The Centre for European Constitutional Law – Themistocles and Dimitris Tsatsos Foundation (CECL) is a renowned European research institute. It is a non-profit organization founded by the late Professor Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Dimitris Th. Tsatsos in 1995 (Official Journal 614/12.7.1995). It is located in Athens and has local offices in Crete and Komotini. The Centre aims to promote the development of democratic institutions and the welfare state; to deepen European integration; and to strengthen international cooperation under the principle of respect to the cultural identity of each state. The specific objectives of the Centre are to undertake theoretical and applied research in the fields of Greek, European and comparative public law and public policies; to provide institutional know-how and capacity-building to public bodies in Greece, developing countries and member-states of the European Union; and to promote public awareness on developments in the European area. To this date, the Centre has undertaken research, consulting and institution-building projects in more than 20 countries worldwide, and maintains an active network of collaborating institutions and highly qualified experts.
The Centre has special consultative status to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC) and participates with observer status in activities that fall within its areas of expertise. Among the Centre’s international activities special focus is put on the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities and the UN Convention Against Corruption. The Centre hosts the National Contact Point of the Fundamental Rights Network (FRANET) coordinated by the European Union Agency on Fundamental Rights (FRA) (since 2007) and conducts extensive research and data collection on fundamental rights. The Centre is accredited to participate in European Commission Twinning projects. The Centre is a member of the Greek Section of the European Network on the European Social Charter and Social Rights (ANESC) that promotes the implementation of European Social Charter and the protection of social rights in Europe.
The association named Union of South-East Region Local Authorities (USERLA) was established in 2008 by the municipalities of Burgas, Stara Zagora, Yambol and Sliven and works to strengthen the role of regions and conduct a successful regional policy in the Republic of Bulgaria. The combined efforts of the four largest municipalities in the region are aimed at carrying out activities that contribute to sustainable socio-economic and environmental development of the region. The main objectives of the Union are representing and protecting the common interests of municipalities in South-East Bulgaria; cooperation and mediation between members in the preparation and development of strategies, plans and programs; development and implementation of joint initiatives that contribute to sustainable socio-economic development of the region. It promotes the absorption of funds from the European Fund and other donor programs aimed at regional development; increasing the efficiency and transparency of the municipalities’ activities in carrying out their responsibilities by expanding and encouraging citizen participation in local government; establishing contacts and cooperation with similar organizations at home and abroad, whose activities are related to problems of the regional development. USERLA represents and defends the interests of the Bulgarian South-East Region to the European institutions. For this purpose has established its own office in Brussels.
Hildburghäuser Bildungszentrum e.V. (HBZ e.V. ) is a relevant regional association in the areas of job orientation, job preparation, education and further education in the commercial-technical area, and in the employment exchange. The locations in Hildburghausen, Eisfeld, Suhl and Schleusingen with over 60 employees are giving the organisation optimal schooling and further education conditions with projects oriented to different target groups. HBZ promotes varied initiatives. The main objectives concentrate in the areas related to fighting social exclusion of the disadvantaged people and supporting intercultural relations. HBZ e.V. mission supposes various types of actions trying to achieve the objectives through programs, innovative actions and projects: „SINA“ – social integration and sustained poverty alleviation as part of the Thuringian program “TIZIAN” National Labour Market Programm „Arbeit für Thüringen und Zukunft Familie“ „Supported employment“ – integration of disabled people in labour or in education „DIA-AM“ – diagnosis of the labour market ability of disabled people „Securing of experts through qualification“ – integration of long-term unemployed „Partnerships for democracy“ „German for Professional Purposes”( „ESF-BAMF projects“)
HBZ e.V. is a key factor in the region and provides by itself or in a local partnership with private and public bodies actions and services which give people real occasion of social inclusions and life improvement. Particularly, concerning the training activities, the purpose is to eliminate the barriers and to increase opportunities of disadvantaged groups (migrants, refugees, unemployed) to assess the community`s life, the labour market and avoid discriminations.
The Association of saint Andrew (Associazione sant’Andrea) is open to all people, Italian and migrants under conditions of uncomfortable and realizes aid operations and primary care as well as moral support and spiritual. The Association intends to offer, through its volunteers and employees and in compliance current legislation, personal care services and the initial reception of no abode. To do this, the Association aims to act in partnership with other civil and religious organisations, public and private institutions, healthcare companies, engaged in helping disadvantaged people and difficult conditions economic, health and social care. The Association carries out the necessary activities in favour of the person who for reasons various is wounded dignity or disoriented in his everyday life through the following main activities: welcome and listening to every person who enters the headquarters of the association through: the provision of a warm and hospitable place; talks individual votes in deepening the motivations and the path that led the present state of discomfort; evaluation and detection of a possible response to the discomfort emerged from listening to the person in distress; orientation of the person to the most suitable answer to his problem; immediate action in emergencies, through a first reception Daytime aimed to personal hygiene with showers and outpatient services doctor; contact and collaboration, including with any agreements with institutions and / or Reality Educational institutions both private and public in the territory; information and periodic awareness of Community Parish present in the Vicariate in the diocese of Adria-Rovigo with particular reference to those City of Rovigo, on the poverty and hardships in the territory; training activities; the Association intends to promote volunteering and solidarity among young people and the citizens of the province of Rovigo as a fundamental value of coexistence and development of the community; the volunteer organisation operates in the province of Rovigo The Association pursues exclusively purposes of social solidarity and more specifically the development of the person, carrying out activities of social assistance and social health, accompanying at work and mediation at providing employment, housing inclusion, as well as educational, protection of civil rights, in favour of disadvantaged people due to conditions of physical, psychological, economic, social or family disadvantage, without pursuing of any for-profit.
The University of Nicosia (UNic) is the largest private university in Cyprus with approximately 5500 students. It is an independent, co-educational, equal opportunity institution of higher education, which offers a wide range of programs to students from around the world. The University offers undergraduate as well as graduate studies in business, science, education and the liberal arts. International in philosophy, the University hosts students from all over the world in a multicultural learning environment, promoting friendship, cooperation and understanding. The University pursues excellence in education through research and high teaching standards, in a continually improving academic environment. The University’s research profile is grounded on a broad-based platform across a wide range of disciplines. It is supported by groups and programmes, dedicated research institutes and individual scholarships structured around and across our Schools. The University, adopting a dynamic and proactive strategy on research and innovation, wishes to reach out to all its stakeholders and to work with them in developing ideas for academic and applied research to better the Cyprus community, country and region. Within these parameters and taking a proactive role in research, the University and its researchers are involved in projects both at EU and national level.