On May 20 and May 21, the European Union's (EU) Eastern Partnership (EaP) Civil Society Conference was held in Riga. The Conference was opened by Laimdota Straujuma, Prime Minister of the Republic of Latvia. Several hundreds of civil society representatives and experts from EU Member States and EaP countries attended.

The aim of the Conference is to strengthen civil society as well as involve it in the planning and implementation of the Eastern Partnership policy. The Conference provided a platform for representatives of civil society, non-governmental organizations and think tanks to debate Eastern Partnership issues.

The Conference included many topics as past achievements and current challenges facing the EU Eastern Partnership policy from a civil society perspective, possibilities for the EaP and the role of civil society in the process of strengthening regional security, possible support mechanisms for strengthening civil society, including cross-border cooperation possibilities, and future topical issues of Eastern Partnership policy.

Recommendations to achieve the goals of Eastern Partnership will be presented to EU institutions and EU and Eastern Partnership member states.

Photo: Andris Krieviņš
Latvian Institute, 21.05.2015, Foreign Affairs, Events in Riga