Key findings from the TEPAV’s research on economic cooperation opportunities between Turkey and Armenia.
As part of the Support to the Armenia-Turkey Normalization Process programme, TEPAV conducts an Economic Opportunity Analysis to determine the views of business actors about each other, provide information regarding business opportunities in the ‘other’ country, and raise public’s and governments’ awareness of the benefits of intensified economic relations.
The study reviews the ways in which the EU provides support and cooperates with civil society in its neighbourhood, in light of:EU official statements, policy mechanisms and assistance to support civil society in the neighbourhood; recent proposals reviewing the ENP and the ENPI, including the new approach on the European Neighbourhood Policy, and the European Commission's proposals for new assistance regulations; CSO's reports, policy briefs and documents; and political, economic, social developments in the Eastern and Southern neighbourhoods.
Although the EU has recently improved its record of working towards developing better environment for civil society in partner countries, still a lot has to be done. The EU needs to think long term and embark on the proactive strategy of turning civil society in neighbouring countries into a real reform partner rather than reacting to unwelcome developments. The EU should better include CSOs in the EU-partner countries dialogue, better monitor civil society's situation in partner countries, pay increased attention to the regulatory framework and effectively apply targeted conditionality. Under existing EU assistance schemes, only a few CSOs can actually have access to EU funding. A number of provisions in the current regulations already give the opportunity to mitigate some of the identified obstacles, but this also crucially hinges on the evolution of practices in the field. In addition, the proposed regulations on common rules for the implementation of EU external action and on the European Neighbourhood Instrument do not seem to significantly strengthen CSO's access to EU funds. The study proposes recommendations in this respect.
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Eurasia Partnership Foundation (Armenia) announces an open call for all interested journalists and bloggers from Armenia and Turkey to participate in the Media Bus Tour in Armenia and Turkey. The Tour is organised within the framework of the Programme “Support to the Armenia-Turkey Normalisation Process” implemented by a Consortium of eight civil society organisations from Armenia and Turkey with the financial assistance of the European Union under the Instrument for Stability.
13 August 2014
EPF invites trainers and consultants in CSO capacity building to join the Program’s Pool of Experts. The selected specialists with be engaged in the works of the CSO Management School in the capacity of trainers and ToT trainers, consultants, and mentors throughout the course of the Program.
10 July 2014
To conduct a comparative study of available organizational capacity measurement methodologies, and to develop a CSO Capacity Measurement Tool (hereinafter, Tool) applicable for CSO development in Armenia.