Civic engagement to legislation making

01 Jan 2009

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Trainings were provided for Parliamentary Advisers in the scope of the Inclusive Civic Engagement to Legislation Making Project, a joint initiative of UNDP, Prime Ministry, the Association of Legislation and the Parliamentary Advisers Association.

New Horizons -
In the scope of the Inclusive Civic Engagement to Legislation Making Project, a joint initiative of UNDP, Prime Ministry, the Association of Legislation and the Parliamentary Advisers Association, manuals for consultation developed both for the public organizations and parliamentary advisers, were introduced to relevant stakeholders for their feedbacks. Upon the completion of this process, trainings on the basics of consultation were held both for the advisers and relevant public officials from ministries and the Prime Ministry. Realized by an interactive approach, trainings enabled vivid discussions on the possible challenges and advantages of consultations in legislation making in the context of Turkey.

This process went in parallel with the kick off meetings for the pilot consultations, which have been carried out in the selected provinces, namely Çorum, Mersin, Bursa and Mardin and on two  draft pieces of legislation, namely draft law on Data Collection, and draft law on the Fruit and Vegetable Trade. Arranged as two-day-practice, these kick off meetings enabled the meetings with various local stakeholders including the public officials, municipalities, mukhtars, civil society organizations and interested citizens. Participants were briefed on the Project, notion and scope of the consultation and expected benefits of the consultations in legislation making. In addition, mechanisms through which the stakeholders in the provinces can contribute, were also introduced to the participants. Following the presentation of both draft legislation by the representatives of respective ministries, the floor was opened for debate to take the opinions of the participants about the draft laws. Consultation process commenced by these kick offs will be completed by late January.

The experience is highly exciting for both UNDP and the project partners. It is observed that the local stakeholders are highly enthusiastic and owned the idea of civic engagment in legislation making. As a very first step of the process, this is important and encouraging as civic engagement can be possible and sustainable when the organized and unorganized civil society has the ownership, regardless of the enabling environment.