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ECMI Eastern Partnership Programme (EPP)

EPP addresses Belarus, Moldova, and Ukraine – the countries, which face various challenges and also have numerous achievements in the accommodation and governance of their ethnic and linguistic diversity. The programme is to be implemented in the years 2014-2017.

The EPP goal is to enhance governance and to advance state policies on the prevention of ethnic discrimination and on the mainstreaming of national minorities issues according to European best practices in the target countries.

The EPP objectives are:


- awareness-raising and capacity-building of public bodies in charge of diversity and equality management, consultative and advisory bodies on minority issues

- dissemination and transfer of information and know-how both on European standards and good practices through training, networking and dissemination.

The programme objectives are achieved by the means of trans-regional thematically-focused training seminars, by facilitating networking of public and civil society institutions and by joint activities aimed at monitoring and drafting thematic reports on the EPP focal issues.

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The EPP’s work is organised along two thematic streams:

- National institutions in pursuit of equality and diversity policies (including Non-discrimination and Organizational capacity-building;

- Minority Consultative Bodies (Participation and Consultative Bodies).

Key activities:

- joint thematic seminars

- smaller regional seminars with narrower thematic foci

- concluding conferences

- joint working groups

- thematic reports and other publications

- web-site

The EPP’s participants and partners:

- National and regional public bodies in charge of equality and diversity issues;

- Minority and other civil society organizations;

- Universities, research and analytical centres.

The EPP’s working principles and methods:

- cross-fertilizing horizontal exchange of good practices rather than merely transfer of European minority rights standards;

- joint creative work aimed at adjusting international standards in non-discrimination and minorities’ participation in public life to the target countries’ conditions rather than imposition of imported recipes;

- generic trans-regional approach instead of addressing each country separately;

- involvement of both officials and civil society activists;

- covering of both capital cities and remote areas;

- involvement of government officials and civil society representatives in joint activities and networking.

Expected output/results:  

- cross-regional networking and collaboration of both public and private organizations;

- cross-regional thematic reports on minority mainstreaming and minority participation;

- new public initiatives aimed at minority-related legislation;

- new public initiatives aimed at teaching and training pertinent to diversity issues.

Team:

Viktoria Martovskaya
Polina Sulima
Stanislav Cernega

Programme web-page:

Visit the EPP official web-page for the detailed information on the programme implmentation

Programme News

Making a Difference in Eastern Neighbourhood: Final EPP Conferences Commence

Making a Difference in Eastern Neighbourhood: Final EPP Conferences Commence

Today the ECMI EPP team kicked off the first part of the final conference.
[Read more on ECMI InfoChannel]
Final EPP conference: results of the three-year project to be presented in Kyiv

Final EPP conference: results of the three-year project to be presented in Kyiv

After the three years of extensive field work in Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine, the ECMI Eastern Partnership Programme will conclude this summer. The final conferences will take place between 15 and 18 May 2017.
[Read more on ECMI InfoChannel]
Indigenous Peoples and Roma Mediation: the latest ECMI EPP activities in Ukraine

Indigenous Peoples and Roma Mediation: the latest ECMI EPP activities in Ukraine

The ECMI EPP team is back from Ukraine and their latest activities in Kyiv. The team organised two seminars focusing on indigenous peoples and Roma mediation in the beginning of April.
[Read more on ECMI InfoChannel]
Faces from the EPP: meet Sergey, a German and Ukrainian minority rights’ activist

Faces from the EPP: meet Sergey, a German and Ukrainian minority rights’ activist

During the last EPP seminar in Kiev, young minority rights' activist, Sergey shared his story to the ECMI InfoChannel. Sergey is a member of a German minority group in Ukraine.
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