On 7-8 July, the Steering Committee of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum gathered in Vilnius to discuss the 2017 Annual Assembly and Civil Society Conference, as well as some important internal structural reforms.

The majority of the meeting was dedicated to brainstorming sessions on the strategy of the EaP CSF for 2018-2020 and possible scenarios of internal reform. In light of the upcoming strategy, which will be adopted at the EaP CSF Annual Assembly, the upcoming meetings and actions were planned, including advocacy initiatives.

This year, the 9th Annual Assembly of the Forum is merged with the EaP Civil Society Conference as an event with a common agenda and it will take place on 25-27 October in Tallinn. SC members exchanged views on the agenda of the joint event, together with the procedure for development and adoption of the Civil Society Declaration, which will also be voted in Tallinn.

Moreover, the Steering Committee discussed possible changes to the EaP CSF regranting scheme. A separate session was dedicated to preparation for the 9th Informal Partnership Dialogue in Chisinau, where Ina Coseru presented the Forum’s position.