Tangible Results for People:
Envisioning the Eastern Partnership in 2020 and Beyond
Eastern Partnership Civil Society Conference 2017
9th Annual Assembly of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum

Venue: Radisson Blue Olumpia, 
Liivalaia 33, 10118 Tallinn, Estonia

(as of 5 October 2017)

Arrival day

24 October, Tuesday

11:00-18:00 Arrivals and registration of participants
17:00-18:00 Info session for new participants
18:00-20:00 Welcome reception. Presentation of the Civil Society initiative’s “Let’s Do It”. Networking fair.
  • Opening remarks: Tiina Ilsen, Deputy Director, Estonian Center of Eastern Partnership (ECEAP) and Natalia Yerashevich, Director, EaP CSF Secretariat
  • Presentation by Teeme ära! [Let’s Do It!], a global network of local clean-up and leadership initiatives founded in Estonia and selected EaP CSF initiatives of 2017 followed by the networking fair showcasing civil society organisations’ projects
Day 1

25 October, Wednesday

 Day 1 will provide a framework for the whole event by focusing on how to capitalise on what civil society can offer in advancing the reform agenda and promoting good governance in the Eastern Partnership countries. It will start with a broader debate on the state of play in government-civil society cooperation and continue with a more focused discussion on cooperation in such key areas as trade policy, media and disinformation, and digital tools. Participants will offer ideas on how to advance the partnership between the governments and civil society, refining those ideas with concrete examples from the EaP and EU countries. Policy debates and formal “Experience Exchanges” within Working Groups will enable participants to work on specific means of clarifying and implementing the 20 Deliverables for 2020. They will also address recommendations to the Brussels Eastern Partnership Summit, stemming from the Civil Society Declaration, which will be officially adopted on Day 2.

08:00-9:00 Registration
09:00-9:10 Introduction by organisers
  • Jaan Reinhold, ‎Ambassador-at-Large for the Eastern Partnership and Director, Estonian Center of Eastern Partnership
  • Hennadiy Maksak, Ukrainian Prism, Co-Chair, EaP CSF Steering Committee, Ukraine
09:10-09.40 Opening speeches

Kersti Kaljulaid, President of Estonia

Federica Mogherini (video address), High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy

Ales Bialiatski, Head of Viasna Human Rights Centre, Belarus; Vice President of the International Federation for Human Rights (2007-2016)

09:40-11:00 Plenary Session Government-Civil Society Relations in the EaP: Progressing towards Partnership?

The panel will explore the status quo of government-civil society relations in the Eastern Partnership countries. It will focus on how the multiple roles of civil society can be better supported by both partner country governments and the EU alike. It will also explore how the reforms to the EaP architecture and the concrete goals set forth in the 20 Deliverables for 2020 can be used more effectively to streamline the role of civil society in the EaP policy as a whole. Moreover, the need for governments to introduce practical cooperation structures with civil society to support the development of inclusive societies and encourage the sustainability of democratic reforms will be addressed. Finally, the panel will suggest criteria for mutually beneficial relations with civil society in order to assess the relative success of the EaP countries to date.


  • Marian Lupu, Co-Chair of the EURONEST Parliamentary Assembly
  • Jeff Lovitt, Chair, New Diplomacy
  • Kakha Gogolashvili, Director of EU Studies, Georgian Foundation for Strategic and International Studies, EaP CSF Steering Committee, Georgia
  • Diana Yablonska, Deputy Head of Unit, DG NEAR, European Commission

Moderator: Urmo Kübar, Adviser on Civil Society, Office of the President of Estonia; former head of the Estonian Union of Non-Profit organisations; European Citizens’ Prize winner 2013

11:00-11:20 Adoption of the Civil Society Declaration to the EaP Summit

Moderated by Dovilė Šukytė, Acting Director, Eastern Europe Studies Centre, Co-Chair, EaP CSF Steering Committee, Lithuania

11:20-11:40 Coffee break
11:40-13:00 Parallel panels

The parallel panels will focus on the discussion of specific ways in which government-civil society cooperation can bring about synergies in key trade, media, and digital policy areas. Ideas from the Civil Society Declaration to the EaP Summit, to be adopted on Day 2, will be discussed and refined during each of the panels. Concrete examples from the EU and EaP countries will be raised in each of the areas covered by the panels in order to identify means to ensure that the partnership between governments and civil society will not only thrive, but will also promote significant reforms ultimately bringing tangible results to people.

