EUROPEUM wins 2014 PASOS Best Policy Publication of the Year Award

December 13, 2014

awardEUROPEUMEUROPEUM Institute for European Policy paper that examines how the EU funds local civil society groups in the Eastern Partnership was honored with the 2014 PASOS Best Policy Publication of the Year Award.

Taking Stock of EU Civil Society Funding in Eap Countries was named the winner of the annual award at the PASOS General Assembly in Warsaw December 13.

The paper summarises allocations from various funding instruments, and describes competition local civil society in the EaP countries experiences vis a vis tEU consultancies, EU CSOs and, to some extent, international organisations, when reaching for EU funding. The paper was largely discussed with EuropeAid Development and the Cooperation Directorate-General (DG DEVCO) of the European Commission before publishing, and will be used for their internal debates, as was suggested.

“This paper and its author herself are rare examples of a systematic, in-depth approach to a subject, improved and refined over the years,” said award juror Gabriela Svárovská (Dlouhá), former Director of Human Rights and Transition Policy Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Czech Republic.

“In her recent paper on EU civil society funding, Věra Řiháčková was able to combine the inside level of knowledge with a distance of an independent thinker, providing thus an extremely interesting and useful feed-back to a particular branch of EU policy,” Svárovská (Dlouhá) said.

The PASOS Think-Tank Awards commend the work and achievements of members that demonstrate outstanding work to promote the values and goals of PASOS in promoting and protecting democracy, human rights and open society values – including the rule of law, good governance, and economic and social development.

Awards are given in two categories: Achievement of the Year and Best Policy Publication of the Year. The Kosovar Civil Society Foundation was awarded the 2014 Achievement of the Year for its legal work on a case to preserve the integrity of civil society in Kosovo.

Svárovská (Dlouhá) was one of a three-member jury of leading experts from the international think-tank world and experienced policymakers with a knowledge of the policy challenges facing young and aspiring democracies in Europe and Central Asia. The other jurors Bohdan Krawchenko, Director General, University of Central Asia; and Kalman Mizsei, Head of EU Advisory Mission for Civilian Security Sector Reform, Ukraine (EUAM Ukraine), Adjunct Professor at the Central European University, Budapest, Hungary.

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