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Project Description

The project “ factoring the environmental portfolio for WB and Turkey in the EU Policy Agenda” is implemented by Co-PLAN (Albania), as leading agency, and ATRC (Kosovo under UNSCR 1244/99), EASD (Serbia), EEB (Belgium), 4X4X4 Balkan Bridges (FYROM), Green Home (Montenegro), LIR Evolution (BiH), punto.sud (Italy) and TEMA (Turkey), as partners.

With an overall amount of 1 M €, the project is co-funded by the European Commission – Directorate General EuropeAid. It started in December 2017 for a duration of 36 months.

The project aims at contributing to improve the environment for civil society and pluralistic media, as effective and accountable independent actors in dialoguing with Governments for influencing environmental policy and decision-making processes. It is expected that the plays a leading role in policy elaboration on environmental issues, orienting the debate in circular economy and climate change issues, involving grass-root environmental CSOs, media and society in the Western Balkans and Turkey region.

More in details:

Overall objective: to contribute to the improvement of environmental policy-making and implementation in compliance with the EU standards. The network foresees to contribute to both improved and intensified inter-action among actors (including environmental CSOs, media and policy-makers) and an overall more enabling technical and financial environment where these actors operate.

Specific objective: to strengthen the profile of as the leading network and bridging actor in influencing the environmental policy in the Western Balkans and Turkey region (vis-à-vis EU). Further, it foresees introducing and initiating a discussion on the Circular Economy concept in the region, as well as intensifying climate change actions.

The following results should be achieved:

Result 1– becomes a leading pan-regional network in the WB and Turkey in orienting and influencing environmental and circular economy policy discussions at an EU level.

Result 2 – CSOs and mainstream/online media are supported by the in the process of improving their skills and work related to environmental issues.

In the frame of the project, punto.sud is firstly playing a sort of crosscutting and transversal role, in particular to:

  • Elaborate and provide common tools for CSO networking and collaboration (small CSO capacity development) to capitalise the experience acquired in the previous phases (from 2012 to 2016);
  • Identify and share good practices within partners (e.g. collaboration with media, re-granting etc.);
  • Contribute to the definition of the financial support to third parties package (e.g. guidelines, templates, M&E modalities) and identification of effective models and share within partners;
  • support the revision of existing e- learning modules, by diversifying topics and modalities, and the strengthening of the communication strategy.

Furthermore, punto.sud is putting the basis to extend some of the key activities to the Italian scenario in order to ensure the spread and exchange of best practices and innovative models in the frame of the circular economy, especially by:

  • Contributing to the preparation of a joint methodology for the assessment of the circular economy applicable in the Western Balkans and Turkey;
  • Reviewing of existing experience in Italy with regard to the circular economy models and practices;
  • Organising of one thematic study tour in Italy on Circular Economy practices.

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Project Details

Title factoring the environmental portfolio for WB and Turkey in the EU Policy Agenda

Country Albania, Kosovo under UNSCR 1244/99, FYROM, Montenegro, BiH, Serbia, Turkey plus Italy

Donor European Commission – Directorate General EuropeAid 

Budget Line EuropeAid/154870/DH/ACT/Multi

Reference Number IPA 2017/397-372

Sectors Civil society, Advocacy, Environment

Implementing Partners

  • Co-PLAN (lead agency)
  • ATRC
  • EASD
  • EEB
  • 4X4X4 Balkan Bridges
  • Green Home
  • LIR Evolution
  • TEMA

Overall project value  EUR 1,083.313

Proportion carried out by punto.sud   8%

% of donor’s funding   90%

Dates (start/end)  December 2017  – November 2020


  • 14 environmental grass-root CSOs in Western Balkans and Turkey
  • 10-14 media organisations in Western Balkans
  • Citizens of the countries
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