Fighting for Democratic Empowerment and Resilience


Civil society is a cornerstone of democracy and rule of law. In the context of Russia’s aggression against Ukraine we are reminded that with few means and little power, in the context of conflicts, pandemics or natural disasters, civil society organisations and volunteers help people in need. They are often the first ones to arrive and the last ones to leave. They advocate for the common good and to ensure laws are not driven by corporate interest and for-profit pursues.

But across the EU, NGOs, associations and movements are experiencing pressures and challenges faced with the erosion of democratic processes and breaches of the rule of law.

In our Civic Space Report 2023, we highlight similar trends and patterns of deterioration of civic freedoms emerging across Europe.

Country Reports

Our Civic Space Report 2023 includes 14 country-specific reports, written by ECF members and partners on the ground.

Click on the tiles below to read the country reports!


Country Report Contributors

Romy Grasgruber-Kerl,¬† B√ľndnis F√ľr Gemeinn√ľtzigkeit, Austria

Zahari Iankov, Bulgarian Center for Not-for-Profit Law, Bulgaria

Gong, Croatia

NGO Support Centre, Cyprus

Blanka Mouralov√° and Jana Mil√©Ňôov√°, Glopolis, Czech Republic

Ligue des droits de l’Homme, France

Siri Hummel and Rupert Graf Strachwitz, Maecenata Institut f√ľr Philanthropie und Zivilgesellschaft, Germany

Dominka Spyratou, Greece

Veronika M√≥ra, √Ėkot√°rs, Hungary

OFOP, Poland

Filip Pazderski, Institute of Public Affairs, Poland

Civil Society Development Foundation, Romania

Kristine Zonberga, Civic Alliance Latvia, Latvia

Tina Divjak, CNVOS, Slovenia

Novact, Spain

Omnium Cultural, Spain

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Civic Space Watch

Civic Space Watch collects findings and analyses from actors in Europe on the conditions for civil society to operate, capturing national and trans-European trends in civic space.  Through ongoing monitoring of social media and regular contact and interviews with a strong network of members and partners on the ground, we strive to provide easy access to resources and improve information sharing within civil society across Europe  with, policy-makers and the media.