European Civic Forum

European Civic Forum For a Popular and Civic Ownership of Europe! We are a European network of 100+ NGOs, notably running the #CivicSpaceWatch Member of @EuCivilsociety.

Powering #CivicPride. The European Civic Forum (ECF) is a transnational network that brings together over 100 associations and NGOs across 28 countries in Europe and is actively working to promote civic and popular ownership of Europe. Facing this growing civic disaffection across Europe, it is more critical than ever to foster citizens’ engagement for a collective project and the emergence of a E

Powering #CivicPride. The European Civic Forum (ECF) is a transnational network that brings together over 100 associations and NGOs across 28 countries in Europe and is actively working to promote civic and popular ownership of Europe. Facing this growing civic disaffection across Europe, it is more critical than ever to foster citizens’ engagement for a collective project and the emergence of a E

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🇭🇷 CROATIA: A 5 year battle for the right to family life How does it feel to live in a country that denies your rights?A...
25/08/2021

🇭🇷 CROATIA: A 5 year battle for the right to family life

How does it feel to live in a country that denies your rights?

As part of our #CivicPride series, we're sharing some of the incredible stories that we received as nominations for our annual Civic Pride awards.

🏳️‍🌈Read about gay couple Mladen Kozic and Ivo Segota and the mobilisation of civil society organisation Dugine obitelji for Ivo & Mladen to become parents.

https://bit.ly/37WA8OW

#CivicPride #CivicSpaceWatch #LGBTI

🇭🇷 CROATIA: A 5 year battle for the right to family life

How does it feel to live in a country that denies your rights?

As part of our #CivicPride series, we're sharing some of the incredible stories that we received as nominations for our annual Civic Pride awards.

🏳️‍🌈Read about gay couple Mladen Kozic and Ivo Segota and the mobilisation of civil society organisation Dugine obitelji for Ivo & Mladen to become parents.

https://bit.ly/37WA8OW

#CivicPride #CivicSpaceWatch #LGBTI

19/08/2021

We the RISE network (https://risenetwork.eu/), Refugees' Ideas & Solutions for Europe, as an alliance of migrant and refugee led non - governmental organisations and associations, representing tens of thousands of people across Europe, urge all world leaders to give protection to Afghans seeking refuge.

In response to the escalating humanitarian crisis, we urge global leaders and the United Nations to ensure that:

- Everyone whose life and rights are at risk in Afghanistan should be granted refugee protection and safe, legal routes to access protection

- The international community should support Afghans fleeing to neighbouring countries and offer them humanitarian assistance

- Every Afghan asylum seeker must be given immediate protection wherever they are in the world

- Resettlement schemes must be scaled up and accelerated
family reunification must be accelerated and expanded to cover a wider circle of family members

- All removals and deportations to Afghanistan must be permanently suspended

- The international community should listen to the voices of Afghan refugees and work with them to develop strategies and responses to the unfolding humanitarian situation

We specifically urge Afghanistan’s neighbouring countries to keep their borders open for people seeking refuge. However, 90% of Afghan refugees are already in neighbouring countries. Countries further afield must play their part.

Furthermore, we urge European governments and the European Union to ensure that all Afghans currently in Europe must immediately be given international protection.

We are deeply concerned about the dangerous rhetoric from some European leaders about closing their borders to "protect" Europe and continuing to deport Afghans to other territories.

Therefore, we call on European politicians to show leadership and keep their borders open to Afghans.

European countries should step up and help address the humanitarian situation for Afghans, rather than political leaders presenting it as an “immigration crisis” for Europe.

We call on European media to avoid scaremongering or inflating the numbers of those arriving in Europe when 90% are in countries neighbouring Afghanistan.

