2008 Member to Member
De Membre à Membre
You want to share your information with other CONCORD members ? Send a summarised
information, web link and contact person to firstname.lastname@example.org in French and/or
English before the 1st and the 15th of each month.
Vous aussi informez les autres membres de ce que vous faites. Envoyez un résumé en français et/ou
en anglais mentionnant votre site web et un contact à email@example.com avant le 1er et le
15 du mois.
Answer the Civil Society Contact Group survey “NGOs access to the EU Council of Ministers”
Findbelow the questionnaire on “NGOs access to the EU Council of Ministers” as developed by the Civil Society Contact
Group working group on participatory democracy and discussed at several occasions with all of you. The aim of the
questionnaire is to learn from each sector about how it works with the Council.
Find here the questionnaire
The questionnaire aims at:
gathering experiences of different NGOs at European and national level in working with the Council mapping the
practices in different policy fields
identifying good practices
identifying differences in access to Council
The questionnaire is structured in NGO – Council relations (A) before, (B) during and (C) after Council meetings. That is
completed with a few general questions (D) and information about your organisation (E).
Please forward the questionnaire to your (European and national) members inviting them to fill it in. And please fill it in for
your platform too!!! The deadline is end of July. This gives you time to include it in your planning for the up-coming
weeks… please do not just put it off!
It will take you about 20-40 minutes to answer the questions.
To make a cross in one of the boxes, click once on the left mouse button.
If you do not understand a question or it does not fit for your organisation’s situation, feel free to give any other information
related to the focus of the question in the space foreseen for comments.
Please send the completed questionnaire to firstname.lastname@example.org no later then the end of July 2008.
Results of this inquiry will be analyzed and presented in a short document. If you wish to receive the document, please
indicate it on the last page.
I do also attach the introduction to the questionnaire that you might want to use as a basis for the message to your
Seminar - Conferences - Séminaires
17 July Chronic Poverty Report 2008-09 „Escaping Poverty Traps‟ –Brussels
The second Chronic Poverty Report 2008-09 - Escaping Poverty Traps, provides a policy response to the first and for the 320 to
443 million people trapped in chronic poverty, it presents a set of policy solutions, with an emphasis on tackling exclusion,
extending social protection and building assets.
The report will be presented in Brussels on 17 July (9.45-12.00) by a panel of speakers at the Residence Palace, Rue de la loi
155, 1040 Brussels, Maalbeek Room, International Press Center. The launch is hosted by The European Working Group on
Social . It is chair by Angela Penro, Coordinator of the Grow Up Free From Poverty Coalition in the UK, and the report will be
presented by a panel of speakers including Françoise Moreau (DG Development), Rudi Delarue Director of the ILO Office for
the European Union, Andrew Shepherd, Director of Chronic Poverty Research Centre.
Please confirm your attendance by 14 July with Kamala Truelove, email@example.com from Helpage Brussels
International EU office.
25/7: German Foundation for World Population : Workshop Reproductive Health and Malaria –
The German Foundation for World Population (DSW), as a member of the European Alliance against Malaria (EAAM),
cordially invites you to a civil society workshop on: “Reproductive Health and Malaria: Linkages, opportunities and
challenges”: Friday, 25th July, from 10.00 to 12.00 - Red Cross EU Office, Rue Belliard 65, B-1040 Brussels
Pregnant women are four times more vulnerable to contract Malaria. Yet, not many Civil Society Organizations working on
Sexual and Reproductive Health and Gender are aware of the linkages between reproductive health and malaria. The
workshop aims at exploring the linkages between malaria and reproductive health as well as providing the participants with
knowledge to be incorporated into their work and use it as a powerful advocacy tool when addressing the European
The 25th of July, two days before the commemoration of the Day of African Women (27th of July), is an ideal opportunity for
the workshop to take place, also due to its proximity with the mid term review of the Millennium Development Goals and the
elaboration of the new EU Plan of Action for Gender Equality Women's Empowerment in External Relations.
