Recent Developments

EaP CSF Delivers Recommendations on Energy Infrastructure at 3rd EaP Energy Panel

Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (EaP CSF) contributed to the discussions at the 3rd EaP Panel on Energy, with interventions on gas and broader energy infrastructure. Ana Otilia Nutu (Expert-Grup, Romania) and Igor Stukalenko (Centre for Global Studies...

EaP CSF Makes the Case for Civil Society Involvement in Trade Cooperation at EaP Trade Panel in Brussels, Specifically Pointing to EaP Trade Helpdesk

Sustainable trade cooperation does not only require government and business engagement, but also civil society participation – heard the participants of the last Trade Panel. The meeting, jointly hosted by DG Trade and DG Health and Food Safety, focused on...

EaP Migration Panel Gives Civil Society a Chance to Discuss the Potential of IBM Concept and Further Intragency Cooperation in Minsk

At the moment, Eastern Partnership countries could benefit more from having a clearer operating mechanism, ensuring efficient cooperation between relevant agencies and civil society organisations. Here, civil society has a role to play – for example, in...

EaP CSF Points to Space for Civil Society Involvement in Issuing Quality Certificates and Disseminating Information at EaP Trade Panel in Brussels

Civil society actors, such as business associations, should take the initiative to facilitate exchange of information between certification bodies and the wider business community. The debate is key to ensuring standardisation and convergence of...

EaP CSF Participates in EaP Panel on Organic Agriculture in Tartu, Calling for State Support in Order to Improve Public Awareness and Traceability

Lack of official data, open registers, access to organic seeds – and the absence, or rather low, level of state support in EaP countries all contribute to poor traceability and public awareness, heard the participants of Eastern Partnership (EaP) Panel on...

Policy Dialogue

Ministerial Meetings

EaP CSF Calls for Maintaining Civil Society “High on the Agenda” at the High-level Conference, Celebrating 10 Years of Eastern Partnership in Brussels

There is a need to keep civil society involved in shaping the future policy agenda – heard heads of states and government leaders, gathered at the high-level conference, celebrating 10 years of Eastern Partnership. Hennadiy Maksak (EaP CSF Ukraine Country...

EaP CSF Delivers a Speech at Foreign Affairs Ministerial in Brussels, Ahead of High-Level Events Dedicated to 10 Years of Eastern Partnership

At the last Eastern Partnership Ministerial (Foreign Affairs) Meeting, EaP CSF was represented by Zaur Akbar, Working Group 4 Coordinator and Steering Committee Member – who pointed that, despite all the successes, policy-makers should pay close attention...

EaP CSF Raises Points on EU4Digital Initiative and Gender Equality at the EaP Ministerial Meeting on Digital Economy in Bucharest

On 28 February, Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (EaP CSF) took part in the 3rd Eastern Partnership Ministerial Meeting on Digital Economy in Bucharest. The event was jointly organised by the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union...

EaP CSF Shares Their Recommendations on Environmental Governance, Monitoring and Implementation at 2nd Eastern Partnership Ministerial Meeting on Environment and Climate Change

On 9 October, Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (EaP CSF) contributed to 2nd Eastern Partnership Ministerial Meeting on Environment and Climate Change – lead by Commissioners Karmenu Vella (Environment, Fisheries and Maritime Affairs) and Miguel Arias Canete...

EaP CSF Sends a Strong Message from the Region at EaP Foreign Ministers Meeting in Luxembourg – in Reference to NDICI Draft Legislation and 2020 Deliverables, as well as New Threats and Challenges

On 15 October, Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (EaP CSF) contributed to the Eastern Partnership Ministerial Meeting (Foreign Affairs) held in Luxembourg with a strong message from the region – concerning the implementation of 2020 Deliverables, the policy...

EaP CSF Participates in the Eastern Partnership Ministerial Meeting

On 19 June 2017, the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum participated in the Eastern Partnership Ministerial Meeting in Luxembourg, represented by Hennadiy Maksak, Co-Chair of the EaP CSF Steering Committee. The meeting, chaired by the High Representative of the...

EaP CSF Participates in the First Eastern Partnership Formal Ministerial Meeting on Environment and Climate Change

On 18 October 2016 Luxembourg hosted the first formal ministerial meeting dedicated to environment and climate change between the Ministers of Environment from the EU and the six EaP countries. European Commissioners Karmenu Vella (Environment, Fisheries and Maritime...

