Civil Society Transformations on the Way to the European Union

Deadline: 17 September, 2012
Open to: CSO representatives, activists, academics, practitioners and artists involved with civil society issues in the Western Balkans and Turkey
Venue: 17 – 19 April, 2013, Zagreb, Croatia


How did the accession process influence the relationship of state and non-state actors? What kind of new relationships did the accession process foster (stronger CSOs vs. weaker public administration or vice versa)? How did candidate countries utilize civil society achievements in negotiations with the EU? How did CSOs utilize the accession process to influence public policies?
These are the questions that this regional conference aims to identify, in addition to the key challenges faced by CSOs in the framework of the EU enlargement process and to present the changes that CSOs and other actors in the field went through during that process. The main objective is to articulate the lessons learned in the course of the accession process, especially during the four-year presence of TACSO in the region, and to assist CSOs in the Western Balkans and Turkey to cope with the challenges that are ahead. For more information about the programme go here.


CSO representatives, activists, academics, practitioners and artists involved with civil society issues in
the Western Balkans and Turkey are invited to submit a summary of their proposed contributions. The official language of the conference is English. The contributions are to be delivered in English and the authors are themselves responsible for organising translation/interpretation if needed.


The conference will take place 17 – 19 April, 2013 in Zagreb, Croatia. TACSO will cover the costs of participation (travel and visa expenses, food and accommodation) and offer modest honorarium for the selected contributors. The contributors will be informed on the status of their proposal by the end of October 2012. It is expected that the final conference programme and a call for participants will be published in November 2012.


The participants should submit a summary of their proposed contributions on the following sub-themes:

  • Role and capacity of CSOs on the way to the EU
  • Networks/Partnerships
  • State vs. Civil Society

on The deadline is 17 September 2012.
The summary may not exceed two pages (double spaced, Times New Roman font, 12 point) and it should briefly describe the content of the contribution, presentation method to be used and technical equipment needed for the presentation.
We encourage contributions in the following formats (though the contributors are free to choose a different format as well):

  • Pecha Kucha
  • Poster presentations
  • Interactive workshops (discussing some of the conference sub-themes or sharing specific experience/knowledge/skill with a group of up to 20 participants)
  • Short films

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