MCIC Workshop on the Implementation of the Gov-CSO Cooperation Strategy in Macedonia

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On 22nd May, 2015, in Skopje, Macedonian Center for International Cooperation (MCIC) organized presentation of the state of affairs on the Implementation of the Government Strategy for Cooperation between the Government and Civil Society (2012-2017) in Macedonia for the period June 2012 to December 2014. The aim of the event was to present the progress in the realization of the measures from the Strategy implementation and to raise a discussion on the findings and recommendations from the policy document. Half-way through its implementation period, 48% of measured envisaged in the Strategy were started and only 2 have been fully implemented so far.

The Unit for Cooperation with CSO and Ministry for Labor and Social Policy are the two institutions that lead and implement most of the measures. In addition to presenting the policy document, the event served as an opportunity to identify future challenges in the cooperation and in the implementation of the planned activities by both representative of Ministry contact point for civil society and CSO themselves.

In June 2012, the Government of the Republic of Macedonia, with the financial support of the EU, adopted the new Strategy for cooperation between the Government and Civil Society 2012-2017. The adoption of the 2nd consecutive Strategy prompted the need for continuous and regular monitoring of the Strategy implementation. Guided by its long-term goal to contribute to an entrenched and dynamic civil society that actively influences the public policies, MCIC prepared the first public policy document that covers the implementation of the Strategy in 2009, and monitored its implementation in 2011 as well.

The workshop was part of the regional project “Balkan Civil Society Acquis – Strengthening the Advocacy and Monitoring Potential and Capacities of CSOs”, led by BCSDN and financially supported by the European Union and BTD.

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