The General Assembly is the key decision making body of EAP CSF. The EaP CSF delegates reconvene once a year during the Annual Assembly meeting. The 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 EaP CSF Steering Committee consists of 13 members from both the EaP and the EU. It is the representative body of the EaP CSF with a mandate from civil society in the EaP countries and EU member states. It serves as the governing board of the CSF and consists of maximum 13 members elected for two-year term by the Forum at its Annual Assembly and meets several times per year to develop strategies for future development and guide the activities of the Forum. The Steering Committee elects two co-chairs on a yearly basis, who chair the meetings of the Steering Committee.
The Secretariat is an executive body that reports to the Steering Committee. On a daily basis it works to support the activities of the Steering Committee and the Forum in general and serves as the EaP CSF information, coordination and expertise hub for stakeholders in the EU and in the EaP countries. The Secretariat ensures greater visibility of the activities of the Forum, its National Platforms and Working Groups and increased contribution of civil society to the reform process in the EaP region. It liaises with the European Commission, the European External Action Service, other EU institutions and Brussels-based organisations on behalf of the Forum.
National Platforms are platforms of civil society organisations from a single country, facilitating the achievement of the goals of the EaP policy in each of the EaP countries. The Forum has six platforms – one per EaP country – which work to ensure the active involvement of each partner-country’s civil society in the reform process. The NPs are stakeholders in the policy dialogue within their respective countries.
The EaP CSF Working Groups play a central role in the daily work of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum. They are the primary platform through which EaP CSF members collaborate with each other and formulate Civil Society priorities on their respective policy area. We have 5 working groups, following the thematic priorities of the EaP architecture. Only EaP CSF members can join the working groups.
The Compliance Committee (CC) is an independent body of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (EaP CSF) that reports to the General Assembly – and provides a mechanism to ensure balanced division of power, accountability and resolutions for dispute situations. The Compliance Committee serves as the contact point for addressing complaints and disagreements.