Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum
Georgian National Platform
On May 2009 the European Union (EU) launched the Eastern Partnership (EaP) – a new form of cooperation with six Eastern European countries – Azerbaijan, Georgia, Armenia, Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine. The EU’s initiative aims to promote democracy and good governance, socio-economic development, sectoral reforms, environmental protection, strengthen energy sector and encourage people-to-people contacts.
The EaP fosters integration of the six Eastern Partnership countries with the European Union. The EaP activities are focused on multilateral (EU – the six partner countries) and bilateral relationships (EU and its partner country). The EaP covers five thematic platforms and several flagship initiatives.
In the Communication dated December 3 2008 (COM (2008) 823) the European Commission emphasized the significance of active engagement of civil societies in the EaP.
Since 2016 RICDOG became the member of the Platform and involves in 3, 4, and 5 working groups.
Chairman of the RICDOG, Nugzar Kokhreidze is Deputy of the Chairwomen of Platform and Co-coordinator of the Working Group 3. Before he was Co-coordinator of Working Group 5 during 2 years.
Georgian National platforms are created in each partner country to ensure coordination of the CSF activities. The national platforms should promote cooperation within multilateral (EU – partner countries and relations among partners themselves) and bilateral (EU-Georgia) tracks of the EaP.
Local NGOs registered in Georgia and international NGOs working in partner countries comprise the national platform.
The Georgian National Platform (GNP) has the following functions:
1) support implementation of EaP thematic platforms and flagship initiatives in Georgia;
2) Represent the interests of the Georgian civil society at the CSF and support the CSF activities.