Civil Society Actors Call for Reform of "Petersburg Dialogue"

Berlin, October 14, 2014

European Exchange together with other German civil society organisations and the Heinrich-Böll Foundation has declared not to participate this year at the annual German-Russian "Petersburg Dialogue" conference that was to be hold this year in Sochi. The "Petersburg Dialogue" needs substantial reform in order to become a real forum for civil society discussions between the two countries. Declared to be a forum for citizens' dialogue the "Petersburg Dialogue" was from the very beginning a meeting point for politicians and business much more than for civil society.

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Kiev Dialogue: 10th Annual Conference

Berlin,  September 22, 2014

From 22nd-23rd September the tenth annual confernce of "Kiev Dialogue" took place at the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung in Berlin. The conference participants - ca 200 civil society activists, politicians, journalists and scientists from Ukraine, Germany and other European countries - discussed how to support the reform process in Ukraine despite the existential crisis in the country. Find the conference programme  here

 

Ukraine Between Elections 2014

Berlin, June 24, 2014

On a panel  panel discussion "Ukraine after the Presidential and before Parliamentary elections. Developments in the East of the country" election experts Serhij Tkachenko (Committee of Voters of Ukraine, Donetsk) and Piotr Andrusieczko (Polish journalist currently working in the East of Ukraine) shared their views on the current situation in Eastern Ukraine and on the perspective for civil rights and civic activism in the coutry. The panel discussion reflected the results of the EPDE civil experts’ mission prior to the Presidential elections in Ukraine.

EPDE conducts election observation of the Presidential elections in Ukraine

Berlin, May 26, 2014

From May 16 on the European Platform for Democratic Elections (EPDE)  together with its Ukrainian partners OPORA and Comittee of Voters run an International Media Centrein Kiev. International journalists received updated information on the conduct of civic election observation through 6000 election observers of OPORA, CVU and EPDE. From 22nd to 27th of May, EPDE organized an international mission of short-term observers invited from interested organizations and groups. The observers were deployed into 8 out of 25 regions of Ukraine.   Find more on the activities of EPDEduring the Ukrainian elections on the EPDE web page

The EU is neglecting the demands of Russian civil society

Berlin, April 22, 2014: Whilst EU financial aid for civil society in the countries of the Southern and Eastern Partnership has continually risen over the past years, funding and administrative capacities for Russia have been dramatically reduced. In spite of protests from non-governmental organisations and calls from the European Parliament, the European Commission is continuing to pursue this policy, as can be seen in the new EU budget up to 2020. The EU is therefore weakening one of the few instruments at its disposal for supporting those institutions and individuals in the Russian Federation who strive for the democratic transformation of the country, for human rights and for European unity.


Read the analysis by Stefanie Schiffer, European Exchange and Thomas Vogel, assistant to Werner Schulz, MEP here

Podiumsdiskussion

Ukraine - Myths and Propaganda around Maidan

Berlin, April 9, 2014

A common enterprise with Euromaidan Wache Berlin, "Kiev Dialogue", Internationale Renaissance Foundation and Schwarzkopf foundation Berlin. Participants at the panel discussion:Ali Hamsin, Speaker of the Medzhlis of Crimean Tatars, Simferopol, Krim, Viacheslav Likhachev, expert on right-wing extremism in Ukraine, Israel, Anton Shekhovtsov, expert on right-wing parties, Sevastopol, Krim – UK, Josef Zissels, President of the Association of Jewish organisationsin Ukraine discussed current challenges for the democratic movement in Ukraine through anti-ukrainian propaganda and discussed the nature of right-wing extremism in Ukraine and the Russian Federation. Einladung zur Podiumsdiskussion

Ukraine between Revolution and Crisis

Public Discussion in Kiev

Kiev, March 24, 2014

The German Embassy in Kiev, the Internationale Renaissance Foundation, the DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst) and the Europäische Austausch gGmbH organised the public discussion in the framework of "Kiev Dialogue" - "Ukraine between Revolution and Crisis" in the German Embassy. Experts discussed the relationship between Maidan and new government, the influence of the new civic activists in the ukrainian government, the consequences of the geo-political crisis on the internal situation in Ukraine.

FREE ANAR MAMMADLI!

Baku, December 16, 2013: On December 16th Anar Mammadli, chairman of the Election Monitoring and Democracy Studies Centre, Baku (EMDS), and board member of EPDE has been arrested and imprisoned for a three months pre-trial detention through the Nasimin District Court in Baku. EMDS has carried out independent observation of the last Presidential elections in Azerbaijan in October 2013 and has published a critical assessment of the election process. EMDS is one of the most professional and recognised human rights organisations in Azerbaijan. EPDE is worried that the arrest of Anar Mammadli and the investigations of EMDS led by the Prosecutor general’s office since October 31st, have political motives, and are a reaction to the critical statements made by EMDS after the recent Presidential elections in Azerbaijan. Read more here.

PUBLIC DISCUSSION: POLITICAL PERSECUTION, FREEDOM OF INFORMATION AND DATA PROTECTION IN UKRAINE

Berlin, 18th November: On Monday, 18th November a Public Discussion about „Political Persecution, Freedom of Information and Data Protection in Ukraine” took place in Berlin. Yevhen Zakharov (Executive Director of the Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group), Oleksandr Pavlichenko (Head of the Unit on Access to Public Information, Ukrainian Ombudsman Office), Vsevolod Rechytskyi (Constitutional Expert of the Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group), Viola von Cramon (Former Members of Parliament, Alliance 90/The Greens), Susan Stewart (Sitfung Politik und Wissenschaft) and Stefanie Schiffer (European Exchange) discussed  about actual human rights situation in Ukraine and background of lawmaking processes around the Tymoshennko case.

SUMMER SCHOOL AND OBSERVATION OF THE GERMAN PARLIAMENTARY ELECTION

Berlin, 27th August 2013: From September 19-25, 2013 eighteen EPDE election experts will observe the German Parliamentary elections and will attend a summer school on election observation techniques. Topics as mathematical-statistical analysis of election results, electoral legislation and election systems will be on the agenda of the summer school. Meetings with German election experts and election administration as well as the German Foreign Ministry will be held. The Summer School and Observation of the German Parliamentary elections will be organized by European Exchange (Germany).

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