"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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7 – 8 November 2018

Shrinking space for civil society: its impact on young people and their organisations

Shrinking space for civil society is an issue for all civil society sectors in the countries concerned, and it is, or should be, an issue for all democratic states in general. It is a multifaceted problem which needs a specific solution that should be based on a constructive political dialogue...

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Dates of the Sessions of the Conference of INGOs in 2019

12 November 2018 Strasbourg

The Conference of INGOs decided at its meeting in June 2018 to hold its sessions in April and October 2019 and not in January and in June. This change is motivated by a will to enhance co-operation with the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities. The Spring session will be held in parallel...

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Conference of INGOs updates its regulatory frameworks - thoughts welcome!

26 October 2018 Strasbourg

As is the case with many organisations, the rules of procedure that govern their functioning need reviewing from time to time. This is also the case with the Conference of INGOs. The Standing Committee has mandated a drafting group to do the ground work for this review. The terms of reference for...

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Conference of INGOs concerned about the impact on NGOs

Romania: Law for the prevention and control of money laundering and financing of terrorism

26 October 2018 Strasbourg

Considering the recent adoption by the Romanian Parliament of the law transposing the 20 May 2015 EU Directive 2015/849 on the prevention of the use of the financial system for the purposes of money laundering or terrorist, the President of the Conference with the President of the Expert Council...

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INGO Conference calls upon its members to contribute

Handbook on standards and good practices on family reunification prepared by the Special Representative on Migration and Refugees

15 October 2018 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe has adopted an Action Plan on Protecting Refugee and Migrant Children in Europe (2017-2019). The Conference of INGOs calls upon its members to submit good practices to contribute to the handbook on standards and good practices to restore family links and reunify families...

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