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Tuesday, October 24
 

11:00

17:30

Info session for new participants
Speakers
avatar for Ina Coseru

Ina Coseru

EaP CSF Steering Committee, National Environmental Center
avatar for Darya Mustafayeva

Darya Mustafayeva

Communications Manager, Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (EaP CSF) Secretariat


Tuesday October 24, 2017 17:30 - 18:30
Alfa

19:00

Welcome session
  • Opening remarks: Eiki Nestor, Speaker of the Riigikogu (Parliament of Estonia) and  Natalia Yerashevich, Director, EaP CSF Secretariat;
  • Video presentation of selected EaP CSF initiatives of 2017       
  • Presentation by Kadi Kenk, Head of Partnerships, Teeme ära! [Let’s Do It!], a global network of local clean-up and leadership initiatives founded in Estonia followed by a networking fair
  • Moderated by Tiina Ilsen, Deputy Director, Estonian Center of Eastern Partnership (ECEAP)

Moderators
avatar for Tiina Ilsen

Tiina Ilsen

Deputy Director, Estonian Center of Eastern Partnership (ECEAP)

Speakers
avatar for Téa Akhvlediani

Téa Akhvlediani

Ambassador of Georgia to the Republic of Estonia
avatar for Kadi Kenk

Kadi Kenk

Head of Partnerships, Teeme ära
avatar for Eiki Nestor

Eiki Nestor

Speaker, Riigikogu - Parliament of Estonia
avatar for Natalia Yerashevich

Natalia Yerashevich

Director, Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (EaP CSF) Secretariat


Tuesday October 24, 2017 19:00 - 21:00
Alfa/Foyer
 
Wednesday, October 25
 

07:30

Day 1

Day 1 will provide a framework for the whole event by focusing on how to capitalise on what civil society can offer in advancing the reform agenda and promoting good governance in the Eastern Partnership countries. It will start with a broader debate on the state of play in government-civil society cooperation and continue with a more focused discussion on cooperation in such key areas as trade policy, media and disinformation, and digital tools. Participants will offer ideas on how to advance the partnership between the governments and civil society, refining those ideas with concrete examples from the EaP and EU countries. Policy debates and formal “Experience Exchanges” within Working Groups will enable participants to work on specific means of clarifying and implementing the 20 Deliverables for 2020. They will also address recommendations to the Brussels Eastern Partnership Summit, stemming from the Civil Society Declaration, which will be officially adopted on Day 2.



Wednesday October 25, 2017 07:30 - 19:00
Alfa

08:00

Registration
Wednesday October 25, 2017 08:00 - 09:00
Alfa/Foyer

09:00

Introduction by the organisers
Speakers
avatar for Hennadiy Maksak

Hennadiy Maksak

Co-Chair of EaP CSF Steering Committee, Foreign Policy Council "Ukrainian Prism"
avatar for Jaan Reinhold

Jaan Reinhold

‎Ambassador-at-Large for the Eastern Partnership and Director,, Estonian Center of Eastern Partnership


Wednesday October 25, 2017 09:00 - 09:10
Alfa

09:10

Opening speeches
Speakers
avatar for Ales Bialiatski

Ales Bialiatski

Chairman, Viasna Human Rights Centre
avatar for Kersti Kaljulaid

Kersti Kaljulaid

President of the Republic of Estonia,
avatar for Federica Mogherini

Federica Mogherini

High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy,
(Video address)


Wednesday October 25, 2017 09:10 - 09:40
Alfa

09:40

Plenary Session Government-Civil Society Relations in the EaP: Progressing towards Partnership?
The panel will explore the status quo of government-civil society relations in the Eastern Partnership countries. It will focus on how the multiple roles of civil society can be better supported by both partner country governments and the EU alike. It will also explore how the reforms to the EaP architecture and the concrete goals set forth in the 20 Deliverables for 2020 can be used more effectively to streamline the role of civil society in the EaP policy as a whole. Moreover, the need for governments to introduce practical cooperation structures with civil society to support the development of inclusive societies and encourage the sustainability of democratic reforms will be addressed. Finally, the panel will suggest criteria for mutually beneficial relations with civil society in order to assess the relative success of the EaP countries to date.


Moderators
avatar for Urmo Kübar

Urmo Kübar

Adviser on Civil Society, Office of the President of Estonia

Speakers
avatar for Kakha Gogolashvili

Kakha Gogolashvili

EaP CSF Steering Committee, Director of EU Studies, Georgian Foundation for Strategic and International Studies
avatar for Diana Jablonska

Diana Jablonska

Deputy Head of Unit Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus & Eastern Partnership, Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR), European Commission
avatar for Jeff Lovitt

Jeff Lovitt

Chair, New Diplomacy
avatar for Marian Lupu

Marian Lupu

Co-Chair, EURONEST Parliamentary Assembly
avatar for Olga Stefanishyna

Olga Stefanishyna

Director, Government Office for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration


Wednesday October 25, 2017 09:40 - 11:00
Alfa

11:00

Adoption of the Civil Society Declaration
Moderators
avatar for Dovile  Sukyte

Dovile Sukyte

Co-Chair of EaP CSF Steering Committee, Eastern Europe Studies Centre

Wednesday October 25, 2017 11:00 - 11:20
Alfa

11:20

Coffee break
Wednesday October 25, 2017 11:20 - 11:40
Foyer

11:40

.Parallel panels
The parallel panels will focus on the discussion of specific ways in which government-civil society cooperation can bring about synergies in key trade, media, and digital policy areas. Ideas from the Civil Society Declaration to the EaP Summit, to be adopted on Day 2, will be discussed and refined during each of the panels. Concrete examples from the EU and EaP countries will be raised in each of the areas covered by the panels in order to identify means to ensure that the partnership between governments and civil society will not only thrive, but will also promote significant reforms ultimately bringing tangible results to people.


