UPDATE – CSOs call upon EPP to review its candidate for Vice-Chair of LIBE Committee

UPDATE – CSOs call upon EPP to review its candidate for Vice-Chair of LIBE Committee

On 10 July 2019, the European People’s Party (EPP) decided to nominate Mr. Balázs Hidvéghi, elected in Hungary under the Fidesz header, for the role of Vice-Chair of the Committee on civil liberties, justice and home affairs of the European Parliament. While the Chair and three Vice-chairs of the Committee were successfully elected, the decision regarding Mr. Hidvéghi’s application for the remaining Vice-Chair position was postponed.

Mr. Hidvéghi was one of the chief communicators under Mr. Orban’s government in the past years. He has been particularly vocal during public smear campaigns in Hungary, specifically targeting political opposition, civic NGOs and critical journalists.

Having also in mind the suspension of the Fidesz membership from EPP in the run-up to EU elections, the undersigned Civil Society Organisations regret the choice made by the EPP group.

The reintroduction of Fidesz following the elections, and the appointment of one of its members as Vice-Chair of the Committee in charge of defending civil liberties across the European Union ring an alarm bell.

EPP knows that for years and until now, the Fidesz government limits civic rights, including freedom of assembly and association, freedom of speech and of academic work, as well as it restricted the rule of law in the country. Civil Society Organisations in Hungary have faced pressure, public smear campaigns, restrictive legislation and cuts in funding from the government on partisan political ground. Fidesz has been vocal in relaying the campaigns, including at the European level. A procedure of breaching the Rule of Law according to Article 7 TEU is also underway.

All these facts are contradictory to the very objective of the work of the LIBE committee. They lead not to entrust one of its representatives as Vice-Chair of its committee.

In order not to undermine trust between the EPP group and Civil Society Organisations, we are calling upon the group to review their choice and to suggest a candidate whose record shows an open and transparent dialogue with civil society organisations and a strong commitment to democracy, rule of law, Human rights for all.

To conclude, we are expressing our gratitude to the members of the LIBE committee who have postponed the appointment of a Vice-Chair. We wish the LIBE committee be provided with a new nomination that is acceptable for all those who take the mandate of this Committee seriously.

LIST OF SIGNATORIES

European Civic Forum

Europe

Friends of the Earth Europe

Europe

Young European Federalists – JEF Europe

Europe

Transparency International EU

Europe

Civil College Foundation

Hungary

Association Européenne pour la Défense des Droits de l’Homme (AEDH)

Europe

International Federation for Human Rights – FIDH

France

Hungarian Helsinki Committee

Hungary

Libre Art – Association

Hungary

Nyt Europa

Denmark

CDI Macedonia

Macedonia

New Europeans

Belgium

Europe & me

Germany

WWF Poland

Poland

Državljan D

Slovenia

Field of Dialogue Foundation

Poland

Open Republic – Association against Anti-Semitism and Xenophobia

Poland

Open Republic Association

Poland

Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights

Poland

Go limpets

Portugal

Stowarzyszenie Interwencji Prawnej (Association for Legal Intervention)

Poland

Stefan Batory Foundation

Poland

OSI – Sofia

Bulgaria

European movement

Italy

Solidarietà e Cooperazione CIPSI

Italy

Documenta – Center for Dealing with the Past

Croatia

Febea

Poland

Imaginarium Foundation

Poland

Klub Inteligencji Katolickiej

Poland

Frso

Poland

OKO.press

Poland

Fundacja Wspierania Twórczych Inicjatyw Lyada

Poland

Merkury Foundation

Poland

Obywatele RP

Poland

CIVIS

Poland

La Ligue de l’enseignement

France

Jugend- & Kulturprojekt e.V.

Germany

Stowarzyszenie EKOSKOP

Poland

National NGO coalition

Lituania

National Network of Educational NGOs

Lithuania

Access Info Europe

Spain / Europe

Arci – Associazione Ricreativa Culturale Italiana

Italy

Youth LGBT organization Deystvie

Bulgaria

Federation of Non-Governmental Organizations for Social Services – FONSS

Romania

Asociatia Betania

Romania

Ligue des droits de l’Homme

France

Centre for Peace, Nonviolence and Human Rights – Osijek

Croatia

Akcja Demokracja

Poland

Autonomia

Poland

Committee for the Defence of Democracy / Komitet Obrony Demokracji /

Poland

Centrum pre filantropiu n.o.

