On 11th and 12th September the meeting of the Civil Society Forum of the Eastern Partnership was held in Brussels, gathering representatives of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) from all six Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine, plus several representatives of EU based NGOs.
Alexandru Coica, Eastern Partnership Coordinator, joined the event on behalf of ALDA and participated in the activities of the Working Group 1.

Coica praised the strong commitment made by the Steering Committee, the Secretariat and some independent experts on collecting all the proposed changes to the Forum architecture and work. The upcoming Forum in Tbilisi will see all the proposals put to vote. During the debate a large consensus emerged on extending the Steering Committee mandate for another year.

Furthermore, the discussion addressed the latest developments in Europe and in the Eastern Partnership countries which the Forum should pay attentionto. This also includes relevant events taking place in the near future, such as the upcoming elections in Ukraine and Armenia, EU elections in May 2019, the 10th celebration since the establishment of the EaP CSF, the EU multi-annual financial framework 2021-2027.

The CSF also worked to identify the messages that the platform should focus on in their contacts with external stakeholders and on the agreement on a set of concrete actions. This was very useful for the second and last day meeting in which several external stakeholders from member states, donors, DG NEAR, EEAS and Open Government Partnership (OGP) took part in. The event closed on 12 September with a large participation and it was a good occasion to pave the way for the following debates in the close future.

On 11th and 12th September the meeting of the Civil Society Forum of the Eastern Partnership was held in Brussels, gathering representatives of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) from all six Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine, plus several representatives of EU based NGOs.
Alexandru Coica, Eastern Partnership Coordinator, joined the event on behalf of ALDA and participated in the activities of the Working Group 1.

Coica praised the strong commitment made by the Steering Committee, the Secretariat and some independent experts on collecting all the proposed changes to the Forum architecture and work. The upcoming Forum in Tbilisi will see all the proposals put to vote. During the debate a large consensus emerged on extending the Steering Committee mandate for another year.

Furthermore, the discussion addressed the latest developments in Europe and in the Eastern Partnership countries which the Forum should pay attentionto. This also includes relevant events taking place in the near future, such as the upcoming elections in Ukraine and Armenia, EU elections in May 2019, the 10th celebration since the establishment of the EaP CSF, the EU multi-annual financial framework 2021-2027.

The CSF also worked to identify the messages that the platform should focus on in their contacts with external stakeholders and on the agreement on a set of concrete actions. This was very useful for the second and last day meeting in which several external stakeholders from member states, donors, DG NEAR, EEAS and Open Government Partnership (OGP) took part in. The event closed on 12 September with a large participation and it was a good occasion to pave the way for the following debates in the close future.