29 agosto 2008

Cultural Heritage

We often see the past as something strongly apart, something that doesn't belong to us anymore and that slips away from our hands without our wish, disappearing forever.

But this is only partially true. 
We still have the beautiful cultural heritage that the past left us to keep it for the future.

When we look for it strongly, like in love, the "forever" is so hard to obtain! But we must protect our cultural heritage and we must try to preserve it  forever. 

I fear that the weight of bad conservation, and not only that, may crush so many beautiful things I haven't even seen until now! How many times it already happened? Too many to list it.

decorative ornament, facade,

So, it is our duty to use all the opportunities to stop that destroying process.



Network of European Foundations - NEF

The Network of European Foundations - NEF is a flexible not-for-profit international organisation located in Brussels, Belgium.



NEF acts as an operational platform to develop projects/initiatives between foundations and other types of organised philanthropy and other funding initiatives by corporate and public entities.
NEF develops programmes related to Europe and the role of Europe on the global stage. 
NEF acts as a broker, an intermediary that supports the development and launch of transnational partnerships/joint-ventures engaging foundations and, where appropriate, other partners.
Areas of intervention to promote systemic social change include:
  • Migration
  • European citizenship
  • Support the European integration process
  • Youth empowerment
  • Global European projects
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27 agosto 2008

Regional Environmental Center - REC

The Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe (REC) is an international organisation with a mission to assist in solving environmental problems.
The REC established its head office in Szentendre, a scenic town 20 km north of the Hungarian capital, Budapest.

Topic Areas of the REC:
-Strengthening institutions for sustainable development
-Capacity building of stakeholders and assisting partnerships
-Sustainable management and use of natural resources
-Integration of environmental concerns into the relevant sectors (such as energy, transport, etc)

REC Projects and Project Websites:
-Cross-border Projects
-European Union Accession
-South Eastern Europe
-Access to Information
-Joint (non-REC) Web Sites

The REC's projects are financed by a wide range of international donor organisations. The REC collaborates closely with the Japan Special Fund and the Italian Trust Fund.

*Italian Trust Fund (ITF)
The Italian Trust Fund (ITF) was established in 2001 as a targeted contribution of the Italian Ministry for the Environment and Territory to the Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe (REC).
The ITF operates within the framework of environmental improvement and cooperation in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). Its activities are consistent with the REC’s mission and complementary to other REC programmes -- sharing the same ambition to strive for a solution of environmental problems afflicting the CEE region.
The Italian Trust Fund (ITF) operates in the areas of
-environmental governance;
-renewable energy;
-sustainable agriculture;
-technical support in Central and Eastern Europe and South Eastern Europe;
-development of joint environmental investment projects;
-institutional strengthening;
-strategic environmental assessment;
-assistance to NGOs;
-support to international conventions; and
-climate-change protection.
The ITF also assists the Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe in its fundraising activities by supporting its presence in the international arena, expanding fundraising opportunities and providing expert personnel from the Italian Ministry for the Environment Land and Sea (Italian Ministry) out of its offices in Rome, Brussels and Belgrade.
All projects are implemented in collaboration with the REC and the respective country offices, and are entirely funded by the Italian Ministry.


*Japan Special Fund
The Japan Special Fund of the REC, established in 1993, is a mechanism through which the Government of Japan supports the Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe in its efforts to solve the environmental problems of the Central and Eastern European (CEE) region.
Currently, the priority areas of the Japan Special Fund are:
Support to the Kyoto Protocol
Support to Regional Cooperative Programs
Technical Support to Countries in the CEE Region
Assistance to establishing GIS
Shaping the post 2012 climate regime

REC Project Support (SECTOR Grants)

26 agosto 2008

Kulturni pasos - HUNGER AUF KUNST UND KULTUR

Sta je to kulturni pasos?
Svi imaju pravo na umetnost i kulturu, ukljucujuci osobe sa novcanim problemima. Posedovanje kulturnog pasosa im omogucava da do njih dodju, nudeci mogucnosti besplatanog pristupa mnogobrojnim kulturnim ustanovama.