Dr. Q. Monir Islam, Director, Department of Making Pregnancy Safer, WHO
Dr. J.P.Van Geertruyden, Department of Parasitology, Unit of Epidemiology, Tropical Medecine Institute, Antwerp
Mrs. Nel Druce, HLSP Institute Deputy Director, London
To register please contact: (We would kindly request you to confirm before July 18th) Amandine Poret Tel : +32 2 50490 66
For further information, please contact: Karen Hoehn Tel : +32 2 504 90 64 firstname.lastname@example.org
Maria Bordallo Tel: +32 2 504 90 63 email@example.com
Agenda: 9.45- 10.00 Registration and welcoming of participants 10.00- 10.15 Welcoming remarks and introduction of the
speakers 10.15-11.00 Presentations
- Dr. Q. Monir Islam, Director, Department of Making Pregnancy Safer, WHO
- Dr. Jean Pierre Van Geertruyden, Department of Parasitology, Unit of Epidemiology, Tropical Medecine Institute, Antwerp
- Mr. Nel Druce, HLSP Insitute Deputy Director (London) – tbc
11.00-12.00: Floor open to questions and debate
Press release - Positions - Communiqués de presse
IPS Europe : "Development : Aid from new EU members states disregards women"
Foreign aid budgets administered by the European Union's most recent entrants do not pay sufficient heed to the needs of
women in poor countries, a series of new studies has found.
Since 2004, 12 new countries have joined the EU, most of which were formerly under communist rule. As part of the terms
of their accession, they undertook to adhere to the EU's policies on development aid.
Yet while the Union's latest official statements on the fight against poverty emphasise a commitment to promoting gender
equality, the activities of its central and eastern European members in this field have been dubbed 'gender-blind' in reports
published by an alliance of campaign groups Jun. 24 (IGPN*).More
*IGPN : The International Gender Policy Network (IGPN) is a membership based, non-governmental organization and has
been established in autumn 2005 in order to strengthen and foster the policy work impact of the woman’s movement and to
ensure the sustainability of women’s movements in the Central, Eastern and South Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central
Asia. Network of partners, formely affiliated to the Network Women’s Program of the Open Society Institute (NWP OSI) and
actively collaborating with the NWP OSI through national offices of the Open Society Institutes and later directly, as
independent NGOs, conceptualized its cooperation and structure into common goals and mission.
CSCG on voluntary lobby register launched by the EC
Major European NGOs disappointed with the proposed voluntary lobby register: it casts more shadows than it
Eight large European sectors of public interest organizations united in the EU Civil Society Contact Group (CSCG) are
disappointed by the voluntary lobby register that the European Commission launched today. The CSCG considers the
register weak and fundamentally flawed.
Fintan Farrell, president of the CSCG, comments: “Public interest organisations have supported the Commission's
'European Transparency Initiative' in the past because we hoped that it would lead to real transparency about EU lobbying.
The Commission's lobby register was supposed to answer questions such as how many lobbyists are there in Brussels?,
who do they work for?, and who is paying them? Unfortunately, the register developed by the Secretary General of the
Commission will not provide clear answers to any of these questions.”
The Civil Society Contact Group criticises in particular that:
1. The register requests different types of financial information from different types of actors. For-profit lobbying
organisations are asked to report approximate figures related to lobbying expenditure, while public interest organisations are
asked to provide total budget figures. This means that the register will not provide comparable financial information to the
2. The register is limited to organisations and does not request the registration of individual lobbyists working for them. This
means that the register will not make public any information about the number of lobbyists working at EU level, nor who they
“This flawed register gives the impression that the Commission is unwilling to improve lobbying transparency at EU level”
insists Fintan Farrell, president of the EU Civil Society Contact Group. “The European Commission expressed a
commitment to “ensure that the Union is open to public scrutiny”. A meaningful public scrutiny can only occur if the provided
information is relevant and comparable”, he continued. “How can the Commission expect that EU citizens trust Brussels if it
fails to ensure basic transparency about EU lobbyists? What we need is a real transparency register that will require all
lobbyists to disclose their names, budgets and lobbying expenditure.” Farrell concluded.
Contact: Fintan Farrell, president of the Civil Society Contact Group Tel: 00 32 2 226 5850 GSM: 00 32 474 797934
SOLIDAR Social Europe Conference
On 25 June the SOLIDAR conference “Together for a Social Europe” took place in Paris. About 70 participants mainly
from France, Germany, Austria and the United Kingdom gathered at the Maison de l’Europe to discuss a variety of topics
dealing with the social and citizenship dimension of Europe. Distinguished speakers including Members of the European
Parliament, the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC), the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), from
the Social Platform and from French SOLIDAR members, contributed to the two Round Tables.
A resolution and conference conclusions document, to be submitted to the French EU Council Presidency starting on 1 July
2008, the forthcoming Czech and Swedish EU Council Presidencies during 2009, to European institutions and to policy
makers and governments across Europe was presented and broadly supported by participants. Discussions on final
amendments are underway. The resolution and conclusions will be available at the beginning of next week in English,
French, German and Italian.
The first Round Table in the morning dealt with questions related to the Lisbon Treaty, the EU Social Agenda and
European-level and national debates on the appropriate legal and policy framework for (social) services of general interest.
The second addressed issues around the topics of decent work, decent life, migration and integration and the challenge of
how to build cohesive and inclusive societies.
The Round Tables were preceded by two presentations from researchers on the European Social Model, on main trends in
and challenges for social and employment policies across Europe and on possible strategies. The first presentation was by
Prof. Michel Wieviorka, Director of the Centre d'Analyses et d'Interventions Sociologiques (CADIS) at the l’École des Hautes
Études en Sciences Sociales and President of the International Sociological Association (ISA) and the second by Dr.
Monika Queisser, Researcher at the Social Policy Division of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
See the conference programme in EN, FR, DE - Read the background paper in EN
SOLIDAR Response to the EU‟s Renewed Social Agenda & Report on Decent Work “A Step in
the Right Direction but still Weak Equal Opportunities and Solidarity Measures” -
SOLIDAR* welcomes two documents issued by the European Commission on 2 July - the Renewed Social Agenda and the
"EU contribution to the promotion of decent work in the world” Report – as both documents contain a number of concrete
measures which are positive steps in strengthening Europe’s social dimension and its role in promoting a fair globalisation.
These documents are a step in the right direction but are still missing the principle of equal opportunities for the most
vulnerable in Europe and solidarity for people in third countries who live with the consequences of an aggressive EU trade
“SOLIDAR calls for the social dimension to be at the heart of all EU policies. This is a package of measures and not a full
policy. In order for Europe to really advance on social issues, a structured and continued dialogue with civil society
organisations and social partners is necessary” says Conny Reuter, Secretary General of SOLIDAR. “SOLIDAR has
consistently called for this Renewed Social Agenda, setting out the major strategies of the EU for the years to come, to
provide equal opportunities for all, especially the most vulnerable, to access high quality social services such as education
and health. Furthermore, this package just does not go far enough in proposing tangible actions to improve the situation and
integration of migrants into our societies.” More
TRIALOG Cyprus visit
TRIALOG Policy Officer Rebecca Steel visited Cyprus at the beginning of June to attend an international civil society forum
and to get an update about the complicated situation that Greek and Turkish Cypriot NGOs face in their daily work. The visit
was a preparation for the TRIALOG training planned for the autumn and another step to support Cypriot NGOs in their
activities to interlink more with the European development agenda.
The civil society forum provided an excellent meeting point for organisations from all over Cyprus to come together and talk
about civil society development on the island in terms of a couple of major themes: policy influencing, and peace building.
Representatives from Cypriot NGOs, the UNDP, the European Parliament and Commission offices and international
organisations such as the Council of Europe, all came to the buffer zone between the two sides of the island to analyse the
current situation and determine how they can help to improve it in the future. Concrete ideas were brought out during the
last session, and a follow up meeting was planned in order to ensure the ideas were not lost, but turned into actions. The
awards ceremony that followed highlighted the successes that some NGOs have managed to achieve through their work.
Face-to-face meetings with some NGOs working in Cyprus on development education and related topics highlighted the
problems organisations on the two sides have to overcome to work together. The unique political situation on the island
means they have to cross physical barriers as well as others in order to cooperate, and forming a platform that includes both
sides has proved to be a step that was just too ambitious. It is also unclear how much EU funding for Cypriot organisations
is open to Turkish Cypriots.
TRIALOG will provide training on a range of topics for Cypriot NGDOs in the autumn, and will continue to encourage the
efforts of all organisations to work across the border, despite the difficulties posed by the political situation on the island, and
to engage in European issues as much as possible.
