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NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANISATION

Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) are a part of civil society which essentially contribute to the development and implementation of democracy and human rights. The definition of NGO which is used by the Council of Europe may be found in the Recommendation CM/Rec (2007)14 which states that “NGOs are voluntary self-governing bodies or organisations established to pursue the essentially non-profit making objectives of their founders and members.”

 

NGOs with the inclusion of great number of individuals represent an important integral part of participation in an open democratic society. With their know-how and independent expertise they may significantly contribute in the decision-making process which has encouraged Governments at all levels – from local, regional to national – as well as international institutions that in the formation and implementation of policies they rely on the relevant experience and competence of NGOs.

 

NGOs enjoy a unique trust of their members and society, such that they express concerns, represent their interests and include them in the carrying out of their mission and in this manner essentially contribute to policy-making.

 

NGOs are an important player in cooperation also in the field of the environment as it concerns individuals who are bound by the same interests and are aware of their social responsibility. They enforce the principles of environmental protection and preservation of nature and sustainable development at all levels of political decision-making and operation. The most important area of action for environmental protection NGOs and NGOs for nature preservation is undoubtedly their influence on policy-making and legislation-drafting in Slovenia as well as at the level of the European Union, and awareness-raising concerning the field of environment and sustainable development.

 

For a number of years the Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning has endeavoured to strengthen the dialogue with this important part of civil society.

 

  
 

 

 

Documents

  

Obtaining the status of a society which operates in the field of ENVIRONMENT:

  • Societies Act (Zdru-1, Official Gazette of the Republic of Slovenia, Nos. 61/06 and 58/09)
  • Environment Protection Act (Official Gazette of the Republic of Slovenia, No. 
  • Rules on detailed requirements and measures for authorisation of the status of non-governmental organisations which sets out the field of environmental protection in public interest (Official Gazette of the Republic of Slovenia, No. 112/2006)
  • Rules on how to manage the register of the non-governmental organizations which are acting in the public interest in the field of environment protection (Official Gazette of the Republic of Slovenia, No. 42/09)
     
  • Societies/NGOs acting in the public interest

 
Obtaining the status of a society which operates in the field of ENVIRONMENT: 

  • Societies Act (Zdru-1, Official Gazette of the Republic of Slovenia, Nos. 61/06 and 58/09)
  • Nature Conservation Act (Official Gazette of the Republic of Slovenia, No.  96/04 – official consolidated text)
     
  • Societies/NGOs acting in the public interest

 

Other documents:

  • Strategy of Cooperation of the Government of the Republic of Slovenia with Non-Governmental Organisation (the document was adopted at  the 40th session of the Government of the Republic of Slovenia, on 2 October 2003).
  • Resolution on Legislative Regulation
  •  Act on the Access to Information of Public Character (Official Gazette of the Republic of Slovenia, No. 5106)
  • Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-Making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters – Aarhus Convention (Official Gazette of the Republic of Slovenia, No. 62/04)
  • Analysis and research - NGOs   

 

Projects

  

- Partnership For The Environment (a document Cooperation Programme between Environmental NGOs and the Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning, 200)

  • 1. Environment Forum (25 April 2001)
  • 2. Environment Forum (19 June 2002)
  • 3. Environment Forum (2 December 2003) - 

   

 

 

- Environment Centre

In November 2007, the Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning, together with the consortium of five NGOs (Umanotera, Slovenian Foundation for Sustainable Development, FOCUS Association for Sustainable Development, the Institute for Sustainable Development, SE-F Slovenian Ecological Forum and CIPRA Slovenia – Society for the Protection of the Alps), united to become the Environment Centre, a club for the enforcement of sustainable development, and established the Environment Centre in Ljubljana.

 

The Environment Centre is organised as a space which offers conditions for the operation of environmental NGOs, connects interested parties, and enables access to information and publications concerning environmental protection and sustainable development to the general public.

 

Contact person:
Tel: ++386/590 71 320 (Correspondents Katja Huš or Andreja Palatinus)
E-mail: info(at)okoljski-center.si