ARCHELON participates in Civil Society - Joint Declaration of 287 Volunteer Organizations in Greece
It was July 21, 2008, when the meeting with the then Speaker of the Hellenic Parliament, Dimitris Sioufas, was organized and he was presented with the "Accountability Charter of the Non-Governmental Organizations" signed by 17 Organizations. Among the representatives of these 17 Non-Governmental Organizations, which aim, among other things, at the promotion of human rights, the protection of the environment and the provision of humanitarian aid, was Nikos Raisis, the then Vice President of ARCHELON.
The 10 principles of accountability for NGOs, are: Respect for Human Rights, Independence, Transparency, Good Governance, Responsible Advocacy, Participation, Diversity/Inclusion, Environmental Responsibility, Ethical Fundraising, and Professional Management (see the full document, as amended in 2014, here).
Since then, ARCHELON has been working to achieve what it has committed to serve in terms of social responsibility and accountability, especially in relation to volunteering. The annual number of volunteers who participated in our actions from abroad and Greece reached 750 in 2019. It was possible, not without difficulties, to make a complete separation between the members of the Board and the people who join in any kind of contract with the Organization.
Today, November 24, 2021, ARCHELON participates in one of the most massive collective actions of Volunteer Organizations in Greece. The united voice of 287 Civil Society organizations is reflected in the Memorandum on the draft law of the Ministry of Interior about "Civil Society Organizations, voluntary employment and other provisions", which is expected to be put to vote soon. The draft law seeks to establish a legislative and institutional framework and to regulate the relations between the State and Civil Society, including in the field of volunteering.
The aim of the interventions included in the memo is to facilitate the proper functioning of Civil Society and to allow the final bill to have a role of substantial strengthening and support of organizations and volunteers.