Deadline: 21 January, 2013
Open to: representatives of CSOs and CSO networks, including independent civil society experts and researchers, based in Western Balkans or Turkey and involved with the EU enlargement issues.
Venue: Zagreb, Croatia, 17-19 April 2013
The general objective of the project Technical Assistance for Civil Society Organisations (TACSO) is to strengthen the civil society within a participative democracy, to stimulate a civil society-friendly environment and culture, as well as to strengthen the overall capacities and accountability of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) within the IPA beneficiaries (Western Balkans and Turkey – WBT), to guarantee the quality of service of CSOs and a sustainable role of CSOs in the democratic process.
- What is the impact of the EU accession process on civil society in the WBT?
- Is there an impact, and what it is, of civil society on the EU accession process?
- What to expect from the process and what are the lessons learnt from the accession to the EU?
- What is the future for the civil society from the WBT?
- Representatives of CSOs and CSO networks, including independent civil society experts and researchers, based in IPA countries (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Macedonia Serbia and Turkey) and involved with the EU enlargement issues.
- The applicants need to be fluent in English to the extent that they can actively participate in the conference.
- Each country will be represented by 5 participants (4 CSO representatives, including 1 representative of the TACSO Local Advisory Group, and 1 media representative), except for Croatia. Since the concept of the conference puts Croatia in the focus, it is expected that participation of Croatian CSOs will be greater than of CSOs from other IPA countries.
For selected participants, the organiser will provide travel costs (including cost of visa, if applicable), accommodation, meals and refreshments during the conference. Further information can be obtained from the TACSO Web site (www.tacso.org). If you have any additional questions on the conference please contact the local TACSO offices.
How to apply
Interested applicants are requested to submit:
- Short bio note
- Motivation letter in which they describe their expectations from the conference, what specific knowledge and experience they will share with other participants, how will their organisation and the civil society sector at large benefit from their participation in the conference. The letter should also clearly state how is the applicant’s organisation involved in EU enlargement issues.
- Application form (can be downloaded here)
The completed application needs to be sent to the e-mail address of your national TACSO office (contact details for all TACSO countries listed below) by 21 January 2013 with the subject heading: CONFERENCE – Civil Society Transformations. Theselection process should be completed by 31 January 2013. Please note that only selected applicants will be contacted.
Bosnia and Herzogovina [email protected]
Croatia [email protected]
Kosovo [email protected]
Macedonia [email protected]
Montenegro [email protected]
Serbia [email protected]
Turkey [email protected]
For further details please also see the Official Call