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Global Europe 16-08-2017

Italy minister sees light at the end of the tunnel on migrant flows

Italy's interior minister said on Tuesday (15 August) he saw light at the end of the tunnel for curbing migrant flows from Libya after a slowdown in arrivals across the Mediterranean in recent months.

Global Europe 14-08-2017

Italy applauds Tripoli’s decision to keep NGO ships far away from Libyan coasts

The Italian government yesterday (13 August) welcomed Libya's decision to bar foreign vessels from a stretch of water off its coast, a move that has prompted almost all international charities to halt migrant search and rescue operations in the area.

Politics 20-07-2017

Germany says EU aid to Turkey could be halted over arrests

Germany raised the possibility on Wednesday (19 July) of suspending European Union aid payments to Turkey after summoning Ankara's ambassador to Berlin to protest over the arrest of six human rights activists including a German citizen.

European Commission steps up infringement procedures against Hungary

The Commission opened an infringement procedure against Hungary on Thursday (13 July) for its new law on foreign-funded NGOs, and went a step further in another infringement it had launched in April over the Higher Education Law, that seeks to close the Central European University (CEU), founded by George Soros.

Development Policy 13-07-2017

NGOs denounce cuts, tweaks to 2018 EU budget for development aid

EU member countries decided yesterday (12 July) to cut the proposed EU budget for 2018 by €1.2 billion. The European Parliament deplored this “mechanical” cut, while NGO’s denounced the decrease of development aid and its re-directing to combat immigration.

NGOs say Italy’s ‘code of conduct’ threatens migrants’ lives

Thousands more refugees could be at risk of dying at sea if a proposed ‘code of conduct’ for NGOs conducting search and rescue operations in the Central Mediterranean is put into practice, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said on Wednesday (12 July).

Freedom of thought 07-07-2017

Turkey detains 10 at human rights meeting, EU, US concerned

Turkish police have detained 10 people, including the local director of Amnesty International and other rights activists, on suspicion of membership in a terrorist organisation, Amnesty said yesterday (6 July) in what it called a "grotesque abuse of power".

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New plan for Africa called ‘best EU initiative ever’

MEPs are expected to pass on Thursday (6 July) the new European Fund for Sustainable Development (EFSD), a key element to a plan to raise as much as €88 billion, blending EU funds with national and private financing, bringing African development to a new level.

Global Europe 03-07-2017

Italy urges EU ports to take migrants as pressure builds

France and Germany's interior ministers met with their Italian counterpart in Paris on Sunday (2 July) to discuss a "coordinated response" to Italy's migrant crisis, hours after the latter had called on other European countries to open their ports to rescue ships.

Four steps to empower civil society organisations to participate

At a time when civil society is being challenged by restrictive policies at national level, the EU must do its part to defend civic space, writes Kélig Puyet.

Civil society groups seek new tools to tackle populism

European civil society organisations are exploring ways to address the mounting pressure on them, clarify their role and empower themselves to tackle future social challe

26-06-2017

EU human rights chief: ‘Civil society will push back the rise of extremism’

The rise of extreme parties across Europe is motivating people of good will to speak out and get activated, the director of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights told EURACTIV.com.

Economy & Jobs 26-06-2017

EU civil society at a crossroads

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Factors ranging from lack of funding to mounting political pressure have sparked a discussion regarding the future of civil society organisations in the EU.

Hungary’s law calls for more transparency for NGOs receiving foreign money

In a recent EURACTIV.com interview, the director of the George Soros-funded European Policy Institute makes the incorrect claim that Hungary’s new legislation on NGO transparency is “discriminatory” and is closing the space for dissenting opinions, writes Zoltán Kovács.

Central Europe 15-06-2017

Grabbe: Hungary’s NGO law is discriminatory

For the EU, the fear is that this legislation is coercive and inhibits the free movement of capital, former Commission official Heather Grabbe told EURACTIV Germany.

Central Europe 15-06-2017

Germany voices ‘great concern’ over Hungarian NGO law

Germany voiced "great concern" yesterday (14 June) over Hungary's crackdown on foreign-backed civil society groups approved by parliament the previous day. In the meantime the Commission said it will “carefully analyse it”.

02-06-2017

EU chides Ukraine over law targeting anti-corruption NGOs

A top EU official criticised Ukraine on Thursday (1 June) over a law targeting nongovernmental organisations investigating state corruption, and urged greater independence for the agency charged with exposing graft.

Development Policy 30-05-2017

Development expert: ‘Haiti would be better off without international aid’

Haiti is one of many poor countries where international aid has failed to fulfil its objectives. Despite billions of dollars being pumped in, little has changed since the disastrous earthquake of 2010, Joel Boutroue told EURACTIV France.

EU Priorities 2020 12-05-2017

Orbán ‘killed’ Parliament motion seeking to block EU funding for NGOs

A European Parliament motion seeking to stop EU funding for NGOs that oppose the bloc's strategic, commercial and security objectives was postponed until the Court of Auditors submits “reliable data” on the issue, EURACTIV.com has learned.

Freedom of thought 12-05-2017

Are NGOs immune to conflicts of interest?

The EU should keep its interaction with interest groups in check to avoid conflicts of interest. Whether those groups are corporate lobbies or NGOs, the same rules should apply, writes Tamar Kogman.

Politics 10-05-2017

Jarábik: Orbán knows EU can’t lose Hungary

It is hard to believe that a private university may lead to the expulsion of a member state. If the European Commission is going to support the opposition against Orbán, it is not going to help regain its credibility among member states, Balász Jarábik told EURACTIV Czech Republic.

Politics 19-04-2017

Greens denounce ‘Hungary-style’ attack against EU-funded NGOs

Green Members of the European Parliament have urged the European People’s Party (EPP) to withdraw a “Hungary-style report” about EU-funded NGOs and stop attempts to silence them.

Refugee rescue group accuses EU border agency of conspiracy

A Spanish NGO that has been rescuing migrants in the Mediterranean since 2016 accused the EU's border control agency Frontex on Wednesday (12 April) of plotting to discredit private aid organisations in order to put off donors.

Development Policy 06-04-2017

Donors pledge billions at Syria aid conference, NGOs say too little

International donors yesterday (5 April) pledged $6.0 billion in aid for Syria this year at a conference overshadowed by a deadly chemical attack blamed by the West on Damascus.