09.07.2015

CSO Workshop on National Targets of Civil Society Development in Turkey

As an outcome of its work starting with 2012, the European Commission Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR) prepared the “Guidelines for EU Support to Civil Society in Enlargement Countries 2014-2020” as a strategy document identifying expected developments in civil society with qualitative and quantitative indicators in each candidate country.

The Conference held in Tirana, Albania on 6-9 May 2014 to introduce the document “Guidelines for EU Support to Civil Society in Enlargement Countries 2014-2020” brought together EU institutions, government and CSO representatives from each country.

At the conference, plans were made to set country targets for civil society development in each candidate country in the context of EU Guidelines and to monitor progress made towards these targets.

It is expected that the Guidelines will be used in relevant countries by public administrations in relation to civil society and consequently to have progress made in this area is reflected better in EU progress reports.

As the first step in setting country targets, TACSO Turkey organised a one and a half day long workshop on 17-18 December 2014 together with TÜSEV, STGM and Sivil Düşün EU Programme to have CSOs discuss the outcome framework. There were 50 participants to the workshop representing 39 civil society organizations.

You can reach the report of activities also including workshop outcomes from the link below.