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Participation

  Greece

The ‘National Council for Spatial Planning was established with members coming from the Ministry of Environment, local authorities, employers’ and trade unions, research institutes and NGOs participated. However, the coordination between institutions has been rather weak and on an ad-hoc basis.. In parallel, citizens’ access to environmental and spatial information is also promoted through the implementation of EU Directive INSPIRE.

Different stakeholder groups are invited to participate regularly in public consultations and workshops organised either by NCESD or by MEECC. The Minister for EECC (www.ypeka.gr/) also holds regular consultation meetings with representatives of the civil society and NGOs.

The Government, since the end of 2009, offers a new tool for public consultation (http://www.opengov.gr/home/), which is internet based, where the general public can access and submit comments on any new proposal for legislation, any government position opening etc. Moreover, through the “CLARITY”  programme, (Law 3861/2010), all Ministries are obliged to upload their decisions on the internet, with the exception of decisions containing sensitive personal data and/or information on national security. This program constitutes a major transparency tool, since the decisions of public administration cannot be implemented prior to their upload on the Clarity website. The full implementation of the Clarity program (on all public institutions, regulatory authorities and local government) contributes substantially to the creation of a more transparent citizens-state relationship.

NGO representatives are also included in the management boards of most entities/Centres supervised by Ministries as well as in all Management Bodies of NATURA 2000 sites in Greece.

 

 

§ In terms of participation and consultation, and since the implementation of the SDGs goes far beyond the responsibilities of the government, particular emphasis is given to awareness raising on SDGs at all levels and to stakeholders engagement. The aim is to set up a permanent consultation platform for all stakeholders (both an electronic one / online and also through regular Meetings and Dialogues) to ensure balance, regularity of consultations in a structured manner, transparency, partnership and accountability.

§ In this regard, the GSG holds meetings with stakeholder to also provide the opportunity to stakeholders to develop a more efficient internal self-coordination process so that they can more effectively participate to the overall national dialogue and contribute with concrete proposals. Some of the stakeholders that have been very actively engaged already, include:

1. the Economic and Social Council of Greece,

2. the Unions of Municipalities and Regions,

3. the Hellenic Federation of Enterprises,

4. Professionals and Trade Unions,

5. Workers Associations,

6. Academia (the National Research Foundation and Universities Rector's Synod), etc.

§ Since March 2017, a series of high-level multi-stakeholder Events have been organized to raise awareness on the SDGs and provide a space for multi-stakeholder interaction. The Events were oganised either by the private sector (e.g. Conference of the Hellenic Federation of Enterprises on the SDGs on 2 March) of in the form of international Economic Fora (i.e. the Concordia Economic Summit organized in Athens, on 5-6 June) where Government representatives participated to provide their views on how the country should adopt and adapt the SDGs to national circumstances, or they were organized by Ministries, like the Conference organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs together with the General Secretariat of the Government on how to address “Policy Coherence for Sustainable Development” (Athens, 7 March) as well as the Dialogue organized by the Hellenic Ministry of Environment and Energy / National Center for Environment and Sustainable Development  with environmental NGOs on the environmental dimension of the SDGs (Athens, 15 March) that has produced very fruitful results regarding the national prioritization process.

 

 

This Country Profile has been last updated on: Thursday, 31 January 2019

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