Following the LIBE hearing on Hungary today

Today, the LIBE Committee of the European parliament organised a public hearing on the situation of fundamental rights and the Rule of Law in Hungary. Sitting in the panel with Judith SARGENTINI and Claude MORAES were also Marta PARDAVI from the Hungarian Helsinki Committee, Gábor POLYÁK from Mertek Media Monitor, Miklós SZÁNTHÓ (Centre for Fundamental…

Romania: Bucharest mayor bans public protests on city’s main square

The Bucharest Mayor’s Office, led by one of the most popular political figures of the governing Social Democratic Party, is taking actions deterring civic protests in front of the Governmental building. Just yesterday, November 28th, The Bucharest local authorities announced they shall organize, for the first time in Romania’s post-communist history, a second Christmas fair.…

Polish Women’s Strike – information on the 11.11.2017 events in Warsaw and Wrocław

Neo-nazi Day in Poland: 3 women injured, 9 mauled, spat on and verbally abused in Warsaw by neonazis, 1 injured and 3 mauled in Wrocław, 45 people detained as a “prevention” measure. As Polish government encourages and enables neo-nazi and neo-fascist movements, Polish local authorities allow neo-nazis and neo-fascist marches in Polish cities and police…

European Citizenship Awards: CHECK OUT THE LAUREATES OF THE 2017 EDITION

Organised jointly by the European Civic Forum and Volonteurope, the European Citizenship Awards 2017 promote and give visibility to outstanding and inspiring initiatives and individuals who have put European democratic citizenship into practice, and in so doing have had a positive impact on their communities. This year, the European Citizenship Awards aimed at rewarding initiatives…

PRIX EUROPEEN DE LA CITOYENNETE 2017: DECOUVREZ LES LAUREATS

Organised jointly by the European Civic Forum and Volonteurope, the European Citizenship Awards 2017 promote and give visibility to outstanding and inspiring initiatives and individuals who have put European democratic citizenship into practice, and in so doing have had a positive impact on their communities. This year, the European Citizenship Awards aimed at rewarding initiatives which contribute to…

Blame it on the NGOs!

Source: ECF monthly newsletter So here we are again! Two weeks ago, in the EP plenary in Strasbourg, in a vote to the report on Transparency, Accountability and Integrity in EU institutions, a strong majority of MEPs rejected some last minute amendments aimed at restricting civic freedoms and participation of civil society organisations to express…

European Civic Days: Civil Society Perspectives for a Positive Narrative

The European Civic Days this year brought us to Belgrade, spotting positive examples of civic mobilisations from Central and Eastern Europe and the Balkans, illustrating the values we share, tapping into their potential for developing counter narratives in a regional context where people are particularly confronted with a deep disillusionment with the transitional promise of…