Moderators
avatar for Emmet Tuohy

Emmet Tuohy

Senior Research Fellow, Estonian Center of Eastern Partnership (ECEAP)

Wednesday October 25, 2017 11:40 - 13:00
TBA

11:40

Parallel Panel 1: Prospects of Regional and Economic Integration in the EaP Countries
This panel will focus on economic development and integration of the countries within the EaP region. How do the bilateral agreements of the EaP countries with the EU contribute to regional economic integration? How does the interplay between the DCFTA countries and the Eurasian Economic Union shape the economic development of the region? What is the role of civil society in supporting economic integration and development in the EaP countries, as well as in helping to achieve the relevant goals from the 20 Deliverables for 2020?

Moderators
avatar for Guillaume Van der Loo

Guillaume Van der Loo

Researcher, Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS)

Speakers
avatar for Richard Giragosian

Richard Giragosian

Founding Director, Regional Studies Center
avatar for Luc van Looveren

Luc van Looveren

Senior Advisor EU relations, Voka – Chamber of Commerce and Industry Antwerp-Waasland
avatar for Iryna Tochitskaya

Iryna Tochitskaya

Academic Director, IPM Research Center


Wednesday October 25, 2017 11:40 - 13:00
Omega Kapa

11:40

Parallel Panel 2: Media and Disinformation in the EaP and the EU
This panel will focus on media quality, self-regulation of the media sector, and methods of confronting disinformation in shaping public opinion and fostering deliberative public discussion. It will also cover topics such as media literacy, as well as the role of and support for citizen media.  Which support do the independent media outlets need? What is the role of the public service broadcasters? What can the media communities in the EU and the EaP countries learn from each other in the field of confronting propaganda? 

Moderators
avatar for Boris Navasardian

Boris Navasardian

President of Yerevan Press Club, EaP CSF Steering Committee

Speakers
avatar for Celia Davies

Celia Davies

Strategy & Communications Manager, Meydan TV
avatar for Andriy Kulakov

Andriy Kulakov

Program Director, Internews Ukraine
avatar for Raul Rebane

Raul Rebane

Independent media and communications expert,
avatar for Jānis Rungulis

Jānis Rungulis

Strategic Communications Expert at the East Stratcom Task Force, European External Action Service (EEAS)


Wednesday October 25, 2017 11:40 - 13:00
Alfa

11:40

Parallel Panel 3: Digital Tools for Democratic Governance
This panel will focus on the use of digital tools in involving communities and civil society organisations into decision-making and developing ideas for policy improvements. It will cover the benefits and setbacks countries have faced when using digital participatory tools, including participatory budgeting, citizen engagement portals, and online services. How can governments and civil society organizations best ensure that rural communities and other groups with less access to digital tools are not further marginalized by the increased use of digital participatory tools?
Is there any fundamental tension between respecting the privacy and data rights of citizens using digital tools while also promoting transparency and openness? Have there been any difficulties in establishing the rules of expression on participatory platforms?
Are governments and civil society organizations overly dependent on commercial digital infrastructure, or have they been able to work harmoniously with the private sector in driving innovation forward?

 

Moderators
avatar for Hille Hinsberg

Hille Hinsberg

Expert, Praxis Center for Policy Studies

Speakers
avatar for Liia Hänni

Liia Hänni

Program Director, Estonian e-Governance Academy
avatar for Sahil Mammadli

Sahil Mammadli

Leading Adviser, State Agency for Public Service and Social Innovations (ASAN Service)
avatar for David Marghania

David Marghania

Managing Director, To do club
avatar for Sinziana Poiana

Sinziana Poiana

Civil Society Officer, Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR), European Commission


Wednesday October 25, 2017 11:40 - 13:00
Sigma

11:40

Parallel Panel 4: Taking Government-Civil Society Relations Forward
The panel will focus on cooperation models and involvement practices that have been successful in the EaP countries. It will identify ways to overcome obstacles to regular and beneficial dialogue between the public sector and civil society while also determining how to build legitimate networks and coalitions for partnering with governments. How can trust be built among CSOs and governments? How can one ensure that civil society’s voice is heard and its expertise taken into account in policymaking? How can the CSO-government partnership be improved? What else can civil society do to deliver results for ordinary people—whether by itself or in partnership with other actors?


