SCHOOL OF EUROPEAN INTEGRATION

The School of European Integration was created in 2014 in Mitrovica as an alternative centre of knowledge, education and networking. It is
implemented by NGO Aktiv and the European Movement in Serbia and, is financed by the Kosovo Centre for Open Society. Over the past five years, through their participation in the school’s programmes, more than 250 local representatives have gained practical knowledge of the European Union. Through a series of lectures held by international and regional experts, specially-designed regional seminars in Kopaonik (2014), Durres (2015), and in North Mitrovica (2016 and 2017) as well as through study visits to Belgrade and Pristina (all course cycles), the SEI succeeded in creating a new impetus for stronger cross-border and regional cooperation. An essential backbone of support for the process of European integration and the passing of necessary reforms was created in the north as well as on the central level in the form of network(s) of local leaders and key actors.

Above all, the SEI programme is geared at offering general information to participations on the history and functioning of the EU
(institutions, instruments, policies, as well as on the EU integration and accession process); the acquisition of practical skills through
two-day training sessions (such as on the drafting of projects for EU funds); as well as the opportunity to meet with representatives of
institutions and civil-society organisations that play a meaningful role in the EU accession and integration process during study visits to
Belgrade and Pristina.

Last week, the students of School of European Integrations participated in a study visit to Pristina. There, they visited European Union Office in Kosovo, Ministry of European Integration, Ministry of Internal Affairs, and non-governmental organization Group for legal and political studies. The study visit was organized by Kosovo Foundation for Open Society and NGO Aktiv. The aim of the study visit was to make the students familiar with the work of the main stakeholders in EU integration process, but also to provide them with an opportunity to address the specific problems that the non-majority communities in Kosovo face. In the European Union Office, the students were welcomed by senior political advisor Boyd McKechnie who spoke about benefits and consequences which come as the results of Kosovo Stabilisation and Association Agreement and the role of the EU Office in this process. Among other topics, the students presented a problem of irregular local elections in North Kosovo. In their words, the voters were exposed to great pressures. The international community representatives, even though present as the observers, did nothing to address this obvious situation. Secretary general of Ministry of European Integration, Demush Shasha, in interactive manner talked with the students about the EU integration process in Kosovo, good practices and problems which arise from it. Bekim Hoxha, general director at Civil Registration Agency, responded to the students’ questions about complicated, unclear and discriminatory procedures that Ministry of Internal Affairs requires in recognizing Serbian driving licenses and issuing Kosovar personal documents. At the end of the study visit, at the Group for Legal and Political Studies, the topic of discussion was the impact that civil society has on European agenda in Kosovo and institutions in charge of this process. “As a student of School of European Integrations I am very pleased with the study visit to Pristina. Aside from visiting institutions, the most interesting part were interactive conversations with representatives about current topics”, says Marina Marković

Last week, the students of School of European Integrations participated in a study visit to Pristina. There, they visited European Union Office in Kosovo, Ministry of European Integration, Ministry of Internal Affairs, and non-governmental organization Group for legal...

“Waste management – public communication, social responsibility and citizens’ awarness“, was the tittle of the open lecture held by Stanko Pevac, executive editor of „Kompakt” magazine, the only specilized magazine on waste management and recycling, in the region. The lecture was held on October 6th, as part of the School of European Integration, which NGO Aktiv conducts in partnership with Kosovo Foundation for Open society and European Movement Serbia. The lecturer gave special focus to communication strategies production in the field of waste management, as well as modern mechanisms and channels used in the communication with citizens and worldwide companies experiences in this field. The previous issues of “Kompakt” magazine, raised all the previously mentioned problems, but at the same time offers solutions and advices based on waste management good practices. Mr. Pevac addressed the insufficiency of the landfills in North Kosovo, mentioning the example of landfill “Duboko” and public utility Company in the city of Uzice. Using the example of Croatia lecturer introduced problems and penalties this country that was the last one to join European Union faced, explaining that Serbia needs to act differently in order not to be in the same situation. “Kopakt” magazine writes about the most important gatherings of the recycling associations, one of which was held in Novi Sad. Regular lectures of School of European Integration were held on the same day. The topics were Local development and European Union labour market that were held by Vladan Jerimić, representaive of Regional Development Agency Eastern Serbia and Jovan Protić, representative of iz International Labour Organization (ILO).

“Waste management – public communication, social responsibility and citizens' awarness“, was the tittle of the open lecture held by Stanko Pevac, executive editor of „Kompakt” magazine, the only specilized magazine on waste management and recycling, in the region. The...

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