Experimenting “Bottom-up Europeanization”: EU’s Support to Civil Society Development in Enlargement Countries

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The role of CSOs has come to the forefront of the European political and normative debate, signified as a remedy to solve the democratic deficit and inefficiency of public policy making. The EU has increasingly pursued sophisticated approaches to activate participation of the civil societies of enlargement countries. Following a series of reforms, in relative terms, Turkey was able to better provide political space and enable mobilization of civil society with the reforms made in the legislation throughout the 2000s. Despite these steps, problems still exist both in the context and implementation of primary legislation and related secondary legislation. It is crucial to continue the EU support to facilitate both CSOs and state representatives to engage in local matters and to cooperate in policy formulation. The EU’s formulation of “civil society acquis” on the basis of the Civil Society Guidelines is a perquisite to institutionalize and strengthen civil society approaches of the EU in enlargement countries. Read more on the next steps for enhancing Enabling environment for Civil Society development in Turkey here.


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