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The EU TACSO 3 Project Organised the EU Western Balkans and Turkey Civil Society Forum

On behalf of the European Commission, Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR), the EU TACSO 3 project organised the EU Western Balkans and Turkey Civil Society Forum on 8 – 9 June 2022, in Skopje, North Macedonia. This is the first time the Forum is taking place since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Senior officials from the European Commission, EU Delegations, governments and diverse representatives from civil society organisations attended the Forum, a total of 120 participants in person, and an additional 100 online. In light of recent dramatic developments in Europe, namely the COVID-19 pandemic and Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine, the Forum provided an opportunity to better understand challenges and opportunities in the region, and the role of civil society in helping to respond.

The main objective of the Forum was to launch the revised “Guidelines for EU Support to Civil Society in the Enlargement Region 2021-2027”.

These Guidelines set out objectives for EU assistance to civil society, provide a tool for governments to improve cooperation with civil society, and help to measure progress towards meeting conditions for EU integration. 

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