Assessment of relations between Parliament and CSO
Study on ”Good practices, lessons learned and road towards the future: Cooperation between the Assembly, Civil Society and Independent Institutions.” (OSCE Albania, October 2012-April 2013)
The study aimed at assessing relations between these important institutions as well as to suggest future activities to better harmonize them and their coordinating mechanisms. Specific objectives of the assessment study were (1) to assess perceptions relating to interaction practices between the Assembly, Independent Institutions, and Civil Society Organizations in the legislative and oversight processes and (2) to identify the institutional capacity, needs and opportunities of the Albania’s Assembly for a better participation of Independent Institutions, and Civil Society Organizations in its work. The assessment study was organized by the Assembly of Albania and the OSCE Presence in Albania. The assessment study methodology included: Review of existing legislation and information provided by the Assembly’s Administration and other institutions regarding cooperation between the Assembly and Independent Institutions (IIs) and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs); Consultations with the Monitoring Service and other departments of the Assembly; Self-administered questionnaires completed by Members of Parliament (MPs) and staff of Assembly’s Administration and representatives of IIs and CSOs; and Data analysis and development of the assessment study. Four parliamentary Committees, four IIs, and eight CSOs participated in this assessment study. Participants were selected in close cooperation with the Monitoring Service. Participating MPs were from the majority as well as opposition. The study focused on the current Legislature (XVIII), especially the 2011-2012 period. In addition, practices and experience from neighboring countries including Kosovo, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Macedonia relating to involvement of interest groups in the legislation process were also included.