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05.10.2018 - The Council of BFC Network in FBiH held a meeting in NERDA

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On 05 October 2018 Development Association NERDA hosted the 12th meeting of the BFC Council of the Federation of BiH. The Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina's BFC Network Council is the body that manages the process of certification of municipalities and cities with a favorable business environment (Business Friendly Certificate in South East Europe), consisting of 6 institutions: Federal Ministry of Labor, Entrepreneurship and Crafts, The Federal Chamber of Commerce and Industry and REDAH, REZ, NERDA and SERDA Development Agencies. The Council meets several times a year to discuss current issues in the process of certification implementation, provide guidelines for work in the coming period and receive information on the implementation and development of the process at regional level. At the meeting in Tuzla, the Council was briefed by the President of the Council of Network about the activities of the BFC Regional Council and about the current developments in the last few months. The BiH Technical Secretariat of the Federation of BiH (REDAH) briefed the Council on the current state of the process of certification of municipalities and cities and planned activities in the forthcoming period. The members of the Council made some suggestions regarding the improvement of the process in order to enhance the promotion of certificates and the promotion of certified municipalities and cities. Also, several suggestions were made to further improve the work of the Network itself. All expressed satisfaction with the current status of the process and the interest of the municipalities and cities in the Federation of BiH for the BFC certification. It was agreed that the next meeting would be held in Sarajevo at the end of this or early next year.

27.09.2018 - Kick-off conference for the Danube S3 Cluster Project

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The kick-off conference for the project "Transnational Cluster Cooperation active on Agro–food, based on Smart Specialization Approach in Danube region - Danube S3 Cluster", impelemented within the EU Interreg Danube Transnational Programme, took place on 25 and 26 September 2018 in Sinaia, Romania. NERDA representatvies took part in the conference, as NERDA is one of the implementing partners, and they presented the activities that will be implemented in the BiH territory. The project involves 15 partner institutions from 11 countires and will be implemented over the 36 month-period. The project aims to generate a significant change by developing Danube S3 Cluster Strategy and Programme as transnational strategic documents focused on exploiting the linkages between mutually reinforcing specialization areas across sectors.

26.09.2018 - Final Conference of the Project "Improving tourism in Tuzla through the reconstruction of the Archaeological Park"

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Final conference of the project "Improving tourism in Tuzla through the reconstruction of the Archaeological Park". implemented within the Regional Program of Local Democracy in the Western Balkans (ReLOaD), funded by the European Union and implemented by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), was held on the plateau of the Archaeological Park within the complex of the Pannonian Lakes on September 26, 2018. The partner in the ReLOaD program was also the City of Tuzla, which actively participated in the implementation of activities. The project "Improving Tourism in Tuzla through the Reconstruction of the Archaeological Park" aimed to contribute to the development and promotion of the tourist potentials of the Tuzla City by improving the content of the Pannonian Lake complex, which in the past months has been realized by the Development Association NERDA in cooperation with JKP Pannonica d.o.o. Tuzla and other interested parties. A series of activities in the past nine months of the project partially restored the internal content of the pile dwellings within the Archaeological Park, improved knowledge of the younger population on the cultural, historical and natural heritage of Tuzla, and introduced an innovative tool to promote the unique tourist offer developed by the City through the construction of the Pannonica complex.

18.09.2018 - Final Conference of the Project "Posavina Employment Partnership"

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As part of the project "Posavina Employment Partnership (LPZ)", funded by the European Union under the "Support to Local Employment Partnerships in Bosnia and Herzegovina", implemented by the International Labor Organization (ILO), the final conference of the project took place in Orašje today. It was an opportunity for the project team to present the results achieved to around 50 participants of the conference. Main results of the project are: (1) three programs of professional training for unemployed persons realized in the Secondary Vocational School Orašje; (2) a total of 39 unemployed persons trained for 3 deficient vocations: CNC operator, carpenter and butcher; (3) about 15 new jobs created in Posavina area; (4) Enhanced capacities of the Secondary Vocational School of Orašje for the realization of Vocational Training by procurement of computer equipment and a CNC Machine; (5) Strengthened partnership of local labor market actors to create job opportunities; (6) developed Labor Market Analysis of Posavina County with Recommendations for Improvement of Enrollment Policy. The speakers at the conference were: the Mayor of Orašje Municipality, the Posavina County Employment Service Director, and the Director of the NERDA Development Association. The project has been jointly implemented by the NERDA Association with the partners over the last 15 months: Orašje Municipality, Posavina County Employment Service, Orašje Vocational School and Companies: NEXUS BH, SKELE COMERC and PRIMA VIP.

