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Annual Assembly 2018
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Leading the Way Towards a Democratic European Future (Tbilisi, Georgia, 10-12 December 2018)

Radisson Blu Iveria Hotel, 1 Rose Revolution Square (unless indicated otherwise)
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Monday, December 10
 

11:00am

Arrivals and registration of participants
Monday December 10, 2018 11:00am - 6:00pm
Radisson Blu Iveria Hotel 1 Rose Revolution Square, Tbilisi, Georgia

5:30pm

Kick-off session for all the participants
The goal of the session is to set the tone for the by providing the context of the challenging environment in which the civil society of the EaP and, to the growing extent, of the EU is functioning. The session will start with the inspirational speech from the speaker having the first-hand experience with the civil-society-driven initiatives and actions having had a positive societal impact or with operating in a difficult environment in the EaP and the EU. The session will proceed in a world café format with participants getting to know each other, the EaP CSF, and what will be happening at the Annual Assembly. The sessions will combine the interventions from the Steering Committee members and the Secretariat followed by the discussions in small groups led by experienced EaP CSF members. The selected activities of the EaP CSF will be presented in the interactive format by the members and the Steering Committee.

Speakers
avatar for Haykuhi Harutyunyan

Haykuhi Harutyunyan

EaP CSF Steering Committee Member, Working Group 1 "Democracy, human rights, good governance and stability" Coordinator


Monday December 10, 2018 5:30pm - 9:00pm
Radisson Blu Iveria Hotel 1 Rose Revolution Square, Tbilisi, Georgia

9:00pm

Welcome reception and centenary photo exhibition
Opening of the photo exhibition celebrating 100th anniversary of the independence of five EaP countries

Speakers
avatar for David Zalkaliani (TBC)

David Zalkaliani (TBC)

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia
avatar for Carl Hartzell

Carl Hartzell

Head of the EU Delegation in Georgia


Monday December 10, 2018 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Radisson Blu Iveria Hotel 1 Rose Revolution Square, Tbilisi, Georgia
 
Tuesday, December 11
 

8:30am

Registration of locally-based attendees
Tuesday December 11, 2018 8:30am - 9:00am
Parliament of Georgia 8 Shota Rustaveli Avenue, Tbilisi, Georgia

9:00am

Introductory word by Co-Chairs of the Steering Committee – #10yearstogether campaign
Launch of #10yearstogether information campaign dedicated to the 10th anniversary of the EaP CSF and the Eastern Partnership, forthcoming in 2019

Speakers
avatar for Krzysztof Bobinski

Krzysztof Bobinski

Co-chair of EaP CSF Steering Committee, EU Coordinator, Working Group 1 "Democracy, human rights, good governance and stability" Coordinator
avatar for Aleksandra Kalatozishvili

Aleksandra Kalatozishvili

Co-chair of EaP CSF Steering Committee, Working Group 4 "Contacts between people" Coordinator


Tuesday December 11, 2018 9:00am - 9:10am
Parliament of Georgia 8 Shota Rustaveli Avenue, Tbilisi, Georgia

9:10am

Opening speeches
Speakers
avatar for Johannes Hahn (TBC)

Johannes Hahn (TBC)

European Commissioner for Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations
avatar for Irakli Kobakhidze (TBC)

Irakli Kobakhidze (TBC)

Speaker of the Parliament of Georgia
avatar for Thomas Buchsbaum

Thomas Buchsbaum

Special Envoy For Eastern Partnership, Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs of Austria


Tuesday December 11, 2018 9:10am - 9:40am
Parliament of Georgia 8 Shota Rustaveli Avenue, Tbilisi, Georgia

9:40am

Panel focusing on combatting corruption and violations of human rights in the EU and EaP countries
Speakers
avatar for Alexandra Stiglmayer (TBC)

Alexandra Stiglmayer (TBC)

European Stability Initiative (ESI)
avatar for Bill Browder (via a video address)

Bill Browder (via a video address)

Financier, economist and human rights defender
avatar for Matthew Caruana Galizia

Matthew Caruana Galizia

Reporter, son of the killed Maltese investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia


Tuesday December 11, 2018 9:40am - 11:00am
Parliament of Georgia 8 Shota Rustaveli Avenue, Tbilisi, Georgia

11:00am

Presentation of the EaP CSF Pavel Sheremet Journalism and Civil Society Activists' Awards
For the third time, Pavel Sheremet Award will be granted this year during the Annual Assembly of the EaP CSF in order to recognize courage in journalism and outstanding achievement in the cause of media freedom in the Eastern Partnership region. The award will be presented by Matthew Caruana Galizia and Boris Navasardian.

Civil society organizations in the Eastern Partnership countries, being key drivers of reform and vocal defenders of democratic values, face numerous difficulties and an unfavourable working environment when delivering on their agenda. The outstanding and often courageous work of individuals and organisations from the Eastern
Partnership region contributing to the political, economic and social development of their countries and defending the core democratic values will be recognised by the EaP CSF Civil Society Award 2018. The award will be presented by Ziya Guliyev and Nikolai Kvantaliani.

