During its meeting on 28 June 2019 in Stuttgart, Germany, the Current Affairs Committee examined a resolution on the revision of the "Code of Good Practice for Civil Participation in the Decision-making process", prepared by a joint working group formed by the Congress and the Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe. The two institutions were represented, respectively, by Thomas ANDERSSON (Sweden, ILDG), Congress rapporteur, and Gerhard ERMISCHER, Vice-Chair of the Democracy Committee of the Conference of INGOs.
Adopted by the Conference in 2009, the Code defines means to strengthen civil participation and mechanisms for NGO participation in the decision-making process. "The Congress has used the Code in its work from the very beginning, as it has always been aware of the importance of citizen participation in public life as a means to ensure the democratic supervision of public authority," the rapporteur stated.
In particular, the revised Code proposes to create a "toolkit" - a repertoire of good practices - which would provide guidelines based on the experience of dialogue and cooperation with NGOs.
The resolution will be submitted for adoption at the 37th Congress Session (29-31 October 2019) in parallel with the adoption of the Code by the Conference of INGOs at its session in October 2019.