Signatories:

Greek Forum of Refugees, Greece
Afghan M&R Community In Greece, Greece
Migrant Voice, UK
French Refugee Council, France
Mosaico Refugees, Italy
Syrian Swedish Association, Sweden
European-Global Civil Society Organization, Spain
Africa Centre Ireland, Ireland
Female Fellows, Germany
Svea Konsultia شرکت خدمات حقوقی و مشاورتی, Sweden
Afghan Community & Welfare Centre Walsall, UK
European Network for People of African Descent - ENPAD, UK

#GFR #RISEEU #RISEnetwork #TogetherWeRISE #RefugeesGr #RefugeesEurope #RefugeesWelcome

📣CATALUNYA: Civic victory for visible police ID“Visible Police ID” is an initiative promoted by Iridia - Centre de Defen...
17/08/2021

📣CATALUNYA: Civic victory for visible police ID

“Visible Police ID” is an initiative promoted by Iridia - Centre de Defensa de Drets Humans & Amnistia Internacional Catalunya with the aim of raising the standards of transparency and accountability of police.

👮‍♂️Through this initiative, Catalan police officers were obliged to be identified by a Police Operational Number on the back, chest and helmet, with a shorter and more visible typeface, meaning that the identity of any officer could be recognized at a 360 degree angle. This is a breakthrough for prevention of excessive force & exercise of #HumanRights.

👓 Read their story on #CivicSpaceWatch: https://civicspacewatch.eu/spain-visible-police-id-civic-win-for-csos-in-catalunya/

#civicpride

📣CATALUNYA: Civic victory for visible police ID

“Visible Police ID” is an initiative promoted by Iridia - Centre de Defensa de Drets Humans & Amnistia Internacional Catalunya with the aim of raising the standards of transparency and accountability of police.

👮‍♂️Through this initiative, Catalan police officers were obliged to be identified by a Police Operational Number on the back, chest and helmet, with a shorter and more visible typeface, meaning that the identity of any officer could be recognized at a 360 degree angle. This is a breakthrough for prevention of excessive force & exercise of #HumanRights.

👓 Read their story on #CivicSpaceWatch: https://civicspacewatch.eu/spain-visible-police-id-civic-win-for-csos-in-catalunya/

#civicpride

🇮🇹 ITALY: Reclaiming public space in Milan❓How does it feel to live in a place with few pedestrian and green spaces? How...
12/08/2021

🇮🇹 ITALY: Reclaiming public space in Milan

❓How does it feel to live in a place with few pedestrian and green spaces? How do communities organise to transform public spaces?

Read all about NON Riservato and I Baconiani's “Free footsteps in Piazzale Bacone”, a bottom-up community engagement initiative aiming to improve safety, reclaim pedestrian sidewalks and work with local authorities for implementation of urban projects in Milan.

➡ Follow the link: https://civicspacewatch.eu/italy-reclaiming-public-space-free-footsteps-in-piazzale-bacone/

🇮🇹 ITALY: Reclaiming public space in Milan

❓How does it feel to live in a place with few pedestrian and green spaces? How do communities organise to transform public spaces?

Read all about NON Riservato and I Baconiani's “Free footsteps in Piazzale Bacone”, a bottom-up community engagement initiative aiming to improve safety, reclaim pedestrian sidewalks and work with local authorities for implementation of urban projects in Milan.

➡ Follow the link: https://civicspacewatch.eu/italy-reclaiming-public-space-free-footsteps-in-piazzale-bacone/

✊The fight for the lives and livelihoods of undocumented people in #Belgium is not over. Despite suspension of the hunge...
30/07/2021

✊The fight for the lives and livelihoods of undocumented people in #Belgium is not over.

Despite suspension of the hunger and thirst strike following some movement from Belgian authorities, L'union des sans papiers pour la Regularisation once again find themselves in a vulnerable position after Sammy Mahdi and Alexander de Croo moved to definitively close the neutral zone that they had set up for strikers to consult on the status of their regularisation requests.

🧐Read the open letter by L'union des sans papiers pour la Regularisation, Action citoyenne - Burgeractie.

➡A general assembly for undocumented people in Belgium is being held at 18:00 today. More info here: https://fb.me/e/VUsfQi69

BELARUS: We condemn the liquidation of NGOs and ask the EU to renew strong pressure on Belarusian authorities.❗️50+ NGOs...
28/07/2021

BELARUS: We condemn the liquidation of NGOs and ask the EU to renew strong pressure on Belarusian authorities.

