European democracy needs a vibrant and independent Civil Society

ACT Alliance EU together with 34 other CSOs signed a Civil Society Europe statement as a contribution to the European Commission consultation on the European Democracy Action Plan, calling for recognition of and support to CSOs to be a key element of a future action plan.

“During the last years, EU core values such as democracy, rule of law and fundamental rights have been facing increasing challenges within the European Union itself. This has also meant a shrinking civic space. The impact of the recent pandemic and measures to address it have further contributed to deteriorating these trends and has had a further adverse impact on the ability of civil society to perform its role whether in promoting access to fundamental rights in the social, health, cultural, education, environmental sector or advocating for good governance and better democracy.  We welcome therefore the development of an action plan on democracy and we would like to be an active part!”

Read the full statement here