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…

European Civic Forum and Civil Society Europe discuss Civil Society Strategy with cabinet of Commission Vice-President Šuica

The European Civic Forum and Civil Society Europe met with the cabinet of Commission Vice-President Šuica on 28 September to discuss prospects for a civil society strategy and civic participation in policy making. The meeting was organised as a follow-up to the Conference on the Future of Europe and a letter sent to Commission President…

Novact: Transparency and accountability of the police forces in the Spanish State

On 6-7 October, the conference ‘Transparency and accountability of the police forces in the Spanish State’ will be held in Barcelona. Organised by Novact together with Irídia and Rights International Spain (RIS), the conference will consist of seven round tables made up of experts, representatives of public administrations and members of civil society organisations. They…