Communique by the President of the Conference of INGOs and of the President of the Expert Council on NGO Law

Concern about the draft Law on the National Freedom Institute - Centre for the Development of Civil Society in Poland

20 July 2017 Strasbourg

As specified in the report on the visit of the Conference of INGOs in Poland in June 2016, the idea to establish the National Freedom Institute - Centre for the Development of Civil Society - raised already some great concern. However, despite the criticism expressed, we welcome the fact that the...

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Communication from the President Anna Rurka

The Conference of INGOs concerned about the situation of human rights defenders in Turkey

12 July 2017 Strasbourg

The Conference of International NGOs of the Council of Europe was appalled to learn about the detention of a group of Turkish Human Rights defenders on 5 July. These people represent organisations which are members or partners of the Conference of INGOs. This incident comes shortly after the...

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40 years of dialogue between civil society and the Council of Europe: Looking back but moving forward

News from the Summer Session of the Conference of INGOS, 26-30 June 2017

7 July 2017 Strasbourg

Last week’s session of the Conference of INGOs was the occasion to look back 40 years to the first meeting of the Conference of INGOs and to reflect on the progress made over the years. The Conference expresses its sincere thanks to the Mayor of Strasbourg who hosted a reception to mark this...

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Civil participation in the decision-making process

Report published following the visit of the Conference of INGOs to Ireland

23 June 2017 Strasbourg

The Conference of INGOs held an official visit to Ireland from 24-26 April 2017. The Irish Social Workers Association organised the logistical and substantial support during two meetings with NGOs active in the field of human rights, education and democracy. The meetings with public authorities...

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The main highlights

Summer Session of the Conference of INGOs

26-30 June 2017 Strasbourg

The Summer Session of the Conference of INGOs will take place from 26-30 June 2017. Among the highlights of the week are: A Side event organised in co-operation with PACE Committee on Equality and non-discrimination: "Women's mobilization in Europe 2016: What impact on policies?" - Programme A...

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Letter addressed to the Permanent Representation of Turkey to the Council of Europe on 8 June 2017

Anna Rurka, President of the Conference of INGOs, calls on the Turkish authorities to release Mr Taner Kiliç, Chair of Amnesty International Turkey, without further delay

9 June 2017 Strasbourg

In my capacity as the President of the Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe, I express my serious concern regarding the detention of Mr Taner Kiliç, Chair of Amnesty International Turkey. As you know, Amnesty International is a member of the Conference of INGOs since many years. Its...

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Letter addressed to the Permanent Representation of the Russian Federation to the Council of Europe on 8 June 2017

Anna Rurka, President of the Conference of INGOs, concerned by arbitrary and politicized charges against human rights activist Valentina Cherevatenko

9 June 2017 Strasbourg

In my capacity as the President of the Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe, I express, once again, my concern regarding the situation of human rights activist Valentina Cherevatenko. In July 2016, I already called on the Russian authorities to withdraw the charges against Ms Valentina...

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Dialogue Toolkit in Cyprus

headline 3 May 2017 Strasbourg

A training day on intercultural dialogue was held last month in the Cypriot capital by the Nicosia NGO Support Center. The main content resource for this event was the INGO Dialogue Toolkit launched in 2012 by the Conference of INGOs. For more information, follow this link.

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Ms Rurka calls for more interaction between PACE and the Conference of INGOs

Anna Rurka, President of the Conference of INGOs urges the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) to investigate allegations of corruption

headline 24/04/2017 Strasbourg

The President of the Conference of INGOs, Anna Rurka, has sent a letter to the President and the Members of the Bureau of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe to congratulate them on the steps taken to propose an additional mechanism of protection against corruption but also to...

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Expert Council on NGO Law finds the draft Hungarian 'Act on the Transparency of Organisations Supported from Abroad' incompatible with international and European standards

The Conference of INGOs calls on Hungary not to adopt draft Act (Bill T/14967) undermining freedom of association

24/04/2017 strasbourg

The draft Act on the Transparency of Organisations Supported from Abroad currently under adoption by Hungarian Parliament (Bill T/14967) has caused considerable concern among national and international NGOs. The Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe requested its Expert Council on NGO Law...

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Co-organised by the Conference of INGOs and the Euro Institute in Kehl

Colloquy “Reception of refugees and migrants in European societies: challenges and solutions”

12 April 2017 Strasbourg

The Conference of INGOs, together with the Euro Institute in Kehl held a Colloquy “Reception of refugees and migrants in European societies: challenges and solutions”. The Colloquy took place at the Council of Europe on Thursday 1 June 2017. Further information Programme Registration Podcast...

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Call for candidates

Election of the Chairs and Vice-chairs of the thematic committees of the Conference of INGOs

30 March 2017 Strasbourg

The Conference of INGOs will elect the Chairs and Vice-chairs of its thematic committees during the June Session. If you are an INGO with participatory status, interested in being more involved in the work of the Conference and ready to take on responsability, please see the call for candidates...

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Call for lab submissions

World Forum for Democracy 2017: Is Populism a problem?

16 March 2017 Strasbourg

Is Populism a problem? The 2017 World Forum for Democracy which will be held in Strasbourg from 8-10 November 2017 will focus on the role of political parties and media in the context of rising populism. The World Forum for Democracy is a platform for political decision-makers and activists to...

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Hungary - non-governmental organisations labelled as foreign agents

Statement by the President of the Conference of INGOs and the President of the Expert Council on NGO Law

headline 7 March 2017 Strasbourg

In our capacity as President of the Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe and President of the Expert Council on NGO Law we are concerned about the statements made by certain Hungarian politicians and information reported by the media, labelling some non-governmental organisations (NGOs)...

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Integrity and ethics

Conference of INGOs to work with GRECO

24 February 2017 Strasbourg

In order to strengthen its integrity and ethics framework both for itself and within the Council of Europe, the Conference of INGOs decided to cooperate with the Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) with a view to preventing risks for corruption or conflicts of interest and to strengthen...

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Civil participation in political decision-making in the Eastern Partnership Region

Regional civil society project comes to a successful end

10 February 2017 Strasbourg

The closing meeting of the regional project “Civil Participation in Political Decision-Making in the Eastern Partnership Region” funded within the ‘Programmatic Cooperation Framework’ (PCF) will take place in Strasbourg on 21 and 22 February 2017. The Advisory Committee of the project will also...

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Director General of Democracy (DGII), Snezana Samardzić-Marković, opened the plenary session of the Conference of INGOs, highlighting the need for civil society’s voice in Europe today

6 February 2017 Strasbourg

Speaking notes of Snezana Samardzić-Marković, Director General of Democracy for the plenary session of the Conference of INGOs on 27 January 2017: 40 years ago, in 1977, the Liaison Committee of INGOs became the Plenary Conference of INGOs and began to sit regularly as a new, standing structure...

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Strasbourg, 23-27 January 2017

Highlights from the winter session of the Conference of INGOs

3 February 2017 Strasbourg

Meeting last week in Strasbourg, the Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe brought together some 300 INGO delegates, experts, parliamentarians and permanent representatives of Council of Europe member states who discussed several major issues of concern today: freedom of expression and of...

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Anna Rurka, President of the Conference of INGOs meets the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe

25 January 2017 Strasbourg

The President of the Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe, Ms Anna Rurka, met today with the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Mr Pedro Agramunt. Following up on her letter of 23 January, Ms Rurka expressed the concern of the Conference of INGOs about the...

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