19:55 Nov. 28, 2016
This year the meeting is held with "Building a Common Secure and Democratic Future" slogan
On November 28-29 Brussels hosts the the Eastern Partnership (EaP) Civil Society Forum (CSF) Annual Assembly meeting, the organisation reports on its website.
The 8th Annual Assembly is held under the title "Building a Common Secure and Democratic Future" and brings together around 200 representatives of CSOs, the EU Institutions and EaP governments for vibrant discussions at over 15 sessions.
Commissioner Johannes Hahn, along with the Co-Chairs of the EaP CSF Steering Committee, Ulad Vialichka and Krzysztof Bobinski, is expected to deliver opening addresses to give start to the discussions of this years' EaP CSF Annual Assembly.
The opening ceremony will also feature the presentation of the EaP CSF Pavel Sheremet Award to the Crimean journalist Mykola Semena, in recognition for his courage to risk his safety and freedom in the cause of the media freedom in Crimea.
This year's Annual Assembly will also include high-level panels which, will focus on the role of the Eastern Neighbourhood in the EU policies, whether as a reliable partner or a source of mounting concerns, as well as on the status quo of the Eastern Partnership initiative prior the next EaP Summit. Throughout parallel panels the participants will debate on topics related to the EaP CSF priorities such as energy security, youth development and transparency of EU funding in the region.
The General Assembly, the highest decision-making body of the EaP CSF, will adopt resolutions on topics of major concern for the Forum, which include the conditions for civil society in the EaP Countries, as well as political situation in the region.
The 8th EaP CSF Annual Assembly will end with the election of the new EaP CSF Steering Committee 2016-2017, which will have a mandate from civil society of the EaP countries and EU member states to serve as the governing board of the Forum during a one-year term.