State of the Union Address: To defend democracy, it must answer people’s needs. Involving CSOs in EU policy making is integral to achieving this.

President von der Leyen’s State of the Union address touched upon many issues and broadly formulated proposals, often not sufficiently detailed for immediate in-depth analysis. In this editorial we look at the narrative and the proposals to reinforce European democracy. We agree with President von der Leyen that “Today we all see that we must…

European Civic Forum and Civil Society Europe discuss Civil Society Strategy with cabinet of Commission Vice-President Šuica

The European Civic Forum and Civil Society Europe met with the cabinet of Commission Vice-President Šuica on 28 September to discuss prospects for a civil society strategy and civic participation in policy making. The meeting was organised as a follow-up to the Conference on the Future of Europe and a letter sent to Commission President…

Novact: Transparency and accountability of the police forces in the Spanish State

On 6-7 October, the conference ‘Transparency and accountability of the police forces in the Spanish State’ will be held in Barcelona. Organised by Novact together with Irídia and Rights International Spain (RIS), the conference will consist of seven round tables made up of experts, representatives of public administrations and members of civil society organisations. They…

Press conference with two men and one woman

European Movement Italy: Let us give a democratic dimension to the European Political Community

Earlier this year, French President Emmanuel Macron proposed the creation of a European Political Community, a body to bring together the EU27, EU candidate countries, EFTA countries, the UK and potentially others. Ahead of the first EPC summit on October 6-7, European Movement Italy President Pier Virgilio Dastoli argues that the EPC must not just…

A spokesperson addressing the crowd with youth representatives in the background

Òmnium Cultural: Spain answers complaint, justifying police infiltration in youth groups

The interior ministry of Spain has admitted and defended planting undercover officers in youth groups in a response to a judicial complaint laid by Òmnium Cultural. The orgnaisation filed the complaint after news emerged of two cases in which undercover police had been placed in pro-independence Catalan youth movements. The ministry defended its action by…

3rd rule of law report: the commitment to promote and protect the rule of law requires turning words into action!

On 13 July 2022, the European Commission published its third annual report reviewing the rule of law infrastructure and developments in 27 Member States in 2021. The European Civic Forum took part in the consultation process by showcasing concrete examples of how civil society strengthens and defends functioning of the rule of law. Our submission…