Turkey, EU mark 10th year of Civil Society Dialogue

Alaturka Politika Haberleri

By Nazli Yuzbasioglu

ANKARA (AA) – Co-financed by Turkey and the EU and implemented by the Turkish Foreign Ministry, the Civil Society Program provides a platform in which civil society groups from both sides share information and experience with each other and have the chance to forge lasting dialogue.

The 10th anniversary of the program, funded under the Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA), will be celebrated next Tuesday through an online program including a panel, exhibition, and concert.

The event, titled "10 Years of Dialogue," boasts a variety of speakers including Deputy Foreign Minister and Director of EU Affairs Faruk Kaymakci, Head of the Delegation of the EU to Turkey Nikolaus Meyer-Landrut, and other top officials along with journalists.

Panels will feature stories from benefactors about projects carried out since the start of the program.

The online event will have a virtual exhibit showing photos of projects related to the dialogue program, and pianist Gulsin Onay will perform in a brief concert.

The Civil Society Dialogue program brings together civil society bodies in both Turkey and the EU, and it brings EU norms along with good practice examples to Turkey, which is a candidate for EU accession.

As part of the program, nearly €50 million ($60 million) in funds has been allocated to about 400 projects and more than 650 partnerships aimed at dialogue.

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