CSOs would help, but the government does not count on them in the Recovery Plan either – rapid analysis

Civil society organizations cooperating in the Civilisation coalition published an open letter in February addressed to dr. Szabolcs Ágostházy, the State Secretary for EU Development Programs, objecting to the lack of dialogue and meaningful civic participation in the development of plans for the use of EU funds expected in the coming years. Although we have…

Civic Alliance research on the sector of civil society organisations in Latvia

Civic Alliance – Latvia has published “Research on the sector of civil society organisations in Latvia 2020-2024: Problems and solutions for classification of Latvian association and foundations”. The aim of the study is to gather factual information on civil society organisations by analysing basic data and developing recommendations, as well as analysing existing classification systems…

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…

Shadow Report project: European CSO cooperation for the successful implementation of the EU macro-regional strategies

The EU macro-regional strategy is a relatively new policy-making framework covering the Baltic Sea, the Danube, the Adriatic-Ionian and Alpine regions. It serves as an interface between EU and local level policy developments. The European Commission prepares biennial reports on the implemetation of macro-regional strategies. The latest one covers the 2018-2020 period and has all the characteristic…

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…

The ECF responds to the European Commission stakeholders’ consultation on the rule of law in the European Union   

Deterioration of the rule of law, democracy and civic space: there is a need for a comprehensive approach  The deterioration of the rule of law develops in parallel with growing social disparities   In the European Union, the rule of law (Etat de Droit, Rechtsstaat) refers to constitutional supremacy and the protection of fundamental rights from public authorities and private interests.…