4 December 2015
AGBU Europe was represented at the 7th Assembly of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (EaP CSF) held in Kyiv, Ukraine on November 19-21. On this occasion AGBU Europe representative Diana Hancaro presented the activities of the organisation. She also took part in the discussions of the working group on Economic Integration and Convergence with EU Policies. AGBU and the Armenian diaspora in general play an important role in the promotion of economic relations between the EU and Armenia.
The Assembly brought together around 300 participants from civil society in the EU and Eastern Partnership countries under the heading “Moving Reforms Forward in Testing Times”. The EaP CSF was established in 2009 and is a unique multi-layered regional civil society platform. It aims to promote European integration, reforms and democratic transformations in the six Eastern Partnership countries – Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine.
Said Diana Hancaro: “The EaP CSF is able to influence EU institutions and national governments through its recommendations and statements. AGBU Europe can therefore benefit from its participation in Forum’s activities. AGBU Europe can address common challenges through cooperation with other European organisations. It can also promote pan-Armenian projects at the Forum in the future.”
The Assembly elected the members of the Civil Society Forum’s Steering Committee and adopted 9 resolutions on topics of common interest to several countries and on issues specific to individual Eastern Partnership countries. For example, a resolution was adopted on the constitutional reforms in Armenia. The next Assembly of the EaP CSF will be held in 2016.
The Eastern Partnership is a policy initiative launched in May 2009 that aims to bring the EU’s six Eastern neighbours closer to the EU
For more information on AGBU’s advocacy: http://agbueurope.org/program-type/advocacy-networking
For more information about 7th Assembly of EaP CSF: http://eap-csf.eu/en/news-events/news/