❗️50+ NGOs closed
❗️200+ raids of offices & apartments of NGO workers, journalists, activists, rights defenders
❗️32+ journalists in custody

This is the Lukashenko government's latest move in a relentless and systematic crackdown on civil society.

➡️Read our statement: https://bit.ly/3iUZaDg

BELARUS: We condemn the liquidation of NGOs and ask the EU to renew strong pressure on Belarusian authorities.

❗️50+ NGOs closed
❗️200+ raids of offices & apartments of NGO workers, journalists, activists, rights defenders
❗️32+ journalists in custody

This is the Lukashenko government's latest move in a relentless and systematic crackdown on civil society.

➡️Read our statement: https://bit.ly/3iUZaDg

19/07/2021
📢 ECF in conversation: Genova 20 years on

Today marks 20 years after the #G8 in Genova. Join us live in conversation with Prof. Salvatore Palidda from Osservatorio Repressione and Advocacy Officer Giada Negri.

📣Don't miss the Genova2021 National Assembly today and tomorrow, to discuss: 🔹 Overcoming fragmentation, rebuilding anti...
19/07/2021

📣Don't miss the Genova2021 National Assembly today and tomorrow, to discuss:

🔹 Overcoming fragmentation, rebuilding anti-systemic convergence.
🔹 “How can we rebuild a connection between the movements and actors of the alternative on a continental and global level?”

#genova #G8

🌍 📣 INTERNATIONAL ASSEMBLY- Twenty years after the “G8” in Genoa

Follow the Facebook Live Streaming
In English ➡ Global Dialogue for Systemic Change
In Italian ➡ Arci nazionale

🔹 Overcoming fragmentation, rebuilding anti-systemic convergence.
🔹 “How can we rebuild a connection between the movements and actors of the alternative on a continental and global level?”

🗣 Many speakers including:

Walden Bello (Philippine), Zé Correa (Brazil), Christophe Aguiton (France), Nandita Shah (India), Kamal Lahbib (Marocco), Phyllis Bennis (USA), Moussa Tchangari (Niger), Edgardo Lander (Venezuela), Edmilson Rodriguez (Mayor of Belem, Amazonia), Ashish Khotari (India), Armando De Negri (Brazil, World Social Forum on Health ) Marta Lempart (Women Polish Movement), Carola Rackete (Activist, Sea- Watch), Thenjiwe McHarris (Black Lives Matter USA), Asad Rehman (COP Glasglow 2021), Batool Karim Hamdi (Iraqi Social Forum)

Monday marks the 20th Anniversary of the #G8 in Genova, which saw "the greatest violation of human rights in the West" i...
16/07/2021

Monday marks the 20th Anniversary of the #G8 in Genova, which saw "the greatest violation of human rights in the West" in a brutal crackdown on 300,000 peaceful protestors.

❓Who was in the squares of #Genova 20 years ago?
What was their hope for this moment & how did events change the landscape of social movements in #Italy & #Europe?

Join us live on Facebook in conversation with Professor Salvatore Palidda from Osservatorio Repressione & ECF Advocacy Officer Giada Negri

📆 Monday 19 July
⏰ 13:30 CEST

➡Read the statement from Genova2021 coalition: https://bit.ly/3rdFQF1

Monday marks the 20th Anniversary of the #G8 in Genova, which saw "the greatest violation of human rights in the West" in a brutal crackdown on 300,000 peaceful protestors.

❓Who was in the squares of #Genova 20 years ago?
What was their hope for this moment & how did events change the landscape of social movements in #Italy & #Europe?

Join us live on Facebook in conversation with Professor Salvatore Palidda from Osservatorio Repressione & ECF Advocacy Officer Giada Negri

📆 Monday 19 July
⏰ 13:30 CEST

➡Read the statement from Genova2021 coalition: https://bit.ly/3rdFQF1

13/07/2021

📣L'union des sans papiers pour la Regularisation receives notification of Civic Pride award from MEP Pietro Bartolo.

Watch the live press conference ⬇️

Running order:
• Jan Robert Suesser, Vice President European Civic Forum
• MEP Pietro Bartolo
• Ahmed, Spokesperson L'union des sans papiers pour la Regularisation
• Alyna Smith, Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants (PICUM)
• Claude Debrulle, EuroMed Rights

The moment you've been waiting for...📣Announcing this years' #CivicPride award winners! After long debate, we are deligh...
12/07/2021

The moment you've been waiting for...

📣Announcing this years' #CivicPride award winners!

After long debate, we are delighted to prize these outstanding civic initiatives in Europe, congratulations! 🥳

🇧🇪 Upholding the rights of undocumented people
🇭🇺 In defence of freedom of association - retraction of the LexNGO law
🇫🇷 Observatoires des pratiques policières - a victory against rulebook provisions supporting violent police practices at protests
🇧🇬 Lawyer Denitsa Lyubenova & LGBT youth NGO Deystvie mobilisation for LGBTI rights
🇵🇱 CSOs initiate largest ever public hearings on the National Recovery Plan
🇩🇰 Rejection of the proposed “security-creating assembly ban” following CSO mobilisation and pressure

SPECIAL COMMENDATION: Belarussian women fighting for democracy

➡️Read their stories: https://bit.ly/3r6bdS0

A big thank you to all of those who submitted nominations, we were truly inspired by your success stories of reclaiming civic space !

The moment you've been waiting for...

📣Announcing this years' #CivicPride award winners!

After long debate, we are delighted to prize these outstanding civic initiatives in Europe, congratulations! 🥳

🇧🇪 Upholding the rights of undocumented people
🇭🇺 In defence of freedom of association - retraction of the LexNGO law
🇫🇷 Observatoires des pratiques policières - a victory against rulebook provisions supporting violent police practices at protests
🇧🇬 Lawyer Denitsa Lyubenova & LGBT youth NGO Deystvie mobilisation for LGBTI rights
🇵🇱 CSOs initiate largest ever public hearings on the National Recovery Plan
🇩🇰 Rejection of the proposed “security-creating assembly ban” following CSO mobilisation and pressure

SPECIAL COMMENDATION: Belarussian women fighting for democracy

➡️Read their stories: https://bit.ly/3r6bdS0

A big thank you to all of those who submitted nominations, we were truly inspired by your success stories of reclaiming civic space !

✊Solidarity with civic actors in #Slovenia, calling for protection of Rule of Law! What a welcome for PM Janša, whose go...
07/07/2021

✊Solidarity with civic actors in #Slovenia, calling for protection of Rule of Law!

What a welcome for PM Janša, whose government has systematically attacked CSOs, journalists and critical voices in the past months, leading to a steep and rapid decline in civic space.

❗️As Slovenia assumes the rotating presidency of the EU Council, it is high time for the EU Commission to act.

02/07/2021
Responding to civic space backsliding in Europe: challenges and strategies

📣 Not to be missed - Responding to civic space backsliding in Europe: challenges and strategies

⚠️A number of European governments are curtailing core democratic and civic freedoms. How is civil society responding to the restrictions?

The UN Human Rights Council virtual side event brings together leading civic actors and organisations from 🇭🇷 🇫🇷 🇵🇱 🇬🇧 , including from our ECF family Marta Lempart, Ogólnopolski Strajk Kobiet, Ligue des droits de l'Homme.

📺 Watch live
https://fb.watch/6uH4-eFdQB/

🎉A huge congratulations to our newly elected Steering Committee. A warm welcome to both new and familiar faces! We look ...
30/06/2021

🎉A huge congratulations to our newly elected Steering Committee. A warm welcome to both new and familiar faces!

We look forward to working with this wonderful group of civic actors from all across Europe.

🎉A huge congratulations to our newly elected Steering Committee. A warm welcome to both new and familiar faces!

We look forward to working with this wonderful group of civic actors from all across Europe.

😍 Following our General Assembly, we are delighted to welcome 5 new members to join our growing ECF family! We welcome: ...
25/06/2021

😍 Following our General Assembly, we are delighted to welcome 5 new members to join our growing ECF family!

