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Defending and strengthening democracy

FRA attended a conference organised by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) on ‘Civil society organisations defending and strengthening European democracy’.

In the session on the role of civil society organisations in protecting the rule of law, FRA highlighted the many ways in which civil society contributes to the rule of law. It drew on its work on civic space, notably its latest civic space report which focuses on this issue.

FRA also pointed to the obstacles that civil society faces in doing this work. It highlighted what the EU and Member States could do to address this.