Issue 79

Civil Society Forum takes place in Poznan

The 3rd annual Assembly of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum “A partnership for democratic reforms and European integration” is being held in Poznan, Poland, on 28-30 November 2011. The Forum have gathered around 300 participants and guests from civil society sector working in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine and EU. During three days of intensive agenda participants will be able to discuss different question on civil society engagement in eastern partnership, challenges and prospects for further development of EaP Civil Society Forum.

The Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (EaP CSF) has been established in 2009 following the Prague Summit launching the Eastern Partnership. The EaP CSF aims to support the further development of civil society organizations and promote contacts between them as well as facilitate their dialogue with public authorities. The first EaP CSF took place in Brussels on 16-17 November 2009 and second was held in Berlin on 18-19 November 2010.

The 3rd annual meeting of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum will have extended format (from 1,5 up to three days) which has been made possible thanks to the European Commission/European External Action Service and the generous support of Poland’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Agenda of the Forum is intensive and full of activities: plenary sessions, working group discussions, side events and debates on Strategic concept of the Forum and issue of Forum registration as legal entity.

Štefan Füle, European Commissioner for Enlargement and Neighbourhood Policy will open the fist panel discussion “Towards a new strategy for civil society engagement in the Eastern Partnership”.

Radosław Sikorski, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland will give a speech on the topic “Two Years of the Eastern Partnership and the EaP Civil Society Forum” and Award the Eastern Partnership Journalistic Prize for outstanding reporting on democracy, human rights, fight against abuse of power and the European Union issues.

More information could be found in the Programme of the 3rd annual meeting EaP CSF.


Serzh Sargsyan held a farewell meeting with the Head of the EU delegation in the Republic of Armenia, Ambassador Raul De Luzenberger

Delegation of the European Union to Armenia


President Serzh Sargsyan held a farewell meeting with the Head of the EU delegation in the Republic of Armenia, Ambassador Raul De Luzenberger.

President Serzh Sargsyan hailed activities of Ambassador Raul De Luzenberger in the last four years, which, according to the President, have been active and fruitful, and promoted dynamic development and efficient cooperation between Armenia and the European Union. According to the President of Armenia, it created good prerequisites for bringing the reforms currently conducted in the country to a successful end.

By the Presidential decree, the Head of the EU delegation in Armenia Raul De Luzenberger was awarded the Mkhitar Gosh medal for his significant contribution to the strengthening and development of cooperation between Armenia and the European Union. At the meeting, Serzh Sargsyan congratulated Ambassador Luzenberger, handed him the state award and expressed hope that regardless of his next assignment, he will remain our country’s friend.

Ambassador Raul De Luzenberger expressed thanks for the constant support, assistance provided during his tenure and for the recognition of his work. He noted that in recent years observable changes have taken place in Armenia, serious reforms are being conducted and said that this viewpoint prevails also at the EU. Mr. Raul De Luzenberger wished success in these reforms which, in his opinion, will further strengthen the Armenia-EU relations and deepen cooperation between them.

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