EaP CSF Newsletter 

4 March 2016

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Applications for the 8th EaP CSF Annual Assembly

The Steering Committee of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (EaP CSF) invites all interested parties to submit expressions of interest to participate in the 8th Annual Assembly of the Forum that will take place on 28-30 November 2016 in Brussels, Belgium. The submission of expressions of interest is a necessary step in the selection process to become a member of the EaP CSF and participate in its Annual Assembly.

The Annual Assembly of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum is the key event conducted on an annual basis since 2009 and the highest decision making body of the EaP CSF. It serves as a platform for debate on the achievements of the Forum and the EaP in general, and on civil society contribution to the reform process in the region. Every year the event brings together over 200 civil society representatives from the EaP region and the EU, as well as other stakeholders.

To apply for the 8th Annual Assembly, please complete the application form in English or Russian

Any questions concerning this call for applications should be addressed to support@eap-csf.eu

The deadline for the applications is 12:00 (midnight) (CET), 20 April 2016.

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EaP CSF Re-granting Update

This year the EaP CSF Secretariat received 59 project proposals, out of which 49 passed the eligibility check. The Selection Committee and WG Councils are assessing the final list of eligible proposals. The list of selected grantees will be finalized and published on 28 March.

Statements

EaP CSF Steering Committee and Belarusian National Platform React to the Lifting of Sanctions and Call for Talks between the Belarusian Government and Civil Society

Following the recent decision of the Council of the European Union to lift the EU sanctions on a number of Belarusian officials and the subsequent opening of new opportunities in EU-Belarus cooperation, the EaP CSF Steering Committee calls for the initiation of talks between the Belarusian authorities and the representatives of the Belarusian National Platform (BNP) on the establishment of the Belarusian Council of National Dialogue, which would bring the authorities together with a wide range of independent actors of Belarusian society to discuss ways of accelerating the country’s development.

The Belarusian Nationa Platform considers that the cancellation of the European Union’s (EU) restrictive measures against Belarusian officials sends a contradictory message to Belarusian society as Belarus has seen no real democratic change in the last five years.

Steering Committee Statement

Belarusian National Platform Statement

Azerbaijani Civil Society Calls for Start of Negotiations on DCFTA with the EU and WTO Membership

The Azerbaijani National Platform considers the Association Agreement with the EU a unique document underpinning a bilateral and deep partnership within the framework of the Eastern Partnership and calls for a start of the negotiations on signing a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA) agreement between Azerbaijan and the EU.

The NP also considers important to accelerate the process of bilateral and multilateral negotiations to quickly adjust Azerbaijan’s standards on foreign trade to the EU standards and expedite the process of becoming a member of the World Trade Organization.

The National Platform declares an interest in continuing the partnership with institutions, especially with the European Parliament’s Euronest Parliamentary Assembly within the framework of the Eastern Partnership.

Position Paper of the National Platform

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Events

Public Lecture on the Situation of Minorities in Georgia Will be Held at the Premises of the EaP CSF Secretariat

The Eastern Partnership Minorities Network and Minority Rights Group Europe invite you to the public lecture on the situation of minorities in Georgia.

Venue: EaP CSF Secretariat, Rue de l'Industrie 10, Brussels, Belgium
Time: 11 March 2016, 13h00 – 15h00

Register here until 10 March 2016. The number of places is limited.

Event Agenda

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Recent Publications

Threats of Russian Hard and Soft Power in Georgia Analysed in the New Study

The research “Threats of Russian Hard and Soft Power in Georgia” conducted by the Liberal Academy Tbilisi and lead by the Steering Committee Member Lasha Tughshi analyses the dynamics of Russian influence in Georgia and puts forward some recommendations to reduce Georgia’s vulnerability vis à vis Russia’s increasingly intrusive foreign policy.  

Full report

Short version

Vacancies

Administrative Manager with the EaP CSF Secretariat

The Secretariat of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum is looking to fill in the position of Administrative Manager to perform a wide variety of professional level administrative duties and serve as principle point of contact for our members and partners on administrative and procurement matters.

CV and motivation letter should be sent to applications@eap-csf.eu by 23 March 2016 midnight CET with the reference: “Administrative Manager”. Only candidates selected for the interview will be contacted. The interviews will be conducted in Brussels or via Skype.

Vacancy Announcement

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Upcoming Meetings and Deadlines

10 March: Working Group 4 Council meeting, Bratislava

21-23 March: Euronest Parliamentary Assembly, 5th Ordinary Session, Brussels

23 March: Application deadline for the Administrative Manager position

28 March: Publication of Re-granting Scheme selection results

2 April: Working Group 3 Council meeting, Minsk

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