A new platform to be created in the theme of Eastern Partnership

The first international conference of CESCI Carpathia was held on 3-4 October in Košice, the theme of which was the future of EU’s neighbourhood policy concerning Eastern partnership beyond 2020. The present international research group decided on the establishment of a platform supporting the exchange of information.

CESCI Carpathia, the Slovak partner organization of CESCI founded in 2015, held its first conference on 3-4 October 2016 in Košice. At the event named European Neighbourhood Policy and Eastern Partnership – beyond 2020, outstanding experts of the topic attended from Finland to Turkey. The participants were welcomed by Rudolf Bauer, director of CESCI Carpathia, Vasil Grivna, representative of the Slovak Foreign Ministry, Tünde Erényi, referent for cross-border cooperation of the District Municipality of Košice, Martín Guillermo Ramírez, secretary general of AEBR and Gyula Ocskay, secretary general of CESCI.

Presenters of the two-day professional event approached the problem from three aspects. The round table on global geopolitics was moderated by Martín Guillermo Ramírez. The speakers were Jussi P. Laine, researcher of the University of Eastern Finland, Mehmet Hacisalihoğlu, director of the Centre for Balkan and Black Sea Studies, Istanbul, and Alexander Duleba, director of the Slovak Foreign Policy Association.

The second panel of the first day was dedicated to the macro-regional perspective. The moderator of the round table was Gyula Ocskay, and the participants were Claudia Singer, expert on Priority Area 10 of the Danube Strategy (Austria), Aleksei Kiryukhin, researcher of the National University of Kharkiv (Ukraine), and Erzsébet Rózsa Nagyné, docent of the National University of Public Service (Budapest, Hungary).

The first panel of the second day was about participation at the local level. The panel was moderated by Rudolf Bauer. Jerzy Banski and Vojciech Janicki (University of Lublin) talked about Polish-Ukrainian-Belarusian cross-border cooperation, Laura Dittel – director of the Carpathian Foundation (Slovakia) – about the Carpathian Euroregion, Andrea Cap director, about the Tisza EGTC, and Bianca Mitrică – head of the Department of Human Geography and Regional Development of the Romanian Academy of Sciences – about the trilateral, Romanian-Ukrainian-Moldovan cooperation established along the river Prut.

The organizers dedicated the closing of the event to the future of Eastern partnership. In the discussion led by Alexander Duleba, Martín Guillermo Ramírez, Nathaliya Nosa (IARDI, Ukraine), and Jurii Vdovenko (Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum) delivered their opinions.

The two-day event lead to very exciting debates as the presenters had different professional and geographical knowledge, which significantly enriched the information shared with each other. With regard to this, the secretary general of AEBR initiated the establishment of a platform in his closing remarks, which makes it possible for experts to continuously share their information and knowledge with each other and not just on certain events. The platform can also be suitable for providing valuable ammunition based on local experience for the forming of the relevant EU policies.

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