On April 23-25, 2014, members of the EU-Russia CSF and the Eastern Partnership CSF met in Prague for a first joint session to discuss closer coordination of their activities. The meeting took place in the framework of a big international conference in Prague to mark the fifth anniversary of the EU’s Eastern Partnership Programme in the midst of the Ukraine crisis and was held in the "Pyramida Hotel" near the Czech Foreign Ministry where the EU-Russia CSF was founded in 2011.
The EU-Russia CSF was represented by Steering Committee members Stefan Melle  (Berlin), Ksenia Vakhrusheva (St. Petersburg), Harry Hummel (The Hague), and Rostislav Valvoda (Prague). The Steering Committee of the Eastern Partnership Programme (grouping Ukraine, Moldova, Belarus, Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan) was headed by CSF-Director Natalia Yerashevich.  Overcoming initial scepticism, two CSFs agreed that cooperation and coordination on a civil society level was urgently needed in times of military confrontation and a historic rift between Russia and its neighbours.
Both Forums agreed to jointly stage a first Round Table between non-government respresentatives of the EU, Ukraine, and Russia in Berlin in the second half of May to discuss how civil societies can contribute to a de-escalation of the conflict in Eastern Ukraine. A first concept for the Round Table, presented by the EU-Russia CSF, already has the backing of the German Foreign Ministry and the Robert Bosch Foundation.
EU-Russia CSF representatives, including Acting Director Barbara von Ow-Freytag, also attended the high-level international Conference in Prague "Eastern Partnership – Five Years On: Time for a New Strategy?". Speakers included Czech Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaorálek, Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili, and the EU Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Štefan Füle. At the Panel on Civil Society Potential, Ksenia Vakhrusheva called for continued support for Russia’s civil society which still needed help from outside. More than anything, however, civil societies in Russia and its neighbouring countries faced the challenge to regain mutual trust lost in the present crisis. Two Civil Society Forums were the right platforms to work on this.