The Council of Europe promotes the participation of citizens and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in political decision making at all levels and supports the member States to create a conducive environment for the implementation of effective civil participation.

The BePART Forum is a joint initiative of the Directorate General of Democracy, Directorate of Democratic Participation, Conference of International Non-Governmental Organisations (CINGO) and of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe.

Targeting both civil society organisations and public authorities, the BePART Forum aspires to actively contribute to mainstream participation in political decision making by:


It provides an on-line sharing platform for civil participation practitioners and actors in Council of Europe member States.

The on-line platform is designed to share and promote civil participation initiatives, providing the user with a responsive digital environment to act at the same time as contributor and as catalyser.

With practitioners from civil society organisations and public institutions in mind, BePART aims at providing experiences on civil participation and creating a network of partners to foster peer-to-peer learning across the Council of Europe Member States.

The BePART forum aims to collect experiences which present the views of both CSOs and Public Authorities. Therefore for each initiative we aim to collect information from both, the CSOs and the public authorities involved in the process.

Each submitted initiative will be validated by a working group at the Council of Europe  against the 9 Principles of Civil Participation as stated in the Revised Code of Good Practice for Civil Participation in the Decision-Making Process, adopted by both the Conference of INGOs and the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities on the 30th of October 2019.

This Code aims at facilitating interaction and enhancing citizens’ empowerment and participation in the democratic process at local, regional and national levels. The Code defines a set of general principles, guidelines, tools and mechanisms for civil participation in the political decision-making process. It is based on practical experiences from NGOs across Europe, and the sharing of their good practices and valid methods to engage with public authorities.




1 – BePART builds capacity and knowledge by


2 – BePART promotes democratic values by


3 – BePART activates inspiration by


4 – BePART reinforces networks and processes by


5 – BePART triggers change by




1 – Build capacity and knowledge by


2 – Promote democratic values by


3 – Activate inspiration by


4 – Reinforce networks and processes by


5 – Trigger change by