Ova inicijativa da se znacaj i dostupnost kulture i umetnosti za svakog pojedinca stavi u samo srediste pokrenuta je kao akcija pod nazivom Hunger auf Kunst und Kultur od strane Schauspielhaus Wien u saradnji sa Armutskonferenz.

Kulturni pasosi vaze godinu dana od izdavanja a njihova podela obavlja se preko mreze „Armutskonferenz“ i mnogih karitativnih pomocnih organizacija i savetovalista, te preko socijalnih centara grada Beca i AMS-a.

MZZSK - Medjuopstinski Zavod za Zastitu Spomenika Kulture - Subotica

U Medjuopstinskom Zavodu za Zastitu Spomenika Kulture - Subotica nalazi se popis zasticenih nepokretnih kulturnih dobara koja se nalaze na teritoriji za koju je MZZSK nadlezan.

Inter-municipal Institute for the Protection of Cultural Monuments - Subotica, Serbia

Opsti podaci o ovom zavodu, njegovoj delatnosti kao i zakon kojim se uredjuje sistem zastite i koriscenja kulturnih dobara i uslovi za obavljanje delatnosti zastite kulturnih dobara opisani su u zvanicnom sajtu MZZKS.

Invest in Subotica - Competitions, Fairs, Incentive Funds, Important institutions, Free Zone

Balkanski fond za lokalne inicijative - BCIF

Balkanski fond za lokalne inicijative (BCIF) je domaći fond koji podstiče ljude da se aktivno uključe u poboljšanje života u mestima u kojima žive.
Ovaj fond pomaže ljudima koji žele da pomognu sami sebi nudeći im mogućnost da dođu do sredstava i znanja koja im mogu olakšati rešavanje problema u njihovom mestu.

PROGRAMI DONACIJA
Aktivne zajednice
Kroz program Aktivne zajednice podržavaju se konkretne, kreativne incijative za rešavanje zajedničkih problema građana u zajednicama.
Socijalna tranzicija
Pomoć je usmerena na neprofitne organizacije koje se bave pitanjima socijalne brige i žele da doprinesu menjanju socijalnog sistema i prelasku na savremene metode prevencije i delovanja.

PKS – PRIVREDNA KOMORA SRBIJE

Opšte konstatacije Privredne Komore Srbije o međunarodnoj razmeni su da se konkurentnost naših proizvoda na inostranom tržištu bitno smanjuje zbog prevelikih troskova u pripremi i otpremi robe za izvoz kao posledica nastupa Srbije na trzistima u inostranstvu.
  • Izvozna slabost: nedostatak robe namenjene izvozu, veliko učešće proizvoda nižeg stepena prerade, malo proizvoda konkurentnih u svetu, problem kvaliteta;
  • Nedovoljno prisustvo licencne proizvodnje, proizvodnih kooperacija, zajedničkih ulaganja;
  • Širok asortiman ponude: svaštarenje, sa nedovoljnim količinama, bez uske specijalizacije;
  • Neizgrađen imidž u poslovnim krugovima: nepoznavanje, nejasan profil, loš imidž Srbije opšti i posebno kao poslovnog partnera;
  • Slabo poznavanje inostranih tržišta: nedostaju informacije o potrebama inostranih tržišta (istraživanje tržišta po grupama proizvoda i pojedinim geografskim destinacijama), principi poslovanja;
  • Poslovno neiskustvo: neposlovnost, nedostatak znanja i kadrova za ofanzivni nastup, korišćenje posrednika;
  • Slaba i nekvalitetna promocija: premalo sredstava, malo ili nikakvo pojavljivanje u poslovnim medijima, malobrojni i skromni sajamski nastupi;
  • Doskorašnja privredna zatvorenost: privredna autističnost, samodovoljnost;
  • Dekonstrukcija klasičnih spoljnotrgovinskih preduzeća i njihove mreže u inostranstvu, odliv kadrova i bekstvo kapitala;
  • Nedovoljno uređena zakonska regulativa, skupo i tromo bankarstvo, nespremno za ulogu aktivnog učesnika u lancu proizvodnje i prometa;
  • Nerazvijenost, zaostajanje i međunarodna neusklađenost uglavnom svih vidova transporta, posebno železničkog i rečnog.
Par uspesnih primera iz prakse mozete naci ovde:First Luxury Chocolate from Serbia Enters World MarketsFamily Business Lauded as Serbia’s Micro-Enterprise of the Year
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Ministarstvo kulture Republike Srbije