Terra viva* : Trade: French report condemns EPAs by David Cronin
The approach taken by the European Union (EU) in trade talks with Africa has been strongly criticised in an official report
commissioned by France, the new holder of the EU’s rotating presidency.
Christiane Taubira, the member of the French national assembly who authored the report at the request of her country’s
government, has recommended that the mandate given to the European Commission to negotiate economic partnership
agreements (EPAs) with African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries should be amended.
Although trade officials have been leading the talks on behalf of the 27-strong EU, she advocates that the basis for the
negotiations should be rethought so that there is a greater emphasis on social and economic development.
Presented to Nicolas Sarkozy, the French president, in mid-June but not yet published, Taubira’s 191-page report contains
strong criticisms of efforts made by the Commission to persuade African countries to scrap most of the taxes they levy on
imports from Europe. More
* the European edition of the IPS daily journal
CIDSE: Upholding the Spirit of Monterrey: the Financing for Development agenda and its
A new CIDSE policy paper 'Upholding the Spirit of Monterrey - the Financing for Develoment agenda and its Unfinished
Business' is available. This document refers to the different aspects of the Monterrey Consensus: Domestic Resources,
Private Flows, Trade, Official Development Assistance, External Debt and Systemic Issues and sets out the CIDSE
recommendations for the UN Financing for Development Review Conference to be held in Doha from 29 November to 2
A summary of the recommendations is available in French. The full policy paper will be available shortly in French and
Contact: For further information, please contact Jean Letitia Saldanha (saldanha[AT]cidse.org) – www.cidse.org.
Version française :
Défendre l'esprit de Monterrey - Le chantier inachevé du programme de financement du
Une nouvelle étude politique de la CIDSE "Défendre l'esprit de Monterrey - Le chantier inachevé du programme de
financement du développement " vient d’être publiée. Ce document reprend reprend les différents éléments du Consensus
de Monterrey : ressources financières nationales, flux financiers privés, le commerce, l’aide publique au développement, la
dette extérieure et les questions systémiques et précise les recommandations de la CIDSE en vue de la Conférence
internationale de suivi sur le financement du développement, chargée d’examiner la mise en œuvre du Consensus de
Monterrey qui aura lieu à Doha du 29 novembre au 2 décembre 2008.
La version complète de cette étude est seulement disponible en anglais pour le moment. Des versions française et
espagnole suivront prochainement.
Contact: Pour de plus amples informations, veuillez contacter Jean Letitia Saldanha (saldanha[AT]cidse.org) –
Cercle de Coopération des ONG de Développement: Examen du CAD par les pairs - DAC Peer
Les principales conclusions et recommandations:
Le Luxembourg est un donneur généreux et engagé. Son aide a progressé de près de 12 % en termes réels entre 2006
(291 millions de USD constants) et 2007 (325 millions de USD constants) pour atteindre 0.90 % du RNB, ce qui le place en
pourcentage au troisième rang des donneurs. Chaque année depuis 2000, le Luxembourg a atteint une aide d’au moins 0.7
% de son revenu national. Il a promu, en outre, les efforts déployés par la communauté internationale pour rehausser la
qualité et accroître le volume de l’aide.
Main Findings and Recommendations
Luxembourg is a generous and committed donor. Its aid rose in real terms by almost 12% from 2006 (constant USD 291
million) and 2007 (constant USD 325 million) to 0.90% of its GNI, making Luxembourg the third most generous donor in
percentage terms. Every year since 2000 Luxembourg has achieved an aid to national income ratio of at least 0.7%. It has
also promoted international efforts to strengthen the quality and increase the volume of aid.
Le rapport complet in French in English
Contact:: Mike Mathias Cercle de Coopération des ONG de développement 13, av Gaston Diderich / L-1420 Luxembourg
tél: ++352 26 02 09 11 / fax: ++352 26 02 09 26 / http://www.cercle.lu
Development Policy Forum* conference report: "How best can business contribute to Europe's
aid efforts ?"
Read the Report of the second Development Policy Forum (DPF) roundtable organised by Friends of Europe on April 2008.
in English or in French
* The Development Policy Forum (DPF) is a partnership between the Brussels based think tank Friends of Europe, the
United Nations, the World Bank, the Agence Française de Développement (AFD), the UK’s Department for International
Development (DFID), the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and Yara International. The goal of the partnership is to systematically
address forthcoming challenges in the area of development policy through lively debates and sharp written analyses.
