One third of Lithuanian non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have tried to influence political decisions in the last two years, but less than half (46%) made those attempts public, according a survey of NGO representatives commissioned by the Lithuanian branch of Transparency International (TILS).
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"I am glad that more and more NGOs are aware that the lack of transparency creates conditions for abuse and damage to their reputation, and therefore seek to clearly inform about their approaches to the general public. For example, 1,300 organizations have voluntarily joined our public register of NGOs NGO Atlas, which is currently still being developed,” said the head of TILS Sergei Muravjov.

The vast majority of NGOs were successfully participating in the law-making process with 79% of respondents claiming that their suggestions have been taken into account.

The majority NGOs try to influence by officially submitting remarks on draft legislation (70%); by participating in official working groups (68%) or in meetings (66%) or through acquaintances (50%) or informal meetings (37%).

NGOs try to have the most influence in spheres of social policy issues (65%), human rights (48%) and education (42%). One third (38%) of NGO representatives say that often political parties are indirectly supported through non-governmental organizations.

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