Statement on the resumption meeting of the National Platform of the EaP Civil Society Forum in Armenia
EaP CSF Steering Committee
27 November 2011
The Steering Committee of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum expresses its recognition of the meeting of Armenian participants of the Civil Society Forum assemblies of Brussels (2009), Berlin (2010) and Poznan (2011) that took place in Yerevan on 21 November 2011 and the resumption of the Armenian National platform of the Civil Society Forum.
The resumption meeting, convened by the EaP Civil Society Forum country facilitator for Armenia, Mr. Avetik Ishkhanyan, took place with the participation of representatives of 24 of the 36 eligible civil society organisations – participants of the EaP CSF assemblies – and adopted new Organisational Principles for the Armenian National Platform.
A member of the EaP CSF Steering Committee, co-Chair Ulad Vialichka, took part in the meeting as an observer, and confirmed that the quorum of at least two-thirds of the 36 organisations was met, confirming the validity of the meeting in line with the Statement on the situation of the National Platform of the EaP Civil Society Forum in Armenia, issued by the Steering Committee on 4 November 2011. The Steering committee therefore confirms the resumption of the EaP CSF National Platform in Armenia.
A new 17-member Steering Committee was elected at the annual meeting of the Civil Society Forum, which took place in Poznan, Poland, on 28-30 November 2011. The Steering Committee is elected for a one-year term.
Six country facilitators were elected (one from each of the six partner countries), eight working group co-ordinators (one EU and one partner country representative for each of the four working groups). Finally, in a plenary session, three EU co-ordinators were elected by the whole Forum.
Steering Committee members:
Armenia: Seyram MARTIROSYAN, A.D. Sakharov Armenian Human Rights Centre
Azerbaijan: Gubad Ibadoglu BAYRAMOV, Economic Research Center, Azerbaijan
Belarus: Siarhei LISICHONAK, Assembly of Pro-Democratic NGOs of Belarus
Georgia: Manana KOCHLADZE, Association Green Alternative, Georgia
Moldova: Victor COTRUTA, Regional Environmental Centre, Moldova
Ukraine: Igor KOGUT, Agency for Legislative Initiatives; Ukrainian School of Political Studies, Ukraine
WORKING GROUP CO-ORDINATORS
Group 1. Democracy, human rights, good governance and stability
Ucha NANUASVHILI, Human Rights Center, Georgia
Olga STUZHINSKAYA, Office for a Democratic Belarus, Belgium
Group 2. Economic integration and convergence with EU policies
Vugar BAYRAMOV, Center for Economic and Social Development (CESD), Azerbaijan
Andrzej ADAMCZYK, European Economic and Social Committee/ NSZZ Solidarnosc Trade Union, Poland
Group 3. Environment, climate change and energy security
Yaroslav BEKISH, “Green Alliance”, Belarus
Wojciech BORODZICZ-SMOLIŃSKI, Center for International Relations, Poland
Group 4. Contacts between people:
Eduard MIHALAS, National Youth Council of Moldova
Bettina BRAND, Institute for International Cooperation of the German Adult Education Association
Krzysztof BOBIŃSKI, Unia a Polska Foundation, Poland
Jeff LOVITT, PASOS (Policy Association for an Open Society)
Amanda LÖVKVIST, European Network of Political Foundations (ENOP)/Swedish International Liberal Centre
A Journalism Prize was awarded on the second day of the two-day Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum in Poznan (28-29 November), which hosted representatives of 260 civil society organizations from the EU and Eastern Partnership countries. The prize went to Sergey Lichenkov, a journalist of ‘Ukrainska Pravda’ who wrote an article on the Ukrainian president’s financial relations with private business, a press release from the EU Polish Presidency said.
“The Eastern Partnership is not only between governments. It has its parliamentary dimension, and today we see that it also has a civic dimension,” Polish Foreign Minister Radosław Sikorski said during a press conference. “This forum is an integral part of the Eastern Partnership,” he said, adding: “The stronger the civil society is in Eastern Europe, the more successful the Partnership will be.”
EU Commissioner for Enlargement and Neighbourhood Policy Štefan Füle had announced earlier at the Forum that the EU would provide additional technical and financial support to civil society organizations in the Eastern Partnership countries. (ENPI Info Centre)