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Global Europe 16-05-2018

EESC chief: Western Balkans’ EU path driven by civil society empowerment

The success of the accession process of the Western Balkan countries needs “meaningful involvement” of civil society organisations in the integration process, Luca Jahier, president of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), told EURACTIV.
Global Europe 14-03-2018

Auditors blast EU’s Turkey membership funding

Massive European Union funding to help Turkey's stalled membership bid has "barely addressed" key problems with democracy and the media, the bloc's spending watchdog said today (14 March).
Future EU 02-03-2018

How to turn citizens’ consultations into a success

Four conditions should be met if we want to make citizens' consultations a success and avoid turning the greatly anticipated initiative launched by France's President Emmanuel Macron and backed by 26 countries into a boomerang, which would irremediably drain trust in the EU project, writes Thierry Libaert.
Health 09-02-2018

Parliament doesn’t want to turn back time anymore

MEPs voted for the abolishment of Daylight Saving Time on February 8, especially since this would benefit human health.
Enlargement 22-01-2018

A crazy idea  for a Western Balkans innovation agenda

If the EU plans to use the same old carrots and sticks to push the region further into enlargement territory, we are all in a situation ripe for disappointment, writes Georgi Kamov.

EU needs to fund resilience against far-right surge

The EU should support independent media, education and civil society to halt the far-right’s erosion of the rule of law and fundamental rights, argues Israel Butler.
Elections 21-09-2017

Elections: What should German EU policy look like?

The outcome of the German elections will also shape the future of the EU. What do German associations, unions and civil society organisations demand from the future government with regards to EU financial, social and trade policies? EURACTIV Germany reports.
Economy & Jobs 12-09-2017

Future of Europe: 10 tips for the old continent from its youth

Young Europeans do not need short-term, tokenistic initiatives but long lasting and sustainable solutions that make a real impact, and these need to be developed with input from Europe's youth, who have the potential to be the driving force of its future, writes Anna Widegren.
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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 justification of NGO law is false

In his response to a EURACTIV interview about Hungary’s NGO law, Hungarian government spokesman Zoltán Kovács suggested that the Venice Commission approves of Hungary’s new NGO law. This is not the case, writes Heather Grabbe.
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”.
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.
Elections 13-04-2017

Anti-government demo forms giant heart in Budapest

Thousands of Hungarians joined fresh protests in Budapest yesterday (12 April) denouncing the government's moves against NGOs and the respected Central European University founded by US billionaire George Soros.
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.

Opinion leaders identify seven pillars for ‘better’ EU action

CIVICO-Europa, an informal group set up by opinion leaders and later supported by politicians, presented today (20 March) a manifesto for the future of Europe, based on “doing much better together”, rather than the traditional way of “doing more”.

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.
Enlargement 30-11-2016

Balkan candidates hope to reinvigorate EU bids with new strategy

Enlargement has fallen off the EU’s list of priorities and the Union is more than likely to shrink before it grows again. But the Western Balkans are still aspiring EU members and a new strategy has been developed that hopes to put them back on Brussels’ immediate agenda.

Signs of change towards Social Europe?

Progress has been made on social values, through the Commission’s Autumn Package. Fintan Farrell and Sian Jones explain what has been done and what is still left to do.
Development Policy 09-06-2016

‘New partnership framework with third countries’: The Commission’s three basic mistakes

Diverting European Development Fund resources towards projects pursuing security objectives is wrong, writes Patrizio Fiorilli.
Europe's East 19-01-2016

Ukraine’s state reform is a vital national security interest

Ukraine today is very different from what it was two years ago, before the Revolution of Dignity, not only because of the illegal occupation of the Crimea, and parts of the Donbass, writes Kálmán Mizsei.

New mandate for EESC ignores civil society

The EU will lose all credibility in the eyes of its citizens if it continues to appoint institutions in an unrepresentative, gender imbalanced way, argues Madi Sharma.