International workshop: “Civil Society in the European Neighbourhood Policy”, 20 October 2017 (College of Europe Bruges)

This international workshop seeks to gather academics, practitioners, activists and students to discuss the situation of civil society in the ENP countries.

The workshop seeks to critically assess the situation of civil society in the Southern and Eastern neighbourhood countries, evaluate the results of the ENP civil society promotion efforts and the effects of the ongoing political transformation in the region on civil society.

The workshop builds upon the assessments of the weakness of civil society in the region and the difficulties of democratic consolidation. However, it also intends to go beyond these aspects by discussing institutional conditions of civil society consolidation and by trying to understand the socio-political conditions under which civil society can be successfully involved in democratic transitions, while also taking into account the risks — including the personal risks for civil society and activists — of anti-protest backlash and violence.

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