Working group 4

Working Group 4: Contacts Between People

Introduction

Working Group “Contacts Between People” deals with the main issues on the agenda of EaP Thematic Platform 4 of the same name.
The activities of this working group are divided into a number of areas. These include Visa Facilitation, Education, Youth and Culture.

The Aims of the Working Group

The aims of the Working Group include:
a. Promote and disseminate information on EU issues and the opportunities provided by the EU by developing an information society and by enlarging the network of European Information Points.
b. Address specific situations and levels of development of civil society in each EaP countries, in particular through using existing leaders' networks for strengthening common understanding, sharing of values and co-operation between NGOs from EaP and EU states.
c. Offer all EaP countries roadmaps towards visa-free regimes and waive visa fees as soon as possible.
d. Simply visa procedures and provide multiple-entry long term visas.
e. Facilitate non-formal education and increase funding for internships and volunteer opportunities, school exchange programmes and distance learning.
f. Enhance the active participation of young people in decision-making processes at all levels and develop mechanisms for involving them in the achievement of EaP goals.
g. Develop special programmes for peace and intercultural education for young people in post conflict areas.
h. Foster cultural exchanges and co-operation between EU and EaP countries and encourage ratification/fostering implementation of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions in the 6 EaP.