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From the 7th to the 18th of September, Samarkand hosted the international Scientific and Practical Workshop 'Civil institutions and public examination of legal acts: aspects of democratisation of the legislation'.
Co-organisers of the event were the leading national and international institutions, civil society and government agencies. Including the Independent Institute for monitoring the formation of civil society, the Legislative Chamber of the Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Office of the OSCE Project Coordinator in Uzbekistan and the United Nations Development Programme in Uzbekistan.
The workshop was attended by representatives of international organisations - UNESCO, OSCE and F. Ebert Foundation, Konrad Adenauer Foundation, NDI (USA) and experts from Belgium, Bulgaria, Germany, Korea, Russia and Japan, the MPs of the Legislative Chamber of the Oliy Majlis, representatives of government and public organisations and the media.
During the seminar, participants shared experiences and discussed the most effective legal arrangements in the field of involvement of NGOs in legislative activities and public control. The representatives of NGOs, government agencies and international organizations reviewed the draft law ‘On Public Control’ thoroughly and made suggestions to the MPs.
Erkin Salihov, director of the Independent Institute for Monitoring the Formation of Civil Society:
"In Uzbekistan, great attention is paid to increase the role of NGOs in public control. Also, currently developing draft law ‘On public control’ provides active participation of civil society in this area. As a part of today's event, we were able to organise information platform for national and international experts to share experiences.
Holding of such events allows establishing a direct dialogue with representatives of MPs, NGOs and government agencies."
Tanzila Narbaeva, Chairperson of the Federation of Trade Unions of the Republic of Uzbekistan:
"The second plenary session – ‘The role and practice of participation of civil society institutions in conducting public examination of normative and legal acts’ – was extremely useful and informative."
Experts from Germany, the United States, Russia and Uzbekistan discussed vividly a wide range of issues: from experience of Germany in the field of legislation and participation of civil institutions in implementation of public control in the United States to engaging civil society institutions in implementation of public examination in Russia and importance of civil society illustrated by UNESCO's activities.