FRA and experts discuss enabling civil society

The Agency met with 35 experts from NGOs, donors and funders, and international and EU institutions, to discuss how to enable and protect civil society space across the EU.

Five challenges were discussed: legal changes affecting civil society; public and private funding difficulties; access to information, transparency, public consultations, participation in decision-making processes; threats and attacks against civil society activists as well as negative narratives; and how to strengthen the capacity of civil society organisations.

The Agency will publish a report on civil society space in the EU in the autumn, based on its recent data collection in 28 EU Member States as well as interviews and input from the expert meeting that took place at FRA from 2 to 3 May.