  1.         Prospects of Regional and Economic Integration in the EaP Countries

This panel will focus on economic development and integration of the countries within the EaP region. How do the bilateral agreements of the EaP countries with the EU contribute to regional economic integration? How does the interplay between the DCFTA countries and the Eurasian Economic Union shape the economic development of the region? What is the role of civil society in supporting economic integration and development in the EaP countries, as well as in helping to achieve the relevant goals from the 20 Deliverables for 2020?


  • Tsisnami Sabadze, Head of Economic Policy Department, Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia
  • Iryna Tochitskaya, IPM, Belarus
  • Luc van Looveren, Flemish Chamber of Commerce
  • Richard Giragosian, Founding Director, Regional Studies Center, Armenia

Moderator: Guillaume Van der Loo, CEPS

  1.         Media and Disinformation in the EaP and the EU

This panel will focus on media quality, self-regulation of the media sector, and methods of confronting disinformation in shaping public opinion and fostering deliberative public discussion. It will also cover topics such as media literacy, as well as the role of and support for citizen media.  Which support do the independent media outlets need? What is the role of the public service broadcasters? What can the media communities in the EU and the EaP countries learn from each other in the field of confronting propaganda?


  • Jānis Rungulis, StratCom East Task Force, EEAS
  • Celia Davies, Strategy & Communications Manager, Meydan TV, Germany
  • Raul Rebane, independent media & communications expert
  • Andriy Kulakov, Program Director, Internews Ukraine

Moderator: Boris Navasardian, President, Yerevan Press Club, EaP CSF Steering Committee, Armenia

  1.         Digital Tools for Democratic Governance

This panel will focus on the use of digital tools in involving communities and civil society organisations into decision-making and developing ideas for policy improvements. It will cover the benefits and setbacks countries have faced when using digital participatory tools, including participatory budgeting, citizen engagement portals, and online services. How can governments and civil society organizations best ensure that rural communities and other groups with less access to digital tools are not further marginalized by the increased use of digital participatory tools?

Is there any fundamental tension between respecting the privacy and data rights of citizens using digital tools while also promoting transparency and openness? Have there been any difficulties in establishing the rules of expression on participatory platforms?

Are governments and civil society organizations overly dependent on commercial digital infrastructure, or have they been able to work harmoniously with the private sector in driving innovation forward?


  • David Marghania, EBRD/UNCITRAL Public Procurement Initiative
  • Sahil Mammadli,  ASAN
  • Teele Pehk, CEO, Estonian Cooperation Initiative
  • Liia Hanni, Estonian e-Governance Academy
  • Sinziana Poiana, DG NEAR

Moderator: Hille Hinsberg, Expert, Praxis

  1. Taking Government-Civil Society Relations Forward

The panel will focus on cooperation models and involvement practices that have been successful in the EaP countries. It will identify ways to overcome obstacles to regular and beneficial dialogue between the public sector and civil society while also determining how to build legitimate networks and coalitions for partnering with governments. How can trust be built among CSOs and governments? How can one ensure that civil society’s voice is heard and its expertise taken into account in policymaking? How can the CSO-government partnership be improved? What else can civil society do to deliver results for ordinary people—whether by itself or in partnership with other actors?


  • Julia Ivahina, National Anti-Corruption Bureau, Ukraine
  • Rasul Jafarov, Human Rights Club, Azerbaijan
  • Giorgi Klidiashvili, Open Government Partnership
  • Boris Iarochevitch,  Head of the Division for Eastern Partnership, Regional Cooperation & OSCE, EEAS
  • Beata Jaczewska, Visegrad Fund, Director

Moderator: Maris Jõgeva, Executive Director, Network of Estonian Nonprofit Organisations

13:00-14:00 Lunch
14:00-15:30 Policy Debates and Experience Exchange within Working Groups (WGs)

The sessions will focus on some of the cross-cutting deliverables (gender equality) and priority areas  (SMEs development, energy efficiency, environment, youth empowerment and labor migration) of the 20 Deliverables for 2020, while continuing to reflect on the recommendations included in the Civil Society Declaration to the upcoming EaP Summit. The sessions will advance policy debate in the relevant areas through briefly discussing the results of relevant EaP CSF regranting projects and Estonian CSOs’ field experience. Together with the speakers and moderators, all participants will develop a set of recommendations on the topics.

