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EU-China Civil Society Dialogue on Information Disclosure Held in Beijing

On 26-28 September 2012 the “EU-China Civil Society Dialogue on Information Disclosure” was successfully held in Beijing. The event was jointly organized by the China Association for NGO Cooperation (CANGO) and the Great Britain China Center (GBCC). The 3 day-forum was the 6th EU-China Civil Society Dialogue, with 83 participants from NGOs and other stakeholders from both China and Europe. Mr. Zhao Zhongyi, Deputy Director of the Commerce Department of the China International Center for Economic and Technical Exchanges (CICETE) made the opening remarks. He emphasized the importance of EU-China Civil Society exchanges and fully affirmed the potential for cooperation.


The discussion of this forum focused on open government information and NGO transparency. Dr. Wang Yanzhen, research director of the People’s Congress of Beijing’s Dongcheng District shared two cases during the forum. Eight guests from China and Europe, Dr. Thomas Hart, Senior Adviser to China Academy of Telecommunications Research, Dorit Lehrack, senior international adviser of China Foundation Center, Sam Geall, Deputy Editor of Chinadialogue, Isabel Hilton, editor of China Dialogue, Sophie Le Clue, Programme Director of China Water Risk, Dr. Shen Guoqin, lecturer from China Peoples Public Security University, Dr Mao Da, lecturer from Beijing Normal University, Chen Liwen, Director of School of Waste, Nature University, gave keynote speeches on the Open Government and Open Data in the EU, NGO transparency in Germany, Environmental Reporting In the Media, Transparency of Environmental Information and NGO Participation, etc. This forum provided a platform for exchanges between Chinese and European experts and representatives of grass-roots NGOs.

The interactive sessions not only helped the participants have full direct exchange and discussion with each other, but also deepened their understanding about issues of information disclosure. Six action plans for follow-up projects were developed in group discussions.

These action plans were reviewed by the Consortium Member Meeting of the EU-China Civil Society Dialogue Project. Two action plans were chosen as the follow-up projects of this dialogue: the “Gacha Women’s Home Environmental Intervention Project” led by Women's Federation of Ewenke County and the “Green Commerce Project” led by Friends of Green Environmental Protection Association in Hebei.