PASOS Assembly elects new Board, and iDEMO Institute for Democracy, Croatia, becomes newest Associate Member of PASOS

October 31, 2006

News Source: PASOS Secretariat, Prague, Czech Republic

Vita Terauda is re-elected PASOS Chair, and Jacek Kucharczyk is elected Deputy Chair; Cholpon Nogoibaeva from Kyrgyzstan joins Board

A seven-member Board of Directors was elected on 19 October 2006 to oversee the future direction of PASOS (Policy Association for an Open Society), a network of think-tanks in Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia. From a field of 11 candidates nominated by the member organisations (26 think-tanks in 18 countries), the elected Board includes one new member, Cholpon Nogoibaeva, Programme Director of the Soros Foundation Kyrgyzstan.

After their election for a two-year term by the third annual PASOS Assembly, the new Board confirmed iDEMO Institute for Democracy, based in Zagreb, Croatia, as the newest Associate Member of PASOS.

iDEMO, a newly formed policy centre which aims to encourage the development and advancement of democracy, was created in response to the need in Croatia for greater independent in-depth analysis of democratic processes and the complex issues associated with the promotion of democracy. As a result, iDEMO focuses its activities on research, advocacy, and the development of sound public policy. For further information, see www.idemo.hr

iDEMO’s Associate Membership was approved on 19 October at the first meeting of the new PASOS Board, at which Vita Terauda, Director of Centre for Public Policy PROVIDUS, Riga, Latvia, was re-elected as Chair. Jacek Kucharczyk, Director of Programming at the Institute of Public Affairs, Warsaw, Poland, was elected as Deputy Chair, and David Kral, Director of EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy, Prague, Czech Republic, as Treasurer. The Board expressed its thanks to the outgoing Deputy Chair, Arcadie Barbarosie, Executive Director of the Institute for Public Policy, Chisinau, Moldova, for his service as Deputy Chair of the preparatory committee and of the first PASOS Board, elected at the first PASOS Assembly, held in Prague in December 2004. Arcadie Barbarosie did not seek re-election to the Board.

In addition to Vita Terauda, Jacek Kucharczyk and David Kral, the other elected Board members were: Adrian Ionescu, Programme Director of the Local Government and Public Service Reform Initiative (LGI) of the Open Society Institute, Darina Kadunkova, Deputy Development Director of the European Institute, Sofia, Bulgaria, George Tarkhan-Mouravi, co-director of the Institute for Policy Studies, Tbilisi, Georgia, and Cholpon Nogoibaeva, Programme Director of the Soros Foundation Kyrgyzstan. For profiles of the Board members, see PASOS Board of Directors.

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