The initial idea of the “Balkan Women Coalition” rose in 2012 and was developed from partner organizations from Greece, Romania, Croatia, FYROM, Serbia, Albania, Bulgaria and Turkey.

The Beginning:

The initial idea of the “Balkan Women Coalition” rose in 2012 and was developed from partner organizations from Greece, Romania, Croatia, FYROM, Serbia, Albania, Bulgaria and Turkey. These organizations cooperated and worked together on the original project “Balkan Women Coalition for Professional Qualification and Training in the field of Business and Economic science” which had an educational focus. This project was funded with support from the European Commission within the framework of the Lifelong Learning Programme of the Education and Culture Directorate General and aimed at the development of common training contents or concepts, the integration of skills needs of the labor market into VET and reinforcing the links between education and working life.
The method of implementation selected was relatively simple. The project was developed and implemented according to the main structure of the work packages and activities, which were based on joint development, joint implementation, joint staffing and joint financing among partners. The project was built on previous knowledge acquired by the participation of the partners in previous European programs and included 5 Work Packages:

  • WP1: Management and Coordination
  • WP2: Information and Publicity
  • WP3: Creation of Balkan Coalition in order to support the education and the qualification of women and people with disabilities
  • WP4: Actions for Entrepreneur's Life-long Business Training-Organizing Seminars and Workshops
  • WP5: Results from the Joint Training Strategy and Participation in meetings organized by the Agency.

The reason the above method of implementation was selected was because it was relatively simple and it did not create bureaucratic behaviors.