Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum in Chisinau

28 October 2013, Last updated at 14:10 EEST
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The Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum was established in 2009, during the Eastern Partnership Summit in Prague. Forum supports the development of civil society organizations from the European Union and Eastern Partnership countries, promotes mutual contacts and seeks to facilitate dialogue between civil society and state institutions in the region. Previous meetings of the Forum were held in 2009 in Brussels (Kingdom of Belgium), 2010 in Berlin (Germany), 2011 in Poznan (Poland) and in 2012 in Stockholm (Sweden). 

5th Annual assembly of the EaP Civil Society Forum under the title “Together for a European Future” was held 4-5 October 2013 in Chisinau, Moldova.

Over 250 representatives of the civil society organizations from six EaP partner countries and the EU, government representatives, European institutions and donor agencies met in Chisinau to discuss the priorities of civil society and its contribution to the reform process within the EaP.

The Forum meets once a year to take stock of ongoing work and to agree on future activities. This year Forum focused on the role of civil society in the context of Association Agreements that may be signed/initialed with several of the EaP countries and civil society assessment of the reform process in the EaP countries in advance of the EaP Summit in Vilnius. The outcomes of these discussions were put into Joint Declaration of the Forum.

Forum delegates also conducted debates on economic integration with EU, election, media freedom and anti-corruption, energy security, youth and cultural policy and other issues being under the EaP multilateral thematic platforms, panels and Flagship initiatives. The relevant recommendations were attached to the Joint Declaration.
More information about the meeting is available on the official website.

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