The Joint History Project (JHP) enters a new phase in 2011, thanks to the support of the European Union. The CDRSEE is delighted to announce a refreshing 3 year programme which will allow the JHP to continue fostering reconciliation and democracy development throughout the region, through intensified activities, in scope and in content. The CDRSEE will increase the footprint of this effective model project, not only by continuing its fruitful work in many areas, but also carrying on training more teachers providing capacity building and follow up to previously trained educators and facilitating a regional network of teachers for sustaining results and adding value.
This work will be made possible thanks to the cooperation with the Regional Programmes Unit of DG Enlargement under the auspices of the European Commission, whose unwavering support has contributed to make the CDRSEE’s work possible throughout the years.
The Joint History Project and its intensified 3 year programme fit precisely into the IPA (Instrument for Pre-Accesssion) 2007-2013 programme. The IPA was designed to address the needs of the beneficiary countries within the context of pre-accession policy in the most appropriate way. Its main aim is to support institution-building and the rule of law, human rights, including the fundamental freedoms, minority rights, gender equality and non-discrimination, both administrative and economic reforms, economic and social development, reconciliation and reconstruction, and regional and cross-border cooperation. Candidate countries are therefore prepared for full implementation of the Community acquis at the time of accession, while potential candidates shall benefit from support to progressively align themselves to the Community body of law
The JHP, commended by the European Parliament as a key project to address reconciliatory issues within the region, is based on the following logic: preparedness to join the EU is not only measured by the approximation of laws or convergence to certain political or economic objectives, it should also include the adherence of societies to certain fundamental principles and a drive to strive together towards a given goal. Societies are formed by people, and peoples views are shaped by beliefs, values and in general, by culture and history. Culture was included as part of the cooperation strategy in the Stabilisation and Association process between the Western Balkan countries and the European Community, especially regarding the protection and promotion of the diversity of cultural expressions, and history has been recognised as part of the intangible cultural heritage and it certainly has its role in the enlargement process.
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