We welcome:
🔹Alfa Centar Niksic (Montenegro)
🔹Libera Contro le Mafie (Italy)
🔹Ministarstvo prostora (Serbia)
🔹The Wheel (Ireland)
🔹Reclaim EU (Europe)

😍 Following our General Assembly, we are delighted to welcome 5 new members to join our growing ECF family!

We welcome:
🔹Alfa Centar Niksic (Montenegro)
🔹Libera Contro le Mafie (Italy)
🔹Ministarstvo prostora (Serbia)
🔹The Wheel (Ireland)
🔹Reclaim EU (Europe)

We may not be together in person, but it is always a delight be together with our inspiring member organisations from ac...
24/06/2021

We may not be together in person, but it is always a delight be together with our inspiring member organisations from across Europe 🙌

We’re opening our General Assembly with an applause for Secretary General Alexandrina Najmowicz Rednic for her election as Co-Chair to the Civil Society Convention on the #FutureofEurope 😍

We may not be together in person, but it is always a delight be together with our inspiring member organisations from across Europe 🙌

We’re opening our General Assembly with an applause for Secretary General Alexandrina Najmowicz Rednic for her election as Co-Chair to the Civil Society Convention on the #FutureofEurope 😍

❗️ Today, #Slovenia has replaced Poland on the CIVICUS Monitor Watchlist. 🇸🇮#Slovenia is the 3rd EU country to be placed...
23/06/2021

❗️ Today, #Slovenia has replaced Poland on the CIVICUS Monitor Watchlist.

🇸🇮#Slovenia is the 3rd EU country to be placed on the CIVICUS Watchlist after #Hungary & #Poland. This marks the rapid decline of civic space in the country, and comes after months of systematic and repeated attacks on civil society, journalists, and vocal critics.

It's time the European Commission took civil society and civic freedoms seriously.

➡️Watchlist: https://monitor.civicus.org/watch-list/
➡️Press Release (available in Slovenian also): https://monitor.civicus.org/SloveniaWatchlist/
➡️Country report: https://bit.ly/3d5FGtm

As the Plenary on #FutureofEurope is nearing the end, we remain committed to ensuring accessibility & inclusiveness in t...
19/06/2021

As the Plenary on #FutureofEurope is nearing the end, we remain committed to ensuring accessibility & inclusiveness in the process

✊"Democracy is not a given, and to be meaningful, it must give voice and ensure access to rights and dignity for all"
European Disability Forum
European Environmental Bureau - EEB

As the Plenary on #FutureofEurope is nearing the end, we remain committed to ensuring accessibility & inclusiveness in the process

✊"Democracy is not a given, and to be meaningful, it must give voice and ensure access to rights and dignity for all"
European Disability Forum
European Environmental Bureau - EEB

We're glad to take part in the 1st Plenary of the Conf. on the #FutureofEurope with European Disability Forum & European...
19/06/2021

We're glad to take part in the 1st Plenary of the Conf. on the #FutureofEurope with European Disability Forum & European Environmental Bureau - EEB representing the #csoconvention
📢 standing up for millions of citizens that are part of associations in Europe

We're glad to take part in the 1st Plenary of the Conf. on the #FutureofEurope with European Disability Forum & European Environmental Bureau - EEB representing the #csoconvention
📢 standing up for millions of citizens that are part of associations in Europe

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The European Civic Forum (ECF) is a transnational network that brings together over 100 associations and NGOs across 27 countries in Europe, actively working on issues such as citizenship education, defence of Human Rights and the advocacy of Democracy.

Our vision of citizenship

Built essentially around an economic dimension, the European project lacks of the pillars enshrined in the Treaties – Solidarity and Democracy – to be able to overcome the wide gap between citizens and European institutions. Associations and NGOs play a crucial role in this civic ownership. Associations provide an ideal environment for debate and the formulation of projects which respond to citizens’ aspirations. They are fulfilling an important function, strengthening the ties in a community life, promoting inclusion and social innovation. Associations also are spokespersons of citizens’ aspirations for equality, solidarity and democracy.

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