Civil society: A key driver of change in Eastern partnership countries

This year the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum, unifying over 250 organisations from Eastern partner countries and EU member states, held its Annual Assembly on the 29th of November in Brussels.

As verbalized in the lips of EU Commissioner Johannes Hahn, who drew the parallel between landmark November events in history as the fall of the Berlin wall and the EuroMaidan in Ukraine mane years after, it remind us of the “tremendous power of people in our common past”.
When it gets to the transformation process in the country, people can certainly be the unifying force, pushing change, as their social and economic interests are rooted in the “change” they advocate. The exponentially growing number of the applications by the civil society organizations from EaP countries and the EU member states (this year amounted to 538) submitted to attend the Annual Assembly of the Forum, confirms the growing interest in the importance and assimilation with the EU. 
Is it rather evident in the activities of Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum, that strong civil society surely can make governments feel responsible, drive change and development within the governmental levels. Organized civil society make people feel engaged in social and political life, as well as enable them to be far more resilient to fraud, limiting political decisions or any individual injustice brought by the regime. More in article on New Europe by Rasa Uzdavinyte.

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