About 85 people gathered today on the third day of the online “caravan” of consultations for the EU Guidelines for the EU Support to Civil Society in Enlargement Region, 2021-2027 dedicated to Montenegro. Representatives of CSOs, donors, international organisations and public institutions discussed the importance of Guidelines and having clear and measurable result indicators.
Colin Wolfe, Head of Unit, Western Balkans Regional Cooperation and Programmes - Civil Society and Social Inclusion (D.5), DG NEAR said that Policy makers and officials in the region and here in Montenegro, are also to understand the international standards, the expectations, and particularly to work on the way in which the interaction between civil society and authorities can be facilitated and can be made a feature which last and works well, and that civil society voices are really, genuinely heard.”
Ana Lorentzen, Programme Manager from EU Delegation to Montenegro said that it is a pleasure to see how big interest this consultation generated among NGOs, cooperation partners and institutions in Montenegro. She mentioned that the guidelines provide very clear benchmarks and indicators for achieving the main objective of EU support to civil society which is to strengthen participatory democracy in countries like Montenegro that is accession country to EU.
Current legal framework for civil society development, including strategy for enabling environment for CSOs, the law on volunteering, and the law on NGOs were discussed.