The second edition of this concert is devoted to the possibilities of financing projects and establishing cooperation with the Eastern Partnership countries and states from outside the Partnership in the field of culture and civic society. The programme is composed of four panels: culture, civic society, self-government projects, and free press...
Culture Contact Point and Europe Contact Point for Citizens by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute and Culture Bureau of the Municipal City of Warsaw are hosting the ambitious Go East 2010 conference this week, aimed at facilitating integration among the countries of Eastern Europe
The conference, the first edition of which took place in December 2009, is devoted to the possibilities of financing projects and establishing cooperation with the Eastern Partnership countries and states from outside the Partnership in the field of culture and civic society. The programme is composed of four panels: culture, civic society, self-government projects, and free press.
Presentations, discussions and workshops among representatives of the European Union, the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, non-government organisations and culture and self-government institutions, will serve to expand knowledge, exchange of good practices and critical analysis of prior experiences in order to streamline the already existing and new actions within the Eastern Partnership scheme.
As Beata Wojna, the Programme Coordinator for Global EU Role in the Polish Institute of International Affairs, puts it:
"The Eastern Partnership is a long time strategy of developing relations with Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine, aiming at moving the six countries, as eastern neighbors of the European Union politically and economically. It was initiated by Poland and Sweden, which proposed deepening their relations with eastern neighbors of the UE under the European Neighborhood Policy. Thanks to the support of all the member states and the commitment of the European Comission, the European Council approved the ambitious Eastern Partnership proposition in March 2009 and the inauguration of the new initiative took place in May 2009 in Prague, during the presidency of Czech Republic.
As an initiative that is a part of the European Neighborhood Policy, Eastern Partnership is based on the same rules and modus operandi. The cooperation of the European Union with its eastern neighbors in its bi- and multilateral dimension is to lead to transferring of the UE practices in commerce, economy and politics, and the cooperation's development depends on the changes in these countries and the expectations of their partners. In exchange for adhering to UE standards, the European Union offers taking part in common market, gradual introduction into policies and programmes of the EU and a liberalization of visa regime. As an initiative contributing to transforming its eastern neighbors into democratic countries with a transparent market economy. Eastern Partnership is of a strategic importance for stability and safety of both, the eastern neighbors and the members of UE.
More than a year after the inauguration of the initiative, the Eastern Partnership reached its full institutional form and is now proceeding in the desired direction. One can expect, that due to Poland leading the UE Council, the pace of realizing projects will become faster. The political dialogue on the regional level, including all of the countries of the eastern neighborhood; starting negotiations, which are to lead to creation of broad zones of free trade between the EU and its eastern neighbors; first steps on the road to liberalization of the visa system and an enthusiastic commitment of civic society are the most important achievements of the eastern Partnership up to date. It is no less important to initiate an ambitious Programme for the Culture of Eastern Partnership, which in its scope includes audiovisual sector, modern art, material and immaterial heritage and protection of cultural heritage. It creates new possibilities of active participation of civic society, being a cultura addressee of UE policy towards neighbors, in the implementation of Eastern Partnership."
For the programme of the conference, see: www.go-east.pl