Protracted Conflicts at the Core of the CSF Address during the EaP Ministerial Meeting

On 23 May, Steering Committee Member Ion Manole brought attention of the decision-makers present at the Ministerial Meeting in Brussels to protracted conflicts and other challenges in the Eastern Partnership region. “Fighting between the two EaP countries must be...

Informal Partnership Dialogues

Cross-cutting EaP Deliverables and Multiannual Financial Framework in Focus of Civil Society Address at the Informal Partnership Dialogue

On 22 June 2018, at the EaP 10th Informal Partnership Dialogue in Minsk, Mikalai Kvantaliani, member of the Steering Committee (SC) of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (EaP CSF), delivered a speech on behalf of the Forum in presence of EU's Commissioner of...

EaP CSF Delivered the Civil Society Message on Harmonisation of Digital Markets at the 10th EaP Informal Partnership Dialogue

On 21 June 2018, the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (EaP CSF) shared the civil society views on harmonisation of digital markets at the 10th Informal Partnership Dialogue held in Minsk, Belarus. The Forum was represented by Mikalai Kvantaliani, EaP CSF...

EaP CSF Addresses Foreign Ministers and EU Officials at the 9th EaP Informal Partnership Dialogue in Chisinau

On 10 July 2017, the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum participated in the 9th Eastern Partnership Informal Partnership Dialogue in Chisinau, represented by Ina Coseru, member of the EaP CSF Steering Committee and Coordinator of the Working Group 3 on...

EaP CSF Participates in the 8th Eastern Partnership Informal Ministerial Dialogue

On 17 November 2016, the EaP CSF participated in the 8th Eastern Partnership Informal Ministerial Dialogue, represented by Hovsep Khurshudyan, member of the Steering Committee. In his address, Hovsep Khurshudyan stated that “the civil society of the Eastern...

Senior Official Meetings

EaP CSF Presents Civil Society Perspective on Policy Developments and Further Cooperation Post-2020 at Senior Official Meeting (SOM) in Brussels

On 11 April 2019, Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (EaP CSF) delivered a speech at Senior Official Meeting (SOM) in Brussels – taking account of policy dialogue under Eastern Partnership, and discussing direction for further cooperation after year...

EaP CSF Opens Eastern Partnership Senior Official Meeting in Brussels, Addressing 2020 Deliverables, Proposed NDICI Regulation as well as Governance Issues in the Region

On 4 October, Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (EaP CSF) delivered the opening remarks at the Eastern Partnership Senior Official Meeting in Brussels, giving a civil society perspective on 2020 Deliverables and recent developments in the region. Speaking on...

The EaP CSF Calls for the Meaningful Engagement with Civil Society at the Launch of the New Eastern Partnership Structure and the Senior Officials Meeting

On 12 March, the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (EaP CSF) took part in the formal launch of the renewed Eastern Partnership architecture attended by high-level officials from the EaP countries and the EU. Being a major civil society stakeholder, the Forum...

Platforms and Panels

EaP CSF Delivers Recommendations on Energy Infrastructure at 3rd EaP Energy Panel

Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (EaP CSF) contributed to the discussions at the 3rd EaP Panel on Energy, with interventions on gas and broader energy infrastructure. Ana Otilia Nutu (Expert-Grup, Romania) and Igor Stukalenko (Centre for Global Studies...

EaP CSF Makes the Case for Civil Society Involvement in Trade Cooperation at EaP Trade Panel in Brussels, Specifically Pointing to EaP Trade Helpdesk

Sustainable trade cooperation does not only require government and business engagement, but also civil society participation – heard the participants of the last Trade Panel. The meeting, jointly hosted by DG Trade and DG Health and Food Safety, focused on...

EaP Migration Panel Gives Civil Society a Chance to Discuss the Potential of IBM Concept and Further Intragency Cooperation in Minsk

At the moment, Eastern Partnership countries could benefit more from having a clearer operating mechanism, ensuring efficient cooperation between relevant agencies and civil society organisations. Here, civil society has a role to play – for example, in...

EaP CSF Points to Space for Civil Society Involvement in Issuing Quality Certificates and Disseminating Information at EaP Trade Panel in Brussels

Civil society actors, such as business associations, should take the initiative to facilitate exchange of information between certification bodies and the wider business community. The debate is key to ensuring standardisation and convergence of...

