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20. February 2020.

At the end of 2019, the Office for Cooperation with Civil Society initiated the process of appointing contact persons - points for cooperation with civil society organizations in governmental bodies at all three levels of the government - national, provincial and local.

Starting from the legal framework that introduces the obligations of the administrative authorities towards greater transparency of the legislative and policy-making process, with the simultaneous establishment of new mechanisms for involvement and advocacy activities of civil society, and with the aim of ensuring a more effective implementation of the established legal framework and improving cross-sector communication and cooperation, the Office  for Cooperation with Civil Society referred the above - mentioned initiative to the administrative bodies that can be the proponents of regulations and public policy documents.

Upon expiry of the deadline for data compilation, the contact points database for cooperation with civil society organizations was formed, which currently contains 191 appointed persons by a total of 140 administrative bodies:

-   At the national level - 42 contact points for 23 public administration bodies

-   At the provincial level - 18 contact points for 11 provincial administration bodies

-   At the local level - 131 contact points for 106 local self-governmental units.

The purpose of the database is to facilitate and encourage direct communication and cooperation between governmental bodies and civil society organizations, especially in decision-making processes, but also the mutual cooperation and exchange of experience between governmental bodies in this field. In the coming period, the Office will focus its activities on strengthening the capacity of the designated contact points through their timely communication on issues of importance for the cooperation of the two sectors and the implementation of training in this sphere.

The database of contact points for cooperation with civil society organizations was done in the form of an excel document containing three pages (sheets) in which the administrative bodies are classified by the level of government to which they belong.  The database will be updated periodically with the data on missing bodies, but also modified in accordance with possible changes of persons in charge of cooperation with civil society organizations.

The existence of contact points in the administration bodies for cooperation with civil society organizations is one of the institutional mechanisms for cooperation between public authorities and civil society envisaged by the revised Council of Europe’s Code of Good Practice for Citizen Participation in the Decision-Making Process. 

You can download the database of contact points for cooperation with CSOs ončke-za-saradnju-sa-ocd-u-organima-uprave.37.html?newsId=1145

Source: Office for Cooperation with Civil Society and Coordination Body