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Wednesday, December 4
 

11:00 CET

Arrival and registration of participants
Wednesday December 4, 2019 11:00 - 16:30 CET
Brussels Marriott Hotel Grand Place Rue Auguste Orts 3-7, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium

16:00 CET

Coffee and snacks
Wednesday December 4, 2019 16:00 - 17:00 CET
Brussels Marriott Hotel Grand Place Rue Auguste Orts 3-7, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium

17:00 CET

Welcome session
Welcoming of the participants; brief explanation on the aim of the Annual Assembly; highlighting the key achievements of the EaP CSF  in 2019.

Speakers
avatar for Ina Coșeru

Ina Coșeru

Steering Committee Co-Chair, Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum
avatar for Sofia Strive

Sofia Strive

Co-chair of the Steering Committee, Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (EaP CSF)


Wednesday December 4, 2019 17:00 - 17:20 CET
Brussels Marriott Hotel Grand Place Rue Auguste Orts 3-7, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium

17:20 CET

Presentation of the EaP CSF Extra Mile Award 2019
EaP CSF Extra Mile Award recognises members who have allowed the Forum to go an extra mile in advocating on behalf of civil society in 2019 through their outstanding contribution to policy dialogue, consultations, and internal discussions.

Speakers
avatar for Tania Marocchi

Tania Marocchi

EaP Index and Membership Manager, Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum
avatar for Monica Bucurenciu

Monica Bucurenciu

Team Leader, Eastern Partnership Civil Society Facility


Wednesday December 4, 2019 17:20 - 17:30 CET
Brussels Marriott Hotel Grand Place Rue Auguste Orts 3-7, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium

17:30 CET

Opening speech
Speech by Dumitru Alaiba, Member of the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova and former member of the EaP CSF, on the importance of civil society in politically turbulent times.

Speakers
avatar for Dumitru Alaiba

Dumitru Alaiba

Member of Parliament, former Member of the EaP CSF, Parliament of the Republic of Moldova


Wednesday December 4, 2019 17:30 - 17:45 CET
Brussels Marriott Hotel Grand Place Rue Auguste Orts 3-7, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium

17:45 CET

Keynote Speech: Eastern Partnership Post-2020 – discussing the EaP CSF input to the structured consultation on the future of the EaP
Speakers
avatar for Jaroslav Kurfürst

Jaroslav Kurfürst

Special Envoy for the Eastern Partnership, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic


Wednesday December 4, 2019 17:45 - 18:00 CET
Brussels Marriott Hotel Grand Place Rue Auguste Orts 3-7, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium

18:00 CET

World Café Session
During the session, the key EaP CSF ideas on the post-2020 Eastern Partnership policy will be presented to and debated with stakeholders from the EU institutions, EU member states, think tanks and CSOs. The discussions will be held in a World Café style and divided into five broad topics: Boosting economic development and human capital; Good governance, rule of law and security; Enhancing regional cooperation - inclusiveness and differentiation; and Enhancing visibility of EaP policy and Civil Society.

Speakers
avatar for Richard Youngs

Richard Youngs

Senior Fellow, Carnegie Europe
avatar for Guillaume Van Der Loo

Guillaume Van Der Loo

Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS)
avatar for Dumitru Alaiba

Dumitru Alaiba

Member of Parliament, former Member of the EaP CSF, Parliament of the Republic of Moldova
avatar for Tinatin Tsertsvadze

Tinatin Tsertsvadze

International Partnership for Human Rights (IPHR)
avatar for Iskra Kirova

Iskra Kirova

Senior Policy Analyst, Open Society Foundations
avatar for Jeroen Willems

Jeroen Willems

Deputy Head of Unit, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus and Eastern Partnership, European Commission (DG NEAR)
avatar for Tomáš Lipták

Tomáš Lipták

External Relations Unit, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Permanent Representation of the Czech Republic to the European Union
avatar for Valeriu Pașa

