On 26 April, the Consultative Council for Communities (CCC) opened a process for accreditation of all active minority organizations in Kosovo. ECMI Kosovo provides all necessary support and follows the process closely.
The call for accreditation comes after the approval of CCC statute amendments by President Jahjaga. The approval that was signed in April finally triggered that the CCC can enter into its third mandate period.
Up to 26 May 2012 all active organization or NGOs representing the interest of a particular minority community can apply for accreditation with the Office of the President. The procedure is necessary to enable their participation in the CCC nomination procedure.
The nomination process will unfold during the coming four months, culminating in the appointment of the nominated candidates to the CCC by the President of Kosovo. The members will serve for a two-year term.
Facts: The Consultative Council for Communities
The Consultative Council for Communities (CCC) is a constitutionally-mandated institution, comprising of community representatives from civil society, political parties, and key government officials.
Through its mixed membership, and its strategic location within the Office of the President, it provides members of communities with a forum from which to monitor and influence the legislative process, and to advance their needs and interests within Kosovo government programmes and policies.
The CCC began in 2005 as an informal body, made up of representatives from minority communities, attached to the Kosovo Delegation at the status negotiations.
Following Kosovo’s declaration of independence in 2008, the CCC was legally established through Article 60 of the 2008 Kosovo Constitution and held its inaugural session on 23 December 2008.