November 18 in Berlin started s Civil Society Forum of "Eastern Partnership". Will participate in the more than 200 delegates from the member countries euroallied Neighbourhood Programmes, as well as representatives of European institutions. For two days, they will let the working groups within the forum, and discuss new strategies. Participants of the initiative "Eastern Partnership" — 27 EU Member States, as well as Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine.
Leaders welcomed the European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy Stefan Fule, who described how the Commission sees further cooperation within the framework of the initiative "Eastern Partnership":
"At this time we have developed a means of cooperation that allow us to use the civilian experience in his best form. Tightly We discussed this issue, and on November 23 in Brussels will make a special ministerial meeting on the" Eastern Partnership. "I wish you fruitful work!"
Earlier this week, Stefan Fule visited Minsk and spoke to delegates of the forum. His interviewees were concerned that the Belarusian authorities in the guise of dialogue trying to push the third sector of the European project. In the Forum Steering Committee received a joint statement the representatives of the Community Advisory Council of the presidential administration, who expressed readiness to join the Civil Society Forum.
However, the statement said members of the National Platform, deklyaruyuchy readiness for dialogue, governments have imposed a ban on the presence of representatives of the Civil Society Forum on the meetings of the platforms, even as observers. A model of interaction between the state and civil society proposed in the framework of the project "Capacity building for cooperation between government and civil society" is implemented without taking into account alternative proposals and initiatives from civil society.
These and other factors give reason to believe: government measures will only lead to simulate the process, and it perakreslits advances in recent years in the development and self-organization of civil society in Belarus. But, as the representative of the Agency for Humanitarian Technologies Tatiana Vadalaskaya, in such a situation, it is the "Eastern Partnership" can be for Belarus 'national peacekeepers':
"From different reasons occur quite stormy search processes of the dialogue — and by the state and the civil society. Very least are opportunities to talk. But in order to talk, the state must not only give some recommendations of civil society, or do some private remarks. should implement serious policy action. "Road Map" — a proposal from civil society. And we do hope that will be able to help with consolidation of civil society and the support on the structure of the "Eastern Partnership" to start the dialogue " .
With the concern of colleagues disagree member of the Community Advisory Board, the head of the charity fund "Saved Generation" Vladimir Nistsyuk:
"The issue is that for some reason they decided that they represent the entire civil society in Belarus. Pity that they think so, because it is necessary to make a more inclusive deal and invite a dialogue of all those who have. A dialogue, as I see it, should be in three ways. Firstly, civil society dialogue with society, which is practically not (especially in those structures that represent Belarus in the "Eastern Partnership"). Secondly, the dialogue between the civil society and the authorities. This is now necessary, since all the efforts of civil society will be an edge if the state does not support these initiatives, and we will not be able to convince the government that you need to implement this initiative. Thirdly, the dialogue with foreign partners. should all be considered in the complex. And if we said that the Public Advisory Board should be involved in all of this, first of all mean: we can somehow affect the fact that someone in Berlin without us talking about. "
Belarus in Berlin represent speaker Civil Society Forum Sergei Mackiewicz, National Coordinator Vlad Velichko, human rights activist Elena Tonkacheva, fund manager Lev Sapieha Miroslav Kobasa, Chairman of the Belarusian Association of Journalists Jeanne Litvin, representative of the Association "Eco-Home" Irina Sukhiy and others — a total of 25 community organizations. The Belarusian delegation brought a number of proposals. First of all the mechanisms of interaction between the Belarusian authorities and the civil society, the "road map" for the development of local government and media reform, project promotion of Belarus within the framework of the initiative "The right to freedom of religion or belief", and others.