Civil Society Dialogue is a programme bringing together civil society organisations from Turkey and the EU around common topics, to exchange knowledge and experience, and to build a sustained conversation between the organisations.
For the official website of Civil Society Dialogue Programme, click here: civilsocietydialogue.org
The Programme is co-financed by the European Union and the Republic of Turkey under the Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA). The Ministry for European Union Affairs is the responsible institution for the technical implementation of the programme, while the Central Finance and Contracts Unit is the contracting authority.
Since its launch in 2008, the Civil Society Dialogue Programme has supported over 200 dialogue partnerships in many different fields, witnessing hundreds of activities to bring EU and Turkish communities closer together and create a greater mutual understanding amongst them. To date through the first three phase, a total of 31.6 million Euros has funded these activities. These areas will include Environment; Energy; Consumer and Health Protection; Justice, Freedom and Security; Right of Establishment and Freedom to Provide Services; Regional Policy and Coordination of Structural Elements; Enterprise and Industrial Policy; Agriculture and Fisheries; and Education.
CURRENT PHASE (2014-2015 )
The current phase of the Programme is hosting dialogue projects from civil society organisations and institutions from Turkey and Europe that are active in the fields of media and the EU accession political criteria.
MEDIA’S ROLE IN EU-TURKEY RELATIONS
2.1 million Euros has been granted to 16 dialogue projects of media institutions, to help support their role in making the EU, its values and the benefits of membership better known to the public both in Turkey and the EU member states.
These 16 projects will run until mid-2016 by various media institutions, media-focussed civil society organisations and Professional Bodies of media members, across a wide range of different themes, contributing to a more participatory EU-Turkey relationship.
CIVIL SOCIETY SUPPORT TO DEMOCRATIC VALUES
Grants amounting to 4.9 million Euros have been awarded to 39 projects on three main priorities: human rights, anti-discrimination and democracy and the rule of law.
These grant projects will be implemented by partnerships of over 40 CSOs from Turkey and the EU with the goal of enabling civil society to make its contributions to the political reform process and to assist it in conveying the results of this process to the public. To this end, these CSO partnerships will be hosting a series of mutual learning and knowledge sharing activities, at locations across Europe and Turkey.
DIALOGUE SEMINARS WITH MEDIA MEMBERS, CSOs AND PUBLIC OFFICIALS
In parallel to the grants, a series of dialogue seminars will be organised to create a strong network between civil society organisations, media members and public officials as the primary actors in the accession process. These seminars aim to strengthen the capacity of these actors to work collectively to support improved understanding of EU-Turkey relations.
The programme of dialogue seminars will be published soon at our website.
FIRST PHASE (2008-2009)
The first phase of the Programme was implemented during 2008-2009 period. In this phase, 19,3 million Euros of financial support was granted to 119 projects designed and implemented by municipalities, professional organizations, universities, and youth organisations from Turkey and the EU for their dialogue and networking activities. In total, these projects helped to foster 153 civil society partnerships from Turkey, involving organisations from 21 different EU Member States.
To read more about the dialogue projects of the first phase and their stories visit here.
SECOND PHASE – 2010-2012
In the second phase of the Programme, focusing on Culture & Arts, and Agriculture & Fisheries, 41 dialogue projects were successfully completed, with a budget of over 5 million Euros and involving more than 160 different CSOs from Turkey and the EU. In addition, almost 280 thousand Euros supported the award of micro grants that helped small size dialogue ideas of CSOs.
To read more about dialogue projects and their stories visit here.
WHAT’S COMING UP?
In order to enable the dialogue to continue without a break, a call for proposals for new grant projects is planned in the near future. In this expected fourth phase of the programme, projects across nine policy areas of the EU will be supported with a total budget of 11 million Euros. These areas will include environment; energy; consumer and health protection; justice, freedom and security; right of establishment and freedom to provide services; regional policy and coordination of structural instruments; enterprise and industrial policy; agriculture and fisheries and education. The calls will be published on websites of the Ministry for European Union Affairs (www.ab.gov.tr) and the Central Finance and Contracts Unit (www.cfcu.gov.tr).
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