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1. Governmental institutions

The main framework for inter-institutional dialogue is the Commission for Economic Cooperation and International Development, established under GD 747/2007. The Commission is a forum for analysis, debate and planning in terms of the implementation process. The Presidency and secretariat  of the Commission is provided by the MFA.  

2. Civil society and the private sector

The MFA acknowledges the important role civil society and the private sector could play in defining and implementing the national development cooperation policy.

The MFA therefore maintains a constant dialogue with civil society representatives in order to exchange opinions, expertise and best practices on relevant issues and identify cooperation opportunities. 

The dialogue with civil society on development cooperation issues was initiated in May 2005 when the MFA organized an information seminar. The objective of the seminar was to establish a CONCORD/ TRIALOG focal point for Romanian NGOs. Another objective was to plan their joining the European and international platforms  of NGOs focusing on development cooperation.

The Romanian NGDO Platform (FOND), set up in October 2006, is MFA’s official partner in the efforts to further the national development cooperation policy.

FOND is a member with observer status of CONCORD (European NGO Confederation for Relief and Development), one of the most important confederations active at European level. Moreover, FOND is the Romanian representative of the British initiative GCAP (Global Call to Action against Poverty).

The Platform, which rallies 40 NGOs, is aimed at promoting development cooperation associated values in Romania and enhancing the capacity of Romanian NGOs to implement development programs.

The MFA and FOND maintain a permanent dialogue and the NGOs Platform members play an important role in implementing the objectives of the National Strategy on development cooperationFOND representatives have also been invited to take part in several capacity building seminars organized by the MFA and other traditional donor countries.

Between December 2008 and May 2009, FOND conducted several awareness raising campaigns on the Millennium Development Goals, financed through the MFA development cooperation budget line, in Bucharest, Cluj-Napoca, Constanţa and Timişoara.

Since 2008, the Romanian Foreign Ministry has co-financed and co-organized the Black Sea NGO Forum. The Forum is implemented by the Romanian NGDO Platform (FOND) together with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the European Commission Representation in Romania and the Black Sea Trust for Regional Cooperation. The event brings together representatives of civil society from the wider Black Sea region, international donor institutions, governmental officials and political analysts who wish to help boost pragmatic cooperation in the Black Sea area and the implementation of the Black Sea Synergy. 

Between 3 and 6 May 2010, the cities of Iasi in Romania and Chisinau in the Republic of Moldova hosted the first edition of the Romania and Moldova NGOs Forum. The event was organized by the MFA, in partnership with the Romanian NGDO Platform (FOND) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Romania. The Forum was funded through the MFA’s ODA budget. 

Another example of cooperation between the MFA and the civil society in Romania is the third edition of the Romanian Development Camp (2010), a project also funded from the MFA’s ODA budget. This year’s Camp was dedicated to debating the contribution of new donors to the Millennium Development Goals in the view of the UN Summit on the Millennium Development Goals, in September 2010, and brought together representatives of the civil society, the MFA and the line ministries, of the academia, the media and the private environment. 

Further information

At EU level, the European Commission has acknowledged the major role civil society plays in the development cooperation policy and has established measures to involve civil society in the dialogue on these issues.

The Commission’s General Directorate for Development (DGDEV) maintains permanent dialogue with CONCORD, the European relief and development NGO platform with two main priorities:

- Ensuring better coordination among NGOs and establishment of a common position that could influence in an adequate way the evolution of the EU’s policy in the field;

- Improving the legitimacy and transparency of the implementation mechanisms of the ODA policy in order to promote the relevance of the EU NGOs as strategic partners.

TRIALOG is a CONCORD-financed project aimed at supporting the NGOs acting in the sphere of development in the new EU member states and developing countries, by organizing training programs addressed to NGOs.