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PRESS RELEASE: European Commission adopts problematic foreign funding directive, ignoring civil society warnings

Despite widespread concerns expressed by the European Civic Forum and hundreds of civil society organisations (CSOs) in consultations, meetings and letters, the European Commission has proposed a foreign funding directive as part of its Defence of Democracy package. The directive will create a register of entities that carry out “interest representation services” or activities on…...
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Defence of Democracy: analysis of the foreign funding directive

On 12 December 2023, the European Commission published its long-awaited Defence of Democracy package, including a directive to introduce “common transparency and accountability standards” for…...

We are hiring: Civic Space Assistant

We're looking for a politically savvy, sociable and passionate person at the start of their career to support and contribute to our research and advocacy on civic space and…...

European Civic Academy 2023 – Read our key takeaways!

On 19-20 September, 100 activists, civic actors and academics gathered at the University of Kent’s Brussels School of International Studies for the sixth edition of the European Civic Academy. The...

December 2023: Policy Santa comes early

In our last newsletter of the year, we reflect on how busy 2023 has been...right up to the end. Inside we share our…...

Hungary: ECF condemns new Defence of Sovereignty law and calls on EU institutions to act

The European Civic Forum condemns the newly adopted Hungarian “defence of sovereignty bill”. The law arbitrarily targets any organisation or person it suspects of serving foreign interests and...

After the trilogues, the EU AI Act falls short of needed guarantees to people

On 8 December, the EU institutions reached a political agreement on the EU Artificial Intelligence Act in a trilogue negotiation between the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission. The...

PRESS RELEASE: European Commission adopts problematic foreign funding directive, ignoring civil

Despite widespread concerns expressed by the European Civic Forum and hundreds of civil society organisations (CSOs) in consultations, meetings and letters, the European Commission has proposed a...

Open letter to EU AI Act negotiators: Do not trade away our rights!

Friday 8 December 2023, Brussels As the supposedly final negotiation on the EU’s landmark Artificial Intelligence (AI) Act drags on, the undersigned civil society coalition calls on lawmakers to...

Joint Letter: End the expansion of the EU’s EURODAC database

More than 100 civil society organisations have signed an open letter, urging the the EU to stop the expansion of EURODAC. Civil society calls for an end to the expansion…...