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The Answer to the Eurasian Challenge for Eastern Europe

Supported by: International Visegrad Fund

Project span: May 2015 – May 2016

Leading organization: Charter'97 Foundation (Belarus) 

Co-operating institutions: Institute of Public Affairs (Warsaw, Poland), Freedom Files Foundation, EUROPEUM - Institute for European Policy (Prague, Czech Republic), International Centre for Democratic Transition (Budapest, Hungary), M.E.S.A. 10 (Bratislava, Slovakia), Institute for Public Affairs (Bratislava, Slovakia), Centre for Social and Business Initiatives of Yaremche (Ukraine).

Objectives: The project is aimed to promote the EU integration in two countries of EaP – Belarus and Ukraine, to transfer experience accumulated by V4 countries in political and socio-economic areas (reforms, handling with the past), including the successes and failures, and to elaborate the efficient response to the efforts to undermine the process of integration of EaP countries into the EU.

Project activities include analysis and comparison of experiences of V4 and EaP countries, development of policy recommendations, publishing articles and interviews with the project experts.

Outputs:
- Analysis
- Conferences

Supported by:

The International Visegrad Fund

V4 Supporting Economic Integration of Georgia and Moldova with the EU

Project Manager: Vladimír Bartovic

Timeframe: June 2014 – September 2014

Executive Summary:

The main goal of the project is to assist Georgian and Moldovan governments in setting up coordination frameworks with local business communities enabling effective inclusion of business communities in the processes leading to the signature of DCFTA with EU as well as its subsequent implementation. 

Outputs:

  • Roundtable in Tbilisi
  • Creation of Task Force
  • Presentation of final report in Moldova and Georgia
Partners:

Foreign Policy Association of Moldova (Moldova)
EUROPEUM Institute of European Policy (Czech Republic)
demosEUROPA - Centre for European Strategy (Poland)
The Slovak Atlantic Commission (Slovakia)
The Centre for Euro-Atlantic Integration and Democracy (Hungary)

Donors:

International Visegrad Fund


Strategies and Tools for Public Awareness Rising about Different Aspects of European Integration

Project Manager: Vladimír Bartovic

Timeframe: completed (January –December 2009)

Executive summary:

This project was designed to provide help in developing supportive tools to Ukrainian public awareness building about European integration. The project was based on joint cooperation between Czech and Ukrainian participating organizations and was implemented in both the Czech Republic and Ukraine. The main aim of the project was to transfer know-how of Czech NGOs, mass media and public organizations on various aspects of European integration and on building public awareness on European integration.

Outputs:

  • Czech-Ukrainian workshop with training elements that was about to develop tools and strategies applicable for rising public awareness about various topics of European integration in Ukraine. 
  • Study trip to Prague (14-19 December 2009) for selected participants

Partners:

Donetsk Youth Debate Center (Ukraine)

Donors:

East-East: Partnership Beyond Borders Program - Open Society Foundations

Black Sea Trust for Regional Cooperation German Marschall Fund of the United States

Kosovo Debate on European Issues

Project Manager: David Král, Vladimír Bartovic

Timeframe: completed (January – December 2009)

Executive Summary:

The main objective of the project was to strengthen the capacity and capability of Kosovo´s NGOs engaged in three areas of public policy (law, economics and education) to participate actively in the political cycle - from identifying the most pressing problems of Kosovo in these areas, to the analysis of these issues. They also formulated their own solutions to the promotion of theirs to the politicians. The aim was to increase the level of local expertise and of the public debate on highly relevant issues of Kosovo, which are also crucial for Kosovo´s approaching to European Union and the beginning of the accession process with the assistance of experts from the Czech Republic, and proactive approach of civil society to influence policy decisions affecting the convergence Kosovo to the EU.

Outputs:

Partners:

Kosovo Civil Society Foundation (Kosovo)

Donors:
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic
National Endowment for Democracy


Czech Republic and Poland – Advocates of Enlargement Process

Project Manager: David Král

Timeframe: comepleted (September-December 2010)

Executive Summary:

The project was a common Czech-Polish initiative with the European dimension. The main goal of it was to answer a question how Poland and Czech Republic could contribute towards overcoming current stalemate in an enlargement process. It explored ways of strengthening and enhancing Polish-Czech cooperation within the framework of the enlargement (e.g. new ideas and initiatives concerning obstacles and challenges lying in front of it, intensification of relationships with states willing to become members of the EU).

Outputs:

  • Roundtable discussion in Prague 6. September 2010 with several prominent experts from across the EU and the candidate countries. Only for invited. You can find the program here.
  • Presentation  of  the  report  „Czech  Republic  and  Poland:  Advocates  of  the  EU   Enlargement?”and  the  public  debate  “Envisioning  the  EU  enlargement:   breakdown  or  breakthrough?”, Warsaw, 14 December, 2010. You can find more information here. Invitation here.


Partners: 

DemosEuropa – Center for European Strategy (Poland)

Donors: 

Czech-polish Forum Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic



The Eastern Partnership in the context of the EU Neighbourhood Policy and V4 agenda

Project Manager: David Král

Timeframe: completed (September 2009 – January 2010)

Executive Summary:

The aim of the project was to set the Eastern Partnership, as one of the Polish Presidency priorities on the EU agenda. Engagement and enhanced cooperation between NGOs and between NGOs and public administration play a dual role: informative and consultative, as well as increasing social involvement in Presidency´s events and general interest in the EU issues.

The publication was released in January 2010 and was targeted to: public opinion leaders, public administration representatives, academic researchers, media representatives, expert organizations, decision makers, students and all persons interested in the subject in Poland, the Czech Republic, and Hungary.

Outputs:

Partners:

 The Kosciuszko Institute (Poland) - the leader of the project

Centre for EU Enlargement Studies, Central European University (Hungary)

Donors:

International Visegrad Fund