Working Group 2
EaP CSF Working Group (WG) “Economic Integration & Convergence with EU Policies” provides expertise on a range of topics, including trade, convergence with EU policies and standards, harmonisation of digital markets, and structural economic reforms. WG2 also takes an active interest in the implementation of bilateral trade agreements signed between the EU and individual EaP countries – namely Armenia, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine.
About Working Group 2
WG2 has a number of policy priorities which it seeks to further promote in the EaP’s agenda, including:
- Creating a favorable regulatory and economic environment for SMEs through the implementation of structural reforms;
- Addressing dysfunctionalities in the financial sector and gaps in access to finance for SMEs;
- Supporting the creation of job opportunities at national, regional, and local levels;
- Supporting equal employment opportunities for both men and women;
- Fostering the harmonisation of partner countries’ digital markets;
- Supporting easy and affordable access to the internet, namely in rural areas, through the development and implementation of broadband strategies;
- Promoting the participation of consumer protection organisations in developing, implementing and monitoring new national action plans;
- Mainstreaming the principles of sustainable development across all policy areas and introducing adequate responses to climate change;
- Supporting partner countries’ efforts to become members of the World Trade Organisation (WTO).
Working Group 2 members
Membership of the EaP CSF is open to all civil society organisations from the EaP countries, and to organisations based in EU member states that are active in the Eastern Neighbourhood. These can include grassroots organisations, trade unions, farmers’ and consumers’ organisations, think tanks, employers’ organisations, professional associations, faith-based organisations, non-profit foundations and more. Browse through the full list of Working Group 2 members below.
WG2 in Platform 2 meetings
- 17 January 2020 – EaP Platform 2 meeting
- 18-19 June 2019 – Trade Panel: Economic Development and Market Opportunities
- 31 May 2019 – Structural Reforms Panel: Organic Agriculture
- 23-24 May 2019 – Trade Panel: Reform of Systems of Technical Regulations and of Related Infrastructure
- 10 April 2019 – Platform 2 meeting
All Platform 2 meetings
- 7 February 2019 – EaP CSF Addresses 4th EaP Panel on HDM – Harmonisation of Digital Markets with Recommendations on Strategy, Communication and Gender in Brussels
- 11 October 2018 – 6th EaP Panel on Agriculture and Rural Development Gives EaP CSF a Chance to Raise Points on Sustainability, Environment and Harmonisation in Chisinau
- 22 June 2018 – EaP CSF Contributes to the EU4Digital Workshop “eSkills Network” and Shares Civil Society Position on Harmonisation of Digital Markets
- 20 June 2018 – EaP Trade Helpdesk and EU-EaP Trade Facilitation at the core of EaP CSF Position at the Panel on Trade
- 19 June 2018 – EaP CSF Presents Georgian SMEs Main Challenges to Access EU Loans at the 1st Panel on Structural Reforms and SMEs
- 11-12 June 2018 – EaP CSF Contributes to the EU4Digital Workshop “eSkills Network” and Shares Civil Society Position on Harmonisation of Digital Markets
- 26 April 2018 – EaP CSF Presents Main Trends and Challenges for SMEs in Belarus and Georgia at the 18th EaP Platform 2 Meeting
Re-Granting Projects to WG2
Latest WG2 meetings
Working Group 2 meets twice a year – once in Brussels or an EaP country, and again during the Forum’s Annual Assembly – to discuss the common goals and activities that have been put forward through the respective Working Group structures of the EaP CSF National Platforms. The latest WG2 meeting reports can be viewed and downloaded below.
At the beginning of each biennial delegate cycle, the delegates of each WG elect two Coordinators from among their number – one representing an organisation from an EaP country, and one representing an organisation from an EU member state. The role of WG Coordinators is to oversee and facilitate the work of the WG, including by formulating the discussion, advocacy and capacity building priorities of the group, in close collaboration with its members. The details of the current WG Coordinators for the 2020-2021 cycle can be viewed below.