Institutional resources

This section aims at collecting resources from institutions meant to to protect civil liberties in Europe. This database provides a non-exhaustive list of measures, legislative proposals and research to support civic actors and organisations advocating for a more open civic space in Europe.

European Union agency for Fundamental Rights: Fundamental Rights Report 2019 (June 2019)

Venice Commission: Report on funding of associations (March 2019)

European Union agency for Fundamental Rights: Civil society space: Views of organisations (November 2018)

European Union agency for Fundamental Rights: Challenges facing civil society organisations working on human rights in the EU (January 2018)

Special Adviser to the President of the European Commission: reaching out to EU citizens: a new opportunity (October 2017)

European Economic and Social Committee:
Opinion on the financing of civil society organisations by the EU (September 2017)

European Parliament, Policy Department: Shrinking space for civil society: EU response (April 2017)

European Parliament: Report on the establishment of an EU mechanism on democracy, the rule of law and fundamental rights (October 2016)


Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights: Memorandum on maintaining public order and freedom of assembly in the context of the “yellow vest” movement in France (Feb. 2019)


European Parliament: report on on a proposal calling on the Council to determine, pursuant to Article 7(1) of the Treaty on European Union, the existence of a clear risk of a serious breach by Hungary of the values on which the Union is founded (sept. 2018)

Venice Commission and OSCE/ODIHR: joint opinion on the provisions of the so-called "Stop Soros" draft legislative package which directly affect NGOs (June 2018)


OSCE: Opinion on the draft act of Poland on the National Freedom Institute (August 2017)


Venice Commission: Opinion on Romanian draft law No. 140/2017 on amending governmental ordinance NO. 26/2000 on associations and foundations (March 2018)

Council of Europe: Opinion on the Romanian draft law 140/2017 on associations and foundations, as adopted by the Senate on 20 November 2017 (December 2017)


Directorate-General for Internal Policies of the Union: Report on the ad hoc delegation to Slovakia (March 2018)