Moderating
avatar for Matthew Caruana Galizia

Matthew Caruana Galizia

Reporter, son of the killed Maltese investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia
avatar for Ziya Guliyev

Ziya Guliyev

EaP CSF Steering Committee Member, Azerbaijan Country Facilitator
avatar for Mikalai Kvantaliani

Mikalai Kvantaliani

EaP CSF Steering Committee Member, Belarus Country Facilitator
avatar for Boris Navasardian

Boris Navasardian

EaP CSF Steering Committee Member, Armenia Country Facilitator

Tuesday December 11, 2018 11:00am - 11:20am
Parliament of Georgia 8 Shota Rustaveli Avenue, Tbilisi, Georgia

11:20am

High-level panel – Time of change in the EaP: are we coping?
The year 2018 has brought about many new developments in the EaP region meanwhile the EU EaP policy has been subject to evaluation and re-launch. The “Velvet Revolution” in Armenia opened avenues to the implementation of effective reforms that will put the country firmly on the path to democracy with an impact on the wider region. Georgia and Ukraine remain on reform path; the effectiveness of this process will be tested namely in the upcoming elections in Ukraine. Moldova has been backsliding in the rule of law area with serious consequences for the country’s prospect and human capital. In Azerbaijan and Belarus, the situation remains more or less unchanged.

Are we – civil society, EU and EaP stakeholders coping with the change? How effective has been the reform of the EaP architecture? What fresh ideas are on the table for the upgraded formats of cooperation and what can be offered as a new carrot to the best performing countries in the region?


The session will reference EaP Index results, to raise awareness among the audience and speakers about this EaP CSF product. 

Moderating
avatar for Jeff Lovitt

Jeff Lovitt

Chair, New Diplomacy

Speakers
avatar for Iurie Leanca (TBC)

Iurie Leanca (TBC)

Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Moldova for European Integration
avatar for Zohrab Mnatsakanyan (TBC)

Zohrab Mnatsakanyan (TBC)

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Armenia
avatar for Oleg Kravchenko (TBC)

Oleg Kravchenko (TBC)

Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belarus
avatar for Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze (TBC)

Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze (TBC)

Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration
avatar for Lawrence Meredith (TBC)

Lawrence Meredith (TBC)

Director, European Commission Directorate General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR)
avatar for Adriana Stanescu (TBC)

Adriana Stanescu (TBC)

Director General, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Romania
avatar for Darius Skusevicius

Darius Skusevicius

Deputy Foreign Minister of Lithuania
avatar for Lasha Tughushi

Lasha Tughushi

EaP CSF Steering Committee Member, Georgia Country Facilitator


Tuesday December 11, 2018 11:20am - 12:50pm
Parliament of Georgia 8 Shota Rustaveli Avenue, Tbilisi, Georgia

12:50pm

Order of the day
Tuesday December 11, 2018 12:50pm - 1:00pm
Parliament of Georgia 8 Shota Rustaveli Avenue, Tbilisi, Georgia

1:00pm

Lunch
Tuesday December 11, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Radisson Blu Iveria Hotel 1 Rose Revolution Square, Tbilisi, Georgia

2:00pm

Parallel Working Group meetings
  • WG1“Democracy, human rights, good governance and stability” meeting
  • WG2 “Economic integration and convergence with EU policies” and WG5 “Social and Labour policies and social dialogue” meeting
  • WG3 “Environment, climate change and energy security” meeting
  • WG4 “Contacts between people” meeting

The session will start with a presentation on the modalities of operation of WGs. The session will include a structured-networking part meant to make sure that delegates get to know each other well and lay grounds for good cooperation all throughout the cycle. During the first part of the meeting, the member will exchange with the stakeholders coordinating the activities of the EaP Platforms and panels.

Tuesday December 11, 2018 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Radisson Blu Iveria Hotel 1 Rose Revolution Square, Tbilisi, Georgia

4:00pm

Coffee break
Tuesday December 11, 2018 4:00pm - 4:30pm
Radisson Blu Iveria Hotel 1 Rose Revolution Square, Tbilisi, Georgia

4:30pm

Continuation of parallel Working Group meetings
Tuesday December 11, 2018 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Radisson Blu Iveria Hotel 1 Rose Revolution Square, Tbilisi, Georgia

6:00pm

Reflexion on the centenary of independence of the EaP countries
The session will remind of the establishment of governments in 1918 in five out of six current EaP countries and of the aspirations of those governments and what legacies they have handed down to the independent countries of the EaP now.

