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Civil Society

One of the most important characteristics which place the National Council among the more visible institutions in the country is its integration with the civil society. The key role of the National Council to represent various segments of the society is constitutionally defined. Additionally, the close relationship between the National Council and the civil society is of crucial importance for the fulfilment of the Slovene democracy. Consequently, the National Council is a visible actor between politics and the public. It functions as a facilitator of different social interests, which through the civil society spread to all social segments such as economy, education, culture, healthcare, welfare, science, and agriculture, both on the state and on the local level. It is a converter of ideas, proposals and demands which can in this way be realised in the legislative process – it is a medium between the civil society or the citizens, and politics. Because it is accessible and open to the widest public, it positively influences democratic processes within the society. For the active pursuit of this mission, the National Council annually organises multiple consultations, discussions, public halls, and round tables, which allow the participation of representatives of various organisations, societies, and the professional sphere. With their contributions, they enrich and develop different social and economic subsystems. The National Council also publishes reports on these consultations which include both contributions and summaries of debates among participants. With its activities, the National Council thus enables the civil society and encourages it to actively engage in the decision-making processes on matters of public importance.

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