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latform of the EaP Civil Society Forum at the Centre of Europe

11 February 2013

Students from the Regional Master’s Programme in Human Rights and Democratization, as well as the Master’s in European Studies met with civil society activists in Armenia on 19 December 2012.

Students had the opportunity to learn about the structure of the National Platform of the EaP Civil Society Forum and its goals. Presentations were given by Boris Navasardyan, the National Facilitator of the Civil Society Platform, and Stepan Grigoryan, the Director of the Analytical Centre on Globalisation and Regional Cooperation. The meeting was led by the Director of the Centre for European Studies, Artur Ghazinyan.

Navasardyan explained that both the EU and partner countries, which wanted to have consistent development, had decided that more attention should be paid to active civil society involvement in the European integration process: ‘This makes it possible to not only to assess what kind of legislation and documents are being adopted, but also how this process affects societies…. That’s why the Eastern Parntership from the very beginning emphasised that civil societies of the EU member states and partner countries should become full-fledged participants in the whole process’.

The first Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum was held on 16-17 November 2009 in Brussels. The Forum consists of grassroots organisations, trade unions, employers’ organisations, professional associations, NGOs, think tanks, not-for-profit foundations, national and international civil society organisations, networks and other relevant actors in civil society. The forum has 4 groups corresponding to the 4 thematic platforms of EaP: human rights and democracy, good governance and stability, economic integration and convergence with EU legislation, environment and climate change and energy security, contacts between people.

Grigoryan stated that European countries had a basis of common values, and that the society of each country should watch and compare all the systems which exist in the world, then make a choice for themselves.

Ghazinyan explained that the Centre of European Studies was a unique institution, specialised in European studies. The Centre aims to prepare specialists, who will later make European integration easier for Armenia: ‘This is something like a factory for European specialists. The Centre fills the gap of specialists and will lead to closer relations with the EU’.

The Centre of European Studies in Armenia was founded in 2006 with EU support.

latform of the EaP Civil Society Forum at the Centre of Europe

Students from the Regional Master’s Programme in Human Rights and Democratization, as well as the Master's in European Studies met with civil society activists in Armenia on 19 December 2012. Students had the opportunity to learn about the structure of the National Platform of the EaP Civil Society Forum and its goals. Presentations were given by Boris Navasardyan, the National Facilitator of the Civil Society Platform, and Stepan Grigoryan, the Director of the Analytical Centre on Globalisation and Regional Cooperation. The meeting was led by the Director of the Centre for European Studies, Artur Ghazinyan. Navasardyan explained that both the EU and partner countries, which wanted to have consistent development, had decided that more attention should be paid to active civil society involvement in the European integration process: ‘This makes it possible to not only to assess what kind of legislation and documents are being adopted, but also how this process affects societies.... That’s why the Eastern Parntership from the very beginning emphasised that civil societies of the EU member states and partner countries should become full-fledged participants in the whole process’. The first Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum was held on 16-17 November 2009 in Brussels. The Forum consists of grassroots organisations, trade unions, employers' organisations, professional associations, NGOs, think tanks, not-for-profit foundations, national and international civil society organisations, networks and other relevant actors in civil society. The forum has 4 groups corresponding to the 4 thematic platforms of EaP: human rights and democracy, good governance and stability, economic integration and convergence with EU legislation, environment and climate change and energy security, contacts between people. Grigoryan stated that European countries had a basis of common values, and that the society of each country should watch and compare all the systems which exist in the world, then make a choice for themselves. Ghazinyan explained that the Centre of European Studies was a unique institution, specialised in European studies. The Centre aims to prepare specialists, who will later make European integration easier for Armenia: ‘This is something like a factory for European specialists. The Centre fills the gap of specialists and will lead to closer relations with the EU’. The Centre of European Studies in Armenia was founded in 2006 with EU support.