants -- Russia, Azerbaijan and Tajikistan.  

Should we consider these steps as an alternative cooperation platform within Eurasia to Eastern Partnership with the EU initiative among Moldova, Belarus, Ukraine, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia or not, only time will show.

The Russian version (original) of webinar: http://portal-nko.ru/dialog/blog/thread/?id=2807
The Russian version (original) of its press-release: http://csr-sozidanie.ru/news/1965/

Specially for YCSD blog
by Evgeniya Goryushina

Your ideal job could be waiting for you in Europe!

EUROPEAN ONLINE JOB DAYS

Perhaps you’re a job seeker interested in European mobility or maybe you can’t attend the Job Days event in Glasgow on Thursday 29 March but you still want to find out about jobs in Europe. Well, you’ve come to the right place…

The European Online Job Day (EOJD) is an employment event with a difference – you can browse current jobs and opportunities in Scotland, across the UK, and elsewhere in Europe virtually, right there on the EOJD website.

The story doesn’t stop there though! You can join the online audience for our live streaming seminar programme; send questions to employers and European job mobility advisers; and thereby truly participate as a virtual visitor to the European Job Days event held at the Glasgow Thistle Hotel. 

Full information here

Call for Participants: Go Green! Tunisia (2012), Russia (2013)


ДОЛГОСРОЧНЫЙ ТРЕНИНГ: «БУДЕМ ЭКОЛОГИЧЕСКИ ОТВЕТСТВЕННЫМИ» (GO GREEN)

Тренинг
1-8 июля 2012 | Тунис

Курс «Будем экологически ответственными» - это долгосрочный тренинг, который будет проводиться в Тунисе (2012 г.) и России (2013 г.), где соберутся участники из стран-участниц программы «Молодёжь в действии», а также из стран Средиземноморья (регион MEDA), Восточной Европы и Кавказа (регион EECA). Основной темой тренинга будет спорт и социально-ответственное развитие.

Почему темой тренинга «Будем экологически ответственными» станет именно спорт и социально-ответственное развитие?

Call for participants Youth Peace Camp 2012

When? 22 to 30 June 2012 Where? European Youth Centre Strasbourg Who? Non-govermental youth organisations and networks, formal and informal youth groups, youth councils and youth leaders within your network in the regions of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kosovo, Georgia and the Russian Federation (specifically young people from the region bordering Georgia), Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

Participants are expected to be engaged in youth or community projects and motivated to implement youth initiatives for peace building within their own communities. The applicant should preferably be involved in an organisation, network or formal and/or informal group that is ready to support them throughout the project and afterwards when implementing youth initiatives for peace building. The applicant should be able to work in English, be curious, open-minded, appreciate diversity and posess a sense of responsibility for their own actions and a commitment to personal and community development

All interested applicants should apply on-line, completing the application form under this link: youthapplications.coe.int and attaching a support letter from their organisation, network of formal or informal youth group. 

Deadline for applications: Monday 16 April 2012 

Further information >> Course presentation [pdf]

Seminar 'Empowerment of youth organisations and youth-led civil society initiatives in the South-Mediterranean framework': summarized report

Youth Club 'Social Diplomacy' (YCSD) was a participant in Seminar 'Empowerment of youth organisations and youth-led civil society initiatives in the South-Mediterranean framework' (21-24 March 2012) in Malta (60 delegates from different Mediterranean countries attending a seminar on the empowerment of youth organisations; Seminar was organised by the EuroMed Platform and Agenzija Zghazagh in cooperation with the European Commission, the Council of Europe and the Arab League).

With a primary help of Agenzija Zghazagh in a process of visa obtaining and with its professional coordination during all Seminar participants were at the right place to start intercultural dialogue and communication. By the way, bilingual communication was provided by translators: Bouraad Ghada and Abiabboud Diana. 

The agenda was really saturated and supposed to be expanded on different cases dedicated to situation in Tunisia, Egypt and Morocco and other countries of region represented by young activitsts, civil organizations, experts and well-known bloggers in Euromed.

'Doha Pre-Forum Consultation with civil society organizations. Profiles of Participating CSOs' (2011)

We are kindly ask to pay attention to the followint document: 'Doha Pre-Forum Consultation with civil society organizations. Profiles of Participating CSOs' (2011). 


It would be very useful information for all interested experts and specialists, and people involved in regional development within Intercultural Dialogue. And also for all researchers engaged in survey on CSOs and NGO sector. We should know who works on the same issues.


You can download it here

South Caucasus Youth Parliament declares: 'Democracy starts with You!'

"Democracy has to be experienced. It cannot be learned from books only."This is the guiding principle of an EU-funded project 'Democracy starts with You!', aiming to increase the political participation of young people from minority and rural areas in the South Caucasus.

According to a press release from the EU Delegation to Georgia, this "unique idea" of bringing together Armenian and Georgian pupils will see the opening on Tuesday, 27 March, of the South Caucasus Youth Parliament.

Participants are young people from minority and rural areas of Armenia and Georgia, who will gather together to vote on a Joint Declaration, which they will be presenting later to the European Parliament in Brussels.

The opening of the South Caucasus Youth Parliament takes place in the presence of Georgian Education Minister Dimitri Shashkin, representatives of the Education Ministry of Armenia and the Delegation of the European Union to Georgia.

"This project enables young generation of the South Caucasus to experience democracy and learn by doing rather than reading," says Dr. Canan Atilgan, Project Director. 

Democracy Starts With You also updates teachers in the South Caucasus region on modern teaching methods and contents on the subject of Civic Education as well as providing pupils with an experience of how democracy works in practice. (ENPI Info Centre)

Have your say! Contribute to EU policy on Civil Society Organisations in development cooperation

The European Commission is seeking the views of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and other stakeholders on the future policy of the EU with regard to support to CSOs in partner countries in the field of development cooperation. This policy will be announced later in 2012.

CSOs are increasingly recognised as key players in promoting democratic governance, equitable development and inclusive growth. However, in many countries they also face increasing challenges relating to the restricting legal and political space in which they operate.

In the context of the preparation for this policy, the Directorate-General for Development and Cooperation – EuropeAid (DG DEVCO) will undertake stakeholder consultations.

The purpose of this online consultation is to gather views and good practices in relation to the key themes of the consultation paper. These themes are the following:
  • CSOs and development effectiveness principles; 
  • challenges related to a shrinking legal and regulatory space for CSO action; 
  • promoting the participation of CSOs in public policy processes and in domestic accountability; 
  • enhancing CSO internal capacity; 
  • CSO internal governance and accountability; 
  • towards a consistent EU engagement with local CSOs at country level; 
  • 'new areas for reflection'.
CSOs and other stakeholders are therefore invited to take part in the consultation, with the EC particularly seeking contributions from local CSOs in partner countries.

Contributions must be sent before 7 May 2012

The contributions will be analysed and summarised in a report that will be published on the website of DG DEVCO by end of July 2012. (ENPI Info Centre)

Monday, March 26, 2012

Contest "Black Sea Collaboration: modern aspects of development" - best papers collection"


In October 2011, the Youth Club «Social Diplomacy» (Rostov-on-Don city) in cooperation with the ANO «Center for Socio-Political Studies «Premier» (Krasnodar city) announced the contest of the best scientific works with the following forming and issuing of the best papers collection «Black sea collaboration: modern aspects of development».

The Black sea basin includes 12 states, its square area is equal to 19,1 mln. kilometers and this region takes about 4,7% on the world map. About 322,9 mln. people live here. Namely due to that reason the main goal of holding the contest was the identifying of the main points of concern in the interrelations between the states of this macro-region and forming the further directions of work aimed at attracting the young experts into the communication space of the Black sea region. 

However, initially the contest was oriented as to the Russian young experts, so towards their foreign colleagues.

We would like to bring to your attention the electronic collection, which will fully allow not only to take the suchlike youth initiatives to another qualitative level but also to attract to them the Caucasian, European and Middle Eastern specialists, as well as anybody who is interested in studying it. The Black sea region – is strategically important not only concerning the policies carried out by the Russian Federation and its neighboring states, but also the powers geographically located beyond its borders. 

Download the file: bst-press.pdf [2,3 Mb] 

It is by no means important to admit here that the participation in the contest was absolutely free of charge. This allowed us to give the impartial assessment to the submitted materials and helped to promote the interest towards the Black sea region among the young people under the age of 35 on the volunteer level. 

We are opened towards the cooperation and new ideas. 

Youth Club «Social Diplomacy»

ANO «Center for Socio-Political Studies «Premier»

Конкурс "Причерноморское сотрудничество: современные аспекты развития" - сборник лучших работ


Youth Club «Social Diplomacy» (г. Ростов-на-Дону) совместно с АНО «Центр социально-политических исследований «Премьер» (г. Краснодар) в октябре 2011 г. объявили конкурс лучших научных работ с последующим формированием и изданием сборника «Причерноморское сотрудничество: современные аспекты развития».

В Причерноморский бассейн входит 12 государств, на карте мира этот регион занимает 4,7%, его площадь 19,1 млн. километров. Здесь проживают 322,9 млн. человек. Поэтому основной задачей проведения конкурса стало определение основных проблемных точек во взаимоотношениях государств данного макрорегиона и формирование необходимых направлений дальнейшей работы с целью вовлечения молодых экспертов в коммуникационное пространство Причерноморского региона. Однако изначально конкурс был ориентирован как на российских молодых экспертов, так и на зарубежных коллег. 

Представляем вашему вниманию полноценный электронный сборник, который позволит в полной мере вывести на другой качественный уровень подобные инициативы среди молодежи и привлечь к ним кавказских, европейских и ближневосточных специалистов, а также всех заинтересованных в его изучении. Причерноморский регион – стратегически важный в политике не только Российской Федерации и соседних государств, но и держав, географически расположенных за его пределами.

Скачать сборник по ссылке - bst-rus.pdf [2,3 Mb] 

Немаловажно, что участие в конкурсе было совершенно бесплатным. Это позволило беспристрастно оценить присланные материалы и помочь в продвижении интереса к Причерноморскому региону среди молодых людей до 35 лет на волонтерском уровне.

Мы открыты сотрудничеству и новым идеям.

Youth Club «Social Diplomacy»
Website: socialdip.blogspot.com
E-mail: seacooperation [at] gmail.com

АНО «Центр социально-политических исследований «Премьер»
Website: anopremier.ru, youth-in-acion.org
E-mail: director [at] anopremier.ru, info [at] youth-in-action.org, seacooperation [at] gmail.com 

Call for papers “Countries of the European Neighborhood Policy East and South: particular issues and common solutions for sustainable development of Europe”

We are glad to make our announcement due a new research contest "Countries of the European Neighborhood Policy East and South: particular issues and common solutions for sustainable development of Europe"



Background: 
As you know the program of the European Neighborhood Policy (ENP) is a new approach of the European Union to neighboring countries to strengthen relations between the EU and its neighbors and co-operation on the security and prosperity establishment, "the ring of friendly countries" on the borders of the European Union. ENP is also designed to give the EU neighboring countries a possibility of closer cooperation with the EU in politics, security, economy and culture. In this case 6 out of 16 countries in the program are included in the ENP (the Black Sea region particularly) Eastern Partnership, historically associated with socio-cultural processes taking place in Eastern Europe (Belarus, Moldova, and Ukraine) and the Southern Caucasus (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia). But the main idea is to create a joint research ground to explore and highlight existing issues and barriers in several macro-regions and platforms: ENP EAST, ENP SOUTH (e.g. Arab Spring), Eastern Partnership and the Black Sea region with active role of Turkey and Russia. 


The competition aims: 
To conduct a survey by the most active young researchers on proposed issues and region development with a primary focus on macro-ENP (within different dimensions East and South), and in connection with the Black Sea region processes to develop mutually shared scenarios of local problems solving and to facilitate a sustainable development of Europe. 


The competition objectives: 

  • identify key problem areas and potential for cooperation in the relationship of macro-ENP (EAST and SOUTH) and the Black Sea region to identify successful practices of interaction with the EU institutions; 
  • create a strong research interest among young experts to develop a communication space and joint research projects; 
  • establish a network of experts on the macro-ENP and the Black Sea region interaction, including in order to replicate successful practices of interaction with the EU institutions; 
  • formulate and convey practical advice on sustainable development for various actors in macro socio-political sphere of the ENP and the Black Sea region and the EU institutions. 

Key subjects of the works: 

  • Geopolitical factors of macro-ENP (East and South) and the Black Sea region in the context of international cooperation; 
  • Internal and external key socio-political factors of macro-region development; 
  • Prospects and problems of macro-economic cooperation among the ENP and the Black Sea region; 
  • Security problems in the macro-ENP (East and South) and the Black Sea region, including the pending inter-state conflict and peacekeeping initiatives. The influence of public diplomacy to conflict resolution process; 
  • Intercultural dialogue: its process in macro-ENP (East, South, EaP, the Black Sea region, Euromed) and existing barriers, possible overcoming methods. 
  • Human rights dimension and women empowerment (especially due East and South dimensions). 
  • The role and activities of Russia's socio-political processes in the macro ENP (East and South) and the Black Sea as well as cooperation with European institutions; 
  • Non-governmental sector – current situation and development trends, the work of international funds on a territory of macro-region; 
  • Ethno-cultural and ethno-political problems of macro-region modern migrations; 
  • Youth interaction and policy of macro-region; 
  • Possibilities of joint collaboration within ENP East and South – its dimensions, areas, common problems and reconciliation methods.
Full information is attached   here: competition_enp_info_letter.doc [49 Kb] (download link). 

Also you are kindly ask to see the previous contest results, dedicated to the Black Sea cooperation which has been already implemented
The papers collections "The Black Sea Cooperation: modern aspects of development" is attached with information letter to the current contest.

Call for participants: Training in peace education and intercultural dialogue, Balkans beyond Borders

Call for 24 participants from Algeria, Bulgaria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Tunisia PEACE BAG-Mainstreaming Peace Education in the EuroMed – Training of Multipliers/Trainers … 10-17 June 2012 | Barcelona, Spain

PEACE BAG TOM 2012 is a training course that aims to build the training capacities and skills of young educators, trainers and multipliers on mainstreaming peace education and intercultural dialogue through non-formal learning methodologies.

This Training course is for 24 participants from Algeria, Bulgaria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Tunisia Participants with the following profile are eligible:

  • Proficient understanding of peace education and intercultural dialogue • Interest in the EuroMed region, especially in youth related initiatives
  • With previous experience /background in training in youth work (training courses, etc) A short background will be asked from the applicants
  • Interest in collaborating with a growing network of youth organisations in the field of peace education and intercultural dialogue
  • Proficiency in English (TC will be in English)
  • Organisational affiliation is a plus.
In particular, we encourage applications by candidates who are associated with youth organisations This project is financed by the Youth in Action Programme. Participants are requested to contribute to the training costs with a participation fee of 50€/participant, which will go towards a seed fund for the follow up phase. 

Participants are also requested to cover 30% of their own travelling expenses (with suggested travel budget/limits). The other 70% international travel grant will be covered by the European Commission´s Youth in Action Programme.

For more information please contact: Meghann Villanueva


Phone: 0034 934124493

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Intercultural workshop "The Art of shawl tying"

We are glad to inform you that today and right now the Center of Arab Culture 'Al-Farahidi' with our primary support is implementing the Workshop "The Art of headscarf tying". The date of workshop's implementation is not random -- it was our joint idea to make it on the Eve of the Big Day of all Mother and Women (21 March). 

The program includes:
The history and tradition of wearing and tying a headscarf in Russia and the Arab East. 

1) Covering and tying art of the headscarf:
  • Variations of tying a scarf at home in Russia and the Arab East;
  • Its features of tying and cultural options, variants and meanings;
  • Headscarf tying within folk traditions of the Arab region (with expert participation).
 2) Real practice of headscarf tying in both cultures as lessons for you!

The main goal is intercultural dialogue between different people belonging to both cultures who will be doing the common activity. May be we have a lot of common despite all visible features?

The previous anouncement with all contacts is here.

Friday, March 23, 2012

The Arab Spring: Youth pariticipation and citizenship

Being involved in a discussion of working group devoted to “Youth participation and citizenship” today I had to make a reflection review on common talks about democracy and participation of youth. 

Unfortunately the current situation over the MENA region and its youth organizations with eternal ambitious character to participate more in a public life than it is possible is isolated itself on MENA region and each country where the mass feedback happened. The Euromed official frameworks are not just than official frameworks of proposed platform to cooperate in a common sense. And the majority of participants are not targeted to cooperate but to express own point of view. It remains me CIS countries which are unable to cooperate together because of “frozen” and sessession conflicts but are cultivating its own state authority image abroad. It was mentioned also during the Seminar that Egypt, Tunisia and Libya are becoming sandy kingdoms on the North of Africa. It is about not joint character of cooperation, it is about separate view on the same issue. 

And Being in Qatar, Turkey and Egypt I’ve realized that MENA has a lot of influence points inside also, not only abroad. And it is necessary to understand and to highlight frameworks of the Big Black Sea region which is directly connected with MENA region and all these two macroregions are affected by increasing role of Turkey (especially Egypt) and cold oriental “diplomatic” course of Iran. It was really interesting to watch the eluding political context of some Egyptian organization’s intention to make a “positive engagement with Turkey and Iran”. But in reality all these organizations are ready to discuss only common topics – Youth Participation and immaterial (for me personally) word “Democracy” without real geopolitical processes, indicative schemes of development and needs to corporate with all sides. 

When I mentioned the necessity of separation youth NGOs and official political course of any country and state, some participants were not ready to agree. Because it is logically for me that non-governmental organization must be in a course of political context events but not engaged in a policy-making process directly. Non-governmental means without government and public power oriented on publicity and civil society but not to capture a state power. Sometimes it seems to me that the best tools of state-power conduction are Arab NGOs became. It looks like the Russian situation – any civic organization could be an elevator to a political space of the official political elite. Like a new pyramid of aspirations. 

During this discussion it was really important to think about knowledge, intercultural dialogue and Euro-Arab cooperation. The most effective NGO (and especially youth NGO) in this case should be based on knowledge (cooperation with universities, high schools, academies and etc.) for a professional training courses providing to encourage young people to continue their education and its improvement. Additionally it is needed to cooperate with all sides in all regions for a real intercultural dialogue implementation with all possible minuses and pluses. ICD means collaboration on all levels and mutual mentality adaptation for an effective joint work. Also it is important to expand all conceivable frameworks for a better result – for Euro-Arab cooperation within mutual goals – to accept and not to be violent in a transitional period. 

Such work will take a long period of all negative and positive concrete cases, examples and behavior patterns understanding by all sides involved in “Empowerment of youth organisations and youth-led civil society initiatives in the South-Mediterranean framework”. 

And it shouldn’t be forgotten that the Ancient Greeks presented to a world the most universal definition of a “Democracy” word – the power of people, and it would be very sad if NGO could lead people to a new “post-spring-democracy” era – “summer authoritarianism”.

By Evgeniya Goryushina,
specially for YCSD blog.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Doing business in a more transparent world 2012 - economic profile : Russian Federation

Notice: comparing regulation for domestic firms in 183 economies.

We'd like to underline this case dedicated to the Russian Federation and business doing in this country.

Doing business sheds light on how easy or difficult it is for a local entrepreneur to open and run a small to medium-size business when complying with relevant regulations. It measures and tracks changes in regulations affecting 10 areas in the life cycle of a business: starting a business, dealing with construction permits, getting electricity, registering property, getting credit, protecting investors, paying taxes, trading across borders, enforcing contracts and resolving insolvency. In a series of annual reports doing business presents quantitative indicators on business regulations and the protection of property rights that can be compared across 183 economies, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, over time. This economy profile presents the doing business indicators for Russian Federation. To allow useful comparison, it also provides data for other selected economies (comparator economies) for each indicator. The data in this report are current as of June 1, 2011 (except for the paying taxes indicators, which cover the period January-December 2010).

For more information follow this link

New phase of Euro-Mediterranean cooperation in the field of justice: Euromed Justice III launched in Brussels

The Euromed Justice III project held its opening conference in Brussels on 29 February, introducing the content, the working methodology and the timeline of activities of the new phase of the programme, funded by the EU with a budget of €5 million over the period 2011-2014.

Marcus Cornaro, Neighbourhood Director at EuropeAid stressed the operational nature of the project saying "Euromed Justice III, which complements our bilateral initiatives, constitutes a fundamental concrete tool towards the reinforcement and deepening of democracy, and establishment of a fair judicial order". 

Fully taking into account the lessons learned from Euromed Justice I and II, Euromed Justice III will continue encouraging and facilitating the dialogue between Euro-Mediterranean Partner Countries on the access to justice and legal aid, on the resolution of cross-border family conflicts and on criminal and penitentiary law.

All representatives of the ENPI South Partner Countries, as well as of the EU Member States renewed their commitment to increase the dialogue and exchange on judicial matters. Their engagement allowed the preparation of a draft work plan, which takes into account the specific expertise of each country. 

The new phase of the project was also welcomed also by the European Agencies and institutions, and the international organisations represented at the conference, such as Eurojust, the European Judicial Network (EJN), the Hague Conference, the Council of Europe, which all offered to share their expertise in order to attain this project's objectives.

Euromed Justice III, funded by the EU with a budget of €5 million over the period 2011-2014, aims to support the development of the Mediterranean partners' institutional and administrative capacity and good governance in the field of justice, including the modernisation of justice systems, the simplification of judicial proceedings and improved access to justice. (ENPI Info Centre)

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Arab spring: an interactive timeline of Middle East protests

We would like to share with you the best (by our point of view) web-implementation of all Arab protests line:

"In December 2010, a man in Tunisia burned himself to death in protest at his treatment by police. What followed was an extraordinary year as pro-democracy rebellions erupted across the Middle East. Our interactive timeline traces key events". 

Youth learning and employability top recommendations for Euromed youth policy

A set of nine recommendations for youth policy across the Euro-Mediterranean area has been drawn up by civil society representatives, decision-makers and experts at a conference organised by the Youth in Action programme. The recommendations seek to promote human security and development, employability and entrepreneurship through non-formal education and access toinformation society and knowledge economy. 

‘From indignation to contribution’ was the title of the conference-debate organized last month in Lyon, by the National Institute of Youth and Education (INJEP), the French national Agency for the EU programme Youth in Action, the EU-funded SALTO-YOUTH and Euromed Youth IV programmes and the University of Lyon 2. The aim of the event was to learn from the strong mobilisation of young people one year after the Arab Spring and the waves of protest in Europe leveraging the Euro-Mediterranean cooperation tools funded by the European Commission. 

