France Country Briefing: Government Measures Risk Leading to Fast Deterioration of Civic Space

The European Civic Forum is raising the alarm on France. While fundamental freedoms are protected by the law and generally respected, civil liberties have been put under increasing pressure since 2015 following the state of emergency introduced in after the terrorist attacks. Two laws (Loi pour une sécurité globale, Projet de loi confortant le respect…

Open letter -The French “Separatism” Bill raises concerns for rights and civil liberties: The EU Commission must question France

Alongside 10 European and French CSOs, the European Civic Forum wrote an open letter to European Commissioner for Justice, Didier Reynders, and Director of the European Fundamental Rights Agency to express concern regarding the the French “separatism” bill («projet de loi confortant le respect des principes de la République») currently under discussion in Parliament.  …

EU Civil Dialogue a key element to regain trust between institutions and citizens, ECF latest study shows

The European Civic Forum, supported by Civil Society Europe, presents its latest study, authored by Linda Ravo. The study, named « Towards an open, transparent, and structured EU civil dialogue – Civil society’s views on challenges and opportunities for an effective implementation of Article 11 TEU », reveals main challenges and issues on one of EU’s longest…

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…

DENMARK: Reject discriminatory “Security for all Danes” Act and respect freedom of assembly

Open letter to the members of the Danish Parliament, published on 23 March 2020, also available on CIVICUS here. Members of the Danish Parliament Folketinget Christiansborg 1240 Copenhagen K Tel.: +45 3337 5500 E-mail: folketinget@ft.dk   URGENT: Reject discriminatory « Security for all Danes” Act and respect freedom of assembly. Dear Members of the Danish Parliament, The undersigned…

Stories From The Lockdown
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In May, we launched the call for nomination Stories from the lockdown aiming at discovering and collecting inspiring stories of activists, associations, movements or groups of citizens who are organising solidarity and civic contestation and making policy proposals to ensure rights are at the centre of the response amid the COVID-19 crisis in face of a restricted…