Lithuania's Foreign Vice-Minister D. Skusevičius attends Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum
On 11 December, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Darius Skusevičius participated in the 10th Annual Assembly of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum in Tbilisi and called for a greater role of the civil society in the Eastern Partnership policy.
Lithuania's Foreign Vice-Minister noted that the 10th Annual Assembly of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum offered a good opportunity not only to evaluate significant achievements, but also to agree on new concrete goals. He called for creating favorable conditions for the involvement of representatives of civil society into the implementation of the association and trade agreements with the EU.
"When aiming for a European transformation of countries that have signed association agreements, it is necessary to fully implement reforms and adopted legislation. It is also important for non-governmental organizations to expand their expertise in the field of transposition of EU law," said D. Skusevičius.
In Tbilisi, Lithuania's Foreign Vice-Minister also met with the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia Vakhtang Makharoblishvili and discussed Georgia‘s cooperation with the EU and NATO.
On 10-12 December, the 10th Annual Assembly of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum "Leading the Way Towards a Democratic European Future" is attended by representatives of 165 organizations from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Moldova, Georgia, and Ukraine. Five years ago, the Annual Assembly of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum took place in Vilnius along with the Eastern Partnership summit.