Monday, March 12, 2012

Seminar on Empowerment of Youth Organisation and Youth Led Civil Society Initiatives in the South-Mediterranean Framework

We are pleased to inform you, that our organization Youth Club "Social Diplomacy" is kindly invited to participate in an International Seminar in Malta. This seminar is dedicated to Empowerment of Youth Organisation and Youth Led Civil Society Initiatives in the South-Mediterranean Framework. 

Organisers: 
National Youth agency of Malta (Aġenzija Żgħażagħ), Euromed Youth Platform, EU-CoE youth-partnership, League of Arab States, North-South Centre of the Council of Europe

Objectives of this seminar are:
  • To exchange on the current effects of Arab spring on civil society and develop a shared understanding of the current situation of young people in the South Med region as well as in European countries and their role in on-going processes of change; 
  • To understand the implications of this transition to democracy for the reality of youth, the youth agendas and for the landscape of youth led civil society organisations;
  • To strengthen and support the role of civil society and non governmental youth led organisations and networks by reflecting on their needs in terms of capacity building and propose joint projects to be implemented on a long term basis in a wider partnership;
  • To discuss how the development of youth policy and the empowerment of youth in view of active participation in a democratic society could be supported and enhanced through strategies and projects promoting civic participation.
Dates: 22nd and 23rd March 2012

Venue: Malta 

Participants: The seminar will bring together thirty five young people; 20 from Southern Mediterranean [MENA] and 15 European youth organisations, facilitators, stakeholders and youth policy experts from the Euro-Mediterranean region.

Target Group: young people in youth-led organisations.

Language: The languages of the seminar will be English and Arabic. Translation will be available for the plenary and also partly for the working groups

OSCE highlights need to involve women in efforts to counter violent extremism, terrorist radicalization

Maj Britt Theorin, Chairperson of a Sweden-based NGO "Operation 1325" (r) and keynote speaker Detective Inspector Khizra Dhindsa representing the Association of Chief Police Officers of England and Wales (l) speaks at an OSCE-organized expert meeting with a focus on ways of empowering women in countering violent extremism and radicalization that leads to terrorism, Vienna, 12 March 2012. (OSCE/Mehdi Knani)

VIENNA, 12 MARCH 2012 – Ways of empowering women in countering violent extremism and radicalization that leads to terrorism is the focus of a two-day expert meeting organized by the OSCE today in Vienna.

More than 100 experts in the fields of security, gender and human rights, from government, academia, and civil society, will discuss good practices and lessons learnt from women’s initiatives in tackling the issue.

“For too long, terrorism has been viewed exclusively as a male problem,” said keynote speaker Detective Inspector Khizra Dhindsa, the national lead officer for Project Shanaz, an initiative by the Association of Chief Police Officers of England and Wales to engage women against violent extremism and terrorism.

“Structures, advisory bodies and methods were never intended to cater for women’s inclusion in counter-terrorism - therefore they are not effective. It is as if we have been trying to fly on one wing,” she said. 

Assia Ivantcheva, the Acting Head of the Human Rights Department of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) said governments and civil society have an important responsibility to empower women and to factor in their experiences into counter-terrorism efforts.

“It is only through a gender-sensitive and human rights compliant approach that counter-terrorism measures can be sustainable and effective,” said Ivantcheva.

Elaine Hargrove, Programme Director for the Sisters against Violent Extremism (SAVE) initiative, stressed that women are eager to develop the knowledge and tools to help protect their families, neighbourhoods and societies against the threat of violent extremism and terrorism.

“Women are strategically positioned to help raise awareness about the threat of violent extremism and to empower their communities to reduce the appeal of extremist ideologies,” she said.

The meeting was organized by ODIHR jointly with the Gender Section and the Transnational Threats Department of the OSCE Secretariat. It follows an expert meeting held in December 2011 on the dynamics behind the terrorist radicalization of women and ways to prevent it.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Ваше гражданство?

Предлагаем играючи узнать Ваше внутреннее гражданство.

Тест основан на данных European Values Study

Топ-лист стран по результатам ответов
  • Исландия
  • Чехия
  • Сербия
  • Греция
  • Швеция
  • Болгария
  • Венгрия
  • Дания
  • Грузия
  • Турция
  • Хорватия
  • Великобритания
  • Румыния
  • Австрия
  • Германия
  • Босния и Герцеговина
  • Мальта
  • Литва
  • Эстония
  • Армения
Источник:  НИС "Среда".

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Call for Arab participants: Euro-Arab and Mediterranean Youth Leaders Meeting

How can youth contribute to shaping the relationship between Europe and the Arab world? In a changing political climate of both hope and concern, there is a great need for the youth to express a clear vision for our shared future. The Italian National Youth Council (FNG) in partnership with the European Youth Forum is organising a meeting for European and Arab youth leaders with the aim of developing dialogue and a common vision on issues pertaining to youth cooperation. We are looking for 15 Arab participants for the meeting. We therefore encourage our members to forward the attached call to organisations and individuals in the Arab world who would be relevant for the meeting. The event will take place from the 7th-12th of May, 2012, in Rome, Italy. For more information, please consult the attached call. 

Applications should be sent using our online platform.

We look forward to receiving your applications.
Attached files


Intercultural Dialogue: expert focus

Omid Safi is Associate Professor of Islamic Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Safi recently analyzed the anger behind the Afghan protests, after copies of the Quran were burned at a NATO air base.

In this proposed audio interview, he talks about the perspective from Afghanistan, understanding Muslims as humans and the challenges facing interfaith dialogue. 

Empowering Women for Stronger Political Parties

A Guidebook to Promote Women's Political Participation

This publication identifies targeted interventions for promoting the stronger presence and influence of women in political parties as well as advancing gender equality issues in party policies and platforms. The lessons learned and common strategies in this Guide are drawn mainly, but not exclusively, from 20 case studies that were commissioned by UNDP and conducted by NDI during 2009-2010. The entry points identified are designed to provide ideas for action for political parties, development assistance providers, party foundations, and CSOs in their work to support parties. This full length version, including 20 case studies, is available in English. The "Good Practices Guide" (abridged version) is available in English, French, Russian and Arabic.

Людмила Алексеева: с правами женщин в России не всё благополучно

Ситуация с правами женщин в России пока не слишком хорошая, хотя и «чуть лучше, чем в СССР» - заявила сегодня, в Международный женский день, глава Московской Хельсинкской группы Людмила Алексеева. 

В интервью «Интерфаксу» Алексеева отметила, что неравноправие полов в России проявляется в неравной оплате труда мужчин и женщин, а также в том, что женщины недостаточно представлены в органах законодательной и исполнительной власти и в ряде профессий.

По словам правозащитницы, серьезной проблемой пока остается и домашнее насилие.

Источник: svobodanews.ru

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

The Alexandrian fisherman

Photographed by Virginie Nguyen

In the purple sunset light of the the Bahari port of Alexandria, fishermen start to walk around the big boats and feluccas moored next to the fish market. Nets and other fishing gear are scattered everywhere while other smaller crafts start to arrive on the beach. If the place seems peaceful, it’s not the case for the fishermen who are struggling to make a living.


On this fresh late winter morning, we can tell from the faces of the men who have been fishing for years that the catch wasn’t satisfying. “There are some good and bad days ... we depend on the sea and when we throw our nets the numbers of fish that we will catch is in God’s hands,” says Ahmed Ibrahim, a 49-year-old fisherman who has been fishing for 10 years in Alexandria.

“Before, I was working on a liner as a captain traveling around Qatar and Dubai, but in 2008 the economic situation became too hard and I decided to live and work in Alexandria with my family.” 

Arabic is only 3% of all languages online

Youth Knowledge Book "Intercultural learning in non-formal education" (by Susana Lafraya)


Intercultural learning has long held a central role in European youth work and policy, especially in international youth exchanges. The expectations placed on intercultural learning as a process, as an educational and social objective and, lastly, as a political attitude in relation to diversity remain fully relevant in Europe today.

Several factors are necessary for the development of quality youth work, including the capacity to put knowledge and research to good use and, similarly, to present youth work in ways that actors in other social and policy fields can understand. The work of the partnership between the European Commission and the Council of Europe in the field of youth in the areas of youth-worker training and of intercultural dialogue - in particular the Euro-Mediterranean co-operation activities - has provided many examples of successful experiences in intercultural learning in youth work and of difficulties in communicating about such work.

This essay by Susana Lafraya is a contribution to enlarging the circle of communication on intercultural learning experience through youth work. The connections that she makes between non-formal learning, youth work and intercultural theory sum up much of what has been said in the youth work field in the past years. It is translated and published here with the intention of adding one more stone to the edifice of intercultural learning and non-formal education.

Do not hesitate to download it from the website: 
or to order it from the Council of Europe Online Bookshop 

Collection of publications aims to shed light on Euro-Mediterranean youth issues

The EU-funded Salto Youth programme has released a series of publications within a “Studies and Research collection” with the purpose of investigating specific topics relevant to young people in the EuroMed region in order to develop effective projects and to reinforce Euro-Mediterranean cooperation.

The Collection includes five publications:
Volunteering and voluntary service in euro-med context
Supporting learning: long term training course in EuroMed
Geopolitical context of Mediterranean youths: considering human security
EuroMed Youth and Sustainable Development
Youth Empowerment in the Euro Mediterranean area

The publications are all available in English and French, and “Volunteering and voluntary service in euro-med context” is also available in Arabic.

This collection aims to contribute to the overall reflection about Youth in Euro-Med and to provide some new keys for reading the current situation of youth in the region.

EU gender cooperation with Eastern Neighbours: a package of resources

Ahead of International Women’s Day, 8 March, the ENPI Info Centre has put together a package of resources to highlight cooperation between the EU and its eastern neighbours in the field of gender equality.

Press pack - Strengthening the role of women in the Neighbourhood: fully updated background material highlighting cooperation for the promotion and protection of women’s rights, including main policy lines and links for further information. Available in Englishand Russian

Photo gallery: images from across the Neighbourhood highlighting EU cooperation projects working with women. High-resolution pictures available for download. Click here to view our 8 March gallery and here for more gender project photos.

Gender issues webpage: the ENPI Info Centre’s gender portal bringing together all the news and material on EU Neighbourhood cooperation for gender equality with its partners in the east.

Quotes: browse key quotes on gender issues by top EU officials, projects and beneficiaries on the ground.

Documents: find the main policy documents as well as reports and studies on gender equality and the Neighbourhood in our EU Neighbourhood Library. (ENPI Info Centre) 


And...wish all women to be happy! 

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Neighbourhood Civil Society Facility

Pprocurement notice for €3.5 million project to strengthen non-state actors’ capacity to promote reform and increase accountability in Eastern Partnership countries

The European Commission has published a service procurement notice for a €3.5 million contract for a technical assistance project for strengthening non-State actors' capacities to promote reform and increase public accountability in the Eastern Partnership countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Uk raine). The publication reference of the forecast is EuropeAid/132138/C/SER/Multi.

Digital Media by 2012

The arabic language is expected to become the 4th most used language on the web by 2015.

Workshop - Elections in Turkey

Due our previous announcement we are glad to inform you, that:

today (06-03-2012) we will implement our Workshop "The parliamentary elections in Turkey independent observing, June 2011". Our main focus is on different features of the election process in Turkey, its campaigns and publicity.

It would be very useful to share your ideas within election process in Russia, to analyse and to make your own conclusions.

