10 Years of Dialogue

Civil Society Dialogue is a grant programme developed by the Directorate for EU Affairs within the framework of the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA). The Programme aims to ensure the highest level of contribution of civil society to the EU accession process. The Civil Society Dialogue Programme, which was initiated in 2008, is also one of the longest running EU grant programmes provided to the benefit of civil society with a history of more than 10 years. The success of the Civil Society Dialogue, which has now become a brand, will be celebrated with the “10 Years of Dialogue” event with the participation of particularly civil society organizations and those contributing to civil society together with a wide audience from Turkey and the EU. The “10 Years of Dialogue” event will be held on March 9, 2021 between 14:00- 18:15 pm (GMT +3) in onlive livecast format.

In the scope of event, a “Dialogue Square” panel will be organized with the participation of high level representatives from Turkey and the EU who have played an important role in the implementation of the Civil Society Dialogue Programme. The panel will be held from 14:40 to 18:15 pm. Special memories and impressions of the programme are expected to be discussed through the policy perspective (objectives, achievements, assumptions, etc) of the “Civil Society Dialogue between Turkey and the EU”. The following panelists are invited to the panel as speakers:

Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Director for EU Affairs, Ambassador Faruk KAYMAKCI

Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Turkey, Ambassador Nikolaus MEYER-LANDRUT

The Chair of the Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund and Former Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Turkey (2014) Stefano MANSERVISI

The Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB) and Economic Development Foundation Brussels Representative Haluk NURAY

A presentation on the “Journey of Civil Society Dialogue” through which the Civil Society Dialogue Programme will be introduced by Bülent ÖZCAN, Director General for Financial Cooperation and Project Implementation at the Directorate for EU Affairs.

Four separate panels will be organized under the title of “Stories of the Civil Society Dialogue” within the other session of the event. The panels will be moderated by celebrities with the participation of grant beneficiaries of Civil Society Dialogue projects implemented since 2008.

A virtual exhibition of photos from Civil Society Dialogue projects, musical performances originating from Turkey and the EU, promotional films and cartoon shows will also be presented to the audience. Announcements on the event will be shared via the website and social media accounts of the Civil Society Dialogue.

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