Renew Europe seeks to increase the fight against undue state interference and threats to civil society

Renew Europe seeks to increase the fight against undue state interference and threats to civil society
Опубликовано: Tuesday, 15 February 2022 09:46

Anna Donáth (Hungary, Momentum), Member of LIBE and rapporteur on the report on the Shrinking Space for Civil Society, says ahead of the vote: ”Civil society is the beating heart of democracy and a vibrant civic space is inseparable from rule of law and fundamental rights. Civil society not only nurtures freedom of expression and association as values but relies on these rights to properly function. Their work, often seen as controversial, is an essential ingredient of democracy, like free speech and elections. But it needs a safe and enabling environment. However, shrinking civic space has been widely documented already even before the pandemic hit. Tomorrow’s adoption of my report will be an important stepping stone to ensure that citizens’ can continue to protect EU values, contribute to the public debate and give a voice to the marginalised.”

As a part of this, Renew Europe asks the European Commission to adopt a comprehensive Civil Society Strategy, create a European Civic Space Index, and include a dedicated chapter on civic space, including country recommendations, in its Rule of Law annual reports, and it also want the European Commission to set up guidelines to protect the freedom of peaceful assemblies even in times of health emergencies, and an EU alert mechanism allowing CSOs to report attacks, register alerts and seek support. Alongside this, Renew Europe asks member states to secure long-term funding to CSOs.

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