The 9th General Assembly

The 9th General Assembly of the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum will be held on 6-8 May 2019 in Bratislava, Slovakia. The main venue for General Assembly events is the  Austria Trend Hotel Bratislava.


Hourly Schedule

May 5th

Arrival, registration for the General Assembly
All members invited to self-organise their WG/EG internal meetings

May 6th

08:30 - 09:30
09:30 - 10:30
Welcome Session and Keynote speeches
Moderator: Ralph du Long, Co-chair of the Board, CSF
10:30 - 12:00
Panel: Civil Society in Slovakia and Central and Eastern Europe
Moderator:Anna Skvortsova, NGO Development Centre/ CSF Board
12:00 - 12:30
Coffee Break / Networking
12:30 - 14:00
CSF Getting to know session
This session will provide space for members, supporters, local NGOs and guests to get to know each other closer and their activities.
14:00 - 15:30
Networking lunch
15:30 - 17:00
Thematic group discussions with local NGOs
17:30 - 19:00
Working Group meetings / or Public Events
PUBLIC EVENT 1 (OPTIONAL): Council of Europe, OSCE and Russia: Challenges for International Institutions
Main Venue PUBLIC EVENT 2 (OPTIONAL): Russia of the Regions: Civil Society and activism from Kaliningrad to Vladivostok Martinus Bookshop (tbc) Obchodná 516/26, 811 06 Bratislava
OR: Working and Expert groups’ meetings
19:00 - 21:00
Cultural event at “Old Market” (tbc) Venue: Námestie SNP 484/25, 811 01 Bratislava-Staré Mesto

May 7th

08:30 - 09:30
Technical session on financial report 2018 Registration for the Voting I
09:30 - 11:30
CSF 2018 Report
Presentation of CSF 2018 Activities Report Anna Sevortian, Executive Director, CSF Q and A
CSF 2018 Financial Report Ksenia Vakhrusheva, Environmental Rights Centre BELLONA / CSF Board Q and A
Adoption on the financial report
11:00 -
Coffee served / no break
11:30 - 12:30
Presentation of Board candidates
Moderator: Grigory Melkonyants, Golos
12:30 - 14:00
Networking lunch
14:00 - 16:00
Towards CSF Strategy 2025
Moderator: Wojciech Tworkowski, strategy facilitator
15:45 -
Coffee served / Registration for the Voting II
16:00 - 18:00
Board elections, voting
Moderator: Grigory Melkonyants, Golos
18:30 - 20:00
State of Civil Society Report 2018: Ireland, Greece, Czech Republic, Romania and Russia Venue: Comenius University in Bratislava (tbc) Šafárikovo námestie 6, 814 99 Bratislava
Moderator: Kristina Smolijaninovaitė, CSF
Free time, cultural events, cooking

May 8th

09:00 - 11:00
Time for working and expert groups
11:00 -
Coffee served
11:00 - 13:00
Strategy 2020-2025 summing up
Moderator: Chair of GA
13:00 - 14:00
Closing Session
Presentation of the new CSF website / Closing remarks
Moderator: Łukasz Wenerski, Co-chair of the Board, CSF
14:00 - 15:00


Team 🇮🇸Iceland is grateful to @CURE_coe (Campaign to Uphold Rights in Europe) for letting us ... participate in today’s civil society reflection on the future of the Council of Europe &
how @coe can more effectively protect human rights & #democracy in the region!

The formal part starts. Waiting for the handshake with Minister Di Mario - in a breathtaking place. ... After yesterday's invigorating Civil Society event I hope for a truly meaningful Ministerial Conference 🇮🇹🇪🇺 #CoE

Arrived in Turin for the Ministerial Conference of the #CoE which will be a challenging one. We need... to strengthen our democratic institutions. So first thing I am at the meeting of @CURE_coe to discuss how to build democratic resilience and what Civil Society expects now.