Research of office premises in Brussels
The European Association for the Education of Adults (EAEA) is expanding and therefore we are looking for new office
Our staff is made up of five persons and we are searching for space in the area 1000, 1040, 1050 or 1210 Brussels nearby
public transportation (preferably a metro stop) and including the usual facilities. Furthermore EAEA would be happy to share
office installations and equipment, such as meeting rooms, kitchen, copy machine, etc, with other organizations.
Also further small educational organisations are in search and might consider to move with us to the same premises. Thus
we could also take a larger office premises into consideration
We appreciate very much any assistance and information you can give us and thank you very much for your help in
Contact: Gina Ebner Secretary General EAEA Rue de la Concorde 60 B-1050 Brussels Tel: +32.2.513 5205
CONCORD Press Release:
NEWS HOOK: informal meeting of Justice and home affairs Ministers
European NGOs condemn putting aid at the service of immigration control
While European and G8 countries are failing to deliver on their international aid commitments, European Development NGOs
are deeply concerned about linking immigration control and development cooperation.
On 7 and 8 July 2008, the French Presidency presented a draft European pact on immigration and asylum to its partners at the
informal meeting of Justice and home affairs Ministers in Cannes. This draft Pact suggests migration should become an
important element in all External Relations of the Member States. It invites Member States to conclude agreements with
countries of origin or transit on migration and development.
“These agreements, which bring the fight against illegal immigration and development under the same framework, have allowed
France and a few other OECD members to use aid to put pressure on developing countries when negotiating tough readmission
agreements. Generalising this negotiation tactic at European level could be very damaging for developing countries” explains
Vice-Chair of Coordination SUD, the French national NGO platform, responsible for European issues.
“Linking development policies and migration presents clear risks of undermining the focus on the eradication of poverty and
inequalities in the poorest countries. Europe cannot tie the allocation of aid to developing countries to progress on legal or illegal
migration and readmission. Whilst European Member States may sign agreements on migration with third countries, these
should not become conditions for development cooperation” says Olivier Consolo, Director of CONCORD, the European
confederation of relief and development NGOs.
European Development NGOs call for aid programs to retain poverty eradication and sustainable development as primary
objectives, in line with the European Consensus on Development and the Maastricht Treaty. While many countries of origin for
migration flows are currently suffering from food shortage, European aid must support essential social services, agricultural
development and poverty eradication rather than the capacity of these countries to control their potential migrants. Aid must not
be retargeted on the fight against “illegal immigration” in countries of origin and transit.
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Contact: Melis Alguadis firstname.lastname@example.org – Tel: +32 (0) 2 743 87 81
Note to editor:
CONCORD Aidwatch report and press release on the reality of the aid delivered by the European Union and its Member States:
Official results of the informal meeting of the justice and home affairs ministers - French Presidency website
Pictures about migration available on http://www.concordeurope.org/Public/Page.php?ID=137
Training - Formations
Dtalk – Development Training & Learning @ Kimmage: Ireland
Do you want to have a look on the calendar of the Dtalk courses from July to September ? Visit
All of the courses (except where otherwise stated) will take place in the Development Studies Centre, Kimmage.
Contact: Niamh Brennan or Selam Desta, Programme Administrators,
E: email@example.com, T:01 4064307 or Patricia Wall, Programme Coordinator, T: 01 4064424, E:
PLAN is recruiting a Campaigns and Communication Officer – Brussels
Plan is an international humanitarian development organization working with and for children in over 66 countries worldwide.
Our vision is of a world in which all children realize their full potential in societies which respect people's rights and dignity.
We are recruiting a Campaigns and Communication Officer to join our EU Liaison Office in September 2008 for 3 days a
This is an exciting opportunity for a dynamic individual to join our EU advocacy team and be responsible for strengthening
and supporting the communications and campaigning element of our EU policy work.
Gross monthly salary +/- €3000 (pro rata) plus benefits.