Location: Rostov-on-Don, Nagibina M. avenue, 13, aud. 322
Time: March 6, 2012 at 14:00.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Regional Cross-Border Program

We are glad to introduce you the following new and very useful Program directly related to Regional Cross-Border Cooperation -- Joint Civic Education. 

Mission
  • Empowering regional civil society
  • Building a network of civil society actors
  • Qualifying young professionals in civic education
  • Promoting active citizenship education

Target group
  • Aged between 20 and 30 years
  • Associated to an organization of the civil society sector in one of the target contries
  • Lookin for an ambitious methodical and personal qualification
  • Interested in designing cross-border cooperation

ENPI: Procurement notice for €5.5 million programme to support territorial cooperation in Eastern Partnership countries

The European Commission has published a service procurement notice for a €5.5 million contract for the ENPI — Eastern Partnership territorial cooperation support programme for Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. The publication reference of the forecast is EuropeAid/132466/C/SER/Multi.

The Exclusion of Russia from international cooperation programme “Eastern Partnership”


The international cooperation is one of priorities of the European Union (EU). Therefore, 7 May 2009 in Prague, the program “Eastern Partnership” (EaP) was launched (within the European Neighbourhood Policy), which was originally designed to promote cooperation between the EU and six former Soviet republics - Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan. The inclusion of Belarus in this program was a big question, but as the last month has demonstrated, the EU has actively pressed the current political regime in the country by new sanctions introducing against the majority of politicians of Belarus. 

Russia would prefer to stay away from the ENP and EaP [1, 4]. Its relationship with the EU is defined as a strategic partnership agreement with the ENP, but growing in other ways, namely in the framework of the “four common areas” (a common economic space, common space of freedom, security and justice, common space of external security, common space of research, education and culture). 

According to official EU documents participation in the EaP does not include the possibility of EU membership, but involves mostly political and economic rapprochement. As an additional aid in exchange for democratic reforms to the six countries in 2013 is planned to allocate 350 more than million euros.

Исключенность России из программы международного сотрудничества «Восточное партнерство»

Автор: Горюшина Евгения 

Английская версия также доступна.


Международное сотрудничество является одним из приоритетов деятельности Европейского Союза (ЕС). Поэтому 7 мая 2009 г. в Праге была начата реализация программы «Восточное партнерство» (ВП) (в рамках Европейской политики добрососедства), которая изначально создавалась в целях развития сотрудничества между ЕС и шестью бывшими советскими республиками – Украиной, Белоруссией, Молдавией, Грузией, Арменией и Азербайджаном. Включение в программу Белоруссии было под большим вопросом, но как демонстрируют события последнего месяца, ЕС активно прессуют сегодняшний политический режим в республике, вводя новые санкции против большинства политиков РБ. 

Россия предпочла остаться в стороне от ЕПД и ВП [1; 4]. Ее отношения с ЕС определяются как стратегическое партнерство, согласующееся с ЕПД, но развивающееся другими путями, а именно, в рамках «четырех общих пространств» (общее экономическое пространство; общее пространство свободы, безопасности и правосудия; общее пространство внешней безопасности; общее пространство научных исследований, образования и культуры).

Friday, March 2, 2012

Eastern Partnership

EU leaders welcome Eastern Partnership progress 

European leaders today welcomed the progress achieved by the Eastern Partnershipin furthering political association and economic integration with the EU.
15 projects gather in Kyiv for Eastern Partnership Culture Programme seminar on 5-6 March
The Eastern Partnership Culture Programme will be hosting a seminar in Kyiv, Ukraine, on 5-6 March. The seminar will be attended by the representatives of all 15 projects (which have been granted a combined total of €8.2 million of EU funding) as well as the European Commission and the Delegations of the European Union to Ukraine, Armenia, Belarus and Georgia.

Another Cultural Window through Russia: its exclusion in youth training courses


Our partner -- ANO CSPS Premier -- with its special project "European educational programmes for russian youth" has continued the discussion devoted to Russia's participation in different Youth in Action and Council of Europe programs.

I would like to publish remarks of mine friend, colleague and activist Alexey Kiselev:

Some remarks for our readers from the Youth-in-action.org team.

The mentioned TC "Cultural Window" has legal framework named "Eastern Partnership Youth Window". This window will provide additional funding in order to support higher number of projects and participants from the six Eastern Partnership countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine. 

Russian Federation is excluded from the Youth Window and has no access to activities organized under the Youth Window framework. The only nearest contact making event with participation of Russian youth will be held in Crimea, April 22-29. But in fact it's not connected with the Youth Window directly.

Separating of Russia and Russian participants from the Eastern Partnership Youth Window can lead to unpredictable results for cooperation between six Eastern Partnership countries and Russia (even more, between the EU and Russia). This Youth Window will boost intercultural dialog in one part of Europe and descend in the other region that has strong historic, cultural and social ties with countries from the Youth Window. If we will have the same tendencies in the nearest future, a new Eastern Wall of Misunderstandings will definitely arise on the EU borders. But still the European Commission consciously promotes the message - "New equal possibilities for bordering countries BUT except Russia".

We hope the situation will change. For example, in the Youth Window could be included Russian regions bordering Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine. It could be a small step into common future with confidential relations BUT except stereotypes and cultural prejudices.

Specially for Youth-in-action.org project
Alexey Kiselev, team leader"

Due purely political issues strongly connected to Belarus and EU bilateral (?) relations, human rights situation and political pressure on its government, it is important to understand -- everything that has an affection on modern Russian and Caucasian youth will reflect back. It is not acceptable to cut off the historical part of cultural interaction between different geopolitical clusters -- Russia and the Big Caucasus Region (one side) and Russia, Ukraine and Belarus (other geographical side). It is reasonable to call the Northern Caucasus as a "special case" but what is about youth issue beyond? 

Specially for YCSD blog,

Анонс: Семинар "Независимое наблюдение на парламентских выборах в Турции, июнь 2011"

Рады сообщить, что Семинар "Независимое наблюдение на парламентских выборах в Турции, июнь 2011" состоится 6 МАРТА 2012 в 14:00 в том же месте, а именно -- Гуманитарный корпус ЮФУ, пр. М.Нагибина, 13, ауд. 301. (г.Ростов-на-Дону, Россия).

Ждем!

Annoucement: Workshop "The parliamentary elections in Turkey independent observing, June 2011"


Finally our Workshop 'The parliamentary elections in Turkey independent observing, June 2011' will be held in right time next week -- 6 MARCH 2012 at 14:00. The plase is the same. 

Cultural Window through Russia: its exclusion in youth training courses

A new training offer has been published in SALTO's European Training Calendar. Its title is "Cultural Window" which is going to be implemented in Czech Republic From 2012-06-04 to 2012-06-10. 

Unfortunately this training course with contact making elements focused on intercultural learning in youth projects between EU and EPW "Eastern partnership window" countries (Eastern Europe and Caucasus BUT except Russia). It means that Russia could not participate in the most important area nowadays -- intercultural dialogue and intercultural learning. Due the special attitude however based on current political situation and strength increasing of the Eastern Partnership Program with development point on cross-cultural ties between Ukraine, Georgia, Azerbaijan and Armenia only. 

Even now there a lot of youth training courses only for participants from these states and not for Russian citizens, especially from regions close located to the North Caucasus, which is "the special case" for European majority. All because of a mix political, economical and "past memory" reasons modern Russia and its youth are sufferring from variety of prejudices and cultural "misunderstandings". Personally I has faced with in Switzerland and Central Europe in general. 

It would be very important point to set-up collaboration between our Russian South macroregion (Rostov-on-Don and Krasnodar) with Armenia and its capital -- Yerevan; also with Tbilisi, Kiev and Baku. 

If you tell about equal opportunities for all people (like CoE motto), you should follow it in reality. 

Specially for YCSD blog
Evgeniya Goryushina

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Europe – facing the extreme

Amidst a profound economic and financial crisis, Europe’s leaders must not ignore the rising popularity of extreme right-wing parties and radical anti-immigrant movements, and the threat they pose to multi-culturalism.

By Bedrudin Brljavac

“Extremists and populist movements are exploiting people’s fear of those who are not like us. We can see the consequences in the form of terrorism and racially motivated violence”

Kjell Magne Bondevik

The EU is slowly approaching the end of the integration process which started in the aftermath of World War Two. A significant number of member states are facing a damaging financial crisis, which is destabilizing and fragmenting the EU as a whole. With Italy, Spain and even Portugal all facing a fate similar to that of Greece, the future of the European idea is at stake. As the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, pointed out, Europe is threatened with its gravest modern crisis and the EU’s future is uncertain. There is, however, a greater challenge to the idea of a democratic, open and multicultural Europe; namely, the emergence of extremist political parties and movements across the continent. 

Friday, March 30, 2012

Youth in Action opportunities open up to Eastern Partnership Youth Window initiative

The Eastern Partnership Youth Window is a new initiative within the EU-funded Youth in Action Programme aimed at fostering co-operation between the EU and Eastern Partnership countries in the field of youth, according to a press release from the EU Delegation to Ukraine.

The overall objective of the Youth in Action Programme is promoting mobility, non-formal learning, youth work development and encouraging the inclusion of all young people, regardless of their educational, social or cultural background.

With this new framework, the European Commission is giving an opportunity to participation for the Eastern Partnership countries.

The programme aims to help establish new contacts, share experience and search for new opportunities for learning and development between young people, youth organisations and youth workers from Eastern Partnership and EU countries.
  • Projects seeking to receive support under the Eastern Partnership Youth Window have to meet the following priorities:
  • Demonstrate a clear commitment to provide support to young people with fewer opportunities living in rural or deprived urban areas;
  • Raise awareness about the nature of youth work;
  • Promote sharing of best practices in the sphere of youth work.
Additional funds over the period 2012-2013 will be allocated for this initiative under the European Neighbourhood Policy Instrument (ENPI).

Promoters based in the Eastern Partnership countries and hosting the activity must submit their project proposals to the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency in Brussels. Details on how to submit a project to this Agency can be found here. (ENPI Info Centre)

Call for Applications: Russia (North Caucasus)

Take your chance to participate in this year's Russia-North Caucasus program of Joint Civic Education!

We are happy to announce our new Call for Applications for this year's program of Joint Civic Education in Russia (North Caucasus).

If you are from the North Caucasian Federal District, the Krasnodar Krai or the Republic of Adygea of the Russian Federation and between 18 and 24 years old, then take you chance to:

| Implement a project
| Improve your management skills
| Shape your social environment
| Build up a network of like-minded people

Joint Civic Education motivates young people for civic involvement by offering capacity building, start-up funding for volunteer‘s micro projects, and peer-to-peer mentoring.

Furthermore, alumni become part of a region-wide network of people facing similar challenges in the societies of Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, Russia and Turkey.

Please see the documents by this link

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Eastern Partnership countries and contacts between people

Due the Eastern Partnership increasing role in the Black Sea region we proposed you to be informed within the study on “Eastern Partnership Countries and Contacts Between People”. It was revised after the inputs from the meeting of the Forth working group – Contact Between People of the Eastern Partership Civil Society Forum in Prague at the beginning of March is recently published. The study was prepared by the organisers of the meeting in Prague – NGO association Demas.

Information is kindly re-posted from our partner's webresource. 

Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Partner Countries: towards a Common Knowledge and Innovation Space

Press pack: Euro-Mediterranean cooperation on Research and Innovation

Ahead of the Euro-Mediterranean Conference on Research and Innovation to take place in Barcelona next week, on 2 and 3 April, the ENPI Info Centre has prepared a press pack outlining ongoing cooperation in the field between the European Union and its Mediterranean partner countries.

