Move.Link.Engage - Citizens caught in the action: Stories from the other side

The Belgrade Open School is organizing the seventh Move.Link.Engage: Citizens caught in the action - Stories from the other side conference, which will take place on September 21st and 22nd, 2021 online, on the official MLE website.

Stories from the other side are waiting for you this year.

The stories of those active citizens who aren’t waiting for someone else to solve the problem, who are not afraid to step forward and call to account, those who show that small victories are an introduction to the big ones - those who motivate.

They are the real initiators of changes and together with the Belgrade Open School they have been building a better society for 30 years.

Move.Link.Engage. represents a unique forum that encourages open debates on topics related to advocacy, education, and networking. Conference is a gathering place for experts from the civil, business and public sector - representatives of national, regional, and EU institutions, decision-makers, local initiators of changes, academic community as well as all active citizens.

In the past six-year, MLE has gathered more than 120 speakers. More than 900 participants had a chance to listen to them on more than 35 panels with the support of more than 12 donors. Since 2015. until today, the goal of the conference remained the same - promoting knowledge, accountability and respect of public interest, through constant work in aim to improve quality of life in a community, and through addressing social important questions.

Due to the respect of health measures in force, you will be able to follow the conference live via link on the website, where you can also find the agenda. Registration is required, and you can do it via following link.

The event is supported by the Embassy of Sweden in Belgrade and the Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Serbia.

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Belgrade Open School in cooperation with the Ministry of Human and Minority Rights and Societal Dialogue, with the support of the EU Delegation to Serbia, on Thursday, March 25, 2021, organized a press conference and expert panel on the occasion of the three-year project "Dialogue of Change" aiming to support the establishment of dialogue between the civil and public sectors.

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Measure twice, cut once - monitoring and evaluation

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The question that is inevitably raised is what was Poland's "recipe" for these successes and whether Serbia, in the process of European integration, can learn from its example.


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