The European Commission is seeking the views of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and other stakeholders on the future policy of the EU with regard to support to CSOs in partner countries in the field of development cooperation. This policy will be announced later in 2012.
CSOs are increasingly recognised as key players in promoting democratic governance, equitable development and inclusive growth. However, in many countries they also face increasing challenges relating to the restricting legal and political space in which they operate.
In the context of the preparation for this policy, the Directorate-General for Development and Cooperation – EuropeAid (DG DEVCO) will undertake stakeholder consultations.
The purpose of this online consultation is to gather views and good practices in relation to the key themes of the consultation paper. These themes are the following:
- CSOs and development effectiveness principles;
- challenges related to a shrinking legal and regulatory space for CSO action;
- promoting the participation of CSOs in public policy processes and in domestic accountability;
- enhancing CSO internal capacity;
- CSO internal governance and accountability;
- towards a consistent EU engagement with local CSOs at country level;
- “new areas for reflection”.
CSOs and other stakeholders are therefore invited to take part in the consultation, with the EC particularly seeking contributions from local CSOs in partner countries.
As your views are important for us, please send your contribution in English, French or Spanish to DEVCO-CSO-CONSULTATION@ec.europa.eu
The contribution must be sent before the 7th of May 2012.
The contributions will be analysed and summarised in a report that will be published on the website of DG DEVCO by end of July 2012.
We look forward to hearing about your views and experiences. Make your voice heard in Europe!
Project to strengthen the creative industries in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia launched in Tbilisi
An EU-funded project was launched past week in Tbilisi under the Eastern Partnership Culture programme, dedicated to ‘Strengthening Creative Industries in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia: Heritage Crafts – Common Platform for Development’. The project is targeted at institutional development in the field of creative industries and in particular heritage crafts in the three countries.
The 24-month project, led by the Georgian Arts and Culture Centre, aims to assess the situation in the heritage crafts sector, determining needs and policy recommendations; it will also conduct trainings for cultural operators in Heritage Crafts business management and entrepreneurship, product development and local and international promotion; it will carry out an awareness raising campaign for wider audiences on heritage crafts as a source of economic growth and job creation; and it will develop partnerships and networks of artists, craftspeople and cultural workers.
The €12 million Eastern Partnership Culture Programme aims at assisting the Partner Countries in their cultural policy reform at government level, as well as capacity building and improving professionalism of cultural operators in the region. It seeks to strengthen regional cultural links and dialogue within the Eastern Partnership region, and between the EU and ENP Eastern countries’ cultural networks and actors. (ENPI Info Centre)
The EU is deeply disturbed by the intimidation of the independent journalist Khadija Ismayilova through the posting of a video of intimate nature on the internet, said the EU Delegation to Azerbaijan in a statement issued last week in agreement with the EU and Norway Heads of Mission in Azerbaijan.
Such action represents a deplorable interference in the journalist’s private life and has no place in a tolerant society such as Azerbaijan, the statement issued on 16 March said, adding: “Journalists must be able to work unhindered and without intimidation.”
The EU welcomed the authorities’ decision to investigate the incident and called“for the perpetrators to be brought to justice swiftly.” The EU also called on the authorities to ensure the necessary protection of Ms Ismayilova given that she is presently the victim of a defamation campaign. (ENPI Info Centre)
Inogate opens new work opportunities section
The Inogate website, the energy portal about cooperation between the EU, Central Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia, has opened a new ‘work opportunities’ section. The section provides a template for an EU-style curriculum vitae as well as various work opportunities in the sector.
Readers can click on particular work opportunities to find out more details, including a detailed job description and an application deadline.
For example, Inogate is looking for Energy Experts for a number of countries including Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Moldova. According to the Inogate file,the project seeks to employ country experts on a part time basis till January 2015, starting in April 2012.
“The Country Expert will assist the INOGATE Secretariat in the implementation of the INOGATE related activities in the country and report on latest developments in the country in the energy field. He/She will also ensure the coordination and wide dissemination of information on INOGATE activities to the relevant INOGATE working group members and other stakeholders in the country in close coordination with the INOGATE Country Coordinator,” says the file.
The programme is also looking for an interregional coordinator of country experts, who will be based in Kyiv.
INOGATE is an EU-funded programme promoting international energy co-operation between the European Union and the Partner Countries of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan. It works to support the EU policy frameworks of the Baku Initiative, the Eastern Partnership – Energy Security Platform and the Energy Community. (ENPI Info Centre)