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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.

Politics 04-04-2017

Parliament report opens ‘Pandora’s Box’ of EU-funded NGOs

A draft European Parliament report calling on the European Commission to reject funding for NGOs that oppose the “strategic commercial and security objectives” of the EU is creating upheaval among civil society groups.

Smugglers suspected of using migrant rescue boats as taxis

An Italian prosecutor has stepped up his investigation into charity-funded migrant rescue boats in the Mediterranean after claims they are acting as a de facto taxi service for people traffickers.

Hungary’s actions speak louder than words

Civil society is an essential part of any functioning democracy. While Budapest talks of dialogue and free debate, its actions speak of a slide towards authoritarianism, writes Neil Campbell.

Global Europe 13-01-2017

Rights groups denounce Spain’s plan to sell warships to Saudi Arabia

Close ties between the royal families of Spain and Saudi Arabia could help Madrid conclude a lucrative deal to sell warships to Riyadh, alarming human rights groups.

Public Affairs 05-01-2017

NGOs demand Commission deny Oettinger human resources portfolio

A group of NGOs has called on the European Parliament to oppose the proposal by Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker to put Günther Oettinger in charge of supervising human resources for the EU executive.

NGOs’ responsibility questioned as Italy refugee arrivals surge

Speaking ahead of the EU summit tomorrow (15 December), which will, among other things, address the issue of migration, a diplomat questioned the role of NGOs near the Libyan coast which, in his view, contribute to the increase of refugees arriving in Italy.

Rights groups expose flaws in EU counterterrorism directive

The European institutions reached an agreement yesterday (30 November) on a directive that is aimed at better equipping the EU with instruments to counter terrorism. But civil rights groups warned that it risks undermining fundamental freedoms.

Global Europe 19-09-2016

EU slams Egypt over NGO clampdown

An Egyptian court froze assets of five prominent human rights defenders and three non-governmental organisations on Saturday (17 September), provoking fears of an intensified crackdown on civil society.

Energy 01-09-2016

G20 states must take harder carbon line, say NGOs

G20 states must work harder to ensure a swifter transition to a low carbon economy, NGOs urged Wednesday (31 August), notably deploring continued EU finance for fossil fuel-powered projects.

Global Europe 18-05-2016

US and EU protest UN decision to bar LGBT groups from AIDS conference

The United States and the European Union are protesting against a UN decision to bar at least 20 non-governmental groups from taking part in a major AIDS conference next month.

Amnesty says Turkey illegally sending Syrians back to war zone

Turkey has illegally returned thousands of Syrians to their war-torn homeland in recent months, highlighting the dangers for migrants sent back from Europe under a deal due to come into effect next week, Amnesty International said today (1 April).

Global Europe 24-03-2016

MSF, Oxfam pull out of Lesbos hotspot in yet another blow to EU

International aid organisation Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said yesterday (23 March) it had suspended activities at a refugee centre on the Greek island of Lesbos to avoid being complicit in an "unfair and inhumane" EU deal to send newcomers back to Turkey.

Global Europe 09-02-2016

Israeli NGOs receiving EU funds targeted by new bill

A bill that opponents say targets Israeli human rights groups critical of Israel's policies towards the Palestinians won initial approval in parliament yesterday (8 February) with the support of right-wing parties.

Economy & Jobs 05-01-2016

Commission urged to unblock Erasmus+ funds for Greek NGOs

The European Youth Forum has urged the European Commission to restore Erasmus+ funding for Greek NGOs. EURACTIV Greece reports.

Climate change 11-12-2015

COP21 protest banners censored by UN

EXCLUSIVE/ Civil society organisations must submit their banners for United Nations approval before being given permission to protest at the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris (COP21).

Climate change 11-12-2015

In last hours of COP21, its ambition rises by half a degree

It would have been unthinkable just a few months ago, but a new global deal to combat climate change expected to be wrapped-up today (11 December) appears poised to set the world a much more ambitious target than expected.

Regional Policy 03-12-2015

Spain’s Leganés lends a hand to the world’s most vulnerable

SPECIAL REPORT / For the citizens of the Spanish municipality of Leganés, in the autonomous community of Madrid, solidarity with the world’s most vulnerable populations is second nature. EURACTIV Spain reports.

Development Policy 24-11-2015

Report: EU countries divert overseas aid to cover refugee bills

A report published on Tuesday (24 November) by CONCORD, the European NGO confederation for relief and development, documents an emerging trend amongst member states to divert aid budgets from sustainable development to domestic costs associated with hosting refugees and asylum seekers.

Development Policy 27-10-2015

NGOs fear that development funds are getting spent on barbed wire

While EU ministers met yesterday (26 October) in Luxembourg to discuss “policy coherence” for development, NGOs expressed concerns that EU monies are increasingly being spent on border security, rather than fighting poverty and inequality.

Church leaders propose lifting of visa requirement for Syrians, Iraqis

Five organisations representing the Anglican, Orthodox and Protestant Churches and Christian service, have sent a letter to EU justice and home affairs ministers, asking, among other things, that the EU lifts its visa requirement for Syrian and Iraqi nationals living in war zones.

Geneviève Pons-Deladrière

WWF EU chief: ‘NGOs can use Better Regulation Agenda positively’

The European Commission’s Better Regulation Agenda is wrongly perceived by the NGO community as purely business-driven, says Geneviève Pons-Deladrière, a former Commission official who is now heading the WWF’s EU office. She explains why, in a wide-ranging interview with EURACTIV.