Sektor za medjunarodne odnose, evropske integracije i razvoj menadzmenta u kulturi pri Ministarstvu kulture Republike Srbije u svom zvanicnom sajtu opisuje program Integralna obnova kulturnog nasleđa jugoistocne Evrope koji je uveden u fazu finansiranja.
U okviru multilateralne saradnje jedan od projekata je i ARGE Donauländer - Vecera u susedstvu vezan za podunavsku saradnju. Projekat je inicirala radna grupa Kultura i nauka Dunavskog regiona (Arge Donau) a cilj mu je da prikaze kulturni identitet dunavske regije preko gastronomije.

Multietnicnost i multikulturalnost Dunava cesto se ogleda u multietnickom poreklu recepata. Recepte koji mogu da se koriste, trebalo bi da prate i zanimljive price o njihovom nastanku, vezi sa istorijskim licnostima ili anegdote, za sta je zaduzen Etnografski muzej iz Beograda.

U planu je izrada dunavskog menija, gde bi svaka zemlja trebalo da predlozi meni tipicnih jela i pica dunavskog regiona, koji bi kasnije bio publikovan u zajednickom izdanju podunavskih zemalja.
Essen in der Nachbarschaft

The Rockefeller Foundation

Globalization is the major trend of our time, the foremost driver of change in the world today, with consequences both beneficial and burdensome.

The Rockefeller Foundation attempts to harness the creative forces of globalization, supporting breakthrough solutions to 21st century challenges. This is smart globalization: ensuring that the opportunities unleashed by globalization are accessible to more people, more fully, in more places — and that poor and vulnerable people are equipped to seize them.

Send us your ideas...
We at The Rockefeller Foundation know that we don't have all the answers.
We seek to promote the well-being of humanity by addressing the root causes of serious problems. We work to expand opportunities for poor or vulnerable people and to help ensure that globalization's benefits are more widely shared. We are one of the few institutions to conduct such work both within the United States and internationally.
We welcome your ideas about how to do this most effectively. We seek high-impact ideas that have the potential to make a difference in the lives of large numbers of poor or vulnerable people and we require some results from such ideas to be measurable within three to five years.

PESTALOZZI Children’s Foundation

The Pestalozzi Children’s Foundation is a Swiss children’s charity, promoting peaceful cohabitation by strengthening the competencies and rights of children and adolescents.

Projects in Macedonia, Serbia and Romania
Within the projects of the Pestalozzi Children's Foundation in Macedonia, Serbia, and Romania, youth work and workshops offer adolescents the opportunity to acquire democratic behaviour, civil engagement, tolerance and cosmopolitanism and so lay the foundation for the development of peaceful coexistence.


Education helps overcome discrimination and promotes equal opportunities, particularly for disadvantaged groups in society such as minorities, people in rural areas, people without income, and, last but not least for children and young people. Nine countries in South Eastern and Central Europe support the “decade of Roma-integration”, the first coordinated programme to fight the marginalisation of the Roma people, Europe’s largest stateless minority. Education is one of its four main focal points.
The Pestalozzi Children’s Foundation supports comprehensive initiatives in Romania, Macedonia and Serbia that are aimed at integrating Roma children and adolescents into schools. In joint collaboration with local organisations and Roma organisations in selected cities and schools, the Foundation endeavours to develop a method for enrolling and supporting Roma children in schools.

