Friday, 31 March 2017

Networking

The European Institute is member of:

Baner_ESF_200.pngThe European Civic Forum (ECF) is a transnational network that brings together over 100 associations and NGOs across 28 countries in Europe and is actively working to promote civic ownership among the citizens of the Old Continent, to form active European citizenship awareness and help the non governmental sector’s structurisation on all levels.

The European Civic Forum’s objectives rely on four main focus areas:

  • striving to bring to the foreground a real European civic dialogue through exchanges and proposals on the use of civic rights and on the link between citizens and the European institutions;
  • encouraging meetings and exchange programmes between associations and NGOs across European countries during initiatives and events organised by the members;
  • carrying out information and awareness campaigns for the European citizens, but also advocacy campaigns (through the collection of signatures, for instance) in order to influence the public policies of the European Union;
  • organising on a regular basis of a forum with the participation of European NGOs leaders in a different European country in order to define and refine the civic and democratic model in Europe.
     

Baner_Pasos_200.pngPASOS is an initiative to strengthen independent think-tanks to ensure the lessons of transition are understood, and applied. The association was founded in 2003 as an instrument to increase the effectiveness of the regional information exchange and common projects.

PASOS supports the development and strengthens the outreach and impact of its 56 members. It builds upon the work undertaken by the Local Government and Public Service Reform Initiative (LGI) of the Open Society Institute (OSI) since 1999 to upgrade the institutional capacities within the so called Related Centres Network (RCN).

PASOS aims to promote and protect democracy, human rights and open society values – including the rule of law, good governance, and economic and social development – by supporting civil society organizations that individually and jointly foster public participation in public policy issues at the European Union level, in other European and global structures, and in the rest of Europe and Central Asia.
 

Baner_EPIN_200.pngEPIN is a network of European think tanks and policy institutes with members in most member states and candidate countries of the European Union. It was established in 2002 during the constitutional Convention on the Future of Europe.

Currently there are 35 EPIN members from 26 countries, within and outside of the EU. The work of the network is based on the cooperation of about 15 most active institutes.

EPIN organises three events in Brussels and beyond per year; as well as ad hoc conferences or other activities. EPIN focuses on institutional reform of the Union, but other issues are also addressed. The network follows preparations for the European elections, the EU's communication policy, and the political dynamics after enlargement, as well as EU foreign policy and justice and home affairs.
 

logo.jpgCitizen Participation Forum (CPF) is an independent platform of more than 130 Bulgarian non-governmental organizations working for the enhancement of the citizens’ participation in the decision-making at local and regional level and improvement of the interaction between NGOs and public authorities.

CPF is association acting in public benefit and serves as a platform for exchange of experience and expertise, drafting consolidated statements and active participation in the policy-making processes.

Vision:

Unification of power and resources of civil society for establishing motivated, deliberate and informed citizen participation in the decision- and policy making processes.

Goals:

  • Development and recognition of civil society;
  • Improved environment for better interaction between CSOs and institutions at local and regional level;
  • Promotion of citizens participation in the decision-making and planning and implementation processes within the framework of the local, regional and national planning documents;
  • Unification of active CSOs resources from the whole country for establishing effective and competent dialogue with the institutions.

Scope of activity:

  • Citizens participation in the planning process for the period 2014-2020;
  • Improvement of the legislation in favour of citizens participation;
  • Adoption, implementation and monitoring over the Strategy for Support of the CSOs in Bulgaria;
  • Capacity building and application of effective and working practical models.

Benefits for CPF Members:

  • Identification as proactive working organizations;
  • Trainings and information, exchange of experience on citizens participation;
  • Access to participation/ possibilities for opinion-sharing;
  • Networking possibilities/ partnership building;
  • Access to EU networks;
  • Access to resources.