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ECAS calls for an enhanced participation of civil society actors in the democratization process in the ENP countries

In response to the open consultation on the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP), ECAS has formulated recommendations aimed at creating an enabling framework for CSO engagement in the region.

ECAS’ input is structured around three key axis:

  • Empower Civil Society to enhance democratization processes in ENP countries;
  • Include information and communication technology (ICT), Web 2.0 and new forms of democratic participation as focus areas in the ENP ;
  • Support direct services to citizens and access to justice.

The basis of the consultation was the EC’s Joint Consultation Paper – Toward a new European Neighbourhood Policy. Adopted by European Commission and the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy on 4 March 2015, it sets out key questions for discussion with partners and stakeholders.

After this consultation, a Communication setting out proposals for the future direction of the ENP will follow in the autumn.

ECAS will monitor further developments aimed at setting up revised ENP and will contribute to the shaping of an inclusive policy towards the region, with a strong emphasis on civil society development and participatory democracy.

Read the ECAS input to the ENP consultations

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