COUNTRY: Germany, Macedonia, Kosovo, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania
CLIENT: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
PROJECT DURATION: 18.04.2017 – 30.09.2018
OVERALL PROJECT VALUE: 236,165.00 €
Accession to the EU is a declared political goal of the five countries of the Western Balkans: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia and Serbia. Furthermore, with the exception of Kosovo, they have ratified the European Social Charter and have assumed the obligation to guarantee comprehensive social rights.
There are still deficiencies in these countries’ transposition of the Community Acquis (the body of rights and obligations common to EU Member States). This is particularly evident in terms of social policy and the guarantees for social rights, including the right to non-discrimination. Those suffering the consequences are primarily the members of vulnerable groups, including ethnic minorities (above all the Roma), internally displaced people, people with disabilities, migrants, refugees, women and girls.
The aim of the regional project SoRi is to improve the conditions for securing equal social rights to vulnerable groups in selected municipalities in the Western Balkan. Primarily state institutions, which are the entities obliged to guarantee human rights and social services, but also Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) which provide services are at the focus of the human rights approach of the project. Their capacities (both the employees' individual capacities and the organisational capacities of state institutions) should be strengthened with this project.
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