Eastern Partnership Visa Liberalisation Index Is Available

Eastern Partnership Visa Liberalisation Index Is Available CESD produces monitoring findings of visa facilitation process in Azerbaijan The liberalisation of the European Union visa regime is one of the priorities of the EU Eastern Partnership initiative covering Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. Achieving visa-free travel for short-term trips between the EU and its Eastern neighbours is important not only for the Eastern... Read More

EU boosts support for civil society in the Neighbourhood with extra €45.3 million for 2012-2013

EU boosts support for civil society in the Neighbourhood with extra €45.3 million for 2012-2013 The European Commission today adopted the second phase of the Neighbourhood Civil Society Facility to enhance involvement of civil society organisations in the European Neighbourhood area, with a new budget allocation of €45.3 million for 2012-2013. Announcing the decision, the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton... Read More

The European Endowment for Democracy – Support for the unsupported

The European Endowment for Democracy – Support for the unsupported Today, the European Commission allocated € 6 million to ensure the swift launch of the European Endowment for Democracy (EED). The allocation will finance the establishment and initial functioning of the Endowment, which was conceived in the framework of the renewed European Neighbourhood Policy. Its aim is to help political parties, non-registered NGOs, trade unions and other... Read More

Will Nabucco gas pipeline be downsized?

Will Nabucco gas pipeline be downsized? The Nabucco consortium is considering a much smaller project than the originally planned pipeline to carry Caspian natural gas to Europe, bowing to the reality of low gas amounts available at the moment in the region, according to people familiar with the situation, The Wall Street Journal reported. Nabucco’s original project was a 3,900 kilometer-long natural-gas pipeline running from the eastern Turkish... Read More

EU expects decision on trans-Caspian pipeline by June

EU expects decision on trans-Caspian pipeline by June A final decision on whether to go ahead with the trans-Caspian pipeline project may be made in June, EU Energy Commissioner Gunther Oettinger told Russian Interfax news agency. Oettinger said the negotiations between the European Commission and Turkmen and Azerbaijani officials were “intensive” yet “constructive”. He added that the next meeting on the project will take place... Read More

Background Information for CSOs on EC Call under the Neighbourhood Civil Society Facility

Background Information for CSOs to apply to EC Call under the Neighbourhood Civil Society Facility for actions in the Public Finance Policy and Management (PFPM) Public Finance Policy Reforms Support Program is financed by European Commission and its implementation is intended to be carried out from the beggining of 2013 till the end of 2015. One of the objectives of the Program is to improve the quality of public finance management and its planning... Read More