Monday, 14 March 2016, 12.00-14.00
Venue: Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom, Avenue de Cortenbergh 71, 1000 Brussels
Not long ago, the Turkish economy was booming and the country was converging with European Union values and its acquis communautaire. A major contributor to this success was the continuous engagement of civil society organizations in various spheres of Turkish society.
But recently, in an effort to consolidate political power and to maintain stability within the country, the government has enacted severe limitations on freedom of assembly and freedom of expression, directly affecting the work of civil society organizations and the media.
How can civil society organizations operate in such an environment? Where do they see openings to advocate for change? How can European institutions and organizations contribute to strengthening civil society in Turkey?
We welcome you to meet “the other side of Turkey”, represented by various civil society organizations, for an informal exchange on the chances and challenges of civil society in Turkey.
Hans H. Stein
Director, European and Transatlantic Dialogue, Friedrich Naumann Foundation
Civil Society Representatives
Head of the European Union Research Center, Okan University
Turkish Enterprise and Business Confederation
P24 Platform for Independent Journalism
IKV – Economic Development Foundation
KAOS Gay Lesbian Association
Freedom Research Association
Programme Coordinator, Friedrich Naumann Foundation
Kindly register for this event by 10 March 2016 at http://tinyurl.com/meetandgreetturkey
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