Webinar with Polish teachers, unionists, and NGO representatives on Changes in Polish Education Law (in English)

On 21 September 2021, the Conference of INGOs will organise a webinar (in English) with the Polish teachers, unionists, and NGO representatives on Changes in Polish Education Law. The webinar will explore the issue of Polish Education Ministry policies to centralise control over schools. In the...

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CoE Committee of Ministers published the Communication from the Expert Council on NGO Law of the Conference of INGOs (10/08/2021) in the case of BEKIR-OUSTA AND OTHERS v. Greece (Application No. 35151/05)

17.09.2021 Strasbourg

The Expert Council on NGO Law of the Conference of INGOs is very concerned that the case of BEKIR-OUSTA AND OTHERS v. Greece (Application No. 35151/05) is not resolved yet. The Expert Council on NGO-Law once again has issued a strong statement to uphold the findings of the European Court of Human...

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Change of the date of the Open platform meeting on drafting the 3-Years-Strategy of the Conference of INGOs

17 August 2021

As announced in the first newsletter of the Conference of INGOs we would like to hold an open platform meeting with our Members on drafting the 3-Years-Strategy of the Conference of INGOs. The first Open platform meeting with our Members on drafting the 3-Years-Strategy of the Conference of INGOs...

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Webinar organised by the Conference of INGOs on 18 October 2021

Precariousness or slavery is not a job! Decent and freely undertaken work for ALL, is it possible?

4 August 2021 Strasbourg

On 18 October 2021, the Conference of INGOs will organise an event on the occasion of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (17 October) and the European Anti-Trafficking Day (18 October). The webinar will explore the issue of decent work - articles 1, 2, 3, 4 and 26 of the revised...

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Gerhard Ermischer, President of the Conference of INGOs condemns the recent Human Rights violations in Belarus

26 May 2021 Strasbourg

The Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe denounces the actions of the government of Belarus which forced a Ryanair Flight to change course and land in Minsk in order to seize Roman Protasevich, a young journalist, and his partner, Sofia Sapéga. The Member States of the Council of Europe,...

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Address of Mr Gerhard Ermischer, President of the Conference of INGOs at the 131st Session of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe

21 May 2021 Hamburg

Mr Gerhard Ermischer, the new President of the Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe addressed the 131st Session of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe on 21 May. He paid tribute to the work of his predecessor, Ms Anna Rurka, and informed the Member States of the strong...

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Expert Council on NGO Law online event ''Young Environmental Defenders and Their Rights'' in the framework of the World Forum for Democracy of the Council of Europe

headline 20/05/2021 Strasbourg

The Expert Council on NGO Law organised an online event on 19 May ''Young Environmental Defenders and Their Rights'' as part of the World Forum for Democracy of the Council of Europe. Environmental defenders are all part of civil society that should be understood broadly to encompass individuals,...

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Leadership of the Conference of INGOs - a new President and Standing Committee

Gerhard Ermischer elected President of the Conference of INGOs

28 April 2021 Strasbourg

Gerhard Ermischer was today elected President of the Conference of INGOs. Gerhard has been active within the Conference of INGOs for many year and takes over from Anna Rurka to lead the Conference for a three year mandate. As a member of the last standing Commitee, Gerhard was involved in the...

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Elections at the Conference of INGOs

Online opportunity to talk to the candidates

13 April 2021 Strasbourg

Meet the candidates online on 20 and 21 April - Taking into account that the elections will be held in the context of the health crisis which prevents informal exchanges between members of the Conference and the persons standing for election, the Standing Committee is organising an additional...

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Spring Session of the Conference of INGOs

Registration for the General Assembly - 27 & 28 April 2021

8 April 2021 Strasbourg

Don't forget to register for the meetings of the General Assembly of the Conference of INGOs on 27 and 28 April 2021. All the INGOs with participatory status received a reminder yesterday from the Secretairat with the link to register voters and the link to register participants. The deadline for...

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Human Rights Leaders in danger and shrinking civic space for NGOs in Turkey

Statement by Anna Rurka, President of the Conference of INGOs: Human Rights Leaders in danger and shrinking civic space for NGOs in Turkey

I am very concerned and worried about the repeated attacks against Human Rights Association (İnsan Hakları Derneği – İHD) and its leaders in Turkey, long standing partner of the Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe. IHD is subject of an investigation on grounds of “denigrating the State...

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Opinion on the Bill to ensure respect for the principles of the Republic by all

The Expert Council on NGO Law is concerned about the restrictions by the Bill to strengthen respect for the principles of the Republic by all

31/03/2021 Strasbourg

The bill to strengthen respect for the principles of the Republic by all, currently before the French Parliament, seeks to create new obligations for associations and to extend the controls over them. The Expert Council on NGO Law is deeply concerned about the restrictions that would be placed on...

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General Assembly on 28 April - make your vote count

Elections for the leadership of the Conference of INGOs

26 March 2021 Strasbourg

The Conference of INGOs will elect its new leadership - President, two Vice-Presidents, eight members of the Standing Commitee - at its General Assembly on 28 April 2021. The Verification and Dispute Committee has validated the list of candidates which appears below. Get ready to vote! Read...

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Declaration by the Conference of INGOs

Turkey's withdrawal from the Istanbul Convention - an inadmissible regression in women's rights in Europe

23 March 2021 Strasbourg

Millions of us are shocked by the decree signed by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, published in the Official Gazette on 19 March 2021, without any parliamentary debate and without hearing the voice of Turkish civil society in favour of the Istanbul Convention and the protection it provides...

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Civil society in dialogue - self and collective care

A strategy for movements and civic organisations working on democracy, environment and social change

8 March 2021 Strasbourg

The youth delegates of the Conference of INGOs invite you to take part in an online dialogue organised in the framework of the World Forum for Democracy's campaign "12 months to answer 1 question". The online event will give us an opportunity to discuss together about how to take care of...

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Expert Council on NGO Law publishes a Review on NGO Participation in Policy Development

25 February 2021 Strasbourg

The Expert Council on NGO Law of the Council of Europe published a review that examines practices related to participation of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in policy development in the member States of the Council of Europe (CoE). It is conducted against the background of standards and...

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Opinion on the compatibility with European standards of recent and planned amendments to the Russian legislation affecting NGOs

Expert Council on NGO Law calls upon Russian authorities not to adopt planned amendments to legislation affecting NGOs

19 February 2021 Strasbourg

The Expert Council has prepared an opinion examining the compatibility with European standards of the main changes in recently adopted and planned legislative provisions with respect to the functioning and activities of NGOs in Russia. The changes involve extending the scope of the category of...

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Call for applications

Be a "youth delegate" with the Conference of INGOs for 2021

headline 18 February 2021 Strasbourg

In line with its “Roadmap for youth participation”, the Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe will invite 3 young persons, representing their member INGO, to Strasbourg (France), to take an active part, as a youth delegate, in its coming activities, contribute to the work and statutory...

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World NGO Day 2021

Watch the full webinar: Challenges Facing NGOs in Conflict and Post-Conflict Situations

26 February 2021 Strasbourg

On 26 February, the Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe organised a webinar entitled 'Challenges Facing NGOs in Conflict and Post-Conflict Situations' to celebrate World NGO Day and pay tribute to the work of civil society that is focused on Human Rights, reconciliation and the Rule of...

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World NGO Day 2021

Webinar: Challenges Facing NGOs in Conflict and Post-Conflict Situations

15 February 2021 Strasbourg

On the occasion of World NGO Day, the Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe is organising a webinar entitled 'Challenges Facing NGOs in Conflict and Post-Conflict Situations' on 26 February (10.00 to 13.00 CET) to pay tribute to the work of civil society that is focused on Human Rights,...

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