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).

According to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, all people, everywhere in the world, have the right to speak out, to organise, and to take action. These rights – the freedoms of association, assembly and expression – give people the freedom to form and join groups, peacefully protest, and advocate for the things they want – and to counter the things they don’t. These freedoms are called ‘civic space’ and are an essential part of a vibrant democracy; where debate and discussion thrive, and where people are able to contribute to important decisions that affect them.

As a follow up of the first survey launched in 2016, Civil Society Europe and CIVICUS want to assess how operating conditions for civil society have changed in Europe over the past 12 months. A better understanding of the trends will enhance our ability to work together by responding collectively to common challenges.  

If interested in participating, please find the survey here.

Your participation ensures a diverse range of views is included and it is guaranteed that the findings will be made freely available for public information and use.