Civil society from Eastern Partnership countries gathers in Tbilisi to discuss security challenges in the EU’s Eastern Neighbourhood (28/07/2016)

Around 60 civil society representatives from Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries, experts, and policy makers gathered in Tbilisi to identify solutions to security threats in EaP countries, develop recommendations for the EU and NATO to stabilize the region, and identify measures that can be taken by the civil society.

EU Ambassador to Georgia Janos Herman opened the conference together with EaP Civil Society Forum representatives Krzysztof Bobinski, Lasha Tughushi and Kakha Gogolashvili.

Addressing the audience, Ambassador Herman said: "This event is as timely as ever. The EU and its neighbours are confronted with multiple crises. It is important to understand that enabling peace and security requires concerted and proactive efforts; it requires new partnerships – not only with states or organisations, but also with civil society. I very much welcome your readiness to contribute to this process."  

Among speakers of the conference were also Jakub Kalensky from the East StratCom Task Force of the EU's External Action Service, Tengiz Phkhaladze, foreign affairs advisor to the President of Georgia and Madalina Dobrescu from College of Europe.

The conference presented findings of research conducted within Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum's (EaP CSF) project Security Alert on the EU’s Eastern Doorstep. The project is developing an overview of security challenges in the EaP region and their connection to domestic development trends. The event built upon recommendations from the 2015 event Kyiv Security Perspectives - Towards a Security Agenda for the Eastern Partnership that took place.

Background:
The event was organized by the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (EaP CSF) members - the Georgian National Platform and Liberal Academy Tbilisi, with support from the European Union. The Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum is a regional civil society platform that seeks to promote European integration and facilitate reforms and democratic transformation in the six Eastern Partnership countries - Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine. It was launched in 2009 in Prague and serves as an important platform for civil society dialogue in Eastern Partnership countries.

For more information about the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum, please see: http://eap-csf.eu/en/home/

For additional information about the event please contact:
Darya Mustafayeva
EaP CSF Communications Manager
Phone: +32 28932585
Email: darya.mustafayeva@eap-csf.eu

Natalia Abramia
EaP CSF Georgian National Platform
Phone: +995 574 54 14 52
Email: np@ei-lat.ge