7th GENERAL ASSEMBLY | 1-3 February 2017, Helsinki, Finland

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TUESDAY, 31 JANUARY

Informal Gathering
During the day – arrival of participants, registration
Networking / Informal Helsinki by Night tour | Ad-hoc Sessions of the Working and Expert Groups

WEDNESDAY, 1 FEBRUARY

The Year 2016 for the EU-Russia Civil Societies
  Radisson Blu Seaside Hotel | 3, Ruoholahdenranta, 00180 Helsinki, Finland

Introductory remarks. Presentation of the agenda. Announcement of the voting procedure for the Forum elections

Keynote Address:
Karel Schwarzenberg, Chairperson, Foreign Committee of the Chamber of Deputies, Minister of Foreign Affairs (2007-2009, 2010-2013), Czech Republic

Moderation:
Anna Sevortian, Secretariat, EU-Russia Civil Society Forum, Germany

Speakers:
Aaro Harju, Citizens’ Forum, Finland
Rilli Lappalainen, Kehys – Finnish NGDO Platform for the EU, Finland
Sarri Nykänen, I do 2013 (Tahdon 2013) Citizen’s Initiative for Equal Marriage Law, Finland
Riitta Salin, Moniheli Network of Multicultural Associations, Finland

Moderation:
Marita Ruohonen, Finnish Association for Mental Health, Finland
Anna Skvortsova, NGO Development Centre, Member of the Steering Committee of the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum, St. Petersburg, Russia

Speakers:
Elena Belokurova, German-Russian Exchange, Member of the Steering Committee of the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum, St. Petersburg, Russia
Andrei Demidov, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Bulcsú Hunyadi, Political Capital Institute, Hungary
Ulla Pape, International Laboratory for Nonprofit Sector Studies, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow (Russia) and University of Bremen (Germany)
Filip Pazderski, Institute of Public Affairs, Poland
Julia Skokova, Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia
Pau Vidal, Third Sector Observatory, Spain

Moderation:
Kristina Smolijaninovaitė, Secretariat, EU-Russia Civil Society Forum, Germany

Keynote Address:
Erkki Tuomioja, MP, Minister of Foreign Affairs (2000-2007, 2011-2015), Finland

Speakers:
Simon Cosgrove, Rights in Russia, United Kingdom
Veera Laine, Finnish Institute of International Affairs, Finland
Katarzyna Pełczyńska-Nałęcz, Stefan Batory Foundation, Poland
Stefanie Schiffer, European Exchange, Germany
Anton Shekhovtsov, Institute for Human Sciences, Austria

Moderation:
Jarmo Koponen, Freelance Journalist, Finland

Moderation:
Polina Baigarova, Secretariat, EU-Russia Civil Society Forum, Germany

Speakers:
Stavros Lambrinidis, European Union’s Special Representative for Human Rights, Greece-Belgium
Peter Stenlund, Secretary of State, Finland

THURSDAY, 2 FEBRUARY

Public Report and Forum’s Development: How Are We Now?
  Radisson Blu Seaside Hotel | 3, Ruoholahdenranta, 00180 Helsinki, Finland

Presenters:
Elena Belokurova, German-Russian Exchange, Member of the Steering Committee of the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum, St. Petersburg, Russia
Yuri Dzhibladze, Centre for Development of Democracy and Human Rights, Member of the Steering Committee of the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum, Moscow, Russia
Stefan Melle, German-Russian Exchange, Germany
Ksenia Vakhrusheva, Environmental Rights Centre BELLONA, Member of the Steering Committee of the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum, St. Petersburg, Russia

Speakers:
Polina Baigarova, Secretariat, EU-Russia Civil Society Forum, GermanyHarry Hummel, Netherlands Helsinki Committee, Member of the Steering Committee of the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum, Nethetlands

Moderation:
Ralph du Long, UNITED for Intercultural Action, Member of the Steering Committee of the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum, Nethetlands

Presentation of Forum’s projects

Moderation:
Sergei Tereshenkov, Secretariat, EU-Russia Civil Society Forum, Germany

Organisers:
Karol Bijoś, Polish Forum of Young Diplomats, PolandGrigori Melkoniants, GOLOS Association, Moscow, Russia

Moderation:
Natalia Taubina, Public Verdict Foundation, Member of the Steering Committee of the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum, Moscow, Russia

  Helsinki City Hall 11-13, Pohjoisesplanadi, 00170 Helsinki, Finland

Speakers:
Pavel Antonov, BlueLink Foundation, Bulgaria
Jessikka Aro, Yle Broadcasting Company, Finland
Katie Morris, Article19, United Kingdom
Grigori Okhotin,OVD.Info, Moscow, Russia
Yuri Resheto, Deutsche Welle, Germany-Russia

Moderation:
Jussi Niemeläinen,Helsingin Sanomat, Finland

FRIDAY, 3 FEBRUARY

Moderation:
Simon Papuashvili, International Partnership for Human Rights, Member of the Steering Committee of the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum, Belgium

New Member of the Steering Committee of the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum

Session A: Modern Wars, Their Legacies and Memories

Speakers:
Tamara Eidelman, EUROCLIO, Russia-Belgium
Anni Lahtinen, Committee of 100, Finland
Štěpán Černoušek, Gulag.Cz, Czech Republic

Moderation:
Polina Filippova, Sakharov Centre, Moscow, Russia

Session B: Sustainable Development and Poverty Reduction: Challenges to Societies and NGOs

Speakers:
Jussi Kanner, Kehys – Finnish NGDO Platform for the EU / CONCORD Confederation, Finland
Jakub Šimek, Pontis Foundation, Slovakia
Evgenia Verba, Sluzhenie Association, Nizhni Novgorod, Russia

Moderation:
Michal Vít, EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy, Czech Republic

Session C: Living Together – Future Scenarios for Finland and the Baltic Sea Region

Speakers:
Angelina Davydova, Russian-German Bureau for Ecological Information, St. Petersburg, Russia
Jenni Tuominen, MONIKA, Finland
Inese Vaivare, LAPAS Association, Latvia

Moderation:
Katarzyna Batko-Tołuć, Citizens Network Watchdog, Poland

Closing remarks

Moderation:
Anna Sevortian, Secretariat at the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum, Germany

End of the Assembly

Discussion 1: “Civil Society in Fighting Transborder Corruption in Russia and the EU. Is There Any Success?”

Speakers:
Andrei Kalikh, Forum’s Fighting Transborder Corruption Expert Group, St. Petersburg, Russia
Anastasia Kirilenko, Independent Journalist, The Insider, The New Times, Russia-France
Atanas Tchobanov, Bivol.bg, Bulgaria

Discussion 2: “The European Vector and the Russian Realities: The Past, the Present, and the Future”

Greeting:
Arkadi Murashev, Civil Consent Foundation, Council for External and Defense Policy, Novosibirsk-Moscow, Russia

Speakers:
Olof Ehrenkrona, Consul General of Sweden, Åland Islands, Finland
Martin Kragh, Swedish Institute of International Affairs, Sweden
Michael Sohlman, Sverker Åström Foundation, Sweden
Sergei Tsypliaev, Committee of Civic Initiatives, St. Petersburg, Russia