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Joint letter: Solidarity for Activists in Catalonia Accused of Terrorism

We, the undersigned civil society organisations, express our urgent concerns regarding the restrictions on the right to peaceful assembly in Spain and call on the authorities to protect fundamental freedoms. Recent restrictive incidents against Catalan activists accusing them of terrorism undermine the country’s commitments to international human rights standards and European Union Law.  In November…...
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LdH – France must explain why it wants to weaken the supervision of the use of Artificial

On 24 October, the discussion on the content of the Artificial Intelligence Act (AI Act) enters what is known as a "trialogue", when the Commission, Parliament and Council seek a consensus between the...

EDITO: The Polish election results are something to celebrate. The winners must now deliver.

The result is in. Together, three opposition political forces have received a majority of elected representatives in both houses of Poland’s parliament...

Ökotárs – Where do we stand with the European civil society strategy?

Where do we stand with the European civil society strategy? – was the title of the conference Ökotárs and its partners held on 12 October in Brussels, in the EFTA House. The event, attended by about...

Polish Women’s Strike – Protested in 2020, then voted in 2023 – women and youth bring

Protested in 2020, then voted in 2023 – women and youth bring electoral victory to Polish opposition over the right wing, populist government of Jarosław Kaczyński and Mateusz Morawiecki. The official...

September 2023: State of the Union

ECF responds to President Ursula vonder Leyen's State of the Union speech. Plus, updates from the European Civic Academy and Civic Pride Awards...

Defence of Democracy Package: ECF Responds to the latest European Commission Consultation

The European Civic Forum has responded to the latest European Commission consultation on the Defence of Democracy package.  The…...

Civic Pride Awards 2023 – Celebrating outstanding activism

The Civic Pride Awards 2023 took place on 18 September in Brussels, celebrating four outstanding civil society organsiations and movements. The 2023 Civic Pride Award winners with ECF Vice President...

European Civic Academy 2023: Building collective empowerment

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. This...

ECF founder steps down as Co-president; new leadership team elected

Jean-Marc Roirant has stepped down after nearly two decades at the helm of the ECF. At the General Assembly in Brussels, members voted to elect Vera Mora as Co-President alongside Raffaella Bolini, as...