20 representatives of Armenian and Georgian civil society will gather to discuss and analyze ways of promoting and deepening cooperation with Europe in an informal atmosphere, and will become stronger bearer of European values by implementing small-scale projects concerning them.
Since 2008, EU started deepened its cooperation with SC countries through EaP targeting 6 countries, including Armenia and Georgia. Although the negotiations over the Association Agreement were considered successful, they didn't give desirable results for Armenia. Consequently, exchange of practices on this process with Georgia, who successfully completed negotiations, is important both for Armenia and Europe, as Armenia will figure out where to work and how to become a stronger bearer of European values. Besides, the development of people-to-people contacts and civil society cooperation will contribute to the EaP Civil Society Forum’s goal of strengthening civil society in the region and fostering cooperation and exchange of experiences between organizations of EaP countries.
Our project aims to tackle two core issues: (1) ensure that Armenia maintains and further strengthens its ties with Europe as a bearer of its values, and (2) provide Armenian and Georgian civil society representatives a platform for interaction and future possible cooperation. The successful outcome of the project will be the establishment of a platform for active youth from Armenia and Georgia through which the cooperation between them will become possible. The next outcome of the project will be more disseminated European values, e.g. human rights, democracy, rule of law, etc. moreover, the two sides will implement joint projects on these values, in this way spreading them and developing the culture of cooperation.
The main method will be informal meetings, during which the participants will discuss target topics. The project will last a year, and will gather 10 people from Armenia and 10 from Georgia. Project phases are : (1) preparatory activities: Sept- Oct 2015, (2) 1st meeting and discussion on identified topics: Nov, 2015, followed by (3) implementation of small-scale projects by teams including both Armenians and Georgians developed during the previous stage: Dec, 2015, Jan, Feb, 2016. (4) 2nd meeting, SWOT analysis and evaluation of projects, based on which development of new projects and teams: April, followed by (5) implementation of small-scale projects: May, June, July, 2016. (6) 3rd meeting and summary of the results: August, 2016, and (7) evaluation and reporting: September, 2016.
Funding requested from Advocate Europe