The Role of Civil Society in EU integration processes: real engagement through effective involvement


The project is led by the International Center for Human Development (Armenia) and is implemented together with project partners from V4 countries: Institute for Public Affairs (Slovakia), Policy Association for an Open Society (Czech Republic), European Center for Non-for-Profit Law (Hungary), Association Integration and Development (Poland) and two EaP countries: Laboratory for Legislative Initiatives (Ukraine) and Georgian Foundation for Strategic and International Studies (Georgia). 

GOAL: The goal of the project is to facilitate the European integration processes in Eastern partnership counters

DONOR:  The project is supported by International Visegrad Fund Flagship Project within theV4EaP pro­gram.

OBJECTIVES:  the project goal set for by the project partners will be achieved through:

  • pro­viding access to the unique expe­ri­ence and know-how of the Visegrad Group coun­tries in enhancing the role of the civil society in the European integration processes, and
  • strengthening the insti­tu­tional capac­ity of the partners from Eastern Partnership coun­tries.

CONCEPT: In EaP countries common citizens are mostly unaware of the course European integration has taken for the last decade. People do not seem particularly interested in the issues of EU integration. In the result, the process seems to have ‘stagnated’ within the milieu of those who have stuck to the identity of ‘a promoter of European values’. Moreover, for many NGOs involved in the integration processes society does not appear to be a real stakeholder, and one of the major issues is the lack of adequate communication channels and tools. Therefore, identifying and implementing effective communication and engagement mechanisms in order to make the general public a real stakeholder in the EU integration process and develop a sense of ownership in EaP countries has become an imperative. Civil society organizations (CSO) in these countries are the primary players to address this need.

Thus, this project is envisaged to share case studies and lessons learned from all V4 countries which have been successful in engaging their societies in the EU integration processes. Thus a joint conference with built-in breakout sessions for EaP and V4 CSO representatives will be organized from 22-23 November, 2012 in Yerevan, Armenia, to facilitate discussions on specific tools and capacities needed for more effective CSO engagement in EaP countries. Based on the outcomes of these sessions scope of local trainings will be provided in each of the EaP partner countries (Ukraine, Georgia and Armenia) to enhance the engagement of local NGOs in the European integration processes.

ACTIVITIES: the project objectives will be achieved through the following activities:

  • Joint conference with V4 and EaP partner countries in Yerevan
  • Local trainings for NGOs in Yerevan
  • Local trainings for NGOs in Tbilisi
  • Local trainings for NGOs in Kiev

Expected outputs:

  • Case studies/success stories and and lessons learnt shared about the existing gaps of CSO engagement in European integration processes;
  • Local capacity building trainings organized in partner EaP countries (Yerevan, Tbilisi and Kiev);
  • Enhanced local CSO capacities, specifically in more effective engagement mechanisms in order to facilitate the European integration in EaP countries;
  • A project website promoting the project and serving as a platform for sharing experience and further partnerships possibilities;
  • Publication of case studies/lessons learnt of V4 countries; and gaps/challenges in EaP countries;
  • Dissemination of over 100 leaflets on success stories in EaP countries.

Local Trainings

The second phase of the project foresees organizing local capacity building interactive trainings for CSOs in EaP countries involved in the project: Armenia, Georgia and Ukraine. 

The trainings are scheduled for February, April and May 2013




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