Exchange of views between the candidates for the post of Secretary General of the Council of Europe and the Conference of INGOs

15 April 2019 Strasbourg

On 11 April the Conference of INGOs held an exchange of views with the two candidates for position of Council of Europe Secretary General: Minister Didier Reynders (Belgium) and Minister Marija Pejčinović Burić (Croatia). It was an excellent opportunity for the members of the Conference to find...

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Resolution of the Conference of INGOs

The future of the Council of Europe: Civil Society’s commitment

15 April 2019 Strasbourg

At its plenary session on 12 April 2019, the Conference of INGOs adopted Resolution CONF/PLE(2019)RES1 on the future of the Council of Europe and Civil Society’s commitment. Whilst affirming that the future of the Council of Europe as a pan-European standard-setting, monitoring and co-operating...

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Communiqué by the Conference of INGOs

Following the debate on the "Istanbul Convention - challenges in its implementation"

11 April 2019 Strasbourg

The Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe, the spearhead of human rights, is worried, on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the Council of Europe, about the future of fundamental rights of women and girls in Europe. The European Convention on Human Rights, the European Social...

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Communiqué by the President of the Conference of INGOs

Mehman Huseynov stopped at the border

9 April 2019 Strasbourg

Mehman Huseynov was officially invited by the President of Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe to contribute to the discussion during the meeting of the Human Rights Committee of the Conference of INGOs. This morning at 4 am Mehman Huseynov was stopped at the border and not allowed to...

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"NGOs provide valuable support to the democratic system"

Meeting between the President of the Congress and the President of the Conference of INGOs

3 April 2019 Strasbourg

On the 3rd April, the President of the Conference of INGOs met with the President of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities. During this first bilateral meeting, Anna Rurka stressed the importance and interest of the Conference of INGOs to reinforce its interactions with the Congress of...

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"There is still need to increase engagement of civil society at the Council of Europe"

Anna Rurka addresses the Warsaw Conference on the role and position of NGOs in the Council of Europe

22 March 2019 Warsaw, Poland

Adressing the Warsaw Conference on the role and position of NGOs in the Council of Europe organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland, the Council of Europe and the University of Warsaw, Anna Rurka, President of the Conference of INGOs, stressed the importance to...

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8-12 April 2019

Spring Session of the Conference of INGOs

20 March 2019 Strasbourg

The spring session of the Conference of INGOs is fast approaching. There are the many opportunities for a direct and informal exchange and networking. Your input is needed! The newsletter below gives more information on how to get involved in the various activities: links Newsletter Session...

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Participate in the Conference of INGOs’ work for 2019

Call for applications "Youth delegate for a year": deadline extended to 15 March

27 February 2019 Strasbourg

In line with its “Roadmap for youth participation”, the Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe will invite 5 young persons representing their member NGO to Strasbourg (France), to take an active part, as a youth delegate, in its coming April and October sessions Being a youth delegate for a...

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Statement from Anna Rurka, President of the Conference of INGOs

Council of Europe celebrates the World NGO Day

27 February 2019 Strasbourg

Today, the Conference of INGOs celebrated World NGO Day for the first time at the Council of Europe with a debate on “Why do we need NGOs? - (I)NGO contribution to the work and to the mandate of the Council of Europe”. The event gathered a variety of stakeholders, including representatives of...

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Call for NGOs who participate in the work of the Council of Europe

Survey on the participation of NGOs in the Council of Europe

25 February 2019 Strasbourg

The President of the Conference of INGOs in inviting all NGOs who have been working with the Council of Europe for at least two years to participate in a survey on the participation of NGOs in the Council of Europe. The survey questionnaire will gather NGOs’ perceptions about how and to what...

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Participatory status for international NGOs with the Council of Europe

6 February 2019 Strasbourg

Are you an international NGO which defends the values of and principles of the Council of Europe? Do you have working relations with the Council of Europe and can participate actively in the Organisation's activities? Do you have members in at least five member States? If yes, we would like to...

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Update from the drafting group

INGO Regulatory framework - Preliminary Report available

6 February 2019 Strasbourg

The Drafting Group of the Conference of INGOs wishes to thank all persons and organizations who took part in the consultation that we launched on 26 October 2018. Through this consultation the Drafting Group wanted to clarify the main directions before undertaking detailed work on the Rules of...

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Invitation to a debate #WorldNGODay

World NGO Day, 27 February 2019

31 January 2019 Strasbourg

The Conference of INGOs is celebrating World NGO Day on 27 February with the holding of a debate on “Why do we need NGOs? - (I)NGO contribution to the work and to the mandate of the Council of Europe”. Invited panellists and participants will highlight the invaluable contribution of (I)NGOS to...

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The Human Rights Committee of the Conference of INGOs welcomes the decision

Additional criminal charges dropped against Mehman Huseynov

24 January 2019 Strasbourg

On Tuesday 21 January 2019, the Human Rights Committee of the Conference of INGO of the Council of Europe, learned about the decision of the General Prosecutor’s Office in Azerbaijan to drop the additional criminal charges against the anti-corruption blogger and Chairman of the Institute for...

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Organised by the Human Rights Committee of the Conference of INGOs

Side event on the case of Mehman Huseynov in Azerbaijan

18 January 2019 Strasbourg

The Human Rights Committee of the Council of Europe Conference of INGOs cordially invites you to an urgent side event on the case of Mehman Huseynov in Azerbaijan. Monday 21 January, 13:00-14:00 Venue: Room 2, Palais de L’Europe The side event will cover the recent developments in the case of...

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Expert Council on NGO Law

COMPENDIUM OF OPINIONS ADOPTED BY THE EXPERT COUNCIL ON NGO LAW

17 January 2019 Strasbourg

The Expert Council on NGO Law of the Conference of INGOs published a compendium of its adopted opinions. The compendium provides a compilation of extracts taken from opinions adopted by the Expert Council with respect to various issues of compliance by proposed and adopted legislation with...

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Statement by the Human Rights Committee of the Conference of INGOs

Call to the authorities of Azerbaijan to withdraw the new charges against Mehman Huseynov

7 January 2019 Strasbourg

The Human Rights Committee of the Council of Europe INGO Conference calls for the release of prominent blogger Mehman Huseynov, a political prisoner who has been jailed since March 2017 on charges of defamation after Mr Huseynov had filed a complaint and spoke publicly about his torture in police...

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Bucharest, 3-5 December

Follow-up visit of the Conference of INGOs to Romania

18 December 2018 Strasbourg

Since its first fact-finding to Romania in 2016, the Conference of INGOs has been following closely the dynamics of the NGO sector and the evolution of its legal, political, economic and social environment. To follow up on its first report, the delegation of the Conference of INGOs visited...

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Recommendation CM/Rec(2018)11 of the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers to member States

Call on Civil Society to disseminate the recommendation of the Council of Europe on the need to strengthen the protection and promotion of civil society space in Europe

7 December 2018 Strasbourg

The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe has adopted a recommendation to member States to take effective measures to protect and promote civil society space. Civil society organizations are invited to bring this recommendation to the attention of national authorities, ask for its...

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Expert Council on NGO Law

Review on international standards relating to reporting and disclosure requirements for NGOs

27 November 2018 Strasbourg

The Expert Council on NGO Law of the Conference of INGOs has just published a review on international standards relating to reporting and disclosure requirements for NGOs. The review is prepared against the background of the perceived trend of Member States imposing onerous reporting and...

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