German-Russian Exchange, EU-Russia Civil Society Forum, Centre for German and European Studies invite for a public discussion
Civil Society Organizations in Europe: Are there crises everywhere?
(in English language)
On February 8, 18:00, in St. Petersburg, Ligovsky pr. 87
Katey Tabner (University of the West of Scotland, UK)
Johan Vamstad (Ersta Sköndal Bräcke University College, Sweden)
Mari Jõgeva (Coalition for Human Resource Development, Estonia)
Comments on Russia:
Viacheslav Bakhmin (Helsinki Committee for Human Rights, Moscow)
Nataliya Freik (Charitable Foundation “Need Help”, Moscow)
Alexandra Bobrova (Charity Aid Foundation, Moscow)
Elena Belokurova (German-Russian Exchange, EU-Russia Civil Society Forum, Centre for German and European Studies)
In the recent years, it is often spoken about the multi-dimensional crises in Europe, faced by the civil society organizations. During the discussion, we will discuss not only the crises, but also the strategies that the civil society develops and implements in different countries to soften and solve them. The panel discussion with guest experts on civil society studies will be dedicated to the current situation of CSOs, civic initiatives and social movements in Europe. Especially the guests will pay attention to the development in their countries: the UK, Sweden, Estonia. The situation in these countries is not so well known in Russia, so it will be one of rare chances to understand it better.
The experts will briefly overview the major trends and discussions, threats and hopes of the current moment, and answer questions from the audience and each other. As result, they will together try to compare their situations and make some general conclusions about the similarities and differences of the state of civil society organizations now. During the event, these cases will be also compared with the results of the research conducted in the framework of the Report on the Civil Society in the EU and Russia in 2016-2018 (https://eu-russia-csf.org/en/home/projects/state-of-civil-society/).