The 2017 Eastern Partnership Civil Society Conference, entitled Tangible Results for People: Envisioning the Eastern Partnership in 2020 and Beyond, will take place on 25-27 October 2017 at the Radisson Blu Hotel Olümpia in Tallinn, Estonia. For the first time this year, the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Conference—a biennial event conducted as a side event to the Eastern Partnership Summit—and the 9th Annual Assembly of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum will be held as one event with a common agenda.
The event is organized under the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union by the Estonian Center of Eastern Partnership and Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (EaP CSF). It will serve as a platform for debate on the future of the EaP policy, and civil society’s contribution to reform processes in the region, and will include among others the procedural aspects of the Civil Society Forum’s functioning.
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. The overarching goal of the Conference is to strengthen the civil society organisations (CSOs) of Eastern Partnership countries while enabling CSOs from the EaP and EU states alike to shape the future development of the Eastern Partnership.
The Forum will be opened by the President of the Republic of Estonia Kersti Kaljulaid. EU Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn and other high-level speakers have confirmed their participation.
The 3-day event will cover the following priority topics: government and civil society cooperation, democratic governance, e-solutions as part of transparent governance, inclusive approaches to economic development, and civil society’s role in developing media competence and in fighting disinformation. Next to high level speakers and panel discussions, participants have a chance to share their experience in workshops, introduce their projects at networking fair, and meet with local NGOs.
Working languages of the event are English and Russian with simultaneous interpretation.