How can inappropriate restrictions on NGOs activities in Europe be prevented?

“In a democracy, rulers have to share power with the population. Politicians are not always right; that is why NGOs play a crucial role, by participating in public affairs debate and in helping politicians in elaborating legislation.

In the last few years, too many restrictions on NGOs carrying out activities in public policy affairs have been imposed in certain Council of Europe member States, mostly by preventing them from receiving funding from abroad” - said Yves Cruchten (Luxembourg, Socialist Group), PACE rapporteur on “How can inappropriate restrictions on NGOs activities in Europe be prevented?” (Resolution 2096 (2016)), when moderating the session on “Political activities of NGOs” on 6 June 2016 during a debate organized by the Conference of INGOs.

The debate entitled "Only a matter for politicians? Civil society, money and political activities" is taking place on 6 and 7 June (in Room 5 of the Palais de l’Europe) in Strasbourg and looks at the challenges facing NGOs in a time when civil society space is shrinking