Conference: Institutional Mechanisms for Cooperation between the CSO’s and the Parliament of RM

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The conference was held on June 18th 2010. The conference intended to deal with the main issues, subdivided into three topics. In the course of the first topic, the key concept of current mechanisms for cooperation was addressed by MPs and representatives of the Civil Society organizations and discussed with the participants. The second topic, addressed the issues of nature, intensity and the results of the oversight and public hearings, by MPs that worked on making this function and representative of the International Organizations working closely to support these processes. The third topic was focusing on the cooperation between the Civil Society organizations and Parliament of RMwithin the EU accession process.

The Conference was attended by 70 participants including members of the Parliament, employees within the Parliament’s department as well as by representatives of civil society organizations, media and experts.

The Introductory speeches were given by Mrs. Simone Filippini, Ambasador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Mr. Trajko Veljanovski, President of the Parliament of RM and MOST’s Executive Director, Mr. Darko Aleksov. All of them stressed the need for open dialogue about the conditions and the relations between the two extremely important sectors of one democratic society, the Legislative power and the civil society.

The conclusions that were drawn from the conference compiled in its final report are clearly stating the need of an official document regulating the rules and procedures for cooperation and communication between the Parliament of RM and the civil society sector.

Here are some of the conclusions:

  • To enhance the confidence and cooperation between the civil society and the Parliament;
  • To institutionalize the cooperation between the civil society and the Parliament so as to precisely define the cooperation and communication rules and not to rely on the good will of individuals;
  • To develop mechanisms of sustainable partnerships, based on clearly defined principles and forms in the Rules of Procedure and other documents and acts that regulate the Parliament’s work in this area;
  • There is a need of an active contribution by both beneficiaries to improve the quality and intensity of oversight hearings;
  • The oversight hearings and the public hearings to be actively used as mechanisms for mutual cooperation and exchange of experience and information.

Period of implementation
June 2010

This project was funded by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands