EU strengthens the role of civil society in Armenia | EUNewsletter

EU strengthens the role of civil society in Armenia

29 September 2012

On 27 and 28 September 2012 the EU Advisory group organised a high-level seminar dedicated to the development of civil society in Armenia. The seminar provided an opportunity for more than 200 civil society representatives, international organisations and state agencies to discuss the impact and sustainability of civil society. The two-day seminar addressed challenges related to legal and regulatory frameworks for civil society organisations (CSOs), as well as questions on internal governance, transparency and accountability. It also discussed the role of civil society as an agent of change and promoted the participation of CSOs in public policy processes. The seminar responded to the need for more direct exchanges between civil society and public sector actors. It also highlighted the role of the public sector in promoting civil society development and creating an enabling environment for civil society activities.
During the first day of the seminar, Štefan Füle, the EU Commissioner for Enlargement and the European Neighbourhood Policy, delivered a keynote speech stressing the role of civil society in the Eastern Partnership (EaP) as a driving force for change. Füle underlined the fact that boosting the capacity of civil society was apriority, as illustrated by the newly created Neighbourhood Civil Society Facility, a financial instrument providing civil society organisations across the EaP neighbourhood with additional grant support. According to the Commissioner’s speech, this was coupled with support for institutional reforms, namely ‘preparing Armenia’s state bodies to take on the challenges which political association and economic integration will bring, and more generally to modernise and focus on the needs of citizens, consumers and users.’

The head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Ambassador Traian Hristea, mentioned that ‘civil society plays a crucial role in providing policy input and in holding governments accountable. This is an important opportunity to work together with local and international experts on how to reinforce civil society in Armenia.’

During the second day of the seminar, participants joined interactive workshop on four specific issues, resulting in a series of recommendations by civil society representatives themselves. The groups were moderated by Carel Hofstra, Governance and Civil Society Expert, and Eduardo Lorenzo Ochoa, Advisor on Democratic Structures, from the EU advisory group.

EU strengthens the role of civil society in Armenia

On 27 and 28 September 2012 the EU Advisory group organised a high-level seminar dedicated to the development of civil society in Armenia. The seminar provided an opportunity for more than 200 civil society representatives, international organisations and state agencies to discuss the impact and sustainability of civil society. The two-day seminar addressed challenges related to legal and regulatory frameworks for civil society organisations (CSOs), as well as questions on internal governance, transparency and accountability. It also discussed the role of civil society as an agent of change and promoted the participation of CSOs in public policy processes. The seminar responded to the need for more direct exchanges between civil society and public sector actors. It also highlighted the role of the public sector in promoting civil society development and creating an enabling environment for civil society activities. During the first day of the seminar, Štefan Füle, the EU Commissioner for Enlargement and the European Neighbourhood Policy, delivered a keynote speech stressing the role of civil society in the Eastern Partnership (EaP) as a driving force for change. Füle underlined the fact that boosting the capacity of civil society was apriority, as illustrated by the newly created Neighbourhood Civil Society Facility, a financial instrument providing civil society organisations across the EaP neighbourhood with additional grant support. According to the Commissioner’s speech, this was coupled with support for institutional reforms, namely ‘preparing Armenia’s state bodies to take on the challenges which political association and economic integration will bring, and more generally to modernise and focus on the needs of citizens, consumers and users.’ The head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Ambassador Traian Hristea, mentioned that ‘civil society plays a crucial role in providing policy input and in holding governments accountable. This is an important opportunity to work together with local and international experts on how to reinforce civil society in Armenia.’ During the second day of the seminar, participants joined interactive workshop on four specific issues, resulting in a series of recommendations by civil society representatives themselves. The groups were moderated by Carel Hofstra, Governance and Civil Society Expert, and Eduardo Lorenzo Ochoa, Advisor on Democratic Structures, from the EU advisory group. [gallery link="file"]