In the framework of the GA, the new Steering Committee was elected as its members completed their mandate, except Anna Skortsova and Ksenia Vakhrusheva who were elected in 2012. As a result of the voting, the mandate was renewed to: Oksana Chelysheva (54 votes), Yuri Dzhibladze (62 votes), Stefan Melle (59 votes), Natalia Taubina (59 votes) and Rostislav Valvoda (61).
The newly elected members Anton Burkov (44), Katarzyna Batko-Tołuć (56 votes) and Harry Hummel (59 votes) explain their reasons for joining the Steering Committee work:
"I want to advocate common European standards of access to justice in Russian and EU (Council of Europe) states as well as exchange in human rights education."
(Netherlands Helsinki Committee, The Hague)
"The Forum is a unique body for interaction and cooperation between NGOs from Russia and the European Union, and for working on a joint pan-European agenda for promoting justice, sustainability and democracy. I think that my experience of international NGO work can contribute to the further development of the Forum."
(Citizens Network Watchdog, Poland)
"I decided to take responsibility and be a candidate to the Steering Committee as I observe increasing dynamic of Forum’s discussions. It was also important for me to be able to offer my home organizations’ commitment and capacity. Over the last year, three people in our Network intensified contacts with Russian organizations. Our employee Agnieszka Podgórska took part in the Youth Exchange (one of the Forum’s projects), our member – Anna Chęć prepared an input to comparative monitoring implemented as one of Forum’s projects. Another member – Zenon Michajłowski travelled to meet Russian organizations. I would like to engage more EU based organizations, usually working on their countries’ level in the Forum’s activities."
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