The NGO Council officials had a meeting with Ambassador Ms. Heidrun Tempel and First Secretary . Dr. Frederik Hanke of German Embassy, Baku, Azerbaijan.
The NGO Council Chairperson Mr. Azay Guliyev informed the guests on the evolution, structure and the activities of NGO Council. He noted that the NGO Council was established in 2007 in accordance with the Presidential Decree . The Council is governed by the 11 members of which 8 of them are the representatives of the civil society. It was added that more than 3 thousand NGOs are functioning in Azerbaijan in the fields of democracy, human rights, ecology, society, education, etc. Since its inception about 6 years ago, the NGO Council offered financial grants to more than 2500 projects on a fair basis. This played an important role in civil society development. In order to prevent dependence of national NGOs on foreign funding, the idea of increasing national funding amount in coming years is becoming more and more popular.
Chairperson Azay Guliyev informed the guests that starting from 2013, the NGO Council's began to support projects of foreign NGOs. . He stressed on the fact of double standards being demonstrated by some international organizations and European countries toward Azerbaijan, adding that this indeed led to discontentment.
Ambassador Ms. Heidrun Tempel noted, that she is closely watching the civil society activity in Azerbaijan and showed her interest in knowing more about the projects being executed by the NGOs of German and other European countries with financial support of CSSN.
She also shared her opinion on relationship between Azerbaijan and Germany, changes in NGO Legislation and problems the NGOs are facing due to this.
The meeting went on with exchange of thoughts, and questions and answers session.