Moderators
avatar for Maris Jõgeva

Maris Jõgeva

Executive Director, Network of Estonian Nonprofit Organisations

Speakers
avatar for Boris Iarochevitch

Boris Iarochevitch

Head of the Division for Eastern Partnership, Regional Cooperation & OSCE, European External Action Service (EEAS)
avatar for Julia Ivakhnina

Julia Ivakhnina

Head of the Open office, National Anti-Corruption Bureau
avatar for Beata Jaczewska

Beata Jaczewska

Director, International Visegrad Fund
avatar for Rasul Jafarov

Rasul Jafarov

Chairperson, Human Rights Club
avatar for Giorgi Klidiashvili

Giorgi Klidiashvili

Member of the Steering Committee, Open Government Partnership


Wednesday October 25, 2017 11:40 - 13:00
Gamma

13:00

Lunch
Wednesday October 25, 2017 13:00 - 14:00
Foyer

14:00

.Policy Debates and Experience Exchange within Working Groups (WGs)
The sessions will focus on some of the cross-cutting deliverables (gender equality) and priority areas  (SMEs development, energy efficiency, environment, youth empowerment and labor migration) of the 20 Deliverables for 2020, while continuing to reflect on the recommendations included in the Civil Society Declaration to the upcoming EaP Summit. The sessions will advance policy debate in the relevant areas through briefly discussing the results of relevant EaP CSF regranting projects and Estonian CSOs’ field experience. Together with the speakers and moderators, all participants will develop a set of recommendations on the topics.


Wednesday October 25, 2017 14:00 - 15:30
TBA

14:00

Policy Debate 1. Mainstreaming gender in the EaP and the EU
How does the lack of gender equality legislation hinder the protection and promotion of human rights? How does the civil society mainstream gender within its own platforms and bodies? How can the civil society contribute to the preparation and implementation of the Gender Action Plans in the EaP countries in the best way?

Moderators
avatar for Haykuhi Harutyunyan

Haykuhi Harutyunyan

EaP CSF Steering Committee, Protection of rights without borders

Speakers
avatar for Svetlana Karaleva

Svetlana Karaleva

Chair, Belarusian Organization of Working Women (BOWW)
avatar for Merle Pajus

Merle Pajus

Project Manager, Estonian Women’s Studies and Resource Centre (ENUT)

Rapporteurs
avatar for Tetyana Ivanina

Tetyana Ivanina

Head of the Board, Bureau of gender strategy and budgeting

Wednesday October 25, 2017 14:00 - 15:30
Alfa

14:00

Policy Debate 2. SMEs – How to Benefit from Access to the EU Single Market?
How to prepare EaP SMEs for the challenges of the EU Single Market? How can experience-sharing with the EU member states contribute to this process? How can the civil society facilitate and assist the strengthening of the SMEs in the region?


Moderators
avatar for Yurii Vdovenko

Yurii Vdovenko

EaP CSF Steering Committee, Center for cross-border cooperation

Speakers
avatar for Raivo Altmets

Raivo Altmets

CEO, Estonian SME Association (EVEA)
avatar for Nino Elizbarashvili

Nino Elizbarashvili

President, The Georgian Association” Women in Business”(GAWB)
avatar for Ludmila Stuparu

Ludmila Stuparu

Program Coordinator, Center for Innovation and Policies from Moldova

Rapporteurs
avatar for Dovile  Sukyte

Dovile Sukyte

Co-Chair of EaP CSF Steering Committee, Eastern Europe Studies Centre

Wednesday October 25, 2017 14:00 - 15:30
Sigma

14:00

Policy Debate 3. Fostering environmental protection and energy security in the EaP region
To what extent the membership/candidate status in the Energy Community, and Association Agreements have contributed to the design and establishment of well-functioning energy regulators in the EaP countries? How can the watchdogging experience of the EU civil society in the field of governance and performance of energy regulators be replicated in the EaP countries? How can the implementation of the new laws on waste management under the Association Agreements reduce negative environmental impact of households?
How the project’s results/experience can be expanded to other EaP countries? How do you secure sustainability of your initiative/results? Any positive case studies in EaP and EU countries to solve the presented problems? What could be possible partnerships in this field between EaP and EU NGOs and EU policies to be promoted in EaP countries and the EU financial instruments to help solve the above-mentioned issues?


Moderators
avatar for Ruslan Surugiu

Ruslan Surugiu

President, AO Pro Energy

Speakers
avatar for Mihkel Annus

Mihkel Annus

Project Coordinator, Estonian Green Movement
avatar for Oleksandra Gumeniuk

Oleksandra Gumeniuk

Project Director, Good Deeds
avatar for Ana Otilia Nutu

Ana Otilia Nutu

Energy policy analyst, Energy Watchdog Coalition

Rapporteurs
avatar for Ina Coseru

Ina Coseru

EaP CSF Steering Committee, National Environmental Center

Wednesday October 25, 2017 14:00 - 15:30
Beta

14:00

Policy Debate 4. Youth empowerment – encouraging civic activism and youth mobility
How to encourage civic activism among young people in the countries with security risks for the activists? How to ensure that the youth is well informed about the mobility opportunities provided by the EU? How to better engage the disadvantaged and vulnerable youth in the existing and future programmes and initiatives?


