30 years ago a major shift has happened in global politics and Eastern Europe – states dissolved and collapsed and new ones have been established, the system has been changed. During this period there was a promise that after a long struggle we would achieve democracy and well-being.
But as we look back from today it is clear that this has not happened and if it did it was not sustainable.
These last decades have been full of hope and misery, protests and revolutions, conflicts and wars, economic uphills and downfalls, democratisation and backsliding.
This story has not ended, it is developing and continuing, there are more challenges and opportunities ahead. And all of us, Young Greens and activists in Eastern Europe, are part of this.
Therefore we in CDN decided to organise a conference where we would discuss all these issues we are facing.
How did we end up where we are now? What is the role of global powers such as the EU, Russia and China in our region? Should we be hopeful for the future as we see emerging environmental movements and progressive political actors? Can we achieve climate prosperity and what challenges do we have regards energy and transition?
Although the Conference was planned to happen prior to the CDN General Assembly in March 2022, taking everything into consideration minding everyone’s concerns and safety, the Executive Committee (EC) has accessed the ongoing situation and has come to a conclusion in agreement with GEF partners for the Conference to be postponed.
Having this in mind, The Future of Eastern Europe Conference will be taking place in Riga, Latvia on 6-7th June 2022.
Language: The main language of this activity will be English. But not being comfortable with interacting in English should not prevent you from applying. CDN strives to create an inclusive atmosphere at the events, where participants are encouraged to express themselves and ask for clarifications or translations from peers that speak the same language.
Costs: Anyone is welcome to take part in the conference with their own expenses. There is no participation fee.
In addition, CDN can cover the participation of a limited number of applications of young greens and activists from Eastern Europe (with a maximum age of 30). Meaning the cost of travel, and lodging (accommodation in multi-bed rooms, vegetarian/vegan food and refreshments).
In any case, take into consideration choosing the most economic and environmentally friendly means of travel (lowest price + travel time + CO2 emissions) and in case the trip would take less than 15 hours only travelling by land (train+bus) is reimbursed (IRPs §9.1).
Deadline: 20th of May (if applying for CDN to cover your participation.)
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– Sonja Schiffers, Director of Heinrich-Boell Foundation, South Caucasus Office
– Anastasiya Dorofeeva, Belarusian Green party, Belarusian anti-nuclear campaign, hub “Green foundations”
– Anton Cherepenko, the Free Hong Kong Center in Kyiv
– Zarina Burkadze Associate Professor of Political Science, Ilia State University
– Raluca Besliu, contributor of Green European Journal focusing on Eastern European affairs
– Teo Comet, European Greens
Manana Kochladze, Bankwatch Strategic Area Leader – Democratization and Human Rights
How can we make democracy more ecological? What kind of changes do we need to apply to our thinking about participation, institutions and decision-making to put ecology and the environment at the forefront of our political systems?
– Justine Pantelejeva, Progresīvie, Latvia
– Sopo Shubitidze, Mtsvaneebi, Georgia
– Predrag Momčilović, Ne davimo Beograd, Serbia
– Stefan Vukmanovic, Ura Montenegro
– Koray Doğan Urbarlı, Green Party Turkey
Description: For the last decades, if you checked the electoral map of Europe intending to see how Green parties have been performing, you would see a clear pattern: Greens in the west and north do well – they get elected in national and regional parliaments, city councils, win mayorships and even participate in governing coalitions; while in the east – you would see a grey colour representing either absence of Green parties from the political landscape or lack of support and therefore relevance. However, in recent years the pattern is dissolving and becoming a blur, the Green wave spreading to the East.
This event is organised by the Green European Foundation with the support of CDNEE and with the financial support of the European Parliament to the Green European Foundation. The European Parliament is not responsible for the content of this event.
Cooperation and Development Network Eastern Europe held its 13th General Assembly in Belgrade, Serbia/Hybrid 12-13th of March 2022. The GA was planned to happen in live in Tbilisi, Georgia and practice democracy in physical space once again after long COVID-19 years. However, this was not possible anymore due to the Russian invasion and ongoing war in Ukraine. Taking into account instability in the whole region and consequent risks the Executive Committee had decided to move the event to an online/hybrid format.
The General Assembly once again, decided on the direction the Network should take over the next year by adopting the Activity and Financial Plan, electing the new EC and adding amendments to Internal Rules of Procedure, Political Platform and Strategy Statement 2022-24, Safe Space Policy as well as adopted four resolutions.
Apart from the statutory part, we organised a discussion regarding the current situation in Ukraine and listened to the presentation by Yevheniia Zasiadko, former Executive Committee Member of CDN from Ukraine, about dependence on fossil fuels from Russia and the importance of sanctions and embargo, as well as how can we support. Based on the input and discussion the resolution was developed by the Executive Committee, amendments made by the delegates and finally adopted by the General Assembly.
The newly elected Executive Committee consists of Selma Levrence (Protest); Edna Sadikovic (Revolt); Onur Elmas (Young Greens of Turkey); Kateryna Andrieieva (Belarus Young Greens); Lusine Kosakyan (Frontline Youth Network) and Pablo Luīze Pastore (Protest).
Moreover, we are happy to welcome Youth Forum URA as the newest Member Organisation as was approved by the General Assembly.
We want to say a big thank you to all delegates, candidates and guests who contributed to another amazing GA which we leave with big plans and EC motivated to pursue. We should also should express our gratitude to Young Greens of Georgia for fruitful cooperation and support in organising the GA as well as an understanding for the last-minute cancellation.
Here are the documents amendment and/or adopted by the General Assembly:
You can can find the Minutes of the 2022 General Assembly to be adopted by the next GA blow:
CDN General Assembly 2022 was planned to happen live next weekend in Tbilisi, Georgia and practice democracy in physical space once again after long COVID-19 years.
However, this is not possible anymore due to the Russian invasion and ongoing war in Ukraine. Taking into account instability in the whole region and consequent risks the Executive Committee has decided to move the General Assembly & accompanying events in an online/hybrid format.
This means the following:
– Feminists in Environmental Movement Training (7th March, for selected local reporters only) – fully online;
– Working Groups Meeting (8-9th March, for WG members only) – fully online;
– Conference on the Future of Eastern Europe (10-11th March) – postponed;
– General Assembly (12-13th March) – hybrid.
HYBRID meaning: Only current EC, Secretariat, Presidency and EC Candidates will travel as planned, however, they will be joining us in Belgrade, Serbia. No delegates/observers/representatives/guests will be present live.
Once again, we want to express our solidarity with the Ukrainian people fighting for their freedom, democracy and life. Our heart goes to our colleagues, activists and Young Greens who have been at the forefront of fighting for social justice, human rights, climate and environmental protection. Now they are under permanent threat and are facing the Russian military.
Therefore, besides the regular decision-making about the current and the future of our network, we will also be discussing and reflecting on the ongoing situation, showing support, sharing our perspectives and building solidarity even in an online format.
Hoping for peace and to see you soon online!
CDN EC & Secretariat
CDN is opening a call for amendments to the statutory and general documents of CDN for the upcoming General Assembly.
To work on the documents, read and make amendments, table resolutions, etc. we will be using our GA website.
All technical instructions are given on our GA website but you can also access them HERE.
Who can submit amendments and resolutions:
According to our IRPs amendments and resolutions can be tabled by: Member and Partner Organisations, as well as Working Groups.
According to our IRPs, the amendments can be submitted until the voting on that
certain motion, however, it is highly advised not to use this as a deadline and submit them as early as possible.
We would kindly ask you to table resolutions and amendments by Monday, February 28, 23:59, so that other delegates can timely discuss them with their organisations and EC can adjust the draft agenda accordingly.
Dear Young Greens from Eastern Europe,
CDN is looking for Executive Committee Candidates for the mandate 2022-23. This is your chance to contribute to the growing Green movement in Eastern Europe.
The presentation of candidates and election of the new Executive Committee will take place at the CDN General Assembly that will take place 12-13th March 2022 in Tbilisi, Georgia.
The Executive Committee tasks:
The candidate for the Executive Committee should:
More details about the responsibilities of CDN EC members and the election procedure can be found in the CDN Statutes and Internal Rules of Procedures. If elected, candidates are asked to stay for the transfer meeting with the current EC and the first EC meeting. Departure day for EC Candidates is the 17th of March. CDN will cover the costs of accommodation for all Candidates, no matter if they are elected or not.
The candidate should submit:
*Only CDN Member and Partner organisations can nominate a candidate for the Executive Committee.
Applications can be submitted HERE.
DEADLINE for submitting candidacies is February 25, 23:59 CET. However, the earlier you apply the more chance delegates will have to see your candidacy on cdn.discuss.green.
NOTE: In addition to the candidacy related documents, each Executive Committee candidate needs to fill in the REGISTRATION FORM for GA attendees as well.
In case of any questions do not hesitate to write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dear young Greens and activists,
We would like to announce a call for the new Member, Partner and Observer Organisations which are going to be decided upon by the upcoming General Assembly in Georgia from 12-13th of March 2022.
According to CDN Statutes, an organisation of young people with Green values, based in a country that hadn’t been a member of the European Union prior to the 1st January 2007 can apply to be a Member Organisation of CDN. Organisations not fitting in the prior criteria can apply as Partner or Observer Organisations (see CDN Statutes and IRPs for more information on the profile of MOs, POs and OOs).
More information about CDN, our principles, our documents, work in the past and our plans can be found on the CDN website. Linked you can find CDN Statutes, Internal Rules and Procedures and Political Platform.
In order to apply, the organisation must submit:
Also, if there are any other relevant documents (political platform, manifesto, statements, resolutions) in English that your organisation works accordingly to, it should be submitted as well.
Applications can be submitted HERE.
DEADLINE for applying is February 25, 23:59 CET. However, we recommend you to apply earlier as delegates will have more time to see your application.
Each candidate organisation’s application will be reviewed by EC and a recommendation for the delegates will be written and presented during the GA.
Each Candidate Organisation will be given a chance to present their candidacy at the General Assembly. If the Candidate Organisation doesn’t have a representative at the GA, another way for the presentation of the candidacy will be ensured.
Unfortunately, CDN will not be able to cover the costs of the Candidate Organisation’s representatives at the GA. CDN can book the accommodation and meals for representative(s) for the price of 35 EUR per day per person. For this arrangement, please get in touch with email@example.com latest by the 25th of February.
Regardless of the date the applications are submitted, each Candidate Organisation’s representative needs to fill in this FORM in order to register for attending the GA in person.
In case of any questions don’t hesitate to write to firstname.lastname@example.org
Although we were sad to see Kiki go, we’re excited to have Ivana Vojnov with us in the Office Assistant position.
Ivana attended her first Green event back in 2018 organised by Serbian Green Youth when she discovered a network where she immediately blended in. Since then, she became an active member of the SGY and in August 2020, she became SGYs Board Member. This experience has brought her a larger understanding of the Green movement and Green politics, which she aims to continue working on, improve and fight for.
Welcome to the team and we wish you an adventurous ride with CDN!!!
CDN Executive Committee and Secretariat
As CDN office is getting bigger, we are happy to announce that the Secretariat will be joined by Elena Petrovska in the Project Assistant position.
Elena’s first encounter with the Green Youth movement dates back to 2017, when she first joined Serbian Green Youth. Afterwards, she’s been active as a Board member of SGY from 2018, and a member of its Secretariat from 2020. In march 2020, she joined the Executive Committee of CDN. Through these years, Elena’s interests and understanding of Green topics were growing, and she remains determined to fight climate and social injustices.
Welcome to the team Elena and we wish you a joyful Green ride with CDN!!!
CDN Executive Committee and Secretariat
Cooperation and Development Network of Eastern Europe will hold its 11th General Assembly on 4th – 7th March 2020 in Belarus and will be hosted by CDN Member Organisation Belarus Young Greens.
This year we received 2 applications for host organisation and hereby, we would like to thank Georgian Young Greens for expressing their interest in hosting the GA. We are looking forward for other opportunities for cooperation in the future!
General Assembly (GA) is the highest decision-making body of CDN that gathers at least once a year and has the full power to take any necessary decision in order to realize the objectives of CDN.
GA consists of delegates from Member and Partner organisations of CDN and brings other friends from Green European family to share, network and discuss. GA elects Executive Committee, adopts activity and financial plan for the next year and makes other relevant decisions.
MEMBER ORGANISATION of CDN has a right to be represented by two delegates with voting rights at the General Assembly and has full right to nominate its candidate for any organisational group/position or submit amendments to any organisational document of CDN. CDN will cover the full travel and accommodation costs of the 1st Delegate of each Member Organization. Member Organizations can decide to send 1 delegate with two voting rights or 2 delegates, each with one voting right, as long as they cover the participation and travel costs of the 2nd delegate.
PARTNER ORGANISATION of CDN has a right to send one delegate with no voting right to the GA and has full right to nominate its candidate for any organisational group/position or submit amendments to any organisational document of CDN. The travel costs of the delegates of partner organization are not covered by CDN.
GUESTS are also welcomed at the CDN GA, bearing in mind that CDN can’t cover their GA related costs and they will be subjected to participant fee.
Save the date and expect more information as well as the call for Delegates of Member and Partner Organizations and Guests in January. __________________________________________________________________________________
Please find relevant calls, forms and other documents below (to be published from January):
Call for Delegates (Deadline for registration: 4th February 2020, midnight CET)
GA draft Agenda 2020 (Updated)