In its capacity of the coordinator of the Subgroup on Public Administration Reform and Local Self-government (LGPAR), ALDA contributed to the annual meeting of the Working Group 1 “Democracy, Human Rights, Good Governance & Stability” of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum held in Brussels on on 17 June 2014.
The meeting discussed the future of the EU support to civil society to the Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries region and provided a good opportunity for local civil society organizations from the region to have a dialogue with the European Commission and the European External Action Service (EEAS). Speakers included Mr Richard Tibbels, Head of Division for the Eastern Partnership, Regional Cooperation and OSCE at the EEAS, Sintija Bernava from DONUM ANIMUS, Latvia, Lasha Tugushi from the European initiative Liberal Academy Tbilisi and other local NGOs from the six EaP countries.
Mr Tibbels highlighted four key areas that EU should work on in preparation of the 2015 Riga summit:
1. Effective implementation of the Association Agreements;
2. Differentiation of the Eastern Partnership countries by different stages of transition, with three countries opting for full political association and economic agenda (Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia);
3. Communication to get correct messages across as to what the EaP really means;
4. The factor of Russia: the EaP does not exist in vacuum. The EU response to Russia should be guided by clear red lines (e.g. on Crimea) and targeted sanctions but at the same time EU should try to undertake the dialogue with Russia.
Ms Carmen Falkenberg, Head of Sector, in the Unit for Regional Programmes Neighbourhood East at the European Commission’s DG DEVCO, stressed the importance of supporting business and professional organizations and encouraged more CSO participation in Platform and Panel meetings.
The second part of the meeting broke out in sub-groups to discuss the activities and action plans of each of the sub-group. Some of the main action points identified for the LGPAR subgroup for the next year are: Public Administration Reform, decentralization, citizen’s participation in local decision-making, participation in civil service reform, continued cooperation with the Conference of Regional and Local Authorities (CORLEAP) and the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, follow up on the implementation EU Municipal Flagship Initiative, engagement in consultations of UN Localising Post 2015 and preparation of the Index of fiscal decentralization in the six EaP countries .
In its capacity of the coordinator of the Subgroup on Public Administration Reform and Local Self-government (LGPAR), ALDA contributed to the annual meeting of the Working Group 1 “Democracy, Human Rights, Good Governance & Stability” of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum held in Brussels on on 17 June 2014.
The meeting discussed the future of the EU support to civil society to the Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries region and provided a good opportunity for local civil society organizations from the region to have a dialogue with the European Commission and the European External Action Service (EEAS). Speakers included Mr Richard Tibbels, Head of Division for the Eastern Partnership, Regional Cooperation and OSCE at the EEAS, Sintija Bernava from DONUM ANIMUS, Latvia, Lasha Tugushi from the European initiative Liberal Academy Tbilisi and other local NGOs from the six EaP countries.
Mr Tibbels highlighted four key areas that EU should work on in preparation of the 2015 Riga summit:
1. Effective implementation of the Association Agreements;
2. Differentiation of the Eastern Partnership countries by different stages of transition, with three countries opting for full political association and economic agenda (Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia);
3. Communication to get correct messages across as to what the EaP really means;
4. The factor of Russia: the EaP does not exist in vacuum. The EU response to Russia should be guided by clear red lines (e.g. on Crimea) and targeted sanctions but at the same time EU should try to undertake the dialogue with Russia.
Ms Carmen Falkenberg, Head of Sector, in the Unit for Regional Programmes Neighbourhood East at the European Commission’s DG DEVCO, stressed the importance of supporting business and professional organizations and encouraged more CSO participation in Platform and Panel meetings.
The second part of the meeting broke out in sub-groups to discuss the activities and action plans of each of the sub-group. Some of the main action points identified for the LGPAR subgroup for the next year are: Public Administration Reform, decentralization, citizen’s participation in local decision-making, participation in civil service reform, continued cooperation with the Conference of Regional and Local Authorities (CORLEAP) and the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, follow up on the implementation EU Municipal Flagship Initiative, engagement in consultations of UN Localising Post 2015 and preparation of the Index of fiscal decentralization in the six EaP countries .