‘Reclaim Our Civil Space! from local to European’ – New project in Central and Eastern Europe

The 3-year long project is implemented by European Civic Forum member Ökotárs and its sister foundations in Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania and Bulgaria, as well as the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union, Civil Society Development Foundation (Romania), Youth Initiative for Human Rights (Serbia) and the Norwegian Helsinki Committee, and it was launched with an international…

Civil Society Europe
Response to the European Commission Annual Rule of Law Report Stakeholders consultation

This contribution has been prepared by the working group on Civic Space of Civil Society Europe which is composed of CSE members, the European Foundation Centre as a partner organisation and several organisations working in the area of civic freedoms. We would like to thank in particular the following organisations for their contribution: Civil Liberties…

Stories From The Lockdown
Winners are out!

In May, we launched the call for nomination Stories from the lockdown aiming at discovering and collecting inspiring stories of activists, associations, movements or groups of citizens who are organising solidarity and civic contestation and making policy proposals to ensure rights are at the centre of the response amid the COVID-19 crisis in face of a restricted…

CREDIT: Sergei Grits: Associated Press

We stand in solidarity with people in Belarus
in their fight for dignity and freedom

Since the 9th of August, after rigged presidential elections, hundreds of thousands of Belarussians took to the streets to manifest peacefully their disapproval to oppressive authorities that violate people’s civic and economic rights and freedoms. Their fight for dignity and spirit of freedom has met with violent answer by the enforcement forces. Independent human rights…

European citizens deserve more and better from the EU budget under discussion

Download in PDF | French version accessible here As stated by civil society actors and the European Parliament, the Council decisions about the EU multiannual budget are not acceptable. Mobilisation and institutional discussions have to redress its shortcomings and ill-directions. In the aftermath of the Council meeting, many Head of States reported on the outcomes with…

Nominations of EESC members: Polish authorities are using the Trojan Horse method

The European Civic Forum condemns the retaliation of the Polish government against the re-election of Karolina Dreszer-Smalec, representing the National Federation of Polish NGOs (OFOP), for another term as member of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) On 30 June 2020, the European Civic Forum held its General Assembly. The members unanimously condemned the…