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Conference of INGOs at the Fundamental Rights Forum, Vienna, 25-27 September 2018

11 September 2018 Strasbourg

The President of the Conference of INGOs is invited to speak at the high-level opening panel with Claude Moraes, representative of European Parliament, Peggy Hicks, representative of UN's Human Rights Office (OHCHR), Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir, Director of the OSCE / ODHiR. On the second day of...

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A Council of Europe event to mark the International Day of Democracy

Debate: DEMOCRACY & “THE PEOPLE”

30/08/2018 Strasbourg

On 19 September 2018, to mark the International Day of Democracy, the Directorate General of Democracy and the Conference of INGOs are organising a debate entitled: Democracy & “The People”, aiming to re-assert the value of our democratic institutions based on individual human rights, civic...

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European Social Charter

The Coordination Committee for the Turin Process of the Conference of INGOs

10 July 2018 Strasbourg

During the summer session, the Coordination committee for the Turin Process and the European Social Charter of the Conference of INGOs organised a training regarding the collective complaint procedure under European Social Charter. This legal Council of Europe instrument is particularly important...

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EXPERT COUNCIL ON NGO LAW

New publication: Compendium of Council of Europe practice on freedom of association and NGOs

4 July 2018 Strasbourg

The Expert Council on NGO Law of the Conference of INGOs has just published a Compendium of Council of Europe practice relating to the right to freedom of association and the position of non-governmental organisations. This compendium examines the practice of Council of Europe bodies whose...

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Resolution 2226 (2018) of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE)

Conference of INGOs welcomes PACE Resolution condemning restrictions on NGO activities

29/06/2018 Strasbourg

During the plenary of its summer session, the Conference of INGOs, welcomed Resolution 2226 (2018) condemning new restrictions on NGO activities in Council of Europe member States that was adopted by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) on 27 June 2018. The resolution calls...

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The Highlights

Summer session of the Conference of INGOs

22 June 2018 Strasbourg

During its summer session, the Conference of INGOs bodies have chosen to address new, relevant and diverse subjects which will be discussed with different stakeholders engaged for human rights, the rule of law and democracy. At the Human Rights Committee meeting (Tuesday from 9.30 to 13.00),...

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Guidelines for civil participation in political decision-making

Civil Participation Logo design - call for creative ideas

21 June 2018 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe’s Democratic Governance Department has been working for some time to put into practice the recent Committee of Ministers Guidelines for civil participation in political decision-making As befits an effort aimed at raising the standing of civil society and at promoting wide...

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President of the Conference of INGOs calls on Hungary to refrain from further action on the 'STOP Soros bill'

18 June 2018 Strasbourg

As the President of the Conference of INGOs, I am extremely concerned by the criminalization of essential human rights work by NGOs in the context of migration that this bill proposes. The modification of the Criminal Code by this Bill targets organizations and professionals who are merely...

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Call for initiatives

World Forum for Democracy 2018

19 April 2018 Strasbourg

This year's World Forum for Democracy will take place in Strasbourg from 19 to 21 November. The labs, which are the heart of the World Forum for Democracy, will focus on on issues to resolve specific problems with regards to inequalities between women and men thanks to the critical analysis of...

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Expert Council on NGO Law

Opinion on the draft amendments to the Serbian Law on Access to information of Public Utility

19 April 2018 Strasbourg

The Expert Council on NGO Law of the Conference of INGOs issued an Opinion on the draft amendments to the Serbian Law on Access to information of Public Utility, which it sent to the authorities in response to the call for public consultation organized by the Ministry of Public Administration and...

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Contribution of the President of the Conference of INGOs

Continued Reform of the European Human Rights Convention System - Better Balance, Improved Protection

13 April 2018 Copenhagen

The Conference of INGOs, and through it, the 298 INGOs that enjoy participatory status with the Council of Europe, value the right of individual applications, the indivisibility, the interdependence and universality of fundamental rights. As it was suggested by NGOs, the reading and...

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Civil participation in the decision-making process

Visit of the conference of INGOs to Skopje - 26-27 March 2018

4 April 2018 Strasbourg

A year ago, "the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia" entered a new political dynamic marked by openness and democratic dialogue between public authorities and independent civil society. The importance of this change is necessary not only for this country but also for democratic security...

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Reform of the European Convention on Human Rights: statement and proposals of the Conference of INGOs

15 March 2018 Strasbourg

The Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe welcomes the initiative of the Danish Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers to continue the process of reform of the European Convention on Human Rights system, initiated in Interlaken in 2010. However, many provisions in the Draft Declaration...

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Hungary: Conference of INGOs concerned about 'Stop Soros package'

14 February 2018 Strasbourg

On behalf of the Conference of INGOs and its Expert Council on NGO Law, we share the concerns expressed by Mr Yves Cruchten, PACE Rapporteur on inappropriate restrictions on NGOs, about the new package of draft laws (so-called “Stop Soros package) in Hungary. We believe that this legislation...

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The Conference of INGOs calls on Council of Europe Member States for more solidarity to stabilise the current financial crisis

9 February 2018 Strasbourg

Concerned by the current financial crisis affecting the Council of Europe, which could accelerate the regression of European civic space and democracy in Europe, the Conference of INGOs sent a letter to all permanent representations to the Council of Europe, asking them to show more solidarity...

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Expert Council on NGO Law

CALL FOR CANDIDATES

7 February 2018 Strabourg

The Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe is inviting qualified candidates to apply to serve as Members of the Expert Council on NGO Law from July 2018 to July 2021. The role of the Expert Council on NGO Law Currently, the work of NGOs is impacted by various factors which shrink civic...

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Meeting of the Conference 24 January 2018

Conference elects its President and members of the Bureau

25 January 2018 Strasbourg

The Conference of INGOs, at its meeting on 24 January, re-elected Anna Rurka as its President for a 2nd three year term and elected the members of its Bureau. The bureau welcomes new faces: President: Anna Rurka Vice-Presidents: Robert Bergougnan, Anne Kraus and Christoph Spreng Vice-President...

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The highglights

Winter Session of the Conference of INGOs, 22-26 January 2018

18 January 2018 Strasbourg

The winter session of the Conference of INGOs will take place from 22 to 26 January 2018 (calendar). On Wednesday 24 January, the INGO members will elect the President and the members of the Bureau of the Conference of INGOs for a three-year term. Candidates can be found on the Conference...

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Civil participation in the decision-making process

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

12 January 2018 Strabourg

The report on the Conference of INGOs’ fact-finding visit in Tallin that took place from 25 to 26 September 2017, has been published and sent to the Estonian authorities for comments. It will be presented and discussed together with the representatives of Estonian civil society and Estonian...

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Civil participation in the decision-making process

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

12 January 2018 Strasbourg

The report on the Conference of INGOs’ fact-finding visit in Belgrade that took place from 13 to 14 November 2017, has been published and sent to the Serbian authorities for comments. It will be presented and discussed together with the representatives of Serbian civil society and Serbian...

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