NGOs should be consulted at all stages of the legislative and/or administrative process that will determine their status.
- Member States should: (…) f. ensure timely and transparent public consultations in policy development and draft legislation, especially where it may affect civil society.
- The Assembly calls on all member States to: (...) 10.5. ensure that NGOs are effectively involved in the consultation process concerning new legislation which concerns them and other issues of particular importance to society, such as the protection of human rights.
- It goes without saying that such government-NGO consultations should take place at all stages of the drafting of legislation and administrative decrees that affect and frame NGO status, financing or spheres of influence. NGOs should acquire the expertise to make competent input to all aspects of such discussions, whether political or technical. Appropriate training in relevant fields including managerial skills should be encouraged.