The Fifth Phase of the Civil Society Dialogue Programme and Second Phase of Civil Society Support Programme started on April 10, 2019 with a well-attended opening ceremony.
The ceremony started with the opening remarks of Central Finance and Contracts Unit Director, Mehmet Selim Uslu; Head of Delegation of the European Union to Turkey, Ambassador Christian Berger; Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Director for EU Affairs, Ambassador Faruk Kaymakcı. Representatives from public organizations, embassies and civil society organizations which have been granted under the new phase participated in the meeting.
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Director for EU Affairs, Ambassador Faruk Kaymakcı indicated that a strong civil society is the main supporter of Turkey in relations with the EU; it is important for each civil society representative to fulfill their activities for supporting Turkey’s EU membership; since they are regarded as the ambassadors of Turkey in EU member states.
After the opening speeches a panel, moderated by Acting Director General of Financial Cooperation and Project Implementation Bülent Özcan, was held. Project Implementation Trainings are helding on 11-12 April 2019 for grant beneficiaries.
Fifth Phase of the Civil Society Dialogue
During the second phase of the IPA covering 2014-2020 period, under the Fifth Phase of Civil Society Dialogue between Turkey and EU V (CSD-V); a total of 7 million euros has been allocated to 40 dialogue projects that will be implemented by CSOs from the EU and Turkey. In addition to projects which directly target development of dialgoue and cooperation, there are also social projects for disadvantaged groups including people with disabilities, refugees and elderly persons. Furthermore, there are also sectoral projects that will be implemented in the fields of education, health, food, agriculture, environment and climate change and gender equality as a cross cutting theme. 32 projects are from Turkey while 7 are from EU countries and 1 from a candidate country Bosnia-Herzegovina .
Second Phase of the Civil Society Support Programme
Second phase of the Civil Society Support Programme planned in 2015 sequential of the first phase aims at enhancing capacities of the CSOs for participation, reputation and stronger civil dialogue with a grant amount of 4 million euros.
In the second phase, these priorities are supported: ensuring administrative and financial sustainability; enhancing communication and advocacy skills; development of participation in decision-making processes at local, national and international level; strengthening transparency and accountability; increasing the role of active citizenship. The program reaches out to a wide range of target groups such as women, children, youth and disadvantaged persons via CSOs working on fields such as health, agriculture, education, environment, food, and media. Within the scope of the second phase of the Civil Society Support Programme 31 projects were awarded from 12 provinces in Turkey.
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