EASTERN PARTNERSHIP CIVIL SOCIETY CONFERENCE & 9TH ANNUAL ASSEMBLY OF THE EaP CIVIL SOCIETY FORUM

TANGIBLE RESULTS FOR PEOPLE: ENVISIONING THE EASTERN PARTNERSHIP IN 2020 AND BEYOND

The overarching goal of the event is to strengthen the civil society organisations (CSOs) from the EaP and EU states while enabling them to shape the future development of the Eastern Partnership. It is our firm belief that the involvement of key stakeholders outside government at every stage is essential to the advancement of these objectives —and in ensuring that they remain focused on bringing tangible results.

25-27 October 2017

RADISSON BLU HOTEL OLUMPIA
Liivalaia 33, Tallinn, Estonia

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Speakers

Kersti Kaljulaid
President of the Republic of Estonia
Johannes Hahn
European Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations
Federica Mogherini
High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy
Eiki Nestor
Speaker of the Riigikogu (Parliament of Estonia)
Jaan Reinhold
Director of Estonian Center of Eastern Partnership Ambassador-at-Large for the Eastern Partnership, Estonia
Hennadiy Maksak
Co-chair of the EaP CSF Steering Committee
Ales Bialiatski
Belarusian human rights defender
Emmet Touhy
Senior Research Fellow, Estonian Center of Eastern Partnership
Marian Lupu
Deputy President of the Democratic Party of Moldova (DPM), Chair of the Democratic Party of Moldova faction in the RM Parliament
Jeff Lovitt
Chair, New Diplomacy
Diana Jablonska
Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR), European Commission Deputy Head of Unit Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus & Eastern Partnership
Kakha Gogolashvili
Director of EU Studies at Georgian Foundation for Strategic and International Studies
Urmo Kübar
Civil Society Adviser to the President of Estonia; former CEO, Network of Estonian Non-Profit Organizations; European Citizens’ Prize Winner 2013
Dovilė Šukytė
Co-chair of the EaP CSF Steering Committee
Irina Tochitskaya
Deputy Director and Academic Director of the IPM Research Center (Minsk, Belarus)
Luc Van Looveren
Voka – Chamber of Commerce and Industry Antwerp-Waasland, Senior Advisor EU relations
Richard Giragosian
Founding Director of the Regional Studies Center (RSC), Armenia
Guillaume Van Der Loo
Researcher in the Europe in the World Unit of CEPS
Janis Rungulis
Strategic Communications Expert at the East Stratcom Task Force of the European External Action Service
Celia Davies
Head of Fundraising at Meydan TV
Raul Rebane
Independent media analyst, expert of media and communication and a publicist
Andriy Kulakov
Program Director, “Internews-Ukraine”
Boris Navasardian
President, Yerevan Press Club, EaP CSF Steering Committee, Armenia
David Marghania
Openness and transparency advocate, eGovernance reforms architect, expert in anti-corruption and electronic public procurement evangelist
Liia Hänni
Adviser to the President of Republic of Estonia, Senior Expert for e-democracy, e-Governance Academy
Sahil Mammadli
ASAN, Leading Advisor
Sinziana Poiana
Civil Society Policy Officer, Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR), European Commission
Hille Hinsberg
Expert, Praxis
Yuliya Ivakhnina
Head of the Open Office of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine
Rasul Jafarov
Chairman of the Human Rights Club
Beata Jaczewska
Executive Director of International Visegrad Fund
Giorgi Kldiashvili
Executive Director of the Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI)
Boris Iarochevitch
Head of Division at the European External Action Service
Maris Jõgeva
Executive director for the Network of Estonian Nonprofit Organisations (NENO)
Svetlana Karaleva
Belarusian Organization of Working Women (BOWW) Chair
Merle Pajus
Board Member of Estonian Women’s Studies and Resource Centre
Haykuhi Harutyunyan
Protection of rights without borders EaP CSF Steering Committee
Nino Elizbarashvili
The Georgian Association” Women in Business”(GAWB) President
Raivo Altmets
Estonian SME Association (EVEA)
Ludmila Stuparu
Center for Innovation and Policies from Moldova, Program Coordinator
Yurii Vdovenko
Center for cross-border cooperation, EaP CSF Steering Committee
Ana Otilia Nutu
Expert Forum (EFOR) Policy analyst on energy and infrastructure
Ruslan Surugiu
AO Pro Energy, President
Oleksandra Gumeniuk
Good Deeds
Mihkel Annus
Project coordinator at Estonian Green Movement.
Ina Coseru
National Environmental Center EaP CSF Steering Committee
Grigor Yeritsyan
