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On-line Citizen's Forum European Debates
Name of contact person Simon Delakorda, M.Sc., director
Country/countries of operation Slovenia, European Union
Implementation period of your project
Started in 2006. Sustainable ongoing project.

Short description of your project

Citizen's forum European debates http://www.evropske-razprave.si/ is providing a national on-line deliberation space for facilitated public debates and consultations on relevant European issues in Slovenia. The main goal of on-line forum is to establish a permanent online dialogue between Slovene public (citizens, NGOs, civil society) and European decisionmaking institutions (primarily Slovene members of the European parliament) on current EU policies and topics. Citizen's forum e-participation process is based on principles of deliberative and participatory democracy and is open to all internet users without prior registration. On-line discussions can be initiated by citizens or NGOs and consultations are initiated by Members of the European Parliament. Consultations include video messages and invitation from MEPs, information about the policy context, phase of political decision-making, time frame, relevant documents and starting questions. Inputs posted in the forum or submitted by e-mail or paper questionnaires are summarized into reports by facilitators and sent to Members of the European Parliament to provide feedback. Different web 2.0 features like Facebook, You Tube, RSS and Twitter are used to involve public combined with press conferences, on-line video streaming and chat rooms covering live forums with MEPs from Slovenia.

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NGO Terra-1530

A multilateral informed man can not be manipulated!z2
Name of contact person
Petru Botnaru
Country of operation
Moldova
Implementation period of your project
2000 – present

Short description of your project

One of the most stringent problems of the Moldovan society at the moment, especially of the rural society is the absence of the access to information or limited access to the public information. While the price of subscriptions to periodicals is very high for the majority of the village people, and the Radio and TV are at the disposal of the power, the population from the rural regions stays uninformed about different fields of general interest. And this way they the rural people can be easily manipulated by those who have the monopoly on the informational market.

The right to information is fundamental, and limiting it, or even enclosing it, is an infraction of the human rights.

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Resource Centre for public participation - CeRe

Public Consultation in the Parliament in the Law Making Processs4
Name of contact person
Oana Preda
Country/countries of operation
Romania
Implementation period of your project
2007

Short description of your project

The project's goal was modifying Law no. 24/2000 on the legislative technique and the Regulations of the two Romanian parliamentary chambers in order to include public consultation in the law making process. At the beginning of the project, the regulations mentioned above did not include any reference to the public consultation process in the two chambers of the Romanian Parliament, the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate.

Role of NGO (what did your NGO do)

CeRe started the campaign by publishing the study "Public Participation in the Parliaments of European Countries" which was sent to members of the Parliament. Further on, it organized, in the Romanian Parliament, the roundtable “Is Public Consultation a Necessity?". The purpose of this roundtable was to gather deputies, senators, parliamentary and governmental experts, members of the Economic and Social Council and of NGOs and discuss together this topic.

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Emergency Call for Structural Funds

Name of organisation
The Resource Centre for Public Participation
and
The NGO Coalition for Structural Funds
Name of contact person
Oana Preda
Implementation period of your project
April 1st 2009 – July 31 2010

Short description of your project

Through this project, CeRe and its partners aimed to monitor the management of structural instruments by Romanian institutions, especially regarding transparency and NGO access, as well as to increase NGOs role and capacity to act as both social partners and applicants in the implementation and evaluation phases. In the long run, the project expected impact was to contribute to a better management of Structural funds and the Agriculture Fund for Romania

The specific objectives were the following:

  • To evaluate the transparency of the institutions responsible for structural funds and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the access of NGOs to these funds
  • To promptly identify through an Early Warning System (EWS) the difficulties met by NGOs and other stakeholders (local authorities) regarding structural funds transparency and efficient management
  • To increase the capacity of collective action of NGOs to act as watchdogs regarding structural funds

The project targeted public institutions that have responsibilities in the management of the following operational programs: Operational Sectoral Programme for Human Resources Development, Operational Sectoral Programme for Environment, the Regional Operational Programme, the Operational Programme for Administrative Capacity Development and the National Programme for Rural Development.

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NGO Center for Social Innovations

Stimulation of civil participation in the process of preparation of the Civil Society Forum of the Eastern Partnership
m6Leonid Kalitenya
Belarus
Implementation period of your project
2009

Short description of your project

The project on stimulation of civil participation was aimed at solving the following main problems:

1. To expand civil participation and to increase the role of civil society organizations in Belarus;

2. To involve Belarus’ civil society organizations in a wide public discussion concerning the aims and tasks of civil society in the Eastern Partnership initiative in Belarus;

3. To work out and coordinate thematic and procedural proposals for the Civil Society Forum of the Eastern Partnership;

4. To distribute the Active Citizenship Charter in Belarus and to involve a broad number of civil society organizations in the Eastern Partnership initiative as a practice of the implementation of the Charter’s articles. 

The project’s activities included

  1. The implementation of a PR campaign to inform wide layers of representatives of civil society about the Active Citizenship Charter with the help of the Internet.
  2. A round table in Homiel on 31 October 2009  “Participation of civil society in the initiative of the Eastern Partnership at a regional level”, with a discussion of the Active Citizenship Charter concerning pressing questions of participation of Belarus’ civil society in the initiative of the Eastern Partnership
  3. The implementation on 2 November 2009 of the conference “The Civil Society Forum of the Eastern Partnership: the agenda for Belarus”, during which a discussion of the Active Citizenship Charter and the role of civil participation in the actual situation of preparation of the Civil Society Forum of the Eastern Partnership was started.

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