Establishment of Western Balkans Fund

Government Self-Assessment Brainstorming Meeting Held in Belgrade
November 30, 2015
First Regional Conference in Region “Philanthropy in the Western Balkans and Turkey: Investment for the Future” organized by TACSO
November 30, 2015

Based on the model of the International Visegrad Fund (IVF), and in the framework of the Annual Conference of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Visegrad countries and of Western Balkans countries, an Agreement on Establishment of Western Balkans Fund (WBF) was signed on November 13th in Prague, by the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Macedonia, Kosovo and Serbia. The Fund will be based in Tirana and will provide financing and co-financing of small and medium projects in WB countries in the fields of common interest such as education, environment, human rights, culture, youth exchanges, cross-border and regional youth cooperation, which will be accessible to a wide spectrum of actors. It is expected that by the beginning of 2016, the Agreement will be ratified by all Western Balkans countries Parliaments, and civil society will be invited to the first constitutive meeting, when the pillars of the WBF will be decided upon. All interested WB CSOs can now get involved by getting in touch with countries’ respective Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Parliaments, and raise the issue of involvement of civil society, models of governance and management of WBF. More information can be found here.

[MFA Albania]

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