Public authority – civil society cooperation

In modern democracies, good governance depends largely from the relation between public authorities and civil society. In terms of changes and continuous democratic developments and in terms of promoting innovative forms of government, drafting of sustainable policies and providing social services cannot continue to be an exclusive right of political representatives. They need competent partners outside of public institutions that would help in creating effective public policies and in the implementation of the same. In this process, a unique role can be attributed to the civil society, be that for instigating, organizing and leading comprehensive debates to address priority requests of the citizens or in providing and supplementing social services for citizens.

Cooperation between public authorities and civil society can take place at various levels of government, starting from the Assembly, through ministries and all the way to the local government or even independent institutions.