Moderators
avatar for Mariia Symonova

Mariia Symonova

Manager, MITLA Agency of Changes (Clean Universities anti-corruption campaign),

Speakers
avatar for Karl-Andreas Sprenk

Karl-Andreas Sprenk

Youth Policy Officer, Estonian National Youth Council
avatar for Grigor Yeritsyan

Grigor Yeritsyan

Executive Director, Armenian Progressive Youth

Rapporteurs
avatar for Nikolai Kvantaliani

Nikolai Kvantaliani

Chairperson, New Group

Wednesday October 25, 2017 14:00 - 15:30
Omega Kapa

14:00

Policy Debate 5. How does the social dialogue contribute to optimizing labour migration?
What is the background of the problem of labour migration in the region? How do state authorities both of the EU and EaP countries tackle it? To what extent are the trade unions in the EaP countries included/excluded to/from the dialogue on labour migration?


Moderators
avatar for Goda Neverauskaite

Goda Neverauskaite

Advisor, European Trade Union Confederation

Speakers
avatar for Siarhei Antusevich

Siarhei Antusevich

Vice President, Belarusian Congress Of Democratic Trade Unions
avatar for Dzmitry Babicki

Dzmitry Babicki

Senior Researcher, CASE Belarus
avatar for Peep Peterson

Peep Peterson

Chairman, Estonian Trade Union Confederation

Rapporteurs
LE

Laura Ernšteina

Policy Officer, European Economic and Social Committee

Wednesday October 25, 2017 14:00 - 15:30
Gamma

15:30

Coffee break

 



Wednesday October 25, 2017 15:30 - 16:00
Foyer

16:00

EaP CSF Working Groups’ meetings (mandatory for EaP CSF members)
The goal of the parallel sessions moderated by the outgoing and incoming WG Coordinators is for each WG or subgroup to develop its Annual Action Plan for 2018. The session will start with a short presentation on the modalities of operation of WGs (PPP and guidance for WG operations). The AA Plan based on the provided template will detail how the group will be involved in the implementation of the 20 Deliverables for 2020, participation in EaP Platforms and panels, and participation in the EaP CSF re-granting scheme; it will also set out advocacy priorities while determining the objectives for its annual meeting.
·     WG1: Democracy, human rights, good governance and stability (Alfa)
·     WG2: Economic integration and convergence with EU policies (Sigma)
·     WG3: Environment, climate change and energy security (Beta)
·     WG4: Contacts between people (Omega/Kapa)
·     WG5: Social & Labour Policies and Social Dialogue (Gamma)


Wednesday October 25, 2017 16:00 - 18:00
TBA

16:00

Side event: Development of the Estonian Opinion Festival: Mobilizing Civil Society to Participate Actively in Decision-Making (for non-EaP CSF members)
This event will introduce the Estonian experience in organizing the Opinion Festival. The organizers of the festival will give an interactive presentation which will be followed by an inclusive dialogue and groupwork.  
The event will discuss two main topics: 
1. How to make sure that all counterparts not only the most active ones takepart in discussions? 
2. How to have a productive discussion and create change through that?


Speakers
avatar for Katerina Danilova

Katerina Danilova

Former Head of Communications, Opinion Festival


Wednesday October 25, 2017 16:00 - 18:00
Epsilon

18:00

Election of WG Coordinators (EaP CSF members only)
The EaP CSF participants from each Working Group elect two WG Coordinators (one from the EaP and one form the EU) for a one-year term in accordance with the statute of the EaP CSF. The elected persons will coordinate the respective WG and ensure the link between the WG and the EaP CSF Steering Committee.

Wednesday October 25, 2017 18:00 - 18:30
TBA

19:30

Dinner and networking
Wednesday October 25, 2017 19:30 - 21:00
TBA
 
Thursday, October 26
 

07:30

Day 2

The goal of Day 2 is to present the recommendations of civil society debated during the previous day to policymakers for consideration at the EaP summit and beyond, while also communicating the role that civil society sees for itself in the joint efforts to implement the 20 Deliverables for 2020 successfully. Later that day, these recommendations will be built on with stakeholder sessions involving both civil society and governmental actors on both cross-cutting and country-specific issues focused on maintaining progress towards reforms and on communicating to the citizens of the EaP countries the benefits of further economic and political cooperation with the EU.



Thursday October 26, 2017 07:30 - 19:00
Alfa

08:50

09:00

Presentation of the 2017 Pavel Sheremet Award

The EaP CSF Pavel Sheremet Award was established in 2016 in order to recognize courage in journalism and outstanding achievement in the cause of media freedom in the Eastern Partnership region. This award honours Pavel Sheremet, an acclaimed critic of authoritarian leaders, who was killed in a car bomb explosion in 2016, for his exceptional contribution to the promotion of human rights and freedom of speech. Given that freedom of the media in the Eastern Partnership countries has been deteriorating in the past years, its importance cannot be overestimated. Accordingly, for the second time, the award will recognize outstanding reporting on injustice and human rights abuses.