Valeriu Pașa

Expert, Watchdog.md Community
avatar for Marta Wytrykowska

Marta Wytrykowska

Desk Officer, European External Action Service (EEAS)
avatar for Tinatin Akhvlediani

Tinatin Akhvlediani

Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS)
avatar for Paul Ivan

Paul Ivan

European Policy Center (EPC)
avatar for Rosa Balfour

Rosa Balfour

The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF)
avatar for Andrij Pavlovich

Andrij Pavlovich

SALTO Youth
avatar for Katarzyna Sobieraj

Katarzyna Sobieraj

European Commission (DG NEAR)
avatar for Dovile Sukyte

Dovile Sukyte

Advisor to MEP, European Parliament
avatar for Lucio Mastrosimone

Lucio Mastrosimone

AFET Secretariat, European Parliament
avatar for Giulio Bolaffi

Giulio Bolaffi

Permanent Representation of Italy to the EU (COEST)
avatar for Simonas Čepkauskas

Simonas Čepkauskas

Permanent Representation of Lithuania to the EU (COEST)
avatar for Ihor Bryzhatyi

Ihor Bryzhatyi

Research Associate Multinational Development Policy Dialogue, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS)
avatar for Kaisa Honka-Hallila

Kaisa Honka-Hallila

Permanent Representation of Finland to the EU (COEST)
avatar for Veronika Kucherchuk

Veronika Kucherchuk

European Endowment for Democracy (EED)
avatar for Frederik van Til

Frederik van Til

Business Europe
avatar for Christian Spahr

Christian Spahr

South East Europe Public Sector Communication Association (SEECOM)
avatar for Assia Oulkadi

Assia Oulkadi

European Youth Forum (EYF)
avatar for Keiu Saral

Keiu Saral

Permanent Representation of Estonia to the EU (COEST)
avatar for Olivia Legradi

Olivia Legradi

Permanent Representation of Austria to the EU (COEST)


Wednesday December 4, 2019 18:00 - 20:00 CET
Brussels Marriott Hotel Grand Place Rue Auguste Orts 3-7, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium

20:00 CET

Networking dinner
Wednesday December 4, 2019 20:00 - 21:00 CET
Brussels Marriott Hotel Grand Place Rue Auguste Orts 3-7, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium
 
Thursday, December 5
 

09:00 CET

Opening speeches followed by Q&A session
Moderator
avatar for Ina Coșeru

Ina Coșeru

Steering Committee Co-Chair, Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum

Speakers
avatar for Johanna Sumuvuori

Johanna Sumuvuori

State Secretary to the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Finland Pekka Haavisto, Republic of Finland
avatar for Olivér Várhelyi

Olivér Várhelyi

Commissioner, European Neighbourhood Policy & Enlargement Negotiations, European Commission (DG NEAR)


Thursday December 5, 2019 09:00 - 09:45 CET
Brussels Marriott Hotel Grand Place Rue Auguste Orts 3-7, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium

09:45 CET

Digital Solutions for Good Governance
The session will review where we stand in terms of good governance reforms in the EaP and identify technological solutions that can help increase the effectiveness of governance, raising transparency and accountability as well as making the service provision and communication between the state and the society easier and more effective. Several cases from both EU and EaP will be introduced addressing different thematic areas (anticorruption, environment protection, local self-government, pension reform, etc.), which will be followed by a discussion on both opportunities and achievements and major challenges and obstacles in developing and adapting IT solutions for increasing the quality of governance and public oversight.