The press pack looks at research and innovation as a key axis of cooperation, with particular attention on the EU's 7th Research Framework Programme (FP7), as well as the opportunities available for Mediterranean partners at a regional, bilateral, and individual research level.

Next week's high-level conference is being organised by the European Commission's Research and Innovation Directorate General in cooperation with other departments, the European Parliament, EU Member States and the Southern Mediterranean countries. (ENPI Info Centre)

Union for the Mediterranean: Parliamentary Assembly calls for political solution in Syria, resumption of Middle East talks, and support for democratic transition

Union for the Mediterranean: Parliamentary Assembly calls for political solution in Syria, resumption of Middle East talks, and support for democratic transition

A political solution to the conflict in Syria, a resumption of the Middle East peace process and support for the transition to democracy in countries on the Mediterranean's southern shore - these were the key wishes of the 8th Parliamentary Assembly of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM), held in Rabat (Morocco) on 24 and 25 March 2012. The European Parliament will now chair this Assembly for a year.

Технические работы

До конца недели в нашем блоге ведутся технические работы. В связи с этим возможна некорректная работа, задержка в публикации материалов и неправильно отображение некоторых элементов страниц.

Спасибо за понимание.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

The Book platform project in Armenia, Georgia and Ukraine launched

The Book Platform, a new EU-funded project to support the book sectors in Armenia, Georgia and Ukraine, was launched at the end of March. The project is being carried out as part of the Eastern Partnership Culture Programme.Over the next two and a half years the book sectors in Armenia, Georgia and Ukraine will be getting a helping hand in overcoming the challenges that publishing, writing and translating face today. 

According to a press release, the project is for everybody that is professionally involved and concerned about the future of books: publishers, writers, translators, booksellers, librarians and their associations, but also for public bodies in the cultural sphere and for cultural organisations. In a long-term perspective the project is about the readers who have the right to access to high quality books, in their own languages and at affordable prices. 

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Webinar: Armenia-Russia-Ukraine -- the Eurasian space for integration

The first web-seminar with young active representatives from different social organizations was held in 27 March. The webinar was devoted to CIS -- Russia, Armenia and Ukraine within framework of 'Integrational processes in Eurasia'. 

The main idea is to gather young active people from CIS countries within Eurasian platform of cooperation and to collaborate with them on different issues and actual problems of neighboring countries and Caucasian republics -- additionally with Georgia (and its seemed tense relations with Russia). As we can see the main goal is to change communication language from bureaucratic to humanitarian or even social which will allow to work within CSOs. And also, of course, to contradictions withdrawal among all republics and participants.

The next webinar will be held in 4 April 2012 and it will take a place between other participants -- Russia, Azerbaijan and Tajikistan.  

Should we consider these steps as an alternative cooperation platform within Eurasia to Eastern Partnership with the EU initiative among Moldova, Belarus, Ukraine, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia or not, only time will show.

The Russian version (original) of webinar: http://portal-nko.ru/dialog/blog/thread/?id=2807
The Russian version (original) of its press-release: http://csr-sozidanie.ru/news/1965/

Specially for YCSD blog
by Evgeniya Goryushina

Your ideal job could be waiting for you in Europe!

EUROPEAN ONLINE JOB DAYS

Perhaps you’re a job seeker interested in European mobility or maybe you can’t attend the Job Days event in Glasgow on Thursday 29 March but you still want to find out about jobs in Europe. Well, you’ve come to the right place…

The European Online Job Day (EOJD) is an employment event with a difference – you can browse current jobs and opportunities in Scotland, across the UK, and elsewhere in Europe virtually, right there on the EOJD website.

The story doesn’t stop there though! You can join the online audience for our live streaming seminar programme; send questions to employers and European job mobility advisers; and thereby truly participate as a virtual visitor to the European Job Days event held at the Glasgow Thistle Hotel. 

Full information here

Call for Participants: Go Green! Tunisia (2012), Russia (2013)


ДОЛГОСРОЧНЫЙ ТРЕНИНГ: «БУДЕМ ЭКОЛОГИЧЕСКИ ОТВЕТСТВЕННЫМИ» (GO GREEN)

Тренинг
1-8 июля 2012 | Тунис

Курс «Будем экологически ответственными» - это долгосрочный тренинг, который будет проводиться в Тунисе (2012 г.) и России (2013 г.), где соберутся участники из стран-участниц программы «Молодёжь в действии», а также из стран Средиземноморья (регион MEDA), Восточной Европы и Кавказа (регион EECA). Основной темой тренинга будет спорт и социально-ответственное развитие.

Почему темой тренинга «Будем экологически ответственными» станет именно спорт и социально-ответственное развитие?

Call for participants Youth Peace Camp 2012

When? 22 to 30 June 2012 Where? European Youth Centre Strasbourg Who? Non-govermental youth organisations and networks, formal and informal youth groups, youth councils and youth leaders within your network in the regions of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kosovo, Georgia and the Russian Federation (specifically young people from the region bordering Georgia), Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

Participants are expected to be engaged in youth or community projects and motivated to implement youth initiatives for peace building within their own communities. The applicant should preferably be involved in an organisation, network or formal and/or informal group that is ready to support them throughout the project and afterwards when implementing youth initiatives for peace building. The applicant should be able to work in English, be curious, open-minded, appreciate diversity and posess a sense of responsibility for their own actions and a commitment to personal and community development

All interested applicants should apply on-line, completing the application form under this link: youthapplications.coe.int and attaching a support letter from their organisation, network of formal or informal youth group. 

Deadline for applications: Monday 16 April 2012 

Further information >> Course presentation [pdf]

Seminar 'Empowerment of youth organisations and youth-led civil society initiatives in the South-Mediterranean framework': summarized report

Youth Club 'Social Diplomacy' (YCSD) was a participant in Seminar 'Empowerment of youth organisations and youth-led civil society initiatives in the South-Mediterranean framework' (21-24 March 2012) in Malta (60 delegates from different Mediterranean countries attending a seminar on the empowerment of youth organisations; Seminar was organised by the EuroMed Platform and Agenzija Zghazagh in cooperation with the European Commission, the Council of Europe and the Arab League).

With a primary help of Agenzija Zghazagh in a process of visa obtaining and with its professional coordination during all Seminar participants were at the right place to start intercultural dialogue and communication. By the way, bilingual communication was provided by translators: Bouraad Ghada and Abiabboud Diana. 

The agenda was really saturated and supposed to be expanded on different cases dedicated to situation in Tunisia, Egypt and Morocco and other countries of region represented by young activitsts, civil organizations, experts and well-known bloggers in Euromed.

'Doha Pre-Forum Consultation with civil society organizations. Profiles of Participating CSOs' (2011)

We are kindly ask to pay attention to the followint document: 'Doha Pre-Forum Consultation with civil society organizations. Profiles of Participating CSOs' (2011). 


It would be very useful information for all interested experts and specialists, and people involved in regional development within Intercultural Dialogue. And also for all researchers engaged in survey on CSOs and NGO sector. We should know who works on the same issues.


You can download it here

South Caucasus Youth Parliament declares: 'Democracy starts with You!'

"Democracy has to be experienced. It cannot be learned from books only."This is the guiding principle of an EU-funded project 'Democracy starts with You!', aiming to increase the political participation of young people from minority and rural areas in the South Caucasus.

According to a press release from the EU Delegation to Georgia, this "unique idea" of bringing together Armenian and Georgian pupils will see the opening on Tuesday, 27 March, of the South Caucasus Youth Parliament.

Participants are young people from minority and rural areas of Armenia and Georgia, who will gather together to vote on a Joint Declaration, which they will be presenting later to the European Parliament in Brussels.

The opening of the South Caucasus Youth Parliament takes place in the presence of Georgian Education Minister Dimitri Shashkin, representatives of the Education Ministry of Armenia and the Delegation of the European Union to Georgia.

"This project enables young generation of the South Caucasus to experience democracy and learn by doing rather than reading," says Dr. Canan Atilgan, Project Director. 

Democracy Starts With You also updates teachers in the South Caucasus region on modern teaching methods and contents on the subject of Civic Education as well as providing pupils with an experience of how democracy works in practice. (ENPI Info Centre)

Have your say! Contribute to EU policy on Civil Society Organisations in development cooperation

The European Commission is seeking the views of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and other stakeholders on the future policy of the EU with regard to support to CSOs in partner countries in the field of development cooperation. This policy will be announced later in 2012.

CSOs are increasingly recognised as key players in promoting democratic governance, equitable development and inclusive growth. However, in many countries they also face increasing challenges relating to the restricting legal and political space in which they operate.

In the context of the preparation for this policy, the Directorate-General for Development and Cooperation – EuropeAid (DG DEVCO) will undertake stakeholder consultations.

The purpose of this online consultation is to gather views and good practices in relation to the key themes of the consultation paper. These themes are the following:
  • CSOs and development effectiveness principles; 
  • challenges related to a shrinking legal and regulatory space for CSO action; 
  • promoting the participation of CSOs in public policy processes and in domestic accountability; 
  • enhancing CSO internal capacity; 
  • CSO internal governance and accountability; 
  • towards a consistent EU engagement with local CSOs at country level; 
  • 'new areas for reflection'.
CSOs and other stakeholders are therefore invited to take part in the consultation, with the EC particularly seeking contributions from local CSOs in partner countries.

Contributions must be sent before 7 May 2012

The contributions will be analysed and summarised in a report that will be published on the website of DG DEVCO by end of July 2012. (ENPI Info Centre)

Monday, March 26, 2012

Contest "Black Sea Collaboration: modern aspects of development" - best papers collection"


In October 2011, the Youth Club «Social Diplomacy» (Rostov-on-Don city) in cooperation with the ANO «Center for Socio-Political Studies «Premier» (Krasnodar city) announced the contest of the best scientific works with the following forming and issuing of the best papers collection «Black sea collaboration: modern aspects of development».

The Black sea basin includes 12 states, its square area is equal to 19,1 mln. kilometers and this region takes about 4,7% on the world map. About 322,9 mln. people live here. Namely due to that reason the main goal of holding the contest was the identifying of the main points of concern in the interrelations between the states of this macro-region and forming the further directions of work aimed at attracting the young experts into the communication space of the Black sea region. 

However, initially the contest was oriented as to the Russian young experts, so towards their foreign colleagues.

We would like to bring to your attention the electronic collection, which will fully allow not only to take the suchlike youth initiatives to another qualitative level but also to attract to them the Caucasian, European and Middle Eastern specialists, as well as anybody who is interested in studying it. The Black sea region – is strategically important not only concerning the policies carried out by the Russian Federation and its neighboring states, but also the powers geographically located beyond its borders. 

Download the file: bst-press.pdf [2,3 Mb] 

It is by no means important to admit here that the participation in the contest was absolutely free of charge. This allowed us to give the impartial assessment to the submitted materials and helped to promote the interest towards the Black sea region among the young people under the age of 35 on the volunteer level. 

We are opened towards the cooperation and new ideas. 

Youth Club «Social Diplomacy»

ANO «Center for Socio-Political Studies «Premier»

Конкурс "Причерноморское сотрудничество: современные аспекты развития" - сборник лучших работ


Youth Club «Social Diplomacy» (г. Ростов-на-Дону) совместно с АНО «Центр социально-политических исследований «Премьер» (г. Краснодар) в октябре 2011 г. объявили конкурс лучших научных работ с последующим формированием и изданием сборника «Причерноморское сотрудничество: современные аспекты развития».