Read more about responsibilities and profile
To apply: Please send a single page letter outlining your motivation for this position as well as your CV (max. 2 pages) to
firstname.lastname@example.org by 16 July 2008 addressed to Deepali Sood, Head of Office with the title
“Communications and Campaigns Officer.”
Interviews: July 24 2008.
We regret that only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
Our policies and procedures ensure that the welfare of children comes first. Plan is an Equal Opportunities Employer.
CIDSE looks for a Programme Cooperation and Advocacy Officer - Brussels
The CIDSE Secretariat, located in Brussels, is currently looking for a fulltime Programme Cooperation and Advocacy Officer
to join its team as soon as possible.
More about responsibilities and profile
the opportunity to work in an international organisation with a dynamic international team
the opportunity to work in the Brussels EU-Quarter
an interesting and challenging job
a contract of unlimited duration for a full-time position
a gross salary in the range of Euro 2700-2900 per month, plus End of Year Allocation (13th month salary) and holiday
allowance (95% month salary). Additional benefits: extra pension insurance scheme, loss of salary insurance,
hospitalisation insurance, meal checks (worth some 80 Euro/month)
21 holidays per year plus 3 days extra in addition to days between Christmas and the New Year
Please send your CV and cover letter by 23/07/2008 to: email@example.com or to:
CIDSE Secretariat Attn: Secretary General 16, rue Stévin 1000 Brussels, Belgium Fax: + 32 - 2 - 230 70 82
Interviews will be held on 7 and 8 of August
For more information about CIDSE please visit our website www.cidse.org
Intermón Oxfam searchs :
Responsable de Administration et Finances pour Haiti
Pour notre bureau du Haïti et sous la coordination de la Direction du Pays, la personne sélectionnée sera responsable de
mettre en place des politiques et des directrices, des procédures, processus et systèmes de gestion dans le domaine de
l´administration et de la gestion budgétaire, financière et comptable.
HR Manager Tchad
Placée sous la responsabilité directe du Chef de Mission du Programme humanitaire d'Intermon Oxfam, la personne
sélectionnée sera chargée de la gestion administrative des RH locales et expatriés du Programme, et de garantir
l'implémentation des outils, procédures et politiques de RH sur le terrain.
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Officer, Aradib (Tchad)
Placée sous la responsabilité directe du Coordinateur Terrain IO à Koukou et encadrée fonctionnellement par le
Coordinateur WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) de la mission, la personne sélectionnée dirigera le projet eau,
assainissement et promotion à l'hygiène dans le camp de déplacés d'Aradib, dans l'axe sud de l'Est du Tchad oÃ¹ IO
développe son programme.
On the internet website
European NGOs condemn putting aid at the service of immigration control - 10-07-2008
European NGOs call for urgent reaffirmation of G8 commitments on aid - 1st July 2008
European Summit: Actions speak louder than words: EU must commit to real aid increases to reduce poverty - 20/06/2008
CONCORD Rapport annuel 2007 - Annual report 2007
On CONCORD members or partners websites
The new TRIALOG Information Service (TIS)
Activities of European NGDOs (40)
EU development policy and EU enlargement (38)
Funding Opportunities (22)
Job vacancies (7)
News from NGDO platforms (31)
Partner Search for Joint Projects (4)
Sources of Information (23)
TRIALOG News (31)
Read the TIS online at http://www.trialog.or.at/tis, use the direct links below or open the attached pdf-file.
CBM - Looking for shared office space
cbm EU liaison office is planning to move office in the coming months in order to relocate to be closer to the Institutional area of
Brussels. We are currently two people but may be more next year and would happily share a new premise with other NGOs. If
any other organisation is currently looking for office space or has office space and would like to discuss sharing with us, please
get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org
To know more about cbm see www.cbm.org
NB : Read also the weekly 'EU monitoring' for information on European Affairs related to
Development and the monthly 'CONCORD Flash' to find out personnel changes within NGOs
and EU institutions.
NB : Lisez aussi chaque semaine le 'EU monitoring' pour connaître les nouveaux dossiers de l'Union
européenne relatifs au Développement et le CONCORD Flash mensuel pour les changements de
personnel des ONG et des institutions européennes.
http://www.concordeurope.org 10 sq. Ambiorix - Tel. + 322 743 87 60
email@example.com 1000 Brussels - Fax+ 322 732 19 34