Guidelines for meaningful civil participation in political decision-making

Public consultation on the draft guidelines
Strasbourg 8 July 2016
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Guidelines for meaningful civil participation in political decision-making

The Council of Europe, through the European Committee on Democracy and Governance (CDDG) and the Conference of International Non-Governmental Organisations (Conference of INGOs), is preparing guidelines to help ensure meaningful civil participation in political decision-making in its member states.

Before finalising the draft guidelines, a wide public consultation on the draft text is being organised. This consultation seeks to obtain the input from as many actors as possible from public bodies and authorities as well as civil society.

The joint working group of the CDDG and Conference of INGOs will carefully consider the comments and observations received when finalising the draft guidelines before presenting these to the CDDG for transmission to the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe for adoption.

You are invited to take part in this consultation process and to submit your observations on the draft guidelines to the Secretariat of the CDDG by 4 September 2016. 

Please note that comments and contributions can be accepted only in either one of the two official languages of the Council of Europe, i.e. in English or French.

Draft guidelines


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