Poverty, instable governments, and the lack of common values and objectives hinder the modernisation of society at all levels. Wide-spread unemployment, social inequality and an antiquated education system foster a level of resignation that is particularly dangerous among young people. Xenophobic aggression is a common phenomenon, and schools are not immune to this. The aim of all projects in South Eastern Europe is to overcome prejudice and marginalisation and to build a modern democratic society.
The Pestalozzi Children’s Village in Trogen hosts another type of exchange. Every year, 2000 children and adolescents from Eastern Europe as well as Switzerland stay at the Village. They have the opportunity to interact in a supervised framework with young people from cultures that were previously unknown to them, thereby allowing strangers to become friends.
The training course “emPower – Intercultural Leadership Programme for Young Adults” completes the range of educational projects of the Pestalozzi Children’s Foundation. Young people from different countries are trained in intercultural education in the Children’s Village in Trogen.

Living together - Peaceful co-existence among adolescents
Adolescents from different ethnic and cultural backgrounds co-exist peacefully and are beginning to build a modern, democratic society together. The Pestalozzi Children’s Foundation supports activities in Serbia to tear down barriers.
Serbia is a country where life can be difficult for minorities, even though they make up approximately a quarter of the population. Hungarians, Albanians, Roma, members of around 20 other ethnic groups and refugees from neighbouring countries are constantly exposed to each other: at school, during sporting events and in their leisure time.
Children and adolescents in such an intolerant environment are the most amazing population group, particularly when they belong to an ethnic or religious minority. Yet, young people still manage to broaden their horizons. They are beginning to build a modern, democratic society and are actively supported by the Pestalozzi Children’s Foundation.


Living together - Workshops for adolescents
In cooperation with the Child Rights Centre Belgrade and Panonija, the Pestalozzi Children’s Foundation has developed a network of local partner organisations from across the country. Workshops give these young people the chance to get to know themselves and each other, and to learn from and with their peers. This enables the dismantling of cultural barriers.

Education for Roma children
In a third project the Pestalozzi Children’s Foundation supports a comprehensive initiative to integrate Roma children and adolescents in schools. Starting primary school at the age of seven is not a given for Roma children in Serbia. The aim of this initiative is to enable Roma children to go to school and complete their compulsory education. Qualifications on leaving school will improve their chances to find work. In this regard, education becomes an integral aspect of fighting poverty.

La Fondazione di Venezia

La nascita della Fondazione di Venezia
La Cassa di Risparmio di Venezia, nata l'11 gennaio 1822, per quasi due secoli ha svolto contemporaneamente due funzioni. Da un lato agiva come operatore economico e dall'altro destinava parte degli utili di tale attività a finalità sociali, volte a promuovere il suo territorio. Ha così accompagnato le comunità locali nelle diverse trasformazioni sociali, politiche ed economiche. Dopo più di un secolo, in cui queste due attività si sono intrecciate, nel 1990 con il decreto noto come "legge Amato", si è deciso di scorporare dalla banca la funzione di operatore sociale. Sono così nate le Fondazioni Bancarie tra cui anche la nostra. Mentre la Banca fa ad oggi parte del Gruppo San Paolo, i mezzi ricavati dalla sua privatizzazione costituiscono il patrimonio della Fondazione, nata nel 1992. Nella tradizione plurisecolare, questa Fondazione continua e arricchisce le attività volte a fini di utilità sociale e di promozione dello sviluppo economico.

