Conference: Giving a stronger voice to civil society in the European neighbourhood: Development of civil dialogue and partnership relations between civil society, national governments and EU institutions, Brdo pri Kranju, 2 April 2008

Organizations ECAS from Brussels and CNVOS from Ljubljana will organize a conference entitled "Giving a stronger voice to civil society in the European neighbourhood: Development of civil dialogue and partnership relations between civil society, national governments and EU institutions", to take place in Brdo pri Kranju, in Slovenia, on 2 April 2008. The conference will provide an opportunity for civil society to send a political message to the EU about the need to develop a coherent and coordinated strategy for the sustainable civil society development beyond EU borders. The organizers expect that the conference will result in a declaration containing policy recommendations on building civil dialogue and partnership relations between civil society, national governments and EU institutions as well as on enhancing the role of civil society organizations as development actors by engaging them into the dialogue on aid effectiveness.The conference will provide an opportunity for civil society to send a political message to the EU about the need to develop a coherent and coordinated strategy for the sustainable civil society development beyond EU borders. The organizers expect that the conference will result in a declaration containing policy recommendations on building civil dialogue and partnership relations between civil society, national governments and EU institutions as well as on enhancing the role of civil society organizations as development actors by engaging them into the dialogue on aid effectiveness.
 
Participants will be expected to cover their travel and subsistence costs, however there will be certain financial assistance provided for participants from Eastern Europe, Western Balkans and Turkey. The deadline for the registration is 15 March 2008. In the event of disproportionate regional distribution of registered participants, the organizers will make the final selection of participants in cooperation with regional partner organizations.
 
Detailed information will be available from 25 February 2008 on the following websites: www.eu2008.si, www.predsedovanje.si, www.ecas.org.