Civil Society Europe
Response to the European Commission Annual Rule of Law Report Stakeholders consultation

This contribution has been prepared by the working group on Civic Space of Civil Society Europe which is composed of CSE members, the European Foundation Centre as a partner organisation and several organisations working in the area of civic freedoms. We would like to thank in particular the following organisations for their contribution: Civil Liberties…

European citizens deserve more and better from the EU budget under discussion

Download in PDF | French version accessible here As stated by civil society actors and the European Parliament, the Council decisions about the EU multiannual budget are not acceptable. Mobilisation and institutional discussions have to redress its shortcomings and ill-directions. In the aftermath of the Council meeting, many Head of States reported on the outcomes with…

Nominations of EESC members: Polish authorities are using the Trojan Horse method

The European Civic Forum condemns the retaliation of the Polish government against the re-election of Karolina Dreszer-Smalec, representing the National Federation of Polish NGOs (OFOP), for another term as member of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) On 30 June 2020, the European Civic Forum held its General Assembly. The members unanimously condemned the…

EMPOWER CITIZENS FOR THE FUTURE OF EUROPE

Find below a common text discussed by networks of NGOs in Milan on 13-14 December 2019. The text is addressed to EU institutions regarding the Conference on the Future of Europe. ————————————————————————— Whereas it is undoubtedly necessary and urgent to have an aggiornamento of the EU for many reasons: the very long financial and subsequent…

Commission’s President introduces Article 11 to Jourova’s mandate

Following a large mobilisation from civil society organisations and an intense advocacy campaign towards members of the European Parliament, president-elect Ursula von der Leyen reviewed the mission letter of Commissioner for Transparency and Values, Vera Jourova. The final mission letter, published on 1 December 2019 on the Commission’s website, notably stipulates that Mrs. Jourova will…

European Civic Forum joins other organisations from all across Europe to condemn the attack against the Bulgarian Helsinki Committee

On September 30, 2019, in Bulgaria the nationalist party IMRO-BNM has sent a signal to the Prosecutor General to cease the activity of the human rights organization – Bulgarian Helsinki Committee. This was an unprecedented move aimed at putting pressure on civil society organisations working for fundamental rights. The Prime Minister said that his government…