A group of Albanian civil society groups working to support the Open Government Partnership in Albania announced at a December 5 Institute for Democracy and Mediation conference the creation of a new coalition to support the effort.
The International Center for Human Development has released a series of three booklets that detail projects, events, and other activities organized by Armenian, Georgian and Ukrainian civil society organizations to support the European integration process.
The level of democratization in Belarus declined slightly in 2012, matching an all-time low, according to a Belarusian Institute for Strategic Studies assessment that was included in the 2013 “Nations in Transit” report by Freedom House.
The Ukrainian government’s violent crackdown on peaceful protesters in Kyiv threatens the development of democracy in Ukraine at a time when public participation in the process of European integration in the Eastern Partnership countries is critical, according to a statement signed by the PASOS Board of Directors and members.
About 63 percent of Macedonians say they do not trust their country’s judiciary, making it the least trustworthy governmental institution in Macedonia, according to the results of a poll commissioned by the Center for Research and Policy Making.
Czechs hold the most pessimistic view of EU membership among a group of four European Union new-member states, while Poles have the most positive views of joining the union, according to the results of public-opinion surveys conducted as part of a PASOS project.
Donors that contribute to governments who have pledged to use the money for pro-democracy efforts should require such states to include civil society and the public in deciding how to spend the funds, said PASOS Executive Director Jeff Lovitt, speaking at a civil society conference in Vilnius November 29.