EU Consultation on collaboration with civil society in international cooperation
The European Commission welcomes input from civil society organisations (CSOs) in preparation of a new policy on support to- and relations with civil society in its international cooperation. This is a great opportunity to ensure that persons with disabilities are included in all processes and decision-making.
The full text of the consultation paper and the questionnaire can be found here
The deadline for responses is 7 May 2012. Contributions can be sent in English, French or Spanish to DEVCO-CSO-CONSULTATION@ec.europa.eu
The analysis of the results of the consultation can be expected in July 2012 and the new policy towards civil society should be announced in late 2012.
The key themes of the consultation are the following:
The Commission usually publishes each submission it receives on its website, but organisations can submit anonymously if preferred.
The Commission has informed that it is looking especially for responses from civil society organisations in developing countries, and expects its delegations locally to do some outreach. Organisations can contact their local EC delegations or the disability contact person in delegations to find out if, when, and how local consultations are taking place.