Members of the WG are representatives of the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung (Germany), Kalevi Sorsa Foundation (Finland), RES Publica (Portugal), Green Forum (Sweden), Liberales (Belgium), Foundation Max van der Stoel (Netherlands), D66 (Netherlands), Fundación para el análysis y los estudios sociales (FAES), Political Academy of the Austrian People's Party (Austria), Novo Drustvo (Croatia), Swedish International Liberal Centre (Sweden), Friedrich-Ebert- Stiftung (FES), Foundation Max van der Stoel, (Netherlands), Fondazzjoni IDEAT (Malta), Croatian Statehood Foundation (Croatia), Fondazione Magna Carta (Italy), Liberal Politological Institute (Bulgaria), Institute for Social Integration (Bulgaria), Constantinos Karamanlis Institute for Democracy (Greece) and Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (Germany).

 

Considering the dynamics in the Southern Neighbourhood, the working group “Enlargement/Neighbourhood” works in close cooperation and coordination with the working group “democracy support”. The new orientation of EU policy towards the Neighbourhood enshrined in a “New response for a changing neighbourhood” is an essential element which the working group uses in order to engage the relevant stakeholders. The WG is also monitoring the implementation of the 2012 communication “The roots of democracy and sustainable development: Europe's engagement with Civil Society in external relations”. The WG has discussed the implications for the work of political foundations in enlargement and neighbourhood countries and fed in its feedback into several consultation processes prior to the publishing. Furthermore, in 2013 the WG monitored closely the programming of the Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA II) and European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI). In the same year the WG members organised a meeting on the topic “The challenge of democratic transition - Supporting sustainable democratic change through the engagement with civic and political actors in Enlargement and Neighbourhood countries”.

 

The WG is involved in a constant consultation process on Enlargement organised by the Directorate General Enlargement. ENoP is giving input based on its members’ expertise and experience in projects in the field. An example for such a consultation involving ENoP has been the exchange between ENoP and the European Commission on the “Guidelines for EU support to civil society in enlargement countries, 2014-2020”.

 

The WG actively liaises with the EaP CSF and observes the development of the EaP CSO forum and cooperates when possible. The creation of an enabling environment for civil society in Eastern and Southern Neighbourhood countries and the consolidation of CSOs in enlargement countries is a topical priority of the WG. Members of the Working Group will raise awareness about the restrictive situation of civil society organisations in enlargement and neighbourhood countries, and the distinctive role which political foundations can play in improving the situation.