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Reconciliation, inclusion and human rights: “Bando Balcani 2023” has been published, applications till September 30

The Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (Directorate General for Europe and International Trade Policy-DGUE) has published a publicity notice (Bando Balcani) in favour of projects aimed at enabling Italian participation in international peace and humanitarian initiatives and the protection of human rights.

The contributions are granted to proposals of initiatives related to the following thematic areas, in the Western Balkans region (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia):

a) consolidation of democratic institutions and support to national and regional reconciliation processes; strengthening of the process of adhesion of the Western Balkans to the EU and promotion of EU integration; prevention of terrorism and extremism, reform of justice and electoral systems, transparency, fight against corruption and organized crime;

b) inclusion and enhancement of youth, women, and national minorities within the processes of regional reconciliation;

c) strengthening the protection and promotion of human rights;

d) promotion of dissemination and protection of international and humanitarian law. The proposed initiatives may be bilateral or regional.

The proposed initiatives may be of a bilateral or regional nature.

The available funding is 300,000 euros. Each selected proposal may benefit from a contribution not exceeding 90% of the total amount of the costs necessary for the implementation of the proposed activities and in any case for a maximum amount of 30,000 euros.

Submission of proposals by private entities having their registered office in Italy or in another European Union country shall take place exclusively by certified email to and simultaneously to . The e-mail transmission shall indicate in the subject line the words ‘RIF. Bando Balcani 2023’ and the name of the proposing entity.

For subjects who have their registered office in a non-EU country, the application is submitted exclusively through the territorially competent Italian Diplomatic Representation. Specifically, for entities having their registered office in Kosovo, applications (with all documents and declarations) shall be sent exclusively in digital mode to, indicating in the subject line the words “Balkans Call for Proposals 2023 – Name of the entity”.

The deadline for submitting the application is 30 September 2023, 12.00, Rome time. The date and time of receipt is certified by the e-mail sent.

Any queries relating to this procedure may be addressed, exclusively in writing, to and at the same time to, indicating in the subject line the words “Balkans Call for Proposals 2023 – QUESITI”, no later than 23 September 2023, 12 noon.

All details are available in the call and its annexes, which you are invited to read carefully:


(Published on 10.08.2023. Updated on 26.09.2023)