26 April 2017
"EU for YOU" Campaign in Shtip
Ambassador Samuel Žbogar, Head of the Delegation of the European Union, visited the city of Shtip, as part of the "EU for YOU" campaign. The campaign has the objective to raise awareness and inform the public about the EU assistance in the country. In Shtip, the Ambassador met the Mayor Mr. Ilcho Zahariev, as well as beneficiaries of EU funded projects.
Ambassador Žbogar addressed civil society representatives at the Info Day for the recently launched Call for Proposals under IPA CSF 2016-2017 Programme. The IPA Civil Society Facility (CSF) is a tool for supporting the civil society organisations in their active participation in ensuring democratic practices of the countries in the Western Balkans and Turkey.
Under the facility which amounts to 5 mil EUR, 19 projects received financial support. These projects will be active in a number of areas that are needed in the process of national reforms that will bring the country closer to accession process. Most of these projects will aim to contribute to improved living conditions of the citizens. The issues that are at stake are: support and enhancement of fundamental rights of citizens, reforming public administration to deliver better quality services for the people and supporting inclusiveness of vulnerable groups, including Roma, into society by giving them new opportunities.