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Press Release: Civic freedoms declined over past five years despite EU democracy agenda, new report finds

Civic freedoms in decline in the EU and Western Balkans EU policies contributes to shrinking space for civil society Restrictions against protests showing solidarity with the Palestinian people across the EU Ahead of the EU elections, a new report released by the European Civic Forum finds that overall, civic freedoms have deteriorated in Europe during…...
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ECF co-organises roundtable on a protection mechanism

On 18 and 19 April, ECF and an informal coalition of civil society organisations hosted by Civil Society Europe, including our members Nyt Europe, CNVOS, Batory Foundation and FDSC hosted a roundtable...

EDITO: Reflecting on 2023, preparing for the next five years

Last week, ECF members and staff gathered in Marseille for our General Assembly. There, we discussed many topics, including reflecting on our achievements and lessons from 2023 and looking ahead to...

ECF holds Annual General Assembly in Marseille

On 25-26 April, ECF members and staff gathered in Marseille (and online, due to strikes that disrupted many members’ flights) for our Annual General Assembly. The meeting, which took place alongside...

Fundacion Cives – The CIVES Foundation supports educators in integrating democratic memory

Since last February, the CIVES Foundation has been hosting conferences in several cities in Spain with the goal of supporting teachers in incorporating Democratic Memory into the academic program...

OFOP – 50 NGOs gather in Warsaw for a two-day event focusing on European topics

Recently, the National Federation of Non-Governmental Organizations (OFOP) hosted 50 NGOs from Poland in Warsaw during two days focused on European topics. On the first day, April 18, the 2nd Civic...

European Movement Italy – It’s time for a political insurrection: peaceful, institutional

The failure of the European Council of 17 and 18 April 2024 is yet more proof that the European Union and its Member States cannot plan for the future by relying on negotiation between governments...

Foreign Interference Directive: What are the risks?

Civil Society Europe has published a new analysis on the Foreign Interference Directive outlining the main concerns of civil society. On 12 December 2023, as…...

Packed with loopholes: Why the AI Act fails to protect civic space and the rule of law

In a new analysis, ECF, Liberties and the European Center for Not-for-profit Law assess the AI Act from a civic space and rule of…...

Solidarity protests with Palestinian people banned in at least 12 EU countries, finds new,

Protests banned on grounds of protecting ‘public order’ and ‘security’ Authorities have resorted to excessive force in multiple countries, including the use of pepper spray, kettling and the...