EaP CSF Participates in EaP Panel on Organic Agriculture in Tartu, Calling for State Support in Order to Improve Public Awareness and Traceability

Lack of official data, open registers, access to organic seeds – and the absence, or rather low, level of state support in EaP countries all contribute to poor traceability and public awareness, heard the participants of Eastern Partnership (EaP) Panel on...

EaP CSF Voices their Opinion at 2nd EaP LNG Network Workshop in Klaipeda, Calling for a More Strategic and Integrated Approach to Natural Gas

The region must adopt a more strategic approach to natural gas and the opportunities it offers, is the advice coming from civil society. The 2nd Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Network Workshop looked closely at the use, and possible advantages, of LNG across Eastern...

EaP CSF Contributes to 8th Workshop of EaP Energy Regulatory Bodies in Minsk, Focusing on Digitalisation and Cyber Security

The last workshop on Eastern Partnership (EaP) Regulatory Bodies focused on two main issues connected to digitalisation and cyber security in energy sector: (i) the importance of harmonised regulations, as data have no borders and any approach to them have...

EaP CSF Points to Abuses on Civilian Rights in Occupied Territories at EaP Panel on Security, CSDP and Civil Protection in Brussels

The future Eastern Partnership roadmap should “address civilian rights in occupied territories”, in the context of Georgia and Ukraine – and promote closer regional cooperation, particularly when it comes to hybrid threats. Those are some of the messages,...

EaP CSF Contributes to EaP Rule of Law Panel on Effective Asset Declaration Systems in Brussels, Sharing its View on Monitoring and Current Practices

On 30 April 2019, Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (EaP CSF) took part in an EaP Rule on Law Panel, focusing specifically on effective asset declarations. Speaking on behalf of EaP CSF, Lilia Carasciuc (Transparency International Moldova) and...

EaP CSF Points to a Growing Gender Gap and Need to Promote Digital Skills in the Region, Addressing Stakeholders at EaP Platform 2 Meeting in Brussels

On 10 April 2019, Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (EaP CSF) took part in EaP Platform 2 meeting in Brussels, co-organised by EEAS, DGs NEAR and GROW. EaP CSF representatives, Marianne Sakalova (Baltic Internet Policy Initiative, Belarus) and...

EaP CSF Points to Disparities between EaP Countries at Public Administration Reform (PAR) Panel in Tbilisi, Together with Remarks on Gender and Strategy

Between 2-3 April 2019, Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (EaP CSF) participated in 16th EaP Panel on Governance and Public Administration Reform (PAR) – organised under Platform 1, “Strengthening Institutions and Good Governance” in Tbilisi,...

EaP CSF Contributed to EaP Platform 1 Meeting on Domestic Violence Legislation, Referrals and Preventive Programmes for Perpetrators in Brussels

On 19 February 2019, Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (EaP CSF) participated in Eastern Partnership Platform 1 “Strengthening Institutions and Good Governance” meeting, on the subject of domestic violence. EaP CSF was jointly represented by Shahla...

EaP CSF Addresses 4th EaP Panel on HDM – Harmonisation of Digital Markets with Recommendations on Strategy, Communication and Gender in Brussels

On 7 February 2019, Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (EaP CSF) took part in the 4th EaP Panel on Harmonisation of Digital Markets (HDM), organised under Platform 2 “Economic Development and Market Opportunities” in Brussels, Belgium. EaP CSF was not only...

EaP CSF Presents a Set of Recommendations to the Stakeholders at 4th Rule of Law Panel in Brussels, Drawing Special Attention to Prosecution in EaP Countries

On 27 November 2018, Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (EaP CSF) took part in the 4th Eastern Partnership Panel on Rule of Law, held under Platform 1 “Strengthening institutions and good governance” in Brussels. Opened by Tiina Astola, Director General, DG JUST,...

EaP CSF Contributes to 2 EU-Georgia Civil Society Platform Meetings under EESC, Focusing on SMEs and Energy Efficiency

In 2018, Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (EaP CSF) participated in two rounds of EU-Georgia Civil Society Platform meetings, coordinated by European Economic and Social Committee (EESC). 3rd EU-Georgia Civil Society Meeting (22 March 2018, in Tbilisi, Georgia)...

