IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Civil Society to Discuss Implementation Progress One Year after Association Agreements Signed
On 23-25 September the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (EaP CSF) will gather in Tbilisi, Georgia over 60 representatives of civil society, EaP governments and EU institutions to discuss the progress and share experience in implementing Association Agreements (AAs) and creating Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA). The bilateral agreements between EU and three Eastern Partners (Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine) were signed in June 2014 with a long-term perspective of closer political association and economic integration.
Successful implementation of the AAs/DCFTAs in Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine has been identified as a key success factor of the Eastern Partnership initiative. A great number of the EaP CSF activities focus on different aspects of monitoring the implementation of these agreements.
This seminar will offer an opportunity for participants to compare the country situations in terms of structures, strategies and lessons on implementation of AAs/DCFTAs. As a result the EaP CSF role as a contributor to the monitoring and policy making process in the AAs/DCFTAs implementation should be strengthened. The panel sessions will be followed by targeted parallel sessions (workshops). The participants of the workshops will produce a set of recommendations for CSOs' better impact in the EaP countries. The final report of the event will be used in the EaP CSF advocacy activities towards EU institutions and EaP national governments.
The workshops will focus on the following objectives: