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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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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...

European Movement Italy – The Lisbon Treaty and the European Constitution

After more than a year of complicated negotiations conducted away from the spotlight and civil society, the rapporteurs of the European Parliament's Constitutional Affairs Committee finally filed in...

OFOP – Civil Society Proposals for Poland

2023 is a decisive election year in Poland. As the pre-election period approaches, the Polish Federation of Non-Governmental Organizations and other civil society organizations have teamed up to put...

Bündnis für Gemeinnützigkeit – Austrian organisation strengthens its position

Only nine months after the foundation of Bündnis für Gemeinnützigkeit (the umbrella organisation for NGOs in Austria) the organisation can report great success: Not only is the Austrian government in...