IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Participants selected for Stockholm annual Forum - 29-30 November 2012
The Steering Committee of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum has announced the finalised selection of participants for the annual event of the Forum, which takes place in Stockholm, hosted by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Sweden, on 29-30 November 2012. The final list prepared by the Steering Committee was consulted with the European External Action Service (EEAS)/European Commission.
There were 583 applications to participate in the Forum, out of which 202 organisations have been selected by the Steering Committee in line with the eligibility guidelines - drawing on shortlists by the country co-ordinators (in conjunction with the national platforms), the working group coordinators, EU facilitators, and the European Union delegations in the six Eastern Partner countries). The eligibility criteria were set out in the call for applications, available here.
The selection process included a goal of having 40 per cent new participants compared with the 2011 Forum. This was achieved - as 45 per cent of participants did not attend the 2011 event in Poznan. In addition, 34 per cent have not attended any of the three annual Forums to date. In the case of EU delegates, with an increase in applications, 50 per cent of those selected did not attend in 2011.
The Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum 2012, which will take place in Stockholm, Sweden, on 29-30 November 2012. The full list of participants and observers is available here, and below: