The Social Dimension Initiative was launched in 2018 as part of the endeavour of the ASB and local civil society organisations from the Western Balkans, and supported by a group of distinguished members of the European Parliament, to enhance dialogue between the civil sector, citizens and political elites both in European Union (EU) and WB on the necessity of stronger social dimension of the EU integration for WB countries. Already at the Regional Conference held in November 2018 in Belgrade, the SDI gathered Ministers in charge of the social policy from Western Balkans, regional civil society and media as well as representatives of the EU institutions and other international partners have expressed their firm commitment to support the Initiative. On this occasion, the Declaration on Improving Social Policy in the Western Balkans was signed by all WB social Ministers and constructive dialogue initiated furthering improvement of social and employment policies and measures.
This initial Conference gathered more than 150 participants, 60 WB CSOs included, and announced beginning of the mentoring programme for 65 least developed municipalities across the region in developing relevant project ideas for the final regional project portfolio.
In order to address country specific topics and needs and continue national and dialogue with the European partners, we organise national conferences in Tirana, Pristina, Sarajevo, Podgorica, Skopje and Belgrade. In addition to presentation of the specific social needs and problems in this countries, the event is an opportunity to present local communities that take active part in the mentoring process and to address particular issues of IPA funding and social impact of EU integration, support to social issues and particularly social entrepreneurship and other local initiatives that tackle rudimentary social community needs in WB countries
First national conferences will be held in Tirana on April 10th and in Pristina on April 11th. 2019.
ASB is a German aid and welfare organisation, engaged in areas such as civil protection, rescue services and social welfare services. As a non-political organisation, ASB has, since its foundation in 1888, provided rapid and direct help to all those in need of our support.
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