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Food Sovereignty in Croatia / Western Balkans- In any case, the biggest problem decision makers have to face is probably an inefficient and unjust subsidy system. Until subsidies are redirected towards the bigger support for those who produce and live on the land, thus ensuring the long term sustainability and the quality of system, we will not be able to identify the real system change and the sustainable approach to food production. There is anecdotic example for this that showed up publicly in the spring of 2013, during the resistance prompted by the new EU regulation on the seed. The first act proposal from European Commission was oriented distinctively against small farmers, local production and biodiversity. The fertile public debate raised here in Croatia, revealed the true carelessness for the long term food production management. As plain as a day was now the fact that Croatian state was not actually inhibited by this directive, since certification processes were applied here for no more than a couple of vegetable crops, while all other seeds, except the grains partly, is imported.
THE COMMONS DOSSIERPreliminary Reflections and Invitation for Submissions The HBS Green Academy that was held on the island of Vis from August 28 to September 2, 2012 proposed the Commons as a new interpretative paradigm for the pursuit of future-oriented politics grounded in concerns for democracy, social justice and sustainable development. In the nexus of environmental concerns, crisis of democracy, growing inequalities and dramatic economic challenges, our aim was to explore the Commons as a terrain for developing a shared platform for green left movements in the Western Balkans and Europe.
The programme which took place in August/September 2012 on the island of Vis directly engaged scholars and practitioners from all over Europe in exploring the emancipatory potential of moving beyond the dichotomy of states and markets in deciding how cities should be governed, how factories should be organized, how the education system should be run or ways in which the Internet should be regulated. Throughout the week, lively and engaged discussions took place both during panels and lectures, and in intensive and focused working groups that took place around the island of Vis. more here