Moderating
avatar for Leyla Aliyeva

Leyla Aliyeva

Internationales Forschungszentrum Kulturwissenschaften (IFK) Fellow, Vienna Institute

Speakers
avatar for Beka Kobakhidze

Beka Kobakhidze

Georgian Studies Fellow at Oxford School of Global and Area Studies
avatar for Natia Kuprashvili

Natia Kuprashvili

EaP CSF Georgian National Platform Chair


Tuesday December 11, 2018 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Radisson Blu Iveria Hotel 1 Rose Revolution Square, Tbilisi, Georgia

7:00pm

Networking reception and dinner
Tuesday December 11, 2018 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Radisson Blu Iveria Hotel 1 Rose Revolution Square, Tbilisi, Georgia

8:30pm

Parallel night owl sessions
Four parallel sessions, tackling a range of issues affecting EaP countries that are local, regional and international in scope.

Tuesday December 11, 2018 8:30pm - 10:00pm
Radisson Blu Iveria Hotel 1 Rose Revolution Square, Tbilisi, Georgia

8:30pm

Discussion with Nikol Pashinyan, Prime Minister of Armenia
Speakers
avatar for Nikol Pashinyan (TBC)

Nikol Pashinyan (TBC)

Prime Minister of Armenia


Tuesday December 11, 2018 8:30pm - 10:00pm
Radisson Blu Iveria Hotel 1 Rose Revolution Square, Tbilisi, Georgia
 
Wednesday, December 12
 

9:00am

Plenary session and voting on the re-granting award
Discussion of the EaP CSF adopted reform and discussion, followed by the voting on the new EaP CSF Code of Conduct, and election of the arbitration body.

Delegates attending the AA2018 are the first ones participating in the reformed Forum. The session will be therefore used to present the main points of the reform and how it influences the work of the Forum. The reform envisages adoption of a Code of Conduct, which will be presented and voted on during this session. Lastly, under the reformed Forum a new structure will become an integral part of the Forum. The session will be used to elect members of this new structure.

Presentation of the EaP CSF awards for the best re-granting projects, implemented in 2018. Voting for the best projects. 


Wednesday December 12, 2018 9:00am - 10:45am
Radisson Blu Iveria Hotel 1 Rose Revolution Square, Tbilisi, Georgia

10:45am

Presentation of the centenary resolution
This year marks 100th anniversary of the establishment of independent governments in most EaP countries, as the Tsarist empire fragmented in the wake of the revolution in Russia. These tragically short-lived governments, nevertheless,  gave hope for free, independent and modern statehood in the entire region. A century ago, most of these governments offered programmes, which included freedom from censorship, free elections, enlightened labour codes (an 8 hour working day) and gender equality (vote for women).

The centenary resolution will honour these historical events – while reiterating civil society's commitment to EaP policy initiative and shared vision of a tolerant, democratic Europe.

Speakers
avatar for Krzysztof Bobinski

Krzysztof Bobinski

Co-chair of EaP CSF Steering Committee, EU Coordinator, Working Group 1 "Democracy, human rights, good governance and stability" Coordinator


Wednesday December 12, 2018 10:45am - 11:00am
Radisson Blu Iveria Hotel 1 Rose Revolution Square, Tbilisi, Georgia

11:00am

Coffee break
Wednesday December 12, 2018 11:00am - 11:15am
Radisson Blu Iveria Hotel 1 Rose Revolution Square, Tbilisi, Georgia

11:15am

Elections in the EaP: what is at stake?
With elections that have recently happened, or will be  happening in 2019, in four EaP countries, the panel will discuss what these elections might bring. What role has been played or can be played by the civil society? What are the priority areas of reform right after the elections? How can citizens be supported in holding their governments accountable and demanding a real change of policy practice? What new approaches can be designed to prevent the EaP countries from backsliding?  


Moderating
avatar for Ketevan Khutsishvili

Ketevan Khutsishvili

Executive Director, Open Society Foundation Georgia

Speakers
avatar for Olga Aivazovska (TBC)

Olga Aivazovska (TBC)

OPORA, Ukraine
avatar for Denis Cenusa (TBC)

Denis Cenusa (TBC)

Expert-Grup, Moldova
avatar for Mikheil Benidze (TBC)

Mikheil Benidze (TBC)

International Society for Fair Elections and Democracy, Georgia
avatar for Arsen Kharatyan (TBC)

Arsen Kharatyan (TBC)

Former Advisor to the Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan
avatar for Radek Darski

Radek Darski

Deputy Head, Eastern Partnership Division, European External Action Service (EEAS)


Wednesday December 12, 2018 11:15am - 12:30pm
Radisson Blu Iveria Hotel 1 Rose Revolution Square, Tbilisi, Georgia

12:30pm

Closing remarks
Wednesday December 12, 2018 12:30pm - 1:00pm
Radisson Blu Iveria Hotel 1 Rose Revolution Square, Tbilisi, Georgia

1:00pm

Farewell lunch
Wednesday December 12, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Radisson Blu Iveria Hotel 1 Rose Revolution Square, Tbilisi, Georgia