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How Can Central European Civil Society Assist the Egyptian Transition?, 2011


DEMAS – Association for Democracy Assistance and Human Rights

Subsidy: 76.425,- CZK

On June 6, 2011 DEMAS – Association for Democracy Assistance and Human Rights, together with its two member organizations EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy and Forum 2000 Foundation, organized a one-day seminar on the current state of Egyptian civil society and Egyptian – EU – Central European possibilities of transition cooperation. The representatives of Visegrad (Czech, Slovak, Hungarian and Polish), Egyptian and Brussels based non-governmental organizations (NGOs), foreign donors and relevant policy makers from the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs participated in the workshop. The aim of this briefing note is to summarize the main issues raised at the seminar and to find possible topics for further EU – Egyptian cooperation.

The revolution in Egypt was started by a young generation that represents more than one half of the population. However democracy is also about sharing responsibility therefore democratic ideas have to be shared across generations and gender and all citizens must be involved in the transitional process. As the new EU member states themselves went through such a process and gained both positive and negative experiences they might share it and thus help build the new Egyptian democratic civil society. Working together on common projects will create a joint EU-Egyptian platform which might serve in the future as a bridge to other countries in the MENA region.