Policy Workshop for Civil Society Leaders and Policy Makers from the Black Sea Region

The five-day immersion workshop (6-10 October, 2014) in Budapest (Hungary) for 30 innovative thinkers from within civil society organizations, researchers from policy think tanks and policy makers from the Black Sea region is designed to provide a forum to discuss, and develop practical, equitable and sustainable solutions to, regional policy problems in the spheres of democratic institution building, human rights and cooperative security policy.

Co-organised by the Council of Europe and the School of Public Policy at Central European University, the interactive workshop will allow participants to share their experiences and challenges and will encourage collaborative discourse, research and action on issues broadly linked to the core Council of Europe mandates. It aims at focusing conversations and analysis around the large conceptual issues that will shape the region within the next five years. The Black Sea region faces a number of turning points in 2014. The conflict between Russia and Ukraine presents a serious challenge to the pan-European security order; the EU is in the process of re-formulating its Eastern Neighborhood policy as well as its approach to the Black Sea region.

Eligibility: candidates from Russia, Ukraine, Moldova, Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey and Georgia; opinion leaders from different backgrounds, such as scholars associated with innovative policy think tanks, experts, journalists, civic activists and human rights defenders with several years of professional experience.

The workshop will be held in English. Application Form is available online. The deadline for application is 29 August 2014.

By spp.ceu.hu