Key Macedonian CSOs Call on the Government to Stop Selection Process, Revise the Gov-CS Council

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Despite the initial reaction by civil society on 20th May over the sudden adoption of the Decision on the Establishment of the Council for Cooperation between the Government and Civil Society, on 23rd May the General Secretariat of the Government published a Call for selection of 13 members of the Council coming from associations and foundations. With this procedure, the Government did not take into consideration any recommendations and indications of the CSOs regarding the establishment of the Council and thus additionally undermined the already fragile trust between the state institutions and the civil sector. Therefore, 89 CSOs have signed a Statement asking the Government to stop the selection process, make changes to the adopted Decision, and open a consultative process with civil society representatives in which the different opinions of the Council will be taken into consideration, and will be adjusted according to the comparative experience and practices. The full statement and more information is available here.
Source: BCSDN

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