Country visits of the Conference of INGOs

Introduction Introduction

The Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe visits Member States to meet local NGOs and public authorities to introduce them to the Conference of INGOs, better understand the cooperation between NGOs and decision-makers and to discuss NGO participation in the public decision-making process. Certain legal frameworks are in place in countries in order to consult NGOs and to associate them in decision-making.  The Conference hears the point of view of both NGOs and authorities to find out what use is made of these participatory tools. Each visit is followed by a report which highlights the important issues for the NGOs at that specific moment and socio-political context. Recommendations are formulated to improve the effectiveness of cooperation between NGOs and the public authorities. The findings of the visits also contribute to advancing the Council of Europe’s work in this field.

The participation of civil society in decision-making is one of the priorities of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe and guidelines on civil society’s effective and meaningful participation in the political decision-making process are being developed for possible adoption by the Committee of Ministers.       

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Civil participation in the decision-making process

Report published following the visit of the Conference of INGOs to Ireland

23 June 2017 Strasbourg

The Conference of INGOs held an official visit to Ireland from 24-26 April 2017. The Irish Social Workers Association organised the logistical and substantial support during two meetings with NGOs active in the field of human rights, education and democracy. The meetings with public authorities...

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Civil participation in the decision-making process

Report of the fact-finding visit to Germany

25 November 2016 Strasbourg

On 25 and 26 October, a delegation of the Conference of INGOs carried out a fact-finding visit to Berlin. This initiative was organised in close collaboration with Bundesnetzwerk Bürgerschaftliches Engagement (BBE) - National Network for Civil Society and the diplomatic representation of Germany...

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Civil participation in the decision-making process

17 June 2016 Strasbourg

Follow-up to the visit to Poland on 1 and 2 June by the President of the Conference of INGOs

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Civil participation in the decision-making process

Fact-finding visit to Budapest

25 November 2016

From 21 to 22 November, the Conference of INGOs carried out a fact finding visit in Budapest with a view to assessing the participation of civil society in political decision making and to strengthening the connection with national NGOs in the Member States. The fact-finding visit was made...

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Council of Europe consultations on civil society participation in Romanian public decision-making

14/09/2016 Bucharest

A delegation of the Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe met with representatives of Romanian NGOs and public authorities in a fact-finding visit in Romania, on 12 and 13 September 2016. The purpose of the meetings and debates was to know more about Romania’s recent experience with civil...

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Reports of the fact-finding visits to Moldova and Bulgaria by the Conference of INGOs

NGO participation in the decision-making process

27 January 2016 Strasbourg

A delegation of the Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe carried out fact-finding visits to the Republic of Moldova and Bulgaria to meet with NGOs and discuss with them their participation in the decision-making process. Discussion focused on key questions such as what tools exist which...

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Fact-finding visit of the Conference of INGOs in Tallinn

headline 16 October 2017 Strasbourg

From 25 to 26 September 2017, the Conference of INGOs held a fact-finding visit in Tallinn. Like all other visits, it focused on NGO participation in the decision-making process. Because their impact on civil participation in decision-making should not be ignored, digital tools and the digital...

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Civil participation in the decision-making process

Visit of the Conference of INGOs to Serbia

23 November 2017 Strasbourg

The visit of the delegation of the Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe in Belgrade (Serbia) took place from 13 to 15 November. The visit focused on NGOs participation in the decision-making process in different sectors of public policies and public affairs. The visit was co-organised by...

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