Monthly Archives: December 2018

Erasmus+ Project “Rights at Work, Work on Rights”

Kickoff Meeting of the Erasmus+ Project “Rights at Work, Work on Rights”

Kickoff meeting of the Erasmus+ Project “Rights at Work, Work on Rights” was held in Belgrade on December 12, 2018. The project, envisaged as a combination of awareness raising and educational activities, is aimed at improving knowledge and information of young workers on their labour rights (what are their labour rights, what endangers them and how to protect them), so that they can work in fair, just and decent working conditions, being fully aware of these rights and exercising them.

Representatives of coordinator and partner organizations: Nenad Rakočević (Trade Union of Administration and Justice of Montenegro), Zoran Jovanović (Trade Union of Administration of Serbia), Milorad Mitrović (Trade Union of Administration of Republika Srpska), Bojan Tripunoski (Trade Union of UPOZ), Kristina Smoljanović (University of Rijeka – Center for Advanced Studies), Siniša Ćerketa (Trade Union Education Center), Momčilo Đokić (Budva Foundation), Viliam Michalovic (YouthWatch Slovakia), Nikola Sovrlić, Aleksandra Knežević, Dragana Radošević and Vladimir Mitrović (Development Center for Youth). Representative of Youth Coalition SEGA was apologized for absence.

Apart from the mentioned knowledge and information, the aim of the project activities is to help them develop a variety of skills, as well as self-confidence in order to help them create better perspectives in their lives. This project is seen as pilot activity in work with young workers and should result in sustainable model that can be replicated all over again as part of regular extracurricular educational activities of young workers, once they enter the labour market, in cooperation with trade unions and relevant institutions from Croatia, Serbia, Slovakia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Macedonia.

University of Rijeka, Center for Advanced Studies – South East Europe is the main project researcher, in charge of constructing the youth survey “Are you Familiar with your Labour Rights”, designed to gather and analyse data for further project activities to be implemented jointly by project partners in 2019.

All news regarding the project “Rights at Work, Work on Rights” you can also follow on the official website at:

On this web address you can find detailed information about the project and its phases, coordinator, partners and follow news regarding the project within the Erasmus+ programme European Union: KA2 – Capacity Building in the Field of Youth/Western Balkan Window.

Project “Rights at Work, Work on Rights” is implemented by Development Center for Youth Belgrade and Trade Union of Administration of Republic of Serbia, Trade Union Educational Center Banja Luka and Trade Union of Administration of Republic of Srpska, Foundation Budva and Trade Union of Administration and Judiciary of Montenegro, Coalition SEGA from Prilep and Trade Union UPOZ of Macedonia, Center for Advanced Studies – South Eastern Europe at the University of Rijeka and organization YouthWatch from Slovakia.

The second meeting of the Consortium took place in Avala, Serbia on April 8, 2019. The meeting’s agenda was opened with a presentation of the national and regional reports on the online Youth Survey “Are You Familiar with your Labour Rights” conducted by the main research partner – University of Rijeka, Center for Advanced Studies – South East Europe, in four partner countries: Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Macedonia. The presentation of the youth survey’s results was followed by joint planning of the next project activities – design of the project’s visual identity and the awareness raising campaign.

After comprehensive analysis of the situation on the field, conducted by an online youth survey “Are You Familiar with your Labour Rights?” among citizens of the regional countries, the project team presents the results of the research, which now constitute the starting point for all further activities within the project “Rights at Work, Work on Rights”. With this project, we are trying to improve the awareness of young people about their labor rights, in order to empower them to combat negative phenomena in working environment and improve their working standard.

Focus of the research was on young people under the age of 35, employed in public administration. Research was carried out by the Center for Advanced Studies of South East Europe at the University of Rijeka, with the support of the trade unions of administration and justice involved in the project implementation.

National Reports can be found at the official website and downloaded in pdf format.

Research is part of the project “Rights at Work, Work on Rights”, supported under the Erasmus+ program of the European Union: KA2 – Capacity building in the field of youth/Western Balkan Window.

