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
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
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.
Discussion between panelists from EU and EaP countries.
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.
WG1 – Gender and Gender Action Plan
WG2 – SMEs:
WG3 – Energy and waste management:
WG4 – Youth empowerment
WG5 – Labour migration
Katarina Mathernova, Deputy Director General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations, European Commission
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
EaP Index side event
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