1) Mainstreaming gender in the EaP and the EU

How does the lack of gender equality legislation hinder the protection and promotion of human rights? How does the civil society mainstream gender within its own platforms and bodies? How can the civil society contribute to the preparation and implementation of the Gender Action Plans in the EaP countries in the best way?

  • Svetlana Karaleva, Chair, BOWW, Belarus
  • Merle Pajus, Project Manager, Estonian Women’s Studies and Resource Centre (ENUT)

Moderator: Haykuhi Harutyunyan, President, Protection of Rights without Borders, EaP CSF Steering Committee, Armenia

Rapporteur (TBC)

2) SMEs – How to Benefit from Access to the EU Single Market?

How to prepare EaP SMEs for the challenges of the EU Single Market? How can experience-sharing with the EU member states contribute to this process? How can the civil society facilitate and assist the strengthening of the SMEs in the region?

  • Nino Elizbarashvili, President, Association of Women in Business, Georgia
  • Ludmila Stuparu, Program Coordinator, Center for Innovation and Policies, Moldova
  • Raivo Altmets  EVEA (Estonian SME Association)

Moderator: Yurii Vdovenko, Head of the Board, The Center for Cross-Border Cooperation, EaP CSF Steering Committee, Ukraine

Rapporteur: Dovilė Šukytė, Acting Director, Eastern Europe Studies Centre, Co-Chair, EaP CSF Steering Committee, Lithuania

3) Fostering environmental protection and energy security in the EaP region

To what extent the membership/candidate status in the Energy Community, and Association Agreements have contributed to the design and establishment of well-functioning energy regulators in the EaP countries? How can the watchdogging experience of the EU civil society in the field of governance and performance of energy regulators be replicated in the EaP countries? How can the implementation of the new laws on waste management under the Association Agreements reduce negative environmental impact of households?

How the project’s results/experience can be expanded to other EaP countries? How do you secure sustainability of your initiative/results? Any positive case studies in EaP and EU countries to solve the presented problems? What could be possible partnerships in this field between EaP and EU NGOs and EU policies to be promoted in EaP countries and the EU financial instruments to help solve the above-mentioned issues?

  •      Otilia Nuțu, Energy Watchdog Coalition
  •      Estonian Environmental Law Center (EELC) (TBC)

Moderator:  Ruslan Surugiu

  •      Oleksandra Gumeniuk, Good Deeds, Ukraine
  •      Estonian Environmental Law Center (TBC)

Moderator and Rapporteur: Ina Coșeru, National Environmental Center, EaP CSF Steering Committee, Moldova

4) Youth empowerment – encouraging civic activism and youth mobility

How to encourage civic activism among young people in the countries with security risks for the activists? How to ensure that the youth is well informed about the mobility opportunities provided by the EU? How to better engage the disadvantaged and vulnerable youth in the existing and future programmes and initiatives?

  • Grigor Yeritsyan, Armenian Progressive Youth
  • Karl-Andreas Sprenk, Estonian National Youth Council

Moderator: Mariia Symonova, MITLA Agency of Changes (CleanUniversities anti-corruption campaign)

Rapporteur: Nikolai Kvantaliani, Association “New Group”, Belarus

5) How does the social dialogue contribute to optimizing labour migration?

What is the background of the problem of labour migration in the region? How do state authorities both of the EU and EaP countries tackle it? To what extent are the trade unions in the EaP countries included/excluded to/from the dialogue on labour migration?

  • Siarhei Antusevich, Belarusian Congress Of Democratic Trade Unions
  • Dzmitry Babicki, CASE Belarus
  • Peep Peterson, Estonian Trade Union Confederation (TBC)

Moderator: Goda Neverauskaitė, European Trade Union Confederation

Rapporteur: Laura Ernšteina, European Economic and Social Committee, External Relations Secretariat (REX)

15:30-16:00 Coffee Break
16:00-18:00 EaP CSF Working Groups’ meetings (mandatory for EaP CSF members)
16:00-18:00 Side event: The Development of the Estonian Opinion Festival: Mobilizing Civil Society to Participate Actively in Decision-Making (for non-EaP CSF members)

How can one develop a culture of forming and expressing opinions on important matters in society, engaging people in the key debates taking place in their societies? How can citizens be inspired to take responsibility for decision-making in their communities and in their countries? An example of best practices in responding to these questions is one of the biggest civil society initiatives in Estonia – the Opinion Festival (Arvamusfestival). It is a meeting place for the entire community that provides a space for different political views. Its mission is to improve opinion culture and civic education. The festival is open to all active-minded people interested in discussing issues of importance to all of society. Uniting groups from all parts of society, the Opinion Festival is a place to express one’s thoughts on the organisation of society while gaining fresh ideas and new insights.

