EU-Russia Civil Society Forum: 2 Conference in Warsaw

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Civil society actors from across Europe and Russia will gather on 1-2 December, 2011 in Warsaw, Poland, for a second conference of the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum. The founding meeting of the Forum took place in March 2011 in Prague, Czech Republic.

The Forum is seen by its founding members as a venue to facilitate interactions between civil society organisations in the EU and Russia and as a platform to develop a joint agenda , to agree on civil society’s positions and recommendations on pressing issues of social and political development across the continent and advance them in a dialogue with representatives of the governments and the EU institutions , and to support networking, exchanges, and implementation of joint initiatives and projects at the horizontal level. The Forum was not conceived as a formal institution; instead, it should be regarded as a framework for enhanced cooperation, and an informal “meeting place” for joint action.

The main goals of the CSF second conference in Warsaw are seen as identifying a clearer mandate and modalities of activities of the working groups, finalizing by the working groups of position papers with policy recommendations to be delivered to the EU-Russia summit to be held later in December in Brussels, working out concrete and realistic plans of the Forum’s work for 2012, and developing effective mechanisms of communication between the Forum members and its decision-making mechanisms between the conferences.

European Union–Russia Civil Society Forum:

A Second Conference

Warsaw, Poland, 1–2 December 2011

1 December 2011, Day 1

09:30–10:00 Registration

10:00–11:00 Plenary Session 1. Opening of the Conference

Welcome remarks:

—          Welcome address from the President of the Polish Republic (delivered by a representative of the Presidential Chancellery)
—          Welcome remarks from the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs
—          A representative of the EU External Action Service
—          A representative of the Russian Federation

11:00–11:30 Plenary Session 2

— Between Prague and Warsaw: Progress Report by Steering Committee
— Goals and Agenda for Warsaw Meeting

11:30–13:00 Plenary Session 3

Expert Panel Discussion

(open call for suggestions of topics by Forum members by 15 October)

13:00–14:30 Lunch

14:30–16:00 Working Groups Session 1

Position Papers with Recommendations to Governments: Discussion about Drafts

16:00 –16:30 Coffee Break

16:30–18:00 Working Groups Session 2

— Position Papers with Recommendations to Governments: Finalization & Adaption
— Working Groups for 2012: Elaboration of Work Plans

19:00–20:30 Reception (by invitations only)

2 December 2011, Day 2

9:30–11:00 Working Groups Session 3

— Working Groups for 2012: Finalization of Work Plans
— Communication & Decision-making Process within Working Groups.
— Election of Working Group Coordinators (where necessary).

11:00–12:30 Plenary Session 4

— Presentation of Results of Working Groups: Position Papers and Work Plans
— Adoption of Working Groups’ Position Papers with Recommendations to Governments

12:30–14:00 Lunch

14:00–16:00 Plenary Session 5

— Forum Activities and Plans for 2012: Discussio
— Communication & Decision-making Process between Conferences, Interaction between Working Groups
— Clarification of Role of Steering Committee and Secretariat (if necessary)
— Election of Steering Committee Members (if necessary).


Closing Remarks by Steering Committee
– The working languages of the conference are English & Russian. –

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