Standard 3.1.1. State Policies and Strategies for Development of and Cooperation with Civil Society

The Agreement for cooperation between the Council of Ministers and CSO in BiH was signed in 2017. Several very clear commitments for the Council of Ministers of BiH stemmed from the Agreement: (1) establishing an advisory body for cooperation with civil society organizations, (2) strengthening the role of the Sector for Legal Aid and Development of Civil Society as a contact point of the Council of Ministers for cooperation with civil society organizations, (3) adopting a civil society development strategy, (4) ensuring transparency of funding for associations and foundations, and (5) strengthening the role of civil society in the European integration process. However, the adoption of the relevant amendments or by-laws are still in preparation phase. Commitment that has not yet been fully fulfilled is the adoption of the strategy, as the formation of an advisory body is pending. The Decision on the formation of this body has been adopted and needs to come into force officially. The body will have seven members, all of whom are from civil society, which is the only such case in the region. The appointment of these members is currently pending. The CSOs are not directly included in the implementation of the Agreement only as recommendation for transparency and establishing procedures. The most of responsibilities are on the Council of Ministers BiH. The commitments are related only for the CoMs’ BiH 9 ministries and few agencies, while the whole State system bellow, which present more than 90% of institutions, does not depends on the signed Agreement. The other levels of authorities mostly do not have any kind of documents that regulate cooperation between the government and CSOs or, if they exist, they are either not in use or are not respected.

0 – 20 Fully disabling environment20 – 40 Disabling environment
40 – 60 Partially enabling environment60 – 80 Enabling environment
80 – 100 Fully enabling environment

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