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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List of candidates

Election of the President and the members of the Bureau of the Conference of INGOs

11 December 2017 Strasbourg

The Verification and Dispute Committee met on 7 December to examine the validity of each candidature (cf. Rule 6.3 of these Rules of Procedure). Report of the meeting [fr] The candidatures below have been validated. Find out more about the candidates and their reasons for standing for election:...

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EXPERT COUNCIL ON NGO LAW

Opinion on the Romanian draft Law 140/2017 on Associations and Foundations: serious shortcomings as regards compliance with international standards

11 December 2017

Created in January 2008 by the Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe, the Expert Council on NGO Law carries out thematic and country studies on specific aspects of NGO legislation and its implementation that seem to pose problems of conformity with international standards. In this...

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Conference of INGOs at the UN Forum on Business and Human Rights

4 December 2017 Strasbourg

Following up from the INGO Conference’s work in January and June of this year, it seemed timely to make connections with the UN efforts on the same topic. The Conference’s delegate, Christoph Spreng, took part in the 6th UN Forum on Business and Human Rights held in Geneval on 27 and 28 November....

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Expert Council on NGO Law

Opinion on the impact of the state of emergency on freedom of association in Turkey

30 November 2017 Strasbourg

Created in January 2008 by the Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe, the Expert Council on NGO Law carries out thematic and country studies on specific aspects of NGO legislation and its implementation that seem to pose problems of conformity with international standards, notably the...

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Civil participation in the decision-making process

Visit of the Conference of INGOs to Serbia

23 November 2017 Strasbourg

The visit of the delegation of the Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe in Belgrade (Serbia) took place from 13 to 15 November. The visit focused on NGOs participation in the decision-making process in different sectors of public policies and public affairs. The visit was co-organised by...

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Turkey should guarantee the right to freedom of assembly of civil society groups and protect them against security threats

Rescind the ban on events by LGBTI organisations in Ankara

20/11/2017 Strasbourg

In response to the ban of all lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex rights groups (LGBTI) events in Ankara, Turkey[1] we express our indignation. The ban which seems to apply to all LGBTI film screenings, theaters, panels and exhibitions, for an indefinite period, was allegedly imposed to...

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Call for candidates

Election of the President of the Conference of INGOs and the members of the Bureau

14 November 2017 Strasbourg

At its January 2018 session the Conference of INGOs will elect its President and the members of the Bureau for a term of office of three years. If your INGO would like to put forward a candidate, please refer to the e-mail that was sent to all the INGOs on 24 October and follow the procedure...

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World Forum for Democracy

Participatory democracy: an antidote to populism?

3 November 2017 Strasbourg

The Conference of INGOs and the Civil Society Division of the Council of Europe are again taking an active role in the World Forum for Democracy: 7 November: Side event on civil participation and decision making: The Bulgarian School of Politics “Dimitry Panitza” and the Civil Society Division...

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GRECO issues recommendations to the Conference of INGOs to prevent corruption

2 November 2017 Strasbourg

In the context of the debate that began at the 2017 winter session on a mechanism for protection against corruption in the Parliamentary Assembly and more broadly within the Council of Europe, the President of the Conference of the INGO requested GRECO's expertise in this area. GRECO (Group of...

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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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