Project updates

Aarhus Convention seminar for journalists held at Aarhus Center Sarajevo

posted 30 Oct 2012, 08:36 by Henk Visser

October 23rd at the premises of the Aarhus Center in Sarajevo, the Deputy Head of the OSCE Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Nina Suomalainen, and Deputy Mayor of the City of Sarajevo, Miroslav Zivanovic, opened an educational seminar for journalists regarding the role of media in the realization of the right to information about the environment.

Ten representatives of the media attended the seminar, during which the contents of the Aarhus Convention and experiences of journalists in practice were presented. Presentations were held by Dunja Jelovac (Radio Federation journalist and participant of educational seminars which were held as a part of our project), Borka Rudic (B&H Journalists' Association) and Almedina Karic (B&H Ombudsman Institution). During the seminar a media guide/handbook was presented - the publication created as part of our regional project "Enforcement of the Aarhus Convention in the Adriatic Region Countries". Also, an initiative for the formation of a (non)formal club of environmental journalists at the Aarhus center was launched.

 The guide can be downloaded directly from the news posted at their website or from the subpage Useful information ("Korisne informacije" in local language).


226323 "Network for Health and Safety at Work" Outputs

posted 14 May 2012, 00:58 by Udruga Mobbing

The main result of the project IPA 2008 Civil Society Facility “Network for Health and Safety at Work” is that, through the implementation of this project, anti-mobbing network was established.

First, at the project start-up conference the members of the conference signed the Agreement on Regional Cooperation and established the regional anti-mobbing network. That document is available on internet portal of the project: and is attached below.

Further, in all partner countries of project implementation, anti-mobbing counseling centers have been established. Anti-mobbing counseling centers work within the trade union organizations that are partner on the Project: Trade Union of Finance Organization Montenegro, Autonomous Trade Union of Employees in Banks, Insurance Companies and other Financial Organizations of Serbia, The Trade Union of Finances of Macedonia. Established counseling centers in all countries of project implementation are very important instrument that ensures sustainability of the Project.

Finally, at the project final conference Charter on the establishment of a localised anti-mobbing advisory network was signed and anti-mobbing network was fully established. Document was signed by project manager, Jadranka Apostolovski; local project coordinator from Montenegro, Krsto Pejović; local project coordinator from Macedonia, Goce Selovski; and local project coordinator from Serbia, Mara Erdelj. Charter was signed in Croatian, Montenegrin, Macedonian and Serbian language. Charter is available on internet portal of the project: and is attached below.

Other important outputs of the project IPA 2008 Civil Society Facility “Network for Health and Safety at Work” are following:

Also, you can find all this outputs on the following link:

227131 KAPAZ Outputs

posted 19 Apr 2012, 23:55 by Igor Nedelkovski   [ updated 19 Apr 2012, 23:59 ]

By realisation of the project Capacity Building for Banning and Phasing out Asbestos in West Balkan Countries (KAPAZ) the issue about asbestos, which was marginalized so far, and actual only among very limited high professional and academic circles, gained public actuality. Representatives of various professional associations and NGOs were made familiar with asbestos issue and unveiled this topic in their activities related to environmental or health protection.
Capacity of CSOs (from participating West Balkan Countries) active in occupational health and safety as well as in environment protection is strengthen for dealing with asbestos issue. CSOs are networked. Valuable experiences and initiatives for joint actions are shared between them, through web portal and organized conference, seminar, meetings etc. Powerful tools are made available to them for their future activities (study, action plans, brochures, manuals, TV spot …)
  • For the first time in participating West Balkan Countries public available educational materials were published (four illustrated educational brochures and a training guide based on EU best practices). 
  • For the first time in participating West Balkan Countries action plans for dealing with asbestos issue on European way are prepared and forwarded to national authorities for further processing and implementation. 
  • For the first time it is prepared Study about Current Situation with Asbestos in West Balkan Countries which analyses current legal situation with asbestos in West Balkan Countries and reveals necessary steps toward harmonisation of national with EU legislative. 
  • For the first time web portal, Facebook page and online software tool - expert system devoted to asbestos are published on some West Balkan languages (Macedonian, Serbian, and Bosnian).
Cooperation between NGOs and authorities has strengthened. National authorities showed very great interest in the project activities and documents created in this project, as well as willingness to implement some recommendations from this project in national legislations.

Extensive public awareness campaign was realised, thus contributing toward higher awareness about asbestos hazards among CSOs and citizens and dissemination of outputs.

Created Network for Banning and Phasing out Asbestos in West Balkan Countries continues with daily monitoring of asbestos related activities in West Balkan Countries, knowledge transfer, lobbying and advocacy. 

227089 BEWMAN Outputs

posted 18 Apr 2012, 03:14 by Elena Ignatova   [ updated 18 Apr 2012, 03:38 ]

The Balkan E-Waste Management Advocacy Network (BEWMAN) contributed to the improvement of the legal and institutional framework for proper e-waste management in Macedonia, Serbia, Croatia and Bulgaria, through the development of a network for regional cooperation and knowledge exchange on e-waste management between four Balkan countries based on good practices from the EU, increasing the capacities of the CSOs from Macedonia, Serbia, Croatia and Bulgaria for lobbying and advocacy concerning e-waste management issues, and raised the awareness about proper e-waste management among citizens, government officials, businesses, NGOs and media.

Some of the Action outcomes are:

  • The CSOs that were part of the Action now have the capacities to deal with and advocate for proper e-waste management. Aside from the knowledge, they also have the resources (booklet, guide, promotional materials, and website) to continue working in the field of e-waste.
  • Citizens are informed about the dangerous aspects of e-waste, and know who to call if they need to discard old equipment. This information is also available on the BEWMAN website.
  • During the Action, the project team was closely cooperating with the government institutions and they were part of many of the educational and promotional events, resulting in their capacity building, but also in starting cooperation with the NGO sector.
  • The media was present on many of the organized events, and now they are aware of the e-waste topic, which resulted in more interest and articles on e-waste.
  • The businesses are informed where and how they should discard their equipment, as a result of the public events and media coverage.

The Action produced detailed research and assessment of the current situation of management and quantities of e-waste in Macedonia, Serbia, Croatia and Bulgaria, and many educational and promotional materials, available in all the local languages. The following documents were developed:


Educational materials


  • Study: obligations, expectations and challenges in dealing with e-waste (Available in Macedonian and Albanian)
  • Policy Brief: Waste from electronic and electrical equipment (Available in Macedonian and Albanian)

227089 Infographic: E-Waste in the Balkans

posted 27 Feb 2012, 02:49 by Elena Ignatova   [ updated 27 Feb 2012, 02:49 ]

bewman-infographic_intro_enIf not properly disposed waste electrical and electronic equipment (e-waste) can be a threat to the environment. Researches done to determine the quantity and e-waste management procedures in the Balkans showed that this region has a significant problem with proper management of e-waste and protection of the environment. The infographic below shows the results of these researches, as well as few facts and tips for managing e-waste.

For the full researches visit these links: MacedoniaSerbiaCroatiaBulgaria.


227089 "ICT and Environment: The Waste Side Story" Conference

posted 13 Nov 2011, 23:55 by Elena Ignatova

On behalf of the organizing committee, we have the honor to invite you to take part in the Sixth International Conference e-Society.Mk which this year addresses the topic “ICT and Environment: The Waste Side Story". The conference will take place on November 23 and 24, 2011 in the “Holiday Inn” hotel in Skopje, Macedonia.

The conference will gather representatives of institutions and organizations working on information society development and the environment, with special focus on e-waste (discarded electronic and electric equipment) and greenIT, and enable them to network with stakeholders who deal with this issues from different angles, combining both online and offline experiences.

This year, Metamorphosis is organizing the conference with the support of the European Union, as part of the regional project “Balkan E-waste Management Advocacy Network”.

The event will be open to the public and you can freely share this invitation with interested representatives of other institutions and organizations.

Please confirm your participation and/or the participation of representatives of your organization via the official website of the conference:

Additional information is available via e-mail or telephone +3892 3109 325.

