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On 8th December 2016 Eventaste organized an international conference under the EU-funded project “Support to the social service providers and enhancement of the monitoring capacities in BiH” (EU SOCEM) that took place in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. The project is being implemented by EPRD.The occasion was the celebration of the International Human Rights Day, which takes place on 10th December each year. The title of the conference was “Where the hate speech starts – freedom of speech ends”.The participants included Minister Ms. Semiha Borovac, of the Ministry of Human Rights and Refugees, and Ambassador Mr. Lars-Gunnar Wigemark, Head of EU Delegation and EU Special Representative.

1Under the project “The EU Development Education and Awareness Raising (DEAR)” EPRD team organized and facilitated a 2-day communication and visibility event ‘DEAR Fair’. The fair opened on October 22nd in Brussels and brought together around 80 EU DEAR funded projects from all 28 EU Member States to exhibit their work, network, exchange ideas, and discuss DEAR issues.

Approximately 180 participants were present over the two days of the event representing approximately 100 Civil Society Organisations (CSO), 20 local authorities, EU Institutions, Member States, and academia. The DEAR Fair formed part of a developing programme of networking, sharing learning and increasing the visibility of the European Commission’s DEAR Programme.
The event was opened with the welcome address of Fernando Frutuoso de Melo,2 Director General for International Cooperation and Development. Commissioner Neven Mimica, EU Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development gave a keynote speech on the second day of the Fair. Lotte Knudsen, Director Human Development and Migration DG DevCo also contributed with her input.
The EPRD team was responsible for the overall organization and facilitation of the event, including the venue, translation, refreshments, as well as overnights, flights, etc. for the participants.

Domenico Rosa, the Head of International Cooperation and Development Unit D3 – ACP Planning and Horizontal Coordination was present during most of the Round Tables.
Domenico Rosa, the Head of International Cooperation and Development Unit D3 – ACP Planning and Horizontal Coordination was present during most of the Round Tables.

Within the project EPRD organized and facilitated a series of Expert Round Tables, which constituted the first phase of a two-stage Post-Cotonou Partnership Agreement consultation between the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) and the EU. The meetings, attended by top-level participants, such as experts from academia, think-tanks, private sector, CSOs, EU Institutions (Commission + EEAS HQ), EU Delegations, and EU Member States, were of high-level confidentiality.
Six of the Round Tables were co-hosted by European Union Member States and took place in The Hague, Bonn, Paris, Luxembourg, London and Riga, while the first one was held in Brussels.

Under the project “Assistance for Maximizing the Effectiveness of the Policy Forum on Development” EPRD assisted in preparation and facilitation, 3and moderated the first regional PFD meeting in Lima, Peru, which took place on the 25th and 26th of June 2014. The meeting, hosted by the Metropolitan Municipality of Lima, brought together over 140 participants from civil society, local authorities, EU Member states, EU delegations and headquarters, among others. The goal of the meeting was to debate issues of common interest, with special attention to European development policies. The EU updated participants on the state of its programming including specifically the CSO and LA thematic programme.

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