EaP CSF Events
The EaP CSF aims to raise awareness of EaP and EU citizens addressing political, legal, financial and organisational capacity related constraints in the civil society’s operating environment via our public events in the EaP countries and the EU. We facilitate public discussions with experts and stakeholders and effectively communicate the civil society positions on democratic reforms and the EaP implementation.
EaP CSF and its member organisations have been monitoring apprehensively the ongoing integration negotiations of Belarus and the Russian Federation. In a recent joint statement of the Belarusian National Platform of the EaP CSF and the Russian Civil Society Forum, the two parties have expressed their deep concerns about the negotiations: Civil society in Belarus lacks access to the discussions, led behind closed doors. To raise the awareness of the EU on the current situation, the member of the European Parliament, Petras Auštrevičius initiated together with the Renew Europe and Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum a public discussion in the European Parliament. Read more here.
The Working Groups meet once a year in Brussels to discuss the common goals and activities that have been put forward through the respective working group structures in the EaP countries. Representatives of the WGs implement their own projects, regularly take part in EaP expert panels and multilateral platform meetings, where they provide expertise and gain valuable insight and contribute to achieving the main goals of the Forum. Networking and communication and joint projects continue throughout the year within national and regional setting between the members of the Working Group.
The Steering Committee of EaP CSF meets four times per year to develop strategies for future development and guide the activities of the Forum. The Committee has a number of responsibilities that include among others developing concepts for further CSF development and priorities for its activities, promoting the values, goals, and activities of the EaP CSF, advocating on behalf of the Forum for the matters of importance to the Forum, engaging representatives of National Platforms, Working Groups, and Sub-groups sharing information with CSF representatives and with broader stakeholder community. More about the past Steering Commitee meetings here.
The idea of the conference was conceived during the EaP Platform 4 meeting in Brussels on 14 December 2015, the event was consequently included into the EaP 2016 working plans, and stands out as a positive example of efficient cooperation with the civil society within the multilateral dimension of the Eastern Partnership policy. The first conference “Youth4rights” took place in 2016 in Bratislava under the auspices of the Slovak presidency, followed by the second edition of the conference “Youth4entrepreneurship” in 2018 under the auspices of Austrian presidency.
Annual Assembly serves as a platform for debate on the achievements of the Forum and the EaP in general, as well as on civil society contribution to the reform process in the region. Every year the event brings together over 200 civil society representatives from the EaP region and the EU, as well as other stakeholders. The 11th Annual Assembly – “EaP4EU: Joining forces for a win-win partnership”, was held on December 4-6, 2019 in Brussels.