Open letter regarding the reform of the Gag Law in Spain

SPAIN: Gag Law under reform, the right to freedom of peaceful assembly, expression and rule of law at stake – Joint letter

In Spain, social movements play a crucial role for democracy and rule of law: they mobilise citizens for environmental and social justice, and for the protection of sexual and reproductive rights. They stand against far-right groups and anti-rights narrative that have become more visible. They have also contributed to mitigate the socio-economic consequences of the…

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Quel avenir pour le projet européen?

Find the original version (in French) here: HL196-Monde-5.-Quel-avenir-pour-le-projet-europeen.pdf (ldh-france.org) Alexandrina Najmowicz est secrétaire générale du Forum civique européen (FCE), réseau composé d’une centaine d’associations et d’ONG européennes œuvrant pour la démocratie et les libertés associatives en Europe. Elle revient ici sur les enjeux de la Conférence pour l’avenir de l’Europe, où elle siège, dans un…

Open Letter to demand meaningful debate on and written responses to European Citizens’ Panel recommendations

Dear members of the Executive Board, The Conference on the Future of Europe (hereafter: the Conference) is at a crossroads: either it will turn into an ugly interinstitutional battle happening largely behind closed doors, feeding cynicism about EU and the oft-declared ‘Europe of citizens’, or it will fully embrace the potential of meaningful and publicly…

Open letter to Conference Plenary: ensure the inclusion of marginalised communities!

Dear members of the Conference Plenary, On 19th June 2021, 57 civil society organisations from across Europe sent a letter to the Executive Board of the Conference on the Future of Europe (hereafter: the Conference), expressing strong concerns about the lack of inclusion of marginalised communities in the Conference. On 16th July 2021, the Co-Chairs sent a reply, indicating…

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…

Open letter -The French “Separatism” Bill raises concerns for rights and civil liberties: The EU Commission must question France

Alongside 10 European and French CSOs, the European Civic Forum wrote an open letter to European Commissioner for Justice, Didier Reynders, and Director of the European Fundamental Rights Agency to express concern regarding the the French “separatism” bill («projet de loi confortant le respect des principes de la République») currently under discussion in Parliament.  …

EU Civil Dialogue a key element to regain trust between institutions and citizens, ECF latest study shows

The European Civic Forum, supported by Civil Society Europe, presents its latest study, authored by Linda Ravo. The study, named « Towards an open, transparent, and structured EU civil dialogue – Civil society’s views on challenges and opportunities for an effective implementation of Article 11 TEU », reveals main challenges and issues on one of EU’s longest…

POLAND: Civil society organisations ask the Portuguese Presidency of the Council to take action on the deteriorating situation

Over 200 civil society organisations (from 19 European countries, plus international CSOs) sent a letter to the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the EU, ahead of the EU General Affairs Council on April 20, expressing deep concerns over the deteriorating situation in Poland. The organisations are calling on the EU to address breaches of the rule of law, violations of women’s rights…