Six PASOS-affiliated speakers to participate at Vilnius Civil Society Forum conference

November 19, 2013

News Source: PASOS Secretariat, Czech Republic

Six speakers associated with PASOS-affiliated organizations will be participating in the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum’s (CSF) conference in Vilnius Nov. 27-29.

“Eastern Partnership Reality Check: Political Challenges and Future Agenda for Civil Society” will bring together civil society leaders from the Eastern Partnership countries and the European Union, key experts from regional and transatlantic non-governmental organizations, think-tanks, international aid agencies and political foundations, as well as distinguished political figures and public activists.

The conference is being held in parallel with the Eastern Partnership Summit, a gathering of 28 high representatives of the EU member states and the six Eastern partners, as well as representatives of EU institutions.

The participants of the CSF conference will focus on the main challenges faced by the civil society in the Eastern Partnership countries and on ways of supporting it through increasing its operational capacity and enhancing civil society’s participation in decision-making processes.

The PASOS-affiliated speakers are:

  • Alexander Duleba, Director, Research Centre of the Slovak Foreign Policy Association, Slovakia
  • Alyona Getmanchuk, Director, Institute of World Politics, Ukraine
  • Jeff Lovitt, Executive Director, PASOS Secretariat, Czech Republic
  • Ghia Nodia, Director, Caucasus Institute for Peace, Democracy and Development, Georgia
  • Vera Rihackova, Senior Research Fellow, EUROPEUM Institute for European Studies, Czech Republic
  • Andrew Wilson, Senior Policy Fellow, European Council of Foreign Relations, United Kingdom

Participants at the conference will also discuss the Eastern Partnership strategy beyond Vilnius, and the role of civil society in supporting the implementation of future Association Agreements, including DCFTAs, that are expected to be finalized in Vilnius.

The conference will be the continuation of the annual Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum, which was held in Chisinau, Moldova, in October. Organized by the Eastern Europe Studies Centre, the conference is being held in cooperation with the CSF and with the support of the European Commission, the Lithuanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the National Endowment for Democracy.

More information about conference, including a schedule of events, can be found here.

The mandate of the CSF is to influence EU institutions and national governments by presenting the recommendations of the CSF during the decision-making process. The Forum was created as part of a European Commission effort “to support the further development of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs)” and “to promote contacts among CSOs and facilitate their dialogue with public authorities.”

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