IN THE SPOTLIGHT
EaP CSF National Platform Established in Moldova
Moldova's National Platform for the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum was established at The National Conference on the 25th of March 2011. The meeting was attended by more than 30 representatives of Civil Society Organisations representing all 4 platforms - participants of Civil Society Forums that were held in Brussels and Berlin but also by a number of other interested organisations.
The main priorities of the CSOs within the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (EaP CSF) were discussed at the meeting. The National Platform is based on principles of the Eastern Partnership and the main points of the platform focus on:
The meeting was attended by representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration who presented their view of the CSOs involvement in the EaP and the role of CSOs in the Moldova’s negotiations of the association agreement. It is important to mention and record their willingness to accept the participation of the CSOs in the official platforms of the EaP.
Finally, the meeting discussed the issue of membership of the National Platform. After short discussions, it was decided that because the National Platform is seen as a discussion forum/site of the interested CSOs, the National Platform should be open for all CSOs interested in the EaP.
This is aligned with the goals of the Eastern Partnership and Moldova's European aspirations. The only limitation imposed is that only CSOs who have been registered for at least 2 years and are currently active could join the National Platform.