300+ CSOs call on the European Commission for a European Civil Society Strategy: join our campaign!

Today the European Civic Forum joins 300+ CSOs from all across Europe to call on the President of the European Commission to include in the work programme of 2023 a proposal for a European Civil Society Strategy. Read the letter here: https://bit.ly/3xLbk9j  Why a European Civil Society Strategy?  Civil society is experiencing growing challenges on…

New ECF report calls for a comprehensive European Civil Society Strategy to empower civic organisations

On 9 May, the Conference on the Future of Europe adopted the conclusions and recommendations discussed over the last year. Importantly, these proposals recognise the important role of civil society at national and European level and call for actions to safeguard civic freedoms and civil society organisations (CSOs) in Member States and to engage CSOs at…

Vaccines for all, Refugees Football Club: the latest news from
the Greek Forum of Refugees

Vaccines for all: INTERSOS Hellas, the Greek Forum of Refugees and the Greek Forum of Migrants aim with this information campaign (1) to ensure that communities and individuals, migrants and refugees living in Greece, are aware of their right to access the vaccine, (2) to combat fear and mistrust previous and current national policies have…

ECF condemns the liquidation of 50+ NGOs in Belarus and asks the EU to renew strong pressure on Belarusian authorities

On 22 July, the Ministry of Justice filed a lawsuit to liquidate over 50 NGOs in Belarus. This comes after Lukashenko vowed to continue what he called a “mopping-up operation” against civil society activists who he denounced as “bandits and foreign agents”.  This is the government’s latest move in a relentless and systematic crackdown on…

DEADLINE EXTENDED>Nominations for Activizenship #6:
Reclaiming Civic Space

It’s that time of year again! We are delighted to announce the opening of nominations for Activenship #6.  The COVID-19 pandemic has further multiplied and deepened issues of shrinking civil and social rights and democratic backsliding, undermining the social contact of our societies. Nevertheless, civil society has been at the forefront of mitigating these challenges, sometimes winning fundamental victories against these trends. With Activizenship #6, the European Civic…

POLAND: Civil society organisations ask the Portuguese Presidency of the Council to take action on the deteriorating situation

Over 200 civil society organisations (from 19 European countries, plus international CSOs) sent a letter to the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the EU, ahead of the EU General Affairs Council on April 20, expressing deep concerns over the deteriorating situation in Poland. The organisations are calling on the EU to address breaches of the rule of law, violations of women’s rights…