The launch of flagship initiatives in the areas of election monitoring, independent media, and anti-corruption have been among the key developments in the work of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (CSF) during 2012, as highlighted in the round-up of the decisions and developments published by the CSF Steering Committee.
A press release from the CSF said in 2012, “the Civil Society Forum built on the foundations successfully laid since its launch in 2009, and set in place strong forward planning for 2013.”
While this year’s Forum will take place in Stockholm (on 29-30 November), the Forum in 2013 will be held first time ever in a partner country, namely Moldova, the press release said, adding thatMoldova’s government was ready to share the funding for the event with the European Commission.
During 2012, the Steering Committee has secured €1.3 million in funds to support the activities of the Forum, primarily the work of the national platforms, but also the launch of a Secretariat and working groups’ projects.
Relations have been strengthened with the European Parliament, the press release said, specifically Euronest, and the co-Chairs (Ihor Kohut, country facilitator, Ukraine, and Jeff Lovitt, EU co-ordinator) were invited to address a meeting of Foreign Ministers of the EU member states and the Partner countries in July 2012.
Next year the Forum will have to “ensure that added value input from civil society, including analysis and monitoring, feeds into the Eastern Partnership roadmap interim assessment that is planned to be prepared for the May 2013 Euronest plenary meeting in Brussels, and the comprehensive assessment planned for the November 2013 Eastern Partnership summit in Vilnius,” the press release said. (EU Neighbourhood Info)
- Civil Society Forum Press release
- Civil Society Forum on Facebook
- EU Neighbourhood Info Centre – Eastern Partnership Video
- EU Neighbourhood Info Centre information pack - The Eastern Partnership: a path to stability and prosperity
- EU Neighbourhood Info centre webpage - Eastern Partnership Glossary
- EU’s External Action Service - Eastern Partnership multilateral platforms
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