Support initiatives and campaigns

Are you worried by emerging trends in civic space?

Dou you want to make the difference?

Support initiatives and campaigns!

We all can make the difference! Here are some ideas how:

Often state and non-state actors are able to disregard civil freedoms, fundamental rights and balance of powers because citizens are unaware and do not react. Fighting isolation, creating awareness and putting pressure on governing bodies is the first step to overturn the warning trends of civic space in Europe. Here you can find campaigns and initiatives launched by civic actors across Europe. Take part and/or share support online and offline to raise the stake of authorities’ actions and force them to be held accountable!

Trans-European petitions are a useful tool to channel concerns into targeted campaigns and amplify the voice of activists. The right to petition is recognised by national laws and article 227 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.  European, national and local authorities cannot disregard citizens’ call if it is widely supported.

Helpful resources to launch petitions are:

You can also ask the European Civic Forum and its network to initiate or join a petition by using the form below.

The members of the European Parliament are an influential channel to raise local and national concerns in the European institutions. Find the contact details of your MEP of reference!

Sadly, funds are the primary obstacle for activists and civil society organisations in their actions. When they heavily rely on governmental funds, they are more likely to be more moderate in their critics to state’s efforts. Moreover, governing bodies are increasingly including clauses to grants, reducing resources, and even obstructing access to foreign funds, thus hampering civil society’s advocacy to public authorities.

Supporting the call for fundraising of civil society organisations which campaign for themes that you consider a priority is a way to help them be independent and less vulnerable.

If you want to launch your own crowdfunding campaign, here are some tools that can be useful:

Increasingly complex bureaucratic and legal standards are a challenge particularly overwhelming for smaller, local organisations that have limited financial means for legal advice. Providing legal expertise is a valuable way to support civil society, but not the only one.

If you need support:

-Good Lobby: pro-bono expertise to civil society

-ECNL: legal analyses

-European Centre for press and media freedom: Legal support to Journalists

-Open Society Foundation Justice initiative: litigation, advocacy, research, and technical assistance

Current initiatives and campaigns

(Big Brother Watch on Crowd Justice) Big Brother Watch is calling on the Government and the Metropolitan Police to immediately end the police's lawless use of dangerously authoritarian facial recognition cameras.  The Met has targeted Notting Hill Carnival twice as well as Remembrance Sunday with the China-style surveillance cameras - even ...
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(Translated from French / On ne se taira pas) Another step in the repression of opponents of the burial of nuclear waste in Bure: a lawyer searched and taken into custody. In his defence, 50 of his colleagues, from all the bars in France, denounced the repressive methods and recalled "the right to defend ...
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The European Civic Forum condemns the ultimatum imposed to the Solidarity Health Centre of Elliniko which would be fatal for the organisation. This move fits once again the narrative that financial and economic interests have the priority over the fundamental right to associate, a narrative that we dissociate from. We ...
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Are you worried by emerging trends in civic space?

Dou you want to make the difference?

Support Initiatives and Campaigns!

We all can make the difference! Here are some ideas how:

Often state and non-state actors are able to disregard civil freedoms, fundamental rights and balance of powers because citizens are unaware and do not react. Fighting isolation, creating awareness and putting pressure on governing bodies is the first step to overturn the warning trends of civic space in Europe. Here you can find campaigns and initiatives launched by civic actors across Europe. Take part and/or share support online and offline to raise the stake of authorities’ actions and force them to be held accountable!

Trans-European petitions are a useful tool to channel concerns into targeted campaigns and amplify the voice of activists. The right to petition is recognised by national laws and article 227 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.  European, national and local authorities cannot disregard citizens’ call if it is widely supported.

Helpful resources to launch petitions are:

You can also ask the European Civic Forum and its network to initiate or join a petition by using the form below.

The members of the European Parliament are an influential channel to raise local and national concerns in the European institutions. Find the contact details of your MEP of reference!

Sadly, funds are the primary obstacle for activists and civil society organisations in their actions. When they heavily rely on governmental funds, they are more likely to be more moderate in their critics to state’s efforts. Moreover, governing bodies are increasingly including clauses to grants, reducing resources, and even obstructing access to foreign funds, thus hampering civil society’s advocacy to public authorities.

Supporting the call for fundraising of civil society organisations which campaign for themes that you consider a priority is a way to help them be independent and less vulnerable.

If you want to launch your own crowdfunding campaign, here are some tools that can be useful:

Increasingly complex bureaucratic and legal standards are a challenge particularly overwhelming for smaller, local organisations that have limited financial means for legal advice. Providing legal expertise is a valuable way to support civil society, but not the only one.

If you need support:

-Good Lobby: pro-bono expertise to civil society

-ECNL: legal analyses

-European Centre for press and media freedom: Legal support to Journalists

-Open Society Foundation Justice initiative: litigation, advocacy, research, and technical assistance

 

Current initiatives and campaigns

(Big Brother Watch on Crowd Justice) Big Brother Watch is calling on the Government and the Metropolitan Police to immediately end the police's lawless use of dangerously authoritarian facial recognition cameras.  The Met has targeted Notting Hill Carnival twice as well as Remembrance Sunday with the China-style surveillance cameras - even ...
Read More
(Translated from French / On ne se taira pas) Another step in the repression of opponents of the burial of nuclear waste in Bure: a lawyer searched and taken into custody. In his defence, 50 of his colleagues, from all the bars in France, denounced the repressive methods and recalled "the right to defend ...
Read More
The European Civic Forum condemns the ultimatum imposed to the Solidarity Health Centre of Elliniko which would be fatal for the organisation. This move fits once again the narrative that financial and economic interests have the priority over the fundamental right to associate, a narrative that we dissociate from. We ...
Read More
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