Support to civil society in Russia
The Council of Europe started to implement a three-year Framework Co-operation Programme on “Strengthening Civil Society and Civic Participation in the Russian Federation” in mid-2008. In partnership with civil society actors in Russia, the Conference of INGOs works towards improving interaction and co-operation between NGOs and public authorities in order to strengthen the role of civil society in public life and policy-making. The programme is designed to create and maintain favourable conditions for NGO initiatives in fields such as human rights, democracy, civil society, culture and education, social cohesion and gender equality, in order to better respond to the needs of Russian society and increase the impact of citizens’ action. Special attention is paid to the improvement of Russian NGO legislation and its implementation.
Outline of the 3 year Framework Co-operation Programme
Implementation in 2010-2011 of the Framework Co-operation Programme: Draft list of activities for 2010 to June 2011
Support to civil society in Belarus
The Council of Europe also provides assistance to human rights defenders and independent media in Belarus. Civil society representatives from Belarus participate on a regular basis in the sessions of the Conference of INGOs, attend meetings of committees of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and contribute to events devoted to Belarus in Strasbourg. The Civil Society Communication Platform on Belarus has hosted, since 2006, regular conferences on citizen activism, support to human rights defenders, independent media and elections.