ECF condemns the liquidation of 50+ NGOs in Belarus and asks the EU to renew strong pressure on Belarusian authorities

On 22 July, the Ministry of Justice filed a lawsuit to liquidate over 50 NGOs in Belarus. This comes after Lukashenko vowed to continue what he called a “mopping-up operation” against civil society activists who he denounced as “bandits and foreign agents”.  This is the government’s latest move in a relentless and systematic crackdown on…

DEADLINE EXTENDED>Nominations for Activizenship #6:
Reclaiming Civic Space

It’s that time of year again! We are delighted to announce the opening of nominations for Activenship #6.  The COVID-19 pandemic has further multiplied and deepened issues of shrinking civil and social rights and democratic backsliding, undermining the social contact of our societies. Nevertheless, civil society has been at the forefront of mitigating these challenges, sometimes winning fundamental victories against these trends. With Activizenship #6, the European Civic…

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…

For a Europe that cares for all – during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond

#DEMOCRACY / #INCLUSION / #JUSTICE / #SOLIDARITY / #SUSTAINABILITY The COVID-19 pandemic is demonstrating all too well that unequal societies go hand-in-hand with human suffering, fragile economies and delicate democracies. Solidarity must be the bedrock of Europe’s response to this crisis: to fighting the pandemic and protecting all people, to managing the social and economic…

More than 250 NGOs call for another vision of the Future of Europe

More than 250 non-government organisations from across Europe have today released an alternative vision for a more democratic, just and sustainable Europe. Intended to influence the debate on the future direction of Europe, this alternative vision is endorsed by organisations representing a multitude of public interest issues, including democracy, labour rights, culture, development, environment, health, women’s…