Georgia : NGO-Roundtable with Estonian Speaker of Parliament
On January 19th, FES organized a NGO-Roundtable with the Speaker of the Estonian Parliament and various Estonian Members of Parliament. The Estonian Delegation discussed the political developments in Georgia with representatives of five different Non-Governmental Organizations, among them Trade Unions.
South Caucasus: 20 Years of Independence
20 years ago Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan achieved independence from the Soviet Union. On this occasion, the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) has asked authors from Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Russia, Turkey, EU and the USA to take a look back on two eventful decades and explore the challenges for the coming years. The outcome is a book in which the multilayered problems of the South Caucasus are thoroughly analysed. The publication was presented on November 24th 2011 in Berlin and can be downloaded here in English
Armenia : International Conference on European Integration
On November 10-11 an international conference on the European integration of Armenia was held in Yerewan. The high-level Conference with the title “Eastern Partnership: National & European Dynamics” was organized by the International Center for Human Development (ICHD) and supported by the Friedrich-Ebert- Stiftung (FES). It brought together civil society actors and policy makers from Armenia, Georgia, Ukraine, Russia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Turkey, and Sweden as well as representatives of the European Union, the OSCE, the Council of Europe and the Government of Armenia, such as the Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan and the Minister of Foreign Affairs Edward Nalbandyan. The agenda can be downloaded here.
Armenia: Study on Social Reforms
The Hrayr Marukhian Foundation with the support of Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) has presented the policy paper "Social Reforms in Armenia" in Yerevan. The study targets three major topics: social reforms in healthcare sector, unemployment and provision of housing in Armenia. The group of experts (economists, parliamentarians, historians) who have worked on the study provide an analysis and solution approaches to the mentioned topics. The study can be downloaded here. ENG ARM
Georgia: „Basics of Social Democracy“
What distinguishes the basic values of Social Democracy from liberal or conservative values? What are the aims of social-democratic policies and what is the strategy of social-democratic political parties? These and further questions are addressed in a publication series of the Political Academy of Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung. The first volume of this series entitled “Foundations of Social Democracy” has now been published in Georgian. It can be downloaded here.
Georgia: International Conference on Social Dialogue
FES organized the second International Conference on Social Dialogue and Labour Standards in Georgia on October 27th 2011 in Tbilisi. The high-level conference brought together representatives from Georgian Government, Parliament, Trade Unions and Employers as well as from the International Labour Organization (ILO), the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), the International Association of Employers (IOE) and the European Union (EU). It was the aim of the conference to discuss the problems and challenges of social dialogue and labour standards in the country. Keynote Speaker of the conference was ILO Executive Director, Mr. Guy Ryder. The keynote speech
, the conference report
and the agenda
can be downloaded here. The conference was supported by the European Union.
Georgia: Leadership School
A Leadership School for activists of Young Socialists of Georgia (YSG) and Georgian Falcons took place on 21 – 24 October in Bakuriani. Within the 4 days seminar 20 young activists were trained in project management, campaigning, political PR and rhetorical skills. The workshop was jointly organised by the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) and the Kurt Löwenstein Education Center.
Georgia: Strengthening the Committee on European Integration
On October 10th, 2011 the project “Strengthening the Committee on European Integration of the Parliament of Georgia” was presented. The aim of this project is to support the Committee on European Integration of the Parliament of Georgia in EaP-related areas, particularly food security, anti-monopoly regulation and Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA). The project is jointly organised by the TSU Institute for European Studies and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES).
South Caucasus: Media Landscapes of Eastern Partnership Countries
The study "Media Landscapes of Eastern Partnership countries" is the first comprehensive publication, which examines the media landscapes of the six Eastern Partnership countries (Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Moldova, Belarus and Ukraine) and highlights problems and challenges.The study was carried out by the Yerevan Press Club (YPC) and the EaP Civil Society Forum in cooperation with the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) and presented on the occasion of the Eastern Partnership in Warsaw in the end of September.The study can be downloaded here. ENG RUS
South Caucasus: 2 years of Eastern Partnership
In 2009 the European Union introduced the Eastern Partnership (EaP) as a new instrument to deepen relations with Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan, Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova. Two year later an FES supported study assesses the problems and challenges of the EaP in Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan from a civil society perspective. The study was published by the Levan-Mikaladze-Foundation in cooperation of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES). It can be downloaded here. ENG RUS