From 23 to 29 March 2014, in cooperation with the Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC) Serbia, Belgrade Fund for Political Excellence has organized a study visit to Brussels for representatives of CSOs – grantees of the Civil Society Forward (CSF) program.
Participants were informed about the work and functioning of Brussels-based institutions, they met with numerous officials and held some exceptionally useful meetings regarding the organizational and financial sustainability of civil society in Serbia.
Besides meeting with representatives of European Commission, European Parliament, and many other foundations and organizations, the representatives of CSOs met with TRIALOG representatives on 26 March.
Serbian CSOs representatives learned about what European CSOs do in development cooperation and development education. Ms Rebecca Steel-Jasińska, TRIALOG project manager, also talked about how long it took Central and Eastern European NGOs to start working on cooperation projects in new regions and to become active in EU development policy issues.
Ms Mirjam Sutrop, TRIALOG Liaison Officer, introduced CONCORD to the CSO representatives from Serbia. They had an opportunity to learn about the functioning of a big confederation and see what the benefits of working in a large network are.
For more information regarding the entire study visit to Brussels, visit the website of Belgrade Fund for Political Excellence.
Photo credits: TRIALOG; in the photo: participants of the study visist.
Information provided by Ivana Tabasevic Belgrade Fund for Political Excellence (BFPE)