La Fondazione, in particolare, si dedica a tre settori rilevanti:

formazione
ricerca scientifica
conservazione e valorizzazione dei beni e delle attività culturali

Conservazione e valorizzazione dei beni e delle attività culturali
L'intervento della Fondazione nel settore dei beni e delle attività culturali è rivolto al recupero, alla riqualificazione e alla diffusione di aspetti significativi per la cultura veneta.
Gli interventi della Fondazione in tale ambito permettono di:
•attivare dei piani di fund raising rivolti ad un contesto non solo locale o regionale, ma anche a carattere nazionale e internazionale;
•razionalizzare la gestione delle risorse da parte degli enti interessati, coordinando l'offerta culturale rispetto alle esigenze del territorio;
•estendere il co-finanziamento di tali iniziative ad una pluralità di potenziali partner.

Il programma della Fondazione si realizza anche attraverso la modalità "contributi e donazioni", che opera in termini di grant making cioè direttamente "su domanda". Questa attività è svolta dalla Fondazione secondo una procedura di evidenza pubblica, per il sostegno di numerose iniziative caratterizzate da una erogazione media contenuta. Per quanto riguarda l'erogazione a mezzo "bando" la politica della Fondazione è stata quella di incentivare progetti di qualità, sia premiando le diverse aree in proporzione al numero delle domande pervenute, sia applicando criteri di selezione al fine di valorizzare le migliori iniziative.

Beni e attività culturali – Interventi in cooperazione
Gli interventi in partnership nel settore dei beni e delle attività culturali sono concentrati sull'offerta culturale promossa dai principali enti della provincia. Gli interventi della Fondazione in tale ambito permettono a tali enti di attivare dei piani di fund raising rivolti ad un contesto non solo locale o regionale, ma anche a carattere nazionale e internazionale. L'intervento della Fondazione permette di: razionalizzare la gestione delle risorse da parte degli enti interessati, di coordinare l'offerta culturale rispetto alle esigenze del territorio, di estendere il co-finanziamento di tali iniziative ad una pluralità
di potenziali partner.

La società strumentale della Fondazione di Venezia Polymnia Venezia si occupa dello studio, avvio e gestione di interventi formativi nel campo dei beni e delle attività culturali, principalmente nel settore delle arti visive e delle discipline correlate.

The Norwegian Government assistance program to the Balkans

The Second World War and the background for the friendship
In March 1942 the German authorities decided to deport a number of prisoners from Yugoslavia to Norway for forced labour, mainly in a defense and transport project along the Norwegian coast. Altogether 4268 prisoners were deported from 1942 to 1945 from a large number of camps in
Yugoslavia to more than thirty Norwegian camps, most of which were in northern Norway.


These camps, where the prisoners were forced to do hard physical labour under extreme conditions, were often located in or near Norwegian villages, which meant that the Yugoslav prisoners soon came in contact with the local Norwegian population.

The Norwegians reacted with horror and disbelief to the inhuman treatment in the camps, and very soon secret channels were set up to help the prisoners as much as was possible under the circumstances. In small places like Rognan, Korge, Brekstad, Øysand and Hovde, almost the whole local population participated in the secret assistance efforts.
Food, clothing and vital information were smuggled in and many of the prisoners who escaped from the camps were helped across the border into Sweden. This help, however, could not do much to mitigate the harsh conditions and cruel treatment that the majority of the Yugoslav prisoners were exposed to. Of the 4268 prisoners that arrived in Norway, only 1917 returned. The rest of them, around 55 per cent, died in prison or while escaping from it.

Establishment of national friendship associations

Joy of Europe” - an arrangement for children and young people from the whole world that takes place every year in Belgrade. Children from different countries and cultures gather together year after year and participate in cultural activities such as folk songs, dance and theatre. Ever since the event was established the Yugoslav Friendship Association has helped the Norwegian children participating in it, by finding host families, arranging visits to chocolate factories and publishing houses, introducing them to Yugoslav children and school classes, and so on. Altogether more than 600 Norwegian children from 20 Norwegian towns have participated in this arrangement over the years.