Slovakia

ETP Slovakia

Slovakia

La Ligue de l’Enseignement – Fédération Pas de Calais

France

We Europeans

Germany

Cap Magellan

France

Hungarian Europe Society

Hungary

Towarzystwo Dziennikarskie (Society of Journalists)

Poland

Inicijativa za Razvoj i Saradnju – IDC Serbia

Serbia

A Buon Diritto

Italy

Lubuskie Stowarzyszenie na Rzecz Kobiet BABA

Poland

Workshop for Civic Initiatives Foundation

Bulgaria

Nadácia Centra pre filantropiu

Slovakia

Fundacja Szkoła z Klasą

Poland

eduRoma – Roma Education Project

Slovakia

Altánok s.r.o.

Slovakia

Not in our town civic platform

Slovakia

Foundation ClientEarth Prawnicy dla Ziemi

Poland

Klub Mysli Spolecznej Inicjatywy

Poland

Information Society Developemnt Foundation

Poland

Centrum komunitného organizovania

Slovakia

Association for Culture, Education and Communication (ACEC)

Slovakia

DRA e.V., Berlin

Germany

Pontis Foundation

Slovakia

Bulgarian Center for Not-for-Profit Law

Bulgaria

Europuls-Centre of European Expertise

Romania

Fundacja na rzecz Collegium Polonicum

Poland

Fundacja Aktywności Lokalnej / The Foundation of Local Acticity

Poland

Maria Galewska

Belgium

Platform for Supporting Health of Disadvantaged Groups (PPZZS)

Slovakia

Ekoinfocentrum ZOČSOP

Czech Republic

AEDE-France

France

Bulgarian Donors’ Forum

Bulgaria

Maison de l’Europe des Yvelines

France

PDCS, Partners for Democratic Change Slovakia

Slovakia

Foundation for an Open Society DOTS

Latvia

Institute of Public Affairs

Poland

Nexes Interculturals de Joves per Europa

Spain

Polska Fundacja im. Roberta Schumana

Poland

Karpatská nadacia

Slovakia

Asociatia Sprijinirea Integrarii Sociale (ASIS)

Romania

Power of Humanity Foundation

Hungary

Center for Independent Journalism

Romania

Rehabilitation Centre for Stress and Trauma

Croatia

Platon Part

Hungary

Open Dialogue Foundation

Belgium-Poland

Ogólnopolski Strajk Kobiet Sanok

Poland

Foundation Solidarna

Croatia

MEMORIAL Deutschland

Germany

Nansen Dialogue Centre

Croatia

Volonteer centre Osijek

Croatia

Association for civil society development SMART

Croatia

PROTAGORA

Croatia

Centar za građanske inicijative Poreč

Croatia

Udruga Delta

Croatia

ADDP Association Defense de la Democratie en Pologne

France

Centre for Women’s Studies Zagreb

Croatia

ODnowa

Poland

Asociatia Techsoup

Romania

 

Open Estonia Foundation

Estonia

Society for Sustainable Living in Slovakia

Slovakia

European Movement Forum

Poland

Post Bellum SK

Slovakia

SOSNA association

Slovakia

STUZ – SLOVAKIA

Slovakia

BlueLink Foundation

Bulgaria

OZ Za dostojnu Radvan

Slovakia

Bulgarian Environmental Partnership Foundation

Bulgaria

Polska Fundacja im Roberta Schumana

Poland

Cyklokoalicia NGO

Slovakia

Civil Society Development Foundation

Romania

Chaloupky o.p.s.

