Western Balkan - Regional Overview
• Currently Greece, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Serbia are transit countries for migrants and refugees trying to re-enter the Schengen area in Hungary.
• Due to the construction of the fence in the Hungarian southern border with Serbia, migrants/refugees may seek alternative routes: for example from Albania to Italy or through Croatia to the Schengen area.
According to the information collected by the Red Cross Societies, between November 2014 and mid-2015, 28 migrants died in train accidents in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, four froze to death in Bulgaria, three died in traffic and train accidents in Serbia and two died in a fire in Croatia.
•Temperature higher than the normal monthly average, as well as lower precipitation averages, have contributed to the break-out of several fires in Europe.
•In Croatia, the most important fires have been burning in the county of Dubrovacko-Neretvanska over the past few days. On the island of Korcula, a fire started near the village of Smokvice, in the afternoon of 18 July. As of 22 July, EFFIS was still detecting hotspots.
The Croatian Mine Action Centre awards mine search and/or demining operations to the authorized legal entities or tradesmen in accordance with the Public Procurement Act or international agreements. Mine search and/or demining operations are conducted at the worksite based on approved execution project and concluded contract.
Deputy Prime Minister of the Government of the Republic of Croatia and Minister of Regional Development and EU funds Mr Branko Grčić and Ambassador of Swiss Confederation to the Republic of Croatia H.E. Stefan Estermann have signed today the Framework Agreement between the Swiss Federal Council and Government of the Republic of Croatia on the implementation of Swiss-Croatian Programme of Co-operation in the field of reduction of economic and social inequalities within extended European Union. Croatian has been given a grant of 45 million CHF i.e.
Aiming to ease integration, a new initiative in Croatia is bringing refugees and locals together.
Zagreb, Croatia - Sandra Wahech, a 23-year-old refugee from Syria, has been living in Croatia for nearly two years. She has done her best to integrate into her host country - learning Croatian and attending university in Zagreb. Still, Wahech feels like an outsider.
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CROMAC director Dražen Jakopec and county prefect of Karlovac County Ivan Vučić and associates visited the project in Tržić Tounjski and held a press conference at the demining worksite. Demining operations as per project ''Forest areas and roads on the territory of Tržić Tounjski and Mrežnica settlements'', area: 97.558 m2 worth 847.535,12 HRK are partially financed from the donation of Karlovac County worth 350.000,00 HRK.
2015 - Le PNUD : oeuvrer pour les peuples et la planète
Dans toutes les régions du monde, des voix s’élèvent pour demander un leadership et des mesures en 2015 pour lutter contre la pauvreté, l’inégalité et le changement climatique.
Voices around the world are demanding leadership and action in 2015 on poverty, inequality and climate change. These universal challenges demand global action, and this year presents unprecedented opportunities for achieving the future we want. This is the year when world leaders come together to adopt a new agenda for sustainable development. The new global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will guide policy and funding for the next 15 years, beginning with a historic pledge to end poverty.
From 7 to 18 May, 2015, in accordance with CROMAC Annual Plan and invitations of the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Croatia to participate in the campaign ''Less Arms Less Tragedies'', there were mine risk educations held in Jasenovac, Novska and Gvozd in Sisak-Moslavina County; in Lovinac, Perušić and Gospić in Lika-Senj County and Cetingrad in Karlovac County.
On May 19, 2015, two Grant Contracts were signed between Central Finance and Contracting Agency (CFCA) and Croatian Mine Action Centre (CROMAC) by which 4.759.373 EUR have been allocated for demining operations. The EU contribution totals 3.973.000 EUR.
A meeting for war crimes investigators in South-Eastern Europe organized by the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) and supported by the OSCE Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina on 25 May 2015 in Sarajevo provided an opportunity for investigators to exchange experiences and discuss issues such as the structural set-up of investigation units, the relationship between investigators and prosecutors, and cross-border co-operation where suspects are located in other countries in the region.
Zagreb, Croatia | | Thursday 4/2/2015 - 15:12 GMT
The Croatian government on Thursday backed a bill on compensating the victims of sexual violence committed during the country's independence war, which ended almost two decades ago.
"More than 20 years since the sexual violence was committed ... its victims, both men and women, will finally get the right to be treated with respect and the right for their suffering to be recognised," deputy minister for veterans Vesna Nad told a government session.
Director of the Croatian Mine Action Centre (CROMAC) Mr Dražen Jakopec spoke of the mine situation on the territory of the Town of Petrinja and planned humanitarian demining operations in the current year at the press conference held on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 in the Small Town Hall in Petrinja.
Sarajevo, Bosnia-Hercegovina | | Friday 3/6/2015 - 14:03 GMT
Two days of blizzards and strong winds in Bosnia and Croatia caused havoc along the Adriatic coast, leaving thousands of homes without power, disrupting traffic and killing a motorist, officials said Friday.
The motorist died near Zepce in northern Bosnia after crashing into a pile of rubble and mud swept onto the road by a landslide, police said.
Storms blacked out some 100 villages in central and southern Bosnia, where dozens of roads were closed off, rescue-workers said.
In Požega, on March 5, 2015, first meeting was held to introduce the Rural Development Programme of the Republic of Croatia, Measure M05. „Restoring of agricultural production potential disrupted by natural disasters and catastrophic events, and an introduction of appropriate prevention activities, within which is the Sub-measure 5.2 that contains the Type of operation 5.2.2. Demining of agricultural land.
In January 2015, Serbia took over the chairmanship of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), succeeding Switzerland. In addition to the urgency of the Ukrainian crisis, the issue of reconciliation and strengthening regional cooperation in the Western Balkans remains a current topic. More than 15 years after the end of the Yugoslav wars, many challenges remain. How far along is the reconciliation process in the Western Balkans? What is the outcome of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia?