Thursday, 23 November 2017, 13.30 – 18.00
European Endowment for Democracy
Rue de la Loi 34, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium

The event will be followed by a cocktail reception.

The conference will critically assess the achievements of the Eastern Partnership policy, the effectiveness of its existing toolbox and whether it has brought about real change on the ground. Speakers will also look ahead to the Brussels Eastern Partnership summit and beyond and offer recommendations for calibrating the EU’s policy to tackle better the emerging trends and challenges in the region.

13.30 Registration

14.00 Welcome address: Jerzy Pomianowski, Director, European Endowment for Democracy

14.05 Opening speech: Linas Linkevičius, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Lithuania

14.30 Opening remarks:

  • Natalia Yerashevich, Director of the Secretariat, Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (EaP CSF)
  • Zuzana Stuchlíková, Director of Brussels Office, EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy/Think Visegrad platform

14.45-16.15 Assessing policy performance: the Eastern Partnership on the eve of the Brussels summit

Where do we stand on democratization of the EaP countries? How successfully has the EU addressed the major challenges in the region? What are the major issues hindering the economic integration with the EU?

  • Iskra Kirova, Senior Policy Analyst, Open Society European Policy Institute
  • Dmytro Shulga, European Programme Director, International Renaissance Foundation
  • Alexander Duleba, Director of the Research Centre of the Slovak Foreign Policy Association
  • Timur Onica, Policy Officer, European Endowment for Democracy
  • Ziya Guliyev, Chair, Center for Legal Initiatives, EaP CSF Steering Committee

Moderator: Věra Řiháčková, EaP CSF

16.15-16.30 Coffee break

16.30-18.00 Eastern Partnership Quo Vadis? Expectations and recommendations for the next steps   

What are the major expectations from the EaP Summit? Can the EU respond more effectively to the major challenges in the region after the EaP Summit? Are there enough incentives (and conditions) for the partner countries to deliver the expected results?

  • MEP Rebecca Harms, Euronest Co-Chair, European Parliament
  • Vassilis Maragos, DG NEAR, European Commission (TBC)
  • Vano Chkhikvadze, EU Integration Field Manager, Open Society Georgia Foundation
  • Ján Cingel, Acting Head of European Neighbourhood Programme, GLOBSEC Policy Institute
  • Boris Navasardyan, President, Yerevan Press Club, EaP CSF Steering Committee

Moderator: Adam Balcer, Think Visegrad platform

18.00-18.15 Concluding Remarks: Miriam Lexmann, Director of the EU Office, International Republican Institute

18.15 Cocktail reception

Please register by clicking here before 22 November 2017.