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The article deals with a comparative analysis between the European experience of establishing cooperation between public authorities and civil society institutions and Ukrainian realities, as well as provides practical recommendations for improving the existing practice of civil society development in Ukraine. The general principles and examples of interaction’s organization of public authorities with a civil society in the European countries are given. The activity of public councils under the public authorities, which act as a mediator between the government and civil society institutions, is considered. Based on this, the general reasons for the low level of efficiency of public councils are outlined. The level of human rights violations in Ukraine and Europe is noted, as well as the public's attitude to the fact of their participation in government processes. The need to increase the level of political and legal education of the general mass of citizens is shown. The intensification of their activities in a legal way and with systematic work to organize participation in the preparation of management decisions and public policy in general should ensure.
Keywords: civil society, civil society institutions, mechanisms of interaction, public councils, EU countries, human rights.
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