Training session for Sub grantees on managing grants!

72102640 914027552308787 1648452063597690880 nOn 19th of September EDEN centre in frame of GEAR project, Project activity Develop and Publish Call for Proposals for projects of CSOs and organise awarding and implementation of projects by CSOs, organized a training session with CSOs sub grantees of the sub granting program for raising capacities of CSOs in Albania.
There were 6 CSO winner of this sub granting program, which is focused in different cities of Albania. In total were present 13 participants. From each CSOs were present the project director, project coordinator and the financial officer.
The training session took place in the premises of the Europe House in Tirana. The training session was conducted by grant manager Ms. Albana Joxhe and the Financial Officer Ms. Reirta Fero.
The main objective of the training session was to provide to CSOs recommendations on project implementation, procurements, contractual procedures, communication among the contracting party and Contracting Authority, visibility and reporting requirements.
The main expected results of the training session were:
 6 representatives of local Albania CSOs were informed about their project implementation
 Coordinators and financial officers were informed about rules reporting, expenses, bills, etc
 CSOs were given recommendations on how to implement in a good way and in line with EU rules their project proposals
 CSOs understand how they can be flexible in communication, visibility, reporting through them and contracting authority

In general the impression from the sub grantees was welcoming and they were intensively involved in the discussion among each other. Many questions were raised up regarding the language of the documents and the visibility of the activities.
This activity is financial supported by European Commission.

Pesticide cocktails in European Food

Over a quarter of the food consumed in Europe contains residues of two or more pesticides, according to the annual report published by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). For certain foods the situation is much worse: more than 60% of the popular summer fruits tested (currants, sweet cherries, strawberries and bananas) come with pesticide “cocktails”.

PAN Europe highlights that the absence of a safety assessment for pesticide mixtures present in our food not only fails to address the EU law requirements, but it also puts consumer health at risk in a clear violation of human rights.     

For fourteen years, EU law[1] requires to address cumulative and synergistic effects of pesticides in safety assessment, yet Regulators continue to carry out safety assessments as if humans were exposed to a single pesticide - which, according to the report, is far from the truth.

The EFSA report, which is based mainly on fruit and vegetable samples collected in 2017 across all EU Member States, reconfirms the worryingpan results from previous years: just over half (54%) of the food tested was free of detectable pesticide residues, whereas over one in four (27.5 %) contained 2 or more pesticide residues (Fig. 1 and 2). The maximum number of residues in a single sample (peppers) was 30 and a total of 353 pesticides were detected across EU. Two in three (62%) EU fruits and nuts from conventional farming contain pesticides. Higher rates of pesticide mixtures may be found in our summer salads: 70% of the currants and blackberries, and over 60% of cherries, strawberries, lettuce, rocket and bananas were found to have two or more pesticide residues.    

For decades scientists have been raising the alarm that chemical mixtures may magnify the toxic potential of individual chemicals alone, including pesticides, making the safety assessment of “one chemical, one assessment” unfit to guarantee consumers’ safety. Furthermore, persistent and highly toxic pesticides (DDT, hexaclorobenzene) and other persistent organic pollutants (POPs) that have already been banned, continue to be present in our food (meat particularly) establishing a continuous background exposure level to toxic chemicals.

Consumption of food high in pesticide residues has been linked to reduced fertility rates in women and sperm quality in men. Moreover, some of the pesticides found in EU food have endocrine disrupting properties and should be banned according to EU law[2]. For example, chlorpyrifos, which is a neurotoxic insecticide shown to affect brain development in children, is one of the pesticides most often found in EU food and most often exceeding the Maximum Residue Limits (400 samples). Boscalid, an endocrine disrupting fungicide according to Commission’s 2016 impact assessment, is in the top 5 pesticides detected. Glyphosate, the active ingredient of Monsanto’s (now Bayer) Roundup, which is classified as a probable carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, was most often detected in lentils (42%), barley (23.5%) and peas (25%), and exceeded the safety limits in honey.   

Angeliki Lysimachou, Science Policy Officer of PAN Europe says “The rate of exposure to pesticide mixtures has increased in the past years and while Regulators are - for over a decade now - promising to develop an assessment protocol for mixtures, consumers have become ‘guinea pigs’. We call upon our Regulators to immediately place an additional safety factor for mixtures and stop pretending that chemical mixtures are safe.”    

Contact PAN Europe, Angeliki Lysimachou, +32 2 318 62 55, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Pesticide cocktails in European Food

CORRIGENDUM No 1-OPEN CALL FOR PROPOSAL!

CORRIGENDUM No 1 to the Guidelines for grant applicants
Publication reference: GEAR/2017/394-354/AL

Location: Albania

The Guidelines for grant applicants are amended as follows:
Point No 5 – How to prepare and send project proposals

Instead of:

With the application package, the applicants must submit the following supporting documents:
A copy of the balance sheet and the profit and loss account4 of the organisation for 2017 and 2018 for the applicant;

4 The certificate of the Tax Administration shall be submitted with the balance sheet and the profit and loss account

Read:

With the application package, the applicants must submit the following supporting documents (one printed copy):
A copy of the balance sheet and the profit and loss account of the organisation for 2017 and 2018 for the applicant.

The obligation to submit the copies of the balance sheet and profit and loss accounts for 2017 does not apply for organisations established in 2018, and the obligation to submit the copies of the balance sheet and profit and loss account for 2017 and 2018 does not apply for organisations established in 2019 (and which fulfil the obligatory criterion of being established at least 6 months prior to the deadline for submission of project proposals).

Organisations which, due to justified reasons (in accordance with the national legislation) still do not have the balance sheet and profit and loss account for 2018 shall submit the statement of income for 2018. The Contracting Authority reserves the right to ask for the financial statements (balance sheet and profit and loss account) where applicable, during the evaluation phase.

All other terms and conditions of the Guidelines for grant applicants remain unchanged. The above alterations and/or corrections to the Guidelines for grant applicants are integral part of the Application package published within the Call GEAR/2017/394-354/AL.

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Open call for proposals

Workshop për ekonominë qarkulluese

Ditën e enjte dhe të premte (20-21 qershor 2019), qendra EDEN zhvilloi workshopin “Të njihemi me ekonominë qarkulluese-një qasje e re për një shoqëri aktive”. Workshopi i zhvilluar në Tiranë me qëllim sjelljen e konceptit të ekonomisë qarkulluese sa më të afërt për pjesëmarrësit që të mund tëekon qarkullues certfikata zhndërrohet në një sjellje jetese. Në workshop morrën pjesë 32 pjesëmarrës nga organizata të shoqërisë civile në Shqipëri dhe nga nisma ekonomike që kanë në fokus të punës së tyre parimet e ekonomisë qarkulluese.

Workshopi u përqëndrua në shpjegimin e terminologjisë së ekonomisë qarkulluese, përfitimet që vijnë në zbatimin e këtij koncepti në ekonominë e sotme të zhvillimit, praktikat e ndjekura në botë dhe në Shqipëri. Shembuj konkret të zbatimit të konceptit të ekonomisë qarkulluese u sollën në workshop dhe nga pjesëmarrësit. Konceptit në ditët e sotme ka gjetur një zbatim më të gjerë në vend dhe interesi i nismave të reja ekonomike përqëndrohet edhe me shumë në zbatimin e tij për shkak dhe të përfitimeve që sjell.
Dita e dytë e workshopit kishte si synim që pjesëmarrëist u përqëndruan në zhvillim e një ideje konkrete mbi parimin e ekonomisë qarkulluese, sipas fokusit të tyre të punës. Ideja e konceptuar ka për qëllim që të rrisi ndërgjegjësimin e banorëve mbi këtë koncept dhe të ndikoje në pushtetin lokal. Grupet e formuara në këtë workshop të cilat ideuan idetë e tyre, do të zbatojnë në terren idenë e tyre në vijim të finalizimit dhe të planit të veprimit.ek.qarkull merge
“Nuk kisha njohuri të shumta mbi këtë koncept kaq të përdorur se fundmi, tashmë jam më i qartë dhe zbatimi i një ideje konkrete në terren qartëson dijet e mara”:- u shpreh një prej pjesëmarrësve.

Fotografitë e workshopit mund ti ndiqni në facebook të qendrës EDEN duke klikuar këtu.

Qendra EDEN e realizoi këtë workshop në kuadër të projektit Vënia në pah e Ekonomisë Qarkulluese- si një përqasje e re për një shoqëri aktive, nëpërmjet Co-PLAN ( Instituti për Zhvillimin e Habitatit) me fonde të Bashkimit Evropian, si pjesë e projektit ENV.Net Faktorizimi i Portofolit Mjedisor për Ballkanin Perëndimor dhe Turqinë në Axhendën e Politikave të BE-së.