Armenian Progressive Youth, Vice-President
Mariia Symonova
MITLA Agency of Changes (Clean Universities anti-corruption campaign)
Karl Andreas Sprenk
Youth Policy Officer of the Estonian National Youth Council
Nikolai Kvantaliani
Association
Dzmitry Babicki
CASE Belarus Senior Researcher
Goda Neverauskaitė
European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) Adviser
Siarhei Antusevich
Belarusian Congress Of Democratic Trade Unions Vice President
Peep Peterson
Estonian Trade Union Confederation, Chairman
Laura Ernšteina
European Economic and Social Committee Administrator, External Relations Secretariat (REX)
Ion Manole
Promo-LEX, President of Promo-LEX
Leyla Mustafayeva
Journalist
Aleksandra Kalatozishvili
Multiethnic Resource Center for Civic Education Development EaP CSF Steering Committee
Iulian Groza
Institute for European Policies and Reforms Executive Director
Elsa Tulmets
Centre Marc Bloch, Researcher
Thomas Mayr-Harting
European External Action Service (EEAS) Managing Director for Europe and Central Asia
Katarína Mathernová
Deputy Director General, DG Near, European Commission
Hanna Hopko
Head of the Committee on foreign affairs of the Ukrainian Parliament
Oleg Kravchenko
Ministry of Foreign Affairs Deputy Foreign Minister
Rikard Jozwiak
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Brussels Reporter
Jan Latal
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Department of Human Rights and Transition Promotion Policy
Ulad Vialichka
Director General of the International Consortium EUROBELARUS, EaP CSF Steering Committee
Katarzyna Wencel
Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights, Project Coordinator
Vahan Chakarian
Technology and Science Dynamics Founder & CEO
Maksym Koriavets
Polissya Foundation for International and Regional Studies
Luca Ponzellini
European Investment Bank (EIB) Operations in the Neighbouring Countries Directorate
Jan Cingel
GLOBSEC Research Fellow
Sabit Bagirov
Entrepreneurship Development Foundation President
Lesya Karnaukh
Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources Head of Department of Strategic Environmental Policy
Marina Bantsenko
Ministry of the Environment
Anna Golubovska-Onisimova
MAMA-86
Kamila Partyka
Directorate General for Education and Culture (DG EAC), European Commission, Policy Officer
Helen Põllo
Ministry of Education and Research, Head of the Vocational Education Department
Hovsep Khurshudyan
Free Citizen Civic Initiatives Support Center President
Gagik Galachyan
European Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Director
Mikayel Hovhannisyan
Eurasia Partnership Foundation
Sona Ayvazyan
Transparency International-Armenia Deputy Director
Ziya Guliyev
Center for Legal Initiatives EaP CSF Steering Committee
Zaur Akbar
Youth Club Public Union
Adriaan Palm
Special Representative for Europe and the Eastern Partnership, Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Andrei Bushilo
European Cooperation Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Head of Department
Tamar Khulordava
Parliament of Georgia Chairperson of the Committee on European Integration
Lasha Tughushi
European Initiative Liberal Academy Tbilisi (EI LAT)
Nato Bachiashvili
International Centre for Geopolitical Studies Chair
Mihai Godea
Cabinet of the Prime Minister State Advisor
Marta Wytrykowska
European External Action Service (EEAS)
Lilia Carasciuc
Transparency International - Moldova Executive Director
Peter Wagner
Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR), European Commission, Head of the Support Group for Ukraine
Joanna Rohozinska
National Endowment for Democracy (NED) Senior Programme Officer
Věra Řiháčková
Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (EaP CSF) Secretariat Advocacy and Membership Manager
Katerina Danilova
Marju Lauristin
Estonian Member of the European Parliament in the Group of Socialists and Democrats.
Darya Mustafayeva
Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (EaP CSF) Secretariat, Communications Manager
Kadi Kenk
Head of Partnerships at Let’s Do It Foundation
Natalia Yerashevich
Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (EaP CSF) Secretariat Director
Tiina Ilsen
Estonian Center of Eastern Partnership (ECEAP) Deputy Director

Agenda

24 October

Arrival day

11:00-21:00
ARRIVALS AND REGISTRATION OF PARTICIPANTS
17:00-18:30

Ina Coșeru, President, National Environmental Center EaP Civil Society Forum (EaP CSF) Steering Committee
Darya Mustafayeva, Communications Manager, EaP CSF Secretariat

