The EU-funded Clima East Expert Facility is open for applications to provide technical assistance to stakeholders in the Eastern Neighbourhood involved in effective and appropriate climate change mitigation and adaptation policies and actions. The deadline is 15 March 2015.
The facility allows applicants to request expert support to assist in tasks that will contribute to achieving results on the ground in climate change policy and action.
In the light of the high interest in the Expert Facility, additional resources have been allocated by the EU, with the total budget of the Facility rising from €1 million to €2.04 million, with an unchanged maximum 50 expert man days per application.
The Clima East project, supporting climate change mitigation and adaptation in ENP East countries and Russia, supports partner countries so that they are better equipped for greenhouse gas emission reductions and better prepared to deal with the impacts of climate change. (EU Neighbourhood Info)
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EaP CSF Steering Committee Statement on the Escalation of Violence in the Eastern Partnership Countries
Source: EaP CSF website
The Steering Committee of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum expresses its deep concern over the escalation of violence and hostilities in the territory of the Eastern Partnership countries, and, as a consequence of this violence, the numerous victims in the region.
We also note with concern the mounting tension on the Karabakh conflict sides contact line, as a consequence of which there have been dozens of dead on conflict sides from mid- 2014 to the present. We express our condolences to the families of the victims of the escalation of the conflict.
It is obvious that any military action on the space of the Eastern Partnership will sabotage the implementation of the systematic democratic and economic reforms, which are the core of the EP program.
We strongly condemn any act aimed at the further escalation of violence and we add the following:
- We demand from the Government of the Russian Federation the immediate termination of its aggression towards Ukraine and encroachment on its independence, as well as the withdrawal of all its troops from the territory of Ukraine.
- We call upon the international community—especially the EU—to tighten the sanctions on Russia within the peace enforcing measures until the Russian Federation changes its expansionist policy in relation to the Ukraine, stops supporting terrorists and until full withdrawal of its troops from the territory of Ukraine, including Crimea; We call upon the international community and the EU to increase financial and humanitarian assistance to Ukraine for coping with the consequences of the humanitarian catastrophe in southeastern Ukraine, as well as effective aid to stop military aggression of Russia.
- We encourage the parties of the Karabakh conflict to withdraw all the snipers from the front line, respect the ceasefire and to resume negotiations for a peaceful settlement of the Karabakh conflict.
- We call upon the Co–Chairs of OSCE Minsk Group for Karabakh settlement to increase diplomatic efforts for peaceful resolving the Karabakh conflict, as well as to apply—in the framework of peace enforcement—new mechanisms for the purpose of identifying the offending side of the ceasefire and holding him accountable for such violations, which has led to casualties.
- We demand from Russia immediate stop of crawling annexation and bordarisations of the occupied territories of Georgia; We call upon Russia to fully respect Medvedev-Sarkozy agreement and withdraw its armed forces from the occupied territories; So called treaties signed by Russian Federation with occupied territories is equivalent to annexation of another country´s territory and is in violation of international law.
- We demand from Russia to withdraw its army and weapons from the territory of Moldova. This is of vital importance in the current dangerous and complex regional security complex.
- We call upon the immediate termination of hate speech and propaganda of xenophobia, intolerance and war in Russia and the Eastern Partnership countries.
February 5, 2015, Brussels
Statement of the Steering Committee of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum on the formation of civil society platforms in Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine
Source: EaP CSF website
The Steering Committee of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum made a statement on the formation of Civil Society Platforms (CSPs) in Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine. They welcome the efforts of the Ukrainian Side of the EU-Ukraine CSP to facilitate the full establishment of the bilateral EU-Ukraine CSP, and approve the consistent efforts of the European Economic and Social Committee in making to establish the bilateral EU-Ukraine CSP in the nearest future.
While the EESC has proposed a list of its 9 representatives, the EaP CSF is delegating 3 legitimate and democratically appointed representatives to the EU side of the CSP to complete the formation and to launch the bilateral EU-Ukraine CSP as soon as possible.
The Steering Committee believes that, in order to ensure the widest representation of Civil Society and the legitimacy of the CSPs, the AA CSPs in the three countries should, on the EU side, include representatives from the EaP CSF and, on the national side, be mainly constituted of EaP CSF representatives.