Event, conferences

Join us in Brussels on 30 September and 1st of October 2017 to discuss with academics about

“NGOs as Drivers for Enhanced, Civic and Democratic Spaces in Europe”

In a context when the space for civil society to express critical views and articulate dissenting voices is shrinking both at European and national level, under threat of budgetary constraints, the rise of illiberal regimes or disproportionate security measures etc., it is crucial for civil society actors to collectively and critically assess the current challenges and build bridges with the academic spheres in order to renew and rethink their social and political action.

The objectives of this European Civic Academy are three-fold: (1) mapping civil society needs in terms of research priorities; (2) enable civic actors to gain knowledge about existing research, methodology and approaches to inspire a renewal of their social and political action; (3) increase awareness among academic researchers about civil society needs and priorities and identify collaborative opportunities for future research.

The event will be highly participative and interactive and will allow you to discover new perspectives on challenges faced by civil society’, but also to reflect on our work and engagement.

Please find below:

ECA Programme 2017 final

 The ECA is open to Civil Society organisations leaders at activists at national and European level. Participation to the conference, coffee breaks and meals are free. However we are not able to cover travel and accomodation.

The registration is closed.

We kindly ask you to also fill the short survey below that will help us to prepare discussions in the most effective way. The survey is also available in word version upon request.


For any further information linked to the logistics or the programme, please feel free to contact us.

We are looking forward to seeing you in Brussels.

Civil Society Europe


CSE is organising a workshop in the framework of the European Youth Event at the European Parliament in Strasbourg on 21st May 2016 from 17:30 to 19:00. Octagon, YO!Village, Language: EN

7500 young people from all over Europe will gather under the theme “Together we can make a change”.

Civil Society Europe will engage with participants on:

Europe: Building and supporting civil society?

What are the conditions for civil society organisations to thrive? How can we respond to restrictions of civil space and fundamental rights occurring at national level in EU and non-EU countries? This interactive workshop will engage you to identify solutions to cur- rent challenges faced by young activists to make their voice heard.

Findings from an online survey on civic space in Europe and national case studies will feed into the discussion.


Antonija Parat, Former Secretary General of AEGEE

Ville Majamaa, Board member World Scouts – European Region

Ophélie OMNES, Vice President JEF Young European Federalists

Brendan James, Board member OBESSU

Carlotta Besozzi, Civil Society Europe

Moderated by:

Tatiana Tilly,  European Youth Press