14.09.2018 - Donation of Company PRIMA VIP

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A donation of meat products to the Association of Disabled Persons "ROAD TO LIFE" took place today in ORašje. The met products were donated by the company PRIMA VIP d.o.o. which partnered with the Association for Development of NERDA in the implementation of the project "Partnership for Employment in Posavina". Namely, the PRIMA VIP company is one of the beneficiaries of the project, through which the unemployed persons get the opportunity for retraining and employment, and the PRIMA VIP company hired the persons trained for the vocation of butcher. As the company received support through the project, financed by the European Union, they decided to express their good will and donate meat products to the beneficiaries of the Association, which gathers about 150 disabled children. The joy of the employees and beneficiaries of the Association was shared with representatives of NERDA and PRIMA VIP.

05.09.2018 - The fifth meeting of the project team in Orašje

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The fifth and final meeting of the project team implementing the project "Partnership for Employment in Posavina" funded by the European Union, took place in Orašje on 05 September 2018. At the meeting the team performed an overview of realized activities, agreed on the term and program of the final conference of the project, and prepared for the external evaluation of the project. This was an opportunity for the project team to reflect on the results and effects of the project, and to discuss possible new projects.

31.07.2018 - Presentation of USAID WHAM Project

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The presentation of the USAID WHAM project Public Call was presented in the premiseso f Development Association NERDA today. The Public Call is directed to small and medium enterprises from metal processing, wood processing and textile, leather and shoes economic sectors. This was an opportunity to present the terms and conditions of the Call as wel las the criteria that must be met by the applicants. The Public Call is open until 12 September 2018. More about the Project at: https://www.whambih.org/

09.07.2018 - Presentation of the final draft of the Labor Market Analysis

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Within the project EU-funded project "Employment Partnership in Posavina" the presentation of the final draft of the "Labor Market Analysis with Recommendations for Improving Enrolment Policy in Posavina County" was organized in Orašje. The final draft of the "Labor Market Analysis with Recommendations for Improving Enrolment Policy in Posavina County" was a result of the research aimed to gather the data on the labor market situation owned by the Employment Service of Posavina County and compare them with the needs and plans of employers and with curricula and programs of educational institutions.

06.07.2018 - Project Cycle Management Training

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During the period from 3 to 5 July 2018, NERDA held a training session on "Project Cycle Management" in Bijeljina for 26 representatives of local governments, NGOs and other actors from the Drina-Sava and Drina-Tara region. The training was hosted and financed by the SWG. The participants from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Montenegro had the opportunity to get acquainted with the basics of project proposal design, as well as work on developing concrete project ideas through interactive workshops. Training has been rated as excellent and the participants gave recommendations for continuing such co-operation in the area of capacity building and creation of preconditions for cross-border projects.

20.06.2018 - Visit of the representatives of ILO and the Ministry of Civil Affairs of BiH

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Representatives of the ILO and the Ministry of Civil Affairs of BiH paid a field visit to the Posavina Employment Partnership in Orašje today. On this occasion, they held a meeting with the members of the project team in the premises of the Center for Entrepreneurship of Orašje Municipality, which was followed by a visit to the Secondary Vocational School as well as to the NEXUS BiH company, which employed 5 CNC operators trained through the project. This was an opportunity to present the results of the project, but also the challenges in its implementation.

05.06.2018 - The second focus group in Orašje

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Within the project "Employment Partnership in Posavina", the second focus group was organized in Orašje on the topic "Improving the supply of labor in Posavina through the promotion of educational interventions - challenges and opportunities". The Focused Group Discussion is part of the "Labor Market Analysis with Recommendations for Improving Enrollment Policy in Posavina County", which aims to improve the enrollment policy by comparing the data on the labor market situation owned by the Employment Service of Posavina County with the needs and plans of employers and with curricula and programs of educational institutions. Today's focus group has brought together 11 actors in the labor market from non-governmental orgaizations, educational institutions, Orašje Municipality and Cantonal Office for EU integration and development.

04.06.2018 - NERDA and the City of Tuzla organized a presentation of LOD Methodology

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On Friday, 01 June 2018, the Department of Economic Development and Social Affairs of the City of Tuzla, in cooperation with Development Association NERDA, organized a workshop and presentation of the LOD methodology, which will be used to allocate the financial resources from the Tuzla City Budget in the forthcoming period to support projects by non-profit organizations. This interactive workshop was attended by representatives of interested civil society organizations from Tuzla, who had the opportunity to get acquainted with the method of preparation of documents that should be submitted with the application for allocation of financial resources.