The Norwegian Assistance to Serbia and Montenegro in 2007 amounts to NOK 600 millions.
For questions related to business in Serbia, visit the following links:
http://www.siepa.gov.rs/site/en/home/ (Serbia Investment and Export Promotion Agency)
http://www.pks.rs/Default.aspx (Serbian Chamber of Commerce -in English)

Cluster Policy and Management: European and regional initiatives for innovation

22-23 September 2008, Berlin
Cluster policy and regional cluster management are key tools for regional development and innovation.
The European conference Cluster Policy and Management - European and regional initiatives for innovation policy presents latest achievements and new initiatives of cluster development.
Learn more about similar events at The European Academy for Taxes, Economy & Law



EPOCH

EUROPEAN NETWORK OF EXCELLENCE IN OPEN CULTURAL HERITAGE (EPOCH) is a network of about a hundred European cultural institutions joining their efforts to improve the quality and effectiveness of the use of Information and Communication Technology for Cultural Heritage.

Free publications, tools, and reports produced by EPOCH are freely downloadable here.
List of relevant EPOCH publications

The CEE Trust - Trust for Civil Society in Central and Eastern Europe

The CEE Trust was launched in January 2001 as an independent public charity organization, incorporated under the laws of the United States of America.
The CEE Trust was created as a mechanism for helping the transition to independent, active and viable networks of organizations and citizens working for the public good. Its major goal is to promote the development of civil societies in Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia.
The CEE Trust definition of civil society is based on a broader understanding, including organized and large non-governmental institutions (NGOs), but also other formal and informal organizations, groups, coalitions, movements, individuals, representatives of the media and academia.
The CEE Trust's task is to encourage them to expand their constituencies and consider the future of their work in times when European policies and local philanthropy define the environment.
To fulfill their mission The CEE Trust supports people and organizations in CEE countries to take strategic steps with long-term benefits, toward three mutually reinforcing and intersecting objectives:
  • to create a supportive environment for civil society, which includes legal, fiscal and political environments favorable to a strong civic life;
  • to strengthen the non-profit sector through capacity building, advocacy, intra sector and cross-sectoral cooperation and partnership;
  • to enhance the financial sustainability of non-profit organizations by developing public and private sources of support for nonprofit sector and by supporting the operational and strategic development of nonprofit organizations.
Browse the CEE Trust Grant Database to view past projects


Balkankult Foundation

According to agreement on the cooperation with the Ministry of Culture of Serbia, signed in 2007, the Balkankult Foundation is appointed a coordinator for Serbia of the Regional Programme on Cultural and Natural Heritage in the South East Europe.

PROJECTS:
  • The Development of private museums in Serbia
  • Harmony in stone
  • Return to Future
  • Mobility in Balkans
  • Research papers
  • In the sounds of the places, music festival and cultural tourism
  • Cultural diplomacy
  • Against the Cultural Boredom – international programme – culture in small towns
  • Creative Serbia - Creative Governance
  • Creative Capital Drain...

ECF – european cultural foundation

European cultural foundation (ECF) offers different funding possibilities for individuals and cultural organisations.

Funding possibilities for individuals:

ECF Grants - Artistic projects

Grants for outstanding artistic projects which show vision in illuminating the issues of diversity in Europe (organisations may also apply).
STEP beyond
Mobility grants for artists, cultural operators, journalists, translators and researchers travelling within the wider Europe (including Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan).
The ECF co-funded Roberto Cimetta Fund  that stimulates creative mobility and promotes exchanges in the field of contemporary performing arts and visual arts in the Mediterranean area.
(Travel grants for artists in the Mediterranean region, covering travel and visa costs for professional cultural network meetings, workshops, artist residences, festivals, symposia, etc.)

Funding possibilities for cultural organisations:

ECF Grants - Artistic projects; 'Making collaboration work'
Grants for outstanding artistic projects which show vision in illuminating the issues of diversity in Europe (individuals may also apply); grants which stimulate collaboration between cultural organisations. Applications from Balkan countries are strongly encouraged.
EPIM Grants
Grants aimed at strengthening the role played by NGOs active on migration and integration issues.
EPIM (European Programme for Integration and Migration) is a consortium of foundations, of which the ECF is a member.
*Balkan Incentive Fund for Culture
An extra funding line for Balkan projects was introduced in 2006 in collaboration with Hivos and OSI. This funding line is interwoven in both grant schemes. This means no seperate application process. The Fund's partners remain committed to working together to improve cultural collaboration and artistic excellence within and between Albania, Bosnia-Hercegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia.

