Building cross-border capacity
Through a Hungarian NGO, the Norway Grants support training for more than 400 representatives of municipalities, universities and NGOs in the Balkans and Ukraine in conflict reconciliation, democratisation and civil society development.
The Szeged Centre for Security Policy, a research non-governmental organisation (NGO) in the south-eastern part of Hungary, organises training courses, conferences and research activities for municipalities, universities and NGOs in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Ukraine.
The voluntary and civil society sector is poorly developed in these countries, and there is a need for training initiatives to strengthen the competencies of local actors. Moreover, the Centre plays an important role in spreading reliable and objective research findings and information in order to encourage public debate about foreign and security policy issues.
From Europe to Europe
Through the Centre's "From Europe to Europe" project, financed by the Norway Grants, 17 week-long training courses have been held for more than 400 participants from across the region. The core focus areas of the courses are municipal development, EU regionalism and institutional reforms and the role of NGOs in the promotion of democratisation and regional security.
These courses and conferences do not only provide for training and capacity-building of local and regional stakeholders, but also provide an opportunity for sharing experiences and forming informal networks across ethnic and political boundaries. This is well in line with the centre's outspoken aim of being a contact point between regional and local actors from the Balkans and Central Europe as well as Western Europe.
The Szeged Centre for Security Policy is set up by the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, the University of Szeged and the Municipality of Szeged.
FROM EUROPE TO EUROPE
Regional policy and cross-border activities
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Szeged Centre for Security Policy
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Grant agreement date:
07 December 2006
The purpose of the grant is to support the work of the Szeged Centre for Security Policy in providing training to representatives of civil society organisations (including NGOs), professional organisations, the social partners and local authorities from South-East Europe (Serbia – including Kosovo, Sandjac and Vojvodina –, Montenegro, Macedonia, Albania, Bosnia and Hercegovina), as well as from Ukraine. The training courses cover a series of topics based on two principle strands: ‘Municipalities, EU regionalism and institutional reforms’ (including the principles of self-governance; the tasks of municipalities; sustainable development; cross-border cooperation) and ‘The role of NGOs in the promotion of democratisation and regional security’ (including the relations between NGOs and CSOs on the one hand and state bodies and European institutions on the other; the role of such organisations in the areas of security and foreign policy, including regionalism and cross-border activities; and the representation and protection of minority groups or gender equality).
The grant will be used to finance approximately 16 training courses for about 400 participants during which participants will receive information on the aforementioned topics, as well as provide an opportunity for course participants to network. The grant will finance the travel and accomodation costs of course participants, as well as organisational costs related to the organisation and running of the training courses.