ECMI EASTERN PARTNERSHIP PROGRAMME (EPP) addresses Belarus, Moldova, and Ukraine – countries, that face various challenges and also have numerous achievements in the accommodation and governance of their ethnic and linguistic diversity. This is a 3-year programme is to be implemented from 2014 to 2017.

The EPP’s goal is to enhance governance and to advance state policies on the prevention of ethnic discrimination and on the mainstreaming of national minorities issues according to European best practices in the target countries.

The EPP’s objectives are:

  • awareness-raising and capacity-building of public bodies in charge of diversity and equality management, consultative bodies and advisory bodies on minority issues
  • dissemination and transfer of information and know-how both on European standards and good practices through training and networking.

The programme objectives are achieved by the means of trans-regional thematically-focused training seminars, by facilitating networking of public and civil society institutions and by joint activities aimed at monitoring and drafting thematic reports on the EPP’s focal issues.

The EPP’s work is organized along two thematic streams:
• National institutions in pursuit of equality and diversity policies
• Minority participation in public life

The EPP‘s key activities include:
• 12 joint thematic seminars
• 24 smaller regional seminars with narrower thematic focuses
• 2 concluding conferences
• Regular joint working groups
• thematic reports and other publications

Our primary beneficiaries and partners:
• National and regional public bodies in charge of equality and diversity issues;
• Minority and other civil society organizations;
• Universities, research and analytical centers

The EPP’s working principles and methods include cross-fertilizing horizontal exchange of good practices rather than merely transfer of European minority rights standards; joint creative work aimed at adjusting international standards in non-discrimination and minorities’ participation in public life to the target countries’ conditions rather than imposition of imported recipes; generic trans-regional approach instead of addressing each country separately; involvement of both officials and civil society activists; covering of both capital cities and regional and remote areas; involvement of government officials and civil society representatives in joint activities and networking.

Expected output/results:
• cross-regional networking and collaboration of both public and private organizations;
• cross-regional thematic reports on minority mainstreaming and minority participation;
• new public initiatives aimed at minority-related legislation;
• new public initiatives aimed at teaching and training pertinent to diversity issues.