The South East Europe (JIE) Coalition (JIE) held its second annual meeting with the support of the RCC, the Regional Anti-Corruption Initiative (RAI) and the Organization for Free Speech (Blueprint for Free Speech - BPfFS).
The meeting is a continuation of the results achieved so far and represents an additional incentive to promote and protect whistleblowers in the region. The summit contributes to the overall efforts to influence national governments to find better legal solutions and to work on policy-making mechanisms.
"The Regional Dimension of the Coalition will allow its members not only to learn from each other but, more importantly, to coordinate and coordinate their activities to raise awareness of the importance of whistleblowers as much as possible. Civil society in this respect can play a crucial role. This is also the goal of the "South East Europe 2020" strategy and a conclusion of the public opinion polls about the whistleblowers announced by the Regional Co-operation Council, "said Public Relations Reform and Anti-Corruption Expert at Radu Cotici Regional Co-operation Council in his introductory speech.
He added that public opinion research was part of the Balkan Barometer 2016. confirmed the need for one such coalition. The research has shown that people from South East Europe think that giving and taking bribes as well as misuse of office and power for personal gains are widely spread among national politicians (32%), local politicians (22%), and public health workers (26%), followed by staff in the judiciary and the police.
"After years of international work on coalitions and networks around the world, I can safely say that this is the most successful process of building a coalition in which I participated. We are grateful to the Regional Anti-Corruption Initiative and the Regional Cooperation Council that have recognized and supported the construction of the Coalition, "Coordinator Mark Worth said.
Academician and researcher of the Organization for Freedom of Speech Dr. Suelette DreyFus pointed out that the Coalition is an example of how to make a step forward. "The idea of building the Coalition came about two years ago, and the progress so far has been remarkable with a strong influence on the region," he added.
The meeting gathered around 20 civil society organizations, activists in the field of public interest and research journalists from South East Europe. The aim was to strengthen the Coalition's viability by providing a platform for its further organizational development and construction.
The coalition was formed in December by 2015. It consists of organizations and individuals from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, the Czech Republic and Hungary. The Coalition is the first such regional initiative in the world dedicated to enhancing the rights and protection of whistleblowers and promoting whistleblowers as an effective anti-corruption tool. The Coalition serves as a umbrella organization for activism, development of legislation and policies, support and advice to whistleblowers, campaigns directed at the wider public and the media, as well as a network for the exchange of expertise and information.