CSO Participation in Policymaking (BA0005)
Which public issue will be addressed by this obligation?
Co-operation with civil society on public policy issues, including the process of European integration, has become de facto one of the political conditions for full membership in the European Union and is regularly addressed in both the EU enlargement strategies published periodically by the European Commission and in progress reports on Bosnia and Herzegovina for membership in the European Union.
The Treaty of Lisbon on the Amendments to the Treaty on European Union and the Treaty establishing the European Community stipulates that the European Union is based on the representative (role of political parties) and participatory democracy (the role of civil society). This is the participation of citizens and civil society organizations in the work of the institutions of the European Union through open, transparent and regular dialogue and consultation, proclaimed by the fundamental constitutional value on which the European Union is founded - and which also obliges candidate countries and potential candidates for membership.
In January 2017, the Council of Ministers adopted new Rules on Consultation in Drafting Legal Provisions ("Official Gazette of BiH" No. 5/17) and launched the web application eKonsultacije https://ekonsultacije.gov.ba to conduct a public consultation with the interested public on the regulations proposed by the institutions of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The web application eKonsultacij has a total of 55 registered BiH institutions that are conducting public consultations for regulations from their jurisdiction.
In 2018, 280 public consultations were conducted and 234 reports on the conducted consultations were published, which is a significant increase compared to 2017 when 111 public consultations were conducted and 108 reports on the conducted consultations were published. The total number of registered users on the web platform eKonsultacije in December 2018 was 1,876 and is higher for 389 registered users than the total number of web application users from December 2017.
However, the participation of civil society organizations is not sufficient and it is necessary to raise awareness and educate civil society organizations to participate actively in the process of public consultation organized by the institutions of Bosnia and Herzegovina through the web platform eKonsultacije.
What is the obligation?
To hold eight workshops for civil society organizations to present the Rules on Consultation in Drafting Legal Provisions ("Official Gazette of BiH" No. 5/17) and the possibilities of active participation in the process of creating regulations and other acts under the competence of the Council of Ministers of BiH. Web platform eKonsultacije would be presented at the workshop and the way in which civil society organizations can register and actively participate in the process of drafting regulations and other documents by sending their suggestions and comments.
How will the fulfilment of the obligation contribute to the solving of the public problem?
By fulfilling this obligation, we want to motivate civil society organizations to participate more actively in the policy-making processes of the Council of Ministers of BiH in order to improve quality of regulations at the Council of Ministers level with their suggestions and comments.
Why is this obligation relevant to OGP values?
Meeting this obligation allows the efficient adoption of public policies and establish clearer procedures of co-operation of the Council of Ministers and the civil society in BiH.
In cooperation with the CSO, determine the location of the workshops
Prepare and publish a call for workshops
To hold workshops in eight BiH cities
Make Recommendations for improving the public consultation process based on proposals by civil society organizations
Implement recommendations in order to create a more quality legislative and legal framework for inclusion of CSOs in policy-making processes
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