Box 4: EU Guidelines assessment
Result 3.1.b. Quality of structures and mechanisms in place for dialogue and cooperation between CSOs and public institutions in terms of: – CSO representation in general, – representation of smaller/weaker CSOs, – visibility and availability, – government perception of quality of structures and mechanisms, – CSOs perception on structures and mechanisms;
– A new, improved Road Map for Drafting Policy and Measures for Enabling Environment for Civil Society 2019 – 2023 was approved in July 2019, including concrete indicators to measure its implementation and a budget.
– There is a poor perception of CSOs on the effectiveness of the Road Map, reflected in a high percentage of the surveyed CSOs (78%) not participating in the consultations for the preparation of the new document. Among the main reasons expressed are lack of trust that their opinions will be considered, and lack of interest to engage in this process.
– No legal initiative has been made to amend the Law on the establishment and functioning of the NCCS to reflect the changes in the composition of the council of ministers (i.e. changes in the ministerial portfolios) and number of representatives from each ministry (i.e. reduction in number of ministerial portfolios) in order to meet the required balance of representation.
– The NCCS has failed to prove itself as a collegial consultative body for the institutional collaboration between the State and CSOs. The performance of the NCCS so far has been poor especially in discussions, addressing key priorities of the CSO sector with regard to enabling environment and participation in policy-making processes. No information on the decisions taken by the Council in 2019 has been published, in the frame of its work for the support of civil society.
Box 5: EU Guidelines assessment
Result 3.1.a. Percentage of laws/bylaws, strategies and policy reforms effectively consulted with CSOs in terms of: – adequate access to information; – sufficient time to comment; – selection and representativeness / diversity of working groups; – acknowledgement of input; – degree to which input is taken into account; – feedback / publication of consultation results
– There is no available information to measure the percentage of laws/bylaws, strategies and policy reforms effectively consulted with CSOs.
– Based on the survey with CSOs, it is noticed an increased responsiveness from state institutions to the requests for information from CSOs (86% of surveyed CSOs declaring that their request for information was answered). Still, there are no explanations provided when a request for information is not answered, as declared by 72% of the surveyed CSOs.
– One of the main concerns of CSOs with their participation in public consultations remains lack of trust that their comments / inputs will be taken into account by public institutions.