In the Eastern Partnership region ECNL connects partners across borders; promotes European good standards in regulation of freedom of association and peaceful assembly; shares comparative expertise from accession countries and new member states; hosts regional events on the topics of common interest, such as CSOs’ financial sustainability, CSO-Government relationships, public participation, social contracting and other topics.
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Monitoring Framework in the Eastern Partnership
The countries of the Eastern Partnership face numerous challenges in expanding civic space for citizens’ initiatives and civil society, as such. Increasingly, CSOs become more aware of the need to apply a common approach in monitoring the environment in which they operate – both in terms of law and practice.
To support their efforts, the European Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ECNL) and its partners: Transparency International Armenia; MG Consulting LLC in Azerbaijan; Assembly of Pro-Democratic NGOs in collaboration with Legal Transformation Center from Belarus; Civil Society Institute from Georgia; Promo-LEX Association in Moldova; and the Ukrainian Center for Independent Political Research (UCIPR) launched the process of developing a Monitoring Framework on Enabling Environment for Civil Society in the Eastern Partnership region.
The “Monitoring Progress, Empowering Action” Project will be implemented between 2017-2020, with the support of the European Union. It aims to contribute to the improvement of the environment in which CSOs operate, and ensure that an enabling environment exists in partner countries; as well as strengthen CSOs’ capacities to promote evidence-based reform initiatives and increase public accountability across the region. On the country level, the Project will enable local CSOs, donors or other interested parties to monitor and assess the state of the legal environment for civil society, and its implementation in practice. On the regional level, it will allow for cross-country exchanges, formulation of regional priorities and better communication in order to improve civil society conditions.
The core group of legal experts will develop a Monitoring Framework with substantive and comparative expert assistance from ECNL and through consultations and piloting of the tool with CSOs in their respective countries. The Monitoring Framework will rely on key international, European standards on fundamental rights and civil society space. Based on the applied methodology and findings of the developed Monitoring Framework, the core group will summarise country and regional reports, which will guide local initiatives in bringing positive reform in laws and policies affecting CSOs.
The project “Monitoring Progress, Empowering Action” is implemented with financial support of the European Union.