Engaged, Inspired and Empowered in Belgrade: the EDI Convention officially started

The Engaged Democracy Initiative (EDI), initiatied by the European Fund for the Balkans (EFB) and the Institute for Democratic Engagement Southeast Europe (IDESE) aims to gather local organizations, researchers, social businesses and active citizens in the Western Balkans (WB) involved with issues of democratization, social injustice and accountability of institutions, and support them to join…

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Survey on the COVID-19 impact on fundamental rights and civic space

As part of a research conducted jointly by Civil Society Europe, European Civic Forum, European Center for Not-for-Profit Law and Institute for Public Affairs and commissioned by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), all interested civil society organisations are invited to complete a survey. The aim is to understand the challenges civil society organisations…

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5 new members join the ECF !

The ECF held its General Assembly on 24 June, with more than 40 member organisations present online. This was also an opportunity to approve the membership of 5 new organisations from 5 different countries. The Wheel (Ireland), LIBERA onlus (Italy), RECLAIM Europe, Ministarstvo Prostora (Serbia) and ALFA Centar Niksic (Montenegro) are now part of ECF…

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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…

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