Code of Good Practice for Civil Participation in the Decision-Making Process

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Presentation by Ms Valmorbida, Responsible for the Code of Good Practices for Civil Participation in the Decision Making Process, Democracy, Social Cohesion and Global Challenges Committee, Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe on the occasion of the public hearing on Principles, procedures, and action for the implementation of Articles 11(1) and 11(2) of the Lisbon Treaty (EESC SOC sction, 17 April2012)

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Code of Good Practice for Civil Participation in the Decision-Making Process

  1. 1. Code of Good Practice for Civil Participation in the Decision- Making ProcessCONFERENCE OF THE INTERNATIONAL NON GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS (INGOs) OF THE COUNCIL OF EUROPE Coordinator, Antonella VALMORBIDA
  2. 2. Genesis Lack of attention of citizens towards the political process Proposal to develop an instrument for support at the Forum for the Future of Democracy in Sweden Promotion of a clear and “easy access” instrument Consultations at the regional level with NGOs Adoption of the Code by the Conference on the 1st of October 2009 and endorsed by the Parliamentary Assembly
  3. 3. Added value of the Code  Council of Europe (and Members State) support. It becomes an official document to refer to  It create awareness for NGOs to be involved in policy making at the local and national level (NGOs often considered as implementing unit)  Gives clear hints and indications about how to proceed
  4. 4. Fundamental principles of citizens’participation  Freedom of participation and expression  Trust  Accountability and transparency  Independence
  5. 5. Different levels of participation DialogueInformation -Broad Partnership Consultation -Collaborative Low LEVEL OF PARTICIPATION High
  6. 6. STEPS OF THE DECISION MAKING PROCESS Reformulation Agenda setting Monitoring Drafting Implementation Decision
  7. 7. STEPS OF THE DECISION MAKING PROCESSImplementation and dissemination :18 languages present on line :http://www.coe.int/T/NGO/code_good_prac_en.aspNational programmes adopted the Code as a reference : Slovenia,Latvia, etcInspires a number of capacity building activities in Europe

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