226-323 Report from the Final conference

posted 9 Nov 2011, 02:26 by Udruga Mobbing   [ updated 9 Nov 2011, 02:28 ]

Final conference of the project IPA 2008 Civil Society Facility "Network for health and safety at work", has been successfully finished, from October 23rd to October 26th 2011., in Croatia, Makarska, hotel Meteor. 

Conference was organized by The association for help and education of mobbing victims in cooperation with partner organizations - trade unions of the finances from the countries of the Region: Trade Union of finances of Macedonia; Autonomous trade union of employees in bank, insurance companies and other financial organizations of Serbia; Trade Union of finance Organizations of Montenegro. The Conference gathered 118 participants. Participants arrived from 4 countries of the Region: Croatia, Macedonia, Serbia, Montenegro and from EU, Austria which are partners on the project. Participants were representatives of the employer associations, trade unions, governmental institutions, non governmental institutions and legal experts.

Most of the participants arrived to Makarska on October 23rd of 2011. in the afternoon hours. After gathering, the participants attended welcoming drink and dinner where they could all meet and communicate.

On October 24th 2011., the conference started at 10 am as planned. Jadranka Apostolovski, project manager, opened the conference and addressed the audience with welcoming speech. Opening speeches were held by Krešimir Sever, president of Independent Trade Unions of Croatia that are partner on the Project, Rudolf Karazman from IBG institue, partner and supervisor of the Project, and Jozo Sarač, representative of the President of the Government of Croatia.

After the opening part we moved on to the agenda and each country presented the way they have successfully executed project activities and experiences gained through the execution of those activities.
On October 25
th 2011., the conference started at 9 am as planned and that day was dedicated to thematic workshops and recommendations for trade union members, employers and NGOs, but all the participants of the conference were welcome to join all workshops and discussions. First one was held by Mara Erdelj, Project coordinator from Serbia, who leaded the workshop for trade union members. At the same time in another hall there was a workshop held by Goce Selovski, Project coordinator from Macedonia, who held presentations for governmental institutions. Then, workshop for employers was held by Elvira Koić, trainer of trainers on the project and, at the same time in another hall there was a workshop held by Krsto Pejović, project coordinator from Montenegro. He held workshop for NGOs.

As planned on the agenda, after those vivid discussions, the members of the conference signed the Charter on the establishment of a localised anti-mobbing advisory network. Document was signed by project manager, Jadranka Apostolovski; local project coordinator from Montenegro, Krsto Pejović; local project coordinator from Macedonia, Goce Selovski; and local project coordinator from Serbia, Mara Erdelj. Charter was signed in Croatian, Montenegrin, Macedonian and Serbian language.

October 26th 2011. was last day of the final conference. It was reserved for evaluations, conclusions, recommendations and for closing words. Jadranka Apostolovski, project manager, closed the final conference. Then, participants were having lunch and parted to their homes. It is significant to underline the fact that attention of the participants was held through whole duration of the Final conference.

Presentations, charters and pictures are attached.

226-323 Mobbing Diary

posted 11 Oct 2011, 04:37 by Udruga Mobbing   [ updated 17 Oct 2011, 00:20 ]

Mobbing diary is an additional output of the project "Network for health and safety at work". It is a tool that will simplify the way how people can record what happens to them at their workplace for each day of the year. If one day people decide to register and to solve their problem, it is very important for them to have a written proof of what really happened. Purpose of a Mobbing diary is also to strength a localised mobbing advisory network which will be established through the implementation of our project. It is attached in this post, with and without QR - code.

226-323 Final conference of the project "Network for health and safety at work" - Programme

posted 6 Oct 2011, 02:53 by Udruga Mobbing   [ updated 12 Oct 2011, 00:21 ]

It is our honour to inform You that the regional project IPA 2008 – CIVIL SOCIETY FACILITY “Network for health and safety at work” is nearing completion. Activity in front of us is Final project conference which will result with establishment of a localised mobbing advisory network. The final conference will occur in Makarska (hotel Meteor) from October 23rd to October 26th 2011. The conference programme is attached.

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