*UPDATE:
From 1 July 2013, the Balkan Incentive Fund for Culture (BIFC) has become the Balkans Art and Culture Fund.


IPA - Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance - European Commission

The EU provides focussed pre-accession financial aid to the candidate countries (currently: Croatia, Turkey and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia) and to the potential candidate countries (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia, Kosovo under UN Security Council Resolution 1244). The Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA) replaced CARDS in 2007 and will cover the period 2007 – 2013. The main objective of IPA is to help Serbia to face the challenges of European Integration. The Multi-annual Indicative Planning Document (MIPD) 2007 – 2009 is the key strategic planning document for assistance to Serbia in the framework of IPA.

Focus areas for financial assistance under IPA include political requirements covering, inter alia, democratic institutions, public administration reform, rule of law, reform of the judiciary, fight against corruption, human rights and protection of minorities. Other focus areas are socio-economic requirements and European Standards, as well as cross-border co-operation.
In 2007, the first year of the new Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA), the national assistance program for Serbia amounted to €164.8 million. In addition to this, assistance in the areas of nuclear safety, customs, education and cross-border co-operation brings the total assistance budget allocated to Serbia for 2007 to €189.7 million. The overall financial scope of the 2007-2009 MIPD amounts to EUR 572.4 million.

Overview of past and ongoing assistance
The EC has provided support to Serbia under a variety of financial instruments, including CARDS assistance, macro-financial support and humanitarian aid. In recent years, the emphasis has shifted away from reconstruction and is now more concentrated on institution-building, economic development and reform in line with the European Partnership recommendations.
On-going EC assistance under the CARDS instrument amounts to some € 311.8 million and involves over 100 projects.
In the period 2005-2006 the EU supported regional priorities in areas of institution building, justice and home affairs, cross border cooperation, private sector development and infrastructure development.
In addition to CARDS assistance, Serbia is also a priority country for the European Initiative for Democracy and Human Rights and benefits from the LIFE environmental program, as well as from the 6th Framework Program for Research and Development. In May 2007, Serbia was admitted to the EC Seventh Research Framework Program. The related memorandum of understanding was signed in June 2007.
The main EC financial instrument in Serbia the CARDS program is managed by the European Agency for Reconstruction. Preparations are ongoing for the transfer of responsibilities to the Commission delegation in Belgrade.
-Transition Assistance and Institution Building
-Cross-Border Co-operation (with EU Member States and other countries eligible for IPA)

-Regional Development (transport, environment and economic development)

-Human Resources Development (strengthening human capital and combating exclusion)

-Rural Development


4 agosto 2008

I maestri della pietra di luna

L’arte della scagliola, che si afferma in Toscana sul finire del '500, è continuata ad arrivare a noi anche grazie ad un artigiano fiorentino che sulla pietra di luna la sapeva lunga. Parlo di Bianco Bianchi (1920-2006) , che ha saputo trasmettere anche ai figli la passione per quest'antica arte. 
Le sue opere si possono ammirare in diversi alberghi e musei, oltre che in abitazioni private. 

Bianco Bianchi, scagliola, pietra di luna
foto via


A proposito di vacanze: non l’avete ancora programmate? Vi attira l’idea di fare le vacanze creative? Per acquisire un primo livello nell'arte della pietra di luna questo laboratorio propone anche brevi dimostrazioni di lavoro.
Per saperne di più, visitate la sezione Corsi del sito.


