CSE’s mission is to contribute to EU recognition of the essential role and value of independent and plural CSOs in building and nurturing a democratic society that is based on fundamental rights.

CSE works to create the conditions for the development of a strong and independent civil society voice and an effective, open, and structured civil dialogue at the EU level, as well as a thriving and enabling civic space across the EU.

Our main mission as established in our statutes and in the Rome Declaration is to:


create an enabling environment for horizontal exchanges between civil society organisations and movements across Europe


contribute to policy development on transversal issues of common interest as agreed by the membership


promote civic space for civil society at all relevant levels based on fundamental rights


strive for the recognition of civil society organisations by policymakers


ensure the renewal of European Democracy, promoting the transparency of decision making and participation of civil society organisations in European decision making processes