Speakers
avatar for Aleksandra Kalatozishvili

Aleksandra Kalatozishvili

EaP CSF Steering Committee, Chairperson of Multiethnic Resource Center for Civic Education Development
avatar for Leyla Mustafayeva

Leyla Mustafayeva

Journalist,
Wife of the winner of the EaP CSF Pavel Sheremet Journalism Award 2017, persecuted journalist Afgan Mukhtarli


Thursday October 26, 2017 09:00 - 09:30
Alfa

09:30

Presentation of the Civil Society Declaration to the stakeholders
The Civil Society Declaration to the 5th EaP Summit, developed in a collaborative way through multi-level consultations among civil society before the event and discussed during the event, identifies the major problematic issues blocking the democratic development of the EaP societies as well as smooth implementation of the 20 Deliverables for 2020; it offers specific recommendations addressing these issues. The text of the declaration will be presented in this session.


Speakers
avatar for Haykuhi Harutyunyan

Haykuhi Harutyunyan

EaP CSF Steering Committee, Protection of rights without borders
avatar for Hennadiy Maksak

Hennadiy Maksak

Co-Chair of EaP CSF Steering Committee, Foreign Policy Council "Ukrainian Prism"


Thursday October 26, 2017 09:30 - 10:00
Alfa

10:00

Perspectives and Challenges – Addressing civil society expectations for the EaP Summit and beyond

The high-level debate will address the expectations and recommendations of civil society towards the EaP Summit as well as the implementation process of the 20 Deliverables for 2020. The panellists and participants will reflect on and further develop the ideas on how to improve civil society partnership with policy stakeholders and how civil society can do more to support effective implementation of the EaP policy after the 5th EaP Summit presented on Day 1. In particular, moderators will pose questions raised by the Civil Society Declaration to the panellists.


Moderators
avatar for Iulian Groza

Iulian Groza

Executive Director, Institute for European Policies and Reforms

Speakers
avatar for Hanna Hopko

Hanna Hopko

Chair, Foreign Affairs Committee of Verkhovna Rada
avatar for Oleg Kravchenko

Oleg Kravchenko

Deputy Foreign Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
avatar for Katarina Mathernová

Katarina Mathernová

Deputy Director-General, Directorate General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR), European Commission
avatar for Thomas Mayr-Harting

Thomas Mayr-Harting

Managing Director for Europe and Central Asia, European External Action Service (EEAS)
avatar for Elsa Tulmets

Elsa Tulmets

Researcher, Centre Marc Bloch


Thursday October 26, 2017 10:00 - 11:30
Alfa

11:30

Keynote speech by Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy & Enlargement Negotiations followed by Q&A
Moderators
avatar for Rikard Jozwiak

Rikard Jozwiak

Brussels Reporter, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty

Speakers
avatar for Johannes Hahn

Johannes Hahn

European Commissioner for EU Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, European Commission


Thursday October 26, 2017 11:30 - 12:30
Alfa

12:30

Lunch
Thursday October 26, 2017 12:30 - 13:30
Foyer

13:30

Parallel stakeholders’ meetings based on selected policy priorities

These debates with a multi-country focus on specific policy issues defined as civil society priorities will bring together information, ideas and recommendations from the public policy stakeholders and from the civil society. At the same time, the aim of these sessions is to deliver a message and the Civil Society Declaration recommendations to the stakeholders on how the civil society can contribute effectively to the implementation of the related 20 Deliverables for 2020 agenda in the near future.

 



Thursday October 26, 2017 13:30 - 15:00
TBA

13:30

WG1: Creating links for tangible results: Rule of Law and Resilience in the EaP countries
How will the EU continue supporting the democratisation and institutional resilience of the EaP countries after the 5th EaP summit (i.e. fight against corruption, justice sector reform, developing institutional capacities and other concrete capabilities)? How to proceed with linking the rule of law and good governance to the overall security and resilience of these states? How to apply effective conditionality to the rule of law? How can public diplomacy be used to better explain the link between rule of law and resilience? How can the EaP CSF and its National Platforms better support the implementation of the rule of law agenda in the six EaP countries?


Moderators
KW

Katarzyna Wencel

Project Coordinator, Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights

Speakers
avatar for Boris Iarochevitch

Boris Iarochevitch

Head of the Division for Eastern Partnership, Regional Cooperation & OSCE, European External Action Service (EEAS)
JL

Jan Latal

Head of Transition Cooperation Unit, Human Rights & Transition Policy Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
avatar for Ulad Vialichka

Ulad Vialichka

EaP CSF Steering Committee, Director General of the International Consortium EUROBELARUS

Rapporteurs
avatar for Haykuhi Harutyunyan

Haykuhi Harutyunyan

EaP CSF Steering Committee, Protection of rights without borders

Thursday October 26, 2017 13:30 - 15:00
Alfa

13:30

WG2 + WG5: Jointly developing the favourable environment for SMEs in the EaP countries
How to promote benefits of entrepreneurship in the region? How to jointly encourage the EaP citizens, especially women and youth, to implement their business ideas? How the EaP governments, civil society and the EU should cooperate on promotion of entrepreneurial spirit and of tailored tools for small entrepreneurs?


