EaP CSF Newsletter October 2014

3 November 2014

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The 6th Annual Assembly of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum, taking place in Batumi, Georgia on the 20-21 November 2014 is only a few weeks away! We are pleased to announce that final preparations for the Forum are underway and the registration for the accreditation of journalists is open. We kindly inform selected participants that the online registration is closed.  Updated details, agenda and side events are available on the assembly website: http://eapcsf-assembly.org/

​From Brussels to Batumi: Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum celebrates its 5th anniversary

In the five years since its establishment, the EaP CSF has become an institutionalised policy forum, where an exchange of ideas and best practices brings together partners from six Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries and the EU to expand the processes of European integration towards the Eastern Neighbourhood. The article explores the main milestones of the Forum, its achievements and challenges. Read more

​EaP CSF participates in joint roundtable with PISM on deliverables for the Eastern Partnership Summit in 2015

The Steering Committee of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum participated in a roundtable discussion organized in partnership with the Polish Institute of International Affairs on 2 October in Warsaw. The event discussed the objectives for the 2015 Riga Summit on the Eastern Partnership as well as the state of human rights and democracy in the region, with particular regard to the situation in Azerbaijan. Read More

​EaP CSF Steering Committee meets in Warsaw

The Steering Committee of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum met in Warsaw on 2-3 October. The main focus of the meeting were preparations for the sixth Annual Assembly of the EaP CSF. A report of the meeting is available here. Read more

​Georgian National Platform provides humanitarian aid to Ukrainian refugees affected by the armed conflict

On October 10, 2014, the Georgian National Platform of the EaP CSF signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Medical Centre “CITO” in support of Ukrainian refugees affected by the armed conflict. Read more

​Armenian National Platform position on the decision of RA authorities to join Eurasian Economic Union

The Armenian NP expresses its strong dissatisfaction and disagreement with the decision of the EU. It has further expressed its disappointment with the absence of a coherent foreign policy course and reform agenda among the opposition parties. Read more

​The establishment of EU-Ukraine Civil Society Platform

An EU-Ukraine civil society platform is being established as part of Ukraine’s Association Agreement with the EU. The platform is a Forum, which consists of members of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) on the one hand, and representatives of Ukrainian civil society on the other and is designed to ensure dialogue and the exchange of ideas. The platform will serve to support and facilitate the implementation of the Association Agreement. The Constituent Assembly of the Ukrainian side of the Civil Society Platform will take place on the 7th of November followed by the Annual Conference of the Ukrainian National Platform on the 8th of November. Read more

Opportunities and other news

EaP CSF showcases a new report: taking stock on EU civil society funding in EaP countries

A new report commissioned by the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum has been published by Europeum Institute for European Policy. The paper “Taking Stock of EU Civil Society Funding in EaP Countries” addresses issues of the CSO funding and gives recommendations to the EU on how to make it more effective. Read more

Political prisoners in Azerbaijan to receive Andrei Sakharov Freedom Award

Political Prisoners in Azerbaijan, among them EaP CSF members Anar Mammadli and Rasul Jafarov, win the Andrei Sakharov Freedom Award by the Norwegian-Helsinki Committee (NHC) in honour of their human rights action in the country, announced the organisation. Read more

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