The IPA 2 Mechanism for Civil Society Organisations (IPA2CSO) is an action designed to overcome the identified gap for enhanced involvement of civil society in the creation of public opinion, policy making and participation in the decision-making mechanisms at local and national level regarding the EU accession process and the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance 2014-2020 (IPA 2) in particular. The data and conclusions are obtained by the Accession Watch Reports by MCET from 2009 to 2015, and extensive relevant experience of the co-applicants: Eko-Svest as initiator of the action “Relevant programming for active citizens” composed of eight partners including the current applicant and all of the co-applicants, aimed at increased CSO participation in IPA 2, the “Civic Engagement Survey” of Reactor, and the experience of Zenith in the working groups for development of the Justice Sector Strategy 2015 –2020 . MCET’s involvement in IPA implementation monitoring, and IPA 2 consultations process on national level, reveal that civil society within the enlargement policy should be focused on enabling and stimulating participatory democracy, as specified in the “Win-Win Policy” Report and the conclusions of the “Win-Win Policy Debate” organised in Skopje by MCET with Mr Nicola Bertolini, Head of Sector for Civil Society and Social and Territorial Cooperation at DG NEAR of European Commission.
The IPA 2 Mechanism for Civil Society Organisations (IPA2CSO) action considers the EU efforts to support enabling environment for civil society organizations (CSOs), as outlined in the EC Communication: “The roots of democracy and sustainable development: Europe’s engagement with civil society in external relations”, and also achieving an environment that is conducive to civil society activities and building the capacity of CSOs to be effective and accountable independent actors, as outlined in the “Guidelines for EU support to civil society in enlargement countries 2014-2020” and the EC progress reports on Macedonia. In addition, the European Parliament emphasized the key role that Macedonia’s civil society organizations can play to make the EU integration process more transparent, accountable and inclusive.