Bilateral dialogue

EaP CSF Steering Committee Supports Azerbaijani National Platform in its Call for the Immediate, Unconditional Release of Blogger Mehman Huseynov, Ahead of EU-Azerbaijan Human Rights Dialogue

The Steering Committee of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (EaP CSF) released a statement supporting its Azerbaijani National Platform in their call for the immediate and unconditional release of Mehman Huseynov, a blogger jailed due to criticism of his...

Members of EaP CSF Azerbaijan National Platform Appeal Against Recent Smear Campaign, Initated by Pro-Government Media – Targeting Civil Society Activists, Among Them Mirvari Gahramanli

Members of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (EaP CSF) Azerbaijan National Platform appeal against the recent smear and slander campaign, initiated by pro-government media – targeting civil society activists, among them Mirvari Gahramanli, a member of the...

The Future EU-Azerbaijan Strategic Partnership Agreement Must Make a Clear Reference to Legal and Political Reforms, Say Civil Society Representatives

Azerbaijan’s relationship with the EU cannot be reduced to “a mere provider of energy security”, reads a position paper, signed by almost 30 members of Eastern Partnership Civil Society (EaP CSF) Azerbaijan National Platform. The future EU-Azerbaijan Strategic...

EaP CSF Belarusian National Platform Discusses Energy, Entrepreneurship and Bologna Process at the 5th EU-Belarus Coordination Group Meeting

On April 26-27, the 5th meeting of the EU-Belarus Coordination Group in Minsk gathered participants from Belarusian CSOs, the European External Action Service (EEAS), the European Commission, and high-level officials from the Belarusian Government and the Ministry of...

Fourth Meeting of the EU-Belarus Coordination Group Took Place in Brussels

The fourth meeting of the EU-Belarus Coordination Group took place in Brussels on 20 December against the backdrop of gradual improvement of relations between the EU and Belarus in the past two years. The Joint Declaration of the EaP Summit (Brussels, 24 November...

CORLEAP

EaP CSF Participates in CORLEAP Bureau Meeting in Yerevan, Presenting a Case for Citizen Participation in Local Government

On 28 March 2019, Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (EaP CSF) took part in 14th CORLEAP – Conference of the Regional and Local Authorities for the Eastern Partnership Bureau meeting in Yerevan, Armenia. Speaking on behalf of EaP CSF, Abraham...

EaP CSF Addresses 8th CORLEAP Annual Meeting in Kyiv – While There is Progress, We Can Expect More Cooperation between Local Government and on Disinformation

On Monday, 24 September Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (EaP CSF) contributed to the Conference of the Regional and Local Authorities for the Eastern Partnership (CORLEAP) 8th Annual Meeting in Kyiv, Ukraine. The Meeting opened with remarks from...

EaP CSF Contributed to the CORLEAP Debate on Advancing Participatory Democracy at Local and Regional Level

On 29 May, the EaP CSF took part in a thematic debate on fostering participatory democracy at the local and regional level organised by the Conference of Regional and Local Authorities for the Eastern Partnership (CORLEAP). During the debate, panellists and...

Civil Society Declaration to EaP Summit Should Act as a Catalyst for 2020 Deliverables Implementation, Says Iurii Vdovenko at the 7th CORLEAP Meeting

On September 12th, The Conference of Regional and Local Authorities for the Eastern Partnership (CORLEAP) held its 7th Annual Meeting in Brussels. Discussions were focused on the need to strengthen the role of local authorities in implementing the EU Joint Staff...

Euronest

Steering Committee Co-Chairs Address Parliamentarians at the 7th Ordinary Session of the Euronest PA in Brussels

On 27 June, the Co-chairs of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (EaP CSF) Steering Committee, Krzysztof Bobinski and Aleksandra Kalatozishvili, addressed members of the European Parliament and Partner countries's parliaments at the 7th Ordinary Session of the...

EaP CSF Co-chair Addresses the VI Ordinary Session of the Euronest PA

During 29 October-1 November the VI Ordinary Session of the Euronest PA took place in Kyiv, Ukraine. The representatives of the European Parliament and the parliaments of EaP countries participated in the event. Also, the representatives of EaP Civil Society Forum...

Security Threats and Challenges to Reforms in the EaP CSF Position at the Euronest PA

EaP CSF Steering Committee Co-chairs Krzysztof Bobiński and Ulad Vialichka attended the Euronest PA meeting in Brussels. Krzysztof Bobiński shared with the Euronest PA the Forum’s view of the situation in the Eastern Partnership. He focused on the major challenges in...

Eastern Partnership Multilateral Structure


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