Moderators
avatar for Jan CINGEL

Jan CINGEL

Research Fellow, GLOBSEC

Speakers
avatar for Maksym Koriavets

Maksym Koriavets

President, Polissya Foundation for International and Regional Studies
avatar for Luca Ponzellini

Luca Ponzellini

Operations in the Neighbouring Countries Directorate, European Investment Bank (EIB)

Rapporteurs
avatar for Sabit Bagirov

Sabit Bagirov

President, Entrepreneurship Development Foundation

Thursday October 26, 2017 13:30 - 15:00
Omega Kapa

13:30

WG3: What next after the Luxembourg Declaration: challenges and prospect for the implementation of the Action Plan for the Environment
How can the EU, EaP governments and the civil society better cooperate on the implementation of the Luxembourg Declaration and its Action Plan? How can they jointly work towards improved environmental governance by 2020 by bringing more transparency, participation, accountability, effectiveness and better functioning institutions?

Moderators
avatar for Anna Golubovska-Onisimova

Anna Golubovska-Onisimova

Head of the Coordination Board, MAMA-86

Speakers
MB

Marina Bantsenko

Ministry of the Environment,
avatar for Ina Coseru

Ina Coseru

EaP CSF Steering Committee, National Environmental Center
NT

Natalia Trofimenko

Deputy Director of Strategy and European Integration Department, Head of Strategic Planning and Environmental Policy, Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources


Thursday October 26, 2017 13:30 - 15:00
Sigma

13:30

WG4: Challenges and opportunities for the EaP youth after the 5th EaP Summit: how to support youth employment and entrepreneurship?
How can the EaP governments, EU and civil society cooperate in the field of youth employability? How to better support both theoretical and practical methods in the education process with the option of combining studies with work experience, volunteering or internships? How to promote the entrepreneurial spirit and encourage young people to implement their business ideas?


Moderators
avatar for Hovsep Khurshudyan

Hovsep Khurshudyan

President, Free Citizen Civic Initiatives Support Center

Speakers
avatar for Aleksandra Kalatozishvili

Aleksandra Kalatozishvili

EaP CSF Steering Committee, Chairperson of Multiethnic Resource Center for Civic Education Development
avatar for Kamila Partyka

Kamila Partyka

Policy Officer, Directorate General for Education and Culture (DG EAC), European Commission
avatar for Helen Põllo

Helen Põllo

Head of the Vocational Education Department, Ministry of Education and Research

Rapporteurs
avatar for Grigor Yeritsyan

Grigor Yeritsyan

Executive Director, Armenian Progressive Youth

Thursday October 26, 2017 13:30 - 15:00
Gamma

15:00

Coffee break
Thursday October 26, 2017 15:00 - 15:30
Foyer

15:30

.Parallel stakeholders’ meetings based on country-specific civil society priorities (CSMs)
These debates focus on country-specific priority issues, as defined by civil society organisations in each EaP country, in order to advance civil society partnership with the EaP governments and EU stakeholders to improve the implementation of the 20 Deliverables for 2020 and the agenda stemming from the bilateral agreements with the EU.

Thursday October 26, 2017 15:30 - 17:00
TBA

15:30

1. Armenia - Role of the civil society in the implementation of the EU-Armenia Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement (CEPA)
To what extent can the implementation of CEPA compensate for the lost momentum in deepening the EU-Armenia relations after the 2013 U-turn, and how to reinvigorate the bilateral cooperation at this stage? How the EU and Armenian government see the role and contribution of the civil society in the implementation of CEPA? What is the communication and public awareness raising strategy for promoting the priorities and benefits of CEPA, and what mission is envisaged for the Armenian civil society in this process?


Moderators
avatar for Sona Ayvazyan

Sona Ayvazyan

Executive Director, Transparency International-Armenia

Speakers
GG

Gagik Galachyan

Director, European Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
avatar for Sinziana Poiana

Sinziana Poiana

Civil Society Officer, Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR), European Commission

Rapporteurs
avatar for Mikayel Hovhannisyan

Mikayel Hovhannisyan

Programme Manager, Eurasia Partnership Foundation

Thursday October 26, 2017 15:30 - 17:00
Gamma

15:30

2. Azerbaijan - Update on the negotiations of the new EU-Azerbaijan Agreement and the role of the civil society
What is the role of civil society in decision-making process and in negotiations between the EU and Azerbaijan on the new agreement? What is the prospect of EU-Azerbaijan relations in the area of economic integration? Is there an opportunity for DCFTA?

Moderators
avatar for Ziya Guliyev

Ziya Guliyev

EaP CSF Steering Committee, Center for Legal Initiatives

Speakers
avatar for Adriaan Palm

Adriaan Palm

Deputy Head of Mission, Special Representative for Europe and the Eastern Partnership

Rapporteurs
avatar for Zaur Akbar

Zaur Akbar

Founder, Youth Club Public Union

Thursday October 26, 2017 15:30 - 17:00
Omega Kapa

15:30

3. Belarus – EU-Belarus Partnership Priorities and the role of the civil society
Approach to and expectations from the EU and Belarusian authorities regarding process of agreement on Partnership Priorities? Why are they needed, which areas of cooperation will they cover and how and when the negotiations will be completed?
What new will Partnership Priorities bring into EU-Belarus relations? What else is required to improve bilateral relations? How PP affect Eastern Partnership process and agenda?
How the EU and Belarus government see the role and place of civil society actors in the process of implementation of Partnership Priorities? Should (can) civil society be adviser, monitor, partner, assessor etc. of PP implementation?


