Civil Society Europe (CSE) brings together 29 European networks of civil society organisations (CSO) working towards regenerating the European project around the shared values of Equality, Solidarity, Inclusiveness and Democracy. Our main objectives: to facilitate and enable horizontal and vertical dialogue between European civil society organisations and policy-makers and help strengthening CSOs in their activities and relations with the institutions. The organisation was founded in December 2014 in Rome at the close of the European Year of citizens as an initiative of organisations that had worked together in the European Year of Citizens Alliance. Its membership has grown since then to encompass the various sectors of civil society. CSE has been established as an international not for profit organisation under Belgian law since June 2016.
CSE is funded through membership fees and contributions by its members. CSE is an independent voice promoting a space for structured civil dialogue and citizen’s participation at all levels.

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"Illiberal democracy is an oxymoron. Democracy is liberal or it isn't. #HumanRights can't be fully realized w/o #RuleOfLaw & a vibrant #civilsociety." -says @Birgit_Van_Hout.

Indeed! Democracy, Rule of law & fundamental rights are inseparable. The EU must address them together.

As a former NGO employee who entered politics because of #Orbán's attacks on civil society, it's an honour to be invited by @ForCivicEU to discuss how the EU can protect civic space.

We have to work together, institutions, grassroots and EU networks to design the best responses.

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