Venue: European Economic and Social Committee, Rue Belliard 99, B-1040 Brussels
         
10:20 - 12:00   SEMINARS
         
    SEMINAR 1: Facing challenges of housing and social inclusion
JDE 61, 99 rue Belliard

Balkan countries and Turkey are making steps to improve the situation of living conditions. Better housing condition is more and more important, governments developed programs with different models of financial help to the citizen, but there are still problems.

The countries are also facing challenges on other levels. Some countries are implementing projects for empowering relevant actors for social inclusion on local level with purpose to strength the skills and knowledge of non-governmental organizations and local self-government units, e.g. in project Cycle Management is making the preparation and implementation of social inclusion project. Balkan countries are moving on the way to face the challenges and take good examples and practices also from the International Union of Tenants and from the developed EU countries. The fight against poverty and social exclusion is at the heart of the Europe 2020 strategy. This will give great input to the Balkan countries and improve their way to sustainable living standards.

Moderator: Mr Bertil Mattson, Swedish Union of Tenants.
Speakers: Mr Jürgen Jensen, IUT, Ms Maja Dilberova, Union for Protection of tenants “MakeDom“, FYR Macedonia, Ms Nora Malaj, Expert for Antipoverty platform in Albania, Expert from Serbia concerning social housing.

Workshop 1.1: Aspects of youth situation in Balkan Countries.

Workshop 1.2: Open discussions and follow up of the seminar with insights from Enlargement Strategy and Progress Report
         
    SEMINAR 2: The role of women's organization in public private partnership
JDE 62, 99 rue Belliard

The public sector can successfully cooperate with private sector and civil society and involve non-governmental organizations in service the citizens. If women organizations as a part of civil society, are able to regulate the operation of the public sector, and perform some of the functions of public institutions, and, in the same time be more efficient, with fewer resources, and not burden the state budget, it is for the state a great benefit and advantage. It is assumed that women NGOs are more efficient in their use of resources in projects performing, so that they provide better value for the money invested. In this seminar, besides examples of best practice, we will discuss experiences among CSOs in sector of women economic empowerment, and problems we face with, because, despite of achieved results there’s a lot space for further improvement of partnership with the national and local governments. The role of EU which could be significant in WB PPCP, is especially in the field of monitoring of implementation of public measures in support to women entrepreneurship.

Moderator: Ms Yesim Sevig, FREJA Academy.
Speakers: Dr Sanja Popović Pantić, President ABW, Serbia, Dr Gulden Turktan, KAGIDER President, Ms Klotilda Ferhati, Legal expert on gender issues, Albania, Mr. Ferruh Gurtas – Intel Middle East, Turkey, Africa Corporate Affairs Director.

Workshop 2.1: CSO's financial situation and aid support.

Workshop 2.2: Mobility Project – Balkan Coalition.

Workshop 2.3: Sustainable future financial initiatives for CSOs – A panel from Six Balkan Western countries and Turkey.
         
    SEMINAR 3: Social Entrepreneurship a tool for empowerment of CSO's and social excluded groups
JDE 63, 99 rue Belliard

Social enterprise is a business that operates with an idea that the profits earned by selling products or services serve to achieve a clear social mission. It means that earned funds do not serve to increase the assets of individuals - but are invested in socially useful purposes, such as hiring people who have difficulties in finding a job, social and medical services, education, environmental protection and cultural activities in the community. Social entrepreneurship as such category, officially incorporated in the system, does not exist, or is not enough developed in Balkan countries. National CSOs attempt to import this "phenomenon" from the neighbouring countries and countries already recognised by having great reputation in this category, such as Italy, Spain and Scotland. National and entity legal frameworks do not treat the social entrepreneurship as such at all. Yet, from the national CSOs perspective, many efforts and success stories have been achieved in this category. Due to app. 50% of unemployment rate, high presence of grey economy and perspectivlessness in the country, the social entrepreneurship should be a niche and open a space to improve and overcome such complex situation in the country.

Moderator: Ms Jasminka Tadić Husanović, FREJA Academy, Bosnia Herzegovina representative.
Speakers: Mr Emmanuel Vallens, DG Internal Market and Services, European Commission; Mr Teo Petričević, Croatia; Ms Bedriye Hulya, Ashoka Foundation; Dr Dušica Semenčenko, Mihajlo Pupin, Serbia; Mr Albi Greva, Executive director of Vodafone Albania Foundation.

Workshop 3.1: Best practices on social entrepreneurship. Presentation of best practice and successful projects in the area of social entrepreneurship.
         

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