18:00-18:30 Election of WG Coordinators (EaP CSF members only)

The EaP CSF participants from each Working Group elect two WG Coordinators (one from the EaP and one form the EU) for a one-year term in accordance with the statute of the EaP CSF. The elected persons will coordinate the respective WG and ensure the link between the WG and the EaP CSF Steering Committee.

19:30-21:00 Dinner and networking
Day 2

26 October, Thursday

The goal of Day 2 is to present the recommendations of civil society debated during the previous day to policymakers for consideration at the EaP summit and beyond, while also communicating the role that civil society sees for itself in the joint efforts to implement the 20 Deliverables for 2020 successfully. Later that day, these recommendations will be built on with stakeholder sessions involving both civil society and governmental actors on both cross-cutting and country-specific issues focused on maintaining progress towards reforms and on communicating to the citizens of the EaP countries the benefits of further economic and political cooperation with the EU.

09:00-09:10 Conclusions and recommendations from Day 1, outline and goals of Day 2
09:10-09:20 Presentation of the 2017 Pavel Sheremet Award

The EaP CSF Pavel Sheremet Award was established in 2016 in order to recognize courage in journalism and outstanding achievement in the cause of media freedom in the Eastern Partnership region. This award honours Pavel Sheremet, an acclaimed critic of authoritarian leaders, who was killed in a car bomb explosion in 2016, for his exceptional contribution to the promotion of human rights and freedom of speech. Given that freedom of the media in the Eastern Partnership countries has been deteriorating in the past years, its importance cannot be overestimated. Accordingly, for the second time, the award will recognize outstanding reporting on injustice and human rights abuses.

  • Ion Manole, President, Promo-LEX, EaP CSF Steering Committee, Moldova

Leyla Mustafayeva, Azerbaijani journalist, wife of the winner of the EaP CSF Pavel Sheremet Journalism Award 2017, persecuted journalist Afgan Mukhtarli

09:20-10:00 Presentation of the Civil Society Declaration to the EaP Summit to the stakeholders

The Civil Society Declaration to the 5th EaP Summit, developed in a collaborative way through multi-level consultations among civil society before the event and discussed during the event, identifies the major problematic issues blocking the democratic development of the EaP societies as well as smooth implementation of the 20 Deliverables for 2020; it offers specific recommendations addressing these issues. The text of the declaration will be presented in this session.

  • Aleksandra Kalatozishvili, EaP CSF Steering Committee member; Multiethnic Resource Center for Civic Education Development, Georgia
  • Iulian Groza, Director, Institute for European Policies and Reforms, Moldova
10:00-11:30 Perspectives and Challenges – Addressing civil society expectations for the EaP Summit and beyond by 2020

The high-level debate will address the expectations and recommendations of civil society towards the EaP Summit as well as the implementation process of the 20 Deliverables for 2020. The panellists and participants will reflect on and further develop the ideas on how to improve civil society partnership with policy stakeholders and how civil society can do more to support effective implementation of the EaP policy after the 5th EaP Summit presented on Day 1. In particular, moderators will pose questions raised by the Civil Society Declaration to the panellists.


  • Thomas Mayr-Harting, Managing Director for Europe and Central Asia, EEAS
  • Katarina Mathernová, Deputy Director General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations, European Commission
  • Hanna Hopko, Chair, Foreign Affairs Committee, Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine
  • Oleg Kravchenko, Deputy Foreign Minister, Belarus (TBC)
  • Elsa Tulmets, Centre Marc Bloch, Germany

    Iulian Groza, Director, Institute for European Policies and Reforms, Moldova
11.30-12.30: Keynote speech by Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy & Enlargement Negotiations followed by Q&A

Moderator: TBC

12:30-13:30 Lunch
13:30-15:00 Parallel stakeholders’ meetings based on selected policy priorities

These debates with a multi-country focus on specific policy issues defined as civil society priorities will bring together information, ideas and recommendations from the public policy stakeholders and from the civil society. At the same time, the aim of these sessions is to deliver a message and the Civil Society Declaration recommendations to the stakeholders on how the civil society can contribute effectively to the implementation of the related 20 Deliverables for 2020 agenda in the near future.

