IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Poznan forum decisions and Forum reports
A number of decisions were taken at the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum annual event held in Poznan, Poland, on 28-30 November.
1. Permanent participant status
The important news learned just before the Poznan event was that the CSF has been granted for the next 12 months (and hopefully it will continue after that) permanent participant status at the intergovernmental thematic platform meetings of the Eastern Partnership. It will be important that the CSF makes maximum use of this, and shows that civil society has expertise to bring added value to the meetings.
2. Neighbourhood Civil Society Facility
In addition, civil society organisations in the Partner countries, other ENP countries, EU members and candidate countries are invited to submit concept notes for funding under the Neighbourhood Civil Society Facility. The Steering Committee is preparing a submission to support the work of the national platforms and to establish the Forum Secretariat. For Forum participants interested in sending applications, the call can be found here.
3. Decisions on Social Dialogue Working Group, Strategy Concept, and Legal Registration of Secretariat of CSF
4. Statements endorsed by Forum and working group publications
The composition of the new Steering Committee, and the different statements announced in Poznan and Forum reports published since are all available on the CSF website (archive.eap-csf.eu), as follows:
1 December 2011: EaP Civil Society Forum elects new Steering Committee
8 December 2011: Statement on the situation with press freedom in Georgia