EASTERN PARTNERSHIP CIVIL SOCIETY CONFERENCE 2017 & 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

Speakers

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

Agenda

24 October

Arrival day

11:00-18:00
ARRIVALS AND REGISTRATION OF PARTICIPANTS
17:00-18:00
INFO SESSION FOR NEW PARTICIPANTS
18:00-20:00

Presentation of one of the largest Estonian Civil Society initiative’s “Let’s Do It”. Networking fair where EaP CSF members have their projects/experience showcased

25 October

Day 1

08:00-9:00
REGISTRATION
09:00-9:10
INTRODUCTION BY ORGANISERS
09:10-09:50
OPENING SPEECH BY THE PRESIDENT OF ESTONIA KERSTI KALJULAID
09:50-11:00

The panel will open up the development of different roles of civil society in Eastern Partnership countries and how these roles are, and could be better supported by government and/or EU accession policies.  There is a need for tangible cooperation structures with civil society in order to support development of inclusive societies and democratic reforms. The Panel will discuss what is the criteria for mutually beneficial cooperation and assess how successful have EaP countries been in reaching these.

Moderator:
Discussion between panelists from EU and EaP countries.

11:00-11:30
COFFEE BREAK
11:30-13:00

1. Prospects of regional and economic integration in the EaP countries
The Panel will focus on the role of civil society in supporting economic integration and regional development in EaP countries, including examples of efforts for fostering rural and women entrepreneurship, establishment of SMEs and involving women in business activities. Including, what preconditions are needed for activating local people, what do civil society organisations need to remodel their activities in order to work as social enterprises and how can governments support with infrastructure for activating communities in income generating activities.

2. Media and disinformation in the EaP and the EU
The panel will focus on media quality, self-regulation and possibilities for confronting disinformation when shaping public opinion and fostering deliberation. Also media literacy, propaganda, as well as the role and support for citizen media.

3. Digital tools for democratic governance
The Panel will focus on examples how digital tools could be used for involving communities and civil society organisations in decision making, deliberation of ideas for better policies. It will cover the benefits and setbacks countries have faced when using digital participatory tools, including participatory budgeting, citizen engagement portals and online services.

4. Taking government-civil society relations forward
The panel will focus on cooperation models and involvement practices: which have been successful in EaP countries, how to overcome obstacles for regular and beneficial dialogue between the public sector and civil society, how to build legitimate networks and coalitions for partnering with governments.

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

WG1 – Gender and Gender Action Plan

  • Capacity development for gender subgroups of National Platforms in Armenia, Georgia, Belarus and Ukraine

WG2 – SMEs:

  • Enhancing role of civil society and SMEs from EaP in implementation of European standards
  • Benefitting from EU open market: SMEs practical guide to DCFTA learning from experience of Latvia

WG3 – Energy and waste management:

  • Energy Watchdog Coalition
  • Smart waste management in the EaP countries

WG4 – Youth empowerment

  • Everybody counts: Rural youth empowerment in the EaP countries

WG5 – Labour migration

  • Impact of social dialogue on the optimization of labour migration in Moldova, Belarus and Ukraine
15:30-16:00
COFFEE BREAK AND ELECTION OF WG COORDINATORS
Only for the EaP CSF members
16:00-18:00
PARALLEL WORKING GROUPS MEETINGS (CONTINUATION)
18:30-23:00
DINNER AND NETWORKING

26 October

Day 2

09:00-09:45
INTRODUCTION BY ORGANISERS AND PAVEL SHEREMET AWARD
09:45-10:00
ADOPTION OF THE CIVIL SOCIETY DECLARATION TO THE EaP SUMMIT
10:00-11:30

Katarina Mathernova, Deputy Director General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations, European Commission

11.30-12.30
Keynote speech by JOHANNES HAHN, Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy & Enlargement Negotiations possibly followed by Q&A
12:30-13:30
LUNCH
13:30-15:00

WG1: Rule of law as a path towards bringing the Eastern Partnership closer to the EU

WG2: Development and support for SMEs in the EaP countries

WG3: Luxembourg declaration and Action Plan

WG4: Youth Mobility/Culture

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

Armenia

Azerbaijan

Belarus

Georgia

Moldova

Ukraine

17:00-17:30
ELECTION OF COUNTRY COORDINATORS
Only for the EaP CSF participants
17:30-18:00
COFFEE BREAK
18:00-18:30
AWARD CEREMONY: BEST RE-GRANTING PROJECT
18:30-19:00
EU COORDINATORS’ ELECTIONS
19:00-20:00

27 October

Day 3

9:00-10:30
PLENARY SESSION
10:30-11:00
CLOSING REMARKS
11:00-11:30
COFFEE BREAK
11.30-14:00

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. The groups can be divided according to WGs and subgroups. Topics could include: governance, environment protection, development cooperation, protection of vulnerable groups, public service provision