Box 6: EU Guidelines assessment
Sub-area 3.1. Framework and practices for cooperation
Result 3.1. Three main institutions and mechanisms were responsible for facilitatation of the cooperation with CSOs: The Council for Cooperation with and Development of the Civil Society, the Unit for Cooperation with NGOs, and the network of public servants for monitoring the implementation of the Strategy, consisting of 18 state institutions. The main mechanism, the Council as a cross-sectoral advisory body, remained functional. The Council’s Rules of Procedure were changed twice, including a concerning legally ungrounded decision to add to the Council’s list of task the mandate to execute requests from government bodies (such as the request for nominations of representatives of CSOs in bodies and events). Concerning the information flow from the Council to CSOs, according to the survey, 61.3% CSOs are informed about the work of the Council. When it comes to the Council consulting with other CSO, 26.4% of CSOs responded that the representatives of CSOs in the Council consult with them on current issues. Almost at every session, the Council has come up with certain recommendations and/or requests for different institutions. All requests made bythe Council to the Unit for Cooperation with NGOs were accepted, as well as requests made to several other institutions and all were implemented in a timely manner. Yet, one of the most important recommendations in relation to reforming the state funding for CSOs, the increase of the amount allocated by by the Government Secretariat from approx. 19,000 to 971,700 EUR was not considered.
Box 7: EU Guidelines assessment
Sub-area 3.2. Involvement in policy- and decision-making process
Result 3.1. The legal framework enables inclusion of CSOs in decision making processes. In practice, the cooperation between the Government and CSOs has improved, as well as the effectiveness of consultations. Namely, 82% of the total number of draft laws were consulted via ENER, and for 89% of those the minimal deadline of 20 days for consultations was respected. According to the survey, 61.3% CSOs cooperated with state institution in the past year. A total of 48.5% of the CSOs that replied to the survey were involved in the policy creation and law-making processes. However, there is a need for further improvement of the effectiveness in consultations. When it comes to having adequate access to information, just above a third (32.52%) of CSOs agree. In terms of substantial consultation, 3.,8% say that CSOs suggestions were considered (25.2% most of them were considered, 8.6% small part were considered and 3.1% said all of our suggestions were considered).