Moderators
avatar for Ulad Vialichka

Ulad Vialichka

EaP CSF Steering Committee, Director General of the International Consortium EUROBELARUS

Speakers
avatar for Andrei Bushilo

Andrei Bushilo

Head of Department, European Cooperation Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
avatar for Diana Jablonska

Diana Jablonska

Deputy Head of Unit Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus & Eastern Partnership, Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR), European Commission


Thursday October 26, 2017 15:30 - 17:00
Beta

15:30

4. Georgia - Constitutional Reform and Civil Society Contribution
What are the main changes introduced to the Georgian Constitution with the latest reform and how are they perceived by different political actors in the country? What are the consequences for the political landscape? How to further enhance the civil society’s participation and influence in the negotiation process? What has been the role of the Council of Europe's Venice Commission and how was its opinion reflected in the shaping of the reform?


Moderators
avatar for Lasha Tughushi

Lasha Tughushi

European Initiative ­ Liberal Academy Tbilisi (EI LAT)

Speakers
avatar for Boris Iarochevitch

Boris Iarochevitch

Head of the Division for Eastern Partnership, Regional Cooperation & OSCE, European External Action Service (EEAS)
avatar for Tamar Khulordava

Tamar Khulordava

Chairperson of the Committee on European Integration, Parliament of Georgia

Rapporteurs
avatar for Nato Bachiashvili

Nato Bachiashvili

Chairperson, International Centre for Geopolitical Studies

Thursday October 26, 2017 15:30 - 17:00
Alfa

15:30

5. Moldova - Implementation of the reforms and government - civil society relations
What are the results of the reforms implemented in line with AA/DCFTA (justice reforms, electoral reforms)? What are the major issues hindering the cooperation of the civil society and the government? What are the major obstacles for the CSOs to perform their role and how to address them?


Moderators
avatar for Ion Manole

Ion Manole

President of Promo-LEX, Promo-LEX

Speakers
avatar for Mihai Godea

Mihai Godea

State Advisor, Cabinet of the Prime Minister
avatar for Marta Wytrykowska

Marta Wytrykowska

Desk Officer, European External Action Service (EEAS),

Rapporteurs
avatar for Lilia Carasciuc

Lilia Carasciuc

Executive Director, Transparency International - Moldova

Thursday October 26, 2017 15:30 - 17:00
Epsilon

15:30

6. Ukraine - 20 Deliverables for 2020 - Ukrainian Perspective
20 Deliverables for 2020 as a basis for cooperation between the government and civil society in Ukraine. How do 20 deliverables complement the Ukraine-EU Association Agreement? EaP CSF National platform and EU-Ukraine Civil society platform - partners in advancing European integration of Ukraine: joint activity, different tasks.


Moderators
avatar for Andriy Kulakov

Andriy Kulakov

Program Director, Internews Ukraine

Speakers
avatar for Boguslaw Gertruda

Boguslaw Gertruda

Team Leader for Relations with Ukraine, European External Action Service (EEAS)
avatar for Hanna Hopko

Hanna Hopko

Chair, Foreign Affairs Committee of Verkhovna Rada
avatar for Hennadiy Maksak

Hennadiy Maksak

Co-Chair of EaP CSF Steering Committee, Foreign Policy Council "Ukrainian Prism"


Thursday October 26, 2017 15:30 - 17:00
Sigma

17:00

Election of country coordinators (for EaP CSF participants only)

The EaP CSF participants from each EaP country elect a Country Facilitator/National Platform Coordinator for a one-year term in accordance with the EaP CSF Statute. The elected person will coordinate the respective National Platform and ensure the link between the NP and the EaP CSF Steering Committee.



Thursday October 26, 2017 17:00 - 17:30
Alfa

17:00

Coffee break
Thursday October 26, 2017 17:00 - 17:50
Foyer

18:00

Award ceremony: best EaP CSF re-granting projects

For the third time, the EaP CSF Steering Committee awards the three best projects funded through the EaP CSF Re-granting Scheme. Through the Scheme, the EaP CSF supports projects of the EaP CSF members with a regional dimension that contribute to achieving the mission and objectives of the Forum. The donors of the Scheme are the European Union and National Endowment for Democracy. The session will be finished with conclusions of the day and announcement what is still to be accomplished on Day 2 and 3.



Moderators
avatar for Věra Řiháčková

Věra Řiháčková

Advocacy and Membership Manager, Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (EaP CSF) Secretariat

Speakers
avatar for Diana Jablonska

Diana Jablonska

Deputy Head of Unit Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus & Eastern Partnership, Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR), European Commission
avatar for Joanna Rohozinska

Joanna Rohozinska

Senior Programme Officer, National Endowment for Democracy (NED)


Thursday October 26, 2017 18:00 - 18:30
Alfa

18:30

EU Coordinators’ elections (only for EaP CSF participants), presentation of the new EaP CSF Steering Committee and conclusions of the day
The EaP CSF participants in plenary elect up to two EU Coordinators from representatives of the EU civil society already elected as WG Coordinators for a one-year term in accordance with the EaP CSF Statute. The elected persons will represent the EU civil society in the Steering Committee, strengthen advocacy towards the EU institutions and member states, and foster greater engagement of the EU civil society in the Eastern Partnership process.

Moderators
avatar for Dovile  Sukyte

Dovile Sukyte

Co-Chair of EaP CSF Steering Committee, Eastern Europe Studies Centre

Thursday October 26, 2017 18:30 - 19:00
Alfa

19:00

Informal side events organised by attendees
  • EaP Index. Organizer: EaP CSF (OmegaKapa room)
  • Green Rights: Integral Part of Green Economy and Green Energy. Organizer: 'EcoLur' Informational NGO (Inga Zarafyan) (Beta room)
  • Live Library with representatives from EaP countries. Organizer: Youth organization STAN (Yaroslav Minkin) (Foyer/Corridor)
  • Human rights agenda for IFIs: what CSO should do? Organizer: Human Rights Club (Rasul Jafarov) (Gamma room)
  • Civil Society in trouble in the Eastern Partnership and in European member states. A look at the situation in the light of events in Azerbaijan, Ukraine, Hungary and Poland. Organizer: Unia&Polska (Krzysztof Bobinski)  (Sigma room)
  • Twists and Turns of Reforms in Ukraine. Organizer: Ukrainian National Platform (Epsilon room)
 

Thursday October 26, 2017 19:00 - 20:00
Alfa
 
Friday, October 27
 

07:30

Day 3

The last day will be dedicated to presenting the final conclusions and recommendations addressing the current and possible future challenges the EaP will be facing. The first session will focus on reporting on the activities implemented by the EaP CSF in 2017 and adopting the new organisational strategy for 2018-2020 aimed at streamlining the CSF advocacy and policy advice mission in light of the 20 Deliverables for 2020. The closing remarks will explore the parallels between the work of the Estonian civil society that brought about the reforms for the benefit of the citizens and how similar reforms can be implemented in the EaP countries. Finally, the participants will have an opportunity to network and exchange experience with Estonian CSOs working in the same fields.



Friday October 27, 2017 07:30 - 08:00
Alfa

09:00

Plenary session

The session will start with the presentation of the EaP CSF activities in 2017 followed by the discussion. The second part will be dedicated to the presentation of the new EaP CSF strategy for 2018-2020 and scenarios for the organisational reform of the Forum.  The new strategy including the structural adjustments of the Forum will be debated and adopted at the session by the EaP CSF participants.



Moderators
avatar for Ina Coseru

Ina Coseru

EaP CSF Steering Committee, National Environmental Center

Speakers
avatar for Mikayel Hovhannisyan

Mikayel Hovhannisyan

Programme Manager, Eurasia Partnership Foundation
avatar for Ulad Vialichka

Ulad Vialichka

EaP CSF Steering Committee, Director General of the International Consortium EUROBELARUS
avatar for Natalia Yerashevich

Natalia Yerashevich

Director, Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (EaP CSF) Secretariat


Friday October 27, 2017 09:00 - 11:00
Alfa

11:00

Closing remarks
Speakers
avatar for Marju Lauristin

Marju Lauristin

Member of the European Parliament,


Friday October 27, 2017 11:00 - 11:20
Alfa

11:20

Conclusions of the event
Speakers
avatar for Darya Mustafayeva

Darya Mustafayeva

Communications Manager, Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (EaP CSF) Secretariat
avatar for Emmet Tuohy

Emmet Tuohy

Senior Research Fellow, Estonian Center of Eastern Partnership (ECEAP)


Friday October 27, 2017 11:20 - 11:30
Alfa

11:30

Coffee break
Friday October 27, 2017 11:30 - 12:00
Foyer

13:00

CSO2CSO networking
EaP CSOs meet with Estonian NGOs in different locations for informal gatherings, at which the latter make a brief presentation of their activities. The groups will be divided according to WGs and subgroups. Topics may include: governance, environmental protection, development cooperation, protection of vulnerable groups, and public service provision.

Organizations
1. Human Rights Centre
Topic: Discussing how including a diverse group of people of different nationalities, special needs, ages, etc will benefit an organization.
2. Valimiste valvurid (Guardians of the elections) and EMSL (Network of Estonian Non-Profit Organizations)
Topic: Overseeing ethichs of the running parties’ practices and commenting on the parties’ observance of the best practice. 
3. Telliskivi Creative City
Topic: Sharing economy and co-creation between organizations.
4. Hooandja 
Topic: Crowdfunding for creative ideas arising from civil society
5. Changemakers Academy 
Topic: A project for high school students to increase their knowledge and participation in societal issues with the objective of giving the participants experience with social enterpreneurship and skills related to it. 

Friday October 27, 2017 13:00 - 14:30
TBA