The second consultation, again conducted online, provides a snapshot of the situation in 2019. It shows that many of the CSOs that FRA cooperates with continue to face challenges in their daily work.
FRA started an annual consultation with organisations participating in its Fundamental Rights Platform (FRP) in 2018, focusing on the challenges they experience in their daily work. The consultation followed the publication of FRA’s 2018 report on Challenges facing civil society working on human rights in the EU, which highlighted different areas of concern, based on data collected by its FRANET research network and expert interviews.
The second FRP consultation, again conducted online, provides a snapshot of the situation in 2019. This paper summarises the key findings reflecting the views and experiences of 205 CSOs who participated in the second survey. (The agency invited all 742 organisations in the platform database to do so.) The paper reports aggregate figures, given that the response rate per country would not allow for a representative representation of country data.
Civil society organisations (CSOs) are an essential component of the democratic system. They are engaged in a wide range of social and human rights issues, advocating rights-compliant legal and policy responses and holding those in power accountable. The quantity, quality and intensity of obstacles affecting CSOs’ ability to carry out their work provide an indication of a country’s general state of fundamental rights, democracy and rule of law.
Many of the human rights organisations that FRA cooperates with continue to face challenges in their daily work, the agency’s second consultation of its Fundamental Rights Platform shows. The findings underline the continued relevance of the opinions FRA formulated in its 2018 report on civil society, which EU institutions and Member States should consider.