Trends of the Eastern Partnership: Stakeholders' Survey on Post-Vilnius Eastern Partnership
The Center for EU Enlargements Studies participates in the project entitled "Trends of the Eastern Partnership: Stakeholders' Survey on Post-Vilnius Eastern Partnership", led by the Association of International Affairs (AMO) from the Czech Republic and supported by the Visegrad 4 Eastern Partnership Program of the International Visegrad Fund.
The pupose of the project is twofold. It seeks to map important stakeholders' attitude towards and perception of the European Union's Eastern Partnership (EaP) initiative, launched five years ago in May 2009 in Prague, with the use of an online survey that will produce comparable data from 10 countries (the four Visegrad countries and the six EaP states). Based on the gathered data, the researchers of the project will set up an appropriate EaP advocacy strategy that can feed into the debate about the future of the policy and can have a potential impact in Brussels in the post-Vilnius context.
This endeavour brings together nine organizations:
- Analytical Center on Globalization and Regional Cooperation, Yerevan,
- Association of International Affairs, Prague,
- Caucasian Institute for Economic and Social Research, Tbilisi,
- Center for EU Enlargement Studies, Budapest,
- Center for National and International Studies, Baku,
- Foreign Policy Association of Moldova,
- Institute of World Policy, Kyiv,
- Research Center for the Slovak Foreign Policy Association, Bratislava,
- The Kosciuszko Institute, Cracow,
and additionally, researchers from Belarus.
By involving civil society representatives from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine, the project contributes to the capacity building of civil society organizations in these countries. It also seeks to strengthen the sustainability of the EaP by enhancing regional cooperation of the civil society organizations and think-tanks.
The final results of the project are available on the project website.
Events of the project
June 2-4, 2014 - Prague
The first workshop of the project was held on June 2-4, 2014, in Prague, where participants discussed the goals and the methodology of the survey and set out the future timetable of the project. In the summer months, the survey will be finalized and translated to all national languages to be ready to launch online in September 2014.
The meeting also gave the occasion for the participants to discuss the unfolding crisis in Ukraine and its potential impact on the regions security in an open debate organized by the host. Having contributions from all EaP countries, the discussion gave a unique overview of various perspectives from the region.
At the meeting, CENS was represented by Zsuzsanna Végh, who is managing the project at the Center.
November 20, 2014 - Batumi
The consortium of partners presented the first results of the research project Important, Forgotten or Irrelevant? Stakeholders' Survey on Post-Vilnius Eastern Partnership at the 6th annual meeting of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum on November 20, 2014, in Batumi, Georgia. The presentation is available by clicking here .
April 14, 2015 - Brussels
The results of the research project are presented in a panel discussion "Eastern Partnership Trends before Riga" by consortium partners in Brussels at the Permanent Representation of the Czech Republic to the European Union. The final report of the project is available here.
Representing CENS, Zsuzsanna Végh joined the panel discussion in Brussels.