The 17 CSOs ask:
“If CSOs have been recognized as partners and motors of change in the Western Balkans, why then are only the Commission, Governments and RCC involved in the programming of the Civil Society Facility on meetings like the one in Zagreb?”
The letter expressed the expectation that the design of the Civil Society Facility will be based on the following 3 principles:
Local CSOs are regularly consulted on Civil Society Facility design. Consultations have been greatly improved on national level, but not in design of the Multi-beneficiary programme;
Grant rather than technical assistance mechanisms for implementation of the Civil Society Facility should be used;
Local regional initiatives on exchange of best practices and networking on developing national mechanisms for civil dialogue should be included as priority theme for support.
The full letter is available here .