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SCIENTIA – Small CIities Energy efficieNt Territorial Innovative Action (2015)

The Project SCIENTIASmall CIties Energy efficient Territorial Innovative Action, which is funded by the EU through another large project titled "Advocacy NGOs networks for sustainable use of energy and natural resources in the Western Balkans and Turkey - ETNAR". Project implementation starts from 01/09/2015 to 01/02/2016. Project Coordinator is Miloš Radivojević.

Overall objective: Contribution in improving and promoting the implementation of Strategy of Energy Development of Republic of Serbia until 2025 with projections for 2030 on a local level in Serbia.

Specific objectives:

  • Increasing the awareness level of small cities’ local authorities and citizens about the importance of energy efficiency for sustainable development;
  • Presenting the concept of an energy efficient small city and the impacts of its implementation on local and central levels of governance by publishing a brochure;
  • Promotion of best practice examples of energy efficient small cities in Europe;
  • Presentation of analyzed results to the Ministry of Energy and Mining and Ministry of Public Administration and Local Self-government with concrete suggested actions from the local level.

Expected results of the project are: the issuance of the publication, promotion of the publication in 5 small cities of the Republic of Serbia, encouraging civic activism in area of energy efficiency, emphasizing the concept of energy-efficient of small towns to local governments through written proposal with proposal of further steps.

Project flyer and poster can be downloaded here


CIVIS Association, in cooperation with the Ministry for Economy and Regional Development of the Republic of Serbia, has successfully implemented the project New Economic Diplomacy – Opportunities and Challenges.

The general objective of the project was to increase the information, education and motivation so that the values of Economic Diplomacy and new establishment of the network of Economic Counsellors of the Republic of Serbia could be perceived at micro, mid and macro level (state and economy) in order to achieve a better positioning of Serbia on the world map. The second goal was to explain, in a correct and understandable way, that “New Economic Diplomacy” improves bilateral relations, contributes to the increase of direct foreign investments and economic exchange and presents interests of Government economic policies.

Publication with the same title, New Economic Diplomacy – Opportunities and Challenges, was written and promoted within the project. The publication included five introductory texts by prominent authors who addressed the questions of defining, content and significance of economic diplomacy, the rules of functioning, plurality of benefits and transparency of the functioning; as well as its advantages in comparison to classic diplomacy.

Two promotions of the publication were organised in Belgrade, Novi Sad, Nis, Kragujevac and Novi Pazar - one at the University, designed for the expert public and students of all branches of economy and international relations, and the other in cooperation with the Chamber of Commerce, designed and adapted for businessmen.

The project was supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (Belgrade Office), the Swiss Peace and Crises Management Foundation and the Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan.


A workshop in Dijon (France) entitled Accession of the Western Balkans to the EU – Evaluating a Process, was organised by Bourgogne – Balkans Express Association, in partnership with Sciences Po Paris and the European Commission. CIVIS Association has offered a concrete project, on the topic of Economic actors and the process of adhesion – Can CEFTA be effective without having a significant national reform?


International Secretary General of CIVIS Association gave a lecture at the Ninth Summer School at Research Center "Baltic Practice", which was organized from the 1st to the 9th of August 2009, in Bruges (Belgium), with the assistance of Moscow Higher School of Economics.

The Summer School had five main topics: small business, human rights, democratic development, corporate governance and Bologna process. During summer school, close to 40 students and doctoral students, together with professors and experts from Russia, Slovakia, Belgium and Council of Europe, discussed these topics, focusing on their sphere of interest. This multidisciplinary project included research, human rights education, as well as questions on European cooperation and integration. 


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