Chapter 27 – Environment and Climate Change is also the most challenging sector in the EU accession process facing Serbia. Chapter 27 alone accounts for one-third of the EU acquis and requires the most wide-ranging action and the highest level of investment of all the chapters. Despite the scope and importance of these reforms, this topic still largely evades public discourse.
Civil society organizations (CSOs) play a key role in monitoring and (re)directing strategic directions of the Serbian government in the environmental sector. CSOs are the bridge between institutions and citizens and can influence citizens’ support for environmental reforms.
The programme’s objective is to enforce the reforms in the environmental sector in Serbia through more active involvement of CSOs in the implementation of EU acquis and constant cooperation of stakeholders.
ECO SYSTEM seeks to connect citizens, civil society organizations, and decision-makers. With a joint effort, they will drive positive changes in the environmental sector.
The main activities of the ECO SYSTEM programme will focus on informing and educating our target groups, as well as encouraging dialogue and proactive attitude among them.
Our goal is to improve the civil society sector’s knowledge about the environmental acquis of the EU. This knowledge should have a proactive component, enabling CSOs to take part in reforms with authority and substantial capacity to drive changes.
Networking is one of the prerequisites for tackling multifaceted projects dealing with Chapter 27. By the end of 2022, we will work on improving the dialogue and cooperation between CSOs and institutions when it comes to adopting and implementing EU environmental acquis.
By improving CSO’s capacities and networking, ECO SYSTEM will also contribute to their greater visibility. By the end of 2022, we will work on improving the dialogue and cooperation between CSOs and institutions when it comes to adopting and implementing EU environmental acquis.
Apart from informing citizens about the state of the environment, ECO SYSTEM will also seek to establish collective understanding about the many benefits of environmental protection. The programme will promote the crucial role of individuals in legislating, practicing, and monitoring environmental reforms.
Considering the special focus of this program on gender sensitive planning, the goal of ECO SYSTEM is to include women in the decision making process and create environmental reforms with women’s needs in mind.