19:00-21:00

Opening remarks
Tiina Ilsen, Deputy Director, Estonian Center of Eastern Partnership (ECEAP)
Natalia Yerashevich, Director, EaP CSF Secretariat
Eiki Nestor, Speaker of the Riigikogu (Parliament of Estonia)
Presentation by Kadi Kenk , Head of Partnerships, Teeme ära! [Let’s Do It!], a global network of local clean-up and leadership initiatives founded in Estonia
followed by a networking fair

 

25 October

Day 1

08:00-9:00
REGISTRATION
09:00-9:10

Jaan Reinhold, ‎Ambassador-at-Large for the Eastern Partnership and Director, Estonian Center of Eastern Partnership
Hennadiy Maksak, Ukrainian Prism, Co-Chair, EaP CSF Steering Committee, Ukraine

09:10-09:40

Kersti Kaljulaid, President of Estonia
Federica Mogherini (video address), High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy
Ales Bialiatski, Head of Viasna Human Rights Centre, Belarus; Václav Havel Human Rights Award Winner 2013, Belarus

09:40-11:00

The panel will explore the status quo of government-civil society relations in the Eastern Partnership countries. It will focus on how the multiple roles of civil society can be better supported by both partner country governments and the EU alike. It will also explore how the reforms to the EaP architecture and the concrete goals set forth in the 20 Deliverables for 2020 can be used more effectively to streamline the role of civil society in the EaP policy as a whole. Moreover, the need for governments to introduce practical cooperation structures with civil society to support the development of inclusive societies and encourage the sustainability of democratic reforms will be addressed. Finally, the panel will suggest criteria for mutually beneficial relations with civil society in order to assess the relative success of the EaP countries to date.

Moderator:
Urmo Kübar, Civil Society Adviser to the President of Estonia; former CEO, Network of Estonian Non-Profit Organizations; European Citizens’ Prize Winner 2013

Panellists:
Marian Lupu, Co-Chair of the EURONEST Parliamentary Assembly
Olga Stefanishina, Director of the Government Office for European and Euro-Atlantic integration, Ukraine
Jeff Lovitt, Chair, New Diplomacy
Kakhaber Gogolashvili, Director of EU Studies, Georgian Foundation for Strategic and International Studies, EaP CSF Steering Committee, Georgia
Diana Jablonska, Deputy Head of Unit, DG NEAR, European Commission

11:00-11:20

Moderated by Dovilė Šukytė, Acting Director, Eastern Europe Studies Centre, Co-Chair, EaP CSF Steering Committee, Lithuania

11:20-11:40
COFFEE BREAK
11:40-13:00

The parallel panels will focus on the discussion of specific ways in which government-civil society cooperation can bring about synergies in key trade, media, and digital policy areas. Ideas from the Civil Society Declaration to the EaP Summit, to be adopted on Day 2, will be discussed and refined during each of the panels. Concrete examples from the EU and EaP countries will be raised in each of the areas covered by the panels in order to identify means to ensure that the partnership between governments and civil society will not only thrive, but will also promote significant reforms ultimately bringing tangible results to people.

1.Prospects of Regional and Economic Integration in the EaP Countries – hall Omega / Kapa
This panel will focus on economic development and integration of the countries within the EaP region. How do the bilateral agreements of the EaP countries with the EU contribute to regional economic integration? How does the interplay between the DCFTA countries and the Eurasian Economic Union shape the economic development of the region? What is the role of civil society in supporting economic integration and development in the EaP countries, as well as in helping to achieve the relevant goals from the 20 Deliverables for 2020?

Moderator:
Guillaume Van der Loo, CEPS

Panellists:
Iryna Tochitskaya, IPM, Belarus
Luc van Looveren, Flemish Chamber of Commerce
Richard Giragosian, Founding Director, Regional Studies Center, Armenia


2.Media and Disinformation in the EaP and the EU – hall Alfa
This panel will focus on media quality, self-regulation of the media sector, and methods of confronting disinformation in shaping public opinion and fostering deliberative public discussion. It will also cover topics such as media literacy, as well as the role of and support for citizen media.  Which support do the independent media outlets need? What is the role of the public service broadcasters? What can the media communities in the EU and the EaP countries learn from each other in the field of confronting propaganda?

Moderator:
Boris Navasardian, President, Yerevan Press Club, EaP CSF Steering Committee, Armenia

Panellists:
Jānis Rungulis, StratCom East Task Force, EEAS
Celia Davies, Strategy & Communications Manager, Meydan TV, Germany
Raul Rebane, independent media & communications expert
Andriy Kulakov, Program Director, Internews Ukraine


3.Digital Tools for Democratic Governance – hall Sigma
This panel will focus on the use of digital tools in involving communities and civil society organisations into decision-making and developing ideas for policy improvements. It will cover the benefits and setbacks countries have faced when using digital participatory tools, including participatory budgeting, citizen engagement portals, and online services. How can governments and civil society organizations best ensure that rural communities and other groups with less access to digital tools are not further marginalized by the increased use of digital participatory tools? Is there any fundamental tension between respecting the privacy and data rights of citizens using digital tools while also promoting transparency and openness? Have there been any difficulties in establishing the rules of expression on participatory platforms? Are governments and civil society organizations overly dependent on commercial digital infrastructure, or have they been able to work harmoniously with the private sector in driving innovation forward?

Moderator:
Hille Hinsberg, Expert, Praxis

Panellists:
David Marghania, EBRD/UNCITRAL Public Procurement Initiative
Sahil Mammadli,  ASAN
Liia Hanni, Estonian e-Governance Academy
Sinziana Poiana, DG NEAR


4.Taking Government-Civil Society Relations Forward – hall Gamma
The panel will focus on cooperation models and involvement practices that have been successful in the EaP countries. It will identify ways to overcome obstacles to regular and beneficial dialogue between the public sector and civil society while also determining how to build legitimate networks and coalitions for partnering with governments. How can trust be built among CSOs and governments? How can one ensure that civil society’s voice is heard and its expertise taken into account in policymaking? How can the CSO-government partnership be improved? What else can civil society do to deliver results for ordinary people—whether by itself or in partnership with other actors?

Moderator:
Maris Jõgeva,
Executive Director, Network of Estonian Nonprofit Organisations

Panellists:
Yuliya Ivakhnina, National Anti-Corruption Bureau, Ukraine
Rasul Jafarov, Human Rights Club, Azerbaijan
Giorgi Klidiashvili, Open Government Partnership
Boris Iarochevitch,  Head of the Division for Eastern Partnership, Regional Cooperation & OSCE, EEAS
Beata Jaczewska, Visegrad Fund, Director

13:00-14:00
LUNCH
14:00-15:30

The sessions will focus on some of the cross-cutting deliverables (gender equality) and priority areas  (SMEs development, energy efficiency, environment, youth empowerment and labor migration) of the 20 Deliverables for 2020, while continuing to reflect on the recommendations included in the Civil Society Declaration to the upcoming EaP Summit. The sessions will advance policy debate in the relevant areas through briefly discussing the results of relevant EaP CSF regranting projects and Estonian CSOs’ field experience. Together with the speakers and moderators, all participants will develop a set of recommendations on the topics.

1.Mainstreaming gender in the EaP and the EU – hall Alfa
How does the lack of gender equality legislation hinder the protection and promotion of human rights? How does the civil society mainstream gender within its own platforms and bodies? How can the civil society contribute to the preparation and implementation of the Gender Action Plans in the EaP countries in the best way?

Svetlana Karaleva, Chair, BOWW, Belarus
Merle Pajus, Project Manager, Estonian Women’s Studies and Resource Centre (ENUT)
Moderator: Haykuhi Harutyunyan, President, Protection of Rights without Borders, EaP CSF Steering Committee, Armenia


2. SMEs – How to Benefit from Access to the EU Single Market? – hall Sigma
How to prepare EaP SMEs for the challenges of the EU Single Market? How can experience-sharing with the EU member states contribute to this process? How can the civil society facilitate and assist the strengthening of the SMEs in the region?

Nino Elizbarashvili
, President, Association of Women in Business, Georgia
Ludmila Stuparu, Program Coordinator, Center for Innovation and Policies, Moldova
Raivo Altmets  EVEA (Estonian SME Association)
Moderator: Yurii Vdovenko, Head of the Board, The Center for Cross-Border Cooperation, EaP CSF Steering Committee, Ukraine


3.Fostering environmental protection and energy security in the EaP region – hall Beta
To what extent the membership/candidate status in the Energy Community, and Association Agreements have contributed to the design and establishment of well-functioning energy regulators in the EaP countries? How can the watchdogging experience of the EU civil society in the field of governance and performance of energy regulators be replicated in the EaP countries? How can the implementation of the new laws on waste management under the Association Agreements reduce negative environmental impact of households? How to secure sustainability of the results? What are some examples of best practices in the EaP and EU countries? What are the best sectoral EU policies and financial instruments to streamline these issues in the EaP countries?

