MEPs and civil society organisations discuss shrinking civic space in Europe

EP Vice President Sylvie Guillaume organises this wednesday in cooperation with Civil Society Europe a breakfast meeting on “Shrinking Civic Space in Europe”.

The meeting will start with a  presentation of the  results of a survey conducted by Civil Society Europe together with Civicus – among 300 civil society national organisations on civic space, as well as the first issue of the European report on the research tool Civicus Monitor Tracking Civic Space.

Members of the Civil Liberties Committee, the Development Committee, and the Subcommittee on human rights will engage in a discussion with civil society organisations working on human rights and development cooperation on the situation of civic space in Europe.

This exchange is timely as the report on the Establishment of an EU mechanism on democracy, the rule of law and fundamental rights, which also includes the monitoring of civic freedoms, has just been  adopted in plenary, a study identifying follow-up actions to the Subcommittee on Human rights hearing on shrinking civic space last July is due to be published early next year, and the Development Committee is starting to work on an own initiative report regarding the shrinking of civic space.

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