Improving partnership between EU diplomatic corps and civil society

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Members of the Human Rights and Democracy Network (HRDN) have presented an analysis of existing relationship between civil society and the European External Action Services (EEAS,) and practical suggestions to improve this partnership.

The paper was presented as part of the 14th EU-NGO forum on human rights, which took place on 6-7 December, in Brussels. It is hoped that this paper will help to improve cooperation, especially with regards to the implementation of the EU action plan on human rights.

The paper highlights the following 10 HRDN recommendations to the EEAS:

  1. Ensure an assessment of human rights expertise as part of the planned EEAS 2013 review
  2. Provide human rights training for EEAS staff and guidelines on good practices for cooperation with civil society
  3. Develop an open and transparent communication strategy with civil society
  4. Create a format for flexible engagement to respond to the diversity of policy areas and CSOs
  5. When possible, ensure joint planning and consultation processes
  6. Ensure maximum outreach for these consultations
  7. Clarify input-output expectations for consultations
  8. Ensure proper follow-up of consultations
  9. Consider a CSO consultation framework, when appropriate
  10. Facilitate tripartite dialogues with governments, when possible