Edito – EU institutions and strengthening civic space: Giving with one hand and taking with the other?

Edito: EU institutions and strengthening civic space: Giving with one hand and taking with the other?   The European Commission’s inclusion of a cross-border statute for associations and measures on civic space in its 2023 work programme are encouraging signs. Parliament’s call for France-style restrictions on access to funding, particularly targeting Muslim organisations, is a…

Civil society public letter on the Council’s proposed general approach to the Regulation of Political Advertising, calling for a regulation that delivers for democracy and fundamental rights

European Civic Forum, alongside more than 30 civil society organisations, signed an open letter to the Czech Presidency of the Council, calling for a regulation on political advertising that delivers for democracy and fundamental rights.   Dear Mikuláš Bek, Minister for European Affairs, EU Ministers for European Affairs,   We, the undersigned 34 civil society…

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…

Open letter regarding the reform of the Gag Law in Spain

SPAIN: Gag Law under reform, the right to freedom of peaceful assembly, expression and rule of law at stake – Joint letter

In Spain, social movements play a crucial role for democracy and rule of law: they mobilise citizens for environmental and social justice, and for the protection of sexual and reproductive rights. They stand against far-right groups and anti-rights narrative that have become more visible. They have also contributed to mitigate the socio-economic consequences of the…

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Quel avenir pour le projet européen?

Find the original version (in French) here: HL196-Monde-5.-Quel-avenir-pour-le-projet-europeen.pdf (ldh-france.org) Alexandrina Najmowicz est secrétaire générale du Forum civique européen (FCE), réseau composé d’une centaine d’associations et d’ONG européennes œuvrant pour la démocratie et les libertés associatives en Europe. Elle revient ici sur les enjeux de la Conférence pour l’avenir de l’Europe, où elle siège, dans un…

Open Letter to demand meaningful debate on and written responses to European Citizens’ Panel recommendations

Dear members of the Executive Board, The Conference on the Future of Europe (hereafter: the Conference) is at a crossroads: either it will turn into an ugly interinstitutional battle happening largely behind closed doors, feeding cynicism about EU and the oft-declared ‘Europe of citizens’, or it will fully embrace the potential of meaningful and publicly…

Open letter to Conference Plenary: ensure the inclusion of marginalised communities!

Dear members of the Conference Plenary, On 19th June 2021, 57 civil society organisations from across Europe sent a letter to the Executive Board of the Conference on the Future of Europe (hereafter: the Conference), expressing strong concerns about the lack of inclusion of marginalised communities in the Conference. On 16th July 2021, the Co-Chairs sent a reply, indicating…