on 3rd May on the Evaluation of the Civil Society Dialogue
centered around the recommendations from the Ecorys evaluation paper.
The recommmendations are in two groups, "strategic" and "specific".
They start on page 109 of this 140-page PDF document.
topics covered during the discussion were:
- the role
of the Internet in facilitating communication, and
- the role
of the “Contact Group” used in the DG Trade CSD. Manuela
Geleng briefly went through its mandate. Thomas Ruddy likened it to the
“CS Bureau” at the United Nations in Geneva, esp. WSIS, and combined both
the topics under discussion by suggesting that the “Contact
Group” might provide a moderator respected by all sides for
Internet-facilitated interactive discussion. Finding such a person who
coud serve on an ongoing basis and is familiar with Wiki software would
however be a challenge. Here is an example of an interactive
Wiki, this one on biofuels.
As it turns
out, “Contact Groups” are a current trend in Brussels,
perhaps accentuated by the
prevailing Period of Reflection on the need for a Constitutional
Treaty. It was
“The Civil Society Contact Group”,
which published an insightful paper in November 2006 entitled "Civil Dialogue:
making it work better".
from WWF EPO wondered about feedback from DG Trade on suggestions put
CS. Here too, it was thought that the Internet could provide the
technical means for follow-up giving officials time to act on
is done in the usual “to-do” lists concluding minutes of
Updated: 9th May 2007
up to http://www.wsis.ethz.ch/seri.htm
member page Thomas Ruddy
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