Code of Good Practice for Civil Participation in the Decision-Making Process
Council of Europe Conference of INGOs
Laurence Lwoff
Upon a recommendation of the Council of Europe’s Forum for the Future of Democracy, the Conference of INGOs drafted a Code of Good Practice on Civil Participation in the Decision-Making Process. The principal objective of the Code of Good Practice is the definition of a set of European principles and guidelines for NGO participation in decision-making processes that are to be implemented at local and national level in Council of Europe member States.  

Elaborated using a multi-stakeholder approach, the Code has the support of the Council of Europe:
- the Committee of Ministers gives its support in a Declaration in which it “recognises the importance of the Code of Good Practice as a reference document for the Council of Europe, and as a basis for the empowerment of citizens to be involved in conducting public affairs in European countries”