On May 28th, 2019 in Skopje, BCSDN participated at the National Forum of Civica Mobilitas “On Cooperation between the Assembly and civil society organizations”, organized by Macedonian Center for International Cooperation. Over 120 lawmakers and representatives of CSOs attended the discussion reflecting the past experience of cooperation and setting forth future perspectives. Regular and intensive cooperation, simplification of procedures for civic initiatives, updated lists for communication with CSOs, more information and frequent regular meetings with CSOs were the main conclusions of the Forum.
The event was opened by the Parlaiment Speaker, Talat Xhaferi who highlighted the the progress of the Parliament in its openness towards citizens and associations. “The Assembly, in this mandate, has shown that it is open to any initiative that comes from the civil sector. We may need a more efficient channeling of those proposals and initiatives, as well as their implementation,” he added.
The Ambassador of Switzerland, HE Sibyl Suter Tejada, welcomed the development of civil society in the past period and became an important player and key partner in government reform.The MPs Slagjana Mitevska, Ivana Tufegdzic, Julijana Nikolova and Shpresa Hadri stressed the examples of cooperation with civil society organizations. Among them, the ratification of the Istanbul Convention, the Law on Termination of Pregnancy, the Law on Prevention and Protection against Discrimination, the Law on Prevention of Corruption and Conflict of Interest, as well as the procedure for election of the new members of the SCPC were mentioned as the most significant. Vlora Recica from IDSCS, Irena Cvetkovic from the Coalition Margini and Sreten Koceski from the IRZ Tetovo, presented the fight of the civil sector to be heard by law-makers. They shared their experiences in drafting the Blueprint document on emergency reforms, the Law on Local Self-Government and the establishment of an inter-party parliamentary group for LGBTI.
During the discussion, communication was highlighted as a key point for improvement and it was asked to institutionalize it. In addition, it was established that there is a need to establish a regular practice for the involvement of associations in the work of parliamentary committees.