Civil society and media representatives from Ukraine, Moldova and Belarus gathered on 2 December at the Diplomatic Academy in Kyiv, for the seminar on “The role of civil society in the process of democratization”. The event was organised by the Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe (IDM) and the CEI in the framework of the Austrian Presidency.
 
The seminar, a follow-up of the conference on the Eastern Partnership held in Minsk on 16 September 2014, included two panel discussions on “civil society and the rule of law in the process of democratisation” and “the role of new media in Democratization Processes” respectively.
 
A welcome speech was delivered by Mykola Kulinich, Rector of the Diplomatic Academy in Kyiv, while introductory remarks were presented by Erhard Busek, IDM / former Austrian Vice Chancellor, Margit Wästfelt, CEI Alternate Secretary General, and Heidemaria Gürer, Head of the Eastern European Department at the MFA.
 
The seminar offered a valuable chance for exchanging experience and debating relevant topics also in view of developing a future platform for cooperation.
 
  • Programme available here
  • List of Participants vailable here