Moderator
avatar for Assya Kavrakova

Assya Kavrakova

Executive Director, European Citizen Action Service (ECAS)

Speakers
avatar for Nikoloz Gagnidze

Nikoloz Gagnidze

Head, Data Exchange Agency, Georgia
avatar for Kristina Reinsalu

Kristina Reinsalu

Programme Director of e-Democracy, e-Governance Academy Estonia
avatar for Dmytro Khutkyy

Dmytro Khutkyy

Lead expert, E-Democracy Group, Reanimation Package of Reforms, Ukraine


Thursday December 5, 2019 09:45 - 10:45 CET
Brussels Marriott Hotel Grand Place Rue Auguste Orts 3-7, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium

10:45 CET

Coffee break
Thursday December 5, 2019 10:45 - 11:00 CET
Brussels Marriott Hotel Grand Place Rue Auguste Orts 3-7, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium

11:00 CET

Future of the EaP: challenges ahead and enabling civil society
The panel will respond to the following questions: How can the EaP region contribute to the solutions to the global challenges such as climate change, the rise of illiberal tendencies, increasing prevalence of disinformation, AI, migration. How do the EaP countries see the development of the EaP policy post-2020? Where are improvements needed and how to keep the EaP policy high on the political agenda of the EU?

Moderator
avatar for Richard Youngs

Richard Youngs

Senior Fellow, Carnegie Europe

Speakers
avatar for Luc Devigne

Luc Devigne

Director, Russia, Eastern Partnership, Central Asia, Regional cooperation and OSCE, European External Action Service (EEAS)
avatar for Lawrence Meredith

Lawrence Meredith

Director Neighbourhood East and Institution Building, European Commission (DG NEAR)
avatar for Rustam Badasyan

Rustam Badasyan

Minister of Justice, Republic of Armenia
avatar for Ketevan Tsikhelashvili

Ketevan Tsikhelashvili

State Minister, State Ministry for Reconciliation and Civic Equality of Georgia


Thursday December 5, 2019 11:00 - 12:30 CET
Brussels Marriott Hotel Grand Place Rue Auguste Orts 3-7, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium

12:30 CET

Presentation of the EaP CSF Pavel Sheremet Journalism Award and the EaP CSF Civil Society Activist Award
The EaP CSF Pavel Sheremet Journalism Award recognises courage and outstanding achievement in the field of media freedom and freedom of expression will be presented to the Association of Investigative Reporters and Editorial Security RISE Moldova, by Ludmila Sheremet and Natia Kuprashvili, EaP CSF Steering Committee member.

The EaP CSF Civil Society Award recognises outstanding and courageous work of individuals and organisations from the Eastern Partnership region contributing to the political, economic and social development of their countries and defending the core democratic values will be presented to Promo-Lex Moldova by Rasul Jafarov, EaP CSF Steering Committee member.

Moderator
avatar for Rasul Jafarov

Rasul Jafarov

Steering Committee member, Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum
avatar for Natia Kuprashvili

Natia Kuprashvili

Steering Committee member, Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum

Speakers
avatar for Ludmila Sheremet

Ludmila Sheremet

Mother of Pavel Sheremet


Thursday December 5, 2019 12:30 - 12:45 CET
Brussels Marriott Hotel Grand Place Rue Auguste Orts 3-7, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium

13:00 CET

Lunch
Thursday December 5, 2019 13:00 - 14:00 CET
Brussels Marriott Hotel Grand Place Rue Auguste Orts 3-7, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium

14:00 CET

Parallel trilateral country stakeholders meetings - Armenia
EU-Armenia cooperation in the field of justice reform
Delegates from each EaP country and the EU MS will participate in trilateral meetings with representatives of the national authorities and the EU institutions to discuss the most pertinent issues.

Moderator
avatar for Lousineh Hakobyan

Lousineh Hakobyan

Steering Committee member, Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum

Speakers
avatar for Vassilis Maragos

Vassilis Maragos

Head of Unit, Neighbourhood East and Institutions Building, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus and Eastern Partnership, European Commission (DG NEAR)
avatar for Arman Yeghoyan

Arman Yeghoyan

Chairman of the Standing Committee on European Integration, National Assembly of the Republic of Armenia
avatar for Kristinne Grigoryan

Kristinne Grigoryan

Deputy Minister of Justice at Ministry of Justice, Republic of Armenia


Thursday December 5, 2019 14:00 - 16:00 CET
Brussels Marriott Hotel Grand Place Rue Auguste Orts 3-7, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium

14:00 CET

Parallel trilateral country stakeholders meetings - Azerbaijan
Current state of play: EU-Azerbaijan Partnership and Cooperation agreement
Delegates from each EaP country and the EU MS will participate in trilateral meetings with representatives of the national authorities and the EU institutions to discuss the most pertinent issues.

