International Networking Conference

The Future of Eastern Partnership:
Empowering Democratic and Sustainable Civil Societies

September 17-20th
Humboldt Carré
Behrenstraße 42, 10117 Berlin

Speakers & Workshop Hosts


Highlights from 2023 Program

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Keynote Toomas Ilvers

Monday, Sep 18th – 18:00

Keynote Robin Wagener

Tuesday, Sep. 19th – 13:00

Keynote Brian Whitmore

Tuesday, Sep. 19th – 18:00

“Challenges and Opportunities for the Eastern Partnership in Times of Russian Military Aggression”

Monday, Sep 18, 10:30 – 12:00

  • Dirk Schuebel, Special Envoy for the Eastern Partnership, European External Action Service, Brussels 
  • Robin Wagener, Special Envoy for the Cooperation with the Civil Society in the Southern Caucasus, Moldova and Central Asia, Member of Parliament, Greens, Berlin 
  • Iulian Groza, Executive Director, Institute for European Policy and Reforms (IPRE), Chisinau
  • Kataryna Wolczuk, Associate Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Programme, Chatham House, London

Moderation: Rebecca Harms, former MEP

Open Fishbowl: Ukraine’s Societal Resilience and Lessons for the Region

Tuesday, Sep 19, 10:30 – 12:00

  • Oleh Rybachuk, head of Centre for United Action NGO, Ukraine 
  • Orysia Lutsevych, deputy director of the Russia and Eurasia Programme and head of the Ukraine Forum at Chatham House
  • Rebecca Harms, former MEP, expert on Ukraine
  • David Stulik, Diplomat, Czech Republic

Moderation: Mattia Nelles, Co-Founder of the German-Ukrainian Bureau

Cooperation Session on Project Grants, Professional Skills and Networking

Tuesday, Sep 19, 16:00 – 17:30#

  1. Integrating Project Ideas and Drafting Grant Applications with New Partners 
  2. Expert Clinics
  3. Bar Camp: “Exposing Russian disinformation strategies and deconstructing propaganda narratives”
  4. Workshop: “Energy Supply in South Caucasus: Ways to Reduce Dependencies on Russia
  5. Experience exchange session: “Citizen Diplomacy vs. Public Diplomacy: How do we advocate for continuous support for Ukraine abroad?”


About the Conference

This year more than 150 change-makers from the EU and its eastern neighbors will come together from September 17-20th, 2023 in the Humboldt Carré, Behrenstraße 42, 10117 Berlin for a more human- and society-minded, more sustainable and more resilient dialogue. Participants will be able to share and learn good practices, explore potential areas of cooperation and initiate new projects. The conference will combine topical exchanges of knowledge and experience among participants, inputs by high-level experts and thrilling networking opportunities. The discussions will be organized within four thematic tracks, which bundle challenges of all countries in Europe’s east: democracy and human rights; good governance and fighting corruption; sustainable energy and energy security; security and peace.

The conference is organized by WECHANGE with support of the German Federal Foreign Office in the framework of the program “Expanding Cooperation with Civil Society in the Eastern Partnership Countries”.

Who can participate

NGO representatives, universities, social entrepreneurs, artist collectives etc., who are eager to work beyond borders and embark on joint projects and are coming from or professionally active in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, Germany, France, Poland and Ukraine.

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