EDITO – As elections loom, civil society secures a partial victory on the foreign interference directive.

The European Commission has delayed its plan to introduce a directive on foreign-funded organisations and will carry out a full impact assessment, following calls from civil society.







Op-ed: The EU is right, we must defend democracy. But foreign interference isn't the biggest threat.

Writing for Euronews, ECF co-presidents Raffaella Bolini and Jean-Marc Roirant explain why to defend democracy we need to protect civil society.



European Civic Forum works to build a civic and democratic Europe that delivers on people’s needs.



We advocate and campaign for the defence of civic space and the recognition of civil society organisations in the policy-making process.

Network & Capacity Building

We connect civil society actors transnationally and across sectors through conferences, forums and alliances.


We monitor civic space across Europe and report on developments  for Civic Space Watch and Civicus Monitor.

Our network

We are a pan-European network that brings together nearly 100 associations and NGOs across 29 European countries: a great variety of civic organisations ranging from big federations and national platforms of NGOs uniting hundreds of thousands of organisations across different sectors, human rights advocacy and campaigning organisations, but also smaller groups working at community level or engaging with the public on local issues.



Our research and advocacy team produce reports on a wide variety of topics – from why we need an EU Civil Society Strategy, to the impact of Covid-19 on fundamental rights, to our annual Civic Space Report.

Civic Space Report 2023

Towards Vibrant European Civic and Democratic Space

The implications of the Covid-19 pandemic on fundamental rights and civic space

Civic Space Watch

Civic Space Watch collects findings and analyses from actors in Europe on the conditions for civil society to operate, capturing national and trans-European trends in civic space.  Through ongoing monitoring of social media and regular contact and interviews with a strong network of members and partners on the ground, we strive to provide easy access to resources and improve information sharing within civil society across Europe  with, policy-makers and the media.