Less than a year has passed since Croatia joined the European Union, but NGOs in Croatia have already successfully concluded their platform building process. During the establishing assembly on February 21, 2014 the Croatian Platform for International Citizen Solidarity (CROPICS) was founded in Zagreb.
The initial group of 24 NGOs from different parts of Croatia have strong experience in the fields of protection of women rights, environment, peacebuilding and transitional justice, volunteerism, youth, education, migration and culture.
The Platform was established with the support of TRIALOG that accompanied the process with platform building seminars and a study visit, as well as with the support of the Croatian Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs. At the assembly the platform board was elected with seven board members. CROPICS has already expressed the interest to join CONCORD on the forthcoming General Assembly in June 2014.
Current priorities of the platform are to increase capacities of Croatian NGOs to become more active in development cooperation projects and to focus on monitoring the implementation of national policies related to development cooperation. The platform also wants to influence EU policies through cooperation with other EU networks, particularly CONCORD. Finally, one of the platform’s aims is to promote solidarity with people across the world on combating poverty, human rights violations and social injustice.
Information provided by Gordan Bosanac, CROPICS