Promoting Civil Society Space in Brussels Spring HUB
Within the CONCORD HUB3 Spring Meeting in Brussels, which took place this week, the 13th of March was devoted to Promoting civil society space. The event, jointly organized by CONCORD Europe, BCSDN and Fond Romania/Black Sea NGO Forum, was an effort of European civil society development organizations to build a platform for discussions, exchanges and solutions of shared problems around the issues of enabling environment for CSOs, shrinking space by illiberal democracy, CSO accountability, the engagement of civil society in EU policy, civic participation and community engagement. The event gathered more than 100 participants, representatives of national and EU organizations, platforms and networks, and representatives of the European Commission and the donor community.
The event is open to discussion about the shrinking civic space for work of civil society in Europe: what is happening now, why, what can we do together to improve the stimulating environment for civil society development?
The BCSDN has led a discussion highlighting the results of a stimulating environment for civil society in EU enlargement countries with a view to raising awareness, initiating discussion and identifying potential joint actions for civil society action in this area. Civil initiatives have been engaged for many years by observing a stimulating environment for the development of civil society, and contributing to its reports on the situation in Serbia.