01.06.2018 - "Partnership for Employment in Posavina" project presented at the EUSR Debate

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The 14th Debate within the EUSR "EU Visit to Local Communities" was organized in Orašje today. It brought together entrepreneurs, representatives of public administration, public companies and civil society organizations, farmers, youth and other actors of local development. The "Partnership for Employment in Posavina" project, implemented by NERDA with the partners in Orašje and Posavina, was presented and promoted at this event, together with colleagues from ILO Office in BiH.

30.05.2018 - The first focus group for the Labor Market Analysis

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Within the project "Employment Partnership in Posavina", the first focus group was organized in Orašje on the topic "Improving the supply of labor in Posavina through the promotion of educational interventions - challenges and opportunities". The Focused Group Discussion is part of the "Labor Market Analysis with Recommendations for Improving Enrollment Policy in Posavina County", which aims to improve the enrollment policy by comparing the data on the labor market situation owned by the Employment Service of Posavina County with the needs and plans of employers and with curricula and programs of educational institutions. Today's focus group has brought together 16 actors in the labor market from the local governments, employers, employment bureaus and the project team, which will be followed by another focus group attended by representatives of educational institutions, the non-government sector and the unemployed.

24.05.2018 - Study Visit to Belgrade

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During the period from 21 to 23 May 2018 a study visit to Belgrade was carried out within the project "Partnership for Employment in Posavina". Members of the Project Team with representatives of Domaljevac and Odžak Municipalities visited the 62nd International Technical and Technological Fair, then met with the Minister of Labor, Employment, Social Affairs and Veterans Issues in the Government of Serbia, and also visited the National Employment Service. The three-day visit was an opportunity not only to get acquainted with the latest trends presented at the Fair, but also to exchange experiences with Serbian institutions implementing programs and measures to encourage employment.

24.05.2018 - 3rd Interactive Educational Workshop with students of the primary school „St. Francis“ Tuzla

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Students of the primary school „St. Francis“ of the Catholic School Center in Tuzla were participants of the third interactive educational workshop that was held today in the Archaeological Park within the "Promotion of Tourism through Renewal of Archaeological Park in Tuzla" Project. At this workshop, students expanded their knowledge of cultural-historical and natural heritage of Tuzla. This project is implemented by NERDA within the Regional Programme on Local Democracy in the Western Balkans - ReLOaD, funded by EU and implemented by UNDP.

22.05.2018 - 2nd Interactive Educational Workshop with students of the primary school "Pazar“ Tuzla

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The second educational workshop was held today as part of the "Promotion of Tourism through Renewal of Archaeological Park in Tuzla" project, and participants of this workshop were students of the Primary School "Pazar" from Tuzla accompanied by their teacher. After the tour of Geological exhibition and an introductory Lecture, the students drew monuments in the area of Tuzla. This project is implemented by NERDA within the Regional Programme on Local Democracy in the Western Balkans - ReLOaD, funded by EU and implemented by UNDP.

17.05.2018 - 1st Interactive Educational Workshop with students of the primary school "Center“ Tuzla

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Development Association NERDA organized today the 1st workshop within the "Promotion of Tourism through renewal of Archaeological Park in Tuzla" on the importance of cultural-historical and natural heritage in the town of Tuzla. Participants of the workshop were students of the 4th grade of the primary school "Centar" from Tuzla accompanied by their teachers. This project is implemented by NERDA within the Regional Programme on Local Democracy in the Western Balkans - ReLOaD, funded by EU and implemented by UNDP.

09.05.2018 - Meeting within the „Promotion of Tourism through renewal of Archeological Park in Tuzla“ Project

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Representatives of NERDA held a regular working meeting with the management of JKP Pannonica Ltd Tuzla about ongoing activities within the project. The organization of three interactive educational workshops for elementary school student from Tuzla will be held in Pannonica. Another ongoing project activity is the reconstruction of a part of dwellings in the Archaeological Park of the Pannonica complex. The project is implemented in the framework of the Regional Programme on Local Democracy in the Western Balkans - ReLOaD, funded by the European (EU) and implemented by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).

27.04.2018 - Fourth meeting of the Project Team - LEP Posavina

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The fourth meeting of the project team implementing the project "Employment Partnership in Posavina", funded by the European Union, took place in Orašje on 27 April 2018. At the meeting the team was informed of the project activities implemented in the period between the two meetings, also the team agreed on the pcoming activities: development of Labor Market Analysis, focus groups, and study visit. Also, the team carried out the second internal monitoring of the project implementation.



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