1) Creating links for tangible results:  Rule of Law and Resilience in the EaP countries (WG1)

How will the EU continue supporting the democratisation and institutional resilience of the EaP countries after the 5th EaP summit (i.e. fight against corruption, justice sector reform, developing institutional capacities and other concrete capabilities)? How to proceed with linking the rule of law and good governance to the overall security and resilience of these states? How to apply effective conditionality to the rule of law? How can public diplomacy be used to better explain the link between rule of law and resilience? How can the EaP CSF and its National Platforms better support the implementation of the rule of law agenda in the six EaP countries?


  • Boris Iarochevitch, Head of the Division for Eastern Partnership, Regional Cooperation & OSCE, EEAS
  • Jan Latal, Czech MFA

Civil Society discussant: Ulad Vialichka, Director General, International Consortium EUROBELARUS, EaP CSF Steering Committee, Belarus

Moderator: (TBC)

Rapporteur:  Haykuhi Harutyunyan, President, Protection of rights without borders NGO, EaP CSF Steering Committee, Armenia

2) Jointly developing the favourable environment for SMEs in the EaP countries (WG2)

How to promote benefits of entrepreneurship in the region? How to jointly encourage the EaP citizens, especially women and youth, to implement their business ideas? How the EaP governments, civil society and the EU should cooperate on promotion of entrepreneurial spirit and of tailored tools for small entrepreneurs?


  • Diana Jablonska, Deputy Head of Unit, DG NEAR, European Commission
  • TBC
  • TBC

Civil Society discussant: Maksym Koriavets, Polissya Foundation for International and Regional Studies, Ukraine

Moderator: Jan Cingel, Research Fellow, GLOBSEC Policy Institute, Slovak Republic

Rapporteur: Sabit Bagirov, President, Entrepreneurship Development Foundation, Azerbaijan

3) What next after the Luxembourg Declaration: challenges and prospect for the implementation of the Action Plan for the Environment (WG3)

How can the EU, EaP governments and the civil society better cooperate on the implementation of the Luxembourg Declaration and its Action Plan? How can they jointly work towards improved environmental governance by 2020 by bringing more transparency, participation, accountability, effectiveness and better functioning institutions?

Stakeholders: Lesya Karnaukh, Head of Department of Strategic Environmental Policy, Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine (invited) (funded speaker)

  •        DG Environment (TBC)
  •        Estonian Environment Ministry representative

Civil Society discussant and Rapporteur: Ina Coșeru, National Environmental Center, EaP CSF Steering Committee

Moderator: Anna Golubovska-Onisimova, MAMA-86

4) Challenges and opportunities for the EaP youth after the 5th EaP Summit: how to support youth employment and entrepreneurship?  (WG4)

How can the EaP governments, EU and civil society cooperate in the field of youth employability? How to better support both theoretical and practical methods in the education process with the option of combining studies with work experience, volunteering or internships? How to promote the entrepreneurial spirit and encourage young people to implement their business ideas?


  •    Kamila Partyka, DG EAC
  •    Estonian Ministry of Education and Science

Civil Society discussant: Alexandra Kalatozishvili, Multiethnic Resource Center for Civic Education Development, EaP CSF Steering Committee

Moderator: Hovsep Khurshudyan, Free Citizen Civic Initiatives Support Center

Rapporteur: Grigor Yeritsyan, Progressive Youth, Armenia/Moldovan representative

15:00-15:30 Coffee break
15:30-17:00 Parallel stakeholders’ meetings based on country-specific civil society priorities

These debates focus on country-specific priority issues, as defined by civil society organisations in each EaP country, in order to advance civil society partnership with the EaP governments and EU stakeholders to improve the implementation of the 20 Deliverables for 2020 and the agenda stemming from the bilateral agreements with the EU.                        

