Commissioner Várhelyi discusses future of Eastern Partnership with civil society representatives

05-12-2019
Photo: European Union
Photo: European Union

On 5 December, the EU Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement, Olivér Várhelyi, participated in the Annual Assembly of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum “EaP4EU: Joining forces for a win-win partnership” in Brussels.

The forum brought together over 200 civil society representatives from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine, as well as the EU Member States, to debate strategies and opportunities to strengthen the partnership between the EU and the governments and societies of the six Eastern partner countries.

Addressing the event, Commissioner Várhelyi said: “An empowered civil society is a key driver for strengthening democracy, public accountability, the advancement of human rights and resilience. The role of the Civil Society Forum and the organisations you represent will be key in shaping the future of a successful Eastern Partnership throughout my mandate.”

The 11th Annual Assembly of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum, taking place from 4-6 December, is focusing on the potential of technological and digital solutions for reform in the area of rule of law and governance.

Panellists include civil society activists and government representatives from the Eastern partner countries, as well as EU officials.

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