This year the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum celebrates its 5 year long active support aimed at citizens and democratisation process in the European Union’s eastern neighbourhood. Once again, representatives of CSOs from countries gathered around the EU’s Eastern Partnership programme and from the European Union itself will assemble to discuss the progress, development and future agenda for the programme concerning mainly its civil society dimension.
What has changed for the civil society in the region since last year in the light of recent events in Ukraine and Russia’s foreign policy towards its close neighbours?
Get an update on the situation of civil societies
in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine
and on the EU-EaP relations
Follow the the 6th EaP CSF General Assembly in Batumi, Georgia, online:
“What Future for the EaP Civil Society Forum?“
asked Krzysztof Bobiński, co-chair of the previous EaP CSF Steering Committee
CEPS: The Civil Society Forumof the Eastern Partnership four years on; Progress, challenges and prospects
Europeum: Taking Stock of EU Civil Society Funding in EaP Countries
The Common Europe Foundation, publisher of Eastbook.eu, is also present at the Assembly in Batumi.
The Foundation, launched in December 2010, was an initiative of Warsaw University students from Poland and Russia. 4 years on, the aim and the mission remains the same: to bring closer citizens of western and eastern parts of Europe and support the democratization process of the continent. The then new EU programme called the Eastern Partnership was a great starting port for aspiring game changers.
The young CEF team – founding members and close associates – consists of young journalists, experts, educators, coordinators and translators interested in the region known as Eastern Europe. CEF donors are, among others, the Visegrad Fund, National Endowment of Democracy, Polish and Czech Ministries.
The CEF flagship project since 2010 has been Eastbook.eu, portal focused on the relationship between the EU and its eastern neighbours – members of the Eastern Partnership. This was the base for further cooperation with fellow NGOs and media in the whole neighbourhood: from the South Caucasus to Baltic states and V4 countries, in 4 languages – Polish, Russian, English and Ukrainian. It started as a Warsaw-centred project but after 3 years CEF had team members in Ukraine, Belarus, Georgia and Estonia.
CEF coordinates also youth exchange projects “Between East and West”, study tours, a science fair programme in Ukraine (Scientific Picnics), hackathons and more, and is a partner of many EaP-centred events in the neighbourhood, involving actors both from EU and non-EU states.
In 2015, CEF will launch its media project focused on and aimed at Russian-speaking citizens of the region.
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