В Причерноморский бассейн входит 12 государств, на карте мира этот регион занимает 4,7%, его площадь 19,1 млн. километров. Здесь проживают 322,9 млн. человек. Поэтому основной задачей проведения конкурса стало определение основных проблемных точек во взаимоотношениях государств данного макрорегиона и формирование необходимых направлений дальнейшей работы с целью вовлечения молодых экспертов в коммуникационное пространство Причерноморского региона. Однако изначально конкурс был ориентирован как на российских молодых экспертов, так и на зарубежных коллег. 

Представляем вашему вниманию полноценный электронный сборник, который позволит в полной мере вывести на другой качественный уровень подобные инициативы среди молодежи и привлечь к ним кавказских, европейских и ближневосточных специалистов, а также всех заинтересованных в его изучении. Причерноморский регион – стратегически важный в политике не только Российской Федерации и соседних государств, но и держав, географически расположенных за его пределами.

Скачать сборник по ссылке - bst-rus.pdf [2,3 Mb] 

Немаловажно, что участие в конкурсе было совершенно бесплатным. Это позволило беспристрастно оценить присланные материалы и помочь в продвижении интереса к Причерноморскому региону среди молодых людей до 35 лет на волонтерском уровне.

Мы открыты сотрудничеству и новым идеям.

Youth Club «Social Diplomacy»
Website: socialdip.blogspot.com
E-mail: seacooperation [at] gmail.com

АНО «Центр социально-политических исследований «Премьер»
Website: anopremier.ru, youth-in-acion.org
E-mail: director [at] anopremier.ru, info [at] youth-in-action.org, seacooperation [at] gmail.com 

Call for papers “Countries of the European Neighborhood Policy East and South: particular issues and common solutions for sustainable development of Europe”

We are glad to make our announcement due a new research contest "Countries of the European Neighborhood Policy East and South: particular issues and common solutions for sustainable development of Europe"



Background: 
As you know the program of the European Neighborhood Policy (ENP) is a new approach of the European Union to neighboring countries to strengthen relations between the EU and its neighbors and co-operation on the security and prosperity establishment, "the ring of friendly countries" on the borders of the European Union. ENP is also designed to give the EU neighboring countries a possibility of closer cooperation with the EU in politics, security, economy and culture. In this case 6 out of 16 countries in the program are included in the ENP (the Black Sea region particularly) Eastern Partnership, historically associated with socio-cultural processes taking place in Eastern Europe (Belarus, Moldova, and Ukraine) and the Southern Caucasus (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia). But the main idea is to create a joint research ground to explore and highlight existing issues and barriers in several macro-regions and platforms: ENP EAST, ENP SOUTH (e.g. Arab Spring), Eastern Partnership and the Black Sea region with active role of Turkey and Russia. 


The competition aims: 
To conduct a survey by the most active young researchers on proposed issues and region development with a primary focus on macro-ENP (within different dimensions East and South), and in connection with the Black Sea region processes to develop mutually shared scenarios of local problems solving and to facilitate a sustainable development of Europe. 


The competition objectives: 

  • identify key problem areas and potential for cooperation in the relationship of macro-ENP (EAST and SOUTH) and the Black Sea region to identify successful practices of interaction with the EU institutions; 
  • create a strong research interest among young experts to develop a communication space and joint research projects; 
  • establish a network of experts on the macro-ENP and the Black Sea region interaction, including in order to replicate successful practices of interaction with the EU institutions; 
  • formulate and convey practical advice on sustainable development for various actors in macro socio-political sphere of the ENP and the Black Sea region and the EU institutions. 

Key subjects of the works: 

  • Geopolitical factors of macro-ENP (East and South) and the Black Sea region in the context of international cooperation; 
  • Internal and external key socio-political factors of macro-region development; 
  • Prospects and problems of macro-economic cooperation among the ENP and the Black Sea region; 
  • Security problems in the macro-ENP (East and South) and the Black Sea region, including the pending inter-state conflict and peacekeeping initiatives. The influence of public diplomacy to conflict resolution process; 
  • Intercultural dialogue: its process in macro-ENP (East, South, EaP, the Black Sea region, Euromed) and existing barriers, possible overcoming methods. 
  • Human rights dimension and women empowerment (especially due East and South dimensions). 
  • The role and activities of Russia's socio-political processes in the macro ENP (East and South) and the Black Sea as well as cooperation with European institutions; 
  • Non-governmental sector – current situation and development trends, the work of international funds on a territory of macro-region; 
  • Ethno-cultural and ethno-political problems of macro-region modern migrations; 
  • Youth interaction and policy of macro-region; 
  • Possibilities of joint collaboration within ENP East and South – its dimensions, areas, common problems and reconciliation methods.
Full information is attached   here: competition_enp_info_letter.doc [49 Kb] (download link). 

Also you are kindly ask to see the previous contest results, dedicated to the Black Sea cooperation which has been already implemented
The papers collections "The Black Sea Cooperation: modern aspects of development" is attached with information letter to the current contest.

Call for participants: Training in peace education and intercultural dialogue, Balkans beyond Borders

Call for 24 participants from Algeria, Bulgaria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Tunisia PEACE BAG-Mainstreaming Peace Education in the EuroMed – Training of Multipliers/Trainers … 10-17 June 2012 | Barcelona, Spain

PEACE BAG TOM 2012 is a training course that aims to build the training capacities and skills of young educators, trainers and multipliers on mainstreaming peace education and intercultural dialogue through non-formal learning methodologies.

This Training course is for 24 participants from Algeria, Bulgaria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Tunisia Participants with the following profile are eligible:

  • Proficient understanding of peace education and intercultural dialogue • Interest in the EuroMed region, especially in youth related initiatives
  • With previous experience /background in training in youth work (training courses, etc) A short background will be asked from the applicants
  • Interest in collaborating with a growing network of youth organisations in the field of peace education and intercultural dialogue
  • Proficiency in English (TC will be in English)
  • Organisational affiliation is a plus.
In particular, we encourage applications by candidates who are associated with youth organisations This project is financed by the Youth in Action Programme. Participants are requested to contribute to the training costs with a participation fee of 50€/participant, which will go towards a seed fund for the follow up phase. 

Participants are also requested to cover 30% of their own travelling expenses (with suggested travel budget/limits). The other 70% international travel grant will be covered by the European Commission´s Youth in Action Programme.

For more information please contact: Meghann Villanueva


Phone: 0034 934124493

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Intercultural workshop "The Art of shawl tying"

We are glad to inform you that today and right now the Center of Arab Culture 'Al-Farahidi' with our primary support is implementing the Workshop "The Art of headscarf tying". The date of workshop's implementation is not random -- it was our joint idea to make it on the Eve of the Big Day of all Mother and Women (21 March). 

The program includes:
The history and tradition of wearing and tying a headscarf in Russia and the Arab East. 

1) Covering and tying art of the headscarf:
  • Variations of tying a scarf at home in Russia and the Arab East;
  • Its features of tying and cultural options, variants and meanings;
  • Headscarf tying within folk traditions of the Arab region (with expert participation).
 2) Real practice of headscarf tying in both cultures as lessons for you!

The main goal is intercultural dialogue between different people belonging to both cultures who will be doing the common activity. May be we have a lot of common despite all visible features?

The previous anouncement with all contacts is here.

Friday, March 23, 2012

The Arab Spring: Youth pariticipation and citizenship

Being involved in a discussion of working group devoted to “Youth participation and citizenship” today I had to make a reflection review on common talks about democracy and participation of youth. 

Unfortunately the current situation over the MENA region and its youth organizations with eternal ambitious character to participate more in a public life than it is possible is isolated itself on MENA region and each country where the mass feedback happened. The Euromed official frameworks are not just than official frameworks of proposed platform to cooperate in a common sense. And the majority of participants are not targeted to cooperate but to express own point of view. It remains me CIS countries which are unable to cooperate together because of “frozen” and sessession conflicts but are cultivating its own state authority image abroad. It was mentioned also during the Seminar that Egypt, Tunisia and Libya are becoming sandy kingdoms on the North of Africa. It is about not joint character of cooperation, it is about separate view on the same issue. 

And Being in Qatar, Turkey and Egypt I’ve realized that MENA has a lot of influence points inside also, not only abroad. And it is necessary to understand and to highlight frameworks of the Big Black Sea region which is directly connected with MENA region and all these two macroregions are affected by increasing role of Turkey (especially Egypt) and cold oriental “diplomatic” course of Iran. It was really interesting to watch the eluding political context of some Egyptian organization’s intention to make a “positive engagement with Turkey and Iran”. But in reality all these organizations are ready to discuss only common topics – Youth Participation and immaterial (for me personally) word “Democracy” without real geopolitical processes, indicative schemes of development and needs to corporate with all sides. 

When I mentioned the necessity of separation youth NGOs and official political course of any country and state, some participants were not ready to agree. Because it is logically for me that non-governmental organization must be in a course of political context events but not engaged in a policy-making process directly. Non-governmental means without government and public power oriented on publicity and civil society but not to capture a state power. Sometimes it seems to me that the best tools of state-power conduction are Arab NGOs became. It looks like the Russian situation – any civic organization could be an elevator to a political space of the official political elite. Like a new pyramid of aspirations. 

During this discussion it was really important to think about knowledge, intercultural dialogue and Euro-Arab cooperation. The most effective NGO (and especially youth NGO) in this case should be based on knowledge (cooperation with universities, high schools, academies and etc.) for a professional training courses providing to encourage young people to continue their education and its improvement. Additionally it is needed to cooperate with all sides in all regions for a real intercultural dialogue implementation with all possible minuses and pluses. ICD means collaboration on all levels and mutual mentality adaptation for an effective joint work. Also it is important to expand all conceivable frameworks for a better result – for Euro-Arab cooperation within mutual goals – to accept and not to be violent in a transitional period. 

Such work will take a long period of all negative and positive concrete cases, examples and behavior patterns understanding by all sides involved in “Empowerment of youth organisations and youth-led civil society initiatives in the South-Mediterranean framework”. 

And it shouldn’t be forgotten that the Ancient Greeks presented to a world the most universal definition of a “Democracy” word – the power of people, and it would be very sad if NGO could lead people to a new “post-spring-democracy” era – “summer authoritarianism”.

By Evgeniya Goryushina,
specially for YCSD blog.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Doing business in a more transparent world 2012 - economic profile : Russian Federation

Notice: comparing regulation for domestic firms in 183 economies.

We'd like to underline this case dedicated to the Russian Federation and business doing in this country.

Doing business sheds light on how easy or difficult it is for a local entrepreneur to open and run a small to medium-size business when complying with relevant regulations. It measures and tracks changes in regulations affecting 10 areas in the life cycle of a business: starting a business, dealing with construction permits, getting electricity, registering property, getting credit, protecting investors, paying taxes, trading across borders, enforcing contracts and resolving insolvency. In a series of annual reports doing business presents quantitative indicators on business regulations and the protection of property rights that can be compared across 183 economies, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, over time. This economy profile presents the doing business indicators for Russian Federation. To allow useful comparison, it also provides data for other selected economies (comparator economies) for each indicator. The data in this report are current as of June 1, 2011 (except for the paying taxes indicators, which cover the period January-December 2010).

For more information follow this link

New phase of Euro-Mediterranean cooperation in the field of justice: Euromed Justice III launched in Brussels

The Euromed Justice III project held its opening conference in Brussels on 29 February, introducing the content, the working methodology and the timeline of activities of the new phase of the programme, funded by the EU with a budget of €5 million over the period 2011-2014.

Marcus Cornaro, Neighbourhood Director at EuropeAid stressed the operational nature of the project saying "Euromed Justice III, which complements our bilateral initiatives, constitutes a fundamental concrete tool towards the reinforcement and deepening of democracy, and establishment of a fair judicial order". 

Fully taking into account the lessons learned from Euromed Justice I and II, Euromed Justice III will continue encouraging and facilitating the dialogue between Euro-Mediterranean Partner Countries on the access to justice and legal aid, on the resolution of cross-border family conflicts and on criminal and penitentiary law.

All representatives of the ENPI South Partner Countries, as well as of the EU Member States renewed their commitment to increase the dialogue and exchange on judicial matters. Their engagement allowed the preparation of a draft work plan, which takes into account the specific expertise of each country. 

The new phase of the project was also welcomed also by the European Agencies and institutions, and the international organisations represented at the conference, such as Eurojust, the European Judicial Network (EJN), the Hague Conference, the Council of Europe, which all offered to share their expertise in order to attain this project's objectives.

Euromed Justice III, funded by the EU with a budget of €5 million over the period 2011-2014, aims to support the development of the Mediterranean partners' institutional and administrative capacity and good governance in the field of justice, including the modernisation of justice systems, the simplification of judicial proceedings and improved access to justice. (ENPI Info Centre)

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Arab spring: an interactive timeline of Middle East protests

We would like to share with you the best (by our point of view) web-implementation of all Arab protests line:

"In December 2010, a man in Tunisia burned himself to death in protest at his treatment by police. What followed was an extraordinary year as pro-democracy rebellions erupted across the Middle East. Our interactive timeline traces key events". 

Youth learning and employability top recommendations for Euromed youth policy

A set of nine recommendations for youth policy across the Euro-Mediterranean area has been drawn up by civil society representatives, decision-makers and experts at a conference organised by the Youth in Action programme. The recommendations seek to promote human security and development, employability and entrepreneurship through non-formal education and access toinformation society and knowledge economy. 

‘From indignation to contribution’ was the title of the conference-debate organized last month in Lyon, by the National Institute of Youth and Education (INJEP), the French national Agency for the EU programme Youth in Action, the EU-funded SALTO-YOUTH and Euromed Youth IV programmes and the University of Lyon 2. The aim of the event was to learn from the strong mobilisation of young people one year after the Arab Spring and the waves of protest in Europe leveraging the Euro-Mediterranean cooperation tools funded by the European Commission. 

Monday, March 12, 2012

Seminar on Empowerment of Youth Organisation and Youth Led Civil Society Initiatives in the South-Mediterranean Framework

We are pleased to inform you, that our organization Youth Club "Social Diplomacy" is kindly invited to participate in an International Seminar in Malta. This seminar is dedicated to Empowerment of Youth Organisation and Youth Led Civil Society Initiatives in the South-Mediterranean Framework. 

Organisers: 
National Youth agency of Malta (Aġenzija Żgħażagħ), Euromed Youth Platform, EU-CoE youth-partnership, League of Arab States, North-South Centre of the Council of Europe

Objectives of this seminar are:
  • To exchange on the current effects of Arab spring on civil society and develop a shared understanding of the current situation of young people in the South Med region as well as in European countries and their role in on-going processes of change; 
  • To understand the implications of this transition to democracy for the reality of youth, the youth agendas and for the landscape of youth led civil society organisations;
  • To strengthen and support the role of civil society and non governmental youth led organisations and networks by reflecting on their needs in terms of capacity building and propose joint projects to be implemented on a long term basis in a wider partnership;
  • To discuss how the development of youth policy and the empowerment of youth in view of active participation in a democratic society could be supported and enhanced through strategies and projects promoting civic participation.
Dates: 22nd and 23rd March 2012

Venue: Malta 

Participants: The seminar will bring together thirty five young people; 20 from Southern Mediterranean [MENA] and 15 European youth organisations, facilitators, stakeholders and youth policy experts from the Euro-Mediterranean region.

Target Group: young people in youth-led organisations.

Language: The languages of the seminar will be English and Arabic. Translation will be available for the plenary and also partly for the working groups

OSCE highlights need to involve women in efforts to counter violent extremism, terrorist radicalization

Maj Britt Theorin, Chairperson of a Sweden-based NGO "Operation 1325" (r) and keynote speaker Detective Inspector Khizra Dhindsa representing the Association of Chief Police Officers of England and Wales (l) speaks at an OSCE-organized expert meeting with a focus on ways of empowering women in countering violent extremism and radicalization that leads to terrorism, Vienna, 12 March 2012. (OSCE/Mehdi Knani)

VIENNA, 12 MARCH 2012 – Ways of empowering women in countering violent extremism and radicalization that leads to terrorism is the focus of a two-day expert meeting organized by the OSCE today in Vienna.

More than 100 experts in the fields of security, gender and human rights, from government, academia, and civil society, will discuss good practices and lessons learnt from women’s initiatives in tackling the issue.

“For too long, terrorism has been viewed exclusively as a male problem,” said keynote speaker Detective Inspector Khizra Dhindsa, the national lead officer for Project Shanaz, an initiative by the Association of Chief Police Officers of England and Wales to engage women against violent extremism and terrorism.

“Structures, advisory bodies and methods were never intended to cater for women’s inclusion in counter-terrorism - therefore they are not effective. It is as if we have been trying to fly on one wing,” she said. 

Assia Ivantcheva, the Acting Head of the Human Rights Department of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) said governments and civil society have an important responsibility to empower women and to factor in their experiences into counter-terrorism efforts.

“It is only through a gender-sensitive and human rights compliant approach that counter-terrorism measures can be sustainable and effective,” said Ivantcheva.

Elaine Hargrove, Programme Director for the Sisters against Violent Extremism (SAVE) initiative, stressed that women are eager to develop the knowledge and tools to help protect their families, neighbourhoods and societies against the threat of violent extremism and terrorism.

“Women are strategically positioned to help raise awareness about the threat of violent extremism and to empower their communities to reduce the appeal of extremist ideologies,” she said.

The meeting was organized by ODIHR jointly with the Gender Section and the Transnational Threats Department of the OSCE Secretariat. It follows an expert meeting held in December 2011 on the dynamics behind the terrorist radicalization of women and ways to prevent it.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Ваше гражданство?

Предлагаем играючи узнать Ваше внутреннее гражданство.

Тест основан на данных European Values Study

Топ-лист стран по результатам ответов
  • Исландия
  • Чехия
  • Сербия
  • Греция
  • Швеция
  • Болгария
  • Венгрия
  • Дания
  • Грузия
  • Турция
  • Хорватия
  • Великобритания
  • Румыния
  • Австрия
  • Германия
  • Босния и Герцеговина
  • Мальта
  • Литва
  • Эстония
  • Армения
Источник:  НИС "Среда".

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Call for Arab participants: Euro-Arab and Mediterranean Youth Leaders Meeting

How can youth contribute to shaping the relationship between Europe and the Arab world? In a changing political climate of both hope and concern, there is a great need for the youth to express a clear vision for our shared future. The Italian National Youth Council (FNG) in partnership with the European Youth Forum is organising a meeting for European and Arab youth leaders with the aim of developing dialogue and a common vision on issues pertaining to youth cooperation. We are looking for 15 Arab participants for the meeting. We therefore encourage our members to forward the attached call to organisations and individuals in the Arab world who would be relevant for the meeting. The event will take place from the 7th-12th of May, 2012, in Rome, Italy. For more information, please consult the attached call. 

Applications should be sent using our online platform.

We look forward to receiving your applications.
Attached files


Intercultural Dialogue: expert focus

Omid Safi is Associate Professor of Islamic Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Safi recently analyzed the anger behind the Afghan protests, after copies of the Quran were burned at a NATO air base.

In this proposed audio interview, he talks about the perspective from Afghanistan, understanding Muslims as humans and the challenges facing interfaith dialogue. 

Empowering Women for Stronger Political Parties

A Guidebook to Promote Women's Political Participation

This publication identifies targeted interventions for promoting the stronger presence and influence of women in political parties as well as advancing gender equality issues in party policies and platforms. The lessons learned and common strategies in this Guide are drawn mainly, but not exclusively, from 20 case studies that were commissioned by UNDP and conducted by NDI during 2009-2010. The entry points identified are designed to provide ideas for action for political parties, development assistance providers, party foundations, and CSOs in their work to support parties. This full length version, including 20 case studies, is available in English. The "Good Practices Guide" (abridged version) is available in English, French, Russian and Arabic.

Людмила Алексеева: с правами женщин в России не всё благополучно

Ситуация с правами женщин в России пока не слишком хорошая, хотя и «чуть лучше, чем в СССР» - заявила сегодня, в Международный женский день, глава Московской Хельсинкской группы Людмила Алексеева. 

В интервью «Интерфаксу» Алексеева отметила, что неравноправие полов в России проявляется в неравной оплате труда мужчин и женщин, а также в том, что женщины недостаточно представлены в органах законодательной и исполнительной власти и в ряде профессий.

По словам правозащитницы, серьезной проблемой пока остается и домашнее насилие.

Источник: svobodanews.ru

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

The Alexandrian fisherman

Photographed by Virginie Nguyen

In the purple sunset light of the the Bahari port of Alexandria, fishermen start to walk around the big boats and feluccas moored next to the fish market. Nets and other fishing gear are scattered everywhere while other smaller crafts start to arrive on the beach. If the place seems peaceful, it’s not the case for the fishermen who are struggling to make a living.


On this fresh late winter morning, we can tell from the faces of the men who have been fishing for years that the catch wasn’t satisfying. “There are some good and bad days ... we depend on the sea and when we throw our nets the numbers of fish that we will catch is in God’s hands,” says Ahmed Ibrahim, a 49-year-old fisherman who has been fishing for 10 years in Alexandria.

“Before, I was working on a liner as a captain traveling around Qatar and Dubai, but in 2008 the economic situation became too hard and I decided to live and work in Alexandria with my family.” 

Arabic is only 3% of all languages online

Youth Knowledge Book "Intercultural learning in non-formal education" (by Susana Lafraya)


Intercultural learning has long held a central role in European youth work and policy, especially in international youth exchanges. The expectations placed on intercultural learning as a process, as an educational and social objective and, lastly, as a political attitude in relation to diversity remain fully relevant in Europe today.

Several factors are necessary for the development of quality youth work, including the capacity to put knowledge and research to good use and, similarly, to present youth work in ways that actors in other social and policy fields can understand. The work of the partnership between the European Commission and the Council of Europe in the field of youth in the areas of youth-worker training and of intercultural dialogue - in particular the Euro-Mediterranean co-operation activities - has provided many examples of successful experiences in intercultural learning in youth work and of difficulties in communicating about such work.

This essay by Susana Lafraya is a contribution to enlarging the circle of communication on intercultural learning experience through youth work. The connections that she makes between non-formal learning, youth work and intercultural theory sum up much of what has been said in the youth work field in the past years. It is translated and published here with the intention of adding one more stone to the edifice of intercultural learning and non-formal education.

