The European Commission attaches a lot of importance to the public consultation process and the involvement of the NGO community in the decision-making process.
The NGO Forum established with the Commission's support has enabled the strengthening of the civil society in the region. In order to foster the dialogue and the cooperation between the public sector and the civil society, a separate pillar of the Environment and Climate Regional Accession Network (ECRAN) project wass dedicated to the work of NGOs under the so-called NGOs Environment and Climate Forum (ECF). The ECF is the follow-up to the NGOs Environment Forum project ended in January 2012.
For further information on the Forum see: www.ecranetwork.org