CIVIL SOCIETY AND DEMOCRACY COMMITTEE
Strasbourg, 6 May 2010
FOR THE ATTENTION OF THE MEMBERS OF THE CIVIL SOCIETY AND DEMOCRACY COMMITTEE
The Civil Society and Democracy Committee, meeting in Strasbourg on 27 April 2010:
1. Adopted the agenda and the synopsis of the meeting held in Strasbourg on 26 January 2010 [CONF/CIV(2010)SYN1].
2. Implementation of the Code of Good Practice for Civil Participation in the Decision-making Process
Presentation of the action plan and debate [CONF/PLE(2009)CODE2]
Track record of the activities implemented
Setting up of an expert group
1) INGOs had difficulties with the code because of the legal language;
2) Questions existed about the quality of the translations of the code. There was also the Italian example of the translation of the code in a brochure for the use of the stakeholders with increased accessibility for ordinary citizens;
3) The code had to take account of the different institutional systems in the various countries in Europe;
4) There was an urgent need to establish implementing mechanisms while recognising the lack of resources;
5) Proposals: the participation day could be replaced by a participation week.
3. 4th Regional NGO Congress on “The Role of NGOs in a Pluralist Democracy”, Vilnius, 10-12 June 2010
The Vilnius Congress scheduled for June had been approved at the preparatory meeting from 14 to 16 April. One or two points had to be finalised, the experts and INGO representatives had to be chosen.
4. Next session of the Forum for the Future of Democracy on “European democracy in the 21st century – principles and challenges”, Yerevan, 19-20 October 2010
Following an update by Michael Remmert, Project Manager, on the state of preparation of the forum, the committee discussed the contribution of the INGO Conference.
5. Presentation of EU related initiatives on civil dialogue
– Conference on “A structured civil dialogue for a citizen-friendly Europe”, Brussels, 22 March 2010
– European Civic Days, Malaga, 6-8 May 2010
Alexandrina Najmowicz (European Civic Forum) gave an update on the efforts to formalise civil dialogue in Brussels, which might be useful in the context of the relations between civil society and the Council of Europe [link to document: Towards a Structured Framework for European Civil Dialogue].