GRANELLI DI SABBIA EN PLEIN AIR

Le tecniche nascoste di Monet, Renoir e Van Gogh
Impressionismo: dipingere la luce è il titolo invitante della mostra sull’impressionismo al Palazzo Strozzi di Firenze fino al 28 Settembre 2008. Questa mostra raccoglie oltre sessanta capolavori di pittori impressionisti; tra loro Renoir, Signac, Sisley, Van Gogh, Berthe Morisot e altri. Grandi innovatori, gli impressionisti volevano dipingere all’aria aperta con libertà e cogliere l’attimo - un preciso istante - “traducendolo” sulla tela. Questa “traduzione” ha dato straordinari esempi di una tecnica pittorica rivoluzionaria su cui indagare. Con l’ausilio delle moderne tecnologie come microscopi ad alta potenza, luce infrarossa e ultravioletta, la mostra interattiva c’invita a scoprire come gli artisti rendevano la qualità della luce nelle differenti ore del giorno?
Quali materiali e metodi utilizzavano, in che luoghi realizzavano i loro quadri? I colori mescolati ai granelli di sabbia e polline di pioppo confermano che la storia dell’impressionismo è stata dipinta en plein air.
GRAINS OF SAND EN PLEIN AIR
Hidden techniques of the Impressionists
Impressionism: Painting Light is the inviting title for the Monet, Renoir e Van Gogh exhibition in Florence, from July 11 to September 28, 2008. The exhibition brings together over sixty masterpieces by Renoir, Signac, Sisley, Van Gogh, Berthe Morisot and others. Foremost innovators, the impressionists wanted to paint in the open air in liberty, to catch the moment, “traducing it” on canvas.This “traducing” gave us extraordinary examples of painting technique that we should get to know better. Using modern technology such as high-power microscopes, infra-red and ultra-violet light, this interactive exhibition invites us to discover how did the artists manage to obtain such a quality of light at different times of the day? What materials and methods they were using? Where did they paint them? The fine grains of sand and poplar pollen mixed with colours proves that the history of impressionism was painted en plein air.

ZRNCA PESKA EN PLEIN AIR
Skrivene tehnike impresionista
Impresionizam: naslikati svetlost je primamljiv naslov izlozbe o impresionizmu postavljenoj u Firenci (Palazzo Strozzi, Firenze) do 28 Septembra 2008. Na ovoj se izlozbi nalazi vise od 60 vrhunskih radova slikara impresionista, medju kojima Renoir, Signac, Sisley, Van Gogh, Berthe Morisot i drugi. Veliki inovatori, impresionisti su zeleli da izadju iz mracnih ateljea i u slobodi slikaju na otvorenom; da zaustave trenutak - jedan jedini momenat! - i da ga “prevedu” u sliku. Ti su nam “prevodi” ostavili izuzetne primere revolucionarne slikarske tehnike. Zahvaljujuci ovoj interaktivnoj izlozbi i modernoj tehnologiji (potentni mikroskopi, infra - crveno i ultra - ljubicasto svetlo) mozemo u dubinu istrazivati kako su slikari docaravali razlicitu svetlost u razlicitim momentima dana? Koje su materiale i metode koristili? Da li su zarista slikali tamo gde se pretpostavlja? Sitna zrnca peska i polen topole zauvek zarobljeni u slikarske boje na platnima impresionista potvrdjuju nam da je istorija impresionizma zaista naslikana en plein air.

3 agosto 2008

La scagliola - Pietra di Luna

La scagliola si ottiene da un minerale, la selenite, che si presenta sotto forma di lamelle o scaglie.

Selenite
Questo minerale viene cotto e macinato in polvere, mescolato con terre e colle animali per costituire un impasto colorato.
Per fare degli intarsi il disegno decorativo viene inciso su una lastra di marmo o scagliola e lo si riempie con l’impasto preparato. Dopo l'indurimento, il piano viene ulteriormente levigato con acqua e pietra pomice. 
Detta anche pietra di luna, si usa per decorare tavoli, cofanetti, pannelli…