Otilia Nuțu, Energy Watchdog Coalition
Oleksandra Gumeniuk, Good Deeds, Ukraine
Mihkel Annus, Project Coordinator, Estonian Green Movement
Moderator:  Ruslan Surugiu, President, AO Pro-Energy

 

4.Youth empowerment – encouraging civic activism and youth mobility  – hall Omega / Kapa
How to encourage civic activism among young people in the countries with security risks for the activists? How to ensure that the youth is well informed about the mobility opportunities provided by the EU? How to better engage the disadvantaged and vulnerable youth in the existing and future programmes and initiatives?

Grigor Yeritsyan, Armenian Progressive Youth
Karl-Andreas Sprenk, Estonian National Youth Council
Moderator: Mariia Symonova, MITLA Agency of Changes (Clean Universities anti-corruption campaign)

 

5.How does the social dialogue contribute to optimizing labour migration? – hall Gamma
What is the background of the problem of labour migration in the region? How do state authorities both of the EU and EaP countries tackle it? To what extent are the trade unions in the EaP countries included/excluded to/from the dialogue on labour migration?

Siarhei Antusevich, Belarusian Congress Of Democratic Trade Unions
Dzmitry Babicki, CASE Belarus
Peep Peterson, Estonian Trade Union Confederation (tbc)
Moderator: Goda Neverauskaitė, European Trade Union Confederation

15:30-16:00
COFFEE BREAK
16:00-18:00

The goal of the parallel sessions moderated by the outgoing and incoming WG Coordinators is for each WG or subgroup to develop its Annual Action Plan for 2018. The session will start with a short presentation on the modalities of operation of WGs (PPP and guidance for WG operations). The AA Plan based on the provided template will detail how the group will be involved in the implementation of the 20 Deliverables for 2020, participation in EaP Platforms and panels, and participation in the EaP CSF re-granting scheme; it will also set out advocacy priorities while determining the objectives for its annual meeting.

 Hall Alfa –  WG1: Democracy, human rights, good governance and stability

Hall Sigma –  WG2: Economic integration and convergence with EU policies

Hall Beta – WG3: Environment, climate change and energy security

Hall Omega/Kapa –  WG4: Contacts between people  

Hall Gamma – WG5: Social & Labour Policies and Social Dialogue

16:00-18:00

How can one develop a culture of forming and expressing opinions on important matters in society, engaging people in the key debates taking place in their societies? How can citizens be inspired to take responsibility for decision-making in their communities and in their countries? An example of best practices in responding to these questions is one of the biggest civil society initiatives in Estonia – the Opinion Festival (Arvamusfestival). It is a meeting place for the entire community that provides a space for different political views. Its mission is to improve opinion culture and civic education. The festival is open to all active-minded people interested in discussing issues of importance to all of society. Uniting groups from all parts of society, the Opinion Festival is a place to express one’s thoughts on the organisation of society while gaining fresh ideas and new insights.
Katerina Danilova, former Head of Communications, Opinion Festival

18.00-18:30
ELECTION OF WG COORDINATORS
EaP CSF members only
19:30-22:00

Restaurant Merineitsi (address: Viru Väljak 4, Tallinn)

26 October

Day 2

9:00-9:10
CONCLUSIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS FROM DAY 1, OUTLINE AND GOALS OF DAY 2
Hall Alfa
09:10-09:30

The EaP CSF Pavel Sheremet Award was established in 2016 in order to recognize courage in journalism and outstanding achievement in the cause of media freedom in the Eastern Partnership region. This award honours Pavel Sheremet, an acclaimed critic of authoritarian leaders, who was killed in a car bomb explosion in 2016, for his exceptional contribution to the promotion of human rights and freedom of speech. Given that freedom of the media in the Eastern Partnership countries has been deteriorating in the past years, its importance cannot be overestimated. Accordingly, for the second time, the award will recognize outstanding reporting on injustice and human rights abuses.

Ion Manole, President, Promo-LEX, EaP CSF Steering Committee, Moldova
Leyla Mustafayeva, Azerbaijani journalist, spouse of the winner of the EaP CSF Pavel Sheremet Journalism Award 2017, persecuted journalist Afgan Mukhtarli

09:30-10:00

The Civil Society Declaration to the 5th EaP Summit, developed in a collaborative way through multi-level consultations among civil society before the event and discussed during the event, identifies the major problematic issues blocking the democratic development of the EaP societies as well as smooth implementation of the 20 Deliverables for 2020; it offers specific recommendations addressing these issues. The text of the declaration will be presented in this session.

