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ASCS Consults 200 Civil Society Organizations on the 7th Call priority areas

Tirana, 26 January 2015

Agency for the Support of Civil Society (ASCS) in close cooperation with the Delegation of the European Union, the Prime Minister's Office and TACSO Albania developed on 01.26.2015, consultation meetings with the representatives of civil society about the priority areas of the next call, no. 7.

This meeting was organized at the EU Info Centre and was the continuation of a series of online consultations launched on 01.15.2015, through an electronic format, where the NGOs were asked to give their opinions and suggestions on the priorities areas, a process which would end on 28/01/2015.

This meeting aimed at absorbing all their opinions and suggestions regarding the priority areas to be included in the next call. The meeting was opened by Mr. Andi Kananaj, Executive Director of ASCS who gave a brief description about the role and importance of strengthening the cooperation between the Government and civil society, to enhance the impact and sustainability in their joint work.

In addition, it was Mr. Stefano Calabretta, representative of the EU Delegation for Civil Society and Human Rights, who explained the beginning of cooperation between the ASCS and the structures of the EU Delegation, which support civil society in Albania.

Then, the word was taken by Mrs. Evis Qaja, Program Coordinator at the Department of Finance and Development Aid, at the Office of the Prime Minister, Mr. Genci Pasko, TACSO Program Director, and Mrs. Kozara Kati, Member of the Supervisory Board of ASCS.

This meeting was of great interest, which was demonstrated by the high participation of the representatives of civil society and other stakeholders operating in the sector of civil society throughout the country. For this, the Agency held a second consultation hearing with civil society from 14:00 to 16:00.

At the end of the meeting, the participants expressed their opinions and suggestions about the priority areas for the next call, which were mainly focused on: human rights, specifically children, gender equality, fight against corruption, support for vulnerable groups, especially for people with disabilities, support to minorities, notably Roma, and Egyptian etc., support to youth, environmental protection, capacity building, problems in education, improvement of social services, the creation of women and youth enterprises, culture etc.

The meeting was appraised by participants, who pointed out that such consultative meetings between stakeholders in this sector should be organized more frequently in order to have a cooperation and exchange of views between the Government, Civil Society and the European Union Office in the future.

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