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…

Conference on the Future of Europe:
Civil society organisations to get 5 seats in the Conference Plenary

The Civil Society Convention on the Future of Europe organised a highly-attended public event on 7th June to mark the institutional kick-off of the Conference on the Future of Europe and discuss with high level representatives of the Conference about the scope and modalities of civil society participation in the Conference. Initiated and coordinated by…

French Separatism Bill threatens fundamental freedoms, warn civil society organisations

      8 June 2021 IMMEDIATE RELEASE French Separatism Bill threatens fundamental freedoms, warn civil society organisations   The proposed French « separatism » bill («Projet de loi confortant le respect des principes de la République») could threaten rights and civil liberties, according to French and European civil society organisations including CIVICUS, the European Civic Forum…

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…

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…