Czech Republic

VIA IURIS

Slovakia

Center for Public Innovation

Romania

Close to You Romania Foundation

Romania

Open Lithuania foundation

Lithuania

Civic Dialogue Association

Poland

Center for Not-for-profit Law Romania

Romania

CENTRAS

Romania

Gabriela Tudor Foundation

Romania

Center for Equality Advancement

Lithuania

Open Society Foundation

Slovakia

One World Romania Association

România

ActiveWatch

Romania

Shipyard – Centre for Social Innovation and Research

Poland

Consiliul Tinerilor Instituționalizați

Romania

CROSOL – Croatian Platform for International Citizen Solidarity

Croatia

Netherlands Helsinki Committee

The Netherlands

Orthodox Philanthropy Association in Alba Iulia

Romania

Russian LGBT Network

Russia

Impreuna Agency for Community Development

Romania

Society for Sustainable Living

Czech Republic

Asociatia Pro Democratia

Romania

Association for International Affairs

Czechia

Asociatia Mai Mult Verde

Romania

Expert Forum (EFOR)

Romania

Federation of Non-governmental Organisations for Children –

Romania

Fundatia Un copil, o speranta

Romania

Wolne Sądy

Poland

Opportunity Associates Romania

Romania

Front Europejski

Poland

Fundacja Centrum im. prof. Bronisława Geremka

Poland

Bratislava Policy Institute

Slovakia

ECPI-Euroregional Center for public Initiatives

Romania

Asociatia Centrul pentru Politici Durabile Ecopolis

Romania

Resource Center for Public Participation

Romania

Fundatia pentru Parteneriat

Romania

SECS-Society for Education On Contraception and Sexuality

Romania

APADOR-CH

Romania

Human Rights Monitoring Institute

Lithuania

Možnosť voľby/Freedom of Choice

Slovakia

Friends of the Earth-CEPA

Slovakia

Ravnovesie NGO

Bulgaria

TERRA Mileniul III

Romania

Bulgarian Huntington Association

Bulgaria

GONG

Croatia

Estuar Foundation

Romania

Resource Center for Roma Communities

Romania

Centrul Roman de Politici Europene

Romania

Citizens Network Watchdog Poland

Poland

SAPI

Bulgaria

Assosiation of Bulgaria Coelic- Gluten free live

Bulgaria

European Exchange gGmbH

Germany

Nadácia Pontis/Pontis Foundation

Slovakia

Dizabnet Federation – The Network of Service providers for Persons with disabilities

Romania

Polish Donors Forum

Poland

Czech Women´s Lobby

Czech Republic

Asociatia Mediawise Society

Romania

KOD International

Brussels

ASSIFERO

Italy

Open Space Foundation

Bulgaria

Nadácia Milana Šimečku/Milan Šimečka Foundation

Slovakia

OSSF Prague

Czech Republic

Societatea Academica din Romania

Romania

New Horizons Foundation

Romania

European Movement Italy

Italy

Romanian Academic Society

Romania

Antigone

Italy

​Fundacja Kształcenia Ustawicznego PERITIA

Poland

OPEN MIND

Bulgaria

ePaństwo Foundation

Poland

Czech Environmental Partnership Foundation

Czech Republic

Laboratorio Politiche Pubbliche

Italy

Lithuanian Centre for Human Rights

Lithuania

Estonian Institute for Human Rights

Estonia

Centre for the Study of Democracy

Romania

NGO Center of European Initiatives

Estonia

Association for Community Relations

Romania

Center for Analysis and Socioeconomic Innovation (CAIES)

Romania

Asociația Platforma Oradea Civică 2017

Romania

Impact Diaspora

Romania

Zona Lovech

Bulgaria

Berretti Bianchi Onlus

Italy

Stowarzyszenie Intro

Poland

CESI – Center for Education, Counselling and Research

Croatia

Media Sud

Romania

Centar za Mirovne Studije

Croatia

Politiscope

Croatia

Human Rights House Zagreb

Croatia

Geremek Foundation

Poland

ARCI Sud Sardegna

Italy

The Center for Independent Journalism

Romania

Eco-Breite

Romania

Institute for Public Policy

Romania

Asociația PortoJazzMusic

Romania

Klon/Jawor Association

Poland

Fundatia Inima de Copil

Romania

Creactiv

Romania

PNTCD MIZIL

Romania

Academia Civica Bihor

Romania

Asociatia Federeii

Romania

UAIC

Romania

Centar za zdravo odrastanje

Croatia

Civil Rights Project Sisak

Croatia

Iskorak

Croatia

Legal Resources Centre

Moldova

ODRAZ – Sustainable Community Development

Croatia

 



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