1. ArmeniaRole of the civil society in the implementation of the EU-Armenia Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement (CEPA)

To what extent can the implementation of CEPA compensate for the lost momentum in deepening the EU-Armenia relations after the 2013 U-turn, and how to reinvigorate the bilateral cooperation at this stage? How the EU and Armenian government see the role and contribution of the civil society in the implementation of CEPA? What is the communication and public awareness raising strategy for promoting the priorities and benefits of CEPA, and what mission is envisaged for the Armenian civil society in this process?


  • Gagik Galachyan, Director of European Department, MFA
  • Tigran Mkrtchyan, Armenian Ambassador to Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia (TBC)
  • Sinziana Poiana, DG NEAR

Moderator:  Sona Ayvazyan, Transparency international-Armenia

Rapporteur: Mikayel Hovhannisyan, Eurasia Partnership Foundation

2. AzerbaijanUpdate on the negotiations of the new EU-Azerbaijan Agreement and the role of  the civil society

What is the role of civil society in decision-making process and in negotiations between the EU and Azerbaijan on the new agreement? What is the prospect of EU-Azerbaijan relations in the area of economic integration? Is there an opportunity for DCFTA?


  • Mahmud Mammad-Guliyev, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs (TBC)
  • TBD

Moderator: Ziya Guliyev, Chair, Center for Legal Initiatives, EaP CSF Steering Committee, Azerbaijan

Rapporteur: Zaur Akbar, Youth Club Public Union

3. Belarus EU-Belarus Partnership Priorities and the role of the civil society

Approach to and expectations from the EU and Belarusian authorities regarding process of agreement on Partnership Priorities? Why are they needed, which areas of cooperation will they cover and how and when the negotiations will be completed? What new will Partnership Priorities bring into EU-Belarus relations? What else is required to improve bilateral relations? How PP affect Eastern Partnership process and agenda? How the EU and Belarus government see the role and place of civil society actors in the process of implementation of Partnership Priorities? Should (can) civil society be adviser, monitor, partner, assessor etc. of PP implementation?


  • Andrei Bushilo, Head of the European Cooperation Department, Foreign Ministry, Belarus
  • Diana Jablonska, Deputy Head of Unit, DG NEAR, European Commission

Moderator and Rapporteur: Ulad Vialichka, Director General, International Consortium EUROBELARUS, EaP CSF Steering Committee, Belarus

4. GeorgiaConstitutional Reform and Civil Society Contribution

What are the main changes introduced to the Georgian Constitution with the latest reform and how are they perceived by different political actors in the country? What are the consequences for the political landscape? How to further enhance the civil society’s participation and influence in the negotiation process? What has been the role of the Council of Europe’s Venice Commission and how was its opinion reflected in the shaping of the reform?


  • Tamar Chugoshvili, First Deputy Chairperson of Parliament (TBC)
  • Boris Iarochevitch, Head of Division, EEAS

Moderator: Lasha Tughushi, Director, Liberal Academy Tbilisi

Rapporteur: Nato Bachiashvili, International Centre for Geopolitical Studies (TBC)

5. MoldovaImplementation of the reforms and government – civil society relations

What are the results of the reforms implemented in line with AA/DCFTA (justice reforms, electoral reforms)? What are the major issues hindering the cooperation of the civil society and the government? What are the major obstacles for the CSOs to perform their role and how to address them?


  • Mihai Godea, Member of Parliament, Moldova
  • Marta Wytrykowska, EEAS

Moderator: Ion Manole, President, Promo-LEX, EaP CSF Steering Committee, Moldova

Rapporteur: Lilia Carasciuc, Executive Director, Transparency International Moldova

6. Ukraine20 Deliverables for 2020 – Ukrainian Perspective

20 Deliverables for 2020 as a basis for cooperation between the government and civil society in Ukraine. How do 20 deliverables complement the Ukraine-EU Association Agreement? EaP CSF National platform and EU-Ukraine Civil society platform – partners in advancing European integration of Ukraine: joint activity, different tasks.


  • Peter Wagner, Head of Support Group for Ukraine, DG NEAR, EC (TBC)
  • Hanna Hopko, Chair, Foreign Affairs Committee, Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine

Hennadiy Maksak, Ukrainian Prism, Co-Chair, EaP CSF Steering Committee, Ukraine

Moderator: TBC

Rapporteur: TBC

17:00-17:30 Election of country coordinators

The EaP CSF participants from each EaP country elect a Country Facilitator/National Platform Coordinator for a one-year term in accordance with the EaP CSF Statute. The elected person will coordinate the respective National Platform and ensure the link between the NP and the EaP CSF Steering Committee.

