Tuesday, November 24, 2009
The Ministers’ Deputies of the Council of Europe recently adopted a Code of Good Practice for Civil Participation in the Decision-Making Process. The Conference of INGOs [International Non-Governmental Organizations] of the Council of Europe created the Code pursuant to a request by participants of the June 2007 Council of Europe Forum for the Future of Democracy held in Sweden.
As stated in its introduction, the “Code offers a repertoire of good practices. It does not have a mandatory character, does not prescribe rules, or require enforcement mechanisms.” The purpose of the Code is to provide guidelines for civil participation in decision making processes at the European level. The Code targets public authorities across all levels of public administration.