Do not hesitate to download it from the website: 
or to order it from the Council of Europe Online Bookshop 

Collection of publications aims to shed light on Euro-Mediterranean youth issues

The EU-funded Salto Youth programme has released a series of publications within a “Studies and Research collection” with the purpose of investigating specific topics relevant to young people in the EuroMed region in order to develop effective projects and to reinforce Euro-Mediterranean cooperation.

The Collection includes five publications:
Volunteering and voluntary service in euro-med context
Supporting learning: long term training course in EuroMed
Geopolitical context of Mediterranean youths: considering human security
EuroMed Youth and Sustainable Development
Youth Empowerment in the Euro Mediterranean area

The publications are all available in English and French, and “Volunteering and voluntary service in euro-med context” is also available in Arabic.

This collection aims to contribute to the overall reflection about Youth in Euro-Med and to provide some new keys for reading the current situation of youth in the region.

EU gender cooperation with Eastern Neighbours: a package of resources

Ahead of International Women’s Day, 8 March, the ENPI Info Centre has put together a package of resources to highlight cooperation between the EU and its eastern neighbours in the field of gender equality.

Press pack - Strengthening the role of women in the Neighbourhood: fully updated background material highlighting cooperation for the promotion and protection of women’s rights, including main policy lines and links for further information. Available in Englishand Russian

Photo gallery: images from across the Neighbourhood highlighting EU cooperation projects working with women. High-resolution pictures available for download. Click here to view our 8 March gallery and here for more gender project photos.

Gender issues webpage: the ENPI Info Centre’s gender portal bringing together all the news and material on EU Neighbourhood cooperation for gender equality with its partners in the east.

Quotes: browse key quotes on gender issues by top EU officials, projects and beneficiaries on the ground.

Documents: find the main policy documents as well as reports and studies on gender equality and the Neighbourhood in our EU Neighbourhood Library. (ENPI Info Centre) 


And...wish all women to be happy! 

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Neighbourhood Civil Society Facility

Pprocurement notice for €3.5 million project to strengthen non-state actors’ capacity to promote reform and increase accountability in Eastern Partnership countries

The European Commission has published a service procurement notice for a €3.5 million contract for a technical assistance project for strengthening non-State actors' capacities to promote reform and increase public accountability in the Eastern Partnership countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Uk raine). The publication reference of the forecast is EuropeAid/132138/C/SER/Multi.

Digital Media by 2012

The arabic language is expected to become the 4th most used language on the web by 2015.

Workshop - Elections in Turkey

Due our previous announcement we are glad to inform you, that:

today (06-03-2012) we will implement our Workshop "The parliamentary elections in Turkey independent observing, June 2011". Our main focus is on different features of the election process in Turkey, its campaigns and publicity.

It would be very useful to share your ideas within election process in Russia, to analyse and to make your own conclusions.

Location: Rostov-on-Don, Nagibina M. avenue, 13, aud. 322
Time: March 6, 2012 at 14:00.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Regional Cross-Border Program

We are glad to introduce you the following new and very useful Program directly related to Regional Cross-Border Cooperation -- Joint Civic Education. 

Mission
  • Empowering regional civil society
  • Building a network of civil society actors
  • Qualifying young professionals in civic education
  • Promoting active citizenship education

Target group
  • Aged between 20 and 30 years
  • Associated to an organization of the civil society sector in one of the target contries
  • Lookin for an ambitious methodical and personal qualification
  • Interested in designing cross-border cooperation

ENPI: Procurement notice for €5.5 million programme to support territorial cooperation in Eastern Partnership countries

The European Commission has published a service procurement notice for a €5.5 million contract for the ENPI — Eastern Partnership territorial cooperation support programme for Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. The publication reference of the forecast is EuropeAid/132466/C/SER/Multi.

The Exclusion of Russia from international cooperation programme “Eastern Partnership”


The international cooperation is one of priorities of the European Union (EU). Therefore, 7 May 2009 in Prague, the program “Eastern Partnership” (EaP) was launched (within the European Neighbourhood Policy), which was originally designed to promote cooperation between the EU and six former Soviet republics - Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan. The inclusion of Belarus in this program was a big question, but as the last month has demonstrated, the EU has actively pressed the current political regime in the country by new sanctions introducing against the majority of politicians of Belarus. 

Russia would prefer to stay away from the ENP and EaP [1, 4]. Its relationship with the EU is defined as a strategic partnership agreement with the ENP, but growing in other ways, namely in the framework of the “four common areas” (a common economic space, common space of freedom, security and justice, common space of external security, common space of research, education and culture). 

According to official EU documents participation in the EaP does not include the possibility of EU membership, but involves mostly political and economic rapprochement. As an additional aid in exchange for democratic reforms to the six countries in 2013 is planned to allocate 350 more than million euros.

Исключенность России из программы международного сотрудничества «Восточное партнерство»

Автор: Горюшина Евгения 

Английская версия также доступна.


Международное сотрудничество является одним из приоритетов деятельности Европейского Союза (ЕС). Поэтому 7 мая 2009 г. в Праге была начата реализация программы «Восточное партнерство» (ВП) (в рамках Европейской политики добрососедства), которая изначально создавалась в целях развития сотрудничества между ЕС и шестью бывшими советскими республиками – Украиной, Белоруссией, Молдавией, Грузией, Арменией и Азербайджаном. Включение в программу Белоруссии было под большим вопросом, но как демонстрируют события последнего месяца, ЕС активно прессуют сегодняшний политический режим в республике, вводя новые санкции против большинства политиков РБ. 

Россия предпочла остаться в стороне от ЕПД и ВП [1; 4]. Ее отношения с ЕС определяются как стратегическое партнерство, согласующееся с ЕПД, но развивающееся другими путями, а именно, в рамках «четырех общих пространств» (общее экономическое пространство; общее пространство свободы, безопасности и правосудия; общее пространство внешней безопасности; общее пространство научных исследований, образования и культуры).

Friday, March 2, 2012

Eastern Partnership

EU leaders welcome Eastern Partnership progress 

European leaders today welcomed the progress achieved by the Eastern Partnershipin furthering political association and economic integration with the EU.
15 projects gather in Kyiv for Eastern Partnership Culture Programme seminar on 5-6 March
The Eastern Partnership Culture Programme will be hosting a seminar in Kyiv, Ukraine, on 5-6 March. The seminar will be attended by the representatives of all 15 projects (which have been granted a combined total of €8.2 million of EU funding) as well as the European Commission and the Delegations of the European Union to Ukraine, Armenia, Belarus and Georgia.

Another Cultural Window through Russia: its exclusion in youth training courses


Our partner -- ANO CSPS Premier -- with its special project "European educational programmes for russian youth" has continued the discussion devoted to Russia's participation in different Youth in Action and Council of Europe programs.

I would like to publish remarks of mine friend, colleague and activist Alexey Kiselev:

Some remarks for our readers from the Youth-in-action.org team.

The mentioned TC "Cultural Window" has legal framework named "Eastern Partnership Youth Window". This window will provide additional funding in order to support higher number of projects and participants from the six Eastern Partnership countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine. 

Russian Federation is excluded from the Youth Window and has no access to activities organized under the Youth Window framework. The only nearest contact making event with participation of Russian youth will be held in Crimea, April 22-29. But in fact it's not connected with the Youth Window directly.

Separating of Russia and Russian participants from the Eastern Partnership Youth Window can lead to unpredictable results for cooperation between six Eastern Partnership countries and Russia (even more, between the EU and Russia). This Youth Window will boost intercultural dialog in one part of Europe and descend in the other region that has strong historic, cultural and social ties with countries from the Youth Window. If we will have the same tendencies in the nearest future, a new Eastern Wall of Misunderstandings will definitely arise on the EU borders. But still the European Commission consciously promotes the message - "New equal possibilities for bordering countries BUT except Russia".

We hope the situation will change. For example, in the Youth Window could be included Russian regions bordering Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine. It could be a small step into common future with confidential relations BUT except stereotypes and cultural prejudices.

Specially for Youth-in-action.org project
Alexey Kiselev, team leader"

Due purely political issues strongly connected to Belarus and EU bilateral (?) relations, human rights situation and political pressure on its government, it is important to understand -- everything that has an affection on modern Russian and Caucasian youth will reflect back. It is not acceptable to cut off the historical part of cultural interaction between different geopolitical clusters -- Russia and the Big Caucasus Region (one side) and Russia, Ukraine and Belarus (other geographical side). It is reasonable to call the Northern Caucasus as a "special case" but what is about youth issue beyond? 

Specially for YCSD blog,

Анонс: Семинар "Независимое наблюдение на парламентских выборах в Турции, июнь 2011"

Рады сообщить, что Семинар "Независимое наблюдение на парламентских выборах в Турции, июнь 2011" состоится 6 МАРТА 2012 в 14:00 в том же месте, а именно -- Гуманитарный корпус ЮФУ, пр. М.Нагибина, 13, ауд. 301. (г.Ростов-на-Дону, Россия).

Ждем!

Annoucement: Workshop "The parliamentary elections in Turkey independent observing, June 2011"


Finally our Workshop 'The parliamentary elections in Turkey independent observing, June 2011' will be held in right time next week -- 6 MARCH 2012 at 14:00. The plase is the same. 

Cultural Window through Russia: its exclusion in youth training courses

A new training offer has been published in SALTO's European Training Calendar. Its title is "Cultural Window" which is going to be implemented in Czech Republic From 2012-06-04 to 2012-06-10. 

Unfortunately this training course with contact making elements focused on intercultural learning in youth projects between EU and EPW "Eastern partnership window" countries (Eastern Europe and Caucasus BUT except Russia). It means that Russia could not participate in the most important area nowadays -- intercultural dialogue and intercultural learning. Due the special attitude however based on current political situation and strength increasing of the Eastern Partnership Program with development point on cross-cultural ties between Ukraine, Georgia, Azerbaijan and Armenia only. 

Even now there a lot of youth training courses only for participants from these states and not for Russian citizens, especially from regions close located to the North Caucasus, which is "the special case" for European majority. All because of a mix political, economical and "past memory" reasons modern Russia and its youth are sufferring from variety of prejudices and cultural "misunderstandings". Personally I has faced with in Switzerland and Central Europe in general. 

It would be very important point to set-up collaboration between our Russian South macroregion (Rostov-on-Don and Krasnodar) with Armenia and its capital -- Yerevan; also with Tbilisi, Kiev and Baku. 

If you tell about equal opportunities for all people (like CoE motto), you should follow it in reality. 

Specially for YCSD blog
Evgeniya Goryushina

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Europe – facing the extreme

Amidst a profound economic and financial crisis, Europe’s leaders must not ignore the rising popularity of extreme right-wing parties and radical anti-immigrant movements, and the threat they pose to multi-culturalism.

By Bedrudin Brljavac

“Extremists and populist movements are exploiting people’s fear of those who are not like us. We can see the consequences in the form of terrorism and racially motivated violence”

Kjell Magne Bondevik

The EU is slowly approaching the end of the integration process which started in the aftermath of World War Two. A significant number of member states are facing a damaging financial crisis, which is destabilizing and fragmenting the EU as a whole. With Italy, Spain and even Portugal all facing a fate similar to that of Greece, the future of the European idea is at stake. As the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, pointed out, Europe is threatened with its gravest modern crisis and the EU’s future is uncertain. There is, however, a greater challenge to the idea of a democratic, open and multicultural Europe; namely, the emergence of extremist political parties and movements across the continent.