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The Regional Civil Society Conference:
for Europe of the Western Balkans and Turkey

This event will bring together civil society representatives, government representatives and EU officials to examine broad trends in the reform process necessary for a participatory democracy and a sustainable civil society.

There will be three main themes for debate:

1. Benchmarking progress across the region. This will be done through progress reports from each country by exploring and comparing national reforms to create an enabling environment for civic engagement

2. Sustainability of civil society in the medium-term. Many civil society organisations face the dilemma that EU funding is the main available source so the tendency has been for foundations to withdraw from the region. Yet EU funding alone cannot sustain a civil society. What progress is there towards creating national funds with public resources or in encouraging corporate social responsibility?

3. The outlook for EU policies towards the region. The accession of Croatia ought to provide a new boost for enlargement. By September 2012 the future of the EU budget and the neighbourhood and pre-accession programmes for 2014-2020
should be much clearer.

The background to this event is the 10-point Ljubljana declaration, followed up at previous events in Zadar, the reports by the Balkans civil society development network, TACSO publications and the Commission progress reports on candidate and potential candidate countries. The Council of Europe code on good practice in civil society participation is also a reference point.

Click below for the pictures from Zadar conference: 

 
Please find below the programme of the conference, the country reports and the concensus statement: 

iconProgramme of the Civil Society Conference: for Europe of the Western Balkans and Turkey
iconReport from Albania

iconReport from Bosnia and Herzegovina
iconReport from Croatia
iconReport from Kosovo
iconReport from Macedonia
iconReport from Montenegro
iconReport from Serbia
iconReport from Turkey

iconConcensus statement

To read and consult the speakers' presentations, please follow the links below: 

27.09.2012 

Panel: State of play of the accession process in the Western Balkans and the role of CSOs - new perspectives or old challenges?

 

Panel: Benchmarking progress across the Region for an enabling framework for civic engagement 

iconSelen Lermiogly Yilmaz: Turkey Civil Society Report

 

 

First Workshop: What information is available and how good is access to information? 

iconMara Silina: Your rights under the Aarhus Convention

iconDubravka Bevandic: What information is available and how good is access to information?

iconSasa Segrt: Access To Information - Challenges and Opportunities

 

Second Workshop: How do standards of consultation, participation and partnership compare? 

iconNicola Bertolini: How do standards of consultation, participation and partnership compare?

iconTanja Hafner-Ademi: How do standards of consultation, participation and partnership compare? 

 

Third Workshop: What are the possibilities for citizen participation, deliberation and direct democracy
in the Region?

iconSimon Forrester: CSOs and Citizens’ Participation  

28.09.2012

Panel: The future of the European budget and support for the Western Balkans and Turkey 

iconLone Sorensen: Multiannual Financial Framework 2014-2020 

 

Panel: Partnership with national authorities on the strategies and programmes to implement EU funds 

iconArdita Metaj-­Dika: Partnership with national authorities on the strategies and programmes to implement EU funds

iconLiga Baltina: How can participation in cross-border or other EU level programmes be improved?

iconAndy Churchill: Partnership to implement EU funds - Experience from the UK 

 

Final Session  

 

 

 

 

 

Please find in this section below, some background information and research documents:

iconLjubljana Declaration
iconWays and means to involve civil society in the EU Cohesion Policy 2014 2020
iconThe Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA) 2014-2020

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