Standard 3.2.3. CSOs’ Representation in Cross-Sector Bodies

The Decree On the Election of CSO Representatives to the Working Bodies of the State Administration regulates the obligation of state organs to include representatives of non-governmental organizations into working and advisory bodies that they form, on the basis of public call on their web site and portal of e-administration. Namely, the Decree is followed by five templates: public invitation for CSOs to propose a representative of a non-governmental organization in the working body; application form for the CSO representative in the working body; public consultation program on the text of the draft law, or strategy; comments and suggestions; public discussion report. According to the decree, the state administration body elects representatives of non-governmental organizations to the working group and other working body which it forms, based on a public invitation published on its website and internet portal of e-government. When the Call is open, organizations may suggest a CSO representative for that body. In addition, other organizations may support the election of that CSO representative by providing all the documents regulated in the criteria of the call. After the deadline passes, a list of suggested CSO representatives is announced, along with list of organizations that supported their application. Also, list of incomplete applications and list of organizations that supported the application of certain CSO representative whose documentation is incomplete is published. 

39.6% of the organizations participated in the work of advisory/consultative/ working group bodies and committees in the past year. Every working group, advisory body, consultative body, etc. that is formed must have at least one CSO representative included in their work. There are no recorded cases of non-transparent selection of CSO representatives. Also, there is no official list of bodies that do not publish names of their members, information on meetings and decisions.

Although advocacy is quite present in the civil sector, most organizations focus their advocacy on actions like announcements, statements and media. In regard of networks, they remain one of the most successful ways of joint advocacy. Also, many organizations use other means to promote their opinion: publishing reactions, announcements; signing petitions; protesting, etc. However, there is no official data on number of CSOs that use these alternative means and are representatives in working bodies. 

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

There have been cases when working groups or councils, where there are representatives of CSOs, organize meetings without notifying CSO representatives or organizing them on the day when CSO representative is not available to come (i.e. they are out of country). This is not only a case on national level, but also on local. Representative of CRNVO, who was elected as a member of Local Working Group whereas she received notification on the election after the central public consultation was held, where they had the opportunity to provide comments just as any other interested party and without being able to actively participate in drafting documents for which the working group was formed.

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