The training for future peer educators “Labour Rights of Youth – Phenomena Endangering them and Mechanisms of Protection” was held in Bratislava, Slovakia, May 20 – 25, 2019.

Youth representatives – young union workers from Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Macedonia, Croatia and Slovakia participated in an education on human rights, focusing on the working rights of the youth, and the threats that diminish these rights, with the actual mechanisms of protection. The education was designed with an aim of being shared with the peers in the home country as a direct result of the five-day training course in Slovakia.

The support to young youth workers, during the training and in their future work, besides the union representatives of the Project (Trade Union of Administration of Republic of Serbia, Trade Union Educational Center Banja Luka, Trade Union of Administration and Judiciary of Montenegro, Trade Union UPOZ of Macedonia), was given by the citizens’ associations focusing on the youth rights and the coordinator of the project – Development Center for Youth Belgrade, the training host YouthWatch, Foundation Budva and the Coalition SEGA from Prilep. The training was supported by UNIRI CAS SEE delegate Kristina Smoljanovic with a presentation focusing on the themes of future educational activities in correspondence with the national and regional research outlines and the organization of the activities to follow after the Bratislava training.


Rijeka Industrial Heritage – Education for Tourist Guides

University of Rijeka, Center for Advanced Studies – South East Europe and Center for Industrial Heritage organized an education for tourist guides, which took place on November 28 -29, 2018 in RiHub, a newly opened creative hub in the center of Rijeka.

University of Rijeka is working alongside the City of Rijeka and Rijeka Tourist Board in a program and infrastructure development project “Touristic Valorisation of Representative Monuments of Rijeka’s Industrial Heritage”, focusing on the renovation of the Sugar Refinery Palace in the Benčić complex and the Galeb ship – two objects to be renovated and opened in Rijeka, managed by the City Museum of Rijeka in 2020. The project includes various education and research activities and the creation of the industrial and marine route, connecting diverse cultural and historic city locations.

The education focused on introducing the tourist guides with the future Route of Industrial and Marine Heritage, the objects currently in the process of renovation and the themes connected with the industrial heritage of Rijeka in the aim of developing a unique cultural-touristic product which will distinguish and enrich Rijeka touristic offer and contribute further developments on the local and regional level. This year’s education for tourist guides is the first of the following educations, to be continued in 2019 and 2020.

The first day of the program included a guided tour of the future Route elaborated within the Project, and the expert guidance was provided by Ivana Golob Mihić (UNIRI CIB) and Velid Đekić (City Museum of Rijeka). The second day of the program continued with the presentations and lectures by Ivan Šarar (Head of the City of Rijeka Culture Department) and Dominik Damiš (Rijeka Tourist Board) who provided attendants with the current project developments and the future plans and innovations of the Rijeka Tourist Board.

Associate Professor Zrinka Zadel (UNIRI FMTU) gave a lecture entitled Industrial Heritage – From a Resource to a Touristic Product, an inspiring showcase of the relevant European and global examples of the usage of industrial heritage in tourism.

Kristina Pandža (UNIRI CIB) presented the activities and plans of the Univeristy of Rijeka Centers and proposed further collaboration with the tourist guides in the field of education on Rijeka cultural and industrial heritage. The director of the City Museum of Rijeka, M.Sc. Ervin Dubrović held a lecture on the history of Rijeka commerce organization and the Sugar Refinery Palace, closing the two-day program of the education.

The education of tourist guides is a part of the program activities of the University of Rijeka, partner in execution of the “Touristic Valorisation of Representative Monuments of Rijeka’s Industrial Heritage” project, funded by the European Regional Development Fund – Operational Program “Competitiveness and Cohesion”. Once renovated, in 2020 the Baroque Palace and the Galeb ship will be managed by the City Museum of Rijeka. The project is managed by the City of Rijeka in partnership with the Rijeka Tourist Board and the University of Rijeka – Center for Industrial Heritage and the Center for Advanced Studies – South East Europe.