DISCUSSION ON THE
ACTIVITY OF CIVIL SOCIETY IN UKRAINE
Simferopol, Ukraine — January 18, 2012:
On January 18 in Simferopol, Ukraine a roundtable was held
on the topic of “Civil Society in Ukraine: Actions to
ensure the development of democracy and European integration
in Ukraine at the State and regional level”. The roundtable
discussion took place at the Center for Intercultural Education
and Tolerance, which is based in the Crimean Ethnographic Museum
The event was supported by the International Renaissance Foundation
in preparation for the Citizens' Assembly Forum of Ukraine (CAF)
to be held in Kiev in late February. The topic of the forum's
discussion in February will be: "The crisis of democracy
in Ukraine and the position of civil society".
The roundtable was attended by over 30 representatives of NGOs
from Simferopol, Sevastopol, Yalta, Bakhchisarai, and Kirov.
During the meeting, participants discussed the challenges facing
democratic development in Ukraine and the specific challenges
for the region of Crimea. The participants also discussed the
role of civil society in providing assistance to Ukraine's integration
with Europe and helping to ensure free, fair and productive
parliamentary elections in Ukraine in 2012.
As a result of the roundtable, participants developed proposals
to increase the participation quota for the CAF to 12 people
from Crimea and Sevastopol (as Sevastopol is a separate administrative
unit). The 12 delegates were also chosen during the roundtable
to take part in the CAF.
SUMMARY: The Citizens' Assembly Forum of Ukraine
(CAF) is an initiative that brings together leading public organizations
of Ukraine. The aim of the CAF is to create national and regional
platforms for discussion and to bring together representatives
of nonprofit organizations to work on strategic issues facing
Ukrainian society: http://gau.org.ua.