Combat extreme poverty

30th World Day to Combat Extreme Poverty

headline 17 October 2017 Strasbourg

The 30th World Day to Combat Extreme Poverty will take place on 17 October 2017. The Conference of INGOs will have the opportunity to exchange with the other Council of Europe institutions on the progress and challenges in policies aiming to eradicate extreme poverty in Europe. On this occasion,...

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Kyiv: The Council of Europe promotes partnership between NGOs and public authorities

16 October 2017 Strasbourg

Representatives of more than 50 NGOs and of the Kyiv public authorities met on 14 and 15 September 2017 in Kyiv together with Council of Europe experts to discuss concrete methods for strengthening civil participation in decision-making. The meeting is part of the Council of Europe project...

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Fact-finding visit of the Conference of INGOs in Tallinn

headline 16 October 2017 Strasbourg

From 25 to 26 September 2017, the Conference of INGOs held a fact-finding visit in Tallinn. Like all other visits, it focused on NGO participation in the decision-making process. Because their impact on civil participation in decision-making should not be ignored, digital tools and the digital...

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Legal status of NGOs in Europe

Declaration - 10th anniversary of the adoption of CM Recommendation (2007)14

10 October 2017 Strasbourg

Ten years ago today, on 10 October 2007, the 1006th meeting of the Committee of Ministers adopted the visionary Recommendation CM/Rec(2007)14 on the legal status of non-governmental organisations in Europe. On this tenth anniversary, the Conference of INGOs wishes to renew its appreciation to...

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Debate: Return of the death penalty in Europe: genuine threat or populist fiction?

4 October 2017 Strasbourg

On 10 October 2017, the Conference of INGOs, in collaboration with the International Federation of Action by Christians for the Abolition of Torture (FIACAT), one of its members, is organising a debate entitled: "Return of the death penalty in Europe: genuine threat or populist fiction?", aimed...

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Guidelines adopted by the Committee of MInisters

Civil participation in decision-making in the spotlight

headline 27 September 2017 Strasbourg

The Committee of Ministers today adopted guidelines aimed at promoting civil participation in political decision-making in the Council of Europe 47 member states. At a time when democracy is challenged by diminishing trust of people towards politicians and elites in general, one of the...

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Main priorities and actions of the Conference of INGOs

Council of Europe Highlights 2016

The Council of Europe 2016 Activity Report is now available. This year the Conference of INGOs, as an institution of the Council of Europe, has its own chapter which gives an overview of its main priorities and activities in 2016. Chapter on the Conference of INGOs Council of Europe Activity...

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Polish draft Law on the National Freedom Institute - Centre for the Development of Civil Society

Poland - Following the legal opinion of OSCE/ODIHR, the Conference of INGOs reiterates its concern

30 August 2017 Strasbourg

Following the publication of the legal opinion (n° NGO-POL/303/2017 [AIC]) of OSCE/ODIHR on the draft Act on the National Freedom Institute - Centre for the Development of Civil Society, the Conference of INGOs reiterates its concern in a letter to the Polish authorities Communique of Ms Rurka,...

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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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