10-та щорічна асамблея Форуму громадянського суспільства Східного Партнерства

Форум громадянського суспільства Східного Партнерства запрошує зацікавлені громадські організації до подання заявок на участь у 10-й щорічній асамблеї Форуму. Дедлайн - 15 травня 2018 року (далі - англ.).

The Steering Committee of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (EaP CSF) invites all interested parties to submit expressions of interest to participate in the 10th Annual Assembly of the Forum that will take place at the end of November or early December (place TBC). The submission of expressions of interest is a necessary step in the selection process to participate in the EaP CSF activities for a period of one year starting from the Annual Assembly at the end of 2018 and finishing up before the next Annual Assembly at the end of 2019.

The Annual Assembly of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum is the key event conducted on an annual basis since 2009. It is the highest decision making body in the EaP CSF and serves as a platform for debate on the achievements of the Forum and the EaP in general, as well as on civil society contribution to the reform process in the region. Every year the event brings together over 200 civil society representatives from the EaP region and the EU, as well as other stakeholders.

The EaP CSF functions as a platform of regional solidarity and advocacy actor that reacts to major developments in the EaP region by voicing its position and provides crucial, often alternative information for the decision-makers in the EU institutions, EU member states, regional and international organisations, and EaP governments. Being the institutionalised part of the society, the EaP CSF articulates the needs, expectations and perceptions of societies vis-à-vis the EaP national authorities and EU decision-makers.

In line with the new EaP CSF strategy 2018-2020, the revised architecture of the EaP Platforms and Panels, the Forum’s intention to use these fora more effectively and expectations from the EU institutions in this regard, the EaP CSF will be paying more attention to the expertise of the members that they can provide to the EaP Platforms and panels (link) at the stage of the application process.

Who can apply?

The Civil Society Forum is open to a wide range of civil society organisations (CSOs): NGOs, think tanks, non-profit foundations, trade unions, employers’ organisations, professional associations, chambers of commerce, business associations, national and international CSOs/networks and other relevant civil society actors from the EaP region, but also from the EU Member States and international organisation.

One applicant organisation can be represented by only one person at the Annual Assembly. One person can represent only one CSO respectively.

Gender-focused CSOs and CSOs covering the themes of the EaP Platforms and panels are encouraged to apply. Organisations are encouraged to delegate women as their representatives to the Annual Assembly of the Forum.

Selection criteria

Participants will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • Eligibility– applicants must be non-governmental, non-partisan (not affiliated institutionally to a political party) organisations that respect democratic values. They should be bona fide, independent organisations in their own right.
  • Diversity of spheres of activity– to ensure the involvement of all the major components of civil society and adequate representation for each of the thematic Working Groups.
  • Expertise relevant for one of the thematic areas of the new EaP architecture as described in “20 Deliverables for 2020”, as well as the work programmes of the EaP Platforms and Panels.
  • Demonstrated experience in advancing the role of civil society in accountability, reforms and dialogue in one of the EaP countries.
  • Involvement in the EaP CSF –we invite applicants who were actively involved in the activities of previous Civil Society Fora, its National Platforms and Working Groups, as well as those who are ready to be actively contributing to the work of the CSF in 2018/2019.
  • Rotation– whereby eligible, independent CSOs that have not participated in previous Annual Assemblies are given priority over those that have already participated.

Deadline

The deadline for the applications is 15 May 2018, 23.59 Brussels time (CET).

No late applications will be considered and no exceptions on late applications will be made. The results of the selection will be available on the EaP CSF website by the end of July 2018 and all the applicants will receive the information on selection or non-selection to the email addresses provided in the application form.

Application form

To apply for the 10th Annual Assembly, please complete the application form in English or Russian.

If you wish to work on a copy of this form offline, a Word document in English and Russian is available. Please note that all answers must still be submitted via the online form. If you have any questions concerning the call for applications, please send them to support@eap-csf.eu

The European Union (EU) is the main donor of the event and it will be able to fund the travel and hotel accommodation during the Annual Assembly for the selected CSOs only. It will be possible for the EU to cover the travel and accommodation of up to 160 CSO representatives – around 120 from the EaP countries and a maximum of 40 from EU member states plus 20 observers. The EU’s criteria for funding is contribution of the applicants’ organisations to the advancement of the role of civil society in accountability, reforms and dialogue in the EaP countries.

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