Civil society organizations can not only participate in and influence the process of policy making, but can also evaluate the outcomes and the effects from adopted regulations.
In order to bring this process closer to the CSOs, the Institute for Democracy “Societies Civilis” organized a three-day training in Mavrovo on the topic “Implementation and mechanisms for CSOs participation in Regulatory Impact Assessment (RIA)”, as part of the project “Agora sessions – practicing participatory policy making”.
Representatives of different CSOs had the opportunity to familiarize themselves with individual segments which constitute the cycle of policy making, as well as with the RIA process.
Misha Popovic and Jovan Bliznakovski, representatives from IDSCS, held session to introduce the cycle of policy making, as well as the opportunities for civil society’s involvement in the process.
Borjan Gjuzelov from Macedonian Centre for International Cooperation – MCMS presented the “Single national electronic register of regulations – ENER” and “Mirror of Government”, two useful tools which enable inclusion of the public in the process of policy creation.
In a series of sessions, the expert for RIA, Riste Jurukovski, explained to the participants the meaning of RIA and the key concepts and tools required to make such analysis. Jurukoski also presented some cases of RIA implementation from the practice.
On the third day, the participants had the opportunity to hear some successful stories from CSOs who have successfully influenced the policy creation process. Andrej Senih from the association “Zaedno Posilni” presented the process through which his organization successfully influenced the regulation for medical treatment of HIV infected persons towards creating better conditions for treatment. Jasminka Frishchikj from the “Association for emancipation, solidarity and equality for women” talked about the experiences of the association through which they succeeded to persuade the institutions to include family violence in the criminal law as an individual criminal act.
The training that took place in hotel Bistra from 18th to 20th December is supported by the British Embassy in Skopje, within the project “Agora Sessions – practicing participatory policy making”.
You can find more information about this project on the following link: https://idscs.org.mk/en/running-projects/81-agora-sessions/636-agora-sessions.