Moderator
avatar for Shahla Ismayil

Shahla Ismayil

Member, Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum

Speakers
avatar for Jeroen Willems

Jeroen Willems

Deputy Head of Unit, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus and Eastern Partnership, European Commission (DG NEAR)
avatar for H.E. Fuad Isgandarov

H.E. Fuad Isgandarov

Ambassador, Head of the Mission to the European Union, Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan to the Kingdom of Belgium
avatar for Farid Shafiyev

Farid Shafiyev

Chairman, Center for Analysis of International Relations, Azerbaijan


Thursday December 5, 2019 14:00 - 16:00 CET
Brussels Marriott Hotel Grand Place Rue Auguste Orts 3-7, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium

14:00 CET

Parallel trilateral country stakeholders meetings - Belarus
Expanding options for civil society participation in policy-making
Delegates from each EaP country and the EU MS will participate in trilateral meetings with representatives of the national authorities and the EU institutions to discuss the most pertinent issues.

Moderator
avatar for Olga Smolyanko

Olga Smolyanko

Member, Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (EaP CSF)

Speakers
avatar for Dorota Dlouchy

Dorota Dlouchy

Team Leader for Belarus, Armenia, Azerbaijan, European External Action Service (EEAS)
avatar for Sergei Gutovets

Sergei Gutovets

Counsellor for Political Affairs, Mission of Belarus to the EU


Thursday December 5, 2019 14:00 - 16:00 CET
Brussels Marriott Hotel Grand Place Rue Auguste Orts 3-7, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium

14:00 CET

Parallel trilateral country stakeholders meetings - Georgia
Reform process in Georgia – current state and future perspectives
Delegates from each EaP country and the EU MS will participate in trilateral meetings with representatives of the national authorities and the EU institutions to discuss the most pertinent issues.

Moderator
avatar for Lasha Tugushi

Lasha Tugushi

Member, Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum

Speakers
avatar for H.E. Natalie Sabanadze

H.E. Natalie Sabanadze

Ambassador, Georgian Embassy to the Kingdom of Belgium
avatar for Nicholas Cendrowicz

Nicholas Cendrowicz

Deputy Head of Unit for Regional Co-Operation and Programmes for the Western Balkans, European Commission (DG NEAR)


Thursday December 5, 2019 14:00 - 16:00 CET
Brussels Marriott Hotel Grand Place Rue Auguste Orts 3-7, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium

14:00 CET

Parallel trilateral country stakeholders meetings - Moldova
CSOs impact and role in bilateral and multilateral policy dialogue
Delegates from each EaP country and the EU MS will participate in trilateral meetings with representatives of the national authorities and the EU institutions to discuss the most pertinent issues.

Moderator
avatar for Ion Manole

Ion Manole

Steering Committee member, Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum

Speakers
avatar for Mathieu Bousquet

Mathieu Bousquet

Head of Unit Georgia, Moldova, Neighbourhood and Cross-Border Cooperation, European Commission (DG NEAR)
avatar for Victoria Roșa

Victoria Roșa

former Advisor to the Prime-Minister on Security and Defence, Office of the Prime Minister of Moldova
avatar for Igor Rabii

Igor Rabii

Counsellor, Mission of the Republic of Moldova to the EU


Thursday December 5, 2019 14:00 - 16:00 CET
Brussels Marriott Hotel Grand Place Rue Auguste Orts 3-7, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium

14:00 CET

Parallel trilateral country stakeholders meetings - Ukraine
Ukraine and Eastern Partnership countries on Europe’s migration map: experience, challenges and prospects
Delegates from each EaP country and the EU MS will participate in trilateral meetings with representatives of the national authorities and the EU institutions to discuss the most pertinent issues.

Moderator
avatar for Irina Sushko

Irina Sushko

Member, Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum

Speakers
avatar for Silja Kasmann

Silja Kasmann

International Relations Officer, European Commission (DG Migration and Home Affairs)
avatar for Andrii Nadzhos

Andrii Nadzhos

Head of the JLS section, Mission of Ukraine to the European Union


Thursday December 5, 2019 14:00 - 16:00 CET
Brussels Marriott Hotel Grand Place Rue Auguste Orts 3-7, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium

16:00 CET

Coffee break
Thursday December 5, 2019 16:00 - 16:30 CET
Brussels Marriott Hotel Grand Place Rue Auguste Orts 3-7, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium

16:30 CET

Parallel Working Group meeting (WG1, WG2, WG3, WG4, WG5)
The internal session with reporting, discussions on modalities of operation of WGs and structured-networking part that aims at facilitating exchange of WGs recommendations and members’ opinions with the stakeholders.

Thursday December 5, 2019 16:30 - 19:00 CET
Brussels Marriott Hotel Grand Place Rue Auguste Orts 3-7, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium

19:30 CET

Networking Reception
Thursday December 5, 2019 19:30 - 21:00 CET
Brussels Marriott Hotel Grand Place Rue Auguste Orts 3-7, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium
 
Friday, December 6
 

07:45 CET

Early Bird Session - Developing a joint agenda for countering hybrid threats – civil society talks with key stakeholders
The hybrid tactics that include subversive activities like propaganda and disinformation, cyber-attacks on critical infrastructure, penetration of state institutions, influencing the elections, political parties or specific target groups within the population, are used against EU and its partner countries with an aim to weaken public support for democratic institutions and reform processes. The session aims to facilitate civil society dialogue with experts and decision makers on how to strengthen the multi-stakeholder approach to hybrid threats and how to involve the civil society effectively into the EaP policy planning, implementation and evaluation beyond 2020. EaP CSF policy paper will provide a starting point of the debate. 

Moderator
avatar for Kakhaber Gogolashvili

Kakhaber Gogolashvili

Director of EU Studies, Georgian Foundation for Strategic and International Studies

Speakers
avatar for Valeriu Pașa

Valeriu Pașa

Expert, Watchdog.md Community
avatar for Mikayel Hovhannisyan

Mikayel Hovhannisyan

Program Director, Eurasia Partnership Foundation
avatar for Vilmos Hamikus

Vilmos Hamikus

Head of Hybrid Sector, Security and Defense Policy Directorate, European External Action Service (EEAS)


Friday December 6, 2019 07:45 - 09:15 CET
Brussels Marriott Hotel Grand Place Rue Auguste Orts 3-7, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium

09:15 CET

Coffee break
Friday December 6, 2019 09:15 - 09:30 CET
Brussels Marriott Hotel Grand Place Rue Auguste Orts 3-7, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium

09:30 CET

Plenary Session
During the Plenary Session we will cover a number of agenda items related to internal matters of the EaP CSF: Annual reporting; Voting on the civil society declaration to the EaP Summit; Adoption of the new EaP CSF Statute.

Friday December 6, 2019 09:30 - 11:15 CET
Brussels Marriott Hotel Grand Place Rue Auguste Orts 3-7, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium

11:15 CET

Presentation of the EaP CSF Re-granting Awards 2019 and Closing



Moderator
avatar for Věra Řiháčková Pachta

Věra Řiháčková Pachta

Advocacy Manager, Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum

Friday December 6, 2019 11:15 - 11:30 CET
Brussels Marriott Hotel Grand Place Rue Auguste Orts 3-7, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium

12:00 CET

Farewell lunch
Friday December 6, 2019 12:00 - 13:00 CET
Brussels Marriott Hotel Grand Place Rue Auguste Orts 3-7, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium