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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EC RULE OF LAW REPORT FINDS CIVIC ACTORS FACE “SERIOUS CHALLENGES”: IT’S TIME FOR THE COMMISSION TO ACT!

On 20 July 2021, the European Commission published the second rule of law report covering events taking place in 2020 and early 2021. The report maintains the same methodology adopted in the previous one, looking narrowly at only four elements: the justice system, the anti-corruption framework, media pluralism and other institutional issues related to checks…

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L’UNION DES SANS-PAPIERS RECEIVES CIVIC PRIDE AWARD FROM EUROPEAN CIVIC FORUM

  PRESS RELEASE – 13 July 2021 L’UNION DES SANS-PAPIERS RECEIVES CIVIC PRIDE AWARD FROM EUROPEAN CIVIC FORUM Version française Around 500 undocumented people have occupied the Beguinage church and sites at ULB and VUB Brussels universities for over 5 months. Over 430 undocumented people have been on hunger strike since 23 May 2021. Despite…

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Civic Pride Award Winners Announced: Reclaiming Civic Space

Photo credit for France visual: DR Alain P.  We are delighted to announce the winners of our Civic Pride Awards for 2021! Our annual Civic Pride award recognises outstanding civic initiatives in Europe, showcasing the actions of civic actors, raising their visibility at the European level, and encouraging convergences between their struggles. To celebrate their…

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France Country Briefing: Government Measures Risk Leading to Fast Deterioration of Civic Space

The European Civic Forum is raising the alarm on France. While fundamental freedoms are protected by the law and generally respected, civil liberties have been put under increasing pressure since 2015 following the state of emergency introduced in after the terrorist attacks. Two laws (Loi pour une sécurité globale, Projet de loi confortant le respect…

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Conference on the Future of Europe:
Civil society organisations to get 5 seats in the Conference Plenary

The Civil Society Convention on the Future of Europe organised a highly-attended public event on 7th June to mark the institutional kick-off of the Conference on the Future of Europe and discuss with high level representatives of the Conference about the scope and modalities of civil society participation in the Conference. Initiated and coordinated by…

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