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

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...

NEW EUROPEANS: Stand up for free speech in Belarus

Image: Screenshot from NBC news, Belarus rights Activist, Jana Showstak. Event: Monday 9 August 2021, 10:00-12:30 On 23 May 2021, the Lukashenko regime forced Ryan Air Flight 4978 from Athens to...
ECF contributes to Rule of Law consultation by European Commission

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

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...

Genova 20 Years On – Interview with Prof. Salvatore Palidda

20 years ago, a movement of protest and proposal, organized on a global scale, took to the streets of Genova alongside the G8. It was the continuation of the reflections started in Seattle in 1999. It...

GENOVA 2021: YOU THE DISEASE, WE THE CARE

Appeal by Genoa 2021 coalition, published on 20 May, available here.   Twenty years after the G8 in Genoa. Without memory there is no future: we feel the duty, as well as the right, to remember...

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...

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...

ECF Sec. Gen message at the Future of Europe first plenary

Initiated and coordinated by Civil Society Europe, the CSOs Convention brings together 80 European civil society networks and organisations with members all across Europe, uniting millions of citizens...

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...