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Study Tour Civil Society Environment, CSOs - Public Cooperation

This study tour took place in Tallinn, Estonia, May 5-8, 2015.

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TACSO Turkey and Third Sector Foundation of Turkey (TUSEV), with support of Network of Estonian Non Profit Organisations (NENO), organized a work visit for representatives of key stakeholders of enabling environment for civil society in Turkey to examine the process of development and implementation of the Estonian Civil Society Development Concept (EKAK), an Estonian model lead by the Ministry of Interior to support the civil society environment and mechanisms for engaging CSOs and other partners in decision making such as Joint Committee for National Strategy. 

The work visit enabled the examination of possible strategies, mechanisms and cooperation models for improving the enabling environment for CSOs in Turkey as well as civil society- public cooperation. The work visit will contribute to the improvement of the draft law that is expected to be discussed in Parliament next year, which includes changes in the Law on Collection of Aid, Law on Associations and Civil Code articles related to CSOs in Turkey. The Ministry of Interior, Department of Associations shared the draft law for CSO consultations in 2013. TACSO Turkey, TUSEV and TACSO resource Centre STGM supported the collection of feedback from CSOs, which indicated much larger consultations were necessary. 
Examination of Estonian Model for civil society- public cooperation will also contribute to the work on EU Guidelines for supporting Civil Society in the Enlargement Region facilitated by TACSO at regional and national levels. The baseline findings of result framework provided in EU Guidelines indicates the need for improving legal environment for civil society as well as the need to improve civil society - public cooperation.
5-8 May 2015 | Tallinn, Estonia | Event Report