On 24 January 2020, the second consultative meeting of the consultation process on the need, role and procedure for establishing a new structure for coordinating the OGP process in North Macedonia was held. This consultation process aims to establish an organized and established model for coordination and involvement of civil society, institutions and other stakeholders, in the wake of the process of preparing, developing and implementing the new action plan.
The meeting was attended by civil society organizations – members of the Initiative Board of the Government Partnership Civil Society Network, representatives of the institutions (Ministry of Information Society and Administration, Government of the Republic of North Macedonia, General Secretariat of the Government of the Republic of North Macedonia, Agency for Free Access to Information, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Local Self-Government), as well as other civil and international organizations that are actively involved in preparation and implementation of OGP action plans.
The participants reviewed and discussed the draft model of the new structure for permanent dialogue between authorities and civil society on OGP, its goals, role and tasks, composition and manner of creation, as well as the role of the CSO network in relation to this new structure. At the initial consultation meeting held on 24 December 2019, the first draft of the document was reviewed and guidelines for improvement were given. At this meeting, the participants made suggestions for improving the second draft of the model, pointing to the need to maintain the existing structure and its gradual transformation to form an Open Government Council, as a national advisory body for coordinating the OGP process and conduct consultations with all interested parties in the process of creating action plans, as well as participating, supporting and monitoring their implementation.
In the following period, consultations will be held on the draft model of the new structure with members of the CSO network for OGP and other stakeholders.