Last week we completed the second cycle of workshops within the SEI 2018, implemented in cooperation with the Kosovo Foundation for an Open Society, NGO Aktiv and Communication for Social Development. The participants had the opportunity to discuss the rule of law at local level as well as to develop practical proposals for energy and environmental policy projects in Gračanica.
In Kosovska Mitrovica, on Thursday, October 25th, in the premises of the Center for Civil Energy, lectures were held for the students of the School of European Integration. Vladimir Medjak from the European Movement in Serbia spoke with SEI participants about the importance of the judiciary and fundamental rights in the process of EU Integration. On the position of local self-governments in northern Kosovo, SEI participants spoked Dragiša Mijačić from InTER.
In the second part of the workshop, which was held on November the 2nd, SEI participants discussed and shared practical experiences about monitoring electoral process on local level with Pavle Dimitrijević from the Center for Research, Transparency and Accountability. On the same day, Dušan Radaković from the Center for the Advocacy of Democratic Culture and Shyqyri Syla, Chief Prosecutor at the Basic Prosecutor’s Office in Kosovska Mitrovica, spoke with participants on the integration of the judiciary reform within the Brussels Dialogue.
An important part of this thematic workshop was a study visit to the Basic Court in northern Kosovo.
SEI participants in Gračanica, visited the tailings from Kišnica mine and together with the local governments representatives analyzed its negative impact on the environment.
The following day, they had the opportunity to discuss with Marko Vujić from the Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Belgrade, the EU Environmental policy and obligations of the EU integration process. In the second part of the workshop, they analyzed the state of environmental protection in the case study of Gračanica and Novo Brdo municipalities.
On the second day of the workshop, Mirko Popović, Expert in the field of Energy, hald a lecture on EU energy policy and the fight against climate change. The following task for SEI participants was developing effective mechanisms to increase transparency and participativeness in the field of renewable energy resources and energy efficiency.
This year’s School of European Integration is divided into two thematic modules: Rule of Law implemented in Kosovska Mitrovica and Sustainable Development implemented in Gračanica. In September, we organized a cycle of workshops on the public policy making and monitoring in specific areas.
Kosovo Foundation for Open Society, in cooperation with the European Movement in Serbia and NGO AKTIV, launched the School of European Integration in 2014 for key actors in northern Kosovo. In 2018, Communication for Social Development from Gračanica joined the project team which will contribute to the expansion of the School achieving better results in other local communities. Find more info on the project here.