Mapping Studies of Trade Unions and Professional Associations in the six Eastern Partnership Countries
In order to strengthen the interaction between the EU and civil society actors in the Eastern Partnership countries, our project commissioned the Central European Labour Studies Institute (CELSI), to produce “Mapping Studies of Trade Unions and Professional Associations as Civil Society Actors Working on the Issues of Labour Rights and Social Dialogue in six Eastern Partnership Countries”. The overall study included 6 national reports and one comparative regional report, responding to the following objectives:
- mapping the current situation relating to trade unions and professional associations in the six EaP countries,
- identifying and evaluating the core competences of trade unions and professional associations and their needs to strengthen particular institutional, structural and organisational resources in order to increase their influence on promoting labour rights, protection and social dialogue,
- assessing the potential and need for provision of EU support to this group of civil society actors and provide recommendations for the EU (not included in this version of the report).
The comparative regional report reviewing the main findings of the six in-depth country reports and the national reports on Armenia, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine are available now for downloading:
EU-CSO Roadmap 2014-2017 in Georgia: Key Achievements
In 2014, a wide-reaching effort began to develop EU Country Roadmaps for engagement with civil society. Envisaged as a joint initiative between the EU and its Member States, the Roadmaps were introduced to strengthen their engagement with civil society in the respective partner country. The first Roadmap for Georgia covered 2014 to 2017 and contained different priorities for EU engagement with civil society. In 2018, at the request of the European Commission, our Project carried out an assessment of the previous Roadmap.
The assessment demonstrated that Georgian civil society organisations (CSOs) experienced important progress in a number of areas, first of all in terms of policy dialogue and economic sustainability. EU support was crucial in these respects, allowing for a better engagement of civil society in policy dialogue and ensuring more stable financing for CSOs. But, as civil society development and strengthening is a long journey, further work remains to be done.
In order to assess the Roadmap and EU’s contribution to the development of civil society in Georgia, a survey of a random national sample of 148 registered CSOs was carried out in autumn 2018, together with interviews with various stakeholders and focus groups for the validation of results.
Statistical Analysis on the Civil Society Sector in the Republic of Moldova: Infographics
In April-June 2018, the European Union’s ‘Eastern Partnership Civil Society Facility – Regional Actions’ project conducted a statistical analysis on the civil society sector in the Republic of Moldova, including the division between active and dormant organisations, urban and rural distribution, their areas of work, people engaged in their work and communities they serve, etc. The analysis was implemented at the request of the Delegation of the European Union to Moldova. In total, there are 8,570 civil society organisations registered in Moldova. Applying the random sample methodology, 313 civil society organisations were identified for in-depth analysis. The main findings of the analysis are presented in the information graphics and charts prepared by the experts of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Facility project.