Civil Society in Moldova Concerned about Campaign Against Diplomats

Moldovan civil society organizations expressed their concerns over the statements made by the Judges’ Association of Moldova who accused EU diplomats of “interfering with internal affairs”. The criticism of the diplomatic corps is a clear sign of support for the politicians interested in stalling the reform process. The civil society representatives emphasized the importance of

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European Commission Proposes Visa-Liberalisation for Ukrainian Citizens

Today the European Commission is submitting a proposal for the Council of European Union and the European Parliament concerning introduction of visa-free travel for Ukrainian citizens. Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, Dimitris Avramopoulos noted: “Today we follow up on our commitment to propose short-stay visa-free travel to the EU for Ukrainian citizens with biometric passports –

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Ukrainian Parliament Appoints New Government Led by Volodymyr Groysman

Today Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada appointed a new cabinet led by Volodymyr Groysman. After more than two months of political deadlock, the former mayor of Vinnytsia and the speaker of Ukrainian Parliament Groysman, is replacing Arseniy Yatsenyuk as the new head of Government. Yatsenyuk recently stepped down amid mounting criticism over the failure to tackle pandemic

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EaP CSF Reacts to Result of the Dutch Referendum on EU-Ukraine Association Agreement

Following the outcome of the referendum in the Netherlands on the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement, the EaP CSF Steering Committee (SC) adopted a statement. The SC highlights that the continuation of the reform process in Ukraine is a key element in strengthening Europe’s common security based on democracy, the rule of law and a free market

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Steering Committee and National Platforms React to Military Actions in Nagorno-Karabakh Region

The Steering Committee (SC) underlined in its appeal that peace among neighbours is one of the aims of the European Union, which successfully settled age-old conflicts in Europe allowing once hostile countries to live and work together. Peace among neighbours is also one of the aims of the Eastern Partnership and its Civil Society Forum, to which

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The Swedish Institute Invites to Apply for Baltic Sea Region Funding Grants

The Swedish Institute Invites to Apply for Baltic Sea Region Funding Grants

The Swedish Institute has launched a call for applications for Baltic Sea Region funding grants. Applicants can apply for funding up to 500,000 SEK to develop project partnerships in the Baltic Sea Region which contribute to the aims in Baltic Sea Region policy documents, e.g. the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region. The call closes 14 April 2016. The project

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EaP CSF Welcomes Release of Political Prisoners in Azerbaijan, Calls for Lifting Restrictions on CSOs Activities

The Steering Committee of the Civil Society Forum welcomes the release of several political prisoners, including our colleague Anar Mammadli, in Azerbaijan on the occasion of the Novruz holiday. This gesture marks a first step towards the establishment of a relationship of trust between the government and civil society at large in Azerbaijan. This relationship

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EaP CSF Participates in a Side Event on Civil Society Space in EaP at the 31st session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva

The side event hosted by the Permanent Mission of Lithuania was held on 1 March 2016 and aimed at approaching the issue of widening civil society space in the Eastern Partnership region. The speakers, including Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevicius, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia Mikheil Janelidzeand a member of the Eastern Partnership

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The European Court for Human Rights Announces Two Decisions on Azerbaijani Activists

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) declared on 11 February two decisions on Azerbaijan. The ECHR upheld the joint complaint of Ilham Huseynli, Elchin Salimov and Ahmadzade Ibrahim, who had been arrested for participating in protests in Baku on 31 March and 2 April 2011. They were subjected to physical pressure and were arrested administratively. Local courts have

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