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Giving a stronger voice to civil society in the European neighbourhood

At the conference held in Brdo, around 150 participants from NGOs, national governments and EU institutions discussed the position of the civil society in the Western Balkan countries, Eastern European ENP partner countries, Turkey and the Russian Federation, the involvement of the civil society in the implementation of EU projects, the monitoring of the implementation of EU policies and the possibilities of enhancing development aid effectiveness.

On behalf of the Slovenian EU Council Presidency, the participants were welcomed by Anita Pipan, Director-General of the Directorate for Policy Planning and Multilateral Political Relations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia. Director-General Pipan emphasised that the Slovenian Presidency devoted special attention to dialogue with civil society and the development of partnerships between civil society organisations, EU institutions and national governments.

At the conference, which was organised by the Centre for Information Service, Co-operation and Development of NGOs (CNVOS) and the European Citizen Action Service (ECAS) from Brussels in cooperation with the Government Communication Office and the Representation of the European Commission in Slovenia, the representatives of the civil society adopted the Ljubljana Declaration, which consists of political recommendations to EU institutions and national governments on establishing partnership relations with civil society and promoting its sustainable development within the European neighbourhood.


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Date: 02.04.2008