Cooperation of NGOs with public administration with respect to public benefit.
The Council has contributed to many solutions concerning the functioning of NGOs and their cooperation with public administration with respect to public benefit. Together with the Department of Public Benefit several guidelines have been prepared as to what rules local self-governmental units should follow while working on the programme of their cooperation with NGOs entitled “The Principles of Creating a Programme of Cooperation Between Local Self-governmental Units and NGOs and Entities mentioned in Article 3 subparagraph 3 of the Act of Law on Public Benefit and Volunteer Work of 24 April 2003”.
The Council contributed to the formulation of tax provisions guaranteeing the development of the non-governmental environment (in cooperation with the Ministry of Finance). The works of the task force for fiscal matters acting at PBWC and the meetings of PBWC members with representatives of the Ministry of Finance contributed to the introduction of amendments to the Act on CIT and PIT. The amendments are related to the following:
Governmental programme – Civil Initiatives Fund
The Council has also set some priorities for the year 2005 for the new Governmental Programme, Civil Initiatives Fund, to be implemented in 2005-2007. The said priorities led to the drawing up and, subsequently, to the approval by the Council of Ministers in March 2005 of a document entitled “Basic Directions of the Government’s Actions within the Framework of Implementation of the Governmental Programme – Civil Initiatives Fund in 2005”.
Opinions on government drafts of legal acts
The Council systematically expresses its opinion on government drafts of legal acts related to public benefit activities and volunteer work, recurrently making such drafts take into account the role of the third sector while taking decisions (concerning, inter alia, social aid, promotion of employment and institutions of the labour market).
National Development Plan for 2007-2013
Within the framework of the socialising works on the National Development Plan, the representatives of the Public Benefit Works Council participated in the Inter-departmental Task Force for NDP and their participation resulted in important regulations concerning civil society, social integrity, social wealth or economy, which are to be implemented by means of Civil Society Programme.
The subject matter underlying the functions of the Public Benefit Works Council goes deeper into the problems of development, especially as far as the implementation of cohesion policy is concerned. One particular proof thereof is the position and the role of the third sector in building civil society, specified in cooperation with the representatives of the Council in the document of the National Development Plan for years 2007-2013, which is extremely important for Poland’s civil prospects.
Strategy of Support of the Development of Civil Society
In cooperation with the Department of Public Benefit, several assumptions about the Strategy of Supporting Civil Society Development have been established.
Recommendations for Steering Committees
PBWC gave its recommendations to the representatives of NGOs to participate in the works of the Steering and Monitoring Committees of the operational programmes financed from structural funds.
Information presented to the PBWC:
The Council was presented with the following information: