On 30th May, BCSDN presented for the first time the Matrix for Monitoring of the Enabling Environment for civil society development (CSDev). Hosted by the GMF Brussels office and supported by the BTD, the policy workshop brought together around 40 representatives of the DG Enlargement, European Parliament, EESC, RPolicy workshop 30th MayCC and CSO from Brussels and the Balkans and Turkey to react and give suggestion upon the matrix, which was presented publicly for the first time. The matrix, which is being developed by CSO experts/practitioners from 10 countries and supported by European Centre for Non-Profit Law (ECNL), defines principles and standards/benchmarks in 7 areas (Basic and fiscal legislation, Government policy and institutional framework, CSO participation in decision-making, Funding, CSO involvement in provision of public services, Human resources and Trust). Based on the feedback received, the matrix is to be developed also through further targeted consultations with stakeholders. The matrix, which is to functions as a monitoring mechanism for CSO is to have a strong advocacy role in setting the optimum standards and promoting civil society as a value, rather than issue of administrative capacity, as is the case with many governments in the Enlargement countries. A video report from the workshop will be available in the coming weeks. The presentation of the matrix is available here.