Linking up Visegrad and EaP civil society
PASOS is partnering with the Yerevan-based International Center for Human Development (ICHD), which is leading the project “The Role of Civil Society in EU Integration Processes: Real Engagement through Effective Involvement.” The year-long project is helping civil society actors in three Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries draw on the EU integration experiences of NGOs in the Visegrad (V4) countries.
ICHD organized a November 22-23 conference in Yerevan in which representatives of NGOs based in the V4 and EaP countries, including PASOS members from both regions, gathered to exchange information on best practices, experiences and other data related to the V4 European integration process. Tevan Poghosyan, a member of the Armenian parliament, and Armenian Deputy Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan delivered keynote speeches.
Representing the three EaP countries involved in the project were:
–Denys Chernikov, Program Director, Agency for Legislative Initiatives, Ukraine.
–George Tarkhan-Mouravi, Co-Director, Institute for Policy Studies (a PASOS member), Georgia.
–Vache Kalashyan, President, Union of Armenian Government Employees, Armenia.
Representing the V4-based NGOs were:
–Eszter Hartay, Legal Advisor, European Center for Not-for-Profit Law, Hungary.
–Ján Bartoš, Project Coordinator, Institute for Public Affairs (a PASOS member), Slovakia.
–Radomír Špok, Executive Director, EUROPEUM Institute for European Studies (a PASOS member), Czech Republic.
–Michal Kowal, Director of the Technical Assistance Projects Department, EPRD Office for Economic Policy and Regional Development Ltd., Poland.
PASOS Communications Manager Alfredo Azula represented PASOS at the event, which was overseen by ICHD Program Manager Astghik Injeyan. The participants also agreed on plans on the themes of the next phase of the project, a series of capacity-building seminars to be held Armenia, Georgia and Ukraine next year.
The project is supported by an International Visegrad Fund Flagship Project, within the V4EaP program.