Within the Civil Society Partnership Program “Support to Regional Thematic Networks”, 18 projects have been approved for BiH. The value of the complete program for the region is EUR 11 million, while the value of individual projects is between EUR 500,000 and EUR 800,000 over a four-year period. The projects will address issues related to, inter alia, protection of women and prevention of gender-based violence, anti-corruption, rural development, sustainable energy, and public administration reform.
Snježana Ivandić, director of the Association for Democratic Initiatives, said that their project will primarily focus on exploring what kind of access to information and services BiH citizens have and that the state should provide, especially free legal aid.
Resident Advisor to the project “Technical Assistance to Civil Society Organizations in BiH” (TACSO) Slavica Drašković explained that this project provides assistance in terms of professional assistance regarding partnerships, human resources on projects, EU procedures, and specific procurement issues.
Chairman of the Board of Directors of the CPI Foundation Zoran Ivančić said that their project envisages 14 civil society organizations from Southeast Europe to monitor and try to influence energy policies in the region, so that they are in line with European norms, directives and plans. He explained that this four-year project is based on the UK Ministry of Energy’s model, which will influence greater use of renewable and sustainable energy.