Enabling Environment for Civil Society in BiH 2016: Genuine Partnership between CSOs and Governments Is Necessary

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According to the recently published Monitoring Matrix Report for Bosnia and Herzegovina 2016, the year was marked by a number of crucial political developments, because of which little room was left for the creation of an enabling environment for civil society development. In fact, the legislative framework remained stable, with little improvements in its practical implementation. Freedom of peaceful assembly continued to be guaranteed, with numerous assemblies on various issues taking place, while a novelty in the area of guaranteeing freedom of expression is the amendment of the Anti-Discrimination Law and its further alignment with EU laws. In the area of financial viability and sustainability, tax laws are not harmonized with laws on associations and foundations, tax incentives remain insufficient, and state funding does not follow transparent and fair distribution, as well as monitoring mechanisms. The most important challenges to be addressed in the State-CSOs relationship are: development of genuine partnership between CSOs and governments both at state and entity levels; creation of a Strategy for Development of Civil Society; proper implementation of the Rules on Consultations in Legislative Drafting by all ministries and all levels of government, and recognition of CSOs as reliable and valuable partners in providing social services. Read the full Monitoring Matrix Report on Bosnia and Herzegovina 2016 here.

Source: CPCD

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