The Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (EaP CSF) Secretariat has launched a call for proposals to sub-grant projects with an Eastern Partnership regional dimension, which aims to support the work of the five thematic Working Groups of the EaP CSF.
Applicants are encouraged to develop proposals that can serve as capacity building or lobby tools over a longer period of time. They should contribute to advancing reforms in the EaP countries, and they should include suggestions for follow-up actions with results that can be used by the EaP CSF and its National Platforms. The projects proposals should particularly focus on connecting activities with the interests and needs of the wider public, falling under the priorities as defined in the guide.
Projects proposed should cover at least three EaP countries with the aim of developing results with a regional perspective.
The deadline for submission of applications is 10 May 2015.
The Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (EaP CSF) was established in 2009 following the Prague Summit which launched the Eastern Partnership. The EaP CSF aims to support the development of civil society organisations and facilitate their dialogue with public authorities. (EU Neighbourhood Info Centre)
Riga Summit Should Become a Turning Point Bringing Membership Perspective for the EaP States, Says Krzysztof Bobinski
13 April 2015
The co-chair of the Steering Committee Krzysztof Bobinski calls on the EU to declare at the Riga Summit the right of the Eastern Partnership countries to apply for the EU membership under Article 49 of the Lisbon Treaty. His opinion follows the recent statements issued by Moldovan and Georgian National Platforms of EaP CSF on the crucial importance of the membership perspective for the EaP countries.
Even though it seems the EU Member States and the European Commission want to avoid any mention of future enlargement, Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia need clear membership prospects. Krzysztof Bobinski highlights the fact that “thousands of people have died in Ukraine to defend their right to pursue a European Destiny”.
In the situation when Russian propaganda claims that EaP countries have no chance to become EU members, if the EU fails to state the contrary and clearly present its vision of the future for the EaP countries, they will hardly be encouraged to pursue further reforms. EaP states are aware that they have to undertake a great number of profound reforms, that it will be a long and challenging road towards EU membership and they will further face the opposition of oligarchs and resistance from Russia. However, their efforts should be encouraged by EU’s clear support of the membership perspective at the end of the road.
The EU Member States, especially new Member States like Poland, should know from their experience that membership perspective is the best way to foster necessary reforms. Krzysztof Bobinski particularly underlines the role of the current President of the European Council Donald Tusk in the process of transmitting this message to other EU Member States.
The EU-funded CLEEN Project (Civil society Local Energy Efficiency Network) is looking for a CSO Consultant in Armenia to support the regional coordinator centre in Georgia for all actions related to Armenia.
Applicants must be experienced with a minimum 3 years of relevant experience and preferred working experience with NGOs, as well as with strong written and oral communication skills in Russian/English/Armenian.
The deadline for applications is 1 May 2015.
CLEEN is a 3-year EU-funded project aiming to build a regional partnership of CSOs in Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia and Armenia, and to strengthen CSO capacities with a focus on energy efficiency. (EU Neighbourhood Info)
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