| On 15 May 2018, the Center for the Study of Democracy (CSD) hosted a networking meeting with non-governmental stakeholders to discuss options for possible collaborative activities that facilitate EU-Russia dialogue on civil society and law-related issues. The meeting was held on the margins of the 8th General Assembly of the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum (CSF) which is taking place on 15-18 May 2018 in Sofia. The EU-Russia Civil Society Forum was established in 2011 and the Center for the Study of Democracy is among its founding members.|
The networking meeting was held under the auspices of the EU-Russia Legal Dialogue Programme of the CSF. Among the attendees were experts of the CSD and other Bulgarian non-governmental organisations, such as the Bulgarian Institute for Legal Initiatives and the Law and Internet Foundation, as well as CSF General Assembly guests and participants – representatives of think-tanks and policy institutes from Russia, Poland, and the Netherlands.
The meeting provided an opportunity for participants to present their respective activities and research interests and to exchange and brainstorm ideas and suggestions for future collaboration and joint initiatives in the areas of human rights and the rule of law, rights of vulnerable groups (such as prisoners, children, victims of crime, migrants, refugees), digital rights, fight against corruption and organised crime, civil society empowerment, judiciary monitoring, legal aid etc.