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Extraordinary call in extraordinary times

The Central European Initiative (CEI) has launched an Extraordinary Call for Proposals 2020 as a response to the unprecedented pandemic COVID-19. The Call for proposal addresses three areas of intervention: Healthcare and telemedicine (MED) Education and e-learning/distance learning (EDU) Support to Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs) With a total budget of EUR 600.000, applicants from CEI Member States […]

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New dates for Turku

Given the implications of Coronavirus outbreak for all countries including restrictions on travel and safety of all participants, the organisers of the 11th Annual Forum of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region decided to postpone the event. The new dates are 19-20 October 2020 in Turku, Finland. More info on the event: https://annualforum2020.eu/en

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Project concluding ideas

“Citizens of macro-regions for a stronger Europe” is a project building on the still unused potential of the macro-regions of Europe. The 10 project participating civil society organisations from AT, DE, DK, FR, HU, IT, PL, RO, RS and SK cover in balanced manner all the 4 macro-regions: the Baltic Sea, Danube, Adria-Ionian and Alpine […]

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Is there a Danube identity?

There are cross-natural cultural projects modelling broader Danubian identities in literature and arts, but the broader public opinion does not follow their scope and remains limited to a narrower region around the riverside. We need not only to understand but also to create permanencies – organisations, institutions, doctrines, programmes, formalized structures, and the like – […]

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10th Meeting of the D-LAP

The 10th Meeting of the Danube Local Actors Platform (D-LAP) in Vienna on 18/19 March 2020 IS CANCELLED due to evolving public health risks related to the Corona virus. An alternative date will be announced as soon as possible. AgendaDay 1 13.30-14.00 Arrival & Networking 14.00-14.30 Welcome 14.30-15.00 EUSDR Updates – Priorities of the Croatian […]

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Support to engage citizens and civil society

Both public authorities and civil society organisations will reap the benefits of more authentic citizens’ participation Elisa Ferreira, Commissioner for Cohesion and Reforms The Partnership Principle is one of the key principles in EU Cohesion Policy. It encourages all EU member states to involve stakeholders at all stages of implementing Cohesion Policy funding. Against this […]

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New data on the Hungarian civil sector

The Central Statistical Office of Hungary published a statistical summary of non-profit organizations. The publication reveals that, according to the latest 2018 data, there are over 61,000 non-profit organizations registered in Hungary. In terms of form and areas of activity, there is nothing new: 20,000 are foundations, while 41,000 are nonprofit organisations. In terms of […]

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Putnam 2.0

Is there a positive connection between civil society organisations and the functioning of public life? Of course, as the American scientist Robert Putnam demonstrated this impressively in his first “Italian study” 30 years ago. Researchers at the Vienna University of Economics and Business are now investigating empirically the nature of these relationships looking at Austrian […]

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Empower citizens

Forty-four Italian civil society organisation initiated and signed a Declaration on the Rule of Law, the Multiannual Financial Framework, the European Conference on the Future of Europe and an Empower Roadmap and decided to send it to the European Parliament, the European Commission, the European Council, the Council of the Union, the Economic and Social […]

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Danube women and the role of macro-regions in Europe

A group of committed civil society activists and researchers from Danube countries were following the footsteps of women personalities along the river Danube. Listening to stories about successful and famous men and seeing the many streets named after them, it is striking how only a few streets are named after women and how many historical […]