Aleksandra Kalatozishvili, EaP CSF Steering Committee member; Multiethnic Resource Center for Civic Education Development, Georgia
Iulian Groza, Director, Institute for European Policies and Reforms, Moldova

10:00-11:30

The high-level debate will address the expectations and recommendations of civil society towards the EaP Summit as well as the implementation process of the 20 Deliverables for 2020. The panellists and participants will reflect on and further develop the ideas on how to improve civil society partnership with policy stakeholders and how civil society can do more to support effective implementation of the EaP policy after the 5th EaP Summit presented on Day 1. In particular, moderators will pose questions raised by the Civil Society Declaration to the panellists.

Moderator:
Iulian Groza, Director, Institute for European Policies and Reforms, Moldova

Panellists:
Thomas Mayr-Harting, Managing Director for Europe and Central Asia, EEAS
Katarina Mathernová, Deputy Director General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations, European Commission
Hanna Hopko, Chair, Foreign Affairs Committee, Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine
Oleg Kravchenko, Deputy Foreign Minister, Belarus (TBC)
Elsa Tulmets, Centre Marc Bloch, Germany

 

11.30-12.30
12:30-13:30
LUNCH
13:30-15:00

These debates with a multi-country focus on specific policy issues defined as civil society priorities will bring together information, ideas and recommendations from the public policy stakeholders and from the civil society. At the same time, the aim of these sessions is to deliver a message and the Civil Society Declaration recommendations to the stakeholders on how the civil society can contribute effectively to the implementation of the related 20 Deliverables for 2020 agenda in the near future.

1.Creating links for tangible results:  Rule of Law and Resilience in the EaP countries (WG1) – hall Alfa
How will the EU continue supporting the democratisation and institutional resilience of the EaP countries after the 5th EaP summit (i.e. fight against corruption, justice sector reform, developing institutional capacities and other concrete capabilities)? How to proceed with linking the rule of law and good governance to the overall security and resilience of these states? How to apply effective conditionality to the rule of law? How can public diplomacy be used to better explain the link between rule of law and resilience? How can the EaP CSF and its National Platforms better support the implementation of the rule of law agenda in the six EaP countries?

Stakeholders:
Boris Iarochevitch, Head of the Division for Eastern Partnership, Regional Cooperation & OSCE, EEAS
Jan Latal, Czech MFA
Civil Society discussant: Ulad Vialichka, Director General, International Consortium EUROBELARUS, EaP CSF Steering Committee, Belarus
Moderator:

2.Jointly developing the favourable environment for SMEs in the EaP countries (WG2) – hall Omega/Kapa
How to promote benefits of entrepreneurship in the region? How to jointly encourage the EaP citizens, especially women and youth, to implement their business ideas? How the EaP governments, civil society and the EU should cooperate on promotion of entrepreneurial spirit and of tailored tools for small entrepreneurs?

Stakeholders:
Diana Jablonska, Deputy Head of Unit, DG NEAR, European Commission
Luca Ponzellini,   Operations in the Neighbouring Countries Directorate, European Investment Bank
Civil Society discussant: Maksym Koriavets, Polissya Foundation for International and Regional Studies, Ukraine
Moderator: Jan Cingel, Research Fellow, GLOBSEC Policy Institute, Slovak Republic

3.What next after the Luxembourg Declaration: challenges and prospect for the implementation of the Action Plan for the Environment (WG3) – hall Sigma
How can the EU, EaP governments and the civil society better cooperate on the implementation of the Luxembourg Declaration and its Action Plan? How can they jointly work towards improved environmental governance by 2020 by bringing more transparency, participation, accountability, effectiveness and better functioning institutions?

Stakeholders:
Natalia Trofimenko, Deputy Director of Strategy and European Integration Department, Head of Strategic Planning and Environmental Policy, Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine
DG Environment
Marina Bantšenko, Adviser, EU & International Cooperation Department, Ministry of the Environment, Estonia
Civil Society discussant:  Ina Coșeru, National Environmental Center, EaP CSF Steering Committee
Moderator: Anna Golubovska-Onisimova, MAMA-86

4.Challenges and opportunities for the EaP youth after the 5th EaP Summit: how to support youth employment and entrepreneurship?  (WG4) – hall Gamma
How can the EaP governments, EU and civil society cooperate in the field of youth employability? How to better support both theoretical and practical methods in the education process with the option of combining studies with work experience, volunteering or internships? How to promote the entrepreneurial spirit and encourage young people to implement their business ideas?

Stakeholders:
Kamila Partyka, DG EAC
Helen Põllo, Head, Vocational Education Department, Ministry of Education and Research
Civil Society discussant: Alexandra Kalatozishvili, Multiethnic Resource Center for Civic Education Development, EaP CSF Steering Committee
Moderator: Hovsep Khurshudyan, Free Citizen Civic Initiatives Support Center

15:00-15:30
COFFEE BREAK
15:30-17:00

These debates focus on country-specific priority issues, as defined by civil society organisations in each EaP country, in order to advance civil society partnership with the EaP governments and EU stakeholders to improve the implementation of the 20 Deliverables for 2020 and the agenda stemming from the bilateral agreements with the EU.

ArmeniaRole of the civil society in the implementation of the EU-Armenia Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement (CEPA) – hall Gamma
To what extent can the implementation of CEPA compensate for the lost momentum in deepening the EU-Armenia relations after the 2013 U-turn, and how to reinvigorate the bilateral cooperation at this stage? How the EU and Armenian government see the role and contribution of the civil society in the implementation of CEPA? What is the communication and public awareness raising strategy for promoting the priorities and benefits of CEPA, and what mission is envisaged for the Armenian civil society in this process?

Stakeholders:
Gagik Galachyan, Director of European Department, MFA
Sinziana Poiana, DG NEAR
Moderator:  Sona Ayvazyan, Transparency international-Armenia


Azerbaijan
Update on the negotiations of the new EU-Azerbaijan Agreement and the role of  the civil society – hall Omega/ Kapa
What is the role of civil society in decision-making process and in negotiations between the EU and Azerbaijan on the new agreement? What is the prospect of EU-Azerbaijan relations in the area of economic integration? Is there an opportunity for DCFTA?

Stakeholders:
(TBC)
Adriaan Palm, Ambassador, Special Representative for Europe and the Eastern Partnership, The Netherlands
Moderator: Ziya Guliyev, Chair, Center for Legal Initiatives, EaP CSF Steering Committee, Azerbaijan


Belarus
EU-Belarus Partnership Priorities and the role of the civil society – hall Beta
Approach to and expectations from the EU and Belarusian authorities regarding process of agreement on Partnership Priorities? Why are they needed, which areas of cooperation will they cover and how and when the negotiations will be completed?
What new will Partnership Priorities bring into EU-Belarus relations? What else is required to improve bilateral relations? How PP affect Eastern Partnership process and agenda? How the EU and Belarus government see the role and place of civil society actors in the process of implementation of Partnership Priorities? Should (can) civil society be adviser, monitor, partner, assessor etc. of PP implementation?

Stakeholders:
Andrei Bushilo, Head of the European Cooperation Department, Foreign Ministry, Belarus
Diana Jablonska, Deputy Head of Unit, DG NEAR, European Commission
Moderator: Ulad Vialichka, Director General, International Consortium EUROBELARUS, EaP CSF Steering Committee, Belarus


Georgia
Constitutional Reform and Civil Society Contribution – hall Alfa
What are the main changes introduced to the Georgian Constitution with the latest reform and how are they perceived by different political actors in the country? What are the consequences for the political landscape? How to further enhance the civil society’s participation and influence in the negotiation process? What has been the role of the Council of Europe’s Venice Commission and how was its opinion reflected in the shaping of the reform?

Stakeholders:
Tamar Khulordava, Chairperson of Committee on European Integration, Georgia
Boris Iarochevitch, Head of Division, EEAS
Moderator: Lasha Tughushi, Director, Liberal Academy Tbilisi

 

MoldovaImplementation of the reforms and government – civil society relations – hall Epsilon
What are the results of the reforms implemented in line with AA/DCFTA (justice reforms, electoral reforms)? What are the major issues hindering the cooperation of the civil society and the government? What are the major obstacles for the CSOs to perform their role and how to address them?

Stakeholders:
Mihai Godea, Member of Parliament, Moldova
Marta Wytrykowska, EEAS
Moderator: Ion Manole, President, Promo-LEX, EaP CSF Steering Committee, Moldova

 

Ukraine20 Deliverables for 2020 – Ukrainian Perspective – hall Sigma
20 Deliverables for 2020 as a basis for cooperation between the government and civil society in Ukraine. How do 20 deliverables complement the Ukraine-EU Association Agreement? EaP CSF National platform and EU-Ukraine Civil society platform – partners in advancing European integration of Ukraine: joint activity, different tasks

Stakeholders:
Peter Wagner, Head of Support Group for Ukraine, DG NEAR, EC (TBC)
Hanna Hopko, Chair, Foreign Affairs Committee, Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine
Hennadiy Maksak, Ukrainian Prism, Co-Chair, EaP CSF Steering Committee, Ukraine
Moderator: Andriy Kulakov, Program Director, Internews Ukraine

17:00-17:30

The EaP CSF participants from each EaP country elect a Country Facilitator/National Platform Coordinator for a one-year term in accordance with the EaP CSF Statute. The elected person will coordinate the respective National Platform and ensure the link between the NP and the EaP CSF Steering Committee.

17:30-18:00
COFFEE BREAK
18:00-18:30

For the third time, the EaP CSF Steering Committee awards the three best projects funded through the EaP CSF Re-granting Scheme. Through the Scheme, the EaP CSF supports projects of the EaP CSF members with a regional dimension that contribute to achieving the mission and objectives of the Forum. The donors of the Scheme are the European Union and National Endowment for Democracy. The session will be finished with conclusions of the day and announcement what is still to be accomplished on Day 2 and 3.

Diana Jablonska, Deputy Head of Unit, DG NEAR, European Commission
Joanna Rohozinska, Senior Programme Officer, NED
Moderator: Věra Řiháčková, Advocacy and Membership Manager, EaP CSF Secretariat

18:30-19:00

The EaP CSF participants in plenary elect up to two EU Coordinators from representatives of the EU civil society already elected as WG Coordinators for a one-year term in accordance with the EaP CSF Statute. The elected persons will represent the EU civil society in the Steering Committee, strengthen advocacy towards the EU institutions and member states, and foster greater engagement of the EU civil society in the Eastern Partnership process.

19:00-20:00

EaP Index. Organizer: EaP CSF – hall Omega/Kapa 
Green Rights: Integral Part of Green Economy and Green Energy. Organizer: ‘EcoLur’ Informational NGO Inga Zarafyan) – hall Beta 
Live Library with representatives from EaP countries. Organizer: Youth organization STAN (Yaroslav Minkin) – foyer
Human rights agenda for IFIs: what CSO should do? Organizer: Human Rights Club (Rasul Jafarov) – hall Gamma 
Civil Society in trouble in the Eastern Partnership and in European member states. A look at the situation in the light of events in Azerbaijan, Ukraine, Hungary and Poland. Organizer: Unia&Polska (Krzysztof Bobinski)  – hall Sigma
Twists and Turns of Reforms in Ukraine. Organizer: EaP CSF Ukrainian National Platform and the Сivic Synergy Project (Hennadiy Maksak) – hall Epsilon

27 October

Day 3

9:00-11:00

The session will start with the presentation of the EaP CSF activities in 2017 followed by the discussion. The second part will be dedicated to the presentation of the new EaP CSF strategy for 2018-2020 and scenarios for the organisational reform of the Forum.  The new strategy including the structural adjustments of the Forum will be debated and adopted at the session by the EaP CSF participants.

Moderator:
Aleksandra Kalatozishvili, Chairperson, Multiethnic Resource Center for Civic Education Development, EaP CSF Steering Committee

Speakers:
Ulad Vialichka,  Director General, International Consortium EUROBELARUS, EaP CSF Steering Committee, Belarus
Natalia Yerashevich, Director, EaP CSF Secretariat
Mikayel Hovhannisyan, Eurasia Partnership Foundation

11:00-11:20

Marju Lauristin MEP, Co-Founder, Popular Front of Estonia; Professor of Communication, Sociology, University of Tartu

11:20-11:30
CONCLUSIONS
11:30-12:00
COFFEE BREAK
12:00-15:00

EaP CSOs meet with Estonian NGOs in different locations for get-to-know informal gatherings, where Estonian NGOs would make brief presentation of their activities.

Group 1: Telliskivi Creative City. “Sharing economy and the story of Telliskivi Creative City”, Jaanus Juss
Group 2: Estonian Social Enterprise Network. “Changemakers Academy: youth to social enterprise”, Erkki Kubber, Dan Tõnus
Group 3: Human Rights Centre. “Diversity Charter: how to form values and promote human rights?”, Kari Käsper.  Diversity Charter
Group 4: Hooandja. “Crowdfunding platforms: how has Hooandja developed and what has it learned during its years of operating?”, Tuulike Mänd.
Group 5: Network of Estonian Nonprofit Organizations. “ Guardians of the elections: why and how do we keep guard over the elections?”, Andrei Liimets.

Pre-registration for CSO visits will be organized on-site. Please sign up at the Event information desk before 18:00 on 25 October.

You can select 2 groups. Working language: English
Agenda:
12:00 Departure from Radisson Blu Hotel Olümpia
12:30 1st Session (40 minutes)
13:30 2nd Session (40 minutes)
14:20 Departure from Telliskivi Creative City
Back at hotel by 14:45