PROCUREMENT POLICY AND PROCEDURES

The scope of the current document is to state ARSIS’ policy, ethics, procedures and provisions related to procurement and it covers the processes associated with procurement of the goods, services, works that are demanded for the function of ARSIS and for delivering its objectives in the context of its daily function, its operations, projects, programs, actions, partnerships.

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ARSIS’ CODE OF PRINCIPLES AND VALUES FOR ARSIS’ STAFF AND MEMBERS

ARSIS’ Code of Principles and Values requires our employees, our volunteers, our friends, our members and other representatives of our organization conduct ARSIS’ activities honestly, with integrity, good judgment, equality and independence, following transparent and integer procedures, always in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations, and in the best interests of ARSIS’ and the children, families and communities we serve. The Code also contains specific requirements addressing financial transactions, conflicts of interest, beneficiary safety, gifts and gratuities, and confidentiality.

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IN THE VINCENT TOURNECUILLERT’s MEMORY

The beloved friend and partner, Vincent Tournecuillert, passed away on Wednesday night, at 21/11/2018, after a road accident just a few days earlier.

Vincent, born 46 years ago in France, was a citizen of the world that knew well how to take care of the important things with the deserved passion, to fight for the goals of his humanitarian mission and to succeed them.

He started his professional life as a journalist and always held the research look that characterizes the journalists worthy of their function. After covering as journalist the wars in the Balkans and Africa, he used to work with non-governmental organizations in various parts of the world for about two decades: Iraq, Bosnia, Yemen, Albania, Morocco, Belgium and Budapest at the end. Wherever he lived, wherever he acted, he was tempted by a deep and genuine longing to understand and respect the ways, the times, and the hardships of the ordinary people he had chosen to work with. With pure scientific and political thought, with knowledge and empathy, he tried to improve the lives of the more vulnerable people among the vulnerable ones.

Press Release: Two days dedicated to children’s rights

The 18th and the 20th of November that have been set, correspondingly, as the Universal End Child Sex Abuse Day and the Universal Children’s Day, are dedicated to children who experience the consequences of economic and refugee crisis.

A basic criterion for the cohesion degree of a society is how it defends its most vulnerable members against all forms of violence. For that reason, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child orders its signatory member – states to ensure children’s access to health, welfare, education, entertainment, information, freedom of opinion and expression as well as to ensure their protection from discrimination and racism.

PRESS RELEASE – The Practice of the Protective Custody of Minors and the Concept of Child Protection

A large number of unaccompanied refugee minors are under protective custody status awaiting to get integrated into sheltering structures.

According to statistics from the National Center for Social Solidarity (EKKA), 1,195 places are currently available in shelter facilities for children, while the total number of unaccompanied refugee minors in Greece is 3,558.

ARSIS Association for the Social Support of Youth is systematically intervening in detention centers for unaccompanied minors in the wider area of ​​Thessaloniki and Kilkis since 2015. Through an interdisciplinary team, the organization provides psychosocial, legal and material support to unaccompanied minors, trying to create conditions that lead to less damage to the aggravating condition of detention.

In 2017, the ARSIS multidisciplinary team supported 353 unaccompanied minors and in 2018 (until mid-October) it supported 598 ones in detention facilities in Thessaloniki area.

The framework for the protection of unaccompanied minors is probably the one with the greatest gaps, both in legal terms and the one of the necessary logistical infrastructure.