17.30-18.00 Coffee break
18:00-18:30 Award ceremony: best re-granting projects

For the third time, the EaP CSF Steering Committee awards the three best projects funded through the EaP CSF Re-granting Scheme. Through the Scheme, the EaP CSF supports projects of the EaP CSF members with a regional dimension that contribute to achieving the mission and objectives of the Forum. The donors of the Scheme are the European Union and National Endowment for Democracy. The session will be finished with conclusions of the day and announcement what is still to be accomplished on Day 2 and 3.

  •       Diana Jablonska, Deputy Head of Unit, DG NEAR, European Commission
  •       Joanna Rohozinska, Senior Programme Officer, NED

Moderator: Věra Řiháčková, Advocacy and Membership Manager, EaP CSF Secretariat

118:30-19:00 EU Coordinators’ elections (only for EaP CSF participants), presentation of the new EaP CSF Steering Committee and conclusions of the day

The EaP CSF participants in plenary elect up to two EU Coordinators from representatives of the EU civil society already elected as WG Coordinators for a one-year term in accordance with the EaP CSF Statute. The elected persons will represent the EU civil society in the Steering Committee, strengthen advocacy towards the EU institutions and member states, and foster greater engagement of the EU civil society in the Eastern Partnership process.

19:00-20:00 Informal side events organised by participants
  • EaP Index. Organizer: EaP CSF (Rasa Uzdavinyte) 
  • Green Rights: Integral Part of Green Economy and Green Energy. Organizer: ‘EcoLur’ Informational NGO (Inga Zarafyan) 
  • Live Library with representatives from EaP countries. Organizer: Youth organization STAN (Yaroslav Minkin)
  • Human rights agenda for IFIs: what CSO should do? Organizer: Human Rights Club (Rasul Jafarov) 
  • Civil Society in trouble in the Eastern Partnership and in European member states. A look at the situation in the light of events in Azerbaijan, Ukraine, Hungary and Poland. Organizer: Unia&Polska (Krzysztof Bobinski)  
  • Twists and Turns of Reforms in Ukraine. Organizer: Ukrainian Prism (Hennadiy Maksak) 
Day 3

27 October, Friday

The last day will be dedicated to presenting the final conclusions and recommendations addressing the current and possible future challenges the EaP will be facing. The first session will focus on reporting on the activities implemented by the EaP CSF in 2017 and adopting the new organisational strategy for 2018-2020 aimed at streamlining the CSF advocacy and policy advice mission in light of the 20 Deliverables for 2020. The closing remarks will explore the parallels between the work of the Estonian civil society that brought about the reforms for the benefit of the citizens and how similar reforms can be implemented in the EaP countries. Finally, the participants will have an opportunity to network and exchange experience with Estonian CSOs working in the same fields.

9:00-11:00 Plenary session

The session will start with the presentation of the EaP CSF activities in 2017 followed by the discussion. The second part will be dedicated to the presentation of the new EaP CSF strategy for 2018-2020 and scenarios for the organisational reform of the Forum.  The new strategy including the structural adjustments of the Forum will be debated and adopted at the session by the EaP CSF participants.

Moderator: Haykuhi Harutyunyan, President, Protection of rights without borders NGO, EaP CSF Steering Committee, Armenia


  •        Hennadiy Maksak, Ukrainian Prism, Co-Chair, EaP CSF Steering Committee, Ukraine
  •        Natalia Yerashevich, Director, EaP CSF Secretariat

Mikayel Hovhannisyan, Eurasia Partnership Foundation

11:00-11:20 Closing remarks

Closing remarks by Marju Lauristin MEP, Co-Founder, Popular Front of Estonia; Professor of Communication, Sociology, University of Tartu

11:20 -11:30 Conclusions of the event
11:30-12:00 Coffee break
13:00 – 14:30 CSO2CSO networking

EaP CSOs meet with Estonian NGOs in different locations for informal gatherings, at which the latter make a brief presentation of their activities. The groups will be divided according to WGs and subgroups. Topics may include: governance, environmental protection, development cooperation, protection of vulnerable groups, and public service provision.

Afternoon ‒ departures