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

Liivalaia 33, Tallinn, Estonia

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Kersti Kaljulaid
President of the Republic of Estonia
Johannes Hahn
European Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations
Dovilė Šukytė
Co-chair of the EaP CSF Steering Committee
Hennadiy Maksak
Co-chair of the EaP CSF Steering Committee
Ales Bialiatski
Belarusian human rights defender
Jaan Reinhold
Director of Estonian Center of Eastern Partnership Ambassador-at-Large for the Eastern Partnership, Estonia
Hanna Hopko
Head of the Committee on foreign affairs of the Ukrainian Parliament
Marian Lupu
Deputy President of the Democratic Party of Moldova (DPM), Chair of the Democratic Party of Moldova faction in the RM Parliament
Katarína Mathernová
Deputy Director General, DG Near, European Commission
Jeff Lovitt
Chair, New Diplomacy
Kakha Gogolashvili
Director of EU Studies at Georgian Foundation for Strategic and International Studies
Guillaume Van Der Loo
Researcher in the Europe in the World Unit of CEPS
Urmo Kübar
Civil Society Adviser to the President of Estonia; former CEO, Network of Estonian Non-Profit Organizations; European Citizens’ Prize Winner 2013
Richard Giragosian
Founding Director of the Regional Studies Center (RSC), Armenia
Irina Tochitskaya
Deputy Director and Academic Director of the IPM Research Center (Minsk, Belarus)
Karl Andreas Sprenk
Youth Policy Officer of the Estonian National Youth Council
Luc Van Looveren
Voka – Chamber of Commerce and Industry Antwerp-Waasland, Senior Advisor EU relations
Yuliya Ivakhnina
Head of the Open Office of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine
Katerina Danilova
Janis Rungulis
Strategic Communications Expert at the East Stratcom Task Force of the European External Action Service
Raul Rebane
Independent media analyst, expert of media and communication and a publicist
Rasul Jafarov
Chairman of the Human Rights Club
Andriy Kulakov
Program Director, “Internews-Ukraine”
Beata Jaczewska
Executive Director of International Visegrad Fund
Boris Iarochevitch
Head of Division at the European External Action Service
Mihkel Annus
Project coordinator at Estonian Green Movement.
Hille Hinsberg
Expert, Praxis
Sahil Mammadli
ASAN, Leading Advisor
Merle Pajus
Board Member of Estonian Women’s Studies and Resource Centre
Boris Navasardian
President, Yerevan Press Club, EaP CSF Steering Committee, Armenia
Maris Jõgeva
Executive director for the Network of Estonian Nonprofit Organisations (NENO)
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
Giorgi Kldiashvili
Executive Director of the Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI)
Marju Lauristin
Estonian Member of the European Parliament in the Group of Socialists and Democrats.


24 October

Arrival day


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


Opening remarks
Tiina Ilsen, Deputy Director, Estonian Center of Eastern Partnership (ECEAP)
Natalia Yerashevich, Director, EaP CSF Secretariat

Presentation by Teeme ära! [Let’s Do It!], a global network of local clean-up and leadership initiatives founded in Estonia and selected EaP CSF initiatives of 2017 followed by the networking fair showcasing civil society organisations’ projects


25 October

Day 1


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


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


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.

Urmo Kübar, Adviser on Civil Society, Office of the President of Estonia; former head of the Estonian Union of Non-Profit organisations; European Citizens’ Prize winner 2013

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


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


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
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?

Guillaume Van der Loo, CEPS

Tsisnami Sabadze, Head of Economic Policy Department, Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia
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
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?

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

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
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?

Hille Hinsberg, Expert, Praxis

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
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?

Maris Jõgeva,
Executive Director, Network of Estonian Nonprofit Organisations

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


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
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?
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
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
Estonian Environmental Law Center (EELC) (tbc)
Moderator:  Ruslan Surugiu, President, AO Pro-Energy

Oleksandra Gumeniuk, Good Deeds, Ukraine
Estonian Environmental Law Center (tbc)/ETO (http://www.eto.ee/en/) – Producers Responsibility Association/Estonian Renewable Energy Association (EREA) : http://www.taastuvenergeetika.ee/en/
Estonian Council for Environmental NGOs: http://www.eko.org.ee/in-english/
Moderator: Ina Coșeru, National Environmental Center, EaP CSF Steering Committee, Moldova


4.Youth empowerment – encouraging civic activism and youth mobility
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?
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


The EaP CSF participants from each Working Group elect two WG Coordinators (one from the EaP and one form the EU) for a one-year term in accordance with the statute of the EaP CSF. The elected persons will coordinate the respective WG and ensure the link between the WG and the EaP CSF Steering Committee.


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.


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.

EaP CSF members only

Restaturant Merineitsi (address: Viru Väljak 3 Tallinn)

26 October

Day 2


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, wife of the winner of the EaP CSF Pavel Sheremet Journalism Award 2017, persecuted journalist Afgan Mukhtarli


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


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.

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

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



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)
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?

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

2.Jointly developing the favourable environment for SMEs in the EaP countries (WG2)
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?

Diana Jablonska, Deputy Head of Unit, DG NEAR, European Commission
EBRD/IMF/OECD representative
EaP gov representative
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)
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?

Lesya Karnaukh, Head of Department of Strategic Environmental Policy, Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine
DG Environment
Estonian Environment Ministry representative
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)
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?

Kamila Partyka, DG EAC
Estonian Ministry of Education and Science
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


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)
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?

Gagik Galachyan, Director of European Department, MFA
Tigran Mkrtchyan, Armenian Ambassador to Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia (TBC)
Sinziana Poiana, DG NEAR
Moderator:  Sona Ayvazyan, Transparency international-Armenia

Update on the negotiations of the new EU-Azerbaijan Agreement and the role of  the civil society
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?

Mahmud Mammad-Guliyev, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs (TBC)
Moderator: Ziya Guliyev, Chair, Center for Legal Initiatives, EaP CSF Steering Committee, Azerbaijan

EU-Belarus Partnership Priorities and the role of the civil society
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?

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

Constitutional Reform and Civil Society Contribution
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?

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
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?

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
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

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


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.


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


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.


27 October

Day 3


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.

Haykuhi Harutyunyan, President, Protection of rights without borders NGO, EaP CSF Steering Committee, Armenia

Hennadiy Maksak, Ukrainian Prism, Co-Chair, EaP CSF Steering Committee, Ukraine
Natalia Yerashevich, Director, EaP CSF Secretariat
Mikayel Hovhannisyan, Eurasia Partnership Foundation


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


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
12:00 Departure from Radisson Blu Hotel Olümpia
12:30 The first round (40 minutes)
13:30 The second round (40 minutes)
14:20 Departure from Telliskivi Creative City
Back at hotel by 14:45