Within the framework of the IPA programme, the instrument for pre-accession instrument addressed to the Eastern Balkans and Turkey, a call for proposals for the strengthening and development of civil society in Bosnia Herzegovina has been published. The time-limit of the call for proposals expires on July 30th 2010. European Flag (rockcohen – Flickr) Source: P.O.R.E. – Progetto Opportunità delle Regioni in Europa (Opportunities Project for the Regions in Europe). The document on 2007 enlargement strategy underlined the importance of civil society for the democratic process and the development towards European integration. It recognised that civil society still remains relatively weak in the region and that further efforts are necessary to increase freedom of association, to create regulatory framework and public incentives for the development of non-governmental organisations. The strategy document also includes further measures for promoting the development of civil society and dialogue with IPA as an essential part for e focusing the fundamental issues on the construction of the state, good governance and socio-economic reforms in order to challenge the EU’s enlargement process.
The overall objective of this call for proposals is to contribute to democratic stabilization, reconciliation and further development of Bosnia Herzegovina through the strengthening of civil society, participating to decisions and decisional processes at all levels of government and in all sectors of the governance. The specific objective is to stimulate and strengthen the issue on the basis of OSC networks, cooperation, the exchange of knowledge and experience in order to become the strongest partners in dialogue with government authorities.
Documents of the call for proposals
To read the entire text of the call for proposals and all of the documents necessary for submitting the project proposals, go to the special page on the European Commission website.
To be entitled to a subsidy, candidates must:
be legal persons
be non-profit making subjects
be non-governmental organisations
come from a European Union member state, or a country that adheres to the IPA pre-accession instrument (Croatia, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Turkey, Albania, Bosnia- Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia, Kosovo), from a country that enjoys a European neighbourhood partnership (Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Egypt, Georgia, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Moldova, Morocco, Palestinian Authorities of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, Russian Federation, Syria, Tunisia and Ukraine) or from a member state of the European Economic Area (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway).

Initially for this call for proposal only the concept notes must be submitted for the evaluation. Later on, candidates whose concept notes have been pre-selected will be invited to submit a complete application form. After the evaluation of the entire application, an admissibility check will be carried out for those temporarily selected. This check will be made according to the supporting documents requested by the relevant awarding authority.
The total financial assets amount to 2 million euros. Any subsidy granted according to the present call for proposals must range from a minimum (200,000 euros) to a maximum (300,000) sum settled.
Requests to receive information can be sent by e-mail or fax no later than 21 days prior to the deadline for the submission of the concept notes, and clearly indicating a reference to the call for proposals to the following address:
e-mail: Delegation-BIH-Procurement@ec.europa.eu
fax: +387 33 666 037
Source: Vecchio sito IPA