Enabling a safe space for civil society with the LIBE Committee

“It is unconceivable to imagine any effective promotion and protection of human and fundamental rights in any society without a strong civil society,” said FRA Director to the European Parliament’s Committee of Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) on 9 April.

He was exchanging views with MEPs in Brussels on the findings and opinions of the Agency’s report on the challenges facing civil society organisations working on human rights in the EU. While stressing that ensuring a safe space for civil society is an EU wide issue, the Director underlined the four main problems that affect civil society across the EU.

He particularly emphasised the multiple financial pressures civil society are facing. He also underlined existing good practices in Member States. Here, he welcomed the LIBE Committee’s initiative to establish a European Values instrument for supporting civil society within the EU. Following the presentation, the Committee voted on the European Parliament resolution on this instrument, that will be adopted in plenary next month.