At a distance, united as never before

Version française ci-dessous Dear members, We are all living an unexpected and astonishing situation The whole planet faces the same emergency, and Europe has become, after China, the centre of the Covid-19 dissemination. All institutions, governments, communities, all of us are asked to act responsibly as individuals and as a community. We have to change…

Hungarian civil society in action – The „Have your say!” project | Public debate in the making in Hungary

More than 40 persons, representatives of civil society organisations and citizens gathered together in Budapest on 7 February to discuss how to participate and influence the upcoming Conference on the future of Europe, an initiative of the main EU institutions. The event was initiated and hosted by European House. The Communication from the Commission, the…

EMPOWER CITIZENS FOR THE FUTURE OF EUROPE

Find below a common text discussed by networks of NGOs in Milan on 13-14 December 2019. The text is addressed to EU institutions regarding the Conference on the Future of Europe. ————————————————————————— Whereas it is undoubtedly necessary and urgent to have an aggiornamento of the EU for many reasons: the very long financial and subsequent…

Commission’s President introduces Article 11 to Jourova’s mandate

Following a large mobilisation from civil society organisations and an intense advocacy campaign towards members of the European Parliament, president-elect Ursula von der Leyen reviewed the mission letter of Commissioner for Transparency and Values, Vera Jourova. The final mission letter, published on 1 December 2019 on the Commission’s website, notably stipulates that Mrs. Jourova will…

Protest in Legnica against the reform of the Constitution

« Free courts, Free Poland » – Civic resistance for the independence of the judiciary

On Wednesday, 18 December, over 200 cities in Poland stood in civic protest for judiciary independence. The direct reason for protests, that were held outside courthouses across Poland and, in Warsaw, outside Polish parliament, is the bill dubbed “gag bill” that will implement harsh disciplinary measures against judges who will obey the European law and…

European Civic Forum joins other organisations from all across Europe to condemn the attack against the Bulgarian Helsinki Committee

On September 30, 2019, in Bulgaria the nationalist party IMRO-BNM has sent a signal to the Prosecutor General to cease the activity of the human rights organization – Bulgarian Helsinki Committee. This was an unprecedented move aimed at putting pressure on civil society organisations working for fundamental rights. The Prime Minister said that his government…