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On May 13, 2022, the Georgian Institute of Politics (GIP), in partnership with the Analytical Centre on Globalization and Regional Cooperation (ACGRC) and the Institute for European Policies and Reforms (IPRE), organized a virtual GEORGIA-MOLDOVA-ARMENIA FORUM – “How Will the War in Ukraine Reshape Democracy and Governance in EaP”.
H.E. Maaike van Koldam, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherland to Georgia, and Floris van Eijk, Chargé d’affaires a.i. of the Kingdom of the Netherland to Moldova, opened the virtual forum with their welcoming remarks.
The forum included two panels on the following topics:
- EU integration and its effects on good governance and democratic processes in EaP Moderated by Ms. Anastasia Pociumbian, Research Fellow, DGAP
- The future of Eastern Partnership in the aftermath of war in Ukraine
Moderated by Ms. Ana Andguladze, Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB)
During the first panel of the forum Dr. Stepan Grigoryan (Chairman of the Board, Analytical Centre on Globalization and Regional Cooperation (ACGRC); Mr. Iulian Groza (Executive Director, Institute for European Policies and Reforms (IPRE), Moldova) and Dr. Shota Kakabadze (Junior Policy Analyst, the Georgian Institute of Politics) discussed EU integration and its effects on EaP countries, By answering the following questions: What has been the impact of Europeanization and how will the new dynamics affect the democratization process in these two countries? Does it pose any challenges to Armenia and what opportunities might open up if the candidacy status is granted to Georgia and Moldova?.
The second panel discussed the future of the Eastern Partnership in the aftermath of the war in Ukraine. Invited speakers, Dr. Sergi Kapanadze (Co-Founder, GRASS), Dr. Sonja Schiffers (Director, Heinrich Böll Foundation Tbilisi Office-South Caucasus Region), and Mr. Dmytro Shulga (European Programme Director, the International Renaissance Foundation) offered their insights on the topic.
The Forum was a part of a project “EaP Cooperation for Stronger Democracy: Georgia, Moldova and Armenia”. The project is implemented by the Georgian Institute of Politics (GIP, Georgia) in partnership with the Institute for European Policies and Reforms (IPRE, Moldova) and Analytical Center on Globalization and Regional Cooperation (ACGRC, Armenia).
The project benefits from support through the Netherlands Fund for Regional Partnerships MATRA for regional cooperation in the Eastern Partnership (EaP).