Issue 113

New opportunities for youth NGOs from Eastern Partnership countries


National Youth Council of Moldova (CNTM) with the support of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Czech Republic launches a project for strengthening of cooperation between youth NGOs from Eastern Partnership countries. The main aim of the project is stimulation of youth participation in this region. Partners of this project are Youth Councils from Belarus, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Armenia.

Thus, CNTM and  projects partners s goals is to increase visibility of youth NGOs from EaP through strengthening advocacy actions and cooperation, and at the network level is to promote dialogue with EU institutions.

The project proposes is to realize a study regarding role of youth in promotion of Eastern Partnership, a technical meeting of Youth Councils from this six states, and s one event in each country that will achieve at the public agenda instruments of strengthening collaboration between youth organizations and state structures.

The results of the project will be presented in the Working Group 4 “Contacts between people” of Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum, which will take place in Stockholm, Sweden, in November 2012.

The project “Strengthening the youth cooperation in Eastern Partnership countries” runs till October 2012 and have a total budget of 17 000 Euro, funded by Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Czech Republic.

For more information, please contact:

National Youth Council of Moldova (CNTM)
+373 22 233088
+373 22 235175



EU appoints its first ever Special Representative for Human Rights


Stavros Lambrinidis has been named as the first EU Special Representative (EUSR) for Human Rights. Speaking on Wednesday, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said, “I am delighted to appoint Stavros Lambrinidis as the first EU Special Representative. Human rights are one of my top priorities and a silver thread that runs through everything that we do in external relations”.

Former Greek Foreign Minister Lambrinidis will take office on 1 September, with an initial mandate running until 30 June, 2014. A press release said his role would be to enhance the effectiveness and visibility of EU human rights policy. He will have a broad, flexible mandate, giving him the ability to adapt to circumstances, and will work closely with the European External Action Service, which will provide him with full support

“This is… a key portfolio for the European Union and for me personally,” Ashton said. “With his talent and huge experience, Mr Lambrinidis will be a tremendous asset to us. I look forward to working with him in putting the protection and promotion of human rights and democracy at the heart of EU external action, and enhancing the coherence, effectiveness and visibility of our work in this field.”

Stavros Lambrinidis is an attorney, a former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Greece and a former Vice-President of the European Parliament. Between 2004 and 2009 he served as Vice-President of the Parliament’s Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee. Earlier in his career he was Chairman of the Committee for Human Rights in the Bar Association of Washington, D.C..

Mr Lambrinidis will be the EU’s first thematic Special Representative. His appointment follows the adoption on 25 June 2012 of the EU’s Strategic Framework and Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy.

The Framework sets out principles, objectives and priorities, which are all designed to improve the effectiveness and consistency of EU policy as a whole in the next ten years. They provide an agreed basis for a collective effort, involving EU Member States as well as EU Institutions. The Strategic Framework also includes a commitment to a genuine partnership with civil society. (EU Neighbourhood Info)



Returning rivers to the fish


Major changes to river ecosystems brought about by mankind over the years have had a negative impact on nature’s biodiversity. Rivers have suffered immensely from timber rafting, the construction of various hydraulic facilities, intensive navigation and agriculture. Populations of migratory fish have decreased or disappeared altogether, partly because of illegal fishing. The Baltic salmon has now been registered as an endangered species. This is a story about how an ENPI project co-funded by the European Union, the Russian Federation and the Republic of Finland is trying to bring back biodiversity to the rivers and to recover fish population levels. You could call it returning rivers to the fish…

This is part of a series of features on projects funded by the EU’s Regional Programme, prepared by journalists and photographers on the ground or the EU Neighbourhood Info Centre, available in  English and Russian (EU Neighbourhood Info)

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