This Aarhus campaign is being organized in 20 cities throughtout Serbia in order to raise awareness among citizens about the Aarhus Convention principles concerning citizen participation in decision-making processes at the local level. Volunteers will hand out promotional material and interact with interested citizens, and the activities, goals and future plans of Aarhus Centres' will be promoted.
Vršac, Novi Sad, Pirot, Prokuplje, Leskovac, Knjaževac, Sremska Mitrovica, Valjevo, Niš, Sombor, Zrenjanin, Kikinda, Šabac, Novi Pazar, Kruševac, Čačak, Smederevo, Belgrade, Kragujevac, Subotica, Serbia
This interactive study course on energy security and environmental democracy will gather 20 high school students from Novi Pazar, Sjenica, Tutin, Nova Varoš, Priboj and Prijepolje. The aim of the training is to develop the competences of youth leaders on environmental democracy issues that will enable their stronger engagement and activism to support sustainable development in their communities. The programme will enhance environmental knowledge, awareness and skills of young people in the field of renewable energy resources and energy efficiency.
One of the first eco-friendly buildings for public use in Serbia, Eco Centre Radulovacki, will host the event, and participants will also visit Kovilj Petrovaradin Swamp, a nature reserve located on the bank of the Danube River.
This two-day event will address topics such as plea bargaining, summary proceedings and prosecutorial discretion in legislation and practice in Serbia and other countries of the region. Participants will include legal experts, judges, prosecutors and defence lawyers from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Serbia and Slovenia.
An essay collection called “Simplified forms of procedure in criminal matters: regional criminal procedure legislation and experiences in practice” will be presented at the conference.
Hotel Falkensteiner, Bulevar Mihajla Pupina 10K, Belgrade
The aim of this event is to teach students practical methods of implementing national and international environmental legislation and to support environmental networking among students in different universitites in Serbia. The lecturers include university professors, a judge, and representatives from the Ministry of Energy, the Development and Environmental Protection Aarhus Convention focal point, and the Aarhus Centre.
The programme of the Environmental Law School for 20 law students of Belgrade, Novi Sad, Kragujevac and Nis University, includes the implementation of the Aarhus Convention in Serbia, the role and tasks of Aarhus Centres, environmental and energy safety, legal practice in the field of environmental protection and the presentation of case studies.
These three specialized training sessions will provide an opportunity for Serbian law-enforcement officials to learn about best practices in the field of enforcing environmental law.
Due to the important role of the police in detecting and preventing environmental crimes, these training sessions were designed as follow-up to previous training that the Mission organized for members of the judiciary and the environmental inspectorate from 2009 to 2011.
The training programme will include interactive presentations on best practices in enforcing EU legislation and international environmental treaties delivered by experienced criminal investigators from Austria and Sweden.
3 April, Niš; 4 April, Kragujevac; 5 April, Pančevo
This meeting will provide an opportunity for the police and prosecutors to improve their skills with respect to communicating with the public.
This is the first in the series of four roundtables on the same topic that will be organized in Novi Sad, Kragujevac and Niš in April 2013.
Speakers at the opening will include the Head of the Rule of Law Department at the OSCE Mission to Serbia, Romana Schweiger; Serbia's Commissioner for Information of Public Importance and Personal Data Protection, Rodoljub Šabić; the State Secretary from the Interior Ministry, Vladimir Božović; Serbia's War Crimes Prosecutor, Vladimir Vukčević; and Jelka Jovanović of the Independent Association of Journalists of Serbia.
This series of roundtables will provide opportunities for a discussion of the provisions contained in Serbia's draft law on public information, which is supposed to be introduced at the end of March 2013.
Participants will include representatives of relevant institutions, associations of journalists and other media professionals, public-service broadcasters, national-minority councils, and representatives of national, local and regional media.
5 March, Novi Sad; 12 March, Novi Pazar; 14 March, Niš; 19 March, Belgrade;
Representatives of relevant state and provincial authorities, national-minority councils, media associations, public-service broadcasters, and local and regional media will discuss challenges facing minority-language media in Serbia, as well as content dedicated to minorities in programmes produced by public-service broadcasters and local and regional media. The results of two studies that monitored minority-language media during the 2012 election campaign, conducted by the Independent Association of Journalists of Vojvodina and the Novi Sad School of Journalism, will also be presented at the event.
The Head of the Media Department at the OSCE Mission to Serbia, Dragana Nikolic-Solomon; the Vice President of the Government of Vojvodina and Vojvodina Secretary for Culture and Informationm, Slavisa Grujic; and the Director of the Office for Human and Minority Rights, Suzana Paunovic, will speak at the opening.
The OSCE Secretariat's Gender Section is leading an initiative to establish mentoring networks in the OSCE region, together with a partner organization, KVINFO from Denmark. The initiative is aimed at empowering women in their careers and professional development. Since the OSCE Mission to Serbia already launched this initiative in 2012, the first training course on approaches to mentoring is being organized in Belgrade with the participation of representatives from OSCE field operations.
Gender equality is the subject of the first roundtable in the programme "Share your knowledge - Become a mentor", which is aimed at enriching the experiences and stimulating the careers of young professional women.
Speakers on the panel will include the Republic of Serbia's Commissioner for the Protection of Equality, Nevena Petrusic; a member of the Serbian Parliament, Donka Banovic; the OSCE Mission to Serbia's National Programme Officer, Zorana Antonijevic; and an alumna of the "Share your knowledge - Become a mentor" programme, Sonja Mazibrada.