Revitalizing democracy in Europe

    Taking place during the EFC’s AGA and Conference in Warsaw in May, this meeting aimed to share creative thoughts and use out-of-the-box thinking on how to reinvigorate democracy in Europe. Various actors are facing many complexities and new challenges in their efforts to move Europe out of its current dysfunction. Panellists and participants explored practical solutions that have the potential to succeed but are sometimes politically neglected. Lessons learned from the recent “shocks” that Europe has experienced (e.g. Brexit), were also discussed in this dynamic and engaged debate.

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    European Commission officially responds to the EFC’s concerns in Hungary

    The European Commission has officially responded to concerns voiced by the EFC over the situation in Hungary. A response written to EFC CEO Gerry Salole, acknowledged receiving the EFC’s statement in support of NGO’s in Hungary and assured that the Commission is closely following the recent developments in Hungary and has taken action to address specific concerns.

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    EFC launches new publication on philanthropy’s impact and practices in the field of disability

    The EFC has released a publication summarising and analysing the results of a survey it conducted on how EFC members and other institutional philanthropy actors are engaging with the field of disability. “Institutional philanthropy – A focus on disability” provides an up-to-date picture of 34 philanthropic organisations active in the field of disability, whether it is part of their core mission or just one of their fields of action, and insights to better understand their practices.

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    EFC Warsaw Declaration: Philanthropic Alliance for Solidarity and Democracy in Europe

    During the Closing Plenary of the EFC’s 2017 Annual General Assembly and Conference, EFC Chair Ewa Kulik-Bielińska read out the Warsaw Declaration to delegates concerning a new Philanthropic Alliance for Solidarity and Democracy in Europe:

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    Press release | EFC 2017 Conference: Courage to re-embrace solidarity in Europe Can philanthropy take the lead?”

    Taking place in Warsaw from 31 May until 2 June, the European Foundation Centre’s 28th Annual General Assembly and Conference, “Courage to re-embrace solidarity – Can philanthropy take the lead?” will convene more than 500 philanthropic leaders and representatives from foundations, not-for profit organisations, academia and policymakers.

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    EFC members speak out in support of NGOs in Hungary

    Over the past month, the Hungarian government has adopted a law designed to expel Central European University from Budapest and is currently considering a law that would restrict NGO activity in the country. If enacted, the measure will depress investment from both international and local philanthropic organisations, and starve NGOs of resources necessary to provide key services and meet basic human needs.

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    Safe Home: Bodossaki Foundation’s new campaign on unaccompanied minors

    As part of the Bodossaki Foundation’s continuous efforts to support unaccompanied migrant and refugee children in Greece, they have launched a TV and online campaign in order to raise public awareness and funds for further action. The campaign, Safe Home, reflects the hardships faced by refugee children in Greece and highlights the urgent need for a safe home.

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    The EFC offers its deepest condolences to the victims of the attack in St Petersburg

    On behalf of the entire EFC staff we would like to offer our most sincere condolences to the friends and relatives of the victims.

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    “Three years of the Citizens for Democracy Programme” – Press release by Stefan Batory Foundation

    The Citizens for Democracy programme has just closed. It has enabled 617 projects worth PLN 131 million implemented by 667 non-governmental organisations in 773 communities in Poland.

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    Launch of Civic Space in Europe survey 2017

    Civil Society Europe and CIVICUS are re-launching their annual survey to map out key trends on civic space in Europe over the last year. The survey covers the European Union, the European Economic Area (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway), Switzerland, and the countries candidate to EU accession (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, FYR Macedonia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Serbia, Turkey).