The Evangelic Academy Loccum invited us to their conference in March on the question of how can Western Europe strengthen the civil societies in Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova and Georgia as the German Federal Foreign Office established a special program that aims at developing the civil society of the countries of the Eastern Partnership. Together with Dirk Splinter, from the Berlin based organization Immedio, Andreas talked on the topic of minority and emphasized the attention and consideration that the civil society must undertake in regard to minority groups. We had the opportunity to talk to a lot of interesting people while expanding our network of people working in the civil society.
The conference was attended by approx. 80 people from Germany and the countries of the Eastern Partnership Program of the German Foreign Ministry.
The goals of the conference were to enable an open exchange on different approaches and strategies of civil conflict resolution in Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, and Georgia. Furthermore, together with experts for Eastern Europe the strategies’ transferability to other regions in conflict will be evaluated and approaches of conflict management for Ukraine will be deduced therefrom. Hence, the aspiration of the European Union’s Eastern Partnership, namely to strengthen civil society, will be reviewed critically.