Anna Sevortian: 'Civil societies have a lot to say and should be better heard by policy-makers in the EU, separate member states, and in Russia'

posted 12 Dec 2015, 08:30 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 12 Dec 2015, 08:35 ]
‘The main topic of this General Assembly was discussing cross-cutting issues for the civil societies in the EU and Russia. We touched on a variety of topics equally pertinent to both sides – observing international law obligations, migration, LGBTIQ rights, climate change, and much more. Civil societies have a lot to say on these issues and should be better heard by policy-makers in the EU, separate member states, and in Russia. However, the reality for the third sector actors in many places is quite different. One of the reasons to choose Hungary for GA this year was our wish to express solidarity with civil activists under pressure.’

- says Anna Sevortian, Executive Director of the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum.

The 2015 General Assembly of the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum was held in Budapest 7 - 9 December 2015.

For more information see the